Our great state suffered a tragic loss on June 30, when 19 fearless firefighters lost their lives trying to contain the 2,000-acre Yarnell Fire just south of Prescott. Those 19 brave men, also known as the Granite Mountain Hot Shots, risked their lives trying to save the community they loved so much.
But now it's the local beer community's turn to show those firefighters' families some love with something near and dear to our hearts: beer.
In honor of the Hot Shots, the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild will be making a commemorative American Brown Ale using 19 different hop varietals aptly titled HEROES 19. All the hops were graciously donated by a plethora of Arizona breweries, and all proceeds will go directly to the families of the 19 fallen heroes. The beer will be brewed sometime next week at Prescott Brewing, a favorite Granite Mountain Hot Shots watering hole.
Only 60 barrels will be produced, with keg allocations going to breweries belonging to the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild. The beer is expected to raise approximately $70K. This morning, John Nielsen of Prescott Brewing joined KTAR's Clayton Klapper for an interview about the project. You can read his interview here. Be on the lookout for more details, including special events, as they become available.
In closing, I raise my pint of Prescott's Ponderosa IPA to you, Hot Shots, and all the firefighters risking their lives for us every day. Prost, and may you rest in peace.