Beer Matters has learnt of the loss of a long distance brewing friendship. Pete Roberts, founder of Exit 33 Brewing, has crafted a new beer named Mad Skillz in memory of his long-time friend Ben Flerchinger, who sadly passed away recently.
Their friendship also led to Exit 33 working on a collaboration brew with Portland-based brewers Lucky Labrador Brewing Company during Pete’s trip to Oregon last year.
Pete explains: “I jumped at the chance as it was Lucky Lab that first inspired me to come home and open a micro brewery when I visited nearly a decade ago. The lead brewer Ben Flerchinger welcomed me with open arms and shared his passion for brewing great beer and we had a great time at the Oregon Brewers Fest meeting with other brewers. I learned last month that he had suddenly contracted pleurisy and unfortunately he passed away a few weeks later.
Lucky Lab Brew Co have brewed a beer to commemorate Ben and his contribution to the brewing scene and so have Exit 33. Ben had mad skills when it came to making great beer and so it was born. Mad Skillz is a 4.6% session pale ale hopped with a good variety of American hops. I’ll miss our Facebook and Twitter chats. The world of brewing was better for him.”
RIP Ben Flerchinger