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.
RIP Ben Flerchinger