New Bristol ale honors firefighters

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Colorado Springs’ own Bristol Brewing Company will tap a new batch of ale tonight that honors local firefighters.

The brewery, 1647 S. Tejon St., has created Local 5 Ale, named for the local chapter of the Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters.

The beer is described as an extra special bitter “with big caramel and roasted chewiness, balanced by a citrus hop finish.”

Local firefighters helped brew it and local firefighter Drew Cahill designed the beer’s label.

One hundred percent of the profit from the beer’s sales will go to Springs firefighters, and restaurants that sell the beer will donate $1 to the cause from each pint they sell.

Firefighters said they plan to refurbish a 1970s model firetruck that will carry caskets of fallen firefighters.

“Firefighters do so much for our community,” said Bristol marketer Laura Long. “Not only do they put their lives on the line to save people, they raise money for many local charities. They raised $150,000 for MDA from the boot drive. They really do a lot for us, and we thought it was a great thing to be able to give back to them.”

Only two batches of the beer have been made, and Long expects it to sell out in about two weeks. Bristol hopes to raise $10,000.

A tapping party at Southside Johnny’s, 528 S. Tejon St., is scheduled for tonight at 5 p.m. The unveiling of the beer coincides with the annual memorial gathering of the International firefighters in Colorado Springs this week.

Restaurants and pubs that will serve the beer include:

  • Bristol Brewing
  • The Blue Star
  • Nosh
  • SouthSide Johnny’s
  • McCabe’s Tavern
  • MacKenzie’s Chop House
  • Jack Quinn Irish Pub
  • The Ritz
  • José Muldoon’s
  • Cowboy’s
  • Gasoline Alley
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel
  • Thunder and Buttons