Pat Tillman was an NFL star linebacker with the Arizona Cardinals when he gave it all up to enlist in the United States Army in June 2002 following the September 11 attacks. Tillman served in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Army Rangers before being killed in a friendly fire incident in the mountains of Afghanistan in 2004.
Tillman’s sacrifice has never been forgotten, especially by those in Arizona. Last year, Tillman’s alma mater, Arizona State University, honored Tillman with a bronze statue outside Sun Devil Stadium. A few months later, ASU unveiled special “Brotherhood” uniforms saluting Tillman and other veterans. And now an Arizona brewery has created a Pat Tillman beer for a great cause.
Honored to have brewed with the @AZCardinals O-line today for a charitable cause! @pattillmanfnd Thanks to @joshweinfuss of @espn for being here to help cover this day & of course @EWatts78 @holden_it_down_ @BIGboehmTHEORY @Veldheer68 @aqshipley! pic.twitter.com/xlO5NhkI4i
— Arizona Wilderness (@AZWildernessCo) March 20, 2018
Arizona Wilderness Brewing worked with former Cardinals offensive lineman Earl Watford and current Cardinals tackle Jared Veldheer to create a beer honoring Tillman in an effort to raise $10,000 for the Pat Tillman Foundation, which provides resources and educational scholarship support to veterans, active servicemembers and their spouses.
The result is O-Line Triple IPA, a 12% ABV IPA with no shortage of hops. Whereas a regular IPA may have four or five different hops, O-Line has an insane 42 in honor of Tillman’s Sun Devils number. Arizona Wilderness cofounder Jon Buford said of the recipe:
“It is insane. The fact that I don’t think anyone has done that makes me excited because it’s not about Arizona Wilderness. It’s about the Pat Tillman name — the foundation name — so we really want you to associate that with the craziness that we’re doing.”
Sounds like a great beer for an even greater cause. Cheers!