By Terry Rogers
In 2013, Mispillion River Brewing Company created an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign in an effort to purchase equipment. Through the campaign, anyone who donated $1,000 would have a brewery fermenter dedicated to them or a fellow beer lover. In addition, the person who the fermenter was dedicated to would also have the opportunity to design and brew a beer recipe at the brewery.
“TJ Webb and four other local police officers came to me and asked if they could donate the money and dedicate the fermenter to Chad Spicer, the Georgetown police officer who was killed in the line of duty a few years ago,” Eric Williams, owner of Mispillion Brewery said. “We were honored and thrilled to be able to not only dedicate the fermenter, but to brew a beer in honor of Chad and auction some of it off for charity.”
The beer, which will be called Short and Stout, will be unveiled on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the brewery. The fermenter dedication will be a private event, but the public is invited to the auction which will begin at 7 pm. Ten bottles of Short and Stout will be auctioned, with 100% of the proceeds going to charity. None of the remaining 90 bottles will be sold until the first ten are auctioned, and half the sales proceeds for those bottles will also be donated to charity.
“The auction and the sales of this beer will go to the National Criminal Enforcement Association Officer in Distress Fund,” Mr. Williams said. “This fund provides support to the families of officers killed or injured in the line of duty.”
Mr. Williams said that the officers who raised money to dedicate the fermenter in Officer Spicer’s honor worked with the brewers at Mispillion Brewing to develop the recipe for the beer. The beer is a Russian Imperial Stout that has been aged in oak whiskey barrels. Mr. Williams said that they tried to incorporate things that Officer Spicer liked in the brew.
“Whiskey was an important component as he was a big fan of Jack Daniels,” Mr. Williams said. “It has hints of vanilla and, because it is a stout, there is a slight tobacco flavor.” Mr. Williams said the name for the beer was also chosen by the officers in reference to Officer Spicer’s stature. The beer is part of Mispillion Brewing’s 100 bottle release and will only be available for a limited time. Mr. Williams said that he does not intend to brew the beer more than once per year.
Officer Spicer was a 29-year old Georgetown police officer who was shot and killed when he and his partner stopped a vehicle that was suspected in a shooting earlier that evening. When the patrol car pulled up next to the suspect vehicle, Derrick Powell, who was in the backseat of the vehicle, fired a single shot, striking Officer Spicer in the face and injuring his partner, Corporal Shawn Brittingham. Officer Spicer had been with the Georgetown Police Department for one year and had previously served with the Laurel and Bridgeville Police Departments. He was survived by his daughter, fiancé, parents, brother and two sisters.
“Chad’s friends did most of the work for this beer,” Mr. Williams said. “They named it, chose the ingredients and picked the charity. We are honored they asked us to create this beer in his memory.”