I can still remember the first time I was introduced to Fretboard Brewing, though things were a little different then. The trio behind the project was about six months into the planning for what they were then calling ‘Six String Brew Works’ when tragedy hit founder Joe Sierra’s family in the form of a brain aneurysm in late 2014 that took the life of his brother Eric Sierra when he was only 39 years old.

Craft beer gives back. Craft beer looks out for their community and the people in it when things like this happen, and while Fretboard (Six String) wasn’t technically a brewery yet… it didn’t stop Jefferson Social’s Jeremy Bowman and the folks at Rhinegeist from stepping up and providing a platform that not only went to help Eric Sierra’s family through their loss, but has gone on to give more than $10,000 since to Behind The Badge’s Hero’s Fund, a charity geared at helping local Police, Fire and Military personnel and their families when they are faced with a time of need.

About The Beer

The beer was named after Eric’s badge number when it was first brewed at Rhinegeist in 2015 and the name, and more importantly, the idea hasn’t changed at all. This is Fretboard (and everyone who goes to Fretboard to drink it)’s give back opportunity.

It’s an amazing session IPA – but beyond that it’s a salute to not just the folks who put their lives and well being on the line every single day to protect us – but their families as well who’s sacrifices are too often overlooked.

The brewery has not just retooled the recipe for this relaunch – they’re throwing a big event to celebrate the release. In a lot of ways S23 represents not just who Fretboard is, but it represents a lot about “who” craft beer is… this is an important one, folks.

The Release

March 29th, the brewery is going to not just tap the latest version of S23, they’re also preparing a full evening of food and (of course) live music to celebrate. Yacht Rock America will be on stage performing via a “6-piece powerhouse of classic rock covers”. If you can’t make the event but still want to give to Behind The Badge, you can also attend an early tapping on Opening Day at Arnold’s downtown.

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