Former offensive lineman for the Cleveland Browns Joe Thomas teamed up with the Great Lakes Brewery Company to create the "73" Kolsch-style ale that celebrates his career and achievements
Former Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas has a great legacy in sports, including his record-holding 10,363 consecutive snaps.
Now he can add “brewmaster” to his list of accomplishments.
Thomas will be returning for a second year to the Great Lakes Brewing Company (2516 Market Ave) to celebrate the beer that bears his jersey number: 73. A Kolsch-style ale, the beer had been a long-gestating project between him and Great Lakes CEO Bill Boor. Living as neighbors for years, Boor and Thomas hatched the idea of creating a beer that would the ultimate tailgate brew.
Working with pub brewer Steve Forman, they settled on a light Kolsch-style ale brewed with rye for a crisp, dry finish. Or, as Thomas jokingly (?) refers to it: “The best beer in the history of beers”. He tapped the first keg himself last year in the brewpub.
Thomas will be available for a meet-and-greet (but no autographs, please) on Wednesday, August 7th starting at 5pm. The event is free and open to the public.