Former Cleveland Browns lineman Joe Thomas talks about the Beer named after him

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.