Most of the people who read this blog know me as a beer writer, but that’s not all that I do.
I’m also the cops and courts reporter for the MetroWest Daily News here in Framingham. For the past 12 years, I spend my days writing about bad things. I’ve written about some truly unspeakable acts over the years – husbands killing wives, fathers killing children and women being kidnapped off the street and rape.
Writing about beer has been an escape for me. It’s a distraction from the evil in the world. And I always hope, in a little way, it helps others, too. Beer is supposed to be something you enjoy. You go to the bar, hang out with friends while sharing a few cold ones, or you go to a festival and try some amazing beers and compare what you’re drinking with some random people you’re waiting in line with to get the next beer.
However, sometimes even the best beers can’t help you escape from reality. Monday was one of those days. What happened at the Boston Marathon’s finish line is something that should never be forgotten. The images caught by newspapers are grim, graphic and sad, but also feature images of heroism from police officers, firefighters, National Guardsman and spectators who ignored their own safety to help those in need.
The one thing that has most impressed me over the years while writing about beer is the kindness and generosity many breweries have shown. And I got another example of that today.
The Marshall Wharf Brewing Company of Belfast, Maine, has announced that, in their own way, they’re trying to comfort Boston. They announced on Beer Advocate that they will be sending every available can of its beer to Boston on Wednesday, and are challenging other breweries from throughout New England to do the same.
If you happen to get some of these beers, remember those who are injured and those who rushed to help and toast to their honor and memories.