Beer honoring slain officer to benefit foundation

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

KALAMAZOO, Mich. A beer made in honor of a slain Kalamazoo police officer will benefit the foundation that bears his name.

Boatyard Brewing Co.'s EZ Ale was released at Kalamazoo Beer Exchange on Saturday, the same day as an annual memorial run for Officer Eric Zapata.

The summer wheat ale is the product of a partnership between Kalamazoo-based Boatyard Brewing and the Eric Zapata Memorial Foundation. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports Boatyard is donating proceeds from several barrels of beer to the foundation.

TV stations WWMT, WXMI and WOOD report the Eric Zapata Memorial Run drew hundreds.

Zapata was a 10-year veteran of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety with three children. The 35-year-old died in a shootout April 18, 2011 as he and other officers answered a report of shots fired.

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