I’m sure by now most people have read or heard about the tragedy that occurred at Red Hook Brewing earlier this week involving one of their employees: Ben Harris. Red Hook released a statement earlier today via it’s Facebook page.

The reason I’m posting about this is to ask everyone who enjoys craft beer to help the family he left behind. His wife (who also worked in the craft beer industry) and his unborn child have a tough road ahead of them dealing with this sudden loss. I know our community is a good one, full of caring and ‘just plain ole nice folk’. A few years ago I took part in a brew at Yazoo that benefited the wife of a brewer from Knoxville who was killed on the job. I overheard many people saying they bought a pint over their usual because they knew it would help (of course they enjoyed the beer), but that’s the attitude and spirit our community has.

So I’m asking for everyone to send something… no matter how small the amount to his memorial fund. Do the right thing. If you have to skip that one pint just tonight, hold off on that trade until next week, buy a single 22oz instead of the case from the store… that’s all easy stuff. But you can do that knowing the money will help a child who will never know her daddy. I’m sure many of you have online check services and bill pay through your bank so that would be a really easy way to send a check.  Below is the info Redhook and the Funeral Home have provided for those who want to help.

The family respectfully requests that memorial contributions be made to the:

The Alysha Miller Harris Baby Fund c/o TD Bank,
20 International Drive, Portsmouth, NH 03801, (603) 430-3812

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