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As I shared previously on this blog and in my weekly column, the “Federal House family” did something very special and selfless on their recent trip to Heavy Seas. If you’re too lazy to click-through and refresh your memory — it’s okay, I understand — let me help…

“We’d like to do a second cask today,” Jeremy [Black, owner of Federal House] said. He went on to explain to Chris and Dan of Heavy Seas about a group of friends who have been going to  Federal House every weekend for years, eventually striking up a friendship with Claire, one of their bartenders. Recently one of their friends passed away. Claire then approached Jeremy about doing a special cask for this group. There was no hesitation; they were going to help this group honor and remember their friend.

At the time, I didn’t find it appropriate to share who was being honored. It was their story to share and tell in their own time. 

Well, last Friday night, the cask — which I can now reveal was brewed in honor of Midshipman Max Allen, who died tragically in a car accident last February — was publicly tapped by his best friend and his sister and served to friends, family and patrons for $1 a pour. 

The cask made with Small Craft, Simcoe, Cascade and Yellow Birch — as selected by Max’s friends — was delicious, but that’s not the point.

I was honored to be invited to attend the tapping, though I had originally planned on not going. I kept my distance from the festivities, however. Rather I just found it to be a humbling and heartwarming experience to see a local business do something meaningful to help a close-knit set of friends and family. 

I’m not going to bother trying to find new words, so I’ll just repeat what I wrote about this before, now that I can share the context:

I witnessed extraordinary, moving gestures of humility, humanity and kindness — the kind of gestures that take your breath away, because for a moment you had forgotten there are truly good people in this world.

I love this town. I wish the reminder wasn’t cloaked by such sad circumstances, but still. I love this town.

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