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Stone to Honor the Life of Fallen Employee

Stone Brewing Co. pays tribute to one of their own with this forthcoming release. Earlier this year, tragedy struck the brewery with the loss of Matt Courtright.

Matt’s Burning Rosid’s is a cherrywood smoked saison, his own recipe he developed with friend Brian Bishop. Stone will be donating funds from the sales of Rosid’s to, an architectural charity that Matt passionately believed in.

Life is extraordinarily precious. joyous _and fragile. At Stone. we recently were reminded of this when we lost our dear friend and coworker, Matt Courtright. We felt that there was no better way to share with the world what an extraordinary person he was than by brewing this beer he created. Rather than a somber memento, please think of this as a celebration of Matt. We do. We can’t contemplate it arty other way. Matt was by no means a shrinking violet. Quite the contrary. He was exuberant. courageous, outwardly positive and the type of stalwart friend everybody who knew him was happy to have in their corner. Matt’s smile and voluminous laugh were infectious mainstays around the brewery. He was larger than life in everyday and he was without a doubt an incredible brewer.

Everyone at Stone recognized Matt’s prowess and passion for brewing. He loved to explore What-Ifs and Why-Nots. To wit he crafted the beer you hold in your hands. which he conceived with Stone friend and colleague Brian Bishop. Burning Rosids is a Belgian-style saison incorporating a unique ingredient—cherrywood-smoked malt (the name references the rosid plant family from which cherry trees hail).

Brian and Matt’s many devoted brewing comrades here at Stone were proud to hoist their mash paddles and brew this recipe for him as a symbolic gesture of how much he meant to everyone and how immensely he is missed. When you enjoy this very special beer, please on all of unto raising your glass in Motto memory and to everything he so passionately stood for: contributing and caring for others. passion and skill for his art, and laughter. Lots of laughter. Among the long list of things he held dear was, a charity committed to fulfilling the architectural needs of developing communities around the world, and we are proudly contributing funds earned through the sale of this beer to this worthy organization in Matt’s honor. Enjoy. and please remember that life and those we hold dear are precious gifts to be cherished every day. Consider sharing this beer, conversations on life’s passions and again, lots of laughter with good friends as we remember ours.

Out of tragedy comes a celebration of life. Toasting a beer, his beer, in his honor is probably the best toast craft beer and offer. Official details forthcoming from the brewery soon.

3 thoughts on “Stone to Honor the Life of Fallen Employee

  1. Do we have any official report of the fatality investigation for stone’s employee? From the vague description of the incident, it would appear that the organization likely did not have the correct policies or procedures in place to comply with state and federal worker safety regulations to prevent an incident like this from ever occurring.

    Their write up and commemorating this beer to a fallen employee is touching, but they seem to neglect the burden of failure on the organization for ever letting something like this occur at their facility.

  2. That’s nice of them, however I would like to take a minute to note that it is likely the lack of stone’s adherence to occupational safety and health act regulations which contributed to this death. The entire way they treat this is if it was some unfortunate and unavoidable accident, when it was very much likely the fault of the organization for not having the correct programs and policies in place to mitigate this very incident from occurring.

    It is a tragedy and it is very nice they are memorializing one of their former employees, but it should not wash out their failures of not providing a safe working environment which could have very easily prevented such an incident from occurring in the first place.

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