To Kirk Marino, designing a beer and naming it after his close friend and fallen Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer is about the perfect tribute he can think of.

To Kirk Marino, designing a beer and naming it after his close friend and fallen Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer is about the perfect tribute he can think of.
Spicer was a 29-year-old Georgetown police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty in September 2009.
Marino said that he and four of his police officer buddies could always bring back Spicer’s memory by visiting certain landmarks in the area, but they wanted something more personal to honor their old friend.
“We can go to Georgetown to a memorial for him on The Circle, or The Mall over in Washington D.C., and there’s a Law Enforcement Memorial up in Dover,” Marino said. “But this is the way for the guys who knew him best to kind of celebrate his life – sit around and drink a beer that’s made for him and really remember him.”
And that’s why “Short and Stout” – a bourbon barrel-aged stout beer – was officially born at the Mispillion River Brewing Company last Thursday.
“We talked about the flavors that [Spicer] would like, bourbon, coffee and mint and tobacco and things like that, so it’s almost like we’re able to drink a part of him,” Marino said. “The name is definitely appropriate. [Spicer] was a short, stocky guy.”
An opportunity that was presented by the Mispillion River Brewing Company in Milford made it all happen, according to TJ Webb, another of Spicer’s old friends.
The brewery created a fundraising campaign in 2013 in hopes of purchasing equipment. Through the campaign, anyone who donated $1,000 would have a 30-barrel fermenter dedicated to them or another person.
In addition, the person to whom the fermenter was dedicated to would also have the opportunity to design and brew a beer recipe at the brewery.
So Marino, Webb, Shawn Brittingham, Brandon Hammond – all officers with the Milford Police Department – and Mike Trestka, a state trooper, all pitched in and made the Spicer tribute happen.
“Kirk [Marino’s] the one who actually came up with the idea and got it started and then we got up with Mispillion River Brewing and made it happen,” Webb said. “It’s a really cool way to pay tribute to Chad Spicer.”
Norman and Ruth Ann Spicer, Chad’s parents, attended the ceremony in which Fermenter No. 6 was dedicated to their son and the beer was unveiled in a fundraiser.
The Spicers full-heartedly gave their approval with tears in their eyes.
“There are a lot of emotions,” Ruth Ann Spicer said. “It’s so, so heartwarming and so much love that these police officers have for my son, and so much love that my son had for the police officers. Just to have this done in his honor is just wonderful.”
There were only 100 bottles of “Short and Stout” available at the beer’s unveiling. The first nine were auctioned off for charity, some for more than $500 apiece, and bottle No. 3 was presented to Chad Spicer’s parents in his memory. It was his badge number.
Following the auction, the remaining 90 bottles sold for $30 apiece, with half of the cost of each bottle donated to charity.
Between the beer and a 50/50 raffle, Spicer’s friends and the brewery raised $8,000 for the National Criminal Law Enforcement Officer in Distress Fund.
“When [the police officers] asked us it was an honor and they just wanted us to dedicate a fermenter to Chad Spicer,” said Eric Williams, president of Mispillion River Brewery. “But to make this beer, bring the community together, meet the family and see what it means to them, it’s just overwhelming. It’s the coolest thing that I’ve ever been a part of.”
Now there promises to be an even greater bond of brotherhood between the officers, Spicer’s close friends.
“I think this is a great way to honor Chad,” Marino said. “He was a friend to all of us. Every year on his birthday a bunch of his friends get together and we drink a beer in his honor.”
Now they can drink Spicer’s very own beer and toast his memory. It will help his legacy live on.
“Chad was a warm, loving person,” Ruth Ann Spicer said. “He had the biggest heart of anybody in the world that you’d want to meet and he never met a stranger. The community loved him and he loved his job and he loved what he did.”