The Watch Dog: A Fitting Tribute to Fallen Officers

By Derek Obregon

Posted January 10, 2014 in Web Only

beersforofficers_11291461There are times when the world just doesn’t make sense. And almost a year ago, a tragedy happened that conveyed such meaninglessness.

We all remember the massive manhunt that took place for Christopher Dorner back in February of last year, but if it’s a little fuzzy, I’ll bring you up to speed.

It all stemmed from Dorner being terminated from his job as an LAPD officer, which he felt was done wrongfully. He killed Monica Quan (former LAPD Capt. Randal Quan’s  daughter) and her fiance, Keith Lawrence in their parking garage as part of his revenge.

It had the city in disarray and on edge because Dorner was a former LAPD officer, so he knew the protocol and procedures officers followed to find suspects.

The former LAPD officer/United States Navy Reserve officer was charged in the connection of a series of shooting attacks on police officers and their families.

It was one of the scariest times in recent years to live in California, and two innocent trucks were shot at while the manhunt for Dorner unfolded. A married couple was tied up and a firefight began and ended in a Big Bear cabin fire.

Two Inland Empire officers lost their lives protecting us during this time, and now they are being memorialized in a different way.

Wick’s Brewing Co. has been creating two new and distinctive beers to honor the two officers.

In the months following the murders, Wick’s was approached by the Cain family to honor their loss with a special brew. It was the way Regina Crain wanted to memorialize her late husband because instead of thinking about negative times, she could always remember something he enjoyed.

How could brewer Ryan Wicks say no? The brewery began work on the beers and is now ready to reveal them. Everything about the beers were made to fit the personality and taste preferences of the officers.

Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain will have the “Freight Crain” beer, and San Bernardino County Deputy Jeremiah MacKay will have the “Sheepdog beer.”

Freight Crain is a chocolate milk stout, which is  described as a good, strong, dark beer. The Sheepdog beer is an irish ale with an American influence.

Even the logo created by Chris Hernandez on the bottle is very special. Freight Crain depicts a freight train’s body with a charging bull’s head because Crain was nicknamed “Freight Crain” for his time knocking down doors on the SWAT team.

MacKay is depicted as a sheepdog playing the bagpipes in honor of his love for the bagpipes. Both of the beers also have the badge and call numbers of each of the men.

The beers will be unveiled at the Cops and Cars fundraiser on Feb 1 to benefit the families of fallen or injured officers.


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