Extra Special Beatrice release supports Respite Care.


Little Beatrice is nowhere near drinking age, but she’s got a beer named after her.

A collaborative effort of two homebrewers and Loveland’s Grimm Brothers Brewhouse has resulted in Extra Special Beatrice, an English-style ale that will go on sale Saturday at the brewery’s taproom to benefit the nonprofit Respite Care.

Beatrice Leach has cerebral palsy, and last fall the south Loveland King Soopers store bought a special shopping cart that makes it easier for the 3-year-old’s mom, Melody Leach, to take her daughter shopping.

Assistant store manager Mike Myers, who arranged for the purchase of the cart, has stayed in touch with the Leaches, who regularly shop at his store.

He and Beatrice’s dad, Thor Leach, share a love of homebrewing. They got to talking about making a beer that would raise money for Respite Care, the Fort Collins organization that provides short-term care for children with developmental disabilities.

They talked with the owners of Grimm Brothers about the idea of collaborating on the project.

“We said heck yeah, that’s what we love to do,” said Aaron Heaton, co-founder of the brewery who said he knew Myers from his days as a homebrewer.

Myers said he and Leach talked about the kind of beer to make, and they settled on an extra special bitter, an English ale that Grimm Brothers doesn’t normally make because it specializes in German beers.

He described Extra Special Beatrice as “a really easy drinking English-style ale.”

Myers and the Leaches worked with Grimm Brothers’ head brewer on Jan. 28 to get their beer started.

“We came in first thing in the morning and started the brewing process,” he said. “We put the grains in, cleaned the mash tun out, added hops, added yeast and transferred the batch to the fermenter.”

“Everybody got involved,” Heaton said. “It was a true collaboration.”

Heaton said the brewery regularly gets involved in projects for charity, but not often ones of this scale.

“That organization has been great to work with,” he said. “They’re doing something good, and it’s really fun to be able to work with them.”

Grimm Brothers will contribute $1 from the sale of each pint of Extra Special Beatrice. Heaton said the project will raise $400 or $500 for the nonprofit, although Grimm Brothers is likely to “round up” when it makes its donation.

Craig Young: 970-635-3634, cyoung@reporter-herald.com