Bernie Kosar on Hand for Annual Tapping of Bernie Beer at Winks in Beachwood

Hours ahead of the start of the NFL draft on Thursday, former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar joined fans, friends and brewers at Winks in Beachwood for the inaugural taping of Bernie Beer, his namesake brown ale that's locally brewed and distributed.

Bernie Beer is brewed by The Hop View Brewing Co. at Cellar Rats Brewery in Madison, Ohio, under the name Bernie Beer Co. It was brewed with a goal of tapping it in time for the NFL draft.

Bernie Beer is a low-alcohol beer at 5.5 percent, and is low in IBUs (International Bitterness Units) at 20. Ed Thompkins of Heinen's, who was the impetus for launching the beer, says describes it as "a pale ale in amber ale's clothing."

Joel Sandrey of Cellar Rats Brewery says that they are hoping to have a can or bottle distribution ready for the start of the NFL season.

A portion of Bernie Beer sales will go to the non-profit Play It Forward organization, which was founded by Northeast Ohio businessman Scott A. Marincek. The group emphasizes good deeds over money and encourages people to inspire others to do random acts of kindness without expecting anything in return.

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