BOSTON (CBS) – Some Boston Marathon bombing survivors got a brewing lesson Wednesday morning as Samuel Adams re-launched its Boston 26.2 Brew. They poured some malted barley, sniffed some hops and of course tasted plenty of beer, served up by the founder himself, Jim Koch.
Survivor James Costello got the tour along with his rehab nurse and wife-to-be Krista D’Agostino. Survivor Jacqui Webb wanted to thank all those who helped her get past the anger and depression. “The support and the kindness and the generosity of everyone has just been amazing,” Webb says.
Survivor Kevin White is running the race. He and his mom were hurt by shrapnel at the finish line where his dad lost a leg. “It’s not just about people that were injured as victims last year,” White says. “It’s about collectively the entire city coming back together.”
Boston Beer founder Jim Koch decided to help just hours after the bombing, but admires the resilience and courage a year later even more. “The events of last year really brought Boston together in a unique way,” Koch says.
All profits from Boston 26.2 Brew will help recovering victims and their families through the Greg Hill Foundation. The specialty beer fund is likely to chip in more than $100,000 this year.
The 26.2 in the beer’s name refers to the length of the marathon. The survivors helped with the first batch that will be sold at several dozen locations in Eastern Massachusetts, many along the race route.
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