Rivertown Brewing Company will be hosting a benefit for the family of Kevin Spatz on Wednesday, December 17th from 4:00 pm to close. Kevin Spatz passed away unexpectedly in October at 47. He left behind his wife Carol, his son Philip who is a sophomore in college and his daughter Elizabeth who is a junior in high school.
As Roxanne Westendorf who works in the Rivertown tap room and is a member of the Bloatarian Brewing League told us,
Many of us in the brewing community have very strong connections with Kevin and his family. While our friendships started with brewing, they became much stronger through the years. The benefit is not just about helping a fellow brewer, but is part of the bond that many of us developed with Kevin and his family through the years.
Kevin and Carol moved to the Cincinnati area just over 20 years ago. In 1995 – Kevin attended his first Bloatarian Brewing League meeting – which is where Rob & I met Kevin (also our first meeting), and we quickly became friends with Kevin and Carol (and Philip and Elizabeth, of course). A couple of years later – Kevin got a job at the Samuel Adams brewery in Cincinnati – and was one of their first employees in Cincinnati.
When Jason Roeper – owner of Rivertown Brewing Company – started homebrewing, Kevin was one of the first Bloatarians he met. Jason was a Sam Adams Longshot finalist in 2009, and Kevin spent a lot of time escorting Jason and introducing him to the folks at Boston Beer and other key industry players. When Jason turned pro – he and Kevin kept in touch professionally as well.
In addition to their regular taps, Rivertown will have a special beer in honor of Kevin – an American Stout. Stouts were one of Kevin’s favorite styles. Net proceeds from beer sales will go to an educational trust for Kevin’s children Philip and Elizabeth.
There will also be a silent auction and raffle. Boston Beer / Samuel Adams has donated items for the silent auction and raffle including several gifts with face value of $200 or more. Rivertown will be adding additional items to the silent auction and raffle. Donations will also be accepted at the brewery before and during the event. All proceeds from the benefit will go to the education fund.
In addition, food available for purchase during the event.