Airway Heights company brews Team Gleason beer



Posted on February 11, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 13 at 11:18 AM

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash.--An Airway Heights brewery is putting their skills to work in the fight against Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Orlison Brewing is coming out with a new beer inspired by former NFL star Steve Gleason. It is called “Pilsner 37.” Every pint sold helps to support Gleason’s foundation.

When the folks at Orlison made what they are calling the “Big Pilsner” they knew that they had something special.

The number 37 in Pilsner 37 represents Steve Gleason’s number when he played for the New Orleans Saints.

"And the ideas came together about this flagship big pils. Let's go to Team Gleason and let's let this big pils support Team Gleason and support ALS,” said co-owner Orlin Reinbold.

The beer took nearly a year to develop and perfect. The brewers said before it was finished, they knew there was one final step they needed to take before it could officially be called Pilsner 37.

"And we actually went down and spent some time with the Gleason’s in their home. But Steve was great, we took down a lot of beers that day. We have 7 beers we took down. He tasted almost all of the beers. Liked them,” said Reinbold.

Orlison’s brewmaster Bernie Duenwald said he hopes you will like the taste too. He said it is unlike anything else he has ever made.

"You get lightly toasted malt character. That’s crispy and dry in the finish,” said Duenwald.

Around 5% of sales of Pisner 37 will go to Team Gleason.

Orlison hopes the new beer will be unforgettable, just like Gleason and his battle against ALS.

"It was an amazing connection and amazing what that team is trying to do, this awareness. We hope that this pilsner 37 will carry this awareness forward anytime someone drinks a pilsner 37,” said Reinbold.

There will be an open house at the brewery on February 22 and you can taste the beer then. The following week, the beer will be available in bars all across Spokane.