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Beer Being Created to Honor Slain MIT Officer

(AP Photo / Middlesex Cty. District Atty. Office)

(AP Photo / Middlesex Cty. District Atty. Office)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts microbrewery is creating a beer in honor of slain Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier.

Authorities say Collier was killed by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

Friends say Collier had many passions in life, from the outdoors, to the New England Patriots to country music, and he also enjoyed craft beer.

Friends suggested a beer in Collier’s honor to the owner of Cambridge Brewing Co.

Owner Phil Bannatyne tells The Boston Globe the first batch of Collier Stout should be ready to drink by mid-June. He describes it as a dry Irish stout.

Richard Sullivan, an MIT police sergeant, says the beer has the approval of Collier’s family.

The MIT hobby shop is creating special wooden taps that feature a police baton and badge.