Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper's infamous response to a question about his favorite beer has inspired numerous jokes and parodies over the past few weeks, not to mention his very own Denver beer, Clown Question, a Canadian lager-style beer brewed by Denver Beer Co. The name is based on the (tongue-in-cheek) assumption that the rookie phenom was simply answering the reporter's question and naming his favorite beer.
"You just have to change the emphasis of the words in his comment," quipped brewery co-owner Charlie Berger.
But Harper has proven to a be a good sport about being clowned. While in town for a four-game series against the Rockies, he learned of the tragic death of Denver police officer Celena Hollis and decided to reach out to Berger and ask that his namesake beer be used for a good cause.
"We were contacted by his camp, who said Harper was struck by the gravity of the situation and was wondering if we would consider donating proceeds from Clown Question, Bro sales to the Celena Hollis Memorial Fund," Berger says. "Of course, we said yes."
The beer is currently on tap, and Berger estimates that it will last until the middle of next week. "The more attention for this cause the better. Hopefully, our small contribution can make a difference."
Despite his game-tying home run in the ninth inning, Harper's Nationals lost to the Rockies last night in the final game of the series. But Harper wins big in the hearts of friends and loved ones of officer Hollis, whose funeral will be held at 11 a.m. this Saturday at the Denver First Church of the Nazarene, 3800 East Hampden Avenue in Englewood.
Further donations to the Celena Hollis Memorial Fund can be mailed to:
Celena Hollis Memorial Fund Account Number 23012705 Rocky Mountain Law Enforcement FCU 700 W. 39th Avenue Denver, CO 80216 303-458-6660
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