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Eastern Shore brewery unveils Billy Ripken-inspired sour beer: Puck Face

A photo of Cambridge-based RaR Brewery's newest offering, Puck Face.
A photo of Cambridge-based RaR Brewery's newest offering, Puck Face.(Jameson Harrington)

Chris Brohawn and BJ Wheatley are big beer guys. They also have baseball card collections. For the longest time, these were two facts that lived apart from one another, operating on separate planes, never destined to meet and bear some unforeseen offspring.

But when the two friends and co-workers at RaR Brewery were brainstorming names for their first go at a sour beer, the topic of one particular Orioles card came up. It's a Bill Ripken card they both own and know and cherish. It's a card that ultimately would, ahem, "inspire" the name for their newest offering: Puck Face.

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"We couldn't stop laughing about the name and story behind it," Brohawn, an RaR Brewery co-owner, wrote in an email Wednesday night.

So they went ahead with the beer, a lemon-drop-flavored, dry-hopped Berliner Weisse with 3.6 percent alcohol content created by brewmaster Randy Mills. ("Think Billy Ripken on a hot summer day, crushing brews and hating his brother," the company joked on Facebook.) Wheatley did the sourface drawing, and Brohawn handled the label design. With a "Backyard RARBQ" planned for the brewery's Cambridge storefront Saturday, Puck Face, 50 cases in all, will make its grand debut.

Cal Ripken Jr. can have his youth-baseball empire and Aberdeen IronBirds. Brohawn would like to believe a certain recent Sports Emmy Award winner will one day get a taste of the only beer to honor his two most infamous words. "I'm secretly hoping Billy hears about it and drinks it!"

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