Good as gourd: Elizabeth cops decide pumpkin spice doughnuts are perfect ingredient for brew


What happens when you turn Elizabeth police officers loose inside a brewing room at The Elizabeth Brewing Company? With a huge, open tank of bubbling mash just begging for them to add a special ingredient?

You guessed it. You end up with doughnuts in the beer.

Officers were invited by owner Emily Briggs to create their own signature beer, and after deciding on pumpkin spice amber ale, officers knew it wouldn’t be a true cop brew without some pumpkin spice doughnuts thrown in.

“Officers had their choice of a snickerdoodle cream ale, a vanilla bourbon stout or the pumpkin spice amber ale,” said Briggs. “They added the doughnuts to the mash, and then they got to choose the name of the beer.”

The beer, as well as the name the police department chose for their concoction, will be unveiled at the Elizabeth Harvest Festival on Oct. 26. One dollar from every pint sold, and $5 from every custom T-shirt sold, will be donated to the police department to help fund their annual student academy.

Briggs said when they opened The Elizabeth Brewing Company just over a year ago, they knew they wanted to be involved with the community and help support local organizations.

“We realized community is really important to the people of Elizabeth,” said Briggs. “We decided our mission, vision and values were to support the community in every way that we can.”

Local firefighters created their own brew with Briggs in May, and named it Station 271. According to Briggs, the beer sold out in about two weeks, and the T-shirts were so popular they had to place a second order. Pints of the special batches are sold until the beer runs out, then customers will have to wait to see what the next group brews up.

“Working with The Elizabeth Brewing Company was fun and informative,” said Police Cmdr. Melvin Berghahn. “We’re looking forward to sharing our creation with the community.”


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