July 10, 2015 was an awful day at Edge Brewing Company. Our head brewer, Kerry Thomas, was grievously injured in what was later determined to be a boil-over on the brew stand. In the end, she suffered second and third degree burns to about thirty percent of her body and had to be hospitalized for almost two months.
Immediately following the accident, we here at Edge met briefly to discuss how we could move forward. After much deliberation, we had a plan that would keep the brewery afloat while our brewer was being treated for these injuries. It was a meeting that nobody wants to have and we here at Edge hope to never have again. You go into the beer business thinking it’s going to offer you an opportunity to meet people, celebrate great beer and hopefully provide a product that people will love and celebrate with you. Many people forget that this is a manufacturing business and that accidents can and do happen. Edge Brewing Company now knows that reality all too well and will do everything in its power to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Edge’s co-founder and president, Marcus Bezuhly – himself an accomplished homebrewer – took the reins and did a heck of a job filling in. He took control and showed great leadership in keeping Edge going.
The good news is that Kerry is back where she belongs; brewing beer at Edge. She has been working for the last three weeks and has already brought back favorites Imperial Red and Badunkamonk Belgian Triple. The brewery was missing a key ingredient when she went down all those weeks ago; now it is whole again.
Next time you come in for lunch, dinner or a quick beer, be sure to take a peek into the brewery to see Kerry hard at work once again. Her first brew when she came back, Edge Amber Ale, is on tap right now and tasting delicious. Her first original brew, Edge IPA, will soon be on draft and in bottles around the whole state. Join me in hoisting a glass to the Huntsmen Center Burn Unit, Kerry’s tremendous family, the Cole family and everyone who gave money or donated items to help our brewer get back to us today. Last but not least, hoist a glass to Kerry herself. Her toughness and resolve went beyond anybody’s expectations and without that our brewery wouldn’t be whole. Cheers!!!