Even almost 80 years after his death, Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig's name continues to be synonymous with more than his fair share of baseball numbers. From his 2,130 consecutive games played record that stood for 56 years or hitting fourth behind Babe Ruth in the Yankees' batting order en route to six world championships, the seven-time AL All-Star's No. 4 was the first jersey number retired in the Major Leagues in an emotional speech that signaled the end of his 17-year playing career.
Sadly, the legendary first baseman's name is also forever linked to the deadly neuromuscular affliction that took his life at age 37 - amyotrophic lateral sclerosis aka Lou Gehrig's disease. With over 6,000 new cases diagnosed every year, local brewery Four Peaks is doing its part to help combat ALS through a limited-edition beer named in honor of the first Yankees captain, "Iron Horse."
Developed in partnership with Ales for ALS - a nationwide brewery program that that includes donating portions of sales proceeds to the ALS Therapy Development Institute - Four Peaks' "Iron Horse" is a 5.5-percent Alcohol By Volume golden ale infused with a special blend of hops that includes Citra, Loral and four experimental varieties. Light in body and color, the beer combines a mix of hops with bright flavors of honeydew, coconut, mown grass and mandarin orange.
"We at Four Peaks don't just want to sell beer; we want to help make our community better," said Four Peaks co-founder Andy Ingram, whose brewery is doing a max donation to ALS Therapy Development Institute of $10,000. "From programs that support teachers to those that provide for veterans to those that help puppies get adopted, we do our best to offer help where we think it's needed most. ALS research is one such area of need. Someone is diagnosed with ALS every 90 minutes, and there's currently no effective treatment or cure. 'Iron Horse' is our small way of helping researchers eradicate ALS - through the power of beer."
Now through May 31, 2018, 'Iron Horse' is available in a commemorative take-home glass at The Draft Room here at Chase Field, as well as at the Four Peaks 8th Street Brewery in Tempe and at the Scottsdale Grill & Tap. The Draft Room at Chase Field is closed to the public on May 11, 2018. For single reservations, please call 602-462-3430.