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Brew Works creates beer to honor well-known homeless woman

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Bethlehem Brew Works is creating a beer in honor of Elizabeth Jean Rivera, a well-known homeless woman who died in early January after being struck by a car. 

The 47-year-old was loved by many and known for selling her art creations to the community. Bethlehem Brew Works new head brewer, Chris Bowen, requested to create his first beer in honor of Rivera, calling it "Liz". Bowen had the pleasure of knowing Rivera, exchanging a few words and smiles. 

"Liz" is a New England style IPA brewed with pale, wheat and a balance of oats. Its Citra hops provide a fruity flavor and aroma. It will continue to be on tap while supplies last. 

Brew Works says a portion of the proceeds will be donated to ArtsQuest for scholarships for children to take classes at the Banana Factory, continuing Rivera's legacy of art in the community. 


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