Miles Killebrew has yet to play a down in the NFL, but he’s already gaining popularity in Detroit. And with a name like his, it’s easy to see why.
Killebrew, who is in a competition for one of Detroit’s starting safety jobs, was bestowed with a different type of honor earlier this month. He had a beer named after him.
Fort Street Brewery created a “Killebrew IPA,” named for the Lions rookie safety, and debuted the beer at the beginning of June.
“I guess it was a play on my name,” Killebrew said. “Killebrew. So they wanted to do that there. It was a cool experience.”
The brewery's website describes Killebrew’s namesake beer as “light in body and malt character and rich in fruity and piney notes. Making it the perfect IPA to drink while on the porch or playing football with some friends. I used Summer, Pacifica, Amarillo and Magnum to hop this beer. For malt I included Full Pint Malt, Caramel 10, White Wheat, Redx and dextrose to create depth in this light IPA.”
Killebrew went to the brewery earlier this month. He wouldn’t say whether or not he had the beer -- he said he’s not a big drinker -- but was flattered by the attention. Killebrew said he heard about the honor via social media.
“Great people there,” Killebrew said. “And it was just fun to get in touch with the community.”
The beer has received decent reviews on Untappd, a social media beer-rating app.