ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Officials from local brewery Heroes Brewing Company began selling American Pale Ale beer dubbed “Letters from Lt. Ellis” Friday at a launch party Friday.
The beer is named in honor of Lieutenant Mildred “Mid” Ellis, who served as a nurse in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in hospitals around the world. She recently passed away due to Alzheimer’s disease.
“This disease erodes the memory of our loved ones, but it cannot erase the amazing accomplishments along their journey,” said Greg Fagen, co-founder of Heroes Brewing Company. “Mid is just one example of that.”
Letters from Lt. Ellis contains a history within its name and its can artwork — the label on the can features actual letters she wrote home to her parents and family during her deployment. The artwork for the can was designed by local artist Anthony Walker.
In addition, the Patriot Guard presented a Celebration of Life plaque to Lt. Ellis’ family at Heroes Brewing Company on Sunday.
Lt. Ellis was one of the first nurses in Japan, attached to the 8th Army, and as a result of her recent passing from Alzheimer’s disease, a portion of the proceeds from the can sales — $1 per 4-pack — will be donated to the Rochester and Finger Lakes chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association in her memory.
Those who are interested in supporting the local mission or simply want a taste of the commemorative brew can do so by visiting the brewery. “Letters from Lt. Ellis” is now on tap at 543 Atlantic Avenue.
“She was very proud of her service in Japan. Hawaii first then Japan,” said Linda Hunt, one of the daughters of Lt. Ellis. “It’s one thing that, even through her Alzheimer’s, she was proud of the fact that she was married, she had a family, and that she served her country.”