How does a tap room throw a birthday party?
By introducing a new craft beer named after the Tap Room's namesake.
Born on October 7, 1856, Moses Fleetwood Walker played for Toledo's first professional team, the Blue Stockings, and helped it to the Northwestern League pennant in 1883. He became the first acknowledged African-American to play in a major league game when the Blue Stockings joined the American Association in 1884, preceding Jackie Robinson by 63 years.
Moses' Acquittal is brewed exclusively for Fleetwood's Tap Room by the local brewery, The Black Cloister. The name is in reference to Walker being acquitted for murder by a jury after being attacked by a group of men in 1891.
The brew is a northern English inspired brown ale with a honey nut taste. "I use honey malt instead of honey in the brewing process, to give it a better honey flavor," says Shannon Fink, Black Cloister's head brewmaster.
It wouldn't be a birthday party without a gift. Stop by Fleetwood's Tap Room between 4-8 p.m. on Friday, October 7, and receive a ticket to the Toledo Walleye preseason game at the Huntington Center. Puck drops at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are also available at the arena for $5 with proceeds going to the Walleye Wishing Well.