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Joe Thomas teams up with Cleveland brewery on beer in his honor

Joe Thomas is spending August in the odd situation of not being in training camp with the Cleveland Browns for the first time in over 10 years. The newly retired Browns great is occupying at least some of the well-deserved down time crafting a beer in his honor with a Cleveland-based brewery.

The limited-edition brew, dubbed 73 Kolsch — in honor of Thomas’ No. 73 jersey — will be available in September, about the time the Browns will open their first season without Thomas anchoring the offensive line.

Thomas partnered with Great Lakes Brewing Co. on the beer. Thomas just so happens to be neighbors with the brewery’s CEO, Bill Boor.

“Joe and I talked about the idea of doing a beer together for a while,” Boor said in a release. “He embodies so many things we admire at Great Lakes, and in Cleveland. Reliability, hard work, loyalty, community involvement.”

The 12-ounce cans of 73 Kolsch will feature an image of Thomas, who spent some time at the brewery assisting in the process of making the beer, which boasts a 5.7 percent alcohol content. Why not 7.3, right?

“I love craft beer, and throughout my career in Cleveland I had the opportunity to enjoy some of the best from Great Lakes. I had 11 pro seasons in Cleveland and they’ve had 30, so we’re a good, seasoned match,” Thomas said. “It’s been so much fun going through the entire process from design through brewing the first batch at the pub.”

And now, with Thomas set to enjoy Browns games from the comfort of his own couch, he will at long last be able to enjoy a Sunday of football with a cold beer in his hand. Even better? The can of suds could very well bear his image. Pretty cool, indeed.