Joe Paterno’s Family, Brewery Create Beer In Penn State Coach’s Honor

by NESN Staff

June 22, 2015

Joe Paterno’s family is pouring one out for the late Penn State football coach.

Paterno’s son Jay Paterno, who was his father’s assistant coach from 1995 until 2011, joined forces recently with Latrobe City Brewing Co. to create the Paterno Legacy Series of beers, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Saturday. The younger Paterno took on the project with the blessing of his mother, Sue Paterno.

?That this is an American company in an increasingly foreign-dominated industry, that it brews in Pennsylvania, that it provides union jobs — all of those things just resonated with my mom and all of us,? Jay Paterno told the Tribune-Review.

The beer is an American lager, and The Associated Press reported that the cans will feature Joe Paterno’s likeness and his accomplishments. Paterno’s Nittany Lions 111 wins that were vacated after the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal were restored in January, making his 409 wins the most in Division-I football once again.

Joe Paterno remains a controversial figure, but his widow made sure the family wouldn’t just be cashing in on the coach. Sue Paterno requested a portion of the proceeds go to charities the family supports, which include the Special Olympics and “efforts aimed at preventing child sexual abuse,” per the Tribune-Review.

Thumbnail photo via Rob Christy/USA TODAY Sports Images

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