Dozens packed the Sawmill Brewing Company in Merrill Tuesday evening to honor a fallen soldier. The brewery unveiled a beer named after the truck of Sgt. Ryan Jopek.
"I think it's a pretty great honor," said Brian Jopek, Ryan's dad. "He loved that truck, that truck was his baby."
In 2006, Jopek died in Iraq while he was deployed. He was just 20 years old at the time.
Deployed with him was Chris Burger, who now works at Sawmill Brewing Company.
"It all starts in 2005 when our unit deployed out of Merrill," said Burger. "We lost a soldier and friend on our last mission over there. I started brewing here about six months ago and right away I thought about wanting to name a beer after him."