New DBCo beer honors the late Travis Roy

DBCo's operations manager Jim O'Neil, holding up a Travis Roy jersey , is shown with Scott Drake at Wormtown Brewery.

Dorchester Brewing Company will release a new beer on Friday honoring the late Travis Roy, a Boston University hockey player who tragically had his career cut short by a spinal cord injury just seconds into his first game in 1995. Roy passed away on October 29, 2020, after dedicating the rest of his life to raising funds for research and adaptive equipment for paraplegics through the Travis Roy Foundation.

To honor Roy’s memory, Dorchester Brewing Company has teamed up with Wormtown Brewery to create a beer in his honor and help to raise funds for the Travis Roy Foundation, which is dedicated to helping spinal cord injury survivors.

“Because we knew Travis was a fan of IPAs, we brewed a Red IPA with spruce to honor the school colors at BU and used spruce tips and Blue Ox malt from Maine, as a nod to Travis' home state,” read a statement from DBCo.

The beer, aptly named "24", Travis' retired hockey jersey number, will debut Friday to coincide with the start of the NCAA Men's Frozen Four Hockey Tournament and served exclusively in the DBco and Wormtown Brewery Tap Rooms in both Foxborough/Patriot Place and Worcester, for in-person drafts and in 32-ounce Crowlers to bring home, with a special limited-edition label. $1 from every beer sold will be donated to the Travis Roy Foundation.