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P.S.O. Eric Zapata honored by craft beer maker


KALAMAZOO (WKZO)-- The adult friends and family of former Kalamazoo Public Safety officer Eric Zapata will get to taste the first batch of a beer brewed in his honor this Christmas Eve. 

Boatyard Brewing, one of the new brewers in Kalamazoo will go into production of “EZ Ale” this spring.

E.Z. were his initials and his nickname.

Zapata was gunned down by on the East side In April of 2011 and since then he has received a number of honors.

That list includes a Statue on the Kalamazoo Mall and having I-94 through the county renamed the Eric Zapata Memorial Highway. There is also a scholarship named for him.

They will launch the sale of the beer on the anniversary of his death.

The first ten barrels will be donated to the Zapata Foundation to be used as a fundraiser for that scholarship.