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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 06-24-2020

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8 PAWTUCKET JUNE 24-30, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION 8 adding, "I hope people enjoy the fun spirit of it and (don't) take it too seriously." The beer is described as an imperial fruit sour with Florida key limes and a dash of sea salt. The idea came about one day while staff was canning and found out that Gronk "un-retired himself" and decided to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, along with Brady. "We were angry about that," DaRosa said. Someone threw out the word traitor, which "spit- balled into Traitorade" and they began thinking what that would look like as a beer. "It had to be salty and had to be sour because that's what we are right now," DaRosa said. To tie in Florida, he threw key limes into the mix. The can's design includes a play on the Buccaneers' throwback "Bucco Bruce" logo. The first batch was released on June 10, DaRosa said. A four-pack of the 16-ounce cans costs $18 and so far Smug has sold more than 500 units. "Our distrib- utor told us we should make more," he said, sothey're working on a second batch that will go into distribu- tion in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. In the mean- time, folks may be able to find some at a liquor store from the first batch until it's back at the brewery. DaRosa, who said he's a big football fan and has cable simply to watch Patriots games, said he's not actually mad at Brady and Gronkowski but thought the beer would be funny. "We are a little salty," he added. "I know some people will be a little upset about this beer, just remember it is just a joke," reads a post on Smug's Instagram account. "We love our two former Patriot players. That being said we have a unique brew for you. … This beer reminds me of getting old and having to retire in Florida." While many commented in support of the brew, excited to try it and find- ing it humorous, DaRosa said some people have been genuinely upset, emailing him to tell him he should be more respectful of the play- ers and what they've done for New England. "It's foot- ball," he said. He's also heard from people who thought it was just a gimmick and that the beer wouldn't taste good who really enjoy the fla- vor. DaRosa said his team worked to create a palatable beer that has a balance of salty and sour. "It surprises people that it is a good beer." Due to restrictions amid the ongoing health crisis, Smug's building, located at 100 Carver St., is closed but people can still order beer for curbside pickup. Also in the works, DaRosa said, is a collaboration with Borealis Coffee Company, which has a new roasting space in Pawtucket. Visit www.smugbrewing. com for more. SMUG From Page One DAROSA Smug Brewing has sold out of its new TRAITORADE, a key lime sour that pokes fun at Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski for leaving the New England Patriots to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which was released on June 10. A second batch is in the works and should be ready in a couple of weeks. City receives grant to hire new officers PROVIDENCE – The Department of Justice announced nearly $400 million in grant funding through the Department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program. The Attorney General announced funding awards to 596 law enforcement agencies across the nation, which allows those agencies to hire 2,732 additional full-time law enforcement professionals. The awards announced today are inclusive of the $51 million announced in May as part of Operation Relentless Pursuit. The Providence Police Department has been awarded $1,250,000 to hire 10 offi- cers. The Pawtucket Police Department has been award COPS grant funding totaling $750,000 to hire six additional officers. The COPS Hiring Program is a com- petitive award program intended to reduce crime and advance public safety through community policing by providing direct funding for the hiring of career law enforcement officers. In addition to pro- viding financial support for hiring, CHP provides funding to state, local, and tribal law enforcement to enhance local com- munity policing strategies and tactics. In a changing economic climate, CHP funding helps law enforcement agencies maintain sufficient sworn personnel levels to pro- mote safe communities. Funding through this program had been on hold since the spring of 2018 due to a nationwide injunc- tion that was lifted earlier this year. To learn more about CHP, visit https:// cops.usdoj.gov/chp . For additional infor- mation about the COPS Office, visit www. cops.usdoj.gov .

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