Cleveland Browns fan Chris Slavin was looking for the perfect name for his new Belgian-style golden ale.
And then it hit him -- Johnny Man’z Ale.
It’s a clever homage to Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel, the media sensation and latest quarterback savior for a long-suffering fan base. Yes, Johnny Football mania is alive and well in Northeast Ohio.
Slavin, a 33-year-old machine technician from Grafton, made the beer at The Brew Kettle’s brew-on-premise operation in Strongsville three weeks ago.
Photos of the label, which feature an image of Manziel in uniform and a beer bottle protruding from his facemask, started popping up on Facebook and Twitter this week after the beer was bottled.
Now, Johnny Man’z Ale is blowing up on the Internet with every sports website from Bleacher Report to the Sporting News reporting on it.
“I got a lot of people who want a bottle,” Slavin said Thursday. “But I’m pretty sure it’s totally illegal to sell them. I made them for my own personal use.”
He added that he’s not really a homebrewer and this was only the second time that he’s made a beer at The Brew Kettle, which allows people to come in and brew a small batch of beer under the tutelage of a professional brewer.
His friend, Jesse Kazmer, did the photoshop work on the label.
Slavin described himself as a huge Manziel fan, saying he loves the quarterback’s style and hopes he’s around for a long time. He added that he hasn’t heard from Manziel about the beer.
There’s likely no way the NFL would allow a beer label to feature the Browns logo and about as much chance as Manziel giving his blessing for his image on the label.
“Hopefully I won’t hear from a lawyer or Manziel’s mom,” Slavin said.
“The only thing I’m trying to get out of this is a job in marketing and to drink one with Johnny Manziel,” he added with a laugh.
As for the beer itself, Slavin described it as high alcohol, clocking in at 8 percent alcohol by volume.
It was made with plenty of candy sugar.
“It’s smooth and really easy to drink for a high-alcohol beer,” he said. “It’s really sweet and it kind of tastes like banana.”
If you’re disappointed that you can’t get your hands on a bottle of Johnny Man’z Ale, don’t despair.
There’s another Cleveland Browns quarterback-themed beer available. Bernie Beer, a brown ale named after former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar, is being produced by the Bernie Beer Co. at Cellar Rats Brewery in Madison.
It’s available on draft at Heinen’s grocery store locations and there are plans to can the beer this fall for football season.
“It’s doing fantastic,” Cellar Rats spokesman Joel Sandrey said. “We’re going full force with Bernie Beer Brown Ale.”