Cellar Dweller Brewery in Morrow will release a special beer Thursday (Aug. 14) that honors a local Marine who was shot and killed in California in March.
Corporal Khaos Pale Ale was brewed by homebrewer Ben Martin to honor his best friend since kindergarten, 26-year-old Marine Cpl. Steven Kohus. The beer was made as part of Cellar Dweller’s “So You Wanna Be a Brewer” program, which allows local homebrewers to brew their own recipe at the brewery and have it released in the taproom.
Family and friends of Kohus — pronounced "chaos" and thus the name of the beer, head brewer Steve Shaw said — will be at the special keg tapping, which takes place at 6 p.m.
Corporal Khaos Pale Ale is an American pale ale brewed with Columbus and Citra hops. It’s 5.8 percent alcohol by volume and has 45 IBUs. Shaw described it as having an “unbelievable aroma brewed with a huge amount of late hops.”
He shared the following write-up done by Martin about his friend:
Corporal Khaos Pale Ale
Corporal Khaos Pale Ale honors the memory of my life-long best friend USMC Corporal Steven L. Kohus. Steve’s life was cut short by a tragic accident on March 2, 2014, at the age of 26. Steve attended Little Miami High School and graduated in 2006. After high school he worked at Morgan’s Canoe for a few summers before joining the United States Marine Corps. During his service in the Marine Corps, Steve served one tour of duty in Afghanistan.
I knew Steve since kindergarten. We were best friends throughout school, coworkers at Morgan’s Canoe, and brothers from different mothers. It is very difficult for me to describe Steve to someone who did not meet him. You might describe him as funny, caring, crazy (in a good way). But those words alone don’t do him justice; his personality was larger than life. Everyone who knew Steve has a “Steve Story.” They are the things of legend that people who didn’t know him would never believe. These are the memories I wanted to preserve and reminisce about.
When you try Corporal Khaos just take a minute to honor Steve’s memory.
Corporal Steven L. Kohus