Ryan Roberts wanted to honor a dear friend.
Before N.C. State Highway Trooper Nolan Sanders perished in a single-car accident in March of 2020, the two had spoken about Roberts brewing a lemon blueberry sour beer.
Roberts never forgot the conversation.
“When Ryan reached out, I said ‘OK’ and told him that was awesome,” said Alexis, who also recalled the two friends’ discussion. “It was something they had talked about when he first opened up.”
Roberts and his R&R Brewing crew went to work.
It took approximately 1 1/2 months to brew the summertime-flavored beer, which Roberts named “C240” — Sanders’ badge number. The tasty concoction was an instant overnight success.
Customers relished the light, fruity beer.
“It sold fast,” Roberts said. “I had folks coming in and asking for it. When I told them we had sold out, they left monetary donations.
Rep. John Bell stopped by and took some with him back to his Raleigh office.
“For the beer to move across the state like that, that’s pretty good for us.”
Roberts donated a portion of the proceeds, $2,240, to The Trooper Nolan Sanders Foundation, created by Alexis in memory of her late husband.
The foundation provides a year’s salary when a highway patrol officer dies in the line of duty while the family waits for an insurance check.
“We are all so thankful to Ryan and the R&R team for all their hard work and generosity,” Alexis said. “Seeing a community come together to support our mission is so incredible. It’s been overwhelming that people have offered their time to help us out.
“It’s pretty humbling.”
Roberts said the C240 sour will remain a menu item.
He estimated the second batch could be brewed sometime in either September or October and plans to donate a portion of the proceeds to the foundation. The most important thing is to remember a good friend, who made a great impression on the Mount Olive community and southern Wayne County.
“It’s good exposure for the town, brewery and foundation,” Roberts said.