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Ex-Indian River sheriff finds himself on tap in Iowa brewery

Ex-Indian River sheriff finds himself on tap in Iowa brewery


The Facebook post hit me.

It showed the smiling face of R.T. “Tim” Dobeck, sheriff of Indian River County from 1981 to 1993, in front of his agency’s airplane. The campaign memorabilia reminded me of the community events Dobeck held as campaign fundraisers.

Then I saw something I had to taste: a glass of thick, dark stout.

“Tonight, there’s a new sheriff in town!” the post from Kinship Brewing Co. said. “Chocolate forward with plenty of malty roasty-toastiness, this big, bold 11% imperial stout is a fitting tribute to its namesake, Sheriff Dobeck.”

The only problem: Sheriff Dobeck was being tapped in Waukee, Iowa. I’m a craft beer lover, but 22 hours is too long to drive for a beer.

In promotional materials for Sheriff Dobeck, an 11% imperial stout, Waukee, Iowa-based Kinship Brewing Co.'s Zach Dobeck used memorabilia from his father's political campaigns. In 1980, Tim Dobeck was elected sheriff in Indian River County, where he retired after moving to Georgia in the early 1990s.

Given Iowa’s brewpub laws prohibiting self-distribution, I’ll have to be patient.

One day, though, it would be neat to visit Kinship, which the youngest son of Dobeck and his wife, Madge, opened Jan. 1.

“It’s always been his dream,” Tim Dobeck said of his son, Zach, 34, who lived in Vero Beach through the middle of second grade at Glendale elementary. The family then moved to the Atlanta suburbs. “He doesn’t do anything before he researches things thoroughly.”

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