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07/11/2011 11:34 EDT | Updated 09/10/2011 05:12 EDT

Beer Released In Honour Of Colin Allin, Canadian Killed In Nicaragua

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- HALIFAX - A Halifax brewery is putting out a special edition of its beer in honour of a former employee who died after being shot on his front porch in Nicaragua.

The father of 40-year-old Colin Allin says his son was sitting at his home in the capital city of Managua when two men drove up to him on a motorcycle.

Ron Allin says that his son -- who previously lived in Goderich, Ont., Calgary and most recently Halifax -- struggled with the men when they attempted to seize his laptop computer.

He said his son was shot once, and he died in hospital on July 3 from infections related to the wound.

Brian Titus, the owner of Garrison Brewing Company, says he's created a limited edition Belgian IPA in honour of Colin Allin, and the former employee's name will be on each of the 2,300 to 3,000 bottles prepared.

The beer will be launched on Wednesday.

"Colin was particularly important because he was with us longer than anyone else," said Titus, adding that Allin had continued to provide design work for his firm after moving to Managua five years ago.

He said he'd grown close to Allin during the years he'd launched the craft brewery, and wanted to find a way to honour him.

"He became a real friend. He was in the inner circle of close friends. And this one hurts quite a bit on a personal level."

Titus says the beer is a collaboration of two craft brewers coming up with a unique recipe.

He describes it as golden, hazy, and stronger in alcohol content.

"How does a beer embody a person? I think he (Colin) would be pretty proud of this beer. It's a statement. It's not a mild product that is about marketing, it's very much a unique, high-quality, big beer," he said.

One dollar from each sale will go to offset the costs of Allin's parents' trip to Managua to visit their son as he was in hospital.

Titus says he also plans to set up an award for a second-year design student at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in honour of Allin's graphic skills.

Ron Allin said it's fitting that the beer have a strong character, like his globetrotting son.

"We're honoured by this. I think it's a perfect memorial to him," he said.

"We learned a lot about bravery and toughness during our 14 days by his bedside in Nicaragua."

He says a police investigation is being carried out in Managua and added he hopes that police are able to find the culprits in the shooting.

"We're hoping for some sort of justice," he said.

Ron Allin and his wife Gail returned to Canada last week with the cremated remains of their son, whose funeral took place in Goderich on Friday.

Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press