MSU’s Mike Sadler honored with Founders brew

Mike Sadler, Michigan State University, Founders Brewing Co., celebration of life
Family and friends of Mike Sadler gathered at Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids to remember him on the one-year anniversary of his death. (July 23, 2017)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The life of a West Michigan native and former Michigan State University football player who died in a crash last year was celebrated Sunday with a new beer brewed in his honor.

Founders Brewing Co. created Sadler’s Run Apricot Wheat to memorialize Mike Sadler.

Mike Sadler, Michigan State University, Founders Brewing Co., celebration of life
Family and friends of Mike Sadler gathered at Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids to remember him on the one-year anniversary of his death. Founders created a brew called Sadler’s Run for the occasion. (July 23, 2017)

His mother, Karen Sadler, said she and her son used to visit Founders together.

“He and I used to come to Founders and we’d sit up at that bar and we’d look at the names on the blackboard and we’d say, ‘Oh, let’s try this, let’s try that.’ And now to sit there and see his name up there and see his name in a beer made specially for him is amazing. It’s amazing,” she said.

The Grand Rapids taproom closed early Sunday, which marked one year since Sadler’s death, to host a party in his memory. Close to 700 people showed up to support the Michael Sadler Foundation, including MSU head football coach Mark Dantonio.

“It’s a happy occasion, it’s a celebration, and that’s exactly what he would have wanted,” Sadler’s mom said.

Mike Sadler, Michigan State University, MSU
Michigan State punter Mike Sadler is seen during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game against Purdue, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State won 14-0.

Sadler, 24, was killed in a car crash in Wisconsin on July 23, 2016 while heading home from volunteering at a youth kicking camp. Authorities said Sadler lost control on a wet road and his vehicle hit a tree. Sadler and one of his passengers, Nebraska Cornhuskers punter Sam Foltz, were killed. Another passenger, Louisiana State University placekicker Colby Delahoussaye, was injured.

Sadler was a graduate of Forest Hills Northern High School. According to his foundation’s website, he earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering and master’s degree in public policy from MSU. He was an All-American and the first ever four-time Academic All-American in the university’s history. He would have attended Stanford Law School starting last fall.

The beer Founders brewed to honor Sadler is available only at the company’s Grand Rapids taproom. Earlier this year, another brewery, Jagged Mountain out of Colorado, also created a beer for Sadler.

Founders is making a donation to the Michael Sadler Foundation. You can donate to the foundation at its website.