It seems too often that the Washington brewer community gathers to mourn someone who left us too soon.  On June 14, friends and family will  gather to remember Nap Cantwell on what would have been his 19th birthday.

Nap Cantwell at Elysian

Nap Cantwell from Elysian Brewing Facebook

Nap Cantwell just graduated from high school last year and was working in the family business, Elysian Brewing.  Nap was on his way to work, where  he was running the new 60 head bottle filler at the Elysian production facility, when the accident occurred. Nap was riding his dad’s bike down Capitol Hill when he collided with a van on May 29, 2012. He was transferred to Harborview Hospital where he died of extensive brain injury, eight days after the accident.

Although he had only working the bottle filler at the Elysian Brewing Company for less than a year, Nap and his sister literally grew up at the brew pub that his father helped create 16 years ago.

His father Dick Cantwell,  mother Chiyo Ishakawa, deputy curator for the Seattle Art Museum, and his sister Lucy were at his side when passed. Nap Cantwell’s family and friends invite you to join in the celebration of Nap’s life on June 14th 3-5pm at Olympic Sculpture Park. A reception follows at the Elysian Capitol Hill brew pub between 5-7 pm. The public is invited to attend.

The family asks that donations made in Nap Cantwell’s name be made to BikeWorks, 3709 S. Ferdinand St., Seattle, 98118. Bike Works has been working for kids, bikes, and community since 1996.

The Wine Beer Washington team are so sorry for this loss and our hearts go out to the friends and family of Nap Cantwell.