It was 123 years ago this Friday — March 24 — that the keel for the Edward M. Cotter was laid in Elizabeth Port, New Jersey. And Western New Yorkers are invited to celebrate the anniversary.

Mayor Byron Brown and the Buffalo Common Council have declared Friday Edward M. Cotter Day, honoring the oldest active fireboat in America. So why not celebrate with a beer named after it?

Gene McCarthy’s Old First Ward Brewing Co. invites you to raise a glass to the boat at 2 p.m. Friday at the brewery. Specifically, they’ll be serving Cotter Red Beer.

And why not pair it with one of WNY’s Best Reubens, according to voters from the All WNY Awards.