Did you know that Americans will consume about 150 million hot dogs on July 4th? Better wash that down with some patriotic beer! In honor of Independence Day and our American heroes, here is a list of breweries that support US Veteran Charities.
7 beers that support US Veteran Charities:
The Freemont Brewing Company formulated the recipe for this refreshing IPA and shared it with fellow breweries in a collaborative effort to benefit veteran charities. got in on the action too, by donating maple bats for the aging process. This refreshing IPA, brightened by a little orange zest, benefits veteran charities like Soldiers' Angels and Operation Homefront.
Founded by former Naval Flight Officer Ron Gamble, this small, independent, veteran-owned and operated craft brewery supports the USO, the Navy League, the Matthew Freeman Project, K9s for Warriors, Wreaths Across America and Heroes Betterment (just to name a few). They offer something for every palate with brews like Raging Blonde Ale, Avenging Angel American Pale Ale, The Snipe Imperial Stout, and Paratrooper Porter.
West Point graduate Kevin Ryan cofounded this brewery to honor “those that have put their lives at risk and their country and community first.” Proceeds benefit service men and women, as well as first responders.
Year-round, this Georgia-based brewery offers ales like Ground Pounder Pale Ale, Compass Rose IPA, and Rally Point Bohemian-Style Pilsner. Seasonally, they offer Belgian-style Witbiers, Octoberfest style Marzen and Oyster Stout.
Since their launch on July 24 2014, Service Brewing Company has raised over $80,000 for charitable organizations benefiting both military and first providers.
This Veteran owned brewery honors the legacy of our fallen heroes. Dog Tag Brewery works with Gold Star Families to dedicate each can of their Legacy Lager to a fallen warrior. All profits for this line of beers are donated to military-based charities.
Veteran Steven Gagner created 14th Star Brewing Company’s business plan in Afghanistan “between repeated attacks on our location, combat patrols, community engagements…”
Luckily, the plan for this Vermont-based brewery worked well, producing brews like B-72 IPA, Recruit Golden Ale and Tribute Double IPA.
The star of the bunch is Valor Ale, a hoppy amber beer benefitting the Purple Hearts Reunited Foundation, a charity that reunites lost and stolen medals with the person who earned them.
Two of Mad Bomber's beers, Fatman IPA and St. Nicholas Pale Ale, were named after two of the company's founding members who were killed in war. Mad Bomber donates 50% of the sales from these two beers to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Besides a love for homebrewing beer, Thomas Wilder and Neil McCanon both served in Iraq and shared a dream of becoming entrepreneurs. So, using the discipline they gained in the military, they pursued their dreams by founding Young Veteran Brewing Company. They offer brews like Honey blonde Ale, Pineapple Grenade Hefewizen, Semper FI.P.A. and Night Vision American Stout.
Supporting their fellow veterans has always been a priority for Thomas and Neil. To raise awareness of veteran issues and support service men and women, they sponsor a monthly event for vets and their friends and families. The event features music, food, activities, and of course, great craft beer.
This July 4th, as we celebrate our freedom and independence, take some time to thank a veteran for their service; and try one of these beers that donates to the charities that support their needs.
Happy Independence Day!