ASHLAND, Va. (WTVR) – An Ashland brewery is taking part in a nationwide initiative to raise money for military families by creating a special beer.
Center of the Universe Brewing Company's Homefront IPA beer, which is brewed with fresh orange zest and aged with five Louisville Slugger bats, was developed through a 2011 partnership with Seattle's Fremont Brewing Company.
While the fact that baseball bats were placed in the brew makes it unique, it is not what makes it special. This year, other breweries around the country have signed up to take part in the program.
“You can really get this beer in every corner of the country,” said Tom Porter, Universe Brewing's Tasting Room manager. “More and more breweries are signing up and want to participate every year. And it’s fun and good source of pride and its good for the country to do this."
One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the beer go to Operation Homefront, which helps returning soldiers and their families.
Hops for Heroes expects to raise $200,000 over the next few days.
You can find the Homefront IPA beer on tap at over 20 area restaurants/bars:
- Brickhouse Run
- Bucket Trade
- Capital Ale House (all Richmond locations)
- Flyin’ Pig
- Game on Sports
- Glory Days (both locations)
- Halligan Bar and Grill (Shortpump)
- Hurley’s Tavern,
- Northside Grill
- Social 52,
- Station 2
- Tazza Kitchen
- Tobacco Company
- Whole Foods Market (Shortpump)