When former Mariner’s relief pitcher Chris Ray teamed up with Fremont Brewing back in 2011 to release the inaugural batch of Homefront IPA to raise money for Operation Homefront, it seemed like a fun idea and a good way to raise a little money for a great cause. Flash forward to 2014, and this project now has 11 total breweries participating, including Ray’s own Center of the Universe Brewing, and this year they are hoping to raise $200,000 for Operation Homefront. You can check out this piece on ESPN for some background on Ray & his interest in this project & brewing in general.
The IPA is aged on unused maple Louisville Slugger bats and infused with fresh orange peel. It will be available in six-packs of 12oz cans and on draft around Seattle, and Fremont will releasing the beer this Sunday, May 25 at the brewery.
Ashland, VA, March 18: Since 2011, Hops for Heroes has been expanding each year. The dedication to our troops by the craft brewing community can be seen with 11 total breweries participating in 2014. This dedication can also be seen by the growing number of sponsors, including Crown Beverage Packaging USA, who has come on board to supply a uniform can for this years efforts.
Center of the Universe Brewing Company, Ashland, VA
Fremont Brewing Company, Seattle, WA
Sly Fox, Pottstown, PA
Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, FL
Perennial Artisan Ales, St. Louis, MO
Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Houston, TX
21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco, CA
Left Hand Brewing Company, Longmont, CO
Stone Brewing Company, Escondido, CA
Palmetto Brewing Company, Charleston, SC
Maui Brewing Co., Lahaina, HI
Homefront IPA was developed in 2011 by Fremont Brewing Company and Center of the Universe Brewing Company in order to raise money and awareness for Operation Homefront. Operation Homefront is a charity that provides emergency assistance to military heroes and their families. Aged on Louisville Slugger maple bats, this IPA does more than just quench your thirst; it improves the lives of our soldiers.
Homefront IPA is a unique charity beer in that 100% of the proceeds go towards Operation Homefront. With the help of 6 participating breweries and other organizations that donated the hops and grains used to make the beer, Hops for Heroes was able to raise roughly $80,000 dollars for Operation Homefront in 2013.
This year, Hops for Heroes is hoping to top $200,000 and is set to brew 800 barrels (24,800 gallons) of beer between the 11 participating breweries. The beers will be debuting a week before Memorial Day.
Learn more about Operation Homefront at operationhomefront.net.