Craft Breweries Across the Country to Support Troops and Veterans with Homefront IPA

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Annual Hops for Heroes program donates 100% of the proceeds from the sale of Homefront IPA to Soldiers' Angels

Craft breweries across the country are in the final stages of creating a special beer that supports military service members, military families, wounded heroes, and veterans of all eras. Homefront IPA is brewed every year between Memorial Day and Independence Day through the Soldiers’ Angels Hops for Heroes program. Participating breweries utilize donated hops from Hops Direct and donated grains from Cargill to create this unique and refreshing IPA recipe. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the beer are donated to Soldiers’ Angels to assist in the organization’s vision of ensuring that No Soldier Goes Unloved.

This year marks the 9th annual brewing of Homefront IPA and Soldiers’ Angels is proud to announce seven participating breweries:

  • 21st Amendment Brewery – San Francisco, California
  • Alamo Brewing Company – San Antonio, Texas
  • Bridge and Tunnel Brewery – Maspeth, New York
  • Broken Plow Brewery – Greeley, Colorado
  • Center of the Universe Brewing – Ashland, Virginia
  • Ellipsis Brewing Company – Orlando, Florida
  • Rochester Mills Production Brewery – Auburn Hills, Michigan

The participation of these breweries ranges from producing a few barrels of Homefront IPA that will be sold in taprooms to canning and full distribution of the brew within their markets. For more details regarding the participating breweries and their release dates, please visit:

“We are so grateful for the support of the craft beer community through the Hops for Heroes program,” said Amy Palmer, President & CEO of Soldiers’ Angels. “This is a fantastic way for communities to give back to the men and women who have given so much for our country while enjoying a brew and supporting local craft breweries in their communities.”

Hops for Heroes was started in 2011 by retired MLB pitcher, Chris Ray, and his brother Phil Ray, to honor and support the men and women of America’s Armed Forces. The brothers now own Center of the Universe Brewing in Ashland, Virginia and participate in Hops for Heroes each year over Memorial Day weekend. To carry on the legacy of baseball from Chris, Homefront IPA is brewed on genuine maple baseball bats created especially for Hops for Heroes by Veteran Bat Company. Many of the bats used in the production of the beer are auctioned off at the Homefront IPA release parties and the proceeds of the auctioned items also come back to Soldiers’ Angels.

“Homefront IPA is our way of saying "thank you" to all of the men and women who dedicate themselves to protecting our safety and our way of life. By releasing this beer so close to Memorial Day or Independence Day, we hope to give a reminder to everyone of how important the past, present, and future members of our armed forces are and to remember the ultimate sacrifices so many have made in their pursuit of our freedom.” – Chris Ray, Co-founder of Center of the Universe Brewing Company and Hops for Heroes

Hops for Heroes has raised more than $203,000 for Soldiers’ Angels in the past three years. Soldiers’ Angels provides aid and comfort to deployed service members, wounded heroes, military families, and veterans of all eras through a variety of unique programs and services. The funds raised from Hops for Heroes go straight to the Soldiers’ Angels programs that provide support to the military community.

For more information on Hops for Heroes or to register your brewery for participation in the program for 2020, please visit:

About Soldiers’ Angels: Soldiers' Angels is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, their families, and the growing veteran population. Founded in 2003 by the mother of two American soldiers, hundreds of thousands of Soldiers' Angels "Angel" volunteers assist veterans, wounded and deployed personnel and their families in a variety of unique and effective ways. (Tax ID# 20-058-3415). Headquarters address is 2895 NE Loop 410, Suite 107 San Antonio, TX 78218. Learn more at

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