Homefront IPA, a beer to support our soldiers

A long time ago, Fremont Brewing invited me to join them for a very special brew day with then-Mariners’ relief pitcher Chris Ray. A lifelong Mariners fan, I jumped at the opportunity to spend some time hanging around the brewhouse with a big-leaguer.  That was June of 2011 and the beer was the very first batch of Homefront IPA, a beer brewed to benefit America’s soldiers and veterans. Read the story in our archives.

Chris Ray no longer plays baseball, but he does own a brewery in Virginia: Center of the Universe Brewing (COTU Brewing). The Homefront IPA project has grown over the years and the beer is now brewed at several breweries across the country. But it all started at Fremont Brewing back in 2011.

Matt Lincoln (Fremont Brewing) and Chris Ray "going in." June 2011.
Matt Lincoln (Fremont Brewing) and Chris Ray watching the boil.  June 2011.

Once again, Fremont Brewing is amongst the breweries producing Homefront IPA this year. The official release party takes place at the Urban Beer Garden on Memorial Day (Monday, May 25th).  Here is the official announcement from Fremont Brewing.

We are hosting a release event for our Homefront IPA on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th from 11am-3pm. Homefront IPA is a 100% charity beer and was created in 2011 by craft brewers’ desire to honor and support our men and women of the Armed Forces. This year, 10 breweries across the country are brewing Homefront and all proceeds will benefit Soldiers’ Angels. Below are details on the event and our beer, and attached is an 11×17 poster, an instagram graphic, the official press release, and a few pictures from our brew.

When: Monday, May 25th, 11am-3pm
Where: Urban Beer Garden (1050 N 34th St, Seattle, WA)

Homefront IPA on tap and available in 6-packs
Representatives from Soldiers’ Angels
Representatives from Joint Base Lewis-McChord
$1 Raffle Tickets for sale to win one of the 5 Louisville Slugger bats
Description: Homefront IPA was created in 2011 by craft brewers with one goal in mind: to honor and support the men and women of America’s armed forces. Homefront is aged on donated Louisville Slugger maple bats, brewed with donated hops from Yakima’s Puterbaugh Farms and donated grain from Cargill, and packaged in donated cans from Crown. Released every year around Memorial Day, 2015’s Homefront IPA team is: 21st Amendment, Center of the Universe, Cigar City, Fremont, Left Hand, Maui, Palmetto, Perennial Artisan, Revolution, and Stone Brewing. All proceeds from the sale of Homefront IPA are donated to military-based charities. For more information on this effort, please visit www.HopsForHeroes.com
ABV: 6.2%
IBU: 65
Down & Dirty: Pilsner and Carafa malts with Chinook and Mosaic hops.
Availability: Limited. For sale at better beer retailers throughout Washington.

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