Hops For Heroes

Hops for Heroes was created in 2011 by former MLB pitcher, Chris Ray, to show support for our troops. Through this unique initiative, craft breweries across the country team up to create a special brew in honor of our military: Homefront IPA.

This IPA does more than just quench your thirst, it improves the lives of our service members and veterans. 100% of the net proceeds from the sale of Homefront IPA will benefit Soldiers' Angels.

Brew Your Support For Our Troops

For the past four years, Homefront IPA has benefited Soldiers' Angels, an organization whose mission is to ensure that "No soldier goes unloved." Soldiers' Angels provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, their families, wounded heroes, and a growing veteran population.

Thousands of Soldiers' Angels "Angel" volunteers assist veterans, wounded, deployed personnel, and their families in a variety of unique and effective ways. To date, Soldiers' Angels volunteers have sent hundreds of thousands of care packages and millions of letters and cards to "adopted" deployed service members; they have supplied the wounded with over 25,000 First Response Backpacks directly at the Combat Support Hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan and the major military hospital in Germany, as well as provided care and comfort to those in stateside military and VA facilities. They also provide voice-controlled/adaptive laptops to wounded service members, as well as other technology that supports rehabilitation.


2019 Hops for Heroes Breweries & Events

  • 21st Amendment Brewery - San Francisco, California - May 25, 2019 - Homefront IPA will be released at their pub and taproom.
  • Alamo Beer Company - San Antonio, Texas - July 4th weekend - (full details to come)Homefront IPA will be released in their taproom.

  • Bridge and Tunnel Brewery - Queens, New York - Memorial Day weekend - a private Memorial Day celebration in which proceeds will benefit Soldiers' Angels.

  • Broken Plow Brewery - Greeley, Colorado - May 27, 2019 - Broken Plow will tap their inaugural brew of Homefront IPA and hold a special flag ceremony in memory of a veteran and friend. Details here.

  • Center of the Universe Brewery - Ashland, Virginia - May 25, 2019 - Release of Homefront IPA at their taproom as well as distribution throughout Virginia. Details here.

  • Ellipsis Brewing - Orlando, Florida - May 27, 2019 - Release of Homefront IPA at their taproom.

  • Rochester Mills Beer Co. - Auburn Hills, Michigan - May 18, 2019 - Homefront IPA release party with a special commemorative glass and an opening ceremony featuring the Lake Orion VFW Color Guard.

History of Homefront IPA

Chris Ray was living the dream and doing what he loved- playing Major League baseball, pitching for the Seattle Mariners. Chris also had another love for his country, our service members, and veterans. In July 2011, Chris used his name and notoriety to bring the two together by joining forces with Fremont Brewing Company to release a limited edition craft beer in which 100% of the net proceeds would benefit military and veteran charities. Named "Homefront IPA," it was sold at Safeco Field, Fremont Brewing Company, and various retail stores in the Seattle area.

Homefront IPA was created with one goal in mind: to honor and support the men and women of America's Armed Forces. A special brew aged on maple bats to add flavor and support America's favorite pastime, Homefront IPA is now a favorite beer at Memorial Day and other military holidays. The campaign was later named Hops for Heroes.

After a significant injury ended his baseball career, Chris, and his brother Phil opened their own brewery, Center of the Universe Brewing Company in Virginia. The Ray brothers continued the Homefront IPA tradition, turning Hops for Heroes into a national campaign, with craft breweries participating from across the country.

Hops for Heroes Brewery Opportunity

Because of our national footprint and the work we do for service members and veterans, Soldiers' Angels has the ability to create a wide variety of engagement opportunities that will be unique and rewarding for craft breweries of any size, in any state.

By participating in Hops for Heroes, you have the opportunity to brew a unique recipe created specifically for this campaign using donated supplies provided by our corporate sponsors and partners.

100% of the net proceeds from the sale of Homefront IPA are donated to Soldiers' Angels to help further their vision: May No Soldier Go Unloved.

To Learn More...

Ready to learn more about the benefits of partnering with Soldiers' Angels for this unique opportunity? We're already building our list of 2020 Hops for Heroes Breweries! Email Jennifer Cernoch (jcernoch@soldiersangels.org) for full details or to sign up.

In order to ensure no overlap in distribution, only one brewery per market will be selected to participate in this program. So hurry! Space is limited!


Past Participating Breweries

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