1700 Brewing Creating New Beer In Support Of “Hops For Heroes” National Fundraiser

By: Barrett Baker | Published on March 11, 2022

NEWPORT NEWS—Soldiers’ Angels, a national non-profit organization founded in 2003 by the family of General George S. Patton, has invited professional craft breweries from across the nation to brew a custom recipe “Homefront IPA” as a fun and unique way to raise funds and honor U.S. service members, veterans, and their families.

Veteran-owned 1700 Brewing in Newport News was an obvious choice to approach for the fundraiser based on their commitment to honor active duty military members and veterans as well as local first responders and teachers. They are currently in the process of creating their personalized version of Homefront IPA, which will be available later this year from Memorial Day through Veterans Day.

Using supplies donated by corporate sponsors and partners, the participating breweries will donate all net proceeds from tap room or packaged beer sales of Homefront IPA to Soldiers’ Angels. The nonprofit will use the funds to support its service programs, which provided support to more than 982,100 service members, wounded heroes, and their families in 2021 alone.

“We are extremely proud to be a part of the Hops for Heroes campaign this year,” said Kevin Mead, co-operating owner of 1700 Brewing. “Our brewery is 100 percent veteran-owned and operated, and giving back to the veteran community is one of our founding principles. To be part of a program that gives 100 percent of all proceeds to support underserved veterans and families just makes sense and we are honored to do our part in support of Soldiers’ Angels.”

Through its global network of tens of thousands of volunteers, Soldiers’ Angels fulfills its mission of providing aid, comfort, and resources to the military, veterans, and their families through a variety of ways—from shipping care packages to deployed service members to providing food assistance to low-income and homeless veterans.

“Craft breweries not only produce great beer that people love, they are deeply invested in their local communities and the people who live there,” said Amy Palmer, president and CEO of Soldiers’ Angels. “Since the program began, we’ve been overwhelmed by the support that the craft beer community has shown to our veterans, military members, and their families as they know every sip supports our troops. Once again, we look forward to working with partnering breweries that want to give back to those who volunteered to serve our nation.”

For additional information or to register a brewery for participation, visit