Today, Yakima Chief Hops (YCH) announced the release of the 6th Veterans Blend hop. The annual collaboration project supports U.S. military veterans. Breweries are invited to support the effort by purchasing and using the hop blend.
YCH will donate $3 from every pound sold to Homes For Our Troops (HFOT), a nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 veterans. HFOT is a top-rated charity dedicated to restoring some of the freedom and independence our veterans sacrificed while defending our country.
This year’s Veterans Blend hop includes Citra®, HBC 638, Talus®, and Sabro®. It’s described as a zesty combo that is expected to offer bright citrus, including lime and grapefruit, with subtle herbal notes and pine.
The blend was curated and selected during the Craft Brewers Conference by military veterans working in the beer industry. Along with the hops they wanted to include in this year’s blend, they also nominated and voted for the nonprofit organization the blend will benefit: Homes For Our Troops.
“I’m honored to see the number of veteran brewers wanting to be a part of creating this blend and getting behind this program,” said Jonathan Sikes, Yakima Chief Hops Regional Sales Manager and U.S. Marine Corps veteran. “They have chosen great organizations to work with over the years, to throw a much-needed spotlight on these timely issues that are facing our veterans. Homes For Our Troops has been on our radar for a few years, so it’s great to know we’ll be fundraising in their honor.”
Since 2004, Homes For Our Troops has built over 360 specially adapted homes for veterans. An additional 70 projects are currently underway.
“These homes allow guys and gals to move forward and pursue college degrees, get trade certifications, start, or grow families, pursue careers,” said Bill Ivey, Executive Director of Homes For Our Troops. “A mortgage-free specially adapted home is the supporting effort; it’s the platform for our main effort, helping these veterans to rebuild their lives.”
Aside from YCH’s contribution, brewers who use this hop blend are also encouraged to donate to a veteran-supporting organization or otherwise involve military veterans in their community.
Purchase this year’s Veteran’s Blend at www.yakimachief.com/commercial/hop-wire/6th-annual-veterans-blend
Learn more about Homes for Our Troops at hfotusa.org.