100 percent of proceeds from Saint Arnold Homefront IPA to benefit Operation Homefront

HIPA-1.jpgHOUSTON, April 22, 2014 – Saint Arnold Brewing Company (www.saintarnold.com), the oldest craft brewery in Texas, has signed on to participate in the collaborative brewing effort known as 'Hops for Heroes.' By bringing together craft brewers and suppliers to brew, package and market Homefront IPA, the initiative raises funds for Operation Homefront, a charity that provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of U.S. service members and wounded warriors.

Saint Arnold plans to extend the collaborative spirit of Homefront IPA by seeking volunteers, including Houston-area veterans, to help with the zesting of nearly 2,000 oranges, which is a labor-intensive part of the recipe. The zest-a-thon will get underway at 5:00 p.m. on April 30th. 

"When we last participated in Hops for Heroes in 2012, I had the opportunity to meet with representatives of Operation Homefront and I have great admiration for the work they do," said Brock Wagner, founder/brewer of Saint Arnold Brewing Company. "It is a bonus that Homefront IPA is a good beer and we have an opportunity to collaborate with other craft breweries that we respect."

Saint Arnold is one of 11 craft breweries across the country participating in Hops for Heroes. Others include 21st Amendment Brewery, Center of the Universe Brewing Company, Cigar City Brewing, Fremont Brewing Company, Left Hand Brewing Company, Maui Brewing Co., Palmetto Brewing Company, Perennial Artisan Ales, Sly Fox Brewing Company and Stone Brewing Co.

Suppliers have signed on to donate everything from malt, hops and labels to bottles, branding and boxes. Several distributors also agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds from the sale of Homefront IPA. Participating organizations include: 

•     Action Box

•     Ben E. Keith Company

•     Brewers Supply Group

•     Capitol Beverage Co.

•     Del Papa Distributing

•     Hops Direct, LLC

•     Inland Label 

•     L & F Distributors

•     Louisville Slugger

•     Mark Trece, Inc.

•     Mike Hopkins Distributing

•     Primer Grey

•     Rahr Malting Group

•     Silver Eagle Distributors

•     The Bottle Shop 

Saint Arnold expects to release Saint Arnold Homefront IPA the week before Memorial Day. It will be available in 22-ounce bottles throughout Texas. In 2012, Saint Arnold, along with Silver Eagle Distribution and The Bottle Shop, presented checks totaling more than $120,000 to Operation Homefront Texas. It is a record fundraising amount that still stands. 

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About Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Brewing's 17 brews are made and sold by the company's staff of 56 dedicated employees. Ranked 45th on the Brewers Association list of top craft breweries, Saint Arnold was listed by USA Today as one of the "10 great places to see what's brewing in beer," and Smart Meetings magazine named it among the "Top 5 breweries to host an event." Saint Arnold is located at 2000 Lyons Avenue and its brewery tour and tasting is offered every weekday at 3:00 P.M. and Saturdays starting at 11 A.M. For more information on Saint Arnold's seven year-round and five seasonal beers as well as root beer, log on to www.saintarnold.com