YPSILANTI, Mich. (WXYZ) - Three new handcrafted beers from the Veteran Beer Company are hitting store shelves before the Fourth of July holiday. Beer lovers can be on the lookout for Freedom Road, The Blonde Bomber and Hooyah IPA.
The Veteran Beer Company is 100% owned and operated by veterans. The mission is to make sure veterans have jobs after serving our country.
“The idea is that we want to change the momentum that is part of the crisis of veteran unemployment so we’re trying to make a difference ourselves,” says Paul Jenkins, president and founder of Veteran Beer Company, who also served 14 years in the U.S. Navy.
“I was having trouble finding work prior to being hired by this company. The more we grow is another job for a veteran," says Gregg Lewandusky, who served in the Marines for 4 years.
The company is serious about hiring veterans, but the beer is a pretty big deal too. The Veteran Beer Company has entered 42 nationally judged events and took home medals in 39 of them.
“It’s a product that everyone of age can enjoy. It bridges communities. It’s something that veterans and non-veterans like," adds Jenkins.