Hop’in Around: A patriotic pour

By on May 29, 2019


Hurry Up And Wait, a Double IPA (8.0 percent ABV and only 45 IBUs), created to aid and honor vetoerans, was appropriately released just in time for Memorial Day. (Photo by Michael Upton)


When I got out of the Navy, one thing I swore I would never do again was wait in a line. I think that resolution lasted about a year. One trip to a water park and it was shot. The reason for my disdain of the queue was that on the ship there was a line for everything. Finding ways to skip the line became a skillful art form hinged on bargaining and persuasion.

Line waiting was just as bad as following orders to immediately do something only to find the reason for the rush unnecessary. This circumstance was so rampant in all branches of the armed forces that the term “hurry up and wait” became a universal complaint. Well, complain no more about “hurry up and wait” because now it’s a beer!

Twenty veteran-owned and/or -operated breweries of Pennsylvania came together in April at Newfangled Brew Works in Dauphin County to create a beer to honor and assist the state’s vets. Hurry Up And Wait, a Double IPA (8.0 percent ABV and only 45 IBUs), was appropriately released just in time for Memorial Day. A portion of the proceeds from this beer will be donated to the Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation, which provides support and assistance to PA veterans and their families through grants, charitable donations, living aid, education, and honor.

Local breweries taking part in Hurry Up And Wait include Black Forest Brewery (Ephrata), Cox Brewing Company (Elizabethtown), and Tattered Flag Brewery (as read about in the last edition of Hop’in Around; Middletown).“When I heard there was a project to brew a beer for Memorial Day, I knew I wanted to be in. All too often people confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a day to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and can’t be here with us today, and to brew a beer for that purpose is something that couldn’t be passed up,” said Black Forest’s Eric Sears, a Marine Corps veteran who served a tour Afghanistan. “It’s important to recognize the service of veterans because without them, without their sacrifice we couldn’t do the jobs we do, live the lives we live.”

Thank you for your service, Eric. And for the beer! Hurry Up And Wait’s malt bill features Deer Creek Keystone Pale malt, pale oat malt, and pale triticale (a hybrid of rye and wheat). It is hopped with the new Veteran Blend from Yakima Chief, which was created “by a group of veteran-owned breweries from across the U.S., representing multiple branches of the U.S. Armed Forces” specifically for beers appearing near Memorial Day. (Yakima Chief is donating $3 for every pound of Veteran Blend sold to The Semper Fi Fund, which provides financial assistance and support to post-9/11 injured service members and their families.) Five different Pacific Northwest-grown varieties of hops make up the blend: Cashmere, Centennial, Ekuanot, Mosaic, and Simcoe. It’s a great tasting beer!

So, this Memorial Day you can raise a glass to a veteran in more ways than one. Seriously, get out and try this beer while it’s still around; it’s that good. Cheers and thanks for reading!

Michael C. Upton is a freelance writer specializing in arts and leisure. He welcomes comments at somepromcu@gmail.com and facebook.com/SomebodiesProductions.

Representatives from 20 veteran-owned Pennsylvania breweries gathered to create Hurry Up And Wait to honor other service members. Brewing took place at Newfangled Brew Works in Dauphin County. (Submitted photo)

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