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Iraq vets join ranks of Va's rising craft beer biz

August 21. 2013 8:49AM
Associated Press

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(AP) Two Iraq War veterans eager to slake the growing American thirst for craft beers are setting up a brewery about a mile from a Navy jet base in Virginia Beach. Their beers have words like 'jet noise' and 'pineapple grenade' in their names. And their motto strikes a military chord: "Brewing With the Freedom We Fought For."

Young Veterans Brewing Co. is set to open in September in military-heavy Hampton Roads. For brewery president Thomas Wilder and brewer Neil McCanon, the business was born of struggles the two co-founders endured after they returned to American soil in 2005 from their overseas assignments.

Young Veterans Brewing Co. is one of a growing number of craft breweries popping up in Virginia and the nation.

Associated Press

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