by Brian Stechschulte... May 22, 2013

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Brewers often use wood to add extra complexity to the flavor and aroma of the beers they make. Vanilla, coconut, caramel and toasty notes are just a few of the desired flavors that can be achieved by adding beer to a barrel, or throwing wood chips into a fermenter or firkin. French, American and Hungarian oak are commonly used, and even our beloved Northern California redwood has found it’s way into a beer. A more uncommon choice is the Louisville Slugger™.

For the second year in a row, 21st Amendment Brewery has collaborated with Hops for Heroes to create Homefront IPA, a beer aged on three Maplewood bats donated by Louisville Slugger™. The beer will be served at a special Hops for Heroes event on Memorial Day, May 27th, from 6-9pm at 21st Amendment Brewery. San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Javier Lopez will be in attendance and the bats used in the brewing process, along with a few more items, will be auctioned off.

The proceeds will benefit Operation Homefront, a charity that “provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.” Please come out and raise a glass of beer in honor of our veterans on Memorial Day.

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The three bats resting at the bottom of the fermenter after the beer was transferred to a serving tank.

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Check out the hop and yeast sludge on the end of the bat, being held by 21st Amendment brewer Zambo.

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Beer bubbling up through the wood as they’re hung up to dry.

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Photos © Brian Stechschulte