It is quite inspiring to see how much love for our nation’s Armed Forces exists within the craft beer community. While most breweries are not owned or operated by veterans, almost all of them will pay tribute to these heroes in one fashion or another.
But then you do get some that are veteran-owned, such is the case with Jacksonville’s Veterans United. Co-owner, brewmaster, and Navy veteran Ron Gamble, along with his wife Cheryl, opened the brewery in 2013. Several of their staff share a miliary background, all of which are prominently featured on the VU website.
Recently, Veterans United started canning and distributing beers throughout North Florida. Of those two beers, Raging Blonde (Blonde Ale, 5.2% ABV, 23 IBU) is the more accessible of the two.
Comprising a light golden hue and big additions of Cascade and Centennial hops, Raging Blonde isn’t so much raging as it is welcoming. There’s a nice, slightly citrus flavor to the beer that isn’t sweet at all, just smooth and enjoyable.
To be sure, it’s not a standard, wimpy blonde the vast majority of boring macros tend to be. There are some wonderful dimensions to the beer, big and delicious but without being aggressive.
And it’s only the start from Veterans United. Their other can in their Hop Banshee IPA, and I hope that more will be coming soon. I must thank them for making a solid, quintessentially Florida beer.
And for their service.
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