by Victoria Bourne
Commonwealth Brewing Company will release a new beer Friday meant to honor the victims and families of the mass shooting two months ago in Virginia Beach.
Twelve people were killed and four wounded in the May 31 shooting at the Municipal Center. The gunman also died. The Beach-based brewery says it will donate 100 percent of proceeds from all sales of its LoveStrong IPA to the United Way Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund.
“Creating LoveStrong is our brewery family’s way of supporting the families of the victims and helping cultivate love and healing in our community,” said Jeramy Biggie, owner and head brewer, in a statement. “The name is a true reflection of the people of Virginia Beach and the outpouring of love and support provided for those impacted by this tragedy.”
Production manager Emanuel Gonzalez says the new brew has strong notes of grapefruit, peach and passion fruit from Citra hops, which are commingled with white wine notes from Hallertau Blanc hops to create a soft, fruit forward, bright and refreshing IPA. The release celebration begins at 11 a.m. Friday at Commonwealth’s taproom on Pleasure House Road in Chic’s Beach. The event will feature music by Lena Klett and Swell Luck, food by Slide Thru Fam and sweet treats by Joysicles.
Beginning July 29, Commonwealth will distribute LoveStrong through multiple retail locations around Virginia Beach and Norfolk. Check out Commonwealth’s Facebook page for more information.