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Bombing Range Releases GIPA

Monday, 15 April 2019 20:14
Former Secretary of State Jim Mattis, flanked by Bmbing Range owners Mike and Dashia Hopp, shares a laugh woth Patriots' Club advisor Aaron Brumbaugh at left. Former Secretary of State Jim Mattis, flanked by Bmbing Range owners Mike and Dashia Hopp, shares a laugh woth Patriots' Club advisor Aaron Brumbaugh at left.

By Maegan Murray

Bombing Range Brewing Company, in partnership with the Washington State University Tri-Cities Patriots' Club, released a "GIPA" India pale ale on Saturday.

Student veteran and wine science major Bernadette Gagnier and General Mattis 1 PicmonkeyWSU Tri Cities student veteran and wine science major Bernadette Gagnier and General Mattis

The beer, which honors veterans and those currently serving, made its debut as part of a parking lot party that also welcomed a surprise visit by former U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis. General Mattis, a 1968 graduate of Columbia (now Richland) High School, maintains strong connections to the Tri-Cities area.

During the release party, which featured student veterans from the club and others who have served, student veterans Bernadette Gagnier and Zachary Hays presented Bombing Range Brewery owners Mike and Dashia Hopp with two mash paddles – one functional for the brewery to mix brews and one to be displayed, that feature the GIPA logo to commemorate the release. The mash paddles were presented to the Hopps on behalf of the WSU Tri-Cities Patriots' Club. 

During the release, Mike Hopp took the opportunity to thank those in attendance, not only for coming out to support the student veterans, but also to thank those who had given of themselves to serve in the armed forces.

"It has been an honor to work with these students and to welcome you all out for a celebration in honor of our veterans," he said. 

More than 100 people were in attendance throughout the release party, which featured the GIPA, as well as several others on tap.

Mattis, who had not indicated to the group that he was coming, took photos with the student group and owners, as well as other individuals in attendance.

General Mattis enjoys a pint with WSU Tri Cities student veterans and Patriots Club members during the release party for the GIP 1 PicmonkeyGeneral Mattis enjoys a pint with WSU Tri Cities student veterans and Patriots' Club members 

 

 

The GIPA release marked the second of its kind since Bombing Range partnered with the WSU Tri-Cities Patriots' Club for the first release last spring. The first sold out within two weeks of release. 

For those who would like to try the beer, it is encouraged that they are quick to head over to Bombing Range Brewing Company, as, if it hasn't already, will be quick to sell out. Bombing Range is also selling T-shirts that display the GIPA logo until they are sold out at their business in Richland, located at 2000 Logston Blvd.

Mike Hopp said he plans again to make another large donation to the WSU Tri-Cities Patriots' Club to support student veteran initiatives through the Veteran Center on campus. Last year, his business donated more than $1,000 to support WSU Tri-Cities veterans.

Last modified on Tuesday, 16 April 2019 16:54

 

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