You heard right, our American Strong Ale Silent Warrior® is now available! Our limited-edition tribute brew, a gold-medal winner at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival® (GABF) in the Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer category, is the brainchild of TAPS founder-owner Joe Manzella, whose father-in-law, Chuck Cardamon, is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL, UD/S Class 114 LPO.
Sales of Silent Warrior® will support Virginia Beach-based LZ-Grace (Landing Zone-Grace, Lz-grace.com), which accommodates Special Operations Forces from all branches of the military returning home from deployment
Our rich, full-bodied Silent Warrior® brew, with an ABV of 10 percent, will be available by draft and in 750-ml bottles at TAPS’ locations in Brea, Irvine and Corona, CA.
TAPS brewers David Huls, Kyle Manns and Jonathan Chiusano created the ale, which is mahogany in color with notes of caramel, brown sugar, dates, figs, oak, vanilla and aged bourbon. Manzella’s intent was to tie the beer to the theater of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, where both dates and figs are cultivated, reflecting the authenticity of the region.
TAPS plans to release Silent Warrior®, which is aged for 18 months in Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrels, every Veteran’s Day.