Sales of GABF Gold Award-Winning Beer Will
Benefit Special Operations Military Retreat in Virginia
(Brea, CA – Nov. 3, 2017) Starting a Veteran’s Day tradition, TAPS Fish House & Brewery will release its award-winning “Silent Warrior” American strong ale on Nov. 11, with a significant portion of profits benefitting a military retreat in Virginia that helps combat veterans reintegrate into civilian life.
The 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, BUD/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.
Beginning Nov. 11, the 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.
Approximately 800 bottles and four kegs of the beer are available. Including tax, the 750-ml bottle is priced at $39.99, with 10-oz. glasses from the tap going for $10.
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.
“We already have another batch in barrels, and will continue that process every six months or so,” Manzella said. “This will allow us to blend both old and young barrels to hit a consistent flavor profile.”
Added Manzella: “Our returning troops deserve every resource available to them, and this is our small way of supporting the work being performed day in and day out by the fantastic staff at LZ-Grace, founded by Lynnette Bukowski, whose late husband was a 32 year veteran Navy SEAL.”
Silent Warrior is heavy on the nose with a prominent scent of rich, dried fruit and hints of mint and oranges covered with a dusting of cocoa. The taste is rich, chewy, rounded and smooth, with complex hints of citrus, cinnamon and cocoa. Toffee, caramel, chocolate and spice notes also abound. Almost creamy at first, the brew has a finish that is silky smooth with a long, satisfyingly warm tail.
Since 2001, TAPS has won 97 medals at beer competitions at the regional, state, national and international levels. TAPS is a three-time winner of Mid-Size Brewpub and Brewers of the Year at GABF (2015, 2011, and 2010).
ABOUT TAPS FISH HOUSE & BREWERY
Privately owned TAPS Fish House & Brewery, which opened in 1999, has three locations. The original and flagship is located at 101 E. Imperial Highway in Brea Downtown. A second location debuted in 2007 at The Shops at Dos Lagos (2745 Lakeshore Drive) in Corona, in the Inland Empire. TAPS’ third restaurant opened in 2015 at The Market Place in Irvine, at 13390 Jamboree Rd. TAPS is a celebration of seafood, fine steaks and award-winning traditional and innovative ales and lagers. A connoisseur’s wine list recognized by the Wine Spectator showcases a variety of wines. The restaurant, owned by founder Joe Manzella, offers a choice of fine dining or the more casual, comfortable bar-lounge; oyster bar, multiple patios and private dining. TAPS is known for its popular Sunday Brunch. A TAPS Brewery and Barrel Room will open in early 2018 in Tustin, CA.
Media Contact: Lee Healy
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There are many, many souls to thank for this 2000 square foot Addition to the main house at LZ-Grace!
WITH GRACE AND GRATITUDE,
LZ-GRACE SUITES AND BUNKHOUSE ADDITION MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY THESE GENEROUS ACTS:
AITEC GIVES BACK FOUNDATION – 2016 GENEROUS DONATION of $100,000
WILLIAM FREED, ARCHITECT, DONATED SERVICES AND MENTOR to Lynn acting as Contractor
LUMBER LIQUIDATORS – WOOD FLOORING
ABC SUPPLY – DISCOUNT ON WINDOWS
DALE CAMPBELL OF L&W SUPPLY – DISCOUNT AND DONATION OF DRYWALL
XENITH Bank (for giving Lynn a 2nd Mortgage to pay the bills and complete funding)
Donations by Individuals and Foundations designated specifically to help complete the Addition
AND none of this would be possible without the life, love and vision of my Warrior Angel, Master Chief SEAL, Steve Bukowski.
View from the PastureView from the Meditation GardenUpstairs Bunk Area and Game RoomHonoring Guests ~ A photographic memory wall
View from the AdditionBlue Angels Gracing Our WallsGuests Memory Wall ~ A different viewPamela’s Photo Poetry ~ Donation In the Beginning ~ November 2016 Early 2017 Late Winter / Early Spring 2017 Late Winter 2016 ~ Early Spring 2017 Spring 2017 Spring 2017 Wrapped ~ Late Spring 2017
Standing in gratitude…
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough. Our denial turns into acceptance, our chaos into order, our confusion into clarity. It can turn a simple meal into a feast, a house into a home, and a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude somehow makes sense of our past, brings peace to me each day, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Today is a good day to be grateful.
“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” ~Meister Eckhart
Another talented young Girl Scout – Natalie Fisher – earning her Gold Award and blessing LZ-Grace Warriors and Families for many years to come. Sis, Nance Waters bought the first kayak!
Huge, lovely Grace. We are abundantly grateful.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
This is Elizabeth Acors earning the Girl Scouts‘ Highest Award – GOLD!!! at LZ-Grace. Many thanks to Elizabeth’s mom, Debbie Acors, for gathering and posting these beautiful photos.
A few short months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting this exceptional young man – Thomas Hale – and his family. He came to me as a prospective Eagle Scout and chose to take on the task of building us a fire-wood storage bench for the fire-pit. That alone was a huge project, but he did not stop there. Now, thanks to the fine leadership of Thomas, LZ-Grace has fire-wood storage at the fire-pit and more seating room, a huge and comfortable bench to sit on and ponder chess moves on our life-size chess board, and two smaller benches that convert to a picnic table!
Thomas Hale is the future of America folks! We can breathe easier now.
Thank you, Thomas, and to your dedicated parents, grandparents and Troop for working so hard to bring comfort for the Warriors and families who come to LZ-Grace for rest.
And so begins the LZG walking path with fitness stations. This 200 foot stretch was HUGE HUGE, brutal work, but thanks to Ben Sweeney (prospective Eagle Scout), and his gathering of brother Scouts, parents, neighbors and friends, another miracle has taken shape. Next week, the pull up bar will be installed.
The Raptors and Bubba posed for me reluctantly. There are really fast bunnies and yummy smells taunting them.
Let me tell you about miracles and amazing days at LZ-Grace…
In November 2016, after several months of preparation, a prospective Eagle Scout and the scouts and leaders of Boy Scout Troop 471 installed a LIFE SIZE CHESS BOARD at LZ-Grace.
Each square was lovingly hand-made and designed to welcome SOF from all branches, Firefighters and LEOs who visit here to a life-size game of Chess using giant chess pieces donated by the Troop.
Duncan, the prospective Eagle Scout, is a Chess Master and has agreed to teach the art of Chess to us and our visitors.
HOOYAH! Duncan and Boy Scouts of America Tidewater Troop 471!!!