Three Nebraska breweries teaming up to raise awareness on veterans' suicide epidemic
OHIOWA - Lazy Horse Brewing in Ohiowa has teamed up with Lost Way Brewery in Holdrege and Brush Creek Brewing in Atkinson to raise awareness on the veterans’ suicide epidemic.
Statistics show that more than 20 veterans take their lives each day. In response, three Nebraska breweries have teamed up to make a special brew on Veteran's Day, which is Nov. 11.
The breweries will collaborate to brew a German Helles Lager at Lazy Horse in Ohiowa, which is in rural Fillmore County. The brewery has invited a few area veterans to join in for "fellowship, discussion and to share a meal," according to a press release.
The German Helles Lager is a light beer that "almost anyone can enjoy, according to Lazy Horse co-owner Jim Stutzman.
Stutzman, who co-owns Lazy Horse with his wife, Julie, served in the Navy from 1992-1996. He says raising awareness to a cause that helps America's veterans is a no-brainer.
"We've got to let them know we got their back, and we'll be there for them, no matter what," Stutzman said. "(Suicide) is not a solution, and you can come get help."
Several industry, local and regional partners are helping to make the collaboration brewing possible, including Country Malt Group, We Sleeve It, American Brewing Equipment, Midwest Hop Producers, All American Insurance Company of Geneva and US Foods.
Six-packs of the collaboration beer will be available at each breweries' tap room, and $5 from each six-pack will be donated to Buddy Check of Nebraska - a charity through the state's Department of Veterans' Affairs that hosts social gatherings with the intent of preventing suicide among veterans.
Expected release date of the collaboration brew is mid December.