top of page
  • Writer's pictureLuke Nyswonger

Veteran's Blend to Veteran's Brew: The Making of 'Valor & Victory Red IPA

As a US Veteran of the Navy, my dedication to service has taken a new form in the tranquility of post-service: the art of homebrewing. With the same commitment I devoted to my country, I now channel into supporting fellow veterans and the intricate craft of creating beers with character and meaning. Veterans Day 2023 will mark the debut of a special brew I am making, the 'Valor & Victory Red IPA'. It's not just any beer; it's a homage to my brothers and sisters in arms, a nod to our unity and resilience and made with rye malt! A Red Rye IPA merges the rich maltiness and reddish hue of a Red IPA with the distinctive spicy and grainy notes of a Rye IPA. This hybrid style boasts a complex aroma, combining the rye's spice with the bold hop profile of citrus, pine, or fruit from American or New World hops.

Valor & Victory Beer Image Generated by AI
Valor & Victory Beer Image Generated by AI

Central to the 'Valor & Victory Red IPA' is the Veterans Blend 2022 from Yakima Chief Hops—a hop blend forged from the insights of Veterans in the brewing industry. The 2022 blend weaves together HBC 586, Triumph, Chinook, Ekuanot, and Idaho 7 hops, each chosen for their ability to imbue the beer with a symphony of aromas. The hop profile has bursts of citrus and tropical notes, underpinned by an earthy dankness, woody accents, and a touch of sweetness—a spectrum that promises to elevate the hop-forward character of the Red Rye IPA. This blend is more than a mere mixture of hops; it's part of a noble initiative where a portion of the proceeds aids non-profit organizations dedicated to the Veteran community. By integrating this blend into the 'Valor & Victory Red IPA', we're not just brewing a beer; we're honoring a legacy and contributing to a virtuous cycle that supports our heroes long after their service.

The 'Valor & Victory Red IPA' stands as a richly hued tribute to the valorous hearts that have pulsated in the name of liberty. Its deep crimson shade is not by accident but by design, chosen to mirror the profound sacrifices made in the pursuit of freedom. This red is not just a color—it's a reminder of the courage that has coursed like lifeblood through the veins of those who have served our country.

The 'Valor & Victory Red IPA' thus becomes more than a beverage—it's a sensory salute to those who've donned the nation's cloth. The choice of a Red IPA laced with rye is a deliberate homage, a crafted symbol of the blood and sweat that has been invested in the tapestry of our nation's history. Each sip is a commemoration of the past, a nod to the tenacity of the present, and an optimistic toast to the future of freedom.

In a fusion of tradition and cutting-edge technology, I've employed ChatGPT and DALL-E 3 to transform my vision into reality. ChatGPT became my brewing confidant, helping me refine the beer's concept and flavor profile. DALL-E 3 lent its visual genius to design a label that embodies the beer's essence—patriotism, pride, and honor.

Valor & Victory Red IPA Recipe

Style: Rye IPA Batch Size: 5 gallons Boil Time: 60 minutes OG: 1.067 Estimated IBUs: 90.6 Color: 15.3 SRM

Malt Bill

  • 8 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US

  • 3 lbs Rye Malt

  • 1 lbs Munich Malt

  • 12.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L

  • 8.0 oz Carared

  • 4.0 oz Chocolate Rye Malt


  • 1.00 oz Warrior Hops (60 min)

  • 4.00 oz Veterans Blend 2022 Hops (15 min, 10 min, 5 min, and dry hop)


  • 4.00 g Calcium Chloride (Mash)

  • 4.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash)

  • 1 Whirlfloc Tablet (15 min)

  • 0.50 tsp Yeast Nutrient

  • 1 pkg Flagship Yeast (Imperial Yeast A07)

Mash Profile:

  • A single infusion mash at 152°F

Designing the Label

In a previous article I explored the realm of AI-generated imagery. If you've ever wondered how to transform a simple idea into a stunning visual, I recommend reading my detailed guide on "Creating Beer Labels with ChatGPT and DALL·E 3". Here is the prompt I used for the 'Valor & Victory Red IPA':

Prompt: Design a beer label for 'Valor & Victory Red IPA' showcasing the name 'Valor & Victory Red IPA' in bold, military stencil font. The background features a warship on the ocean, with the waves reflecting the strength of the sea. Above the ship, a clear sky and the Navy emblem shining with pride. The label embodies a patriotic color scheme of red, white, and blue, with stars and stripes subtly integrated into the design. The overall impression is one of naval pride, honor, and a salute to the service of the US Navy.

Valor & Victory Beer Label Generated by AI
Valor & Victory Beer Label Generated by AI

Valor & Victory Beer Label Generated by AI
Valor & Victory Beer Label Generated by AI


The 'Valor & Victory Red IPA' is more than a beer—it's a narrative of my journey, a salute to my fellow veterans, and a testament to the innovative paths homebrewing can take when paired with AI. As I brew this on Veterans Day 2023, each hop addition and stir of the mash will be a reminder of the past, a celebration of the present, and a toast to the future. Here's to those who served, and to the endless possibilities when we bridge the gap between traditional craft and modern technology.

To continue your journey into the exciting world of brewing, don't forget to subscribe to You'll receive a wealth of resources, insights, and brewing inspirations. And join our community on the Facebook group where you can share your brewing adventures and learn from fellow brewing enthusiasts.

Cheers! 🍻

39 views0 comments


bottom of page