Apr 17, 2018

Veteran Brewery Founder Is Awarded Nation’s Third Highest Military Honor

Last Monday in a privately held ceremony, Heritage Brewing Co. co-founder Ryan Arroyo was awarded the Silver Star Medal, our nation’s third highest personal decoration for valor in combat. He was given the award for gallantry in action during combat operations against an armed enemy of the United States. As part of the citation reads: “Ryan’s courage during close quarters combat ensured overall mission success and the survival of his fellow soldiers.”

Ryan founded Heritage Brewing co. in 2013 with his brother and fellow veteran Sean Arroyo. Their company mission is one that remains near and dear to their time spent serving our country:

“To not only brew the best beer possible, but also; live for one another, serve our fellow countrymen, craft with pride, and wherever possible, give back to those in need, especially those who have given everything for their country.”

Alongside the Silver Star medal, Ryan was also awarded the purple heart for wounds received in action against an enemy force.

Through Heritage Brewing Co. Ryan and Sean have created patriotic and service themed ales such as Freedom Isn’t Free IPA. This flagship IPA is both a statement to the reality that veterans are quite familiar with, and a classic household American style IPA.

Heritage Brewing Co. owns and operates both a production facility/taproom in Manassas Virginia, and a brewpub in the Clarendon district of Arlington Virginia. These Americana themed venues are frequently host to veteran related charity functions that provide both funds and awareness to veteran related causes.
Additionally Heritage Brewing Co. has always provided preferential hiring for veterans throughout their company and employs veterans across their entire management staff.