(Louisiana National Guard Press Release) After spending three long weeks training for an upcoming deployment overseas, the Louisiana National Guardsmen of the 39th Military Police Company, 773rd MP Battalion, 139th Regional Support Group were ready to go home to their families and wind down with a cool beverage. Fortunately for them, Shreveport’s Red River Brewing Company came to the rescue with a specially brewed beer and hosted a family day for the unit at their brewery, March 16.
“This is why we’re in business. As the poet Ice Cube put it, ‘today was a good day’ for us,” said Jared Beville, a co-owner of the brewery in downtown Shreveport. “To be able to work within our muse to create a beer for the unit is one of the coolest things that we’ve done so far.
The beer, named Fear the Dark after the 39th’s motto, is a dark German lager. When the unit learned that they would be deploying overseas, their family readiness group and unit leadership met with Beville and asked if it would be possible to have a beer brewed for them. The brewery also designed a custom label to put on the bottle that features the unit’s logo, military police crossed pistols behind a black panther.
“The schwarzbier fits perfectly for the name of their company,” said Beville. “It’s a dark beer with coffee and chocolate notes but it doesn’t have the roasty or acrid notes of a stout or really dark lager. It’s a really approachable, common man’s sort of beer.”
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