Franklin County veteran uses brewery to give back to veteran community
WAYNESBORO, Pa. (WHTM) – After 27 years of military service, Kevin Barrick is preparing for his next chapter. He owns a Franklin County brewery and uses Veterans Day to pour out into the community.
This story actually begins on September 11, this year, 20 years since the terrorist attacks. And a group of veterans spent the day at 633 Brewing in Waynesboro.
Different ages, different military branches all came together.
Kevin Barrick and Heather Weeks are co-owners of 633 Brewing. Barrick comes from a military family and served himself.
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“It goes back to my grandfather in WWII, my other grandfather in the Korean War, and my uncle and father were both in Vietnam,” Barrick said.
So when an opportunity arose to connect with Midstate vets and give back, he seized it.
“Heather and I couldn’t be more proud of these guys for coming out, doing their thing. There was a lot of laughter. It was a good time, ”Barrick said.
“On September 11 of this year, the 20th anniversary, a group of veterans came and brewed a beer,” Weeks said.
Turning away from a dark anniversary, the two made connections with the region’s veteran community.
“It was really cool to hear them tell stories about their service. One of them told me that it was good for them to have a place to go, where they didn’t have to think about 9/11. They were actually able to have fun and relax and not focus on the wrong part, ”Weeks said.
They focused on the job at hand and this week their beer will be shared with the community.
“You give them a specific job, boom they do it and they do it well. And you keep going with that, ”Barrick said. “We’ll call this beer, ‘For the Fallen.'”
A tribute to those who lost their service and in the terrorist attacks, with the aim of supporting those who are still there.
“People like to know the guy down the street who really needs this service dog, will take advantage of it then. And there are a lot of veterans in this area, we are a huge community of veterans here, ”Weeks said.
“For the Fallen” beer will be released on Veterans Day at a huge community event at 633 Brewing. Profits will directly benefit Midstate Veterans through the Franklin County Veterans Awareness Program.