- Associated Press - Friday, March 21, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - More craft breweries from around the country are teaming up to raise money for military families by selling a beer aged on baseball bats.

The Hops for Heroes project began in 2011 as a collaboration between Center of the Universe Brewing Co. in suburban Richmond and Fremont Brewing Co. in Seattle.

Officials announced this week that 11 breweries will be participating this year. That includes breweries in Florida, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Arizona, Colorado, California, Texas, Hawaii and South Carolina.

Homefront IPA is brewed with orange peel and aged by soaking with unfinished Louisville Slugger maple bats. Participating breweries will sell the beer in their areas in time for Memorial Day.

All proceeds are being donated to local chapters of Operation Homefront. The national organization provides emergency financial assistance to military families.