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Leeds Public House Launch Party spotlights veterans
Michigan City, IN
02/04/2020 12:13 PM

Leeds Public House will celebrate the veteran spirit as the team brings together the launch of its House Whiskey and its Leeds Project Heart initiative.

“We are honored to highlight veterans through our launch party as we support The Wall Gang through our Leeds Project Heart and create new connections with Hotel Tango Distillery, a veteran-owned business,” said Leeds Public House owner Denise Burns.

The 21-and-over kick-off event will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday Feb. 20 at the restaurant, 401 Franklin St. The evening will feature specially crafted cocktails, chef-inspired dishes and Hotel Tango giveaways.

“The event will also showcase our support to veterans, our continuing engagement in community outreach, and lastly, our belief in serving the highest quality, locally sourced ingredients as possible,” said Leeds Public House Beverage Manager Drew Doyle. “If there’s a fingerprint of a bar, it should be its whiskey.”

The LPH team selected the Hotel Tango Private Barrel from among hundreds of barrels and it will be a spirit only available at Leeds.

“We feel this particular expression of spirit represents what Leeds is all about: vibrancy, colorfulness, youth and expressiveness as well as familiar flavors and comforting aromas – all at the same time,” Doyle said.

The Hotel Tango brand epitomizes owner Travis Barnes’ own personal story of service and re-entering civilian life. He served three tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and has cultivated a methodical mindset that shines through in his spirits.

“We like to say Hotel Tango is ‘distilled with discipline’ - meaning, all of our products are crafted with the same rigor and attention to detail that Travis learned serving in the line of duty,” said Alex Neff (former) VP of Marketing at Hotel Tango. “Community development has always been a focus for Hotel Tango, but veterans’ organizations are particularly close to our company's heart. While serving our country is an honor (which Travis knows well), we also know there is a struggle for many veterans to integrate back into civilian life.

“Remaining connected and supporting local and national veterans’ organizations is our way of paying homage to the sacrifice Travis and so many other veterans have made and continue to make every day.”

Leeds will donate 10 percent of the day’s proceeds to The Wall Gang as part of its Leeds Project Heart.

Steve Moore, co-founder and president of The Wall Gang, seeks to uplift veterans through his nonprofits. He is also co-founder of the National Veterans Awareness Organization.

The nonprofits help veterans ride out to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., as well as raise awareness of veteran-related challenges.

“There was some of us that had a need to see the memorial. The healing effect of riding with other veterans to the wall is amazing,” Moore said. “We figured we could help other veterans feel what we felt and so we became The Wall Gang.

“During our annual 10-day patriotic pilgrimage across this great nation, we stop off at VA homes, VA hospitals, schools and cemeteries to honor those veterans who have kept our nation free. Teaching our youth about veterans and patriotism is a must and we must never forget.”

Moore’s passion for veteran causes is based in his own experience and family.

“I come from a military family and have been stuck in many military hospitals back in the day. I have been doing veteran stuff ever since I got out of the military in 1979,” he said. “We have a son who was in the Iraq in 2003 and came home changed with PTSD and now has a service dog. Every day is a challenge for all of us, because you never know what tomorrow will bring.”

Denise Burns
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