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Mad Bomber Brewery Pays Tribute To Troops In Hayden Mad Bomber Brewery Pays Tribute To Troops In Hayden
HAYDEN, Idaho -

Brewing beer is a messy business that requires constant hands-on work. But the beer-making process pales in comparison to what Tom Applegate did before he opened Mad Bomber Brewery.

He diffused IEDs for a living. For the past eight years, he worked as an Army EOD.

"It's impossible to wake up in the morning and not feel it, not remember it," Applegate said.

Now he and his younger brother Brian make beer everyday.

Applegate began the brewery project in March, after he left the Army.

When his dream became a reality, Applegate saw an opportunity to honor his fallen brothers.

"A lot of the names have a lot of history behind them," Applegate said.

Three of their current beers are named after fallen EOD soldiers.

St. Nicholas Pale is named for Nick Reed who was killed in December 2012.

Fatman IPA refers to Staff Sergeant Wade Bennett who was killed in November, 2012 in Afghanistan.

Those men wanted to be a part of the brewery, but never made it home.

Their names are now etched in chalk on the large menu that hangs behind the bar, and their faces line the brewery walls.

"We get caught up with making the beer and mopping the floor and cleaning up everything," Applegate said.

"But occassionally you stop and you look around and it's sad. It's overwhelming to look up and see them on the walls all the time."

Applegate says the veteran community has taken to the project.

Mad Bomber Brewery has had various things donated, including their tables and chairs, and a set of sample trays.

The Applegate brothers say Mad Bomber Brewery is becoming bigger than them.

"It's not really our place anymore," Applegate said. "We just make the beer and mop the floor. That's it."

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