COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Anheuser-Busch Columbus brewery made its first brew in 1968 and today it is hosting a Budweiser Backyard Barbecue to celebrate 50 years in Columbus.
It is an all-day event with brewery tours, food, and music that’s open to the public, but this backyard barbecue also honored a the company’s veterans.
“It is humbling to have so many people that have given so much of their life, of their time, of themselves,” said Josh Zabek, senior general manager of the Anheuser-Busch Columbus brewery.
He added this brewery would not be the same without the veterans who work here.
So to honor them during the 50 year celebration, a special toast was made to recognize the 59 veterans who work at this brewery.
The toast was made by Army Veteran Blake Firestone, who has been working at this brewery for more than 15 years.
“The armed forces are a brotherhood and all of us realize and appreciate any efforts extended to us especially by companies,” said Firestone.
He ended his toast with this message to his colleagues, veteran brothers and sisters, and his company.
“I’d like to have everybody raise their glass in honor of our armed forces members. May God bring them back safe.”