The Hopewell microbrewery is producing a new double IPA, just in time for Veterans Day.

HOPEWELL — The canning line was hopping at Naked Dove Brewing, and it needed to be to make this tight holiday deadline.

Not that long ago, the Hopewell microbrewery received word that one of its hops suppliers had a blend of hops from five veteran-owned breweries for sale, with $3 from each pound sold going to Semper Fi, a post 9/11 veterans organization.

David Schlosser, the brewmaster at Naked Dove, ordered 88 pounds to contribute, then thought, “What can we do locally?”

The answer, of course, was do what you do best — make beer, and 250 cases of it.

So that’s why a crew Thursday morning was getting Naked Dove’s Left Right Left double IPA canned in time for Veterans Day. The beer is scheduled to be released Sunday, Nov. 11, and 100 percent of the proceeds will be going to the Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester.

“They do great work,” Schlosser said.

The name comes from one of Naked Dove’s own, Laura Helker, who used to work in the brewery’s tasting room on Routes 5 and 20 and now works at Finger Lakes Community College’s One Stop Center.

Helker and another Naked Dove employee, Chris Schultheis, are Army veterans. In fact, most of the Schultheis family has served in the Army — his sister’s combat boots are pictured in the advertising of the Left Right Left beer.

Both helped in the brewing of the beer, which has an alcohol level of 8.7 percent and has a huge hops character with “a lot of aroma, a lot of flavor,” Schlosser said.

Helker, who was a Chinook helicopter mechanic where she was stationed at Fort Campbell in Kentucky from 2000 to 2001, called it an honor to be part of this.

“It brings back a lot of memories and also it’s great to give forward,” Helker said. “I’m so grateful for all of our veterans.”

Schultheis, who is a Naked Dove sales rep, was a medic who served from 1993 to 2001, mostly at Fort Sam Houston in Texas.

“It’s great to be part of a program that helps all of the members who have served before and for just being part of the great community,” Schultheis said.

Naked Dove, which began canning products in May, also had a special guest veteran pitch in. Will Parker, who works for Iron Heart Canning, flew in to help. He, too, is a medic and served in Iraq and was deployed to Afghanistan after he re-enlisted.

“Paying it forward is super important, to help people who are less fortunate,” said Parker, who is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

The canning was the most visible process in getting the beer in the hands of those who wish to make a Veterans Day toast in homage to those who served the country. Just two weeks ago Left Right Left was being brewed. While the beer was fermenting, the brewery team worked with vendors to reduce costs so more money could be donated to the VOC, according to Business Manager Kim Porter.

And right up until the end, Naked Dove was awaiting for the final A-OK, which came in late Friday afternoon, just in the nick of time.

"The timeline is very tight given all the regulations and licensing that need to be approved," Porter said.

The beer will be available at Naked Dove on Sunday, of course. Also, Wegmans groceries in Canandaigua, Geneva, Pittsford, Perinton, East Avenue in Rochester, Penfield, Calkins Road and Marketplace in Henrietta, Ridge-Culver in Irondequoit, Eastway and Holt Road in Webster, and Chili-Paul in Chili also will carry it.

The Office, the Green Front Restaurant, AJ's Beer Warehouse, Mendon Meadows Marketplace, Honeoye Falls Marketplace, Steamer Marathon, R's Market and Lovin' Cup also will have the beer available.

“It’s all a bit of a blur,” Schlosser said. “Everybody has been great, pulling it all together.”