NEWPORT NEWS (AP) -- A Michigan craft brewery has created a special beer label to commemorate the christening of the USS Gerald R. Ford.

Founders Brewing Co. said the special label for its pale ale pays homage to the nation's 38th president, who grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Newport News Shipbuilding approached the brewery about creating the label marking the Navy's newest aircraft carrier's christening on Saturday.

During the week, the special labeled pale ale will be on draft at locations in the Newport News area, along with commemorative postcards. It also will be served at a private christening dinner.

The Ford is the lead ship in a new class of carriers. It will replace the USS Enterprise, which was inactivated last year.

Construction of the Ford began in November 2009.

AP-WF-11-04-13 1430GMT

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