The annual crab soup contest at Ellicott Mills Brewing Company was a great success in good fun and raising money for a local charity. There were 6 contestants, with 2 types of soup being tasted (traditional Maryland crab soup and cream of crab soup).
In case you didn’t know, yesterday was the second annual IPA day . The website http://ipaday.org/announcing-ipa-day/ has lots of information about the day.
Founded in 2011 by beer evangelists and social media personalities Ashley Routson and Ryan Ross, IPA Day is a universal movement created to unite the voices of craft beer enthusiasts, bloggers, and brewers worldwide, using social media as the common arena for connecting the conversation together.
IPA Day is not the brainchild of a corporate marketing machine, nor is it meant to serve any particular beer brand. IPA Day is opportunity for all breweries, bloggers, businesses and consumers to connect and share their love of craft beer. It is an opportunity for the entire craft beer culture to combine forces and advocate craft beer through increased education and global awareness.
So what did I do for IPA day? I went to the homeland. I bellied up to the bar at Dogfish Head in Rehoboth Beach, DE (ground zero for the IPA movement) and ordered a Randalled 120 Minute IPA. What is a Randalled IPA? At the time of the pour the 120 is pushed through hops. In this case it was pushed through cascade hops and grapefruit zest (to bring out the citrus in the beer). Wow was it good.
The bar was pretty well packed for a Thursday night, and it didn’t seem like too many people were aware of the significance of the day. That, of course, didn’t keep me from enjoying it. The Randall on the bar was also a great conversation starter among bar patrons. I’m not sure how often Dogfish Head will be pulling out the Randall, but if you get a chance to try it, you should, it’s worth the effort.
So did anyone else enjoy an IPA for IPA day?
From an email I received from The Perfect Pour:
Heavy Seas is a local craft beer staple. Founded by Mr. Sisson in 1994 as Clipper City, the brewery has been putting out award-winning and downright tasty beers for almost twenty years. Their broad range of beers is brewed “to be the best combination of modern beer thinking blended with traditional brewing methods in the beer world today.” We think they succeed.
Hugh will be pouring two special beers and one customer favorite. Try the brand new Sea Nymph summer seasonal and the newly-released Plank II, a Doppelbock aged with eucalyptus and poplar, and remind yourself of the greatness that is Loose Cannon.
Come support your local brewer and enjoy some of the best craft beer on the market.
Overall it was a good time. Hugh was happy to answer any questions people had about his beer or his brewery. I’m happy to see local business owners coming out to do meet and greets with fans of their products. Hugh really is a pleasure to be around.
Hanging out with my brother in post-Christmas celebration and enjoying some good independent beer. Only 2 of the 11 coolers had independent beers and this is the one we chose, Porkhouse Pale Ale. I like their 6 pack holders. They seem to be more environmentally friendly than the normal ones even though they are more difficult to pull off.
More pictures to come.
Halloween this year was another great night of fun with kids and candy, and as always, the adults loved the beer. I give away lots of candy every year with a slight twist. There is a game I have all the kids play where they reach into a bag and pull out a poker chip. Most of the chips are white (and I change the odds as needed), but if they pull out the black chip they win an entire sleeve of candy. For those that are older, they know the game (I think I have done it for 10 years now), and for those that are younger, they are just learning, but they all love it!!!
I had about 110 kids stop buy and went through most of the candy as well as about 30 beers. This year I had the Samuel Adams variety pack, a case of Buffalo Bill’s pumpkin ale, and a few left over Dogfish Head Punkin ales. It’s funny that there are some adults who go out of their way to come to my house just to get a beer. I had two mothers that asked if they could have their pumpkin beers unopened as they wanted to have them after they put the kids to bed. I was happy to help them out. I also bring up my projector and put It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on my garage door. I love to watch the younger kids get sucked in watching the show, and the parents who enjoy the beer don’t mind standing around with a pumpkin ale.
What was your setup like this year? Does anyone else give out beer or do prizes?
Since when is a product produced by a big beer company a “craft beer”?