Every once in a while a brew attains legendary status. Beers such as Westvleteren 12, Three Floyds Dark Lord, and Russian River Pliney the Younger are all legends in their own rights. These beers take the art of brewing to unimaginable heights and, when they make their rare appearances, send beer aficionados into absolute spasms of joy.
So, when I received a private Tweet yesterday from my friend, and the owner of the European Street restaurants locally, that he had a special beer tasting coming up on November 13 my ears perked up. Especially since he said he is going to give the brew away free to 65 lucky ticket-holders. This, my friends, is big.
What beer will be tapped and served to those lucky few on that Tuesday night in November? None other than the devilishly hard to find Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA. But that is not the end of the story. Not only will European Street on Park be pouring tis legendary brew, they will be pouring it through a Randall full of hops!
Perhaps a bit of back story is needed here. Dogfish Head founder Sam Calgione, set out to create the world’s hoppiest beer and succeeded with 120 Minute IPA. The brew is boiled for two full hours while being continuously hopped to bring out the bitterness and then dry-hopped daily for a month. Finally, the brew is aged for another month on whole-leaf hops to provide a staggering 120 IBUs. The additional step of running the beer through a Randall (essentially a device that allows the finished beer to run through even more hops) will amp the IBUs up even more to unknown levels. By comparison, the popular macro lagers or the world clock in at about 7 IBUs.
This is a tasting you do not want to miss.
In order to learn more about how you can get one of the 65 available tickets, simply log in to Twitter and follow European Street’s feed at @estreetcafe. More information will be released – a little bit at a time – over the next few weeks.
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