There have been false starts, rumors, teases, test batches, samples ... but, now, it appears as if the news may indeed be for real:
From the Tuppers Beers website:
Tuppers' Hop Pocket Ale is in bottles and kegs, and in only a few days trucks will begin bringing them to the Washington DC area. It's pricey and will be in short supply for a while, but we'll be increasing production in the next several weeks, and availability should increase steadily through the winter and spring.
On January 19th [at Hard Times Cafe, in Bethesda, Maryland] starting at 5pm, we'll have the first pouring anywhere of the revived Tuppers' Hop Pocket. Ellie and I will be there; there will be souvenir glasses and door prizes on the hour. Best of all, Hard Times is donating 25% of the entire gross for the night to programs that assist homeless and distressed families.
On the 20th at the Brickskeller, we have our DC inaugural pouring between 7 and 9. Glasses while supplies last; a share of the proceeds will go to Children's Hospital.
On the 21st, Ellie and I will be at Columbia Fire House Restaurant in Old Town [Alexandria] for our Virginia debut.
Almost immediately after its introduction in 1994, Tuppers' Hop Pocket Ale, an "extravagantly hopped" pale ale, would be considered by many to be the iconic locally-produced brand of the Washington, D.C. area. Hop Pocket Ale won a gold medal in the American-Style Pale Ale category at the Great American Beer Festival in 1997. The Hop Pocket Pils (not yet re-released) won gold in 2001.
The Old Dominion Brewing Company produced Tuppers' under contract for school teacher/beer raconteur Bob Tupper and scientific editor Ellie Tupper, but when that brewery was sold in 2007, production ended. The 'new' Tuppers is brewed by the St. George Brewing Company in Hampton, Virginia.
- Photos from the re-inaugural events.
- More about Bob and Ellie Tupper and their beers: here.