Saturday, July 16, 2011

Pic(k) of the Week: Smurfing a beer

On America's 235th birthday, Jacob Jones celebrated his 1st birthday ... with his own beer. Little Jake didn't actually imbibe, but many others did. A beer had been brewed in his honor.

Jake's dad happens to be Steve Jones, the brewmaster for Oliver Ales at the Pratt Street Alehouse, in Baltimore, Maryland. To mark the occasion, Steve brewed Jacob's Summer Celebration Ale.

My baby boy turns a year old on July 4th [2011] so his namesake beer is released once more. The brew specs are determined by the little man himself. He weighed 8.8lbs at birth, so the abv is 8.8%, with 8.8lbs of bittering hops, and 8.8lbs of finishing hops. Because I’m English and his mother is American, the hops were divided equally between UK & US varieties. And, because the little scamp arrived on July 4th, the brew is dry hopped with Liberty hops!"

Smurfing Jacob's Summer Celebration Ale

Above, a cask-conditioned pour of Jacob's Summer Celebration Ale sits on the bar at the Pratt Street Alehouse. Jake's little blue friend is smurfing that hoppy aroma, but Jake? He'll have to wait another 20 years for his legal opportunity.

  • Caveat lector: As a representative for Select Wines, Inc. —a wine and beer wholesaler in northern Virgina— I sell the beers of Oliver Ales.
  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of personal photos, often posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always, with a good fermentable as a subject.
  • Photo by Yours For Good May be reproduced for non-commercial purposes without permission (but please link back). Commercial use requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.

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