Friday, October 24, 2008

Hopocalypse Now: Lupulin Land update.

(Updated Monday, November 3)

In terms of that ever mysterious realm of consumer preference, Lupulin Land Harvest Hopcoming probably is the most taste-specific of the draft fests we stage each year. Gravity Head selections share the common characteristic of being strong in alcoholic terms, but can vary considerably otherwise. Saturnalia beers include a broad range of winter and holiday choices, encompassing all ABVs and a cornucopia of stylistic perspectives.

But it seems that people either like hops or don’t, and although each year there are several blessed conversions as the previously frightened take a second taste of IPAs, wet-hop ales and ESBs, the dividing lines are drawn fairly tightly. The aficionados camp outside the door, while the non-hoppy seek solace in other arms.

Anyway, here’s the rendering of currently available hoppy drafts after a week of Lupulin Land. Note that several of these are expected to expire today, so the lineup should be different by Saturday. At the very bottom of the page, in approximate order, are the beers ready to come on line in the next couple of days.

An * means that it's the first time on draft at the Public House.

Microbrews
Crooked Tree Double Crooked Tree IPA 1/6 barrel
Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale 1/2 barrel
*Left Hand Chainsaw 1/6 barrel
*New Holland Existential - Ale 1/6 barrel
Oaken Barrel Superfly IPA 1/2 barrel
Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale 2 x ½ barrels
Stone Ruination IPA 1/2 barrel
Two Brothers Heavy Handed 1/6 barrel

Imports
De Ranke XX Bitter 30 L
*Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor 2 x 1/6 barrels
Houblon Chouffe 2 x 20 L

Fallen Soldiers (some destined to double back)
*Allagash Hugh Malone Ale 1/6 barrel
BBC (Main & Clay) Dank IPA (firkin)
Boulder Mojo IPA 1/2 barrel
Browning’s Brewery She-Devil 1/2 barrel
Breckenridge 471 Double IPA 1 x 1/6 barrel gone, and another coming later
Clipper City Heavy Seas Hop 3 (cask-conditioned firkin)
Founders Centennial IPA 2 x 1/2 barrel
*Founders Harvest Ale 1/2 barrel
Founders Red’s Rye 1/2 barrel
NABC Fifth Anniversary (V) ½ barrel
NABC Oaked Croupier ¼ barrel
NABC Oaktimus 2 x ½ barrel
Rogue “John’s Locker Stock” Glen 2 x ½ barrels
*Schlafly Hop Harvest Ale 1/2 barrel
*Schlafly India Brown Ale ½ barrel
*Sierra Nevada Chico Estate Harvest Wet Hop Ale 1/2 barrel
*Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale 2 x 1/2 barrel
*Three Floyds Alpha Naught ½ barrel
*Victory Hop Wallop 1/2 barrel

Coming next (not necessarily in order)
*Alvinne Extra 1/6 barrel
*Browning’s Brewery Harvest Ale 1/2 barrel
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA 1/2 barrel
Rogue “John’s Locker Stock” Double Dead Guy 1/2 barrel

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