Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Lineup preview: The Eighth Journey to Lupulin Land, coming October 16.

Here’s the initial draft list for the eighth Lupulin Land Harvest Hop Festival, which kicks off on Friday, October 16. As always, we'll tap as many as possible, and replace the fallen with fresh kegs as long as possible. When they're gone, they're gone.

A few weeks back, Mike and I took a look at the foraging options, factored in the diminishing storage capacity in Cellar # 3, and concluded that with the exception of the local Louisville brewery options, we’d play the hand we'd already dealt ourselves. Because of this, I’m decreeing this year’s Lupulin Land to be the All-American Lupulin Land.

Bookmark this page, because I’ll be updating it. Meanwhile, Grant Line brewer Jared Williamson offers this look at NABC's special Lupulin Land entry.

I will have an early preview firkin of VII Anniversary for Lupulin kickoff, with the rest to go on soon if not right after opening weekend. We should run through the VII, as it is an IPA and not meant to age.

As with the 5th Anniversary (there was no 6th), the 7th will feature the number 7 as much as possible. Imperial Dark IPA is the style.

7 malts
7 hops
7 hop additions, each at 7oz, the last addition features 7oz of each of the 7 hops
77 IBU
77 minute boil
7.7 ABV

Here are the guests. Expect the ranks to be supplemented by both BBCs, Browning's and Cumberland Brews.

Boulder Flashback Anniversary (India Brown Ale, 6.8% abv)

Boulder Looking Glass Cold Hop (“British-style Ale” 6.5% abv)

Clipper City Big DIPA (Double IPA; Mutiny Fleet Series; 10.6% abv)

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA (unclassifiable gravity craziness; 20% abv)

Great Divide Belgica (Belgian-style IPA; 7.2% abv)

He’Brew Shmaltz Lenny’s RIPA (Rye Double IPA; 10% abv)

Left Hand 400 lb Monkey IPA (IPA; circa 7% abv)

Rogue Charlie 1981 (American Strong Ale; 8.5% abv

Shoreline Sum-Nug IPA (IPA; 7% abv)

Sierra Nevada Chico Estate Harvest Ale (IPA; 6.7% abv)

Southern Tier Unearthly Imperial IPA (Double IPA; 11% abv)

Stone 13th Anniversary Ale (Imperial Red; 9.5% abv)

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA (Belgian-style IPA; 6.9% abv)

Stone Double Bastard 07/08 (American Strong; 10.5% abv)

Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow (Double IPA with lactose; 10% abv)

Three Floyds Dreadnaught (Double IPA; 9.5% abv)

Two Brothers Heavy Handed (India Pale Ale; 6.7% abv)

Two Brothers Hop Juice (Double IPA; 9.9% abv)

Who knows? A few others may fall into our laps the next two weeks, so stay tuned.

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