Sunday, June 28, 2009

Man O'War IPA - Best in Show


That's right! You're looking at a winner!

Having arrived in Westport around lunchtime yesterday, my wife and I quickly unpacked the cars, dumped the kids off on my mother and her sisters, and bolted up to Swansea, MA to hear the Yankee Spirits 2009 Home Brew Contest results.

It proved to be a harrowing experience. The winners were being announced as part of their 1-4 pm beer tasting, where they had several breweries (20+) offering tastings, as well as a New England Patriots cheerleader signing posters for customers while they stared at her breasts. Or at least that's what I did.

To make a long story short we first heard winners were being announced at 2 pm, so we took off and grabbed some lunch and came back just before 2. Walked around, sampled some beers, got impatient, asked again, heard it was happening at 3 pm. I guess we could have waited around another 40 minutes, but we didn't want to taste too much (had to drive about half an hour to get back to Horseneck Beach) and hey - there was ocean, waves, and fun waiting for us. Knowing they'd contact me if I won anything, we left (after purchasing a suitable amount of alcohol for the beach weekend).

I was annoyed, a bit. More at having to wait, and sort of wanting to wait longer but not wanting to hang around a liquor store soaking up promotions. In reality, if I had done my homework and called before we went I wouldn't have wasted as much time.

Anyway - weekend at the beach is great, it's 4:30 this afternoon - with me heading back up to Boston after dinner while my wife and kids spend the rest of the week on the beach - and my iPhone rings with a number I don't recognize.

After the pleasantries, the nice lady on the other end tells me she wishes to congratulate me, as my beer (now called Man O'War IPA thanks to my cousin James) had won Best in Show by a unanimous vote. I was on the porch, in a fairly quiet beach community, and I think I shouted an expletive. Actually, I'm pretty sure I did given the look I got from the neighbors. So there's a $100 gift certificate waiting for my pickup. I'll get it this weekend...and quite possibly spend it!

If I can find someone to do so, I may have the beer judged by BJCP regulations just to see how it stacks up. But it doesn't bug me that they didn't use them there. They were just people who know and like beer who wanted to drink some and judge it. And isn't that how you pick the beer you like anyway?

Enough crowing. I said when I bottled this one it was a keeper, and it is. I'm shut down from brewing for at least a couple more months, but once I'm moved back to RI and in place, this will be the first recipe I make.

42 comments:

  1. A job well done! Soon you will be on leave, I will toast you your victory in person, and we will tell tales and laugh.

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  2. 若對自己誠實,日積月累,就無法對別人不忠了。........................................

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  3. Not sure if you are still active, but I hope so. I have a question about IPA and the days of sail. During my fifteen years as a microbrewer with Gearys and Wild Goose in Cambridge, MD, I always clung to the idea that IPA was brewed with the intent of producing a beer which would withstand the long transit through some pretty warm waters. A short lived carreer in the Merchant Marine, taught me the impossibilities of such a course.
    Just asking if you have dwelled on the topic. If you receive this and feel like responding, please write markscease@gmail.com Thanks for your time.

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  4. 凡是遇到困擾的問題,不要把它當作可怕的,討厭的,無奈的遭遇,而要把它當作歷練、訓練和幫助。.............................................

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  5. 天下沒有走不通的路,沒有克服不了的困難,沒有打不敗的敵人。........................................

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  6. 向著星球長驅直進的人,反比踟躕在峽路上的人,更容易達到目的。............................................................

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  7. 愛情是一種發明,需要不斷改良。只是,這種發明和其他發明不一樣,它沒有專利權,隨時會被人搶走。............................................................

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  8. 在莫非定律中有項笨蛋定律:「一個組織中的笨蛋,恆大於等於三分之二。」......................................................................

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  9. 不論做什麼事,相信自己,別讓別人的一句話,把你擊倒。.......................................................

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  10. 一個人的價值,應該看他貢獻了什麼,而不是他取得了什麼.................................................................

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  11. if you're still at it, keep up the good work...

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