From our favorite Pittsburgh brewer’s newsletter – East End Brewing is on their 100th batch of beer…
ANOTHER MILESTONE REACHED: EAST END BREWING BREWS UP BATCH #100!!!
Ah yes, I remember it was just about a year and a half ago when I was
pouring the results of batch #2 from East End Brewing for so many of
you to taste that snowy night at Kelly’s. (Batch #1 was a
mind-numbingly bitter but otherwise tasty batch of Big Hop…not quite
ready for prime time though). Well, 99 batches later I’m still here,
still making beer, and it’s even gotten a bit easier with each batch
now that I know a bit more about what I’m doing. Hopefully the
beer’s gotten a bit better in the last year and a half too! So, what
to do for the big event – batch 100? Well, let’s just say that I
couldn’t let it go by without doing something unusual….
I was reading an article in one of the regional beer publications a
while back, about some American Brewers traveling to Belgium and their
participation in a beer that was a cross between a Belgian Tripel (or
“Triple” depending on your preference) and the much newer Imperial
IPA/Double IPA style. Immediately fascinated by the notion of a beer
that blends the light body and Belgian character of the tripel, with
the completely American over the top hoppiness of these huge IPAs, I
decided to seek one out and taste it for myself. As it turned out, the
idea was more interesting than the beer that I eventually got my hands
on, so I decided to give it a go here to see if I could MAKE the beer I
was imagining in my head – and what better time to do it than for #100!
Man I _love_ his stuff. Sometimes a little more than I should, to be sure.
Thanks Chris – obsessive love was really the goal all along.