By: Zach Burcham, Digital Marketing Intern Published:
It’s that time of year again… the Harpoon 5-Miler Lottery is officially open! Have no idea what the lottery is and why you have to enter it? Well, you've come to the right place! Here are the 5 most important questions asked about the Harpoon 5-Miler?
“How does the 5-Miler lottery work?”
Each May, Harpoon hosts one of the most awesome races (and, obviously, one of the most awesome post-race parties) in Boston. It’s called the Harpoon 5-Miler, and this year, it’s on May 21st.
Because it’s so awesome, SO many awesome people want to run it. But the problem is, we simply can’t fit every awesome runner onto one race course. We need to cap the race at 5,000 runners, and we want to do it in the fairest way possible. Thus, the 5-Miler lottery was born.
How do we pick who gets to run? Each year, around the Ides of March, Harpoon summons a mystical wizard named Gortharg from the top of Mt. Vesuvius. After summoning him, we allow him to sacrifice one of our unsuspecting interns (we also let him take home a sixer of IPA.) After Gortharg is appeased, he then summons a mighty email blast that is sent to all the victors. Or… lottery winners are randomly selected by our race website on 3/21. It all just depends on what you believe, I guess.
“How much time do I have left to enter the lottery?”
Short answer: not much! Slightly longer answer: The lottery opened today (3/13) at noon and will close the following Monday (3/20) at noon! So, you have exactly one week to get yourself and/or your 6-Pack team together. But don't panic, this is exactly what you were born for! Enter now!
“Do I have to pay to enter the lottery?”
Nope! There is no fee to enter the lottery, but if you get in, you will be directed to a payment form and will be charged the $60 race fee.
“Is it really necessary that I have a 6-Pack in order to run? I mean… I know that I have to be in great shape to run a 5-Miler, but this seems like overkill!”
Just to clarify, there are no physical requirements to run the Harpoon 5-Miler. Runners are allowed to enter the lottery either as an individual, or, as a team of six, no more, no less. Thus the name “Harpoon 6-Pack” (Get it!?).
All 6-Pack teams must: (1) Select your Team Captain who will register the team, pick an awesome group name, and choose a password. (2) After signing up for the lottery, the Captain should email the name and team password to the entire group (the 5 other members). All 6 members of the group must register by March 20th at 12pm, or the whole group will miss out. So Captains, make sure everyone is signed up!
So, although we would all love to look like Matthew McConaughey in “Failure to Launch,” or Matthew McConaughey in “Fool’s Gold”, or Matthew McConaughey in “Magic Mike”, or Matthew McConaughey in “Mud”, an actual six pack is not necessary in order to enter our 5-Miler. (Side note: Is Matthew McConaughey contractually obligated to be shirtless in all his movies? Let us know.)
“Is all of this really worth it?”
Hell yeah! After the race, we throw an epic post-run party that features beer (obviously!), delicious food, and a DJ to keep the party going! Oh, and did we mention that all of this is to raise over $200,000 for the Angel Fund and ALS research?
What're you waiting for!? Join the lottery now!
By: Harpoon Brew Staff Published:
Our brewers recently got their hands on some Lupulin powder and are whipping up some delicious IPA’s on our pilot system (read: you need to get your butt to one of our breweries to try it soon!). So, why are we excited about this new technique and what’s in it for you?
Here’s the scoop – Lupulin is the beautiful little yellow oil pods you see inside a hop cone. It contains all the flavor, aromatics (you open a bag of this stuff and it’s like hop heaven on crack), and it has some bittering potential. Rather than pelletized hops, we’ll be using Lupulin powder during dry hop - putting hops in the beer during or after fermentation. While we love it, dry hopping can be real b sometimes; hops basically act like a sponge, so when you dry hop, a substantial amount of beer gets trapped resulting in lost product (sad times). Essentially Lupulin powder opens some interesting possibilities when it comes to brewing innovations which is great news for beer drinkers and beer brewers alike!
And good news - We racked our first trial batch into kegs which means you can now enjoy a pint (or 3) at our breweries! Lupulin IPA clocks in at 6.2% ABV and 50 IBUs. Hurry, it won't last long!
Will this powder be the next big thing in craft beer? We shall see. But one thing is for sure – it opens up some pretty cool possibilities and will require a whole bunch of experimentation (music to our brewer’s ears). For updates on when we tap the more batches, follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@harpoonbrewery)!