By: Tom Graham, Brewer Published:
Here at Harpoon, we brew like we own the place – because we do own the place. We’re proud to be independent brewers and it’s something we like to celebrate. So we called our friends at Odell Brewing Co., a fellow employee owned brewery in Fort Collins, CO, and asked them to brew a beer with us as a toast to brewing independence. The beer is the Harpoon 100 Barrel Series EHOP, an Oatmeal Pale Ale brewed with oats from another employee-owned company, King Arthur Flour. Harpoon Vermont brewer Tom Graham worked with Odell to create the recipe and brew the beer – one version at Harpoon and one version at Odell. We asked Tom to tell us about the beers, the brewing, and what it means to be an employee owner.
Can you tell us about the two different EHOP beers you brewed with Odell Brewing Co.?
Early in the conversations, we came up with the idea that we wanted to brew hoppy pale ale with oats. I’ve been calling ours “Pale Oat Ale”. The Odell recipe ended up a little stronger and we were calling it a “SOPA” for “Strong Oat Pale Ale”
How did you come up with the recipes for each?
Once we decided on the “style”, I talked with some of my colleagues about how we envisioned the beer and we agreed that we would like a very pale (in color), hop forward pale ale of about 6.6 % ABV and 52 IBUs. I put together a pilot recipe and shared it with my counterpart, Bill Beymer, of Odell. From there we independently added our own additional tweaks, with Bill adding some crystal malt to give it some color and upping the ABV by a percent or so.
Did you go out to Fort Collins to brew the beer, and did their brewer come here? What was that experience like?
I did go to Fort Collins and felt very welcome. I had a great time seeing their operation and interacting with people throughout the brewery and Bill was a great host. We returned the favor a week later when Bill came to Boston where we showed him around and Bill and I helped out with the brew.
How was the pre-GABF EHOP launch party in Colorado with other ESOP breweries? Anything, in particular, that struck you?
It was a nice event. There were five ESOP breweries represented with two draft handles each – It was dubbed an ESOP tap takeover. From Harpoon we poured our EHOP beer and Sweet Spot. Odell, of course, had their own version of the EHOP and the other breweries represented were Left Hand, New Belgium, and Deschutes. There was good attendance from the other breweries. There was a group onstage toast with a few nice words about employee ownership by Wynne Odell.
What does employee ownership mean to you?
Two things come immediately to mind: 1. That Harpoon has a known succession plan in place and it looks like a good one, and 2. That when Harpoon profits as a company, I profit as an individual. Culturally I think Harpoon has made a great effort to keep us aware that we all have a stake in our continued success.
By: Mike Zanti, Harpoon Brewery Rep. TX/LA Published:
If your ideal weekend includes a day filled with 25 obstacles, a crazy party, and plenty of beer, we’ve got you covered! We’re proud to be the “official beer sponsor” for Rugged Maniac races along the east coast and Texas, and love greeting finishers with a cold pint!
Rugged Maniac is headed to Austin, TX for one packed day of adventure on October 22nd. As you work on your team costumes and begin to plan out your weekend, we asked our awesome Texas rep, Mike Zanti, for tips on where to drink Harpoon and UFO, where to eat, and what to do while you’re in the area…
“Austin is one of my favorite cities! It’s the live music capital of the world, with tons of great places to visit while you’re here. Check out a few of my favorite places to eat, grab a Harpoon or UFO, and enjoy all that this city has to offer.” – Mike
- Franklin BBQ - Some of the best BBQ in Texas. Make sure to arrive early because they run out!
- Salt Lick - If you don’t have time to wait for Franklin head out to the Salt Lick BBQ. Beautiful 30 min drive through the hill country. It’s all you can eat BBQ and don’t forget your cooler it’s BYOB!
- Texas Chili Parlor - Best Chili in Texas. Chili made the real way with no beans!
- East Side Kings - The King of food trucks. Eastside kings serves elevated Thai cuisine. Try the Brussel sprouts.
- Austin Picnic - Can’t decide on one food truck? Austin Picnic has 7!
- Magnolia Café – Famous Café open 24 hours! Perfect for after a night on 6th street.
- Italic- Best. Brunch. Ever.
- Historic 6th Street - With over 60 bars crammed into a few blocks this is the place to start your night. Make you way to Buffalo Billiards, Easy Tiger bakery or Waller Creek Pub House.
- Rainy Street - Neighborhood close to downtown where the old bungalow homes have been converted into bars. Quick walk or pedicab ride from 6th street. Bangers Sausage House is a must stop.
- East 6th Street - On the other side of 6th street you will find a collection of local hipster dives filled with live music, patio bars and food trucks.
- Whip In - Convenience store/cafe with naan sandwiches & rice bowls, plus a large beer selection.
- Buzz Mill Coffee - Rustic spot serves coffee, beer & cider around the clock in general-store digs with a back patio.
Live Music Venues: they don't call it the live music capital of the world for nothing!
- White Horse - Live country music is served up in this hip, upbeat, sprawling honky-tonk with a taco truck outside.
- Elephant Room - Underground Jazz bar with featuring 20 beer on draft.
- Continental Club - Rock, country, jazz & blues acts, national & local, are found at this legendary South Congress club.
- Mohawk - Multi level bar with indoor and outdoor stage featuring local acts.
- Spider House - This quirky bar/cafe serving cocktails & snacks is known for its poetry slams & live music.
- Congress Bridge Bats - Every night at dusk (May-November) over 1 million bats emerge from the bridge. This is the largest urban bat population in the world!
- Barton Spring - Perfect place to cool off from Texas heat. Barton Spring is a naturally well fed swimming area that stays at constant 65 degrees year round.
- Lady Bird Lake - Run, Bike, Hike or rent a Kayak and enjoy 10 miles of trails that border the lake in downtown Austin and serve as a social hub for runners, walkers and cyclists.
- Shops on Congress - Get some new cowboy boots at Allen Boots or get lost in Uncommon Objects. During the weekend check out the local artist tents all up and down the street.
- River Float - 30 min ride from Austin head to San Marcos to float the Guadalupe River. Rent your tubes at White Water River Sports and make sure to get plenty of beer for your cooler tube!
- The Broken Spoke - Get your two step on. ?
- Alamo Draft House- Movies, craft beer and food. Alamo draft house plays new and old movies as well as special quote along nights.
So, who’s in for Rugged Maniac Austin?! Friends of Harpoon receive 10% off with the promo code: HARPOON so register today and we’ll see you at the finish line.