By: John Bagdonas, HDC Published:
Although my homebrew team had won the Kettle Cup competition in 2011 and finished 3rd in 2012, the stakes for 2013 were at an all-time high. Along with company-wide bragging rights, the winner of the Kettle Cup that year was going to have their beer mass produced and be featured as part of the 100 BBL Series. This was first for the competition so needless to say our team was determined to take home the prize. We knew that in order to win the votes of our co-workers we would need a beer that was unique yet approachable. We came up with the idea of brewing a Belgian Blonde Ale with a healthy kick of American hops.
After a heated competition, Hoppy Belgian Blonde was voted the Kettle Cup winner by our fellow Harpooners beating out 20+ other beers! We were ecstatic and truly honored. Our names and faces would be immortalized on our very own beer label, plus we would be able to drink copious of amounts of the beer once it was released to the public.
By: Victoria Kidder, UFO Brand Manager Published:
I’m struggling where this story is going, because it’s weird to discuss how your friend texts you a million times and says KIDDER I LOVE YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU while he is on the T because of this damn beer. But yeah, that’s the story.
How would your friends know you love them if you didn’t drink a beer with an 18% ABV?
Beers were flowing, pretzels were magically disappearing right and left, and when it came to my friend’s next beer choice at the Beer Hall, he threw caution to the wind for Interrobang. Because after a couple beers, a beer with an 18% ABV is the only logical next beer, right? Right.