By: Ken Hermann, Brewer Published:
Our journey into hop land was dubbed "Tom and Ken's Hoppy Adventure." An opportunity came along to help develop a new IPA for the Harpoon line-up. Fellow brewer Tom Knight and I both volunteered simultaneously. We decided to collaborate on the project, testing many different hops until we found the right combination. We were thrilled with how the beer turned out, even though the "Tom and Ken" would not be in the beer's official name. The very first time I went to a bar (BBC - Walpole) to share a pint with my friend, I asked the bartender about the new Harpoon beer she had. She said it was awesome, but that they remembered in being called something else when she tried it early on at the brewery. I told her it was called "Tom and Ken's Hoppy Adventure" and that I was Ken. She immediately took the tap handle off and added the "missing" part of the name.
By: Fred Wills, VT Brewer Published:
A couple of years ago my girlfriend and I decided to host a mid-season homebrew party. We invited fellow harpooners and friends to join us in having some Harpoon brews for inspiration, as well as brewing our own creations on my homebrew system out on our front porch. On a nice warm spring day, with the snowbank in front of the porch formed by the winter’s snow sliding off the roof, melting away, we ate grilled pizza, drank some great beer, and a couple of homebrews come out pretty nicely. In fact, one of those ten-gallon homebrew batches was the first brewing of what would eventually be dubbed Flannel Friday!