By: Marc Weiss, HDC Senior Brewery Rep Published:
A few years ago a couple of friends and I pooled together $700 to take a fishing charter for striped bass with our favorite rock musician/guitar god, Dean Ween. His name is actually Micky, but his stage name is Dean and the band's name is Ween. The day before our 6+ hour drive to the Jersey Shore, Micky called me and said that the seas looked a bit too rough for his little boat for the next couple of days. "We have two options, we can either reschedule for another date in the spring or we can tag along on my friend's much larger boat. He is taking out a group of about 5 guys but there will still be plenty of room for us to fish along side them. It won't be as intimate as the 4 of us on my small boat, but this way I will be able to fish and drink beer with you guys!" It was a no-brainer, the bigger boat! I asked if it was cool to bring beer on his friend's boat, and he said "as much as you can!" We spent about 5 hours out on the water with Micky casting for Stripers and Blues. We didn't catch one striper but shared many Harpoon IPAs and stories about life, music, fishing, and our mutual love for beer. Rock on Micky.
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.