By: Julia Falk, Digital Marketing Published:
I recently sat down with the Harpoon Road Trip team to chat about their upcoming trip down Route 95. For Mike, Carolyn, and Dan, (New England natives) this is their first real trip as adults to the South. As a former Alabamian (7 years ya’ll), the South holds a special place in my heart and I was excited to hear what they were looking forward to most during their 2 week journey. And though I am a tad jealous I can’t tag along, I can’t wait to see (and share) what they capture on the Go Pro during their trip!
You got a new set of wheels this year; congrats! Not to bring up the past but are you, ugh, hoping for less car trouble this round?
C: Oh yes! We’ve had some car trouble in the past, and with 50+ hrs crammed together in one vehicle for this upcoming trip, our sanity depends on it. Luckily for us, we have a BRAND NEW 2014 Chevy Traverse decked-out in complete Harpoon getup, awaiting its maiden voyage down the East coast for this epic Southern Road Trip!!! Can you tell that I’m excited?
D: This is my first road trip with the team however, I’m no stranger to car trouble in my own everyday life– hopefully I’m not just bad luck!
From Boston to Florida is 3,400 miles. Tell me you guys have planned some road trip games and made some awesome playlists…
C: Our car is so new that the 3 month trial period for the SiriusXM radio will still be available for the trip. YES! Looks like we’ll be all set for tunes.
D: My go-to is the alphabet game – finding each letter of the alphabet in order on highway signs. It sounds like a walk in the park, but you tell me the next time you see a J or a Q out there on the road!
M: I'm always up for "Zitch Dog". For everyone who doesn't watch How I Met Your Mother, here's a link to the basic premise of the game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1QPZ1O49rY
The Southern culture is undoubtable different than our culture up here in New England. What are you most excited to experience/learn/be a part of?
C: Southerners are just so darn nice! I’m really looking forward to exploring their cities and having a few beers with the locals. This road trip would not be complete without experiencing (and by experiencing, I mean devouring) all of their favorite local dishes. You name it, we’ll try it! At least once.
M: I have been to Florida a couple of times, but I was either too young to drink or I was down there to play baseball, so I never really got to experience the bar scene down south. I’m excited to check it out!
Lately anything over 20 degrees feels like spring here in Boston. Are you planning to take advantage of the warmer weather with any cool outdoor activities?
D: I know, right? I’m just about done with this winter – even a lifelong Bostonian knows when to call it quits! Just being able to drive with the windows down is going to do wonders for my sanity.
M: I realized I didn’t bring a bathing suit up here when I moved this past August so getting one is on my to-do list in the next few days. That and sunscreen. Definitely gonna need to get sun screen. I have only been to a Miami beach once and it was cloudy/raining and we couldn't go in the water because it was shark migration season or something. Hopefully I'll have more luck this time around!
C: We do have a few really cool activities planned for the trip, including a horse drawn carriage ride in Charleston, a haunted ghost tour in Savannah, paddle boarding in Key West and a sunset beach walk with brews in Fort Myers. Sounds too fun to be work, right?!
What part(s) of the Harpoon culture are you most excited to expose our Friends down South to?
D: Definitely the “Love beer, love life” mantra that we hold so true here at Harpoon – and the idea that life is already awesome, but great beer and great friends make it that much better!
C: Our fun-loving, adventurous lifestyle. Harpooners always love to try new things with friends and share stories over a few beers. I’m sure that our Friends down South will help us with the fun experiences, and we’ll hold true to our end of the deal with the beers!
M: I am excited to show off our New England style IPA and turn some people on to a style of beer they may not have gone for or tried before.
You’ll be visiting some awesome breweries along the way. Which one(s) are you most excited about?
D: I know we’re planning on hitting Holy City Brewing in Charleston and Southbound Brewing in Savannah, so naturally I’ve been taking a sneak peek at some of their beers online. I haven’t had either yet, and they both look like they have some awesome stuff that I can’t wait to try! Just getting to see how other breweries around the country operate and spread their love of great beer is something I can’t wait to be a part of.
C: The folks at Southbound Brewing in Savannah, GA seem to be pretty awesome! They even went out of their way to set up a “Brothers in Brewing” event where their patrons can come meet up with us at the brewery as we sample brews and share our love for craft beer.
Have more questions for the team? Tweet us using #HarpoonRoadTrip and check out their full schedule here!
By: Julia Falk, Digital Marketing Published:
Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays you either love or hate. It’s either a day to be showered with chocolates and flowers, or it’s a 24 hour long reminder that you are… keeping your options open. Luckily, our new Imperial Cherry Chocolate Porter, Black Forest, has a little something for everyone this Valentine’s Day. A hearty base of chocolate, caramel, and Marris Otter malt is complemented by sweet cherry and cacao nibs. Clocking in at 9.8% ABV, this porter will leave you feeling loved inside and out. So whether you love to hate it or hate to love it, consider whipping up a batch of these easy to make Harpoon Black Forest Brownies! Grab a pint/growler from one of our breweries or find it soon at a store near you.
Harpoon Black Forest Brownies
Adapted slightly from here
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes
- 10 ounces dark chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup white chocolate, chopped
- 4 large eggs,
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 22oz bottle of Harpoon Black Forest (you only need 1 ¼ cup so drink the rest while you bake!)
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
- Optional: powdered sugar for dusting
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with parchment paper; lightly grease
- Pour 2 cups Harpoon Black Forest into a medium saucepan, and simmer on medium heat until it's reduced down to 1 1/4 cups. This should take about 20minutes. Let beer cool.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and salt until evenly combined. Set aside.
- Melt butter, dark chocolate and white chocolate chips in a double-boiler over very low heat, stirring constantly until melted. Remove from heat. You can also melt the chocolate in a microwave, microwaving on high and stirring every 30 seconds.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy. Add melted chocolate mixture, beating until combined.
- Beat reserved flour mixture into melted chocolate mixture. Whisk in Harpoon Black Forest and vanilla. The batter will seem a bit thin but that's a good thing. Pour into prepared baking pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes on center rack in the oven, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean.
- Let brownies cool, uncovered. Dust with confectioners' sugar and enjoy!