By: Jessie Cox, Director of Harpoon Helps and Promotions Published:
On August 19, 2014, I met this guy for our first date at the Washington Square Tavern in Brookline. This place rotates taps quite a bit so I didn’t know what they’d have on tap when I got there but was delighted to see Citra Victorious on tap! I was on the team that brewed this winning beer for Harpoon’s annual Kettle Cup, an internal brewing competition. It had been a fun summer talking about it and seeing it around town with my name and face on the back label. I got to the bar first, so I ordered a Citra Victorious at the bar while I waited for my date to arrive.
When he got there, he asked what I was drinking and I told him. Then hesitatingly, I added (because I didn’t want to seem boastful or obnoxious): “I’m actually one of the brewers of this beer. We won an internal homebrew competition and the prize is that your beer gets to go to market.”
He was impressed, and lucky for him, did the right thing and ordered one. We had a great date, hung out for a couple more “Citra Vic’s” and when I got home, he emailed me right away and asked to hang out again.
Things have worked out well for us, as we’ve been drinking beer together for 2 years now, and are getting married next summer! (that's us above on the night we got engaged, crushing Take 5's!) have a bottle of Citra Victorious on a shelf in our kitchen. Not only because that was the one time I’ve had my name on a beer, but also because it’s the beer we both had when we met.
However, he loves to tell the story that I purposely took him to the one bar in my neighborhood that had “my beer” on tap so I could show off and brag about it. Which I didn’t! ;)
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.