Harpoon is releasing the 42nd Session in the 100 Barrel Series this month. Ginger Wheat will be bottled this week. This isn’t the first time that this Ginger has seen the series, last packaged in 2009.
The Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Ginger Wheat Ale is an ode to brewer Scott Shirley’s favorite spice, ginger. The earthy, warming flavor of this golden-hued ale is derived from fresh ginger. Honey from a local New Hampshire farm yields a slight sweetness to balance the ginger spiciness. A hint of lemon adds acidity and rounds out the ginger flavor. Cheers!
Harpoon’s Rich & Dan’s Rye IPA joined the 100 Barrel Series in 2011. Drinkers loved it. Due to how well it was received, Harpoon is promoting the beer to year round status. Beginning in April, Rich & Dan’s returns in 12oz/6pks and draft. Harpoon was founded in 1986 by Dan Kenary and Rich Doyle in Boston, Massachusetts. Rich & Dan’s Rye IPA is brewed by the duo. Heavy on rye malt, & balanced with bold hops, this IPA pleases.
Style: IPA (w/ rye)
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft Arrival: April, 2012
Below, Dan Kenary & Rich Boyle talk about promoting this brew.
Harpoon Brewery’s 40th release in the 100 Barrel Series is a Black IPA brewed by Harpoon’s own Matt DeLuca. It was brewed with a new specialty malt called Midnight Wheat and flaked barley creating an almost stout-like appearance. I wanted this Black IPA to be a very hop-forward beer; having a huge, hoppy nose was important to me said Matt. He used Chinook, Simcoe, Cascade, Citra, and Ahtanum hops in the 7% ABV brew.
Style: Black IPA
Availability: 22oz bombers, Draft
7% ABV, 67 IBUs
Matt talking about his creation:
Tis the season for Christmas trees, so why not drink a beer with spruce tips in it? The next beer in Harpoon’s 100 Barrel Series – Spruce Tip Ale brewed using spruce tips harvested from Vermont’s Downer State Forest.
The spruce tips were used in the same way finishing hops are used – in the boil and the whirlpool.
From the press release:
Harpoon Vermont brewer Tom Graham created the recipe and brewed this 100 Barrel Series beer. “I first got the idea for this beer when reading a great book called ‘The Homebrewer’s Garden.’ When spring finally came to Vermont, my wife and I gathered a pound of spruce tips and I brewed a homebrew batch using them,” says Tom. “I was pretty pleased with the results so I shared the beer with my colleagues here at the brewery. From there it blossomed into this 100 Barrel Series beer.”
Sourcing the spruce tips was no easy task. It required collaboration with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, and a team of enthusiastic spruce pickers. Harpoon staff and members of the brewery’s customer loyalty program, Friends of Harpoon, volunteered to help collect the spruce tips from Downer State Park over several days in the spring.
In order to maintain the spruce tips’ freshness until they were to be used for the brew, Harpoon’s long-time friends at the Vermont Foodbank offered to lend their airtight food preservation system. In appreciation of the Foodbank’s support, for every pound of spruce tips that were harvested Harpoon made a $10 donation to the Foodbank. In total, 212 pounds of spruce tips were harvested and the brewery made a donation in the amount of $2,120 to the Foodbank.
Like this beer’s 100 Barrel Series predecessor, the Catamount Maple Wheat, the Vermont Spruce Tip Ale celebrates Vermont and the craft beer drinking culture that thrives there. In June of 2000, Harpoon purchased a brewing facility in Windsor, VT and brews roughly 40% of their annual barrelage in the state. Visitors are welcome daily to visit the brewery in Windsor and sample Harpoon’s locally-brewed beers straight from the source.
Style: Winter Warmer
Taste Expectations (Per Harpoon): The spruce tips impart citrus, pine, spice, herbal and earthy notes. A host of malts, a hint of roasted barley and generous use of Chinook hops complement the unique spruce flavor.
Availability: 22oz bombers, limited draft.
Docesna, is the recent release in Harpoon Brewing’s 100 Barrel Series. The beer is an American pale ale, brewed with fresh hops from the fall harvest. The brewer of Docesna, Sean Cornelius chats about this edition.
Session #39 in Harpoon Brewing’s 100 Barrel Series features a piney flavor from spruce tips from Vermont. Vermont Spruce Tip Ale unites spruce, caramel malt, and chinook hops in what looks to be an IPA.
Note: The brewer’s name is hard to read on the label. Harpoon will give the drinkers a backstory on this edition closer to release.
Availability: 22oz bombers, gold foiled & capped. Draft.
Arrival: November, 2011
7% ABV, 38 IBUs
Dochesna will be #38 in Harpoon Brewing’s 100 Barrel Series. This noble hop based beer follows Rich & Dan’s Rye IPA currently on shelves. The name is derived from the hop harvest festival in the Czech Republic, taking place September 2-3, 2011. Docesna will be using Sladek hops, a hybrid of Saaz hops. Sladek is a bit more aggressive than pure Saaz hops.
Style: American Pale Ale
Availability: 22oz bombers. Draft.
Arrival: October, 2011