As a writer and journalist, we all go through that time when you just don’t have work. For me, that time came in early 2012. When you reach that point, it’s all about what you are going to do about it. You can sob, pout, complain, search for work, what have you.
As for me, it was a no brainer. I decided to go on a cross-country road trip to blow the money I don’t have in search for tastes of the regions throughout this massive country.
Over the course of 11 blogs here on DME’s Daily Drink, I’ll break down my thoughts of the six packs of beer I got from five different regions (Northwest, Midwest, East Coast, South and Southwest) amassing 11 states. In our last stop, we kicked off our East Coast tour with a double milk stout from New York. In this entry, we’ll visit my home state of Massachusetts – allow me to indulge in reminiscing of beer-drinking past. This week’s blog will focus on Harpoon Brewery and its Harpoon IPA.
Ever since the move from Massachusetts to California in 2008, I’ve been Harpoon free. It’s been hard adjusting to things like that, being without something that had become much of the regular (Dunkin’ Donuts too, but this isn’t a coffee blog – don’t hate me for the lack of love Dunks!). When I left Massachusetts, Harpoon to me, at the time, was a pretty hoppy, robust beer that I could only have every once in a while. Boy have times changed.
Harpoon IPA, if we fast forward to the present, tastes more along the lines, to my evolved taste buds, like a British-style IPA. This copper-colored brew, clocking in at a reasonable 5.9 percent alcohol by volume, has 42 IBUs. Being it was the first IPA I ever tasted in my early 20s, 42 IBUs were overwhelming. Nowadays, those same IBUs would be good for a full day of drinking on Memorial Day or Fourth of July.
As the flagship beer of Harpoon Brewery, the Harpoon IPA, brewed since 1992, it is put out there more so than other brew selections they offer up. I never recalled other Harpoon Brewery options in the old packy stores (pardon my Bostonian reference for liquor stores). Now, in my Massachusetts visit, I noticed multiple Harpoon choices.
Harpoon has put together upwards to 30 beers, including eight year-round selections, four seasonals, five limited edition seasonals, six limited edition brews and seven in the Harpoon Leviathan Series. Just looking at that selection, you need to make your way to Harpoon Brewery on Northern Avenue in Boston (or Ruth Carney Drive in Windsor, Vermont) and have a couple different pints.
For me, sure, I’d love to go back to my old town and have a number of the Harpoon selections. But for the purposes of this series, it was hard to dismiss the chance at trying that crisp, aromatic masterpiece that is Harpoon IPA. You got to have this beer if you haven’t already.
With Massachusetts in the rearview mirror, our Northeast venture continues, moving south, moving down the East Coast. Next up on the cross-country joyride to beer heaven is the state of Independence: Pennsylvania.
Like it? Hate it? Love it? Let me know. I’m sure you’ll be pleased though.