24 August 2012

WILK Friday BeerBuzz–Harpoon Rich & Dan’s Rye IPA w/Dan Kenary


There are few honors in the beer world quite like having your name on a beer.  While many such brews are tribute-beers or one-off specialty-beers, it is even more rare if that beer is a year-round core beer…and even more rare for us to be lucky enough to have the beer and the person it is named after on our show today.

Today we were honored to feature Harpoon Brewery Co-Founder Dan Kenary and his new year-round Rich & Dan’s Rye IPA on the WILK Friday BeerBuzz..  Dan & Co-Founder Rich Doyle joined together in 1986 to open Harpoon Brewery so they are well deserving of a year-round beer being named after them, and this one is a good one.

Rich & Dan met in college…and 8 years later embarked on the journey we now know as Harpoon Brewery.    When they filed for a brewery permit they were granted License # 001—the very first license issued in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and they brought back brewing to Boston after a 25-year hiatus.
In 2011 Harpoon added a new beer to their 100-Barrel series of beers called Rye IPA, and this beer was so popular, it went on to become the first year-round release in over 2-years, Rich & Dan’s Rye IPA.  This beer not only celebrates the journey Rich & Dan have shared but it even uses the original house yeast strain dating back to 1987!

Rich & Dan’s Rye IPA is a wonderful beer…it’s loaded with spicy hops that balance out the Rye flavors perfectly, it’s slightly grapefruity, with wonderful mouth-feel and a really clean dry finish.  At 6.9% ABV and 70 IBU this beer has no shortage of hops and it’s actually very easy drinking even for it’s higher ABV.  Try it for yourself and see why this beer is not only a new year-round beer, but how it celebrates the journey that Rich & Dan and everyone at Harpoon brewery have taken.

Thank you to Dan Kenary from Harpoon Brewery

, Nancy, John & Joe for yet another fun Friday.

The Friday BeerBuzz…bringing good beers and good people together.

As always you can check out the video on-line at the WILK Friday BeerBuzz page by clicking HERE

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