Over the years I’ve made no secret of my love of good beer. Along with bourbon, Scotch, and assorted other spirits. This past summer, after years of whining about wanting to do it, I finally started doing some homebrewing. I’m enjoying it, and now engaging in the predictable lament of not having enough time to do it as often as I would like. Brewing has a fair amount of gap. Time to idly daydream while waiting for the next step. There’s plenty of time to fantasize about doing it fulltime. Trying to make a living at it. Even the crappiest homebrewer has those daydreams.
One of the readers — usd121 — is actually living that dream. He is the head brewer at Voodoo Brewery in Meadville, PA.
Curt is debuting his first beer on Thursday. It is an IPA named HTP.
For those that can’t figure out the acronym, that’s Hail To Pitt.
Here’s a bit about the beer from Curt:
HTP is an 8.0% IPA brewed with four kinds of malted barley. HTP used only Simcoe and Zythos hops.
The deep gold body of the beer provides a strong enough malt backbone to balance out the aggressive hopping schedule (over 30lbs!) HTP received. The nose of the beer is rich in fruity and piney notes. There are hints of tangerine, citrus, and floral undertones. The medium bodied beer starts with a mildly bitter taste that gives way to the fruit and pine notes found in the nose on the back end. HTP is a bright and crisp IPA that was designed to be highly drinkable.
If you are anywhere near Meadville, you owe it to yourself (and me since I can’t be there) to stop by on Thursday to raise a pint.
Voodoo’s distribution is still quite small. And this beer is a one-off, so you can only grab a pint — or a growler — of it in Meadville.
While Voodoo does not offer brewery tours, Curt is generously offering to make a special exception if there is a contingent of Pitt Blather fans interested in meeting some Sunday at the brewery for a tasting. A tasting that would include some of the other beers (possibly even from the Barrel collection).
So… are there enough interested people in meeting up on a Sunday in Meadville within the next month. The 27th might be the best target day. In between the Superbowl and sandwiched between DePaul on Saturday and Louisville on Monday.
Who is up for beer?