Friday, November 28, 2008

Days of the Beer, November 28

The beer for today is Bear Republic Racer 5.

On November 28, 1895, the first American automobile race took place from Chicago's Jackson Park, to Evanston, Illinois. The race covered 54 miles and was won by Frank Duryea in about 10 hours. The race was sponsored by the Chicago Times Herald, and was held on a snowy Thanksgiving day. They averaged 7.5 mph. Was the race held during Chicago rush hour traffic??? This was the first U.S. race where any of the entrants finished.

Frank Duryea was an inventor, and built one of the first gasoline fueled automobiles. His company, the Duryea Motor Wagon Company, was established in 1895, ans was the first American company to build gasoline autos.

As to the beer:

Bear Republic Brewing Company is located in Sonoma County California.

This is a hoppy IPA. Did I say hops? Your brewer is a hop head! This is a full bodied beer using American grains. The goal was to create a base for showing off the unique floral qualities of two Pacific Northwest hops, Columbus and Cascade. Columbus is a new hybrid High Alpha Acid hop used mostly for bittering, but used heavily as an aromatic in this strong brew. Cascade is the balance that ties the malt and bittering hops together. It is a true specialty ale and is our brewer's statement on this style. ABV 7.0%, IBU 69.
For the first race winner, have a Racer 5 IPA.

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