Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Days of the Beer, December 3

The beer for today is Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA.

On December 3, 1984, in Bhopal, India; a methyl isocyanate leak from a Union Carbide pesticide plant killed more than 3,800 people and injured 150,000 - 600,000 others (more than 6,000 would later die from their injuries).

During the night, large amounts of water entered a tank that held 42 tonnes of methyl isocyanate. This caused a chemical reaction that raised the pressure and the temperature inside the tank to over 400 degrees F. The tank wasn't designed to hold the pressure, and released the gas. The plant was located in the center of Bhopal, and the gases flooded the city. People woke up in a cloud of gas that burned their lungs.

The cause of the incident, which is labeled as one of the worst industrial accidents in history, is unknown. Some think that peopel were cleaning pipes out with water that leaked into the tank, others think it was an act of sabotage by a disgruntled worker.

As to the beer:

I had this beer recently, and it was awesome.

The newest member of the Firestone family, Union Jack is the aggressive IPA that you’ve been searching for. Citrus, pineapple, and a full chewy malt profile finish clean on your palate. Over 70 IBUs and 7.5% alcohol by volume, Union Jack won’t have any problem competing with the big India Pale Ales. A beer true to its origins; deeply hopped and bolstered for a long voyage.
The beer is currently only available in California, so unless you have a hook-up, you'll just have to wait.

So, for the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal, India, have a Firestone Walker Union Jack India Pale Ale.

*the incident was commemorated in song by the Revolting Cocks*


Anonymous said...

An interesting contrast. I've been enjoying your blog even if I can't always comment.

Are you in Cali right now or do you have a hook up for that beer?

vgrid said...

I'm in Illinois, Rob (from Pfifffff!) sent me a couple of care packages, one of which had this beer.