Thursday, January 1, 2009

Days of the Beer, January 1

The beer for today is Hair of the Dog Rose.

On January 1, 1902, the first American college football bowl game was played. Michigan and Stanford squared off in Pasadena, in the first Rose Bowl.

The Rose Bowl is nicknamed "The Granddaddy of Them All" because it is the oldest. The game has been continuously played since 1916. Since 1945, it has been the highest attended college football bowl game.

The first game featured Fielding Yost's 1901 Michigan team, playing Stanford. Michigan won 49-0 after Stanford quit in the third quarter. The game was so lopsided that for the next 15 years, instead of football, the Tournament of Roses officials ran chariot races, ostrich races, and various other events. The game returned in 1916, when Washington State University beat Brown University, in the first annual Rose Bowl.

The game originally pitted a team from the Pacific Coast Conference (the modern Pac-10), against an opponent from the Eastern U.S.

The 1942 Rose Bowl was played in Durham, North Carolina, because of fears that the japanese would attack Pasadena.

In 1947, the Big Nine (later Big 10; even though there's 11) and the PCC agreed to send their conference champions to the game.

USC has played the most times, with 32 appearances, Michigan is second with 20, Washington has 14, and Ohio State 13. Archie Griffin of Ohio State is the only player to ever start in four Rose Bowl games. The only current Pac-10 or Big Ten school to have never appeared in the Rose Bowl is the University of Arizona.

As to the beer:

Hair of the Dog Brewing Company is based in Portland, Oregon. The brewery's claim to worldwide fame ws it's barleywine Dave, what was 29% ABV. It was accomplished by freeze distilation.

Rose is inspired by the Belgian Tripel style. It is a top fermented ale which has a deep golden color with a light refreshing body. The beer has a subtle hop profile using the Northwest's finest whole hop flowers. We use Aromatic and Honey malts along with Candy Sugar to give it a unique and fruity character. It is 6% alcohol by weight (7.5% by volume).
Rose is named for Portland, the Rose City.

So, for the Rose Bowl, have a Rose beer, from the Rose City.

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