Monday, February 2, 2009

Days of the Beer, February 2

The beer for today is Carolina Brewing Company Groundhog Day Rauch.

Today is Groundhog Day. It's a holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada (for all you Europeans who don't know that it's groundhog day, we don't know when Guy Fawkes day is!). Today, Punxsutawney Phil, from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, will come out of his hole and look for his shadow.

If a groundhog (woodchuck, marmot) fails to see it's shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If it sees it's shadow, the groundhog will retreat into its burrow and winter will continue for 6 more weeks.

The earliest reference to groundhog day was made in February of 1841.

There are several groundhogs throughout the U.S. and Canada, including Phil, Jimmy (Wisconsin), Wiarton Willie (Ontario), Chuck (New York), and Sir Walter Wally (Raleigh, North Carolina).

As to the beer:

Carolina Brewing Company is located in Holly Springs, North Carolina.

We are brewing a Rauch Beer this year. This style of beer originated in Bamberg, Germany. It's brewed with malts smoked over a wood fire for a truly unique, dry, smoky flavor.

Tentative Release Date - Friday, Feb 6
OK, so you can't get their Groundhog Day beer on Groundhog Day. The have previously made a Dry Irish Stout and a German Dunkel Bock for Groundhog's Day. This is in their series of special brews, Anniversary (July 3) and Holiday are the others.

So, for Phil and the other groundhogs that are out prognosticating the weather today, go out and get yourself a Groundhog Day Beer.

(In other news, it's Kriddy'z birthday (the GF) so if you see her today, or just want to wish her well, you can do it in the comments. Otherwise, we'll be out and around town on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. If you want to have a beer for her, she liks Oatmeal Stouts)

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