Duvel Tripel Hop 2015: a Beer for an Equinox and a Solar Eclipse

March 20: The EquiCox. The time of the year when everyone on the planet has the same amount of daylight until the next TV show involving Professor Brian Cox. It is also the eve of the Vernal Equinox* and coincidentally, the first total solar eclipse of 2015. It is no coincidence that this is the day chosen for the UK launch of Duvel Tripel Hop 2015, a special, limited edition beer.

Duvel Tripel Hop 2015 Equinox

Duvel Tripel Hop 2015 Equinox, Eclipse and EquiCox

 

The Day of the EquiCox

The Day of the EquiCox. Professor Brian Cox eclipses the sun

You do wonder if a limited edition beer can ever really be launched. I wonder, anyway, because by the time a special, limited edition beer is written about, it will be just as special but even more limited. But hey, if you get invited to a launch, well, you’re not going to turn it down over a point of semantics, are you?

The Tripel Hop version of this classic, Belgian, golden ale Duvel, has made an annual appearance since 2007, which was two years after physicist Brian Cox first appeared on our TV screens and eight years after the last solar eclipse visible from the UK. I went to the Three Johns pub in Islington for launch night***. Continue reading

The rumour BrewDog’s IPA is Dead is dead, is dead

So, farewell then, IPA is Dead, they* said.
But you were not dead.
That rumour is scotched,
Like some other BrewDog beers.
(But not Alice Porter.)

Single hop varietals is the spice of life.
That was your catchphrase.
Still is.

– EJ Kribb (17.5% ABV)
With apologies to Private Eye (again).

IPA is Dead 2014 four-pack carrier

IPA is Dead 2014 box set

* “They” being MaltJerry, in all fairness. Continue reading