BOSTON—Victory was sweet for brewer Steve Theoharides in the 2014 Harpoon Kettle Cup, Harpoon’s annual employee brewing competition. His entry, a braggot, was the landslide winner out of nearly three dozen entries from his fellow Harpoon employee-owners, clinching a coveted spot in the Harpoon 100 Barrel Series lineup. Harpoon Braggot Rights blends a big, juicy American Double IPA with Wildflower Honey – more than 7,000 pounds of it.
Harpoon Braggot Rights, the 53rd installment of Harpoon’s limited batch 100 Barrel Series, is a modern tribute to the medieval braggot style. Surprisingly light in body, the honey in this 8% ABV beer provides a slight lingering character towards the back of the palate. The orange and tropical fruit profile from El Dorado hops comes forth in both the aroma and initial taste. Where a bitter hop follow-through is expected, the beer takes a pleasant turn to a sweet honey finish.
The Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Braggot Rights, winner of the 2014 Harpoon Kettle Cup employee brewing competition, is now available in 22 oz. bottles and draft (limited availability).
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Braggot Rights Beer Specifications:
Color: 23 EBC
Steve Theoharides’ Tasting Notes for Braggot Rights:
Appearance: Hazy amber
Aroma: Big orange tropical fruit notes at first, with subtle honey rounding out the aroma.
Mouth feel: Light in body with a lingering honey thickness at the back of the palate.
Taste: Again, big orange and tropical fruit notes up front. Yeast characteristics as well as Malt selection play a large part behind the scenes in supporting the beer’s dynamic character.
Finish: Honey, with a touch hop bitterness and tropical fruit character.
Perfect setting for enjoying this masterpiece: In good company!
Harpoon introduced the 100 Barrel Series in 2003 to showcase the individual brewing talents of its employees. Every couple months, a different Harpooner is invited to choose a style of beer, formulate the recipe, and brew the beer. That brewer’s signature can be found on the bottle label. The beers in the series are one-offs; they are brewed in limited batches and are available only until the batch sells out. Since the series began in May of 2003, 53 different styles of beer have been brewed. For a complete list of beers that have been released as part of the 100 Barrel Series, visit www.harpoonbrewery.com.
About the Harpoon Brewery:
The Harpoon Brewery was founded by beer lovers Dan Kenary, Rich Doyle, and George Ligeti. In 1986 Harpoon was issued Brewing Permit #001 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, since it was the first brewery to brew commercially in Boston after a dormant period of about 25 years. Harpoon’s line of craft beer features its award winning IPA and UFO White beers, along with special seasonal selections. In 2000 Harpoon purchased a second brewery in Windsor, VT, making Harpoon the 12th largest craft brewer in the US. Harpoon has since introduced the limited batch 100 Barrel Series and the as well as the all-natural Harpoon Craft Cider made from freshly pressed apples. In August 2014 Harpoon became an employee-owned company. For more information about Harpoon beers and visiting the breweries, visit www.harpoonbrewery.com.