So as you might know, Sarah and I got married a few weeks ago. We had a great wedding, the weather was perfect, and our honeymoon was equally as much fun (I will recap as much as possible in a separate post). In short, we went on a killer road trip with stops in Roxbury, Syracuse, and Buffalo, NY, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Montreal, Quebec, and Woodstock, VT. All in all, it was just over 1,400 miles.
Prior to leaving, we realized that we would be returning just in time for the 4th of July holiday weekend. However, considering I was going to be driving so many miles, I knew I was not going to want to drive when I got back - BUT, I knew I still wanted to cookout and hang with friends. So, we opted to throw a little bar-b-que at our place with some good friends.
Now, for our wedding, we had some draft beer. My buddy Mike has a kegerator with a dual tap head, to accommodate two separate beers. For this momentous occasion, I opted to go with Harpoon IPA and Harpoon Summer. We purchased two 5-gallon (corney) kegs of each, and much to my surprise the beer was the hit of the party and quickly ran dry. Considering we ran out of beer so quickly (and my brother-in-law kindly went to purchase more canned beer), I knew I need to be better suited for the bbq.
I ended up getting a 12-pack of Sierra Nevada Torpedo (one of my favorite Extras), a 12-pack of Ipswich Ale Brewery Summer Ale (a solid summer beer, please try it if you haven't), and a case of the Wachusett Brewing Co mix packs - which feature the Larry Imperial IPA, which is incredibly good! I had it for the first time at the Curtis Liquors Fall Beer Tasting, and eventually reviewed it here! I had doubts that there would be enough, so I asked Sarah to get a 12-pack of the Harpoon IPA & Summer cans just to be safe.
Needless to say, there was ample beer! Naturally some of our guests brought some beer of their own, but the end result was about a case of excellent craft beer sitting at home, waiting for me to get home from work and knock a few back...which is exactly what I did yesterday, after my first day back at work in almost three weeks.
If you haven't checked out the Wachusett mix pack (and why the hell wouldn't you - Country Pale Ale, Larry Imperial IPA, Wachusett IPA, and Blueberry Ale), you definitely need to grab a case. If you're a hop head, you're going to LOVE this mix pack. Even if you're a casual fan, you will quickly be converted; however, do not shy away if you are not - the Country Ale is one of the most well balanced pale ales, and their flagship Blueberry Ale is there to sooth your thirst!
A special note should be made to the fine folks at Wachusett Brewery, for giving us a shout out on their Facebook page today! If you're not a fan with them on Facebook, please take a moment to "like" their page, and let them know you read this post!