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Old 06-02-2008, 03:04 AM   #1
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Default Bottling day interupted by force of nature (with Pics)

Today was a first...

We were about to start bottling our latest batch today (an APA), and the rain started. No big deal, but it started to get worse and worse. Right around the time we were about to start moving the beer to the bottling bucket, there was an incredible crash. I looked out the window to see this (with sparks flying), on the neighbor's house...



I ran around to the front of the house, and saw this...



If you look carefully under that large pile of tree and electrical wires (still live, at this point), you can see that my car is under there.

Fortunately, you can see from the back view, that the damage could have been a lot worse...



This was all around 5:00 tonight. It is now 11:00, and the power company just got here to cut power to the wires and give us a closer look at the car. I will be back on the phone with our insurance company tomorrow to figure out the best way to uncover the car in a way that won't end up with them complaining we damaged it in the process. The branch came from my neighbor's tree, but should be covered by my insurance...

Anyone have any suggestions for a good name for the beer that is still not bottled because of this? We give most of our beers insect names (I have my degree in entomology), but we might have to make an exception for this one...

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Old 06-02-2008, 03:07 AM   #2
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Termite Pale Ale??? I know it was the rainstorm..but you never know if they weakend the tree before hand.

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Old 06-02-2008, 03:11 AM   #3
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Actually, it looks like the branch came down when the tree was struck by lightning. I didn't see it happen, but the neighbor across the street said she saw the lightning and you can see in the last pic some scorching on the end of the branch.

Lightning Bug Ale?

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Old 06-02-2008, 03:28 AM   #4
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How about Urban Timber?

If a tree falls on your car and no one is around to hear it does it make any noise?

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Old 06-02-2008, 03:31 AM   #5
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Kartree Ale

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Old 06-02-2008, 03:41 AM   #6
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+1 on Urban Timber, has a nice ring to it.

If you want to stick with the insects I like Lightning Bug too. And sorry about the car, hopefully your insurance will be reasonable about it. Like you've said though, it could be worse.

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Lighting Rod APA, Wind Reaver APA, Storm of the Century APA (Only because I'm reading King's screenplay version, if you were in Maine and it was the proper time of winter it may be more fitting)

In the end, basic may be more appropriate...

TreeCar APA.

Sorry regardless. However, it is what you pay insurance for tho...

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Kartree Ale

LOL, missed that. Glad to see I'm not too off track if we were that close in the name.

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Praying Mantis Ale. Bet you're praying that the damage to the car isn't too great and saying a prayer of thanks that nobody got hurt.

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