I met Sam Calagione at a beer dinner held at the Sierra Grille
in Northampton. MA last night. Aside from learning some great information about his brews, He explained the Origins of continuous hopping used in the 120 IPA.
Before Paul Zocco designed the Zopinator
to do their continuous hop additions. They used a 1970's cardboard version of electric, vibrating tabletop football that Sam picked up at his local Salvation Army Thrift store.
Sam went on to explain how they rigged the football game over the kettle at an angle so that it would vibrate and drop the hops in the kettle continuously throughout the boil. The down side to the contraption was that the steam made the cardboard playing field soggy, and difficult to re-use.