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Old 08-15-2012, 07:59 PM   #1
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I don't normally ask for recipe advice, but I have a situation on my hands, so here's the scoop. I have been asked to brew a beer for the after party of a wedding I am going to in mid-October. It turns out the father of the bride is in an investment club and is good friends with the owner of Harpoon who will more than likely be at the after party. I am probably going to get a chance to meet him and if he ends up trying my brew, I want to hear good things. I was wondering if anyone had any opinions on what I should brew. I don't want to brew anything super crazy, but I want it to have a somewhat complex flavor profile. I was thinking an amber or brown of some sort at first, but then I thought maybe I could try cloning one of their brews, or would that just be insulting? My other thought was that I could go seasonal with a pumpkin ale or something along those lines. Any advice here would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:12 PM   #2
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Brew something simple that allows the ingredients to speak for themselves.

Remember...you were asked to brew for a friends wedding after party - not your impress the guy at Harpoon opportunity.

I think the guy at Harpoon will be more impressed at how you were able to make a clean and enjoyable beer.
Cream Ale, Blonde Ale, Pale Ale....all would be good choices in my opinion.
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:25 PM   #3
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Thanks for that advice. I know it's not my goal to impress him, but it's hard for the mind to not take off in that direction. I don't know why I didn't consider a cream or a blonde ale. Those both sound like really good ideas, especially since I don't know what the crowd there typically drinks, so it would probably be a smart idea to brew something that the BMC crowd will receive well. Thanks again.
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:30 PM   #4
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Make something better, but similar to Harpoon IPA. It's their flagship beer.
(FYI - this isn't too tough to do )

 
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:36 PM   #5
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Haha. I thought about doing something like that, but like E-Mursed said, the goal isn't to impress (or one up) the Harpoon guy. I'm going to play it safe and do something the crowd will like. My guess is that most people aren't going to dig an IPA.
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:48 PM   #6
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You can make people dig an IPA if you keep things smooth, highly drinkable, lowly bittered, moderately aromatic, with good malt character and low alcohol content. This is more along the mindset of English IPA.

Harpoon manages to do all this to some extent, but their version just tastes awful... and not because of bitterness.

 
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:06 PM   #7
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Hmmm... at the very least it's something to consider. Its been a very long time since I've had Harpoon IPA, so I don't remember how it tastes. I've still got until next weekend to decide what I am going to do, so I have time to decide, develop a recipe and post it for comments. Even though it's not strictly my goal to impress Harpoon guy, it wouldn't be a bad thing if I did.
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:10 PM   #8
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Brew your best beer, or the one you're most comfortable with. No sense in getting fancy with something you or your friends have never tested.

 
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:38 PM   #9
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That's also a good point. I'll be weighing my options over the next few days and probably formulating my recipe this weekend since I won't be able to brew. Thanks for all the advice.
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:48 PM   #10
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My choice would be a brown ale it always seems to be a good choice for fall. However since this is for your friends wedding you might want to ask him what he would like or go even one further and ask your friends soon to be father in law if he has a favorite style of beer.
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