On Wednesday we promised a Big Giveaway on Friday to celebrate our 100th post [which will drop on Monday], and here we are. We’ve spent waaaay too much time musing on how to give away the Big Giveaway [well, a small giveaway, but it’s semi-rare and semi-valuable]: a local beer quiz [too easy with the Google]; a follow-us-on-Twitter-and/or-sign-up-for-e-mail-alerts random drawing [though we would like to reach another round number — 200 — on the Twitter, hinthint, and we always welcome new B&C subscribers]; a scavenger hunt in massive snowbanks throughout the state [too needle-in-a-haystack-y]…
But we’d really like to get the Ask Bottles & Cans! feature that we launched on Wednesday rolling in a big way, and we’re chagrined to say that the response has been a bit underwhelming. Perhaps our thousands of readers already know everything about the Rhode Island beer industry! Maybe we’re wasting the hundreds of hours we spend at the Bottles & Cans desk! Nah, say it ain’t so!
So let’s forget the quiz, the follow-us campaign, and the scavenger hunt, and let’s get the two-way flow going. Here’s the pitch [again]: “Do you have a question about the Rhode Island beer industry? Want to know the inspiration behind a local brew’s name? Wondering why you can’t get more than 72 ounces of beer at local breweries? Ask away and we’ll try to get the answers. Hit the comment link at the bottom of this item and/or send your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Send your burning questions our way, and over the next few weeks we’ll share the elucidation and enlightenment and edification — and a boatload of local beer lore — with Rhode Island [Craft] Beer Lovers from Woonsocket to Westerly, from North Smithfield to Narragansett, from Cumberland to Charlestown [allrightallrightwe’llstop]. We’ll put all the correspondents’ names into a 4-Way IPA box and announce the Big Winner on Monday. [US residents only; apologies to our global visitors from Ukraine, Brazil, Spain, Georgia, Mexico, Korea, India, Finland, Nigeria, Poland, Anguilla, Japan, Belize, France, Ireland, United Kingdom, Puerto Rico, Chile, Hungary, Jamaica, Germany, New Zealand, Greece, The Netherlands, Philippines, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, Bulgaria, Sweden, South Africa, Costa Rica, Serbia, Argentina, Paraguay, Russian Federation, Bahamas, Barbados, and Austria.]
And to get our game show verbiage on, here’s what you’re playing for: a Russian River Damnation, 2011 vintage. Corked bottle, 12.68 ounces [375ml], Batch 074, 7.75% ABV, a 98 score at Rate Beer [based on 1378 ratings] and a 92 score at Beer Advocate [based on 3309 ratings]. Only available in CA, OR, CO, and Philly. As they advise, it has been aged in a cool, dark place. Here’s the label copy: “In the great beer producing country of Belgium, there is a tradition among some brewers to name their brews something unusual. Often the name is curious, sometimes diabolical, and occasionally just plain silly. Damnation is a hand-crafted Golden Ale with an exquisite bouquet of fruit and spice with mouth filling notes of citrus, malt, cedar, and earthy hops. The smooth dry finish lingers until your next sip. Damnation is refermented in this bottle to create its fine carbonation. Spent yeast cells form a thin layer of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, adding more complexity and flavor. Pour slowly, allowing the natural yeast sediment to remain in the bottle.” Not a bad Big Giveaway, right? To paraphrase the Arrogant Bastard slogan, “You are worthy!”
OK, start typing and get your ask on, and you might win a nice free beer. [Oh, and send us tips for Beer To Go and Beer On Tap, too.]