Charles Bukowski, no stranger to grape and grain, wrote a poem titled Secaucus: "A square one type of gal has my head squarely by the ponytail held and fists handfuls of the toxic Secaucus runoff down my resistant mouth. Can I trust you anymore? The same stranger with estuarial eyes glances at the mise-en-scène. Deliverance has come with patience purchase promised."
Home of the New York Giants and New York Jets. WTF?
- Rutherford covers the area that used to be New Barbados Neck, established by Captain William Sanford in 1676, and New Barbados, established by Captain John Berry in 1680. Both of these men had come from the English colony Barbados.
- The area used to be called Boiling Springs, but in 1875 was changed to Rutherford to honor U.S. Senator John Rutherfurd (1791-1798).
- Local Berry’s Creek is one of, if the most, heavily contaminated mercury sites in the world. Tests have shown that local plants were dumping two to four pounds of mercury into Berry’s Creek everyday from around 1930 until 1974.
- When the Meadowlands Sports Complex was home to the New Jersey Nets (NBA), the New Jersey Devils (NHL), the New York Giants (NFL), the New York Jets (NFL), and the Red Bull New York (MLS), East Rutherford was the only town in the United States that had fewer than 10,000 people but was home to five professional sports teams.
Although usually identified with landfills and pipelines, the Hackensack Meadowlands is an amazingly diverse ecosystem providing vital animal and plant habitat. In a nod to a once common food plant here, we've brewed this beer with wild rice. We also added organic brown and white rice, as well as pils and pale malts.
Rice helps the beer ferment dry to better showcase the five different hops we added. Lots and lots of them. We then dry-hopped this Double IPA with even more-generous additions of Chinook and Citra hops to create a nose that hints at tangerine, mango, papaya and pine. This beer pairs extremely well with spicy foods and all kinds of seafood. And of course, it's quite enjoyable all by itself.
Bottled conditioned, 8.2% abv
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