Brewery: Dogfish Head
Location: Milton, DE
Style: Imperial IPA ABV: 9% IBU: 90
In a current beer world where IPA’s seem to ruling the roost, Dogfish Head’s 90 minute has stood the test of time of being a stand out India Pale Ale. It features a malt backbone that stands up to the extreme hopping rate (90 IBU’s). The 90 Minute IPA was the first beer that Dogfish Head continuously hopped (others include 60 minute, and 120 minute) which allows for a pungent — but not crushing — hop flavor. Esquire Magazine says that the 90 Minute IPA is “perhaps the best IPA in America.”
I tend to agree……… and here’s why (and it’s all nostalgic). When you get hooked onto drinking craft beers, I think that there is always that one that tends to be your ‘go to’. The one you know will never let you down. Dogfish Head is just that brewery for me. The 60 minute IPA was the first IPA that I ever tasted. My wife and I were living in Philadelphia at the time and I was out with a couple of guys from our church. We went to a University of Penn basketball game at the Palestra
(a great and historic venue to watch a college bball game). After the game, which ended in a two point loss to Cornell University, we went to a bar near Penn’s campus. At this bar I gave the beer with the iconic fish symbol on the tap handle a try. I fell in love. The hops were literally dancing on my tongue. I was so intrigued by the liveliness of this beer. It was unlike any I had ever tried before. Since then, I have become a hop head and an IPA lover and will always order an IPA if in doubt. And it’s an added bonus if the IPA is a Dogfish. IPA’s aren’t for everyone (I’ve found that you either like them or you don’t) but hopefully this 90 minute from Dogfish Head will be a good addition to your beer advent experience.
Cheers to our first IPA on the Advent calendar! And cheers to the beer drinking memories that are etched in your minds.
Advent Reading: Matthew 1:18-25 Virgin Birth
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.
19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.
20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife,
25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
(Mat 1:18-25 ESV)
Reflect: I’ve always been amazed at the simplicity and power of verse 21. “You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Jesus is the Greek form of the name Joshua which in Hebrew reads “Ye-shua”, literally meaning, “The LORD saves”. The very birth of Jesus points to the ultimate purpose for why he came to earth: To save His people from their sins! The birth of Jesus leads us and points us to the cross…..where he died on our behalf to forgive us of our sins and to redeem us to Himself. Andreas Kostenberger writes in his book The First Days of Jesus, “The angel’s statement about salvation from sins in Matthew 1 finds its counterpart near the end of Matthew’s Gospel at the Lord’s Supper: “And He (Jesus) took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them saying, ‘Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.'”
Praise God for Jesus! The one we anticipate and celebrate this Christmas. The one who will save us from our sins!