As I sat down this past Sunday afternoon getting ready to house a meatball and sausage parm sandwich, (see Sunday Meatballs and gravy recipe; note, I added grilled hot italian sausage to the crock-pot this past week as well) I needed something to wash it down before I booed Donavan McNabb as he made his illustrious return back to Lincoln Financial Field.
Since Chris Berman, Chris Carter, and Tom Jackson kept telling me that this was such an important game, I needed a serious beer. So… I selected Port Brewing’s “Wipe Out” San Diego Style I.P.A. There was a dude surfing on the label and since I was in Philadelphia on a cool October day, I thought it totally made sense for me to choose it.
Port Brewing Company was founded by brother and sister team Vince and Gina Marsaglia on the premises of Pizza Port in Solana Beach southern California. As their operation grew, they jumped on the opportunity to purchase the old Stone Brewing Company facility. With new partners Tomme Arthur and Jim Comstock, they created a line of beers inspired by Belgian style beers. Impressively in a couple of years, Port Brewing Company was named brewery of the year at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival.
Back to Philly… So I emptied the bottled IPA into a pint glass and it poured a glorious orange cloudy color. The head was extra frothy and stuck immensely to the sides of my glass. As I watched Vick’s ribs crack under the weight of two Redskin defensive backs, Kevin Kolb ineptly throwing underneath pass after underneath pass and Marty Morningwig’s football IQ become more apparent than deferring a kickoff in overtime, I got a huge headache.
But fortunately for myself, I began drinking Port Brewing’s “Wipe Out” IPA. The character of this brew has struck the perfect balance of hoppiness. The combination of the Amarillo, Centennial, and Simcoe hops is brilliant. At 7.0% ABV this was the perfect remedy to the debacle that was my Sunday afternoon. Pick up a bottle of this as soon as possible! It was quite possibly the best beer I’ve ever drank. Cheers.
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