Fri., Jan. 2 is the 8th birthday of Hoptimus, which will be joined by Oaktimus and Chouffetimus at BSB

NABC’s second Hoptimus Inception Reception takes place on January 2, 2015, at Bank Street Brewhouse. Three versions of Hoptimus (including Oaktimus and Chouffetimus) will be on tap when we open at 3:00 p.m., and there’ll be Taco Punk in the kitchen providing savory goodness from 5:00 p.m.

While many of the facts of Hoptimus’s remarkable birth (rather, its immaculate inception), remain unknown, it can be said with inimitable truth that Hoptimus is a beer of the utmost merit. Even from its fledgling beginnings, the beer had a mind with its own agenda: It was determined to leave a mark on the craft beer scene, and it has done just that.

In early 2006, the minds of former NABC brewers Jared Williamson and Jesse Williams willed into being an unstoppable juggernaut. After a few modifications and upgrades from David Pierce over the years, including a bigger ABV and a couple hop lineup changes, Hoptimus emerged more vibrant and focused as ever, and remains a force to be reckoned with to this very day.

On Friday, January 2, 2015, at NABC’s Bank Street Brewhouse, we invite one and all to celebrate the 8th birthday of this beast of a beer with an Inception Reception. Why this day in particular, you ask?

Well, because it’s what Hoptimus told us (from a rough translation of binary). Besides, do you really need a reason to celebrate Hoptimus?

Assuming BSB’s draft system can handle the sheer force of these beers, the tap list will be as follows:

Hoptimus – ‘Nuff said. Hoptimus is the perennial answer to the oft-repeated question: “What’s the best Imperial India Pale Ale brewed in Metro Louisville?” A clue: It’s made of sterner stuff.

Oaktimus – Got wood? If it’s oak, and if the lathe being turned is in the trustworthy fists of Hoptimus, then we know there is more than one way for the blatantly unrepentant to ensure that meek palates will not inherit the earth: “I think that I shall never see/A poem lovely as Oaktimus” … and we heartily agree.

Chouffetimus – Small-batch Hoptimus fermented with Belgian Chouffe yeast. The only other times Chouffetimus has been brewed was for NABC’s 25th anniversary party in 2012, and for the inaugural Inception Reception in 2013.

The three Hoptimi will be priced for 10oz pours, and there are no growler limitations, but be aware that quantities of Oaktimus and Chouffetimus are limited. The festivities start promptly upon opening at 3:00 p.m. on January 2; tacos start at 5.

As a final note, there’ll be an Oaktimus Surprise later in 2015. We’ll let you know when the time is right.


Imperial India Pale Ale

ABV: 10.7%

IBU: 100

Color: Tawny golden to light amber.

Flavor: Full bodied, with aggressive hops and noteworthy bitterness.

Compare to: Bell’s HopSlam, Three Floyds Dreadnaught, and other Imperial IPAs.

Description: Living vicariously through others is a sad compromise meant only for rank amateurs and subpar international lagers. Rather, we all might profit from the principled example of Hoptimus, which lives vivaciously, audaciously and capriciously through itself. With a snarky hop character that is blatantly unrepentant, Hoptimus ensures that meek palates surely will not inherit the earth.

Recipe suggestion: Imperial IPA isn’t the easiest style of beer to pair with food, so our suggestion would be to open the growler or bomber of Hoptimus, pour it onto a nice tall unchilled glass, and savor the flavor while nibbling on salty snacks, prosciutto or charcuterie. Perhaps the best partner of all is funky, aged, rind-washed cheese – like Mt. St. Francis, from our friends at Capriole Farms in Greenville, Indiana.

2014 text by former NABC brewer Peter Fingerson, revised for 2015 by Roger A. Baylor)

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