In the Dirt With Daisy
A vintage selection this week on High Octane Growler, with special guest star and morning Broadcast Brother Mike Hansen with host Tommy Hough in one of the original Stone Beer Guys segments from their FM 94/9 morning show.
Originally broadcast May 15, 2009, this edition of the Stone Beer Guys features former Stone “Distribution King” Philip Smith, and long-time Stone brewer Jeremy Moynier.
One of the great things about having Stone on board for the segment was not only Stone’s status as one of the leading craft brewers in the nation, but as a major distributor of craft beers throughout Southern California, having Stone on the team enabled Hansen and Tommy to sample a number of other beers the Stone guys distributed.
This was also a semi-historic beer day for Hansen and Tommy, as Phil and Jeremy brought with them the strongest beer the two had tried on the show up to that time (until they got their hands on a bottle of Brewdog’s Tactical Nuclear Penguin later that year), in the form of a Belgian Strong Ale from Orange County-based brewery The Bruery called Papier.
At 14.8 percent, this beer does not fool around.
Then, in a complete palette flip-flop, Hansen and Tommy both tried for the first time a beer which remains one of their favorites to this day: the classic hoppy bonanza of Stone Ruination Double IPA.
In the words of Jeremy, “it’s supposed to ruin you palette.” Mission accomplished, and deliciously well done. With over two and a half pounds of hops per barrel, Ruination remains the baseline by which Tommy measures all Double IPAs.
Here’s to Hops
On this particular morning, Hansen was also en fuego with the comments:
“Well if that isn’t just a kick in the store.”
“That’s like pulling up a daisy” or “waking up face down in a meadow.”
“I call hops daisies” leads into the grab-it-now band name of “In the dirt with Daisy.”
Thanks to Phil, Jeremy and Hansen for one of the great Stone Beer Guys segment, and the introduction to two dynamite beers.
The Bruery Papier
Belgian Old Ale
ABV: 14.8 percent
American Double IPA
ABV: 7.8 percent