Monday, March 10, 2008

Hazed & Infused: A Vintage Rock Rorschach Test

I ran into what I'm calling a Vintage Rock Rorschach test this past weekend at the “Feile Franklin!” festival.

Franklin, Tennessee has an historic main street with buildings dating from the American Civil War era; some still sport bullet holes from the 1864 Battle of Franklin. The local heritage foundation puts on a variety of fundraisers to support historical preservation. “Feile Franklin!” an Irish oriented beer and whiskey tasting is one such fundraiser. They close off the streets downtown and you can wander around to participating shops to sample. During this journey I encountered “Hazed & Infused” dry hopped ale from Boulder Beer Company.

According to Boulder Beer this ale is “Hazed” in its natural unfiltered state and “Infused” – dry-hopped with Crystal and Centennial hops. Nonetheless, everyone got the Led Zeppelin Dazed and Confused reference. However, there were others doing more assertive sampling who saw a Jimi Hendrix Purple Haze/Love or Confusion reference in their interpretation of the inkblot. I'll not say which group I was in, but, Jimi Hendrix has “favorite son” status in more states and cities than Charles Lindberg and knowing about his stops in Nashville during the Chitlin' Circuit days was weighing heavily on my mind at the time.

BTW, a great beer and now available in 20 states.

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