I have good friends that are building a bar called Christy 19th Hole that will have a nautical theme to the top when completed. Dick and Windy Christy are into the boating life and Dick is also a former collegiate golfer. This bar will feature navigation charts from the Carolina Coast covered with a clear coat. I have played around with creating beer cap tables and trays that have a clear coat on them. I included a photo of tray I made from course map and credentials from 2014 US Open at Pinehurst #2. The second tray is beer featuring a 6 pack holder from Kona and Dogfish Head Brewing,
So tonight I went over to Christy’s 19th Hole to give the barkeeper Dick some advice on how to pour his clear coat. I also wanted to be the first patron to drink a beer at the bar even though it is not finished. I brought him a beer from Olde Hickory Brewing called “Death by Hops” a IPA. This beer contains 7.0% ABV and a IBU rating of 108. 120 is the max for bitterness so this beer has a hop or two added.
There is a story about IPA that goes like this “Back in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s, England held a large colonial presence in India. The soldiers, sailors and civilians had a huge appetite for beer. Trouble was, the voyage to India was long, and by the time the ship made it there the traditional beers had spoiled. Even when they didn’t, the dark porters that were popular at the time weren’t quite the ticket in the hot climate of India. George Hodgson of the Bow Brewery in London was the first person to come up with an answer to this problem. He began brewing a lighter style of beer, known as pale ale. Hodgson realized that high alcohol and hop levels would retard spoilage. His process succeeded, and for about 50 years he held a virtual monopoly on the market of beer drank by sailors.”
Well I don’t know if the story is true but I wanted the first beer at the Christy’s 19th Hole to be an IPA in honor of the sailors that Dick and Windy Christy truly are. If you are hanging out with these two you never have to doubt that you are charting a course to great friendship.