Monday, March 16, 2015

Geo-beers: Volcanic Double IPA

Don't Panic! Have A Volcanic!!
(beer coaster created by unknown artist; photo by LFD)
Volcanic Double IPA is a quintessential geo-beer, being all about volcanic eruptions and such. Possibly — given the location of Lassen Ale Works in Lassen County, CA (here are all their beers) — the volcano depicted might be a fiery representation of Lassen Peak, which erupted fairly spectacularly in May, 1915.

The beer is quite hoppy and has a relatively high ABV (8.5%). Because of the latter, if you go directly to the source at the brewery, you'll get a relatively short glass of it, which is one reason I don't order it there (also, I do prefer the less hoppy, less alcoholic Eagle Lake IPA) — so if you want a full pint, go elsewhere or buy a growler to go or a six-pack in some local store. The Volcanic is currently (last time I checked a couple weeks ago) on tap at this establishment.

6 comments:

ontherocks said...

Would love to try it, but chances are slim as I am in Georgia.

ontherocks said...

The message is: Relax, if it's a basaltic eruption 10 miles away, you probably have time to enjoy your beer or take it with you, if need be.

If it's a pyroclastic eruption headed your way, say a quick prayer while chugging your last beer.

Silver Fox said...

Sorry you can't try one -- maybe later. As for pyroclastic eruptions, I always figured the best place to watch the next one (Long Valley caldera) would be from Conway Summit overlooking Mono Lake and points south. If the eruption was oriented just right, you might even survive! :-)

Silver Fox said...

Not that I'm predicting that the Long Valley caldera area will be the next large caldera to erupt a truly big one -- but, maybe, someday...

Mike Jacobs said...

Someday probably....there are only three super volcanoes still active in the US....the Long Valley, Yellowstone and the Jemez Mountain... I have been to all three....however, you and I have mapped in some much older volcanic rocks....you might not remember the Crabtree Claim block in the Hot Creek Range....but I just spent some good time last month with Ray Lahti in Austin, Texas and we drank a lot of good Austin, Texas local brew. Ray gave a talk as a session I was running for the SAGEEP meeting and I gave a couple of talks with my USGS co-authors. We had a lot of fun remembering the Noranda days...but none like the great claim-staking war we had with AMSELCO....LOL. Good to see you are still in the game....

Silver Fox said...

Then there's also the Clear Lake volcanic field north of Napa Valley, near ex-Homestake's McLaughlin Mine. That's still likely to erupt, possibly in a big way.

I keep meaning to write about the claim staking war, but generally too busy working!