(Above: D sporting his Bullfrog attire (tattoo not pictured) while proudly displaying a bottle of Bourbon Trippel.)
The post title was the tagline of the night! On August 12, the Bullfrog Breweryin Williamsport, PA treated old friends to a party like no other! By invitation only, D and I were part of a fabulous evening of food, drink and celebration. Steve, Bob and Harriet Koch (owners), invited former employees and Pub Club members to a reception at Jeremiah’s (the upper level banquet hall) for a terrific reception.
For $10, we were treated to a wonderful spread of food and nice variety of Bullfrog craft brewed beers. We each received a take-home magnum bottle of Bourbon Trippel (more on that later!), and completely enjoyed a few hours catching up with old friends and making new ones. [Note to Lycoming College friends: I especially enjoyed reconnecting with one of Bobert’s favorite professors, now one of D’s favorite Pub Club members – Dr. David Rife. He is quite the Beer Traveler!]
In order for all visitors to join in the celebration, 10-year veteran chef Ron Micklow brought back the original menu, and pint prices were rolled back to 1996 levels. A free show by Mike Swavely and the Chrome Magnatones had everyone dancing and enjoying themselves.
And now for the beers… Brewmaster Terry Hawbaker paired up with original brewer Charley Schnable (now owner and brewer at Otto’sin State College) to create two terrific anniversary treats. The first was for guests at the reception – sample glasses flowed from the bar, and hand-corked, caged and foiled magnums went home with everyone – and the second remains on tap for all to enjoy. The descriptions are plagiarized from Bullfrog Brewery materials:
10th Anniversay Barrel-aged Bourbon Trippel: Trippel Trubbel, aged for a full year in a 12-year old Elijah Craig bourbon barrel – this hand bottled and bottle conditioned wicked elixir will age gracefully for years developing greater complexity. A labour of love to our loyal Pub Club members!
10th Anniversary Red2: To celebrate the 10th anniversary, Terry and Charley collaborated on a double version of the original Ribbit Red. Massive amounts of malt are packed into the blood red color, giving this double Red its lusciously rich body and juicy palate.(7.2% abv)