Last night I went on an adventure. I am in Jacksonville for the week and Dogfish Head brewery distributes down here (but nowhere close to my home in Minnesota). I had the singular goal of finding a bottle of Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, which has been on my list of beers to try again for years now.
I went to several stores and felt kind of silly asking for it, because everybody told me that the beer had either immediately sold out when it was released in November or it was all sold at a special release party that the store held for the beer. Sales clerks were looking at me like I was crazy but I figured it was worth asking since I won’t be traveling to this side of the country again any time soon.
The final store I stopped at told me that they sold all of their 120 Minute IPA at an annual release party and then suggested that I follow their social media to find out when the next release would be. When I told him how I was only visiting from Minnesota for a few days for my sister’s wedding he took me around and showed me all of the local beers that he thought I should try, and then he told me that he would be willing to sell me a bottle of 120 Minute IPA out of their aging cellar for a little bit of a premium. I was giddy! For a beer that I have been waiting so long to find I was more than willing to pay a few extra bucks.
He went to get the 120 while I looked around and picked out a few other beers to try. One of them was local brewery Bold City’s “Roxy’s Finest Imperial Cream Ale.” I had no idea what an imperial cream ale was, so I thought I would be adventurous and give it a shot.
I’ve done some digging around on the internet but have not found a whole lot of information on cream ales. Very few sites mention them. With this particular beer there are no reviews on BeerAdvocate.com, only three reviews on RateBeer.com, and the beer doesn’t show up on the brewery’s website any longer. It appears that cream ales are cold-fermented beers that are light and crisp, with not a whole lot in terms of strong flavors. An imperial cream ale is just a very alcoholic version of a cream ale.
That wasn’t the greatest beer description you have ever read, but it’s what I was able to come up with.
In the end, I was able to walk away with a Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA that my parents will be driving back to Minnesota for me. I also picked up a four-pack of Dogfish Head’s 90 Minute IPA, which is one of my favorite IPA’s in the world. I’m looking forward to enjoying these beers with a friend back home.
If you are ever looking for craft beer in Jacksonville go visit Grassroots Natural Market on Park Street. They are excellent!
Have you ever searched far and wide to find a particular beer?