Introducing our House DIPA, Stumbling Nag, a beer bursting with tropical fruit aromatics and flavors. Pineapple and grapefruit on the nose followed by a smooth bitterness. The name is inspired by our 6th president, John Quincy Adams, while he was navigating the locks on the Ohio and Erie Canal. Let’s just say he had a rough journey, comparing his boat trip to a “Stumbling Nag.” If only President Adams could have had this delicious beer with him, the journey would have been much more pleasant.
8.8% ABV // 97 IBU
Here’s the Story
At a young age, John Quincy Adams grew up captivated by the night sky. He learned to navigate the stars while crossing the Atlantic on his many journeys. In his inaugural address, he wrote about his dream to build a national astronomical observatory. He called it a “lighthouse in the sky” this was an idea that was ridiculed by many.
In 1843, the Cincinnati Astronomical Society asked Adams to speak at the cornerstone-laying of the first observatory in the western hemisphere, an invite that Adams eagerly accepted. Unfortunately, this included a month-long trip which involved a week on a canal boat, a journey that Adams called “a trial such as I had never before experienced”.
Adams described the journey in his journal, “The most uncomfortable part of our navigation is caused by the careless and unskillful steering of the boat in and through the locks, which seem to be numberless, upwards of two hundred of them on the canal. The boat scarcely escapes a heavy thump on entering every one of them. She strikes and grazes against their sides, and staggers along like a stumbling nag.”
When Adams finally made it off the canal boat and arrived at the observatory in Cincinnati he managed to give a two-hour speech emphasizing the importance of cultivating the arts and sciences. This was the last public speech John Quincy Adams ever delivered.
The Imperial India Pale Ale features high hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma. Hop character is fresh and evident from the utilization of a wide variety of hops. Alcohol content is medium-high to high and notably evident with a medium-high to full body. The intention of this style is to exhibit the fresh and evident character of hops.