Breweries "Visited"

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

We Goin' Sizzler...

Beer #297 Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale / The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery, Farmville, NC

Why does this picture have to do with beer?  Um, keep reading.

Today's beer is the Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery.  This one has a dark, nearly black hue with hints of ruby and a tan, lingering head.  The aroma is of toasted malt and floral hops, and when you take a sip you get a thin mouth feel, with a solid toasted flavor, along with notes of chocolate and a dry, bitter finish.  Probably a little too toasted for me to include in my regular rotation, but certainly a good option for fall.  If you love stouts and dark beers, definitely check out Duck-Rabbit.
Just ducky.
Duck-Rabbit has been open since the mid-2000's, and was opened by a former professor of philosophy.  Wondering where the unusual name and/or unusual logo comes from?  I'll quote from their website here: "A version of the duck-rabbit diagram, which looks like a duck or a rabbit, depending on the viewer's perspective, appeared in a philosophy book Paul admires (Philosophical Investigations by Ludwig Wittgenstein). He liked the idea of using a logo with ties to his former life."  Now you know.

Thing to Think About Today:
For whatever reason, when I see the name of this brewery I instantly say (shout) in my head, "THE KING AND DUCK!"

This likely means very little to you, and certainly has no connection to this brewery.

However, if you were a huge fan of the 1992 comedy classic White Men Can't Jump, then we may be on to something here.  This movie tells the tale of two basketball hustlers who make their living winning playground games for money.  The unlikely duo of Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson join forces to become a team, leveraging Harrelson's, um, tremendous white-ness as their chief tool in luring in victims to challenge them for money.

Along the way, they get the chance to make a huge score and take down the top street basketball team on the West Coast - that's right, "The King" and "Duck".  In that game, Harrelson throws down a dunk off a lob pass from Snipes, proving that he once and for all CAN dunk.  Seriously, if you like to quote movie lines, this movie is a must watch, because while this movie didn't invent trash talking, it certainly made it into an art form.

"I'll tell you what. Why don't we take all these bricks and build a shelter for the homeless, so maybe your mother will have a place to stay."

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