September is upon us! Fall has arrived to the Wrangell Mountains. A brisk 33 degrees outside this morning, but no frost yet. The featured beer painting for the day is of Wood Chipper India Pale Ale from Fargo Brewing Company. If you have seen the movie Fargo, you will know why this beer is named Wood Chipper. I thought it would make a hilarious new beer delivery system if you had a miniature wood chipper that foams the beer into you mouth, well maybe not that practical. Anybody who has ever beer bonged knows that foamy is not the preferred way to drink beer.
The beer was pretty good, a nice canned IPA. I sampled ~3 oz of this one at a beer tasting party. Thanks, Erin, for bringing this can from North Dakota! This beer is not distributed here in Alaska, actually there is not a single North Dakota brew that is available here. I have been asking anybody who is traveling to bring beer home, and Erin did just that, along with beer from four other missing states! The Wood Chipper was malty for an IPA, but still quite quaffable. This beer was brewed with NW Pale, Munich and Carastan malts, and hopped with Horizon, Cascade, Centennial, and Simcoe varieties. It is 6.7%, so don’t be operating a wood chipper when drinking a Wood Chipper. This IPA comes in low on the bitter scale for an IPA at 70 IBUs, so it won’t pucker your mouth from too much hop additions!
Cheers to the Wood Chipper, and thanks to Fargo Brewing for putting out a good product! What a cool name for a beer!