I used to just call my beers by the style, my pale ale, my IPA,
etc. But I have a number of styles where I brew more than one version, so I started to create names for them. Some of the names I have are near-impossible to explain to others (such as Fluffed
, my Belgian-American IPA, or Squito
, a Belgian wheat specialty), while some are derivations (plagarized
) from commercial names (30 Minute Pale Ale
). The impetus for this post was that I recently created two new names, and my wife doesn't like them, so I'm looking for other opinions.
I make several DIPA recipes. The most extreme is loaded with Simcoe, and someone who doesn't care for the style or Simcoe might call it a solvent. So its now Tattoo Remover
. Along those same lines, I decided to call my American Barleywine Tattoo
, since drinking strong stuff has led a few people down to the parlor.
I'm finding it easier to name strong beers. Cool names for normal strength beers don't seem to come to me so easily. One that I use is Sterling Gold
, a Belgian pale ale (i.e. gold color) with all Sterling hops. Two others I like include Liquid Stoopid
, a Belgian Barleywine, and Hertenval
(Flemish for "Deer Valley" - I live on Deerhollow Ln), an Orval clone.
Finally, I have two that require quick explanations. During the "Great Hop Crisis of 2008", I was discussing DIPA hop schedules on a different board, and one guy kept slamming me for using so many hops in one beer. He felt that, in a time of such painful shortages, it was "unethical" of me to "hoard and waste" hops. Thus was borne the name, Unethical IPA
My wife and I both grew up with Rocky and Bullwinkle. The Moose of my nom de plume Siamese Moose is a Siamese cat whose full name is Moose of Frostbite Falls. His brother (RIP) was Rocket J. Squirrel. Our two youngsters are Boris and Natasha. The creator of Rocky and Bullwinkle was Jay Ward. Every year on his birthday, Spetember 20th, I brew Hokey Smokes!
, a specialty that changes from year to year. 2010 was his 90th, so the OG was 1.090.
Does anyone else out there name their beers? Got any names that you'd care to tell us about?