Happy Towel Day! To those that may not be aware, May 25 is Towel Day, a day set aside to celebrate the life and work of English author Douglas Adams, best known for writing The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. After somehow missing Star Wars day this year, I was determined not to miss this one as well. I wasn’t sure at first how I would celebrate, but fortunately my favorite bottle shop was there to pick me up.
Beer Name: Improbability Drive
Brewery: Aeronaut Brewing Company (Somerville, MA) & Finback Brewery (Queens, NY)
Description: An IPA brewed with lactose and infused with orange zest and vanilla bean. It also features some pretty awesome can art paying tribute to the book, most notably a certain free-falling whale hoping to make friends with the ground.
Appearance: Poured a cloudy, straw-yellow body topped by a layer of thick white foam that stuck around for the duration of the beer and left lacing along the glass.
Smell: Orange juice, mixed with a slight bit of cream on the ending.
Taste: Orange juice upfront, followed by citrus zest and sweet cream with hints vanilla lurking in the background with a very mild grassy bitterness. Think orange creamsicle with a touch of vanilla on the end.
Mouthfeel: It had a super creamy, medium-plus body with a slightly less than moderate carbonation.
Hype: Elevated somewhat since this was a collaboration effort between two popular breweries, but not to the point where this was too difficult to get my hands on at the store. Personally, my excitement level was quite high, and that would have been the case with or without Towel Day being a factor.
Overall: What an interesting beer! Definitely a bit out of the ordinary, but that seems appropriate given what it’s paying tribute to. I liked this a lot and had fun drinking it while looking up some of my favorite quotes from the book.