Advent Day: 18
Brewery: Dogfish Head
Style: American Pale Ale
Imagine, for a moment, you’re a penguin. You wake up from a mid-winter snooze, not to the blinding white wintry horizon of your native Antarctica, but to the cool, piney breeze and shifting shadowy sunscape of a Central Pennsylvania forest. There’s snow on the ground, sure. But the similarities stop there, and you notice the smell of spruce trees, the sound of deer softly nibbling shoots of grass that have boldly found there way to the surface, and the way clumps of snow randomly fall, seemingly in slow motion, from the perilous heights of the treetops above.
But there’s trouble. A masked man approaches rapidly, with a bag of presents slung over his shoulder. The men running after him shouting tell you in an instant that these are not his. He has stolen them from an orphanage. But he’s too fast for his pursuers; you’re certain they will not catch him, or get back the precious gifts that were all the young lads and lasses had to look forward to this season. A choice plummets from the sky, like a flightless bird, and lands squarely in your outstretched wings. Stop this man? Risk life and limb? Or let him pass and try to waddle your way back to your frigid home?
The answer is obvious. You run, as fast as your little webbed feet will carry you, throw yourself onto the snowy ground, and, like the heat-seeking missile you were born to be, slide like a flash directly into his feet and knock him tumbling into a frigid creek. The day is saved!
From there, you decide that your awakening in the forest was not an accident. You were chosen to fight crime, corral ne’er-do-wells, become a voice for the oppressed. You make this task your life’s work, and the Keystone state is a better place for it. As news of your crime fighting deeds spreads throughout the land, your name begins to find its way to the front page of local, then regional, then national papers. You get a call from Jimmy Kimmel. A hero is born: The Pennsylvania Tuxedo!
Brewed to pay homage to the flannel-wearing hunters and superhero penguins who dwell in PA, and anyone else who gets out there every day and tries to make the world a better place, this spruce-infused pale ale is the perfect pick-me-up on warm or cold days!