Now a curse upon Because and his kin! May Because be accursed for ever! If Will stops and cries Why, invoking Because, then Will stops & does nought. If Power asks why, then is Power weakness. Also reason is a lie; for there is a factor infinite & unknown; & all their words are skew-wise. Enough of Because! Be he damned for a dog! But ye, o my people, rise up & awake!
-The Book of the Law II:28-34
This is the second time I’ve had time to brew this year, I’ve been busy and I also been pretty lazy when I had time. Anyway it is that time of the year, actually precise date it is. It’s the day I’m doing magickal beer.
As usual the beer is 11%ABV, 111 IBU is too little so this time I pushed it over 200 IBU all thanks to Columbus hops. It will be flowery and citrusy all thanks to Centennial hops and Citra hops.
The colour is black and brown, or blue and golden for those that can see. For it is a magickal beer.
It’s that time of the year again when I brew my magickal ale with everything 1’s. It’s OG 1111, 11%ABV, 111 IBU… Shut up and drink it!
It’s Chocolate dinkel malt, crystal malt, caramel malt, pale malt and rye malt.
It’s Belma hops, Centennial hops, Chinook hops, and Columbus hops.
It’s not an IPA.
It’s not a Stout.
It’s a well hopped black ale. Some call them CDA (Cascadian Dark Ale), I’m not in or from Cascadia, I’m not partiulary influenced by those. I’m not sure if I came up with this before I heard of them, but who cares.
It’s not an Black IPA, that just sounds stupid and I don’t condone that style name. Some say IBA (India Black Ale), I might sign on to that, but I’d like to promote yet another name…
HBA (Hoppy Black Ale)
A black ale which is just as hoppy as an American IPA. It should not get too much of the roasty tones as a stout, it should be hidden under the hops, it might come out as an after taste. But the hops should rule!
When the clock shows 11:11 make a wish and toast this beer and your wishes will come true, it will work best if you just happen to look at the clock. It doesn’t work if you set the alarm clock or wait for the clock, it should be by “luck” or instinct, then it works.
My number is 11, as all their numbers who are of us. The Five Pointed Star, with a Circle in the Middle, & the circle is Red. My color is black to the blind, but the blue & gold are seen of the seeing. Also I have a secret glory for them that love me. Liber Al I:60
Today is the last binary day 11/11/11 (if you omit the first number of 2011) for a very long time. And I’m making a magickal beer kranked up to 11. It’s a black hoppy ale. I’m aiming for OG1111, 11 %ABV, 111 IBU with 11 hops. Dry hopped 11 times.