40 Mile to the Border
When I think of breweries doing collaborations I think about off the wall, over the top, out of the box ideas that sometimes work and sometimes don’t. A lot of times they feature an obscure ingredient, are a big bold creation, or are birthed in some marketer’s daydream and become reality. Other times they are between friends, who just want to have fun and work together. This collaboration was born in a meeting between the brewers here at O’Connor Brewing Company discussing who they thought made some of the best beer in Virginia. The first place that came to my mind was Three Notch’d Brewing Company in Charlottesville. When I found them, they had not been open a year and there was already a good buzz (pun intended) going about their beers. I lived (fortunately) within walking distance of the brewery, so I would make evening pilgrimages down to the tap room to see what was new while still remaining faithful to my go to, Jack’s Java. I was always impressed with Three Notch’d as a whole, good atmosphere, good people, and great beer. When Kevin said to reach out to them, I literally ran to my desk eager at the chance to work with such a solid brewer, Dave Warwick. Being a self-proclaimed collaboration junkie, Dave seemed to be as excited about working together as I was. He came down for a visit to Norfolk and we bounced around a few ideas, nothing seemed to jump out right away. He then mentioned an idea that was stewing in his mind for a while, “What if we took two existing beers and made them into one new beer?” Maybe it was the fact that he had wanted to do it for some time, or maybe he was waiting for the right handsome fellow to come around. Thus “40 Mile to the Border” was created, a melding of their flagship IPA “40 Mile” and ours “El Guapo.” The result is a tasty brew showcasing the fruity character of the El Dorado hop and the sweet, slightly spicy character of agave. We hope you enjoy (responsibly) this creation as much as we have enjoyed creating it for you.
40 Mile to the Border Release is this Friday, June 5th at the brewery from 4-8pm. Come out and meet the brewers from Three Notch’d and The OBC who created this awesome beer! Cheers.