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Thomas Hooker Liberator (2006)

July 10th, 2009 by Aaron Goldfarb | Filed under Brewer: Thomas Hooker, Country: America, Grade: A-, Style: Bock.

8% ABV from a jazzy swing-top rubber-corked bottle

Pulled an embarrassing beer geek move a few weeks ago.  I’d read on the splendid Beermenus that a beer I’ve been seeking out for awhile had just been put on tap at a bar outside my jurisdiction.  So, I quickly sprinted to a pay phonebooth to change into my drinking gear and high-tailed it down to Alphabet City.  Of course, by the time I get there the keg has just been fully spent and now I’m a 50 minute two-subway ride away from home base and I’m alone and bummed out at missing out on a BA Top 100 beer, so of course I sit down to wet my whistle and drink away my middle-class blues.  And soon I am drunk in Alphabet City and still by myself and lonely and not in the mood for a 50 minute two-subway ride home nor a $25 cab, so I think it a good idea to text a dreadful girl that lives in that very neighborhood who I had promised myself never to deal with again and next thing I know it’s morning and I got a girl I hate creepily stroking my luxurious chest hair while I sleep.  Me ruing the day I ever got into them fancy beer and even moreso thought it a good idea to travel halfway across town just for a measly 12 ounces of sugary poison.

To top that story off, the next day as I tippled with a friend at the great Rattle ‘n’ Hum, I of course see Liberator, a beer I’d searched at least a year for to no avail, on their newly revamped bottle menu, rendering my previous night’s activities completely futile.  Ah well.  Live and learn.

The Liberator is of course incredibly malty, tastes of biscuits, caramel, and toffee and a great example of a dopplebock.  A swell rival to the great German standards like Celebrator and Salvator.  And, in all honesty, until I just looked it up right now, I had thought this was a beer out of Europe.  The U.K. most likely.  Nope, it’s from neighboring Connecticut.  USA!  USA!  USA!  Even kicking ass in the dopplebock category.  Who knows why I’d never found this before, but it’s worth seeking out if you’re a fan of the style.

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5 Responses to “Thomas Hooker Liberator (2006)”

  1. J. | 07/10/09

    I like it when girls stroke my chest hair. One of the few things that makes me feel like a “real man” or Bono. (Not a backhanded jab at Bono.)

  2. Aaron Goldfarb | 07/10/09

    I kinda like it too. I feel very virile. Like a movie star of the 70s. I look forward to having a little gray in my chest hair too. Even manlier.

  3. J. | 07/10/09

    (I can’t resist) - We’ve…been…Talkin’ it up. Talkin’ ’bout chest hair…

  4. Aaron Goldfarb | 07/10/09

    Perhaps the only funny live SNL skit of the last decade.

  5. J. | 07/10/09

    Indeed. “Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connnnnaaaahhhh!”

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