It was 14 degrees in the car when I started it at 6 a.m. this morning. Why would I be getting into the car at 6 in the morning? Troeg's was having the second release of their Splinter series, Splinter Black. I did not have the Splinter Blue, but decided to have a bit of fun and stand in the freezing cold. I have been a fan of series and sometimes do not completely understand their allure, but they usually are very good beers.
After trying a friend's awesome IPA homebrew the night before, we headed up to Troeg's and got in line for our wristbands. We got to the line about 6:30, and were given #190 and #191. I guess we weren't as crazy as I thought we were. Standing in line, we found some people got to the parking lot around 4:30, many others showed up at 5 and even more were there before 6. It was cold. Some brought other special release beers (none of which I tried, due to my strict no beers before 11a.m. stance). Scattered around the waiting line were bottles of Dechutes The Abyss (2009), Victory Dark Intregue, Terrapin Wake n Bake, Voodoo Brewing's Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and many more.
This morning showed to me the stregth and determination of beer geeks throughout Central/Western/Eastern Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland and probably many other states.