Since we don’t normally name beers after people, a lot of people have been asking who Pete is. Chris figured it was appropriate for me to explain why I named this Belgian Quad “Pete’s Celebration”.
I’ve known Pete since I was born. My mother was pregnant with my older brother Brian while Pete’s mother was pregnant with him. They were born within a couple of weeks of each other. Since then our families have always spent time together over the holidays, and during these get-togethers I always got to try Pete’s homebrews. During my junior year in college I decided I wanted to “make something” for a living and more specifically I wanted a career making one of my two favorite beverages, beer or tea. Obviously beer won out. With that decision made, I sent Pete an e-mail expressing my interest in homebrewing. The next day I recieved an extensive e-mail about everything from what equipment was needed to details about the steps in a partial mash brew day.
A year after I graduated from Kenyon College, I went back to Ohio to visit my friends who would be on campus. The last day of my visit I stayed with Pete in Columbus and met Ellyn, his present day fiance. That night, after Pete and I enjoyed a few yards of Avery, he told me that he planned on proposing to Ellyn and half-jokingly asked me to brew him a beer, either at work or home for his wedding. Shortly after my return from Ohio I was offered the job at Iron Hill.
A few months ago I returned from Siebel with some malt samples from Briess Malting in Wisconson. Chris asked me what I wanted to do with them and I suggested a Belgian Quadrupel. I formulated the grain bill for the following Monday’s brew. Chris told me since it was my beer I had to name it too and to think about it over the next few days. Coincidentally, over the weekend preceding the brew day I found out that Pete had proposed. So there it is, my first beer at Iron Hill is dedicated to the guy who got me into homebrewing and his bride to be. We’ll be tapping Pete’s Celebration on Wednesday September 8th at 5 pm. See you then.