Worthy Brewing knows how to throw a party! In their expansive brewhouse, designed by brewmaster Chad Kennedy, they set up a full stage and live music, a photo booth, face painting for the kiddos, plus knowledgeable staff in more than enough beer stations providing specially released Worthy Saison, two firkins: a one-off Amarillo dry hopped ESP and the Pilot Butte Bitter, as well as their Lights Out Stout, Go Time Xtra Pale Ale, and the Worthy Imperial IPA, among other delicious offerings. Outside in the drizzle that only April can bring, executive chef Mike Harrison kept his eye on a local pig roasting on a spit. Never mind the rain, the party had it all, including a special tribute to Hop Dr. Al Haunold* and as Roger Worthington, Worthy Brewing Owner, put it, his legacy is in every beer we taste, with every sip that passes our lips. Dr. Al Hanuold spoke briefly but passionately. Working with sub par hops in 1945 led him to proclaim, “I will not stand for this!” That is when he realized his purpose in life was to breed the greatest hops in the world. In honor of all that Dr. Al Haunold has done for hop breeding, the on-site Hop House at Worthy Brewing is dedicated to him. It was a great evening to honor Dr. Al Haunold but also revel in a brewery that seems to have a knack for going the extra mile for its guests. This is obvious in their attention to detail, quality, and service–and this is only the first of many parties to come!
Cheers to Worthy Brewing and congratulations on your grand opening!
*Dr. Al Hanold was the leading hop scientist for the USDA’s hop breeding program from 1965 to 1995. Source: http://inhoppursuit.blogspot.com/2010/01/first-of-series-us-hopmeister-in-chief.html