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Father’s Day: A Beer Story

Submitted by on June 19, 2011 – 3:06 pmOne Comment
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Andy, left, and Ben Hamblin, with their father, Chester.

Chester Hamblin began brewing his own beer a couple of years ago. His two sons, Andy and Ben, don’t brew, but being craft beer fans, they offer their advice.

On the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend, all three were volunteers at the Hoptomic festival in Tampa, Florida, pouring beer samples at one of the most popular tables. Popular because one of the beers was the 2009 version of the rare 120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head.

Chester said he began brewing because he wanted to enter competitions.

“I’m a competitive person by nature,” he said.

While he chatted, near the end of the festival, one of his sons surreptitiously switched his beer sampling glass with a bottle of water.

“Where’s my beer glass?” he said after a minute.

“That’s your beer glass right there, Dad,” Andy said, pointing to the water.

“My son’s trying to cut me off,” Chester said with a smile.

Andy and Ben obviously care for their pop, and fully support his brewing endeavors.

“Our father is an amateur brewer,” Ben said. “We’ve been around beer our whole lives.”

Over time, the two young men learned about the different types and style of beer through asking questions, doing research and, of course, tasting.

“We give him tips,” Andy said. “What types of beer a certain person would like.”

The sons don’t hesitate to critique their father’s beer in order to help him create better brews.

“Most of the time,” Andy said, “we’ll give him a judgment based on our own knowledge.”

Soon the kegs ran dry and the Hamblin crew broke things down and left the festival to rest up for Father’s Day.

Certainly, beer was served.

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