Episode 441 – Hair of the Dog
For almost 30 years, Alan Sprints and his Portland, Oregon brewery Hair of the Dog pioneered American craft beer through some of the earliest barrel-aging experiments and developed potent beers built for aging, creating some of the original “whales” in the process. Once Alan decided to retire and close his legendary brewery in June of 2022, Craig booked a trip to experience Hair of the Dog for a final time and to get Mr. Sprints on the microphone to reflect on his career and look ahead to the joys of retirement. In addition to the interview, we are fortunate to drink through five Hair of the Dog beers and cross off a significant line on our beer bucket lists. We also speculate on the brewery’s actual magical powers, open the oldest beer we’ve had on the show, and play some 1993-based trivia along the way. Thanks again to Alan and his whole crew – all of beer has been made better because of Hair of the Dog.
Alan Sprints Interview (00:07:02 – 00:20:01)
Polka Dot (American IPA)
Doggie Claws: 2012 (American Barleywine)
Matt: 2019 (Strong Ale)
Adam: Batch 102 (Old Ale)
Cherry Adam from the Wood: 2022 (Barrel-aged Old Ale w/ cherries)