(Cambridge, MA) – Cambridge Brewing is releasing its second beer in bottles and this one has a special story behind it.
Initially brewed in 1990 by CBC’s Head Brewer, Darryl Goss, Tripel Threat was the first Belgian Style beer every commercially produced in the U.S.A.. Spicy yeast character is balanced by complex malt and citrus notes. Our label pays homage to Darryl’s beloved vintage motorcycle. Darryl has been diagnosed with ALS, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this beer will promote research for a cure Lou Gherig’s Disease.
MetroWest Daily wrote about Goss and his struggle with the illness last year.
“As frustrating as this is, I cannot imagine how terrible this must have been for those with ALS or any other speech loss as recently as 20 years ago. I read an account, before I had ALS, of the great jazz bassist and composer Charles Mingus, who had ALS, being honored at the Carter White House in about 1977. He was with many other artists, but unlike them, (he) could only sit in his wheelchair, crying. He couldn’t write or speak his thoughts.
“I wouldn’t characterize myself as a technophobe; I have a technical background that includes having been an automotive technician, motorcycle restorer, craft, or “micro,” brewer, brewery designer and technician.
A self-taught brewer, he was “the first in the country to make a Belgian style strong ale,” which earned a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 1992.” Also in 1992, “I was the first brewer to make a Bavarian style hefeweizen (wheat beer) using the proper type of yeast. That’s also a very popular style now.”
To learn more about ALS, please visit the ALS Association website.
Tripel Threat is only available in Massachusetts for a limited time.
Courtesy of current Head Brewer, Will Meyers, below is a pic of Darryl’s fully restored 1965 HD Electra Glide, which inspired the label for Tripel Threat. He rode it, or his 1968 BMW R60/5, to work nearly every day.