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MC² - Equilibrium Brewery - 94 Rating

Responses from co-founder and brewer Pete Oates.
Responses from co-founder and brewer Pete Oates.
Responses from co-founder and brewer Pete Oates.

BC: Who came up with this beer’s recipe?
Equilibrium’s Co-founder Pete Oates.

BC: What’s your favorite aspect of this beer (flavor, aroma, etc.)?
Its balance of drinkability and big flavors; its well-rounded soft juicy taste, touch of sweet, and moderate bitterness combine to give the olfactory experience of dank mango juice.

BC: Where does this beer’s name come from?
This beer is extremely drinkable for 8% ABV. When it was brewed at my house on our-now-pilot system, it got the nickname of “Strangers In the Morning”… I would often come out to the living room in the morning with strangers laid about on various couches. This behavior was then the inspiration to brew our pale ale called Photon, which is “light”-er in the ABV department. When we eventually started making commercial batches, we realized we had essentially squared Photon’s hopping rate with this DIPA (The speed of a photon in MC^2 is denoted by the variable “C”, which is squared). E = MC^2 has always been my favorite relationship in physics: It’s simple and says all matter is related as energy, which is a still a mind-blowing concept. With its reinvention through Photon, it is now known as MC^2 and nicknamed “Energy in a glass."

BC: Is this your “desert island beer?”
No... Survival on a desert island would not be aided by a crushable 8% ABV beverage… absolutely not… unless the desert island had refrigeration and the beer could be produced fresh with fresh hops. A desert island without said conditions would destroy this beer in the matter of days. Please keep beers like this cold and drink them fresh. This is exactly why beers like this need to be produced and consumed locally or the consumer will not get the drinking experience as we have intended.

BC: Can you describe this beer in 10 words or less?
Crushable succulent mango juice loaded with chewy hop resins… or photon squared.

BC: Do you know a story – or have a personal story – that revolves around this beer?
Probably how this beer was named is the most appropriate story that I can tell publicly. If I were a better business person I would have rented out my couch for "power blackouts". Events were missed. Loved ones were forgotten. It can be a dangerous beer if not handled with care. Please drink responsibly and balance with some Photon.

BC: What's a good food pairing for this beer?
Bourbon-brisket-Thai tacos (or other flavor forward dishes).