|Randall Jr. The Mini Enamel Animal|
For those of you who don't know, the original Randall is a creation of Dogfish Head Founder and President Sam Calagione and his crew. It was invented for an event called The Lupulin Slam and was intended to blow their fellow West Coast brewer brothers and sisters clear out of the water. The original device is designed to work with a draft system, which forces beer through the Randall's chamber--one that could be filled with any number of ingredients from fresh hops to spices and beyond. Having had Randallized beer before, I can attest to the incredible impact that the device can have on a beer, such as running 120 Minute IPA through fresh hops or the esteemed Punkin Ale through a blend of cinnamon and roasted pumpkin seeds (the latter was courtesy of Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, New Jersey). Needless to say, it allows for nearly boundless creativity and innovative alterations to whatever beer is used.
|The ingredients for my first Randall Jr. |
|A healthy pinch of these three spices transformed my 90 Minute IPA|
|The finished product|
My next experiment will be to infuse some 90 Minute IPA first with cilantro and jalapeños to see if I can recreate El Diablo Verde--one of my favorite beers from the 2012 WOCAAW (reviewed here). After that, I might try a fresh apricot to see how close I can come to replicating Aprihop (this way I can theoretically have it all year round!). Beyond that, I'll have to see where my creativity takes me. I think I will go for some more unusual brewing components like watermelon as well as some favorites like high quality chocolate and coffee beans. If anything winds up being a resounding success, I'll be sure to document it in a future entry.
With all that said, only one question remains: have you picked yourself up a Randall Jr. yet? If not, then what are you waiting for!? (Okay, that was two questions...but one begot the other.) You can purchase it for the more-than-reasonable sum of $19.99 at the Dogfish Head website (conveniently linked here) and you can watch their hilarious promotional video on Youtube here.
The possible beer and ingredient combinations are limited only by your imagination. You can be the hit of your party--the star of the show...even if Randall Jr. is really doing most of the work (but don't worry--he won't tell!)
Beer Whisperer Matt