Lovullopalooza: Part Deux
For those of you who don’t know Mike Lovullo and those that already know as much as they care to, skip to the beer list. No, really, the list makes for compelling reading.
For the rest of you continue at your own risk. Lovullo is one of the most distinct characters in the beer scene in New York. Maybe you saw him on stage at Brewer’s Choice where he accepted an award making a barely comprehensible but very enthusiastic speech. Maybe you’ve seen him at many of the best beer events in the New York area. He was probably there. In fact he probably had a hand in getting the beer to the event. He works for Union Beer Distributors, but to quote him loosely he doesn’t have a clear line between work and play.
Many of us have seen this line-blurring in action. There are often rumors involving his shenanigans. Did he rip his shirt off after accepting the award at Brewer’s Choice? What was that thing with Ben Wood at Alewife? Texts at 2AM? Sock puppets as wedding gifts? What did the doorman write after his name on the list for New Year’s Eve? With so much hazy lore surrounding Mike I decided to ask some direct questions.
He says his favorite song is ‘All the Single Ladies’ by Beyonce, but it really is ‘Everyone Chooses Sides’ by the wrens. He says his favorite movie is ‘She’s All That’, but it really is ‘No Country for Old Men’. He says his favorite book is ‘Captain Underpants Vol. 1’, but it really is ‘Player Piano’ by Kurt Vonnegut. His favorite word is ‘word’, though he’s trying to get palooza into usage as an adjective meaning great or outstanding, as in, “That beer is so palooza.”
When I asked him what his favorite beer memory was he said it was the first time he walked into the Blind Tiger. Louise was behind the bar and it was right after a Southampton Event. He had an aged Old Herb and he felt like he had found his home.
Please join us to wish him Happy Birthday and enjoy this incredible list.
1. Allagash Interlude ’11
2. Cantillon Vignerone
3. Allagash Midnight Brett
4. Bruery Smoking Wood
5. Ballast Point Victory at Sea
6. Allagash FV 13
7. Bruery Sour in the Rye
8. Youngs Double Chocolate Stout Nitro
9. Sierra Nevada Barrel Bigfoot
10. Maine Beer Company Lunch
11. Stoudt’s Pilsner
12. Lagunitas Maximus
13. Stillwater/508 Hamber
14. Ommegang Witte
15. Thornbridge Hall/Terrapin Coalition
16. Harviestoun Ola Dubh 21 Year Old
17. Firestone Walker Wookey Jack
18. Hitachino Mandarin Fukure Mikan
19. Shmaltz Rejewvenator
20. Oskar Blues Deuce
21. Peekskill Higher Standard
22. Sixpoint Mad Scientist Gruit
23. Tool Sans Frontiere
24. Blue Mountain Dirty Belgian Unfiltered
25. Stillwater Saison Darkly
26. Evil Twin Yang
27. Empire Liv & Let Rye
28. Dieu Du Ciel! Pénombre
1. Greenport Harbor Black IPA
2. Bronx Belgian Pale
3. Flying Dog Imperial IPA w/ Citra pin
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