Electric Tower IPA

Electric Tower IPA

Our Electric Tower IPA is an intensely West Coast style IPA. A firm malt base builds support for the abundance of hops, allowing hints of pine, citrus, and tropical fruit to shine through and light up your palate.

San Jose’s Electric Light Tower was the inspiration of J. J. Owen, editor of the San José Mercury. On May 13, 1881, Owen printed an editorial suggesting that by providing one high and immense source of arc light, the night would become as day for the downtown area. On June 11, 1881, San Jose citizens enthusiastically approved the $4,000 tower. Construction began that August, and completed on December 13, 1881. The gigantic, 237-foot tower, counting a 30 foot flagpole, straddle the intersection of Santa Clara and market Streets. A platform at the top of the tower was home for six carbon arc lamps protected by an overhead reflecting shield. Each lamp produced 4,000 candle power of light – 24,000 candle power total. The tower proved to be more spectacular than practical, since its 24,000 candle power failed to sufficiently light the area. Ducks crashed into the tower and plummeted to the street below. Some say the fowl were drawn to the bright lights – like moths. Cops favored “the Tower Beat” because ducks could be recovered and sold to local eateries. Another hazard was the proximity of the tower to saloons. On Saturday nights, liquored up San Joseans tried to climb the tower. Although the tower did not fulfill its original purpose, it represented progress to the people of San Jose because electricity was a relatively new source of power. It became one of San Jose’s “national known” landmarks. Legend says that the designer of Paris’ Eiffel Tower visited San Jose’s Electric Light Tower when seeking ideas. Already damaged by a windstorm in February 1915, the tower completely collapsed into the street at 11:55 a.m. on December 3rd of that year. The tower telescoped into itself and no one was hurt. The Electric Light Tower standing on the History Park grounds is a replica of the original structure. Rising 115 feet, this tower has been scaled to fit the Park streets.

7.1% ABV, 65 IBUs