Beer was just one of those moments of happy inspiration. In the summer of 2001,
brewmeister Dave "DaRube" Rubin had been a member of the forum at
YtseJam.com for several months. YtseJam webmaster John "Koggie" Kotzian
had expanded on his tradition of summer parties by inviting all the members of
the forum to attend one weekend in July in Ann Arbor, MI. DaRube knew that he
wanted to provide a lasting memory for his fellow forum members. With a vision
of Dream Theater's most recent album in mind, DaRube contacted his fellow forum
member, the graphics wizard Mike "Sebby5" Norse, and shared his plans. Sworn to
silence, Sebby quickly turned out the label that DaRube had envisioned.
was never one to stop once the creative juices got flowing. Knowing that his
favorite group Spock's Beard was on tour, and would be appearing in DC a week
after YtseCon, DaRube and Sebby came up with a second label, this time based on
Spock's Beard's most recent album cover. Spock's Beer was born. Needless to
say, the labels (and the beer) were a hit at YtseCon.
Getting the YtseCon attendees to keep the secret for one week longer, DaRube
prepared for the Spock's Beard concert. Arriving early, DaRube brought a case
of his beer to the venue, and
sprung them on the band, cameras clicking.
by DaRube's relentless self promotion (and delusions of grandeur), the news
spread fast. Bass player Dave Meros was kind enough to give Spock's Beer a
positive mention in his tour notes. In the fledgeling Spock's Beard forum,
Spock's Beer was to become the traditional greeting for new members.
one good beer deserves another, so when Spock's Beard released their Feel
Euphoria album. DaRube swung into action a second time. Enlisting the services
of SB Forum friend Jamie "Geek Sublime" McGregor, a new label, and a new recipe
were produced. This time, DaRube enlisted the services of the US Postal
Services to help with the obligatory presentation to the band, and
the moment was forever captured by Spock's Beard webmaster / composer
John "Brainforest" Boegehold.
Legend of Spock's Beer - Part 2 - The Recipe