Everyone once in a while, a project comes along that is so special and means so much to us, that it's almost all we can talk about. We chat over lunch, we stand around piles of planks and move things around, we send each other texts in the night. When our friends at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery called us a few months ago and said they wanted a board for their Pub that could also be taken out and surfed by any one of their employees, I knew this might top them all.
Embracing their tagline "Off Centered Ales for Off Center People", we decided to do something we've never done before, an off center, slanted band made up of spanish red and northern white cedar. In addition the DFH crew sent us up a small chunk of Palo Santo, the wood that their giant tanks are made from that give that famous flavor to their Palo Santo beer, which we built into the boards tailblock.
We chose to have our good friend Randy G. burn words and DFH logo on the board to make it even more special. We think it was worth every wrist ache and numbing finger he must have felt.
While this board will live in their Rehoboth Beach Pub for all to see, it has a second more important life. DFH chose the Steamer because it is universally loved by all who surf it. Why is this so important? Any one of their employes can take the board at any time for some fun in the sun. Not a bad company perk.