Wicked Weed Just Set a Guinness World Record for the Biggest Tap Takeover in HistoryOctober 23, 2019
Saturday, October 19, 2019 is now a day that will live in beer history. In North Carolina, Wicked Weed officially set the Guinness World Record for the largest takeover in history. It was a feat that could only be pulled off at a venue like Raleigh Beer Garden, which boasts a whopping 350 taps.
“It was the perfect venue for this. We poured 177 unique beers altogether that day,” says Justin Crouch, who is part of the Wicked Weed leadership team. “We wanted to showcase a range of styles. There was definitely an emphasis on our barrel-aged sours, but you had everything from beautifully aged four- or five-year-old beers to extremely fresh IPAs on tap.”
In order to ensure that all of the beers rushing out that day were unique, Wicked Weed called on four certified Cicerones to rigorously test all of the beers. To mark the occasion, they crafted several special edition beers, including Record Breaker Hazy IPA and Crazy Genius, a barrel-aged sour. VIPs had the opportunity to sample 12 of the brewery’s rarest limited release series, including several highly sought-after spontaneous blends.
While the team at Wicked Weed may try to best their own record, they see no need to do so for the foreseeable future. Creating 177 beers at once is a formidable task for virtually any brewer, so their crown is most likely safe for a while.
“I think it would be a pretty challenging record for another brewery to beat. It would take years of planning to do it,” Crouch says. “We were just lucky to have the portfolio to do it.”
Saturday’s event also served a good cause. Proceeds from ticket sales went to benefit Hops for Hope, which raises funds for Children’s Flight of Hope in order to give children in need access to specialized medical care.
“We had over 40 staff members fly in from Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, and all around the country,” Crouch says. “There was live music until close and it was really special to be able to let our fans try some of these exclusive beers. It was just a good time.”