Thursday, January 14, 2016

Drunk on Geology - Dubhe

The next up in our Drunk on Geology series is Dubhe Imperial Black IPA right here from Uinta Brewery out of Salt Lake City, UT. 

Dubhe was a word that I saw on the package and I had to Google it to determine if it was a geological word or not and what I found I was rather surprised about. It turns out that Dubhe is the end star of the Big Dipper (as highlighted on the package). 

From their website: 

"Named Utah's Centennial Star in 1996, Dubhe (pronounced Doo-bee) illuminates the front of the big dipper from 124 light years away. Dubhe, also known as Alpha Ursae Majoris, is a red giant that appears orange in color and has a mass 4x that of the sun."

The word dubhe, is an Arabic word meaning bear, which is fitting since the Big Dipper is small part of the larger Ursa Major (or the Great Bear). Dubhe is one of the two stars that point towards the North Star.

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