Grand Teton Coming Home Holiday Ale
Grand Teton Brewing Company, known throughout the West for their exceptional
craft brews, announces the release of Coming Home 2011 Holiday Ale, the
second release of their annual Holiday Ale.
This year’s Holiday Ale is a Belgian-Style Golden Ale that is rich in flavor and
is designed to be a smooth and soothing sipping beer. Deep blonde in color,
Coming Home 2011 uses rich malts balanced by a special Belgian yeast strain that
adds notes of soft, peppery, clove-like spice character to the beer. Belgian
candi sugar is used during the brewing process to give this ale a clean, easy
drinking appeal. True to the Belgian tripel style, it carries deceivingly soft
alcohol aromas. Don’t let the innocence fool you, this holiday ale is one to be
respected. It will delight when shared with your favorite people during the
holiday season and can also be cellared to warm you on any cold winter’s day.
This beer should age gracefully and can be cellared for a year or more.
Originally brewed by Trappist monks, the tripel style is deceiving. Pale in
color, it nonetheless packs a flavorful punch. Its relatively light body hides
its strength. The use of fully fermentable candi sugar provides lighter body and
a drier finish, very different from the strong ales and barley wines
traditionally brewed in England and the United States.
What's a Tripel?
The name tripel traditionally indicated a beer that was about three times the
strength of everyday table beer, or single, which weighed in around 2.5-3%
alcohol. Dubbels are traditionally in the 5-6% range, and triples usually
7.5-9%. Though singles today are hard to find, dubbels, tripels, and even
quadruples maintain the old naming convention.
Enjoy Coming Home 2011 with Cajun crab cakes or your favorite holiday game bird,
whether it be roast turkey, pheasant or duck. Its spicy herbal character will
complement holiday dishes like sage stuffing. We’ve bottle-conditioned this ale
to a traditionally high carbonation level, so its effervescence will cut through
the richness of even the creamiest and fattiest dishes. The beer’s mild
sweetness should work with sweet potatoes without being cloying. For dessert we
suggest a delicate crème brulee or an apricot-amaretto tart.
Grand Teton Brewing Company
Grand Teton Brewing Company was founded in 1988 as the first modern “micro”
brewery in the state of Wyoming. Today, Grand Teton Brewing Company is in the
Brewer’s Association’s “Top 100 Craft Breweries in North America.” Their premium
microbrews include the 9x gold-medal-winning Bitch Creek ESB, the 2009 Great
American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner (American Pale Ale) Sweetgrass APA and
the favorites of the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks; Old Faithful
Ale (pale golden), Howling Wolf Weisse Bier (hefeweizen) and Teton Ale (amber.)
From their production facility in Victor, Idaho, Grand Teton Brewing Company
beers are hand-crafted from only the finest ingredients, including locally-grown
grains and pure Teton mountain spring water. Grand Teton Brewing Company is a
green company utilizing environmentally conscious and sustainable practices
whenever possible. Grand Teton Brewing Company is also the inventor of the
modern glass growler, which is estimated to have saved over one billion bottles
and cans from entering the ecosystem to date. Discriminating beer drinkers can
find their favorite Grand Teton Brewing Company brews on tap and in bottles
throughout California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts,
Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, South
Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.