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Coming Home Holiday Ale 2012 by Grand Teton Brewing
Coming Home Holiday Ale 2012 - Grand Teton Brewing
Our intent for our annual Holiday Ale
series is to release a special beer in November and December for enjoyment
with special friends on a special occasion. This year’s version is an
American-Style Barley Wine brewed with Southern Idaho 2-row pale malted
barley combined with German and Belgian specialty malts to produce a
mahogany to dark ruby red color, generous malt body and pleasing sweetness.
The malt is balanced by about five pounds of bold American hops per barrel.
Chinook and Galena, hops developed and grown in Idaho, along with Idaho-grown
Bravos give this strong ale a decidedly American flavor.
Piney floral hops are evident when this beer is enjoyed fresh. Cellaring will
enable these flavors to mellow, allowing the malt to shine with additional notes
of raisin and fig.
Barley Wine and Cave-Aged Gouda are a classic beer-cheese pairing. If a sweet
dessert is what you crave, try pairing with a warmed pecan pie served al a mode.
Barley wine has roots in the Norman Conquest of the English army at the Battle
of Hastings in 1066. As the conquering French-speaking foreigners ascended to
the throne in London, the tastes and preferences of English aristocrats took on
a decidedly French ‘flavor’. This included a strong shift toward the complex
fine wines available only on the European continent.
In the early 1700’s, the development of pale malts coupled with scientific
advances in the brewing process allowed production of ales that rivaled the
finest wines in their subtlety, complexity and strength. These expensive ales,
called malt liquors, malt wines, October beers, Stingo, and by the 1800’s Barley
Wine, were not affordable for the working class. The English aristocracy, on the
other hand, now had a ‘home-grown’ alternative to expensive and often hard to
find French wines.
From the beginning, barley wines were prized, and those who produced and served
them were highly admired. These beers were most often brewed by butlers to
wealthy families, unconstrained by financial concerns and able to undertake the
expensive aging crucial to the flavor and aroma of a fine barley wine.
When produced commercially, a barley wine is rarely a big moneymaker. Rather, it
is offered as a seasonal token of appreciation to a brewery’s most loyal
patrons, and as an expression of a brewer’s highest aspirations. It is in this
tradition that we offer our Coming Home 2012 Barley Wine Ale.
Coming Home 2012 Holiday Ale is a one time release available November 1st, 2012
in 1/2 and 1/6 bbl kegs and bottle-conditioned 750 mL cases.
Original Gravity (Plato): 21˚
International Bitterness Units: 75
Alcohol by Volume: 10%
Color (Lovibond): 20˚
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.