well, a re-release actually...
and they quote me!
Dead Frog Brewery
Re-Releases the Taste of BC: Big Stump Spruce Golden Ale
Aldergrove, BC — Dead Frog Brewery is pleased to announce the re-release of
its Big Stump Spruce Golden Ale. Inspired by forays into the old growth forests
of British Columbia, this 6.5% golden ale incorporates Sitka spruce tips
harvested a mere 10 minutes away from our brewery.
Jan Zeschky of The Province mused, "It’d be pretty special if this
beer style one day became an appellation and tourists came to the province to
try spruce ale like wine purists flock to Burgundy."
Considering the first beer made in BC was a spruce ale brewed by Captain Cook
in Nootka Sound, we agree.
Big Stump's rich sweetness from Cara and Maris Otter malts balances the
bitterness of Simcoe and Northern Brewer hops whose pine notes are heightened
by the spring growth of tender spruce tips for a truly unique pint.
"I wanted to bring out a bit more of the fresh spruce character,"
said Steve Black, Dead Frog's head brewer. "So, I reduced the bittering
hops and increased the boil time in the kettle for the spruce. I'm very happy
with the results."
This is a delicious BC inspired beer that is big but does not take things too
far and lose focus on the flavour and sessionability that should be found in a
– Dustan Sept, Beer Me BC
...a great example of an all-too-rare style. Combine that with a beer that
frankly pours an attractive glass, and you have a strong contender for your
weekend patio pints.
– Chuck Hallett, Barley Mowat
It is delicious! Sweet and smooth, golden and nicely balanced with a fruity
– Rebecca Whyman, CBC On the Coast
Ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, yeast, spruce tips
Malts: Prairie 2-Row, Maris Otter, Cara 30, White Wheat
Hops: Simcoe, Northern Brewer, Cascade
Suggested serving temperature: 12-14°C
Recommended glass: English pint, dimpled mug
Suggested food pairing: Asiago or Manchego cheese, pesto pasta, cedar plank
salmon, Greek roasted lamb
Dead Frog's unpasteurized and preservative-free, limited release Big Stump
Spruce Golden Ale is available in GLSs and LRSs in 650ml bottles with a
suggested retail price of $5.09. It can be ordered from the LDB using SKU
#831602. It will also be available on draught in select pubs and restaurants.
Follow us on Twitter @DeadFrogBrewery for details.
About Dead Frog Brewery
Dead Frog is an independent, award-winning craft brewery in Aldergrove, British
Columbia. In January 2006, Derrick and Donna Smith launched Dead Frog with the
goal of producing premium quality beer marketed with fun and innovative
branding. Today, Dead Frog produces six core brews including the Classic Nut
Brown Ale, Seasonal Citrus Wit, and Fearless IPA, along with one limited
release beer monthly.