Tuesday, June 16, 2015

new release

well, a re-release actually...
and they quote me!

Dead Frog Brewery Re-Releases the Taste of BC: Big Stump Spruce Golden Ale

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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."

Critical Acclaim
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 Golden Ale.
 – 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 spruce hint.
 – Rebecca Whyman, CBC On the Coast

Specifications

Ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, yeast, spruce tips
Malts: Prairie 2-Row, Maris Otter, Cara 30, White Wheat
Hops: Simcoe, Northern Brewer, Cascade
IBU: 26
ABV: 6.5%

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

Availability
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.

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