Vampire or Zombie? Werewolf or Super Hero? Snookie or Lady Gaga? These are the questions that plague us all this spooky season….With Halloween just around the corner, what better time to bring out these deliciously devilish brews?
BEER & BREWERY #73
Pete’s Wicked Ale, 5.5% ABV: Ahh, where do I start with this beer? So many memories….Countless cold, blustery, or snowy days drinking this wildly popular brew with friends and roommates. Fire roaring in the shag-carpeted living room. Blankets wrapped around shoulders, dogs warming themselves by the hot bricks. Grateful Dead bootlegs playing on worn-out cassette tapes. The laughter of unfettered youth, loving the glorious freedom of college in a mountain town.
Malty, bready, light caramel and nuttiness. This beer is something different to everyone. But to me, it will always be one of the first and easiest drinking Craft beers out there. I can honestly say, I’ve never met a person over the age of 30 who didn’t drink and enjoy Pete’s Wicked Ale at some point in their life.
Pete Slosberg, a brewer since 1979, opened his namesake brewery in 1986. Now distributed in all 50 states, Pete’s keeps a small, tight lineup of beers, including a Strawberry Blonde, Rally Cap (a Summer seasonal), and Wanderlust (a Winter seasonal).
BEER & BREWERY #72
Big Sky Ivan the Terrible, 10% ABV: Tasted at Dr. Bill’s Rare Beer tasting at Falling Rock during GABF! As expected, a big, burly beer. Lots of heavy notes of blackstrap molasses, bitter dark chocolate, vanilla, dry cocoa, tobacco, and roasted malts. But, surprisingly smooth and balanced. Flavors and aromas are cohesive.
FYI: Ivan the Terrible is known as one of the most “awe-inspiring” and violent czars of Russia. Proclaimed as leader at age 3, he ascended to power at 16 in 1547, and proceeded to be first a rather good czar, expanding trade and building cathedrals, then spiraled into a bad one, ordering the murders of over 30,000 people, including any who disagreed with him.
Big Sky Brewing Company began in 1995 by Neal Leathers, Bjorn Nabozney, and Brad Robinson, after over a decade of homebrewing. Draft-only for the first 5 years, Big Sky looked to move forward to bottling. By 2002, their dreams were realized, and today they brew over 36,000 barrels, and are distributed in 24 states. Adding a little delicious whimsy with such popular beers as Scape Goat, Trout Slayer and Moose Drool (a longtime draft favorite of mine), Big Sky is sure to capture your eye and your thirsty palate. And you might just be picturing yourself in Montana.
Until next time,
Be happy, drink hearty, and don’t be afraid to be a little wicked. Just don’t pillage a village.