Ale 208

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The most recent addition to our signature series of beer is 208 Session Ale.  Launched in September of this year, it has been very well received.  This Ale is brewed with 100% Idaho grown grain, hops, and pure Idaho spring water.  The package imagery is inspired by and pays tribute to Idaho’s rich agricultural heritage and its diverse and beautiful vistas.  The name comes directly from the 208 area code that encompasses all of Idaho.

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Silver at Festival of Barrel Aged Beers! Our Brewmaster shares his experience

FoBab LogoGrand Teton Brewing attends dozens of beer festivals every year, from small local fundraising events to Denver’s GABF, the biggest of them all.  The festival I most anticipated this year was the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers (FoBAB) on November 17th in Chicago.  I was not disappointed.

We’ve been experimenting with wood-aging our beers for a few years now, and have enjoyed some success, winning praise for beers like Bourbon Barrel Double Vision and Who’s Brett? as well as medals for our two previous FoBAB competition entries.  2013 marks the 25th Anniversary of Grand Teton Brewing, and to celebrate we’re working on several special barrel-aged beers for release to our best retail partners throughout the year.  I looked forward to learning from some of the best in the country about the art of aging beer on wood.

The highlight of the day was my morning at the judges’ table along with several brewers
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much more experienced than I with barrel work. We tasted a score of wood-aged strong porters and stouts, ranging in quality from very good to phenomenal. It was a great education for me. Lesson number one: time matters. Barrel-aging cannot be hurried. All of our favorite beers shared complexity that could only have been gained from long months in wood.

As we prepare for our anniversary celebrations, we were quite pleased to win a silver medal in the Classic Style Category for our Barrel-Aged Grand Saison, last year’s summer Cellar Reserve conditioned for a year in French oak Syrah barrels. Keep your eyes open for this and other barrel aged beers on tap at a great beer bar near you next year.

Lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer

Grand Teton Soda“Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, those days of soda, and pretzels and beer!” Nat King Cole’s wonderful song from the summer of 1963 summarizes the feelings of all the employees here at Grand Teton Brewing.  The weather is warm, the flowers are blooming in our whiskey barrels, and tourists have started to flock to our pub.  Although this is the “busy” season for Grand Teton Brewing, employees can be seen with smiles on their faces as they speak about weekend adventures fishing, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and mountain climbing (to name just a few).

This June we celebrated the one-year anniversary of our new Kettle Brewed Craft Sodas.  Grand Teton Brewing has been making award-winning Root Beer for the past 10 years, under the name Old Faithful Root Beer.  We also made small batches of Old Faithful Ginger Ale.  In January of 2011, we began a 6-month process of testing new recipes for three new sodas and creating a new package design.  The result is four sodas sold in attractive 4-pack cases, each soda label a different color:   Root Beer (our original recipe), Cream Soda, Mountain Berry, and Black Cherry.  Our sodas are made with pure Teton Mountain Spring Water and 100% cane sugar. They are also caffeine free.  Mountain Berry is brewed with a unique blend of huckleberries, blueberries and blackberries.  Black Cherry is actually a blend of both sweet and sour cherries.

To date, our sodas have been very well received by local retailers and local customers, as well as tourists who visit our pub.  Last July (2011) we shipped our first big order to the Associated Food Stores, Inc. warehouse in Salt Lake City.  Currently we are selling our soda line in over 100 Associated (Western Family) Stores in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming.  You will find our sodas in many retail establishments in our own backyard of Victor and Driggs, Idaho, as well as Jackson, Wyoming.  In recent months, our beer distributors in Idaho and Wyoming have also taken on our soda line, selling the sodas in both grocery stores and restaurants in more outlying areas of these states. We continue to sell Old Faithful Root Beer and Old Faithful Ginger Ale in Yellowstone Park General Stores.  Store officials feel that the Old Faithful brand provides a nice souvenir for tourists in the park. For 2012 and beyond, our goal is to establish “deep roots” in the states around the brewery, to develop customer loyalty to our brands and to expand our soda line to other states where we ship our beer.

Our sodas are delicious – just ask any one of the employees in the brewery! Plus, they make terrific soda floats on a hot summer day. When you drink a frosted mug of our famous Root Beer, “you’ll wish that summer could always be here.” (Nat King Cole, 1963)

Grand Teton Brewing wins two medals at World Beer Cup!

Charlie Papazian, President of the Brewers Association, calls the World Beer Cup, “The Olympics of Beer Competition.”   799 breweries from 54 countries entered 3,921 beers into this year’s competition.  (That’s a lot of beer!)

This year’s competition was held in San Diego, CA and winners were announced on May 5th.  Beers were tasted and critiqued by 211 judges from 27 countries.  The judging panel consisted entirely of professional brewers and industry experts, two-thirds of these judges coming from outside the USA.  They were assisted by over 250 beer enthusiasts who stewarded the blind tasting competition.  For all this effort, only 284 medals were awarded over 95 categories.  To win at this level of competition is truly a world-class accomplishment.

Grand Teton Brewing is honored and proud to announce we took home two of these medals.  Pursuit of Hoppiness Imperial Red Ale won the Bronze Medal in the Imperial Red Ale Category.  From our renowned Cellar Reserve series, 5 O’Clock Shadow Double Black Lager won the Bronze Medal in the Kellerbier/Zwickelbier category.  

We’ve always strived to brew the highest quality handcrafted beers without compromise.  This recognition gives affirmation that our dedication, values and passions are in the right place.

We raise our pints to our brew crew and all others who every day dedicate themselves to following their passions and doing the right thing.