(Originally Posted August 12, 2010)

VICTOR, ID — Grand Teton Brewing Company, known throughout the West for their exceptional craft brews, will release Trout Hop Black IPAon September 1st. This autumn brew in their 2010 “Cellar Reserve” series of specialty beers is a spicy and bold American-Style India Black Ale with notes of fresh pine needles and spruce tips.Trout Hop is brewed with Idaho 2-Row Brewers’ Malt and German specialty malts and has a deep, rich color and roasted finish without the thick and malty body that often accompanies dark beers. It is kettle hopped and dry hopped with Pacific Northwest hops, resulting in bold and intense bitterness and piney, zesty aroma. The full body and dry finish create a refreshing autumn ale, perfect for any crisp afternoon or cool evening. The spicy hops of this ale complement rich, flavorful foods. Chocolate mole enchiladas, Indian and Thai curries, and barbeque ribs will accompany nicely.

Grand Teton’s Cellar Reserve beers are now released in beautiful 750 ml bottles with pry-off crowns. GTBC switched from their signature 1 liter flip-top bottles because the crown provides the best quality seal available, protecting the beer from oxygen and maintaining its carbonation level. In addition, the new bottles are much lighter than the previous bottles, providing significant energy savings in their manufacture and transportation. Without the wire and ceramic stopper, the new bottles are easier to recycle. Finally, the new bottle is less expensive, and GTBC has passed every bit of cost savings to the consumer.

In conjunction with the Teton Arts Council, Grand Teton Brewing Co. held “The Art of Beer” contest in the fall of 2009 to select artwork for the 2010 Cellar Reserve bottles. Local artist Abby Paffrath’s amazing batik of a leaping cutthroat trout was chosen to represent the contest’s theme of “Life in the Tetons” for the autumn and winter seasons on the Trout Hop Black IPA label. To see all the contest winners, go to the Teton Arts Council website.

Abby Paffrath creates art inspired by the outdoors. When she is not fly-fishing or skiing, she can be found in her studio creating batiks, watercolors, and accessories. She also works for pARTners, a nonprofit organization that links artists to classrooms in order to enhance school curriculum through the arts. She has taught several art classes in a variety of different schools and to various age groups. Abby also enjoys the practical art of home design and décor. She has her own faux painting business where she applies custom artistic finishes and offers color consultations. To learn more about Abby, please visit her website.

Grand Teton Brewing will release three specialty brews in the Cellar Reserve line for 2010. The production quantity for each brew is very limited. Trout Hop Black IPA is available in kegs and 750mL bottles.

Trout Hop Black IPA is available at select locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New York, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming! Call the brewery at 1-888-899-1656 for information and availability on this exciting new product.

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 top 100 craft breweries in North America. Premium microbrews include the 6X 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), Au Naturale (organic blonde ale) 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. GTBC is a green company utilizing environmentally conscious and sustainable practices whenever possible. GTBC is also the inventor of the modern glass growler, estimated saving over one billion bottles and cans from entering the ecosystem. Discriminating beer drinkers can find their favorite GTBC brews on tap and in bottles throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New York, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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