It’s hard to keep up with everything going on in Calgary’s growing craft beer scene, and Big Rock is a big part of that.
They have set an ambitious brewing schedule, and have already released an ESB, a druid gruit (an old-world blend of beer and flavouring herbs instead of hops), and they’ve collabeerated with the folks at Phil & Sebastian and Tool Shed Brewery on a very unique coffee stout.
And they just don’t stop.
Their latest in the Alchemist Edition is another old-world throwback, this time to Norse mythology.
Freyja’s Field is a Mead Braggot named for a Norse Goddess, and is a delectably light concoction made from Alberta clover honey, two-row malt, hallertau hops and special yeast.
It is a great combination of mead and beer that combines into its own unique concoction.
It’s available in 650 ml bombers, and is in stores, but just 3,000 were produced, so you may have to hunt for some.
For those who are looking to mix it up a little, Big Rock is out with its new Swinger Pack.
Old favourites Grasshopper and Saaz Republic Pilz are back, but replacing the Purple Gas and the Paradox Dark Ale are the Juniper Berry Mild Summer Lager and the Cracked Pepper Wheat Ale.
They both live up to their names.
The Juniper lager allows the slight bitterness of the berries to play with the citrus and pine flavours of the Chinook and Cascade hops. Last year’s Hibernation Ale featured juniper in a mix of berries and herbs, but this lets it stand alone, and it’s pleasantly crisp.
For my taste, the Cracked Pepper could have used a bit more spice and it still would have been a light, easy-drinking ale, but it is definitely the kind of beer you could pair well with chicken hot off your grill.
Not too fizzy, it has a nice pepper aroma with a light pepper finish.
The 12-can Swinger Pack is in stores now.
Next up for Big Rock, I believe, is the Rhine Stone Cowboy Kolsch.