Dead Frog Brewery Resurrects the Big Stump Spruce Golden Ale in 2015
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.”
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
Ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, yeast, spruce tips
Malts: Prairie 2-Row, Maris Otter, Cara 30, White Wheat
Hops: Simcoe, Northern Brewer, Cascade
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