Monday, November 23, 2009

Spruce Goose to fly at Steamworks

Here's news of another returning seasonal beer coming from the Steamworks Brewing Company of Durango, Colorado. Look for this beer wherever Steamworks beers are sold.

Spruce Goose returns as holiday seasonal at Steamworks

Unique beer brewed with “spruce tips” from San Juan Mountains

DURANGO, Colo. – Spruce Goose has once again returned as a holiday seasonal beer at Steamworks Brewing Co. Literally brewed with fresh spruce tips harvested in the San Juan Mountains, the beer has become a winter favorite for craft beer aficionados.

A modern-day version of the spruce beer purportedly first brewed by the Vikings, Steamworks’ Spruce Goose is a darker brew that offers complex earthy flavors. Sporting an ABV of 8.13 percent, the Spruce Goose received a bronze medal in the 2009 Australian International Beer Competition.

“Legend has it that the Vikings would prime themselves with spruce beer prior to combat to ‘induce animalistic fury,’” said Brian McEachron, Steamworks director of marketing and sales. “What better a beer to share with your in-laws this holiday season?”

According to The Beer Enthusiast at “Draft” magazine, who rated the beer a 93, the Spruce Goose Ale “…is a wonderful introduction to the spice… when you try Spruce Goose, don’t be surprised if it doesn’t seem much like beer. Your nose will be greeted by wafts of malt, followed closely by the unmistakable aroma of new growth spruce tips… an enjoyable toffeelike malt flavor lingers on the tongue, finishing this beer off nicely.”

McEachron credits Steamworks brewdog Ken Martin with perfecting the time-honored recipe for contemporary palettes. Over the years the Steam Team has harvested (after a botany lesson from the Forest Service) young spruce tips in the San Juan Mountains. This year, the team brought home 80 lbs. from Molas Pass for the 2009 brew.

“So, to some extent, this is a ‘home grown’ beer,” said McEachron. “It’s a beer that’s certainly not ‘mainstream’ but definitely worth discovering.”

The limited release Spruce Goose Ale is available in 22 oz. bomber bottles, as well as on-tap at Steamworks Brewing Co.

The original Steamworks Brewing Co., opened in 1996, is located at 801 E. Second. Ave., Durango (970.259.9200). Steamworks’ Bayfield Beer Factory is located at 442 Wolverine Drive in Bayfield Center, Bayfield (970.884.7837). For further information, visit

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