This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Saranac's Big Moose Ale.
The Big Moose Ale is another of the new beers which previewed in Saranac's 12 Beers of Winter box. To my knowledge, its Saranac's first foray into the name brewing game.
Numerous breweries have played the game of giving a brew a catchy name in order to drive sales. Recently when we were in Cleveland, I was browsing in a supermarket and I came across some beers produced by Ridgeway Brewing (England) with some truly bizarre names - Bad Elf and Santa's Butt. I successfully resisted the urge to buy them as I did not know their source and did not know if they were kosher. They were also priced about $4 per bottle, but that was less of a deterrence since they were available in singles and the bottles were oversized. I then checked on BA and found other bizarrely named beers produced by Ridgeway including: Criminally Bad Elf, Insanely Bad Elf (both with abv's above 10%), Lump of Coal, Pickled Santa and Reindeer Revolt.
While some breweries probably do the odd name thing in order to drive sales, the good folks at Saranac did not do this for the Big Moose Ale since its only available as part of the 12 Beers of Winter box which contains two bottles of the Moose. This is unfortunate as it was my favorite brew in the box.
Saranac classifies the Big Moose Ale as an American Pale Ale. The beer pours a rich copper color with a fair amount of lacing on the glass. The crisp taste is full of hops and went really well with left over turkey this evening. I had previously tried the Big Moose with Noah's Ark bbq ribs and it went really well with the sweet ribs. I seriously wish that they carried the Big Moose Ale in six packs as it could easily become one of my favorite offerings from Saranac.
Saranac Big Moose Ale is under the Kosher Supervision of the Va'ad of Detroit, as is every other brew produced by Saranac. To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about Saranac Big Moose Ale, please follow this link http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/99/53202.
As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.
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As a final note, while I was at Saranac I noticed that they had begun bottling for Kirkland (Costco). I contacted the Va'ad of Detroit and this week received LOCs for Kirkland along with three other new brands which are newly kosher certified - Gordon Biersch, Trader Joe's and Joseph Brau. I have updated the September certification list to reflect the varieties which are under kosher certification.
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