By Dick Cantwell
Bifrost replaced our original winter ale, Valkyrie, in the seasonal rotation shortly after our dishwasher drank four pints of it, was cut off and threw a glass at the bartender. Billy was the first person we fired. In an age when winter beers were invariably dark, and often spiced, Bifrost was like a ray of strong sunshine (it was also an age when winter beers were released in the wintertime, not August).
With lots of pale malt augmented only by a little 77° crystal and some Munich malt, Bifrost is a strong pale ale with a good amount of hop character (55 IBU, bittered with Magnum and finished with a combination of Amarillo and Styrian Goldings). Its name, however wintry it might sound, comes from the rainbow bridge linking Asgard, the Norse realm of the gods, with Earth.
ABV 7.5% | AVAILABLE in 1/2 Bbl and 22oz bottles
About Elysian Brewing Company
Elysian Brewing Company operates three neighborhood brewpubs and a production facilty in Seattle, Washington. Elysian has brewed more than 200 different beers ranging from classic to experimental since opening in 1996.
This post was written by Angelo on August 8, 2011