Thirsty Thursday returns this week with the perfect beer to satisfy your palate and keep you warm during the chilly holiday season…Grand Teton Brewing Company’s 2011 Coming Home Ale. From our favorite brewery in the land of potatoes and hops, this Tripel Belgian-Style Golden Ale is another great addition to Grand Teton’s Cellar Reserve Series of beers. Balanced in its expression of yeast and spice, the beer’s flavors are soft and subtle along with the hidden warmth of 9% alcohol. The Coming Home Holiday Ale is great on it’s own or, as Grand Teton suggests, with Cajun crab cakes, your favorite holiday game bird, a crème brulee or even an apricot-amaretto tart.
Here is my complete review:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. 2011 Coming Home Ale (9% alc)
Pours with a slightly sudsy minimal head and a beautiful hazy burnt yellow/orange color like a warm sunset. The Belgian yeasty nose expresses notes of bubble gum and cloves, leading to a soft round feel on the palate which is somewhat sweet with a subtle peppery spice. The beer finishes clean but with a warming tinge, from the 9% alcohol, to comfort you on a cold winter’s day.
Grand Teton Growler Giveaway
Grand Teton has graciously offered up one of their stainless steel growler’s to one lucky reader (sorry beer not included, but click here to find out where you can pick up Grand Teton beers). I picked up one of these growlers on my recent visit to the brewery and have honestly found it to be a superior product to the glass versions usually offered by other breweries. Plus why wouldn’t you want to have a growler from the brewery which “reintroduced” this magical transporting vessel for beer into the American way of life?
There are a few ways to win this great prize and each will count as one entry into the giveaway:
- Leave a comment below and/or share your favorite Grand Teton beer.
- Subscribe to Grand Teton Brewery’s monthly newsletter by clicking here and leave a comment below stating that you have done so.
- Follow Grand Teton Brewery on Twitter, again leaving a comment below that you have done so.
- Either like or leave a comment Grand Teton’s website’s Coming Home Ale post by clicking here.
The winner will be determined by random.org and announced on next week’s Thirsty Thursday post on December 10th (eligible to US residents only…apologies to our international friends).
Many thanks to Grand Teton Brewery for providing the growler and best of luck to all our readers in the giveaway!
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