Elysian Bitfrost 2011BIFROST WINTER ALE

Bold and Smooth

A Funny Little Beer Story – 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.

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 Simcoe and finished with a combination of Amarillo, East Kent Goldings 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%

– Dick Cantwell – Head Brewer