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Grand Teton Brewing Releases latest Cellar Reserve, Pursuit of Hoppiness

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VICTOR, ID (Sep 2009) - Grand Teton Brewing Company, known throughout the West for their exceptional microbrews, released Pursuit of Hoppiness American Red Ale August 18th, the fall release in their 2009 "Cellar Reserve" series of specialty beers. The 2009 Cellar Reserve beers are dedicated to, and brewed in strict adherence to, the Reinheitsgebot, the 1516 Bavarian beer purity law. Each beer this year has been brewed to highlight one of the four true beer ingredients: malt, hops, yeast and water.

Pursuit of Hoppiness American Red was brewed to showcase the role of hops in the flavor of beer, and especially the brash beauty of American hops: Summit, Simcoe, Chinook and Nuggets at 100 International Bitterness Units (IBU). It was brewed with Idaho 2-Row malted barley and German specialty malts to provide a rich, slightly caramel flavor and bold reddish color. At 22 degrees Plato starting gravity and about 8% alcohol by volume, this is a perfect autumn beer, thick and warming, to be shared and savored on a crisp fall evening.

A wonderful beer with food, Pursuit of Hoppiness' slightly sweet, caramel flavors complement any grilled meat, chicken, barbecue, salmon, or (perfect for the fall) roasted root vegetables. It's great with pizza and robust pasta dishes. The spicy, citrusy hops even play nicely with our favorite autumn dessert, pumpkin pie.

As is traditional, and like all of our Cellar Reserve beers, Pursuit of Hoppiness is bottle-conditioned so it will age well if properly stored. Because hop flavor and bitterness diminish with time, though, this one should be enjoyed fresh. The yeast in the bottle provides earthy, nutty flavor and is rich in B vitamins. It can be swirled and poured into the glass, or the beer can be decanted carefully off the yeast, according to the drinker's preference.

Hops are a climbing plant, a member of the nettle family that also includes mulberry, elm, and hops' closest cousin, Cannabis sativa. Hops have been a key ingredient in beer for at least several centuries, and perhaps even longer. They might be the plant mentioned in the Jewish Talmud in relation to "strong drink." Pliny described them in his Natural History, saying the hop grew "wild among the willows, like a wolf among sheep." Hops' scientific name, Humulus lupulus comes from the Latin lupus, or wolf.

Since the 8th century hops have been included in descriptions of monasteries, particularly in Bohemia, southern Germany, northern France and Flanders, but the first undisputed reference to hops in beer is by the Benedictine Sister Hildegarde (1098-1179). Her natural history writings mention hops and ash leaves in beer (and cannabis as a cure for headaches).

Perhaps because of their superior preservative qualities, hops have become by far the dominant spice in beer. Hops lower the pH of beer, protecting it from spoilage. They provide flavor, aroma, and bitterness to balance the natural sweetness of the malt. Scientists have identified more than 300 natural chemical compounds in hops' essential oils, and professional tasters have come up with scores of aroma and flavor comparisons, from anise, basil and cedar to tobacco, violets and wet hay.

The hops grown in the United States are considered to be some of the best in the world. Compared to their more traditionally subdued, elegant European counterparts, American hops are bold, bright, piney and zesty.

The Cellar Reserve series of beers are unique, different even from other craft beers. Grand Teton's Cellar Reserves are brewed with specialty hops and malts and unique strains of yeast. Most ales and lagers are produced in 2-4 weeks. However, 3 to 8 months are spent on each of the Cellar Reserve specialty brews. They are also bottle and keg-conditioned, which produces natural carbonation and will blend and smooth the flavors with age. These beers have a long shelf life and don't need to be rapidly consumed. Proper aging of these bottles creates beers to be cherished.

Grand Teton Brewing releases four different beers a year in the Cellar Reserve line. The production quantity is very limited. Pursuit of Hoppiness American Red Ale is available in kegs and unique brown one-liter, flip-top bottles, with captivating labels.

The Pursuit of Hoppiness American Red Ale is available at select locations in Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, California, Oregon, Montana, Washington, New York, Arizona, Nevada, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kansas and Missouri! Call the brewery at 1-888-8... for information and availability on this exciting new product.

Grand Teton Brewing Company was founded in 1988 as the first modern "micro" brewery in the state of Wyoming. Today, Grand Teton Brewing Company is in the top 100 craft breweries in North America. Premium microbrews include the 5X gold-medal-winning Bitch Creek ESB, Sweetgrass IPA, Workhorse Wheat and the favorites of the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Old Faithful Ale (pale golden), Au Naturale (organic blonde ale) and Teton Ale (amber). From their production facility in Victor, Idaho, Grand Teton Brewing Company beers are hand-crafted from only the finest ingredients, including locally-grown grains and pure Teton mountain spring water. GTBC is a green company utilizing bio-diesel and feeding local farmer's cattle with spent grain from the brew house. Discriminating beer drinkers can find their favorite GTBC brews on tap and in bottles throughout Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada, Kansas, New York and Missouri.
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