Planetary forces are hard to tweak. If we had more control of the weather, we wouldn't have gotten nearly a foot of wet, heavy snow the day before spring begins. Well, snow be damned! It's not stopping us from releasing Bloom, our spring-themed Short Batch, on Friday, March 22 during brewery tours. Shipments to our wholesalers start on March 25.
This Belgian golden ale was brewed in collaboration with Chef Evan Mallet and his staff from the Black Trumpet Bistro and features flavor and aroma contributions from eight edible flowers not commonly found in beer: yarrow, lavender, chamomile, rose buds, elder flowers, calendula, nasturtium and dianthus, that were grown specifically for this beer by Chef Mallet's staff at Meadow's Mirth Farm.
Flavor-wise, our wood-aging funktifier and frequent-pilot-batch-brewer, Charlie Ireland offered these tasting notes: "flavors of spice and bubble gum from the Belgian yeast, an extremely floral aroma (big shock, I know), while the flowers add their own difficult-to-describe flavor contributions." You really should just stop by and try it for yourself.
There isn't a lot of Bloom to go around, only 25.5 barrels, and most of that will be put into 86 1/6 barrel kegs. The remainder of the batch is in a bottled-conditioned, 750ml, cork-finished package. Bloom bottles will be available at Smuttynose for $15 and we've got a list of most of the other bottle accounts to help you out, should wish to forage your own bottle.
For more information about our tours, please visit: http://smuttynose.com/how_to_find_smuttynose.html
Bloom bottle accounts
Route 13 Stateline, Brookline
Barb's Beer Emporium, Concord
Barb's Beer Emporium, Londonderry
The Beer Store, Nashua
Bert's Better Beers, Hooksett
Top Shelf Brews, Hampton
Hampton Falls Village Market, Hampton Falls
Portsmouth Provisions, Portsmouth
The Co-op Food Store, Lebanon
Smuttynose Brewing Company, Portsmouth
Table and Vine,West Springfield
Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge
Domaney's, Great Barrington
Kelly's Package Store, Dalton
Ball Square Fine Wines, Somerville
Liquor World, Somerville
Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont
Gordon's, Watertown and both Waltham stores
Blanchard's, Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury and Allston