Grand Teton Brewing Company, known throughout the West for their exceptional craft brews, announces the launch of a new blog located at http://www.grandtetoncellar.blogspot.com, dedicated to the brewery’s Cellar Reserve series of beers.
The new blog, Notes from Underground, is a reference for beer drinkers who want to see how their bottle of Cellar Reserve is coming along with age. As the name implies, this series of beers is often meant to be aged, but we have found that many people aren’t sure how long their beer should be aged. Thanks to this series of tasting notes, consumers won’t have to worry about opening that special bottle too soon–or too late!
Grand Teton Brewing’s Cellar Master, Reid Stratton, will post new tasting notes every few weeks, reviewing beers anywhere from 3 months to 6 years old. These tasting notes, previously available only to brewery staff, will allow beer drinkers a sneak peak into the evolution of a beer as it ages and develops with time.
Each post provides the original tasting notes for each beer, the current tasting notes, plus a recommendation on whether to open that bottle or continue to age each beer. Along the way visitors will learn about the Cellar Master and his job, a position many breweries often overlook.
In addition, visitors will be encouraged to post their own tasting notes, allowing consumers to give their opinion about the condition of their beer. With enough input, brewers and beer drinkers alike can share thoughts and experiences with these special beers, influencing future releases in the Cellar Reserve program.
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 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 6X gold-medal-winning Bitch Creek ESB, the 2009 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner (American Pale Ale) Sweetgrass IPA 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 environmentally conscious and sustainable practices whenever possible. GTBC is also the inventor of the modern glass growler, estimated saving over one billion bottles and cans from entering the ecosystem. Discriminating beer drinkers can find their favorite GTBC brews on tap and in bottles throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.