Looking for something to ease into the pending Fall Season? We suggest something with the color Oktoberfest but with the balance and appeal of a root beer float. Still not clear what we are talking about? We’ll let Grand Teton speak about its Extra Special ‘Brown’ Bitch Creek.
Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown) has always been one of Grand Teton Brewing Company’s most popular beers. Now with nine gold medals in major competitions, three of them acquired this year, it has become our most awarded. Bitch Creek is quite possibly the most awarded craft beer in recent history.
The Bitch Creek story began in 2002 with a patent lawsuit initiated by Moose Head Brewery in Nova Scotia, Canada. Moose Head required Grand Teton Brewing Company to come up with a replacement for the 9 year old Moose Juice Stout, one of its four original brews. In the spring of 2003 with the vision of Grand Teton Brewing Company Brewmaster Rob Mullin, and the inspiration from the natural surroundings Bitch Creek ESB was born.
Striving for a particular flavor, Mullin combined the best parts of a variety of ESBs he had tasted. Although there were some good ESBs to be drank in those days, none of them epitomized Mullin’s vision of a balanced beer with big flavor. The inspiration behind Bitch Creek was a traditional English Style Bitter, but with the focus more on flavor than style. It wasn’t until a homebrew judge dubbed it a brown ale that Grand Teton Brewing Company redefined ESB on its label.
Bitch Creek ESB was crafted with Crystal malts, CaraAmber and CaraAroma, to give it an amber hue and biscuity flavor. The recipe utilized Pacific Northwest hops, Centennial, Galena, and Chinook, for bittering flavors and aroma. The result was a balanced, full-bodied, mahogany ale with big malt sweetness and a robust hop flavor.
Today Bitch Creek ESB is brewed the same way, with the same ingredients as at its conception. It is now one of the most top awarded beers in the industry. Medals were brought home from the US Open Beer Championship (2011),the Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition (2011), the Great American Beer Festival (2004 & 2005), the North American Brewers Awards (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011) and the United States Beer Tasting Championships (2008).
Flowing down the west side of the Teton Mountains not far from the Grand Teton Brewing Company brewery is the river known as Bitch Creek for which the brew was named. Early French trappers called it Anse de Biche (or “Doe Creek”). Perhaps more appropriately, early settlers changed the name from the French “Biche” (doe) to “Bitch” because its fast flow and steep, rugged canyon cut through volcanic rock and made it a “real bitch” to cross. Like the fly fishing and kayaking stream for which it is named, Grand Teton Brewing Company’s Bitch Creek ESB is full of character and definitely not for the timid.
“Bitch Creek’s popularity is a great testament to the knowledge of our consumers. Here in the mountains we prefer big, bold, flavorful beers.” – Rob Mullin, Brewmaster
2011 – Gold Medal, American Brown Ale (US Open Beer Championship)
2011 – Gold Medal, American Brown Ale (Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition)
2011 – Gold Medal, American Brown Ale (North American Brewers Awards)
2009 – Best of the Northwest/Pacific, ESB (United States Beer Tasting Championships)
2009 – Gold Medal, American Brown Ale (North American Brewers Awards)
2008 – Bronze Medal, American-Style Brown Ale (World Beer Cup)
2008 – Gold Medal, American Brown Ale (North American Brewers Awards)
2008 – Bronze Medal, Extra Special Strong Bitter (North American Brewers Awards)
2007 – Gold Medal, American Brown Ale (North American Brewers Awards)
2007 – Bronze Medal, American Brown Ale (Great American Beer Festival)
2006 – Silver Medal, American Brown Ale (North American Brewers Awards)
2005 – Gold Medal, American Brown Ale (Great American Beer Festival)
2004 – Gold Medal, American Brown Ale (Great American Beer Festival)
Beer Geek Information
- Original Gravity: 15.0 Plato (1.060)
- Malts: Idaho 2-Row Brewers, German Melanoidin, CaraAmber, CaraAroma & CaraMunich International
- Bittering Units: 54
- Hops: Galena, Chinook & Centennial, Dry hopped with Centennial Alcohol by Volume: 6.0%
About Grand Teton Brewing Company
Grand Teton Brewing Company is located at the base of the Teton Mountains within the city limits of Victor, Idaho. Come visit us at the brewery to taste our beers and peruse our retail space! Our Retail and Tasting hours are Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.
Grand Teton Brewing Company is committed to crafting only the highest quality ales and lagers. We take measures at every point in our brewing, packaging and shipping process to ensure that we deliver only the best beers to you. Our Quality Manager performs multiple tests of every batch at every stage and conducts daily tastings of our finished brews to guarantee that only the best possible beers make the journey from our brewery to your glass.
We believe that Teton Valley, Idaho is the best place on earth to craft beer. Our water is glacial run-off, filtered over 300-500 years by Teton Mountain granite and limestone before it surfaces at a spring a half mile from the brewery. Teton Valley grows the world’s best malting barley, and Southern Idaho includes some of the finest hop farms in the world. [more]