This e-mail just popped into our inbox and we couldn’t resist to remind everyone. Even though the calendar reads December, February is around the corner. What better way to celebrate 2/2012 than with some Bete Blanche Belgian-style Tripel.
If you've visited the Elysian pubs over the years, you may have tried "The Bitch". While we can't divulge the full story on the nickname of the beer, here are a few words about it from Head Brewer Dick Cantwell:
"Belgium is full of inspiration for a beer like Bête Blanche, from strong golden ales like Duvel to the many delicious tripels, both in and out of monasteries. Crisp, estery, refreshing and a little dangerous, Bête Blanche is the perfect spring seasonal. We've been brewing it almost since the beginning, back when the only reliably warm place for bottle conditioning was our second floor office, where a hundred or so cases sat--until bottles started exploding and we almost literally had to put together a bucket brigade to get it all downstairs and into the cold room. That really wasn't the kind of dangerous we had in mind! "
Beer Geek Specifications
BÊTE BLANCHE Belgian-style Tripel is extremely drinkable, blonde and somewhat treacherous. Brewed entirely from Pale malt with Belgian candy sugar in the boil. Bittered with German Northern Brewer and finished with Styrian Goldings hops; fermented with Belgian Ale yeast. 7.4% ABV
As always look for this beer to be featured alongside your favorite Elysian annual releases (ala, Dragonstooth, India Pale Ale, etc.). And if you don’t it on the shelf in six packs or 22 ounce bottles ask your server to buy some!
About Elysian Brewing Company
The Elysian was founded in 1995 by principals Dick Cantwell (President/Head Brewer), Joe Bisacca (CFO/Head of Operations) and David Buhler (Sales & Marketing Director). Our first Seattle location, a 220-seat beer hall and our main brewery, opened in 1996 on Capitol Hill, Seattle’s most populous neighborhood. In 1997 Elysian was chosen to operate a pub and small brewery at Gameworks—a large entertainment complex owned by Universal Studios, Dreamworks & Sega. Elysian left this partnership in 2002 upon expiration of the five-year contract. A short year later Elysian opened TangleTown, an 80-seat neighborhood brewery/bistro. With a 3-bbl pilot brewery, Elysian-TangleTown acted as the brewers' test kitchen, fueling the creative fires and helping cement Elysian's reputation as Seattle’s top brewpub. The most recent addition to the Elysian empire, Elysian Fields, opened in August 2006. Perched next to Seattle’s two sports arenas, Fields seats 400 and packs the house at lunch and on gamedays. It is typical for us to offer over twenty different Elysian beers between the three locations.