Fall is my favorite season. It’s the time for football, harvest, falling leaves and apple pie, but it also signals the release of several seasonal beer styles including pumpkin beers, Oktoberfest beers (Märzen style) and fresh hopped beers. Grand Teton Brewing Company recently released Bone Warmer Imperial Amber Ale which it classifies as a strong ale. This beer was first released in 2006 and sold out quickly. It’s back as a “Cellar Reserve” release this year to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Grand Teton.
The malt bill is mixture of Idaho 2-Row Metcalfe and Harrington barley malt, along with dark German Munich and caramel malts. Idaho Chinook hops are used to bitter this beer.
IBUs = 22
ABV = 8.2%
Bottle size = 1 pt. 9.4 oz., capped and sealed bottle
$8.69 at the Brookings Liquor Store in very limited quantities (you may have to ask the clerks for a bottle)
Bone Warmer pours out dark amber into a goblet with a light tan head. The aroma is caramel, light spicy hops with notes of sweet malt and roastiness. The taste is mainly caramel malt and light spice from the Chinook hops. Alcohol is present but not overpowering. This is a nicely balanced tasty beer that will appeal to most beer fans. The malt flavors are more prominent than the hops.
Bone Warmer is worth looking for. It will go well with fall foods such stews, wild game, roasted fowl, root vegetables and aged cheddar cheese. Help Grand Teton celebrate their silver anniversary with a glass of Bone Warmer in front of the fireplace with friends. You’ll be glad you did!