Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Grand Teton Root Beer - Pure Mountain Brew

When the primary ingredient of a root beer is  "pure Teton mountain spring water" there are a few things you can count on without even popping the top.  It will be refreshing, flavorful, and packed with natural ingredients.  These accomplishments were easily achieved by the good people at Grand Teton Brewing Company located in the heart of the Idaho Teton mountain range.

This brewery originally specialized in the "other" beer, as is the case with a majority of brewers, but back in 2003 they threw their hat into the soda bottling arena.  They recently developed their current line of sodas identify them as "Kettled Brewed".  When I first read this I immediately pictured an old cast iron kettle sitting over a camp fire.  You know, like a witches calderon, huge and eerie looking.  But I am sure in the Tetons the kettles are less eerie and the brewers probably don't ride brooms to work, so we're good.

All the same, kettle brewed root beer just sounds better so I am sure it plays a big factor.  On top of this they flavor their pure mountain spring water with cane sugar.... following the natural theme and all.... another ingredient to note is the maltodextrin.  Mike and I have spoken about this on a few occasions and we both agree that this is a key ingredient for root beer.  Essentially, maltodextrin adds volume, or thickness if you will, and for some reason that is a good thing.  In this particular case I can validate this notion.  The maltodextrin provides a perfect additional weight to the brew which results in a "lager" presentation.  I decided that a larger was exactly what I wanted from a mountain brewery, it only makes sense.

The brew overall was great! It carried a moderate sweetness, was very dark, provided a thick dark foam, and delivered a very distinct yet naturally flavored root beer journey.  It would fall in line with most other natural brews but carried a refreshing aspect that the others neglect.  It might be that water they steal from the mountain?  This brew was intended to be chilled in a Coleman ice chest and to be consumed in the great outdoors!!!  4 Frosty Mugs


check out Grand Teton Brewing Company at: http://www.grandtetonbrewing.com/oursodas.html

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