Photo Cred: Ian Steele
Look, before you grab the torches and pitchforks, I need you to know that I know that your grandma is epic. Of course she is! It was just a catchy headline, and if you’re reading this, then it worked. Let’s also bear in mind that this article pertains to a release by the storied Epic Brewing Co, so there may be some dispute to the Epic crown (grandmas, see Epic Brewing for details).
Anyway, while this beer has been out for a couple of weeks, the brewery took to Instagram this week to remind we loyal drinkers of this delicious holiday beer, and to notify us that it can now be purchased 64 oz at a time, in growlers. The beer is a 6% ABV stout, which makes it the perfect beer to have a half gallon of at a time, especially when Colorado just got coated in 4 inches of fresh powder.
Grandma Van’s Candy Cane Stout was brewed with thoughts of “…driving to grandma’s house and knowing that she’ll have all sorts of delicious sweets and desserts waiting for you.” The beer is a small-batch limited release, originally available in pint cans and 22oz bombers, but has now made its way to the draft system for growler fills. The beer flavor profile describes rich coffee flavors and notes, with a healthy dose of both chocolate and peppermint, to make you “…think grandma was on the brew deck making the beer herself.”
I also love it when a brewery includes the ingredients used in a beer on their label. Even armed with the full list of grain, hops, yeast and adjuncts, even the most nefarious beer caper would have to put in a lot of effort to recreate the exact flavor profile of any brewery proud enough to release their ingredients. The hops in this beer are Nugget, Chinook, and cascade, all with pine and resin notes to balance out the rich adjunct flavors and maintain the winter vibe. The base malt in this beer is 2-row with Maris Otter Pale Malt, and several varieties of dark grains for flavor and color, that can be viewed on the EpicBrewingSLC Instagram. Get some, or grandma will give you a lump of coal.