TRAVERSE CITY — Just in time for the holidays, North Peak Brewing Company has announced its latest seasonal brew — Blitzen Festivus Ale.
Described as a “gift to celebrate a joyous holiday feast from the enchanting Northern Magical Wood Elf,” Blitzen features raisin, currant and berry notes. These are attributed to Bramling Cross hops, three types of Crystal malts, cara and Chocolate malt, which rounds out the flavors and aromas, with a hint of burnt sugar and chocolate.
A combination of citrus peel and citrus pith flavors are accented by Hercules, Cascade and Pilgrim hops added throughout the boil. The subtle spiciness of Riwaka’s hops, combined with the crisp spiciness from rye malt, presents liberated flavors, reminiscent of savory holiday cakes.
“Blitzen, like all of the North Peak beverages, is born out of Northern lore,” says Jon Carlson, who, along with Greg Lobdell, Ron Jeffries and Mike Hall, are the managing partners of Northern United Brewing Company, in Traverse City. “It is the perfect beer to drink while competing in ‘Feats of Strength’ or to share with your loved ones during the ‘Airing of Grievances.'”
With 55 IBUs and 6.8% ABV, the well-balanced Blitzen warms the palate and soul, awakening memories of holidays past. As with the other North Peak beers, it is brewed incorporating locally-grown hops on the Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City. Blitzen is available through the holiday season in bottles and on tap in Michigan and Ohio.