Cranberry Tart

Cranberry Tart

Cranberry Tart

This American tart-style ale exhibits cranberry fruitiness in harmony with malt, wheat, hops, and spruce tips.

Flavor

This light-pink wheat beer has a hint of spruce notes in the aroma, with a honey sweetness and fruity medley of berry intensity prominent in the nose. The flavor is tart at the beginning, with sweet cranberry and citrus mellowing the overall taste. It has a very light mouthfeel and finishes crisp and clean.

Ingredients

Cranberries are paired with the same Sitka spruce tips we use in our award-winning Winter Ale, with Pilsen and German acidulated malts, plus malted white wheat and Nugget hops.

Specifications

  • Original Gravity: 1.050
  • ABV: 5.8%
  • Bitterness: 15 IBUs
  • Color: 8 SRM

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The perfect holiday dinner companion. Its light tartness provides a counterbalance to savory, rich meals like turkey, ham, and Alaskan king crab.

History

Our use of Sitka spruce tips in many of our beers comes directly from Captain Cook, who added spruce tips to his crew’s beer in the belief that it had health benefits. Spruce tips are loaded with vitamin C, so it did in fact prevent scurvy while Cook explored Alaska waters in the late 1700’s. Our Sitka spruce tips come from the tiny town of Gustavus, about 80 miles from Juneau, where the whole community turns out in spring to harvest the bright green, lemony shoots. Their fresh, berrylike – almost bubblegum – flavors are balanced by the tartness of cranberries, inspired by the low and high bush cranberries that have been considered a delicacy in Alaska for centuries – by both two-legged and four-legged foragers alike. When picking cranberries in the wilds of Alaska, it is always wise to keep an eye out for moose, which love the high-energy and flavorful berries as much as humans.

 

 

The Story Behind the Label

The Alaskan moose is also known as the “giant” moose – the largest of the four subspecies on the
North American continent. The biggest ever recorded weighed in at 1,800 pounds and was over 7 feet tall at the shoulder, with antlers that spanned over 6 feet. They are solitary creatures, unlike most deer species, and are relatively plentiful in the vast wilderness of Alaska, with an estimated population in the state of over 200,000 animals. Here they eat a wide variety of plants, including high and low bush cranberries and the new shoots of deciduous trees such as willow and birch. Moose are sometimes observed standing on their hind legs, which allows them to nibble on tender new growth up to 14 feet in the air. While moose roam throughout much of Alaska, vast glaciers and deep waters have kept them out of the Juneau area until very recently, as locals have begun to spot a few individuals on wilderness trails. If you do happen to see one in Alaska, be cautious as they can become aggressive if startled or angered.