It’s always fun to walk into the tap room at Big Sky Brewing Co. and find something new. Since we had a nice corned beef and cabbage in the crock pot, the wife, the daughter and I cruised over to Big Sky on St. Patrick’s Day for a little sample.
Here’s what we had first:
The Stone Thrower is a Scotch-style ale that is tantalizingly malty and sweet, more in actual Scotch-beer character than other American contemporaries. I’m not sure who brewed this beauty, but I know head brewer Matt Long likes some of the traditional Scotch-style beers like the house ale at Traquair House Brewery. Big Sky’s version has a slight amontillado sherry character, which reminds me of the house ale in many ways. And it’s a big hit with the spousal unit, who generally prefers Summer Honey once it comes back around.
The second beer we tried:
The Belgian Blonde style is one of my all-time favorite beers. It’s generally a light, refreshing beer with a hint of barnyard, not in the way a big Cabernet Sauvignon can be barnyard, but with a nose of straw and an earthy quality that reminds me of the French countryside.
Big Sky’s version is super light and has a slightly spiced quality that might be coming from the yeast, as I know they don’t tend to spice many of their beers.
So get in and get yourself a growler of each of the new beers before they disappear.