In old Viking times, the desired beverage to keep individuals happy and warm in the cold winters was a mixed concoction of barley-based ale and honey mead. This delicious drink was carried on through the ages and perfected. The name for this tasty libation? Braggot. Like the Vikings, the folks over at AleChemist Apiaries have a taste for this honey-based beverage.
Ale Chemist isn’t what you think of when you hear the word ‘startup’; they represent something a bit sweeter. AleChemist is a local Apiary that produces Honey and other hive products, bees wax, pollen, propolis and royal jelly. The founders Daniel Drew Warner and Marco Dominguez came together in 2014 to bring together some of their favorite things: beer and honey. They bought a dozen of commercial hives and started producing local honey and hive products. They have built out their commercial kitchen and continue to work towards building a brewery.
Warner has been brewing with mead since the 90’s and has perfected his craft throughout the years. AleChemist has brought their specialty to the competition this year at Colorado Startup Brews with three honey ales, each with a unique honey and beer style base.
They will be offering the following:
1. English Brown: An old world dark braggot brewed with lots of toasted and roasted malts. It also includes mild additions of noble hops, Fuggles and Saaz. As a true braggot this ale was also brewed with 50% of its fermentable sugars coming from honey. In this case, they used a high altitude wildflower honey from 10,000 ft. alpine meadows on the western slope of Colorado.
2. American Pale Ale: A heavy pale ale braggot with a malty character. This ale is infused with honey malt, loads of victory, crystal malts, and balanced with white clover blossom with a sweet marshmallow quality. This braggot was mildly hopped with American hops, Northern Brewer and Nugget.
3. Spiced Ale: A true ginger ale braggot brewed with loads of Marris Otter barley, two pounds of fresh ginger added at various intervals, and bold citrus hop additions -- Cascade and Amarillo. It is balanced with an incredible orange blossom honey.
If these delicious descriptions aren’t enough to make you buy a ticket to Colorado Startup Brews, the folks over at AleChemist also plan to sweeten the deal by sampling the honey used in each particular beer previous to their pour.
Get your tickets for CSB to take AleChemist’s delicious beers now: