Thursday, Jul 17 2014 09:45 AM

Nibbles & Bits: Mammoth craft brew is just peachy

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

As the 19th Annual Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza draws near at the end of July, so does the release of this year's new, limited-availability craft beer. Along with the four-day festival, which includes more than 80 craft breweries and performances from more than 20 popular bands, the Mammoth Brewing Company brewers create an original beer to be sold at the annual festival -- a tradition that began in 2007.

This year's coveted craft beer is "Bear Garden."

"The inspiration for the beer started with a mountain bike ride in Rock Creek Canyon," said head brewer Jason Senior. "After doing some research, we found that the desert peach was the prominent flower within the canyon, with the exact aroma and flavor we were looking for in a unique craft beer." Senior and his colleagues later endured adversities including numerous bee stings as they spent more than 15 hours hand-picking the various flowers that would be used to create "Bear Garden."

Bluesapalooza takes place from Thursday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 3.

This Kolsch-style ale concoction was brewed with Schill Cologne malt, honey malt, and Munich malt. In addition, there's an infusion of lavender, rose hips, and jasmine as well as the unique desert peach hand-picked by Mammoth Brewing Company's brewers. Used by the local Bishop Paiute tribe to make jelly and tea, the desert peach embraces the archival history of the Eastern Sierra.

"Bear Garden" will be available on July 24, before Bluesapalooza, and will appear on draft in the tasting room at the brewery for limited release. Patrons can purchase the beer by visiting the MBC tasting room at 18 Lake Mary Road, Mammoth Lakes. Bottles will cost $9.

About Mammoth Brewing Company

Mammoth Brewing Company has been brewing craft beer in Mammoth Lakes since 1995. With a production capacity of 8,000 beer barrels in 2014, Mammoth Brewing Company currently distributes in the Eastern Sierra, Yosemite National Park, Reno, Tahoe and Truckee, along with recently expanded distribution into Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and the Lancaster/Palmdale area. Information: mammothbrewingco.com/.

-- Californian Marketwire service

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