The First Pour: Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale
Cicero’s understands that when it come to beer, most people’s favorite is the latest and greatest new beer. Very few beer lovers drink the same beer over and over again. Sure, you might go back to an old standard, but you always try the latest beer first. For that reason, and others, Cicero’s changes their menu every week. When kegs kick, we change them up, unless we decide to keep it tapped for a while longer because it kicked so fast. With that in mind, we strive to keep you, our customers informed on our weekly changes. The “First Pour” series of blog posts will highlight and review the newest beers we have on draft for you. Again, we have a happy couple writing these posts for us. If you see them around, make sure and thank them for their hard work.
By Alaina Kantner and Mike Vecchio
All the way from Missoula, Montana, Big Sky Brewing Company brings you their flagship beer – Moose Drool. Depending on your adventurousness, that name will either have you hailing your bartender or fleeing in terror. But rest easy readers, this is a fantastic beer that will have you hugging the next moose you come across (unlikely, but stranger things have happened).
Moose Drool pours out clear and ruby/mahogany brown, with a nice head that gives way to nice lacing. The aroma is light, but is predominately sweet toasty malts. The taste is very smooth and – despite its deeper coloring – isn’t overpowering with its taste profile. The initial flavor is of toasted grains with a dry cocoa taste on the finish. There are some bittering hops there to balance the sweetness of the malts, but the bitterness doesn’t linger. This is an extremely balanced and clean finishing beer that’s perfect for both hesitant brown ale drinkers as well as lovers.
About the Authors – Alaina and Mike moved to St Louis from Ohio in 2008 and quickly jumped into the craft beer scene. Alaina has gone from drinking light lagers almost exclusively to enjoying maltier beers – most notably porters and stouts – and hefeweizens. In her free time Alaina enjoys reading, running, and attempting to teach their dog tricks. Mike has evolved from drinking highly hopped IPAs to enjoying a wider range of pale ales and traditional hefeweizens. Mike enjoys trying to teach his dog not to bark at anything that moves, reading about crime and gangs, and home brewing with his co-workers. Both Alaina and Mike have been attending Cicero’s Beer School for a year and credit it to helping them expand their knowledge of craft brew and assisting them to take the plunge into home brewing with their friends. Hopefully, they will bring in some of their home-brew one day.