Guests at the Bearly Legal Roadhouse enjoyed two styles of beer. Really Grampa Doc only brewed one style known as Bearly Legal Beer. Guests who ordered Bearly Legal Rye Beer were actually treated to the same beer to which a shot of Snake’s Rye Whiskey had been added. We can’t imagine that it tasted very good, but legend has it that it was very popular.
Today we brew Bearly Legal Rye in the spirit of that original brew but with a whole new recipe. We start by mixing just enough rye in the grist to make our namesake beer assertively spicy. Three different hops bring balance and citrus undertones to this complex brew without overpowering. Just a dollop or two of locally made honey adds a subtle sweetness that perfectly complements the wonderful tangy spiciness.
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This hybrid style represents the best of both worlds, the malty sweetness and complexity of 5 different malts hit you first, along with an undercurrent of nuttiness and citrus, then come the multiple varieties of hops with a vengeance.
Great Grampa Francis became enamored with brown ale while travelling in England, so much so that he wanted to serve it at his wedding but he could’nt find a single beer of the style back in the USA. Francis asked Bearly Legal’s brew master to create a brown ale for his guests. It was so popular – probably due to it being a fortified beer back them – that after the wedding Bearly Legal Wedding Ale, was released. B.L. Wedding Ale was a favorite of many locals but was never a commercial success and the product only lasted three years before the recipe was shelved.
Beau found the recipe in an old ledger book in the basement of the brewer and started tinkering the way beau does. It was not until Beau combined his love of hoppy IPA style brews with his re-imagined brown ale that he achieved the perfect blend he was seeking. Bear Scat was born and quickly became our number two seller.