Seattle’s Elysian Brewing
is moving its popular Manic Series entry Space Dust IPA
up to the big leagues with 6-packs of 12oz bottles
available year round! Also, it’s that time of year. There is a chill in the air so that also means it’s time for the annual winter seasonal Bifrost
to hit shelves and taps.
Space Dust IPA joins the year round core line-up, which also includes The Immortal IPA, Avatar Jasmine IPA, Men’s Room Red, Dragonstooth Stout, and Loser Pale Ale. Dusty the space hop will be available year-round, and he is bringing friends–six friends to be exact. Space Dust IPA is now available in 22-ounce bottles, draft and six-packs. Keep an eye out for Dusty the space hop at local stores, restaurants and taverns in all markets.
Space Dust is an (asteroid) belt of Chinook, Citra and Amarillo hops streaking across a fairly open-space grist of Northwest pale and touches of C-15 and Dextri-Pils malts. 70 IBU will deliver a good (VanAllen) belt of bitterness; 7.2% alcohol by volume keeps thrust at a medium burn; OG 16.8°P/1.068 SG if you’re a Mission Control type.
A Funny Little Beer Story – Bifrost replaced Elysian’s original winter ale, Valkyrie, in the seasonal rotation shortly after a brewpub dishwasher drank four pints of it, was cut off and threw a glass at the bartender. Billy was the first person Elysian fired. “In an age when winter beers were invariably dark, and often spiced, Bifrost was like a ray of strong sunshine.”
With lots of pale malt augmented only by a little 77° crystal and some Munich malt, Bifrost is a strong pale ale with a good amount of hop character (55 IBU, bittered with Simcoe and finished with a combination of Amarillo, East Kent Goldings and Styrian Goldings). Its name, however wintry it might sound, comes from the rainbow bridge linking Asgard, the Norse realm of the gods, with Earth. ABV 7.5%