Each year, Harpoon Brewery has a competition for employees to create a beer recipe. The winning home brew is featured the following year in their 100 Barrel Series. The most recent featured beer is actually a braggot. A Braggot is a very old style of beer that has its roots in Medieval Wales (Bragawd in Welsh). It’s a cross between mead and ale. Very seldom does a commercial brewery make available this style of beverage. Named Braggot Rights, this brew is essentially a double IPA with a rather large of amount of honey added. I’d love to get my hands on a bottle of this one!
I’ve made a couple of braggots. I particularly like using orange blossom honey and citrusy hops. My braggots have been in the 8-9%ABV range and I found that they take some aging to achieve their best flavor. My orange-blossom special was a favorite.
To my beer-brewing friends: I urge you to give this style a shot. It is well worth the effort.
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