BC Beer Baron #153 – Parallel 49/Crannog Ales Suspect Device Gruit

For the second consecutive year, Parallel 49 Brewing has joined forces with 12 different BC craft breweries to release a package of unique beers, dubbed Brews Brothers Volume 2. The Sip Advisor figured spending the first chunk of June reviewing these releases would be a great idea. So, let’s get on with things.

First up, I wanted to take a look at this partnership with Crannog Ales, as I have yet to include the brewery as part of the 366-day BC Beer Baron project and I don’t believe I’ve ever tried this style of beer.

Parallel 49 & Crannog Ales Suspect Device Gruit

The Suspect Device Gruit (which means an herb mixture used to flavour beer) was quite good. This gruit was comprised of a mix of organic heather flowers, juniper and dry-hopped fresh ginger. Dubbed a mild rye ale, this 5.5% drink was full of complex tastes, finished with a boost of boozy strength.

Each beer is named after a classic rock song, but I have to admit this is one of only two tunes among the bunch I’m not familiar with. From the band Stiff Little Fingers (hailing from Belfast, Northern Ireland), the punk anthem is actually pretty rocking and reminds me of work from the likes of The Ramones.

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