6.3% ABV, 18.1 IBU
The Connection to Agriculture
Just putting fresh apple cider into beer was a novel way to think about things back in 1996, who would have imagined putting apples in beer? Bo Bélanger shuddered at that. "...I thought apple juice, yuck. So we thought about our Nut Brown, that it tastes like cheerios and then we thought, 'Apple Jacks'! Once we got the cereal part right, the addition of how to put the apples into the beer was a challenge. It was when we made the connection using fresh apple cider, not apple juice, that the product blossomed. Our Applefest Ale is a marriage of all three things that are good; mead, because there's a lot of honey in that, the beer, because of the cereal grains, and the addition of fresh cider brings in the apple...a beautiful mixture. Best of all three worlds. We've carried that tradition of using local ingredients in our beer, that agricultural connection of this area. Beer is an agricultural product and it's a hard life being a farmer. Brewing ain't easy, neither is farming. We feel an affinity with our farmers and our growers."