New ‘Bitter Rivalry’ ale produced for Washington’s Apple Cup
The ingredients, however, in Elysian Brewing Company’s newest pale ale, brewed to commemorate the 110th Apple Cup, come together in harmony from across Washington state.
First brewed Oct. 27 in Seattle, and made available in Elysian pubs in advance of Nov. 25 football game between Washington State University and the University of Washington Apple Cup matchup, “Bitter Rivalry” is brewed with Washington-grown apples, apple concentrate and Yakima hops.
“It’s just bitter enough to complement the light, 4.3 alcohol content and the apple cider notes,” said Elysian brewer Ben Davidson.
The idea of a 100 percent Washington-produced beer has appealed to brewers for years but until recently they couldn’t be certain that the malted grains were exclusively from in-state growers. That’s changing now that craft malting facilities using only Washington-grown grains have been established.
The main ingredient in Bitter Rivalry is 500 pounds of Baronesse barley grown by eastern Washington farmer Bill Myers.
Baronesse barley was originally developed in Germany as a malting barley, but never captured local maltsters’ interests – until now.
Through his Colfax-based company, Joseph’s Grainery, Myers, a barley grower and artisan miller, partnered with Palouse Pint, a craft malting company operated by Spokane-based farmer co-op LINC Foods, to bring Baronesse back into the spotlight.
“I love the fact that Baronesse is now being used for its intended purpose,” Myers said. “Now, people really get to enjoy its great malt flavor.”
“Being part of a classic event like the Apple Cup is a great way to celebrate the products of farmers like Bill and regional brewers like Elysian, who are growing our craft brew industry,” said Brian Estes, sales and operations manager for Palouse Pint. “‘Bitter Rivalry’ really showcases our regional brewers, growers and maltsters.”
Even in the midst of the bitter Apple Cup rivalry, this beer really brings all of Washington together.
– Seth Truscott, Washington State University