|Brewery:||Atlantic Brewing Co.|
|Location:||Bar Harbor, ME|
|Malt:||Pale, Black, Munich|
|Hops:||Pilgrim, Wye Goldings|
|Appearance:||Dirty, Brown Amber Resembling Dark, Unfiltered Honey|
|Aroma:||Sweet & Malty With a Vinous Stitch of Alcohol|
|Flavor:||Robust Malt & Mouthcoating Sweetness|
|Pairs With:||Bleu Cheese, Dark Chocolate, Plums|
Something new this week. A style I’ve never reviewed… come to think of it I’m not sure I’ve ever had a commercial offering of this style. So, a Bragget for your consideration. A quick note here: there is an older spelling of the name “Braggot,” and this is the more common spelling I believe, but the dictionary recognizes the spelling used by the Atlantic Brewing Company, so in the interest of keeping things consistent I will use “Bragget” in this review.
This is an interesting style of beer with a long, but mostly lost history. The fact that a bragget is actually a marriage of both mead and beer gives it a non-to-firm date of origin, but its roots can be traced back to a wild tribe of the European Isles known as the Picts. Not much of this people’s history is known today. They were enough of a thorn in the Romans side that they were part of the reason Hadrians Wall was built. Most of their beer brewing legacy is lost to history along with any definitive answer to their ultimate fate, but one of the few things that does seem to have matriculated down through the shadowed faults of the past is their truly renowned skills in brewing. Robert Lewis Stevenson even wrote an poem about it.
According to the label this beer’s fermentable sugars are equal parts malt and honey. Historically the bragget contained more mead then beer but using a 50/50 split allows the Brewery to classify this as a beer and not a mead.