REVIEW: Moose Drool from Big Sky Brewing Company

Quick Characteristics
Brewery: Big Sky Brewing Co.
Location: Missoula, MT
Style: American Brown Ale
ABV: 5.1%
IBU: 26
Appearance: Deep Mahogany & Reddish-Copper
Aroma: Nuts, Toffee, & the Sweetness of Honey
Flavor: Malty Sweetness with Chocolate & Coffee Notes
Availability: Year-Round; Bottle & Can
Pairs With: Grilled Steak, Roast Beef Sandwich, Shiitake Mushrooms

If the name doesn’t pique your interest and entice you to take, at the very least, a cautious sip, then something is missing in you my friend. I have this thing about beer names; the more wacky, fun, off-the-wall they are, the more I feel the beer behind the name might be worth a try. And come on, how much more off-the-wall can you get then calling something you’re supposed to drink and enjoy Moose Drool?

So, I’m sure you have the burning need to know… why call it Moose Drool? Interestingly, the founders and owners, Neal Leathers, Bjorn Nabozney, and Brad Robinson, kind of worked backwards when it came to finding names for their beers. They asked Bjorn’s mother to paint a bunch of wildlife pictures. For each of these, they would try to create a name for a beer. Once you know this bit of the story and have seen the label, it’s easy to see why this beer had to be called Moose Drool. There was just no way around it.

“Come… hold your cup under bearded chin, and collect excellence from wetted grin”

Moose Drool is Big Sky’s most well-known beer and definitely deserves this hallowed place in their lineup. Moose Drool was the second beer the company brewed way back in 1995 (Whistle Pig Red Ale was their first and I’m a little upset to say, I never got a chance to try it). But if I can’t try the first, I’ll be more than happy to settle for the second.
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