BJ's Goliath™ Imperial Red Ale in Round 2 of Draft Magazine's Beer Bracket Contest
For those of you who have enjoyed a pint of BJ's Goliath™ Imperial Red Ale, you know that this craft beer is something special. We feel so strongly about BJ's Goliath, that we entered Goliath in Draft Magazine's Beer Bracket Contest 2014! In Round 1 BJ's Goliath went up against Pilsner Urquell, and thanks to the support of YOU, our guests, Goliath slayed the competition receiving 61% of the votes and advanced to Round 2!
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BJ's Goliath™ Imperial Red Ale
Years ago, the Four Peaks Brewing Company in Arizona issued a challenge to all the breweries participating in the Arizona Craft Beer Week: brew a red ale with 20 SRM in color, original gravity of 20 Plato, and hop bitterness of 80 IBU’s. BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse was among the participants, and our brewing team was eager to take on the challenge. Once we put our minds to it, we nailed it! Our red ale came the closest to the specs laid down by the Four Peaks Brewing Company, and created a great amount of buzz among all those who tasted it. With so many craft beer enthusiasts raving about this new champion of an ale, we decided to bring it back the next year. And thus, BJ’s Goliath™ Imperial Red Ale was born.
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Green Beer and Keeping it Real
St Patrick’s Day is a day in America where everyone becomes Irish. It can be argued that St. Patrick's Day is celebrated here in the U.S. more than it is in Ireland. In the U.S. it is quite common to enjoy a pint, or several pints, of green beer on St. Patrick's Day. Why? Ireland is sometimes known as the Emerald Isle because it is richly green. Beyond that there is an old tradition known as “drown the shamrock” where a shamrock leaf is dropped into a shot of whiskey. It was believed that the 3 leaves of the shamrock represented the holy trinity. Some say that gave the whiskey a green tint but it is more likely due to the light reflecting off the shamrock.
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