The fifth beer in Weyerbacher's Northern Hemisphere Constellation Brewer's Select Series is Bootes. Check out some quick facts about the beer followed by some facts about the constellation!
|Bootes from Weyerbacher Brewing Company|
Bootes the beer facts: (from Weyerbacher)
- ruby brown american strong ale, 9% abv
- brewed with pale, wheat, biscuit, crystal and roasted malts
- mash-hopped with Simcoe for increased bitterness
- aroma-hopped with Bravo and Centennial
- 100 IBU range (one of the highest done at Weyerbacher)
- Not an IPA, but more of a barleywine with extra hop character
- often referred to as "the Herdsman"
- first documented by Greek astronomer Ptolemy in the 2nd century
- Greeks used to call the contellation Arctophylax, which is "bear watcher" or "bear keeper."
- Usually visualized as a herdsman holding a staff and two dogs on a leash, chasing Ursa Major around the pole.
- contains 4 stars with known planets
- can be seen at latitudes 90 and -50 and is best visible at 9pm in the month of June
- home to Arcturus, the third brightest star in the sky. It is a red giant, 36.7 light years away, and about 110 times more luminous than our Sun.
- belongs to the Ursa Major family of constellations.
My pour of Bootes from Weyerbacher Brewing Company
Overall, Bootes was great. Definitely similar to a barleywine, so if you like those, you'll be into this. Find Bootes in bottles at the brewery, or on tap at a small amount of bars until it runs out!