This week's beer of the week comes from Big Wood Brewery in White Bear Lake. The Jack Savage American Pale Ale is an aromatic and refreshing drink, ideal for easy-drinking at a backyard barbecue, but also nuanced and perfectly balanced.
The beer brings elements of freshness via the orange and lemon citrus notes, and the hoppy presence is mild and well-blended into the overall drink, giving a clean finish that's more tangy than bitter. The beer itself pours a cloudy, peachy rust color, not quite orange and not quite copper. The pour yields a smooth, milky head that leaves a nice coating layer on the glass. Or, this pale ale can just be enjoyed straight from its 16-ounce plaid can.
Why plaid? Who better to tell the tale than Big Wood's CEO and founder Steve Merila:
The name behind Jack Savage is a result of a game of pool at a bar in Northern Minnesota between me and a local guy who will remain nameless. The local called me a "Cit-iot" (which apparently means idiot from the city). I shot back with "Jack Savage" and a friendship was born. I will not tell you how the story ended -- it was late -- but the experience inspired me to create a beer that was made for our friends up north. I'm not going to tell you what "Jack Savage" was wearing, but we now have the very first beer in a plaid can.
Let the legend of Jack Savage grow.