I have to confess, I went to a specialty beer store just because they told me that they had this beer. Honestly it wasn't just because of the name, I swear. Bitch Creek is by Grand Teton Brewing Company in Victor, Idaho and is a 6 time Gold medal winner!!
The name isn't really as creative as you may think. It was simply named after a creek. "Bitch Creek perfectly balances big malt sweetness and robust hop flavor for a full bodied, satisfying mahogany ale. Like the stream for which it is named, our Bitch Creek ESB is full of character... not for the timid."
I hadn't had a Grand Teton beer before, and likely would have passed on this one since it acknowledges its Bottle Conditioned. The reputation and the perfect chill in the air left me craving this ESB so thankfully I bought a decent amount of them.
The tasting notes that hit me first were the dry yeast strain they used. I found it was pretty unique to be reminded of an Amstel Light while drinking an ESB. What saved the experience was the nice crisp brown malt with a real fresh floral hop bouquet. Apparently I was smelling my glass too long since my chow/lab mix decided she deserved a taste as well (she loved it by the way).
For a beer this unique, when I got through the drier yeast, I found myself simply enjoying the balance of the brown and thought this would pair awesome with a pepperoni pizza! More testing will gladly follow since this actually is a beer that you can drink a couple of and not regret.
Some notes about the Grand Teton Brewing Company though are even more unique than their beer. Sure the brewery was founded in 1988 by Charlie and Ernie Otto and was the first modern “micro” brewery in the state of Wyoming. Their real claim to fame, was the Growler!
In 1989, the brothers discovered a long forgotten container, a European lidded tin-pail known as a "growler" and reintroduced it in a modern, 64-ounce glass jug version. "Growlers" are now found at breweries throughout the nation. Otto Brothers' Brewing Company enjoys the credit for having recreated this novel and environmentally-friendly idea.
2011 - Gold Medal, American Brown Ale (US Open Beer Championship)
2011 - Gold Medal, American Style Brown Ale (Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competetion)
2011 - Gold Medal, American Style Brown Ale (North American Brewers Awards)
2009 - Best of the Northwest/Pacific, ESB (United States Beer Tasting Championships)
2009 - Gold Medal, American Brown Ale (North American Brewers Awards)
2008 - Bronze Medal, American-Style Brown Ale (World Beer Cup)
2008 - Gold Medal, American Brown Ale (North American Brewers Awards)
2008 - Bronze Medal, Extra Special Strong Bitter (North American Brewers Awards)
2007 - Gold Medal, American Brown Ale (North American Brewers Awards)
2007 - Bronze Medal, American Brown Ale (Great American Beer Festival)
2006 - Silver Medal, American Brown Ale (North American Brewers Awards)
2005 - Gold Medal, American Brown Ale (Great American Beer Festival)
2004 - Gold Medal, American Brown Ale (Great American Beer Festival)