Tröegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, Pennsylvania) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Mad Elf Grand Cru in early November 2021.
Created to be a “limited ‘director’s cut’ of [the] iconic holiday ale, Mad Elf,” Mad Elf Grand Cru is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale that “starts with chocolate, Munich and Pilsner malts . . ., features a large addition of local Pennsylvania wildflower honey . . . [and is] also fermented with the same spicy Belgian yeast strain as Mad Elf, which coaxes flavors of cinnamon, clove and allspice.” Mad Elf Grand Cru is then taken to the next level with “the addition of Balaton cherries – loads of them . . . Mad Elf Grand Cru clocks in at the same 11% ABV as Mad Elf, but the color is closer to a burgundy and the beer’s flavor is notably more tart.”
“Putting this beer in 4-packs of 375-ml bottles helps give it that extra special touch,” says Tröegs founding brother Chris Trogner. “We use the same bottles for beers like LaGrave and Jovial that we bottle condition, and we know the corks are great at keeping that extra pressure in. That means they’re also great at keeping oxygen out. For a beer like Grand Cru that people like to age, that’s a big plus.”
Mad Elf Grand Cru is rolling out this week in Pennsylvania and will see expanded distribution “over the next few weeks.” You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 375ml bottles at select craft beer-focused establishments located throughout Tröegs Independent Brewing’s distribution footprint. Prost!
Vital Information for Mad Elf Grand Cru from Tröegs Independent Brewing
Release – Limited; early November 2021
Style – Belgian Strong Dark Ale
ABV – 11%
Malts – Chocolate, Munich & Pilsner
Yeast – Spicy Belgian
Added Ingredients – Wildflower honey & Balaton cherries
Availability – 4-packs of 375ml bottles
Beer Finder – https://troegs.com/beers/brew-finder/