Big Boss Rolls Out Tavern Ale

Big Boss Tavern Ale

Big Boss Tavern Ale is the brewery’s newest seasonal. Photo courtesy of Big Boss Brewing Co.

Big Boss Brewing Company hosted a small media contingent this past Tuesday in their expanded taproom to discuss the newest addition to their seasonal up, Tavern Ale. In regular rotation since Big Boss opened in 2007, the English/American hybrid ale now makes its way to a permanent rotation in the seasonal line up of offerings. After a larger scale test run in 2014 generated positive feedback from customers, the brewery decided to rollout the “Americanized” house beer full-time in 2015.

The term ‘tavern ale’ comes from old world customs. It is the beer made for or by the tavern,” said Dave Rogers, distribution manager, Big Boss Brewing. “This highly quaffable seasonal brew closely resembles an ESB (Extra Special Bitter), but with more flavor. Some even compare it to an Old English ale.”

Tavern Ale is based on a historical recipe dating back to 1995 from Big Boss brewer Brad Wynn. It clocks in at a modest 7% ABV, but I will tell you it’s barely noticeable. The brew features a backbone of Maris Otter and additions of East Kent Golding hops to create an easy drinking, rich, mahogany colored ale. I thoroughly enjoyed a pour as Rogers discussed the beer’s make up and history.

Tavern Ale is shipping to North Carolina and South Carolina distributors next week. Keep an eye out for six-packs at your local grocery store or bottle shop. The ale will also be on tap at select locations. But don’t delay, the hybrid libation is only available November through January.

Big Boss Brewing Company
City: Raleigh, NC
Style: American Ale
ABV: 7%
Availability: Seasonal (November-January), draft and 12 oz. bottles