Rollingstone, Minnesota? I’ve never heard of it either, but that’s the home of Olvalde Farm, outside of Winona way down the Mississippi. In a town where his only off-sale retail option is the Mini Mart, Joe Pond is making original Belgian-style beers using authentic techniques from that country’s long brewing history. It’s not like he is a rookie at this either, honing his skills at hometown brewery Summit and Goose Island in Chicago. His first 750ml release is closest in style to a Braggot, and their website gives an interesting description:
The Auroch’s Horn is a modern reinterpretation of ancient ale brewed throughout Europe more than two thousand years ago. Ale was a staple of the barbarian diet, with Roman historians documenting a beverage made with barley, wheat, and honey in Britannia, Gaul, and Germania. The ale was consumed from the horn of the auroch (or aurochs), a now extinct wild bull.
Despite an awesome honey flavor, this beer is not overly sweet, with a slight hop bitterness to keep it balanced. It’s one of the more interesting brews we’ve had lately, and you can throw your support behind a Minnesota brewery.
We’ll have Joe in store for this week’s Thursday tasting on the 14th from 5-7PM so you can get the story right from him. We’ve also made The Auroch’s Horn our bomber of the week and it will be 20% off this week only.