There’s nothing like celebrating your 25th anniversary with a big blonde!

Gritty’s second of four anniversary ales to come out just in time for the American Craft Beer Week in mid-May
The beer will be in 22 ounce bottles or on draft. More “anniversary ales” to be released this autumn.

Portland, Maine – ( There’s nothing like celebrating your 25th “beerthday” with a big blonde ale!
The second beer in Gritty McDuff’s anniversary ale series is the “Big Blonde,” coming out just in time for American Craft Beer Week from May 13-19.

“This hybrid American pale/blonde ale features a big hop profile and is 6.2% ABV,” said Ed Stebbins.

 Like some blondes, this one could be called a strawberry blonde.  There are reddish tints in the beer’s color, but that color belies the beer’s complexity.  The ale includes 5 different hops: Citra, Cluster, Willamette & Maine grown Centennial matched with 4 different malts and torrified wheat. The Blonde is then top fermented with Gritty’s trust worthy English Ale yeast. The result is a lively and robust ale that perfectly illustrates Gritty McDuff’s commitment to brewing Maine’s best beers.

Gritty’s will only brew about 340 cases of 22 ounce bottles and about 96 1/4 kegs of the Big Blonde. The 22 ounce bottles are foil capped and have a special foil-based, die cut label. The Big Blonde is being sold throughout New England and will be on tap at all three Gritty’s Brew Pubs in Portland, Freeport and Lewiston /Auburn Maine.

Event Details

Date: May 13, 2013 - May 19, 2013
Event Type: American Craft Beer Week
Contact: Thomas Wilson

Event Location

Gritty McDuff's Brew Pub
396 Fore Street
Portland, MA 04101