One day at the brewery, we decided to play the old "let's see how much flavor we can pack into a low alcohol beer" game. What, you don't play that game at home? Well it's not a new one–the English have been playing for years–but somehow it's been slow to hop the pond.
Anyhow, the winning recipe was a beautiful malt forward pale ale, clocking in at only 4%. It's American through and through–from the yeast to the malts to the hops–yet the panoply of rich caramel malts evoke the beers of the Britons. The Anglo-American alliance has never tasted so good.
That alliance extends to the name as well. The blue orchard bee–also known as a mason bee as the female fortifies her nest with mud–is a native of the Pacific northwest. It spends its time patrolling the orchards that produce our state's iconic apples, pears, and cherries. 100% American, born and bred. Yet for the style we chose the term "bitter," a uniquely English appellation for this unique class of ale.
Kidding, we just liked the alliteration.