Valkyrie Brynhild Golden Ale (500ml Bottle)
The Valkyries, in Scandinavian legends (translated as ?Choosers of the Slain?), appeared as blonde-haired, fair-skinned, blue-eyed maidens who dressed in scarlet corsets and, in some tales, had wings of swan feathers enabling them to fly. They carried out the will of Odin (a God in Scandinavian legends and ruler of ?Asgard?) who determined the victors of battle and course of war. The primary task of the Valkyries was to select the bravest of those who were slain in battle (known in legends as the ?Einherjar?), collect their souls and escort them to Valhalla (?Hall of the Slain?). Additional duties included donning white gloves and serving mead to those warriors as they dined in the halls of Valhalla. The Valkyries were also known as ?Mead Maidens?. Aptly named, Valkyrie Brewing Co was created by Wendy Roigard ? a female brewer of Scandinavian descent. Most famous of the Valkyries was ?Brynhild? who, in the ?Volsung Saga?, was punished by Odin for assigning the wrong King to die in battle and condemned to marry a mortal. She vowed she would marry the bravest of warriors by sleeping in the Ring of Fire until her hero could ride through the flames. Such warrior was Sigurd, however, Brynhild was duped into marrying Gunnar (via the meddling magic of Grimhild, mother of Gunnar and Gudrun) and her hero Sigurd then married Gudrun. In revenge, Brynhild ultimately caused the death of Sigurd. Overcome with grief, Brynhild then burned with Sigurd in a single pyre. Modelled on the story of Brynhild, this first beer of Valkyrie Brewing Co is a golden ale ? representative of Brynhild's golden hair and the ring of fire she slept in awaiting her hero's arrival. It has a full-bodied flavour, incorporating a touch of New Zealand by the special addition of Hokey Pokey (or 'sponge toffee?). This European Golden Ale taunts the palate with full malt character from European malts then to balance with a subtle hop edge of NZ Pacifica hops to give this Golden Ale the full complement of a true, fine 5% ABV Ale.
Golden Ale/Blond Ale
There are a few different types of blond ale. The first is the traditional "Canadian Ale", an adjunct-laden, macrobrewed, top-fermented equivalent of the American Standard. The second is common in US brewpubs - a light starter ale, with marginally more hop and body than a macrobrew, fewer adjuncts, but still not a flavourful beer by any means. The British interpretation is easily the boldest, hoppiest blond ale rendition. Some of these can almost be considered American Pales they are so hopped up - very crisp, refreshing, with relatively low alcohol compared with their North American counterparts.