Snoqualmie Falls Brewing just announced the release of its latest Special Release beer: Bunghole, a Double Brown Ale that weighs in at 7.7 percent Alcohol by Volume. Like one of the brewery’s previous special release beers, there was some question as to whether the Feds would approve the label.
“First off, get your mind out of the gutter!” says Snoqualmie Falls Brewing’s Co-owner Dave Eiffert. “Way back when, after being filled, kegs were sealed with bungs [sort of like a big cork], hence the term bunghole. The label features a picture of a bung, bunghole reamer, and wooden keg with the proverbial bung.”
The beer is available now at the Snoqualmie Falls Brewing taproom in Snoqualmie and will soon be released for distribution.
“Bunghole is a Double Brown Ale with plenty of attitude, just like our friend and regular customer, Bubba,” Dave explains. “He’s not bashful or quiet and goes for the gusto whenever he can. This full bodied hugely malty Double Brown is just the kind of ale for the Bubba in you!”
Dave explains that Bunghole’s big maltiness and low IBUs (36 IBU) make it a great alternative for Strong Ale lovers who need a break from hop overload. Lacking any aromatic hops, it gives a slight hop flavor at first sip, that quickly gives way to silky chocolate, molasses and brown bread flavors, perfect for our cold, damp winters. It pairs excellently with the hearty soups and stews of winter and crème brulee.
The whole idea came up after Snoqualmie Falls Brewing released its first Special Release beer, Baphomet. That beer’s label featured the 15th card of the Tarot deck in honor of the brewery’s 15th anniversary. Because the label featured an all-but-naked female torso with a goat’s head, Dave told everyone at the brewery that the feds would never approve the label. But, to his surprise, they did approve the label. The next step was to find out just how low they could go, and Bunghole, with its brewing roots seemed a natural.
“So before we even clocked one minute for the graphic designer, I called the feds to explore the possibility,” says Dave. “The voice on the other end said ‘I don’t think that will be a problem,’ so we ran with it.”
Bunghole’s only around for four months, from January 1st through April 30, so get it while you can.
Details: Bunghole is brewed from Pale Two-row, C-75, Chocolate, Aromatic and Dark Munich malts, and bittered with Fuggle hops for pleasant wood and fruit tones.