Gasping for breath in the thin, icy air of a wintery dawn, you finally summit the mountain. Your footfalls crunch on virgin snow as you raise your head to take in your reward, the promised exaltation of an infinite horizon and the heady rush of altitude. Only a misty white expanse greets you, bereft of depth and wonder. Thick and cloying clouds hug the ridges and cliffs like a heavy blanket, quashing your triumph. You turn to see the spectre of your disappointment looming before you, the silhouette of your Brocken Spectre stretches across the sullen sky, its twisted head haloed in the chromatic brilliance of your stolen glory.
Brocken Spectre is a heavily fruited Imperial Sour brewed with the incredible team at Queenstown’s Altitude Brewery. Thick and juicy with abundant tropical notes from the huge additions of pureed Lychee and Passionfruit. A punchy tartness is balanced with body and sweetness from the addition of milk sugar and rounded out with a savoury edge from a generous dose of salt, allowing the fruit flavour to sing. All this sits atop a hearty 9% ABV to warm your heart on a cold Queenstown night.