Icelandic Wee Heavy Scottish Ale
Surrender your taste buds
Einstök Icelandic Wee Heavy is the first Scottish Ale of its kind to use local Icelandic farmed, birch-smoked barley in collaboration with Eimverk distillery in Garðabær, Iceland. We then add native Icelandic Angelica, a fabled herb used by Vikings past, to give subtle herbal notes that complement the sweet and smokey malts.
Our Wee Heavy is rich and hearty, with a touch of smokiness, while remaining incredibly balanced. Over a thousand years ago Vikings invaded Scotland, and now we return with this phenomenal Icelandic Wee Heavy. Your taste buds have no choice but to be conquered.
What is Angelica?
Angelica (or Ætihvönn in Icelandic) is considered a gift from the heavens or ‘herb of the angels’ for the Vikings of old and for brewers of today. The Angelica plant has numerous culinary and medicinal properties that have made it a famous herb throughout the ages. Angelica has been used to heal, help in digestion, ward off evil, and even provide fortitude.
When Vikings began their trade expeditions to Europe they brought along dried Angelica as currency, and one of the oldest known laws from Iceland’s Viking Age offers severe punishment for anyone stealing neighbor’s Angelica. Angelica grows heartily and strong all over the unique landscape of Iceland. The Icelandic Angelica root that we brew into our Icelandic Wee Heavy has an earthy and clove/anise-like flavor that balances perfectly with the caramel and smoked malt flavors in this brew. To find out more about the history of Angelica and it’s ‘magical’ properties read more here: panoramaglasslodge.com and Agricultural plants in the Viking Age.