Bottle trees are an ancient tradition dating back to ninth century. It was believed that stripping a tree of its foliage and replacing them with bright colored glass bottles would entice evil spirits lurking around your home and trap them inside the bottles.
It is said one can hear the moans and groans of the trapped spirits as the wind howls through the trees. This folk belief is now commonly practiced by the low country and coastal regions.
Brewed and bottled in Columbia, South Carolina, Bottle Tree Brewing Company still believes in this telltale and urges you to "Drink No Evil." And to help you rid yourself of those bad spirits, they have created some very tasty brews.
Though Bottle Tree Brewing Company has several noteworthy craft beers, their Belgian Blonde is one that can be enjoyed during all seasons of the year. This beer is 75 percent Pilsner malt, which gives it a sturdy body, and 25 percent wheat that gives it that nice refreshing feel. Because it is a Belgian Blonde, the use of yeast is crucial and noticeable on the palette. However, unlike most Belgian style beers, Bottle Tree does not add any additional spices, leaving out that citrus flavor Blue Moon is most known for.
Much like wine, craft beers can be well-paired with foods. Because of this beers Southern heritage, it is easily paired with traditionally Southern foods, such as shrimp and grits, gumbo, jumbalaya - anything with a spice, this Blonde can cool down.
Bottle Tree Blonde is a beer that can be enjoyed any time, anywhere, but also by many. For those looking for a lighter, but still flavorful selection. For those looking for craft beer with the alcohol content of an imperial beer and for the superstitious looking to trap those spirits on your front lawn.