Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Colorado Beer News 111407

Here are some breaking news regarding Colorado and Beer from today, November 14th, 2007:

Boulder Beer announces Obovoid

The Latest From Boulder Beer, Obovoid Empirical Stout - Beer Advocate. Excerpt: Obovoid Empirical Stout is the 8th Release in Boulder Beer's Looking Glass Series of specialty beers. This series also includes favorites with similarly fun, whimsical names such as Hazed & Infused, MoJo IPA, Killer Penguin Barleywine, Sweaty Betty Blonde, Cold Hop British-Style Ale, Never Summer Ale and MoJo Risin' Double IPA.

These innovative, full-flavored brews all began as unique creations on Boulder Beer's 55 gallon pilot-brew system and were served on tap as "Brewer's Choice" beers in their onsite pub. The recipe for Obovoid was brewed multiple times as a Brewer's Choice beer, and because of the enthusiasm surrounding it, claimed its spot as the next Looking Glass limited-edition brew.

Obovoid Empirical Stout will be available starting November 15th while supplies last in 22 oz. bottles and 15.5 gallon kegs.

Hop Shortage is Coming

Shortage of beer ingredient could tap your wallet - 9 News Denver - Excerpt: If you love beer, especially big, hoppy craft beer, prepare to dig deeper to afford your liquid enjoyment in the near future.

Brewers are finding it tougher to get a key ingredient in their brew: hops. Beer without hops, the bittering agent, just wouldn't taste like beer. The Boulder-based Brewers Association says the worldwide supply of hops has been cut in half over the last decade.

The oversupply of hops that had forced farmers to abandon the crop is finally gone and harvests were down this year. In the United States, where one-fourth of the world's hops are grown, acreage fell 30 percent between 1995 and 2006.

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