Friday, July 31, 2009

Colorado Beer News July 31 2009

Colorado Beer NewsTime to catch up on all of the latest Colorado beer news. The following are some highlights of some recent beer releases here in Colorado.

Left Hand Brewing / Terrapin Brewing

Last year, these 2 craft breweries got together and collaborated on their Terra-Rye'Zd Black Rye Lager. This year, Left Hand Brewing of Longmont, CO and Terrapin Brewing of Georgia have got together once again and will be releasing their Midnight Project Brew #2 which will be called "Depth Charge - Espresso Milk Stout". No doubt Left Hand Brewing is expanding upon their wildly popular Left Hand Milk Stout and adding a touch of Terrapin's expertise in blending coffee into their beer. Look for this new collaboration on shelves here in Colorado (and other select states) in August.

Left Hand's Oktoberfest and St. Vrain Tripel (seasonals) are also now available

New Belgium Brewing

There will be two releases in 22oz bombers for New Belgium's Lips of Faith series of beers. The first is a returning favorite that has seen limited distribution - their "Le Fleur, Misseur?", a wild, dry and herbal brew with hints of pineapple, clove and honey. Also, NBB will be releasing another kriek beer named: Transatlantique Kriek - a spontaneously fermented lambic ale made with Polish cherries. This sour ale is a bit different than their recent Dark Kriek version.

Great Divide Brewing Company

Leave it to Great Divide to come out with 9 new beers this year and possible 2 more later this year. The recession certainly isn't slowing down this Denver brewery. Great Divide is releasing Hoss Rye Lager. A Marzen style beer that's described as earthy and spicey and loaded with Rye malt. In addition, if you go down to their tapping room in Denver you might be able to sample some of their limited supply of their new Sour Brown ale.

Avery Brewing Company

While Avery is busy celebrating their 16th anniversary this weekend they are already planning to release a brand new blended, Barrel-Aged Sour Ale the week of the Great American Beer Festival. According to the brewer's newsletter, this new beer was crafted in the tradition of their perennial tap room favorites like De Vegelbekdieren and Voltron. In addition, Avery will also be releasing their Gosling's Rum Barrel-Aged Oatmeal Imperial Stout sometime in late 2009. Look for this one just in time for the upcoming holiday season. And also, Cerasus, a sour-cherry infused brew, will be released in late 2009. Plenty to look forward to.

Avery and Ska Brewing (Durango) just released a collaboration brew named Wheelsucker Wheat Ale to celebrate the Tour de Colorado. This brew is limited and will be on shelves this week.

Two of Avery's regular seasonal brews will be out once again August 1st - both their Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest as well as The Beast Grand Cru.

Breckenridge Brewing

Certainly not new but the day has finally come that Breckenridge Brewing just released their Avalanche Ale in cans for the first time this last week. Now you can pack these lighter weight brews with you on hikes and campouts without the bother of glass bottles.

Crabtree Brewing

The little brewery that could in Greeley, Colorado is bringing back some old favorites for a short period of time and you can only get it on tap at the brewery. Crabtree is offering their Serenity Amber Ale, a nice robust 6% ABV amber as well as their limited Raz-A, an amber ale infused with raspberry goodness. Both these as well as their regular brews are available on tap along with some great food and live music (Friday nights).

Twisted Pine Brewing

Not to be outdone by anyone, Twisted Pine Brewing of Boulder, CO is also coming out with a new beer and a tapping party to boot. July 31st (today) marks the release of their new Forbidden Oak Aged Stout. It will only be available at their Ale House in Boulder. So go get some while it lasts.

Related articles:
- New Belgium is giving away bikes
- Denver Tweetup at Breckenridge Brewery highlights
- Avery makes plans for sweet Sixteen
- News from the Great Divide (Brewing Company that is)

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