Friday, November 25, 2011

A bevy of new beers from Colorado

Colorado beer drinkers will soon be treated to a variety of new beer for the holidays and the New Year. The interwebs have been busy leaking the labels for some of Colorado's up and coming brews. Thanks to web sites like,, and, they've found some of the latest beer labels to be approved by the TTB. Here is a sneak peak at some of the newest upcoming beers coming to Colorado and the states they distribute to. Please note: not every one of these beers will be available outside of Colorado.

Avery Re´colte SauvageAvery Muscat d'AmourAvery Brewing is continuing in their regular releases of their Barrel Ages Series as the labels for their #10 and #11 beers have recently been approved. Coming soon will be #10 - Avery Muscat d'Amour and #11 - Avery Re´colte Sauvage (Wild Harvest). Both of these beers have a bit of the grape in them - grape skins to be exact. Look for an announcement from Avery soon on when these next sour beers will be available. Muscat d'Amour had 188 cases produced and Re´colte Sauvage had 128 cases produced. Both were bottled on November 10, 2011 and will be available in limited supplies of 12oz bottles. Both beers weigh in at over 8% ABV. (Click the label icons for a larger image).

New Belgium / Elysian Trip FarmhouseNew Belgium Cocoa MoleNew Belgium Brewing will soon have it's first Lips of Faith beer of 2012 released. This time it's a beer made with Cocoa, Spices and Peppers in what may proves to be quite the hot little number. Look for New Belgium Cocoa Molé in 22oz bombers early on in 2012. According to the label, this spiced up ale is full of cocoa and ancho, guajillo, and chipotle peppers. Don't don't fear the heat as plenty of caramel and chocolate malts will bring a smooth, complex flavor. Scents of cinnamon will be found upon pouring as well.

Also from New Belgium, is a another collaboration beer with Elysian Brewing. It's another in the Trip series of beers of small batch brews. Keep your eye out for New Belgium / Elysian Brewing Trip Farmhouse - Ale brewed with Rosemary & Sage. This ale weighs in around 8.5% ABV and will sure to bring you along on their special trip together.

Crooked Stave Fertile SoilCrooked Stave, also of Fort Collins, isn't waiting until 2012 to release their next beer, in fact it is already out on shelves. Just before Thanksgiving, bottles of Crooked Stave Fertile Soil - Fresh Hopped Golden Ale were released. Fertile Soil is an unfiltered fresh hopped golden ale, brewed with all local ingredients. This beer pays homage to Colorado agriculture and the sunny state we live and brew our beers in. They sources their malt from Colorado Malting Company, bio-dynamic hops from Jack Rabbit Hill, a Belgian yeast strain from Brewing Science Institute, and Rocky Mountain water from Fort Collins. This brew only had 838 bottles (750ml) produced. This beer was meant to be enjoyed now and not aged. It's around 7% ABV.

Twisted Pine Artisan Ale Surreal StoutTwisted Pine Brewing Company of Boulder is also starting a new monthly series of Artisan Ales in 2012. The first of which will be Twisted Pine Artisan Ale Surreal Stout. It's a beer aged in bourbon barrels and will feature artwork from local artisan Allison Boozer. These bottles will come in a corked 750ml bottle and are limited to about 100 cases. A second beer in the series will soon follow, Wagon Wheel Stout, and will also be a bourbon-barrel aged beer with cherries. These beers will be a one-time release, so don't look for these to make an annual appearance.

Odell ShenanigansOdell Brewing of Fort Collins is also releasing another in their continuing oak-aged series of beers. Look for Odell Shenanigans - Oak Aged Crimson Ale to debut sometime in the next month or two. This brew started out on their pilot system and didn't turn out like they planned - it turned out even better! This crimson ale is aged in oak with just a touch of Brettanomyces for a subtle tartness. Look for some amber malts, hints of dried fruit and light citrus in this brew. They call this beer "Our ode to the happy accident".

Upslope Brewing of Boulder is planning to release a new brew for the winter holidays sometime during the first week of December. Look forward to Upslope Christmas Ale, an 8% ABV, malty seasonal brewed with coriander, orange peel and brown sugar. The brew will also have hints of ginger, mace and juniper berries for a piney aroma. This brew will not be bottled, but all 7 barrels will be available on tap at the brewery and select restaurants in the area. Proceeds from this beer will to to "There with Care" - a non-profit Boulder group that benefits critically ill kids.

Related articles:
- Avery Meretrix to be released.
- Crooked Stave W.W.B.R. review.
- Odell expansion and Woodcut #3 announced. (2009)

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