Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Profile: Crabtree Brewing Company

Crabtree Brewing CompanyCrabtree Brewing Company
2961 29th Street
Greeley, CO 80631
(970) 356-0516
Website: www.crabtreebrewing.com
Email: info@crabtreebrewing.com
Twitter: @Crabtreebrewing
Facebook: Crabtree Brewing
YouTube Channel: crabtreebrewing

Owner(s): Jeff and Stephanie Crabtree

Brewmaster(s): Jeff Crabtree

Business Hours: (taproom)
Mon-Thur: 1:00pm to 8:00pm
Fri-Sat: 1:00pm to 10:00pm
Sundays: 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Year opened: 2006

Annual Production: 900 barrels (2009)

Their Beers:

Year round beers: (Six packs)
- Jeff's Pale Ale - classic pale ale
- Twisted Creek Wheat - unfiltered wheat / German hefeweizen
- Boxcar Brown - a brown ale
- Ginger Bee - ginger spiced blonde ale
- Head Turner Blonde Ale - blonde ale
- Serenity Amber Ale

Seasonals: (4-packs)
- Oatmeal Stout - Silver medal 2011 GABF
- Chunkin Pumpkin
- Eclipse Black IPA

22oz Series:
- Crabtree Braggot - imperial stout with honey
- Dearfield Ale - blonde ale with strawberries
- Golden 8 - Beglian style strong ale
- Berliner Weisse Ale - Gold medal 2011 GABF

750ml Series:
- Orange Blossom Cézanne Saison

Barrel-aged Series:
- Syzygy - Barrel Aged Black IPA (2011) 750ml
- Peachtree Cherry Wheat (2011) 750ml

Special Tap-room only beers:
- Raspberry Amber Ale

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Colorado Beer News 113011

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Stay Home Because You're Well Day. While everyone else at the office is starting to get sick from traveling around during Thanksgiving, consider working from home today and avoid the crud. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, November 30th, 2011.

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Avery Brewing (Boulder) - Mark your calendars! On Sunday, December 18th, Hops & Pie will host Denver's Littlest Big Beer Fest featuring the beers of Avery Brewing Company. The event kicks off at 2pm and runs until 5pm. A wide variety of Avery beers in both keg and bottle will be available. Stop on by at 3920 Tennyson Street in Denver on December 18th.

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New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins) - Speculation on the final location for New Belgium's 2nd brewing plant continues this week as The Asheville Citizen Times reports that Kim Jordan, CEO of New Belgium and others will be in Asheville next week to meet with local officials. Sierra Nevada is also eying the Asheville area for expansion. A final decision on the expansion location by NBB is due by the end of the year.

Star Bar (Denver) - Chocolate and beer do indeed pair well together and they'll be mingling at the Star Bar on December 15th. Featuring beer from Great Divide Brewing Company and chocolates from the Chocolate Therapist of Littleton. Stay tuned for more details. Located at 2137 Larimer Street in Denver just two blocks from Coors Field.

Ska Brewing (Durango) and Venture Snowboards are participating in a Silverton Mountain Season Kickoff Party on Saturday, December 3rd from 8pm to 11pm at the Grand Imperial Hotel in Silverton, Colorado. There is a $6 cover to enter. This year's Season Kickoff features live music from the Crags and Farmington Hill, Ska drink specials, and tons of giveaways from Purgatory, Purl Wax, Silverton Mountain, Silverton Powder Cats, Smith Optics, Skullcandy, Spark R&D, TREW Gear, and Wolf Creek Ski Area among others. The highlight of the evening will be the raffle for a coveted limited edition Ska/Venture custom snowboard. This year's deck features the Euphoria Pale Ale graphic and the distinctive Venture snowflake, and is destined to become a collector’s item for beer and snow lovers alike.

Boulder Beer Company (Boulder) has two beers on the Winter Mini Tour at Old Chicago restaurants. If Boulder Beer sells beer in your state, stop in to your local Old C's and grab a pint of Never Summer Ale or the exclusive Old Chicago Black Diamond Chocolate Porter. Tour starts today and runs through December.

Mountain Sun (Boulder) - Did you know that the Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery posts their updated tap list on their Facebook page each and every day? You never know what they'll put up on tap. Also included is their guest tap. Today's guest tap includes Ommegang Rare Vos Belgian amber ale.

Big Beers Belgian & Barleywines Festival (Vail) - The 2012 12th annual festival is quickly approaching. The event will be held in Vail, Colorado at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa on January 5th through the 7th. Event packages are already selling out. If you haven't gotten your tickets yet you might want to hurry as two dinners and full event packages are already SOLD OUT. Visit bigbeersfestival.com for more details.

Wynkoop Brewing (Denver) - Speaking of festivals, this weekend's Parade of Darks at the Wynkoop has most of their Advanced Tickets selling out fast. Get yours quick if you still want to taste some 60+ dark beers from all over the world. All proceeds help Metro CareRing.

Odell Brewing (Fort Collins) - 'Tis the season to be giving and Odell Brewing is teaming up with Begin Again Toys (www.beginagaintoys.com) for a Holiday Toy Drive on Saturday, December 14th from 1pm to 4pm. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase a "Begin Again" toy at cost for needy kids in the area this holiday season and receive a pint of Odell beer for your generosity. Toys will also be available for your loved ones at regular price.

Bull & Bush (Denver) is bringing back their Christmas Beer Tasting on December 10th. It will be hard to top last year’s 122 beers but they’ve got a few things in their bag of toys. 20 tickets for $20 and beers will cost 1-4 tickets, depending on how difficult it is to get your hands on them! The fun starts at 1pm. Get there early because some of those beers disappear faster than Santa up the chimney. They’ll also be collecting toys for tots again this year and have special prizes for the best Christmas Cookies and Ugly Sweater.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) will be on hand at the Old Chicago in Longmont tonight for a tapping of their special firkin of Vanilla Cafe au Chub. They're rollin' in with a crew so be on hand to greet them and try some of the firkin while it lasts. Also - want a free case of beer from Oskar Blues? Simply adopt their office snake (a real live snake) and you'll also get a case of beer if you can provide him with a good home. DM them on Facebook or Twitter if interested.

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) is helping Focus on the Beer (blog) celebrate their 1st anniversary this Friday at 5pm. Expect to find a killer line-up of beer and raffles for fun prizes all night. Check out the guide at FotB.


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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Mikkeller IPA Event at Backcountry Pizza

Backcountry Pizza & Tap HouseMikkeller fans - check out this upcoming beer & food event at Backcountry Pizza & Tap House in Boulder! Gather round for one last beer celebration before the holidays. Backcountry is hosting a Mikkeller IPA event on Thursday, December 22nd at 6:30pm featuring 18 4-oz IPA pours along with some freakingly awesome hors d'oeuvres. Featuring the beers of Mikkeller. This is one beer event you won't want to miss. Cost is $45 per person + tax and tips. Call for details and reservation: (303) 449-4285. Boulder's first world-class beer bar!

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Backcountry Pizza & Tap House
2319 Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 449-4285


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Colorado Beer News 112911

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Pay A Blogger Day. Sure, it's a made up holiday by a start-up called Flattr, but it's a day to send some thanks and support your favorite bloggers out there. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, November 29th, 2011.

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Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) will host an art exhibit "Tao of Metal" at the brewery on December 9th and 10th from 5pm to 9pm and 5pm to 8pm respectively. Come view nature-inspired sculpture and enjoy a pint or two. Drop in at 1466 Garden of the Gods. More info at taoofmetal.com.

Vertical Brewing (Denver) - This new brewery in the works may not be open yet, but that isn't stopping them from kegging some beer. Vertical Brewing kegged their "Smooth Hoperator" this week and plan to be brewing again in two weeks. What will become of their beer? Guess we'll have to wait a while longer to find out.

Crabtree Eclipse Black IPA cansCrabtree Brewing (Greeley) - Today, November 29th, Crabtree Brewing will inaugurate their first canned beer as they will use the portable canning line from Mobile Canning of Longmont to package their Eclipse Black IPA in 16oz cans. Having a low barrier to entry with the mobile canning line was the deciding point for owner and brewery Jeff Crabtree. If all goes well today Crabtree will also begin canning their award winning Oatmeal Stout early next year. (Image courtesy of Crabtree Brewing)

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - Join Avery this Wednesday at the Ale House at Amato's in Denver for the Avery Tasting and Small Plates event. There are only a couple tickets left for this late fall dinner featuring four small plates prepared by the Ale House chefs and five beer tastings expertly paired. $25 per person - 7:00pm~ Reservations Required. For Reservations Call: 303-433-9734 or Email: alehousedenver@breckenridgebrewery.com. Hey Rumpkin fans! Get your pumpkin fix tomorrow night at The West End Tavern starting at 6pm. Don't miss this - Rumpkin sightings are becoming more rare.

Arvada Beer Company (Arvada) - Next Tuesday, December 6th, all day - come in to Arvada Beer for Colorado Gives Day. Make a donation to Ralston House online or at the brewery and they'll give you a free beer. www.ralstonhouse.net. Help provide services for abused children and their families.

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, their American style ESB is almost ready!!! The first keg will be tapped Wednesday afternoon, November 30th. Stop in from 5-6pm and your first H&H is only $2.00. If you really want to show you love for this beer, dress up as either a horse or a hand grenade and you will get 3 FREE BEERS! Check out their expansion construction while you're there. Keep it crazy everyone!

This week's Colorado Beer Festival & Events:
* Falling Rock Christmas Beer Dinner - November 29 - Falling Rock Tap House - Denver
* Firestone Walker Special Tapping - November 29 - Euclid Hall - Denver
* An American Tour Beer Dinner - November 29 - Gravity Ten Twenty - Ft. Collins
* Beer and Cheese Pairing - November 29 - Great Divide Brewing - Denver
* Christmas Ale Release Party - November 30 - Bristol Brewing - Colo. Springs
* Meet the Brewer Night - November 30 - Ghost Plate & Tap - Denver
* Avery Tasting and Small Plates Event - November 30 - Ale House at Amatos - Denver
* Northstar Vertical Tasting - December 1 - Twisted Pine Brewing - Boulder
* Beer Camp Beer Dinner - December 1 - Backcountry Pizza & Tap House - Boulder
* Focus on the Beer Anniversary Party - December 2 - Trinity Brewing - Colo. Springs
* Parade of Darks 2011 - December 3 - Wynkoop Brewing - Denver
* Mephistopheles Release Party - December 3 - Avery Brewing Co - Boulder
* Silverton Mountain Season Kickoff - December 3 - Grand Imperial Hotel - Silverton
* Asher Brewing 2nd Anniversary - December 3 - Asher Brewing Co - Boulder

For details on these, visit the Events Calendar. (November) (December)

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Are you handy with a paint roller? Want to get a sneak peak at Grimm Brothers' new taproom? Then email Russell@grommbrosbrewhouse.com and volunteer. They could use some help this weekend with primer and painting.

New Belgium Shift Pale Lager 4-packsNew Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins) - Want to get a sneak peak at the new packaging for New Belgium's upcoming Shift Pale Lager in the tallboy 4-pack? Well take a look. New Belgium will soon package 16oz cans of Fat Tire, Ranger IPA and Shift Pale Lager once the new canning line construction is completed. 2012 can't come soon enough. Also, New Belgium's selection of a city to house their 2nd brewery has been narrowed down to 4 cities including Asheville, NC and Philadelphia, PA. Which city do you think they should expand to? New Belgium also confirmed Dig will replace Mighty Arrow this Spring. (Image from New Belgium Brewing)

Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - The Fort Collins Brewery is expanding again! They have two new 150 barrel fermentation vessels due to arrive on Friday. Business is good and that means more beer for the masses coming soon. Also, don't forget that this Friday, December 2nd, marks the annual release of BIG SHOT - their English style Brown Ale winter warmer. Get some!

Equinox Brewing (Fort Collins) - Announcing their Winter Solstice Party! Join in to celebrate the Winter Solstice on Saturday, December 17th. Live music from 2:00 to 6:30 in the beer garden and from 7:00 to 9:00 in the tap house. There will be a special beer release and tasty treats from Chef Happy. Bring your wish list and your camera because Santa Claus is going to be in the tap house at 2:00pm!

Ouray Brewery (Ouray) will be closed for fall cleaning today through Thursday. Ouray Brewery will be back open on Friday, December 2nd at 5pm. Apparently the place needed a good scrub down so it can sparkle once again. The beer will be flowing again soon - no worries!

Backcountry Pizza & Tap House (Boulder) - Gather round for one last beer celebration before the holidays. Backcountry is hosting a Mikkeller IPA event on Thursday, December 22nd at 6:30pm featuring 18 4-oz IPA pours along with some freakingly awesome hors d'oeuvres. Featuring the beers of Mikkeller. This is one beer event you won't want to miss. Cost is $45 per person + tax and tips. Call for details and reservation: (303) 449-4285. Boulder's first world-class beer bar!

Yak & Yeti (Arvada) - Have you tried the Yak & Yeti recently? Their hand crafted beer list has grown and offers something for every beer lover. This week on the tap list: Namaste Pilsner*, Himalayan IPA*, Chai Stout*, AbominAle Mild*, Brown Rice & Honey*, Sherpa Porter*, Milk Stout, Haunted Series-Grand Cru, Jalapeno Lena, and gluten-free Apple Ale. Happy Hour 11am-6pm daily. *=available in growlers.

Great Divide Brewing (Denver) - Want to get vertical? Head over to Falling Rock Tap House (1919 Blake Street - Denver) today for some 2009, 2010 and 2011 Hibernation Ale. You'd be surprised what a little time can do for a brew and a vertical tasting is the perfect way to compare current, 1 and 2 year old brews side by side.


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Monday, November 28, 2011

Renegade promotes beer, brunch and bad sweaters

Renegade Brewing CompanyWhat does a Radiator, a Food Truck, and an itchy sweater have in common? If you worked at Renegade Brewing Company in Denver, you'd know that it means a lot of new things are about to happen down at the brewery. Late today, Brian O'Connell - President and Chief Beer Officer - issued a press release announcing new beers, a planned brunch and an excuse to pull that old ugly sweater out of your closet for a chance for some great prizes. Read on for all the details.


Renegade Brewing Company Events

Denver, CO - November 28, 2011: For immediate release

Beer Releases

Renegade Brewing Company is releasing two new beers this week. Radiator, a 9% ABV spiced winter warmer. The beer is made with cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, and brown sugar. This beer will make you glad that the sun set at 4:30 and your face froze on the way into the brewery because it will warm you like a radiator. Renegade is also releasing Elevation, an 11% ABV double IPA. This beer is single hopped with the Summit hop variety. This is truly a hophead’s dream. A portion of this beer will be aged in a Wild Turkey barrel for six months for a very special summer release.

Beer Brunch

Renegade Brewing Company will partner with Chef Driven Gourmet Food Truck to offer a brunch at Renegade (925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO) on December 11th. Diners will receive a three course brunch each paired with a different brunch beer from Renegade. The cost is $20 per person and advanced reservations are required. This is the second brunch hosted by Renegade and Chef Driven and reservations are expected to fill up quickly. Reservations can be placed in person at the brewery or by phone 720-401-4089.

Bad Sweater Party

Renegade will host a bad sweater party at Renegade (925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO) on December 17th from 6-10 pm. Beery prizes will be awarded for the ugliest, funniest, and itchiest sweaters.


Renegade Brewing Company
925 W. 9th Ave.
Denver, CO
www.renegadebrewing.com

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Colorado Beer News 112811

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Cyber Monday, a day to whip out that credit or debit card and do some serious shopping online. All that virtual effort is going to work up a real thirst later on. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, November 28th, 2011.

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Euclid Hall (Denver) is planning a special tapping of Firestone Walker's 15th Anniversary ale and their barrel-aged imperial stout Parabola this Tuesday, November 29th at 8pm. Also look for a special guest appearance by co-founder David Walker.

Mountain Sun (Boulder) - Join in tonight, November 28th at the Mountain Sun on Pearl to listen to power trio John McKay, Steve Saviano and Tony Harp blend traditional folk music with a rock and roll vibe. Music starts at 10, but the beers will be pouring all day. Spend part of Cyber Monday with Mountain Sun.

Ale House at Amato's (Denver) is hosting an Avery Tasting and Small Plates event on Wednesday, November 30th from 7pm to 9pm. Join the crafty chefs at the Ale House and one of Colorado's best craft breweries for an Autumn-inspired beer dinner. Four small plates and five beer tastings expertly paired. Cost is $25 per person. Reservations required. Call (303) 433-9734. Address: 2501 16th Street in Denver.

Cranknstein (Fort Collins) has a week full of stuff going. First off, don't forget about Happy Hour all day! $1 off all draft beers. Tomorrow night (Tuesday) at 7:30pm CROMA will be back pickin' some old-time music. Lastly, this Thursday is their first ever Ladies Night! There will be a drink special for all the ladies that come in, plus they will have an extra special beer on tap to mark the occasion.

Arvada Beer Company (Arvada) - Consider heading to Arvada Beer Company to do your cyber Monday shopping as they have free WiFi during business hours. They are also offering a "Beer for a Year" special for $100 - that'll get you a growler fill a month for 12 months. Look for Party Pigs available soon as a fill up option.

Cheeky Monk (Colfax in Denver) - It's buy the glass keep the beer night at Colfax at 7PM featuring the 1st in the limited edition Duvel Art Series glasses. $10 glass & Duvel beer.

Eddyline Brewing (Buena Vista) - Monday's are pizza and a pint day at both locations in Buena Vista. Beer Release alert! Today marks the release of their new Madame Molley's Brothel Brown - going on tap this afternoon. Give it a try when you're in town.

Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora) - Mondays are about to get a whole lot cooler. Starting on Monday, December 5th at Dry Dock from 5:30pm to 6:30pm (Power Hour) you'll be able to get 25 cent Wing Hut wings with your favorite Dry Dock Beer. 15120 E. Hampden Ave. Also, grats to brewery Bill Eye for winning the Ho Ho Ho Slapdown with his Sticke Alt (Imperial Alt) on Saturday.

Great Divide Brewing (Denver) - is getting psyched about heading to the SXSW Festival coming up in March 2012 in Austin, Texas. They will be presenting along with Untappd about beer and location-based services. Are you going to SXSW? Be there!

Cider the next Craft Brew? (AdAge) - an article in today's Advertising Age web site claims that craft hard cider sales have jumped up 25% this year and is starting to get a lot more notice, particularly from women. While it's still just a fraction of what craft beer sales are, even the big 3 macro beer makers are now taking notice in cider sales. Even Colorado has it's own craft cider business - Colorado Cider Company. They will be releasing their new Ol' Stumpy oak barrel aged cider very soon. Will any other Colorado beer brewers take on cider as a growing niche? Read the full article here.

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards/Vail) - In honor of The Birds of Prey World Cup starting this week in Beaver Creek, Restaurant 8100 in the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek now has a Crazy Mountain private label brew called Hops of Prey on tap. Take a break from watching the races and warm up with a pint.

Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing (Fort Collins) posted a reminder today that tomorrow, November 29th at 5pm, they will be having a tapping party for this year's Jingle Ale. There will also be Bagpiper & Santa, Scrumpy Apple Cider, and Barley Wine available. Growlers of Jingle Ale will be available for $9.50 to go.

Colorado Craft Beer Radio (AM760 Denver) will be broadcasting live from Asher Brewing in Boulder for their 2nd Anniversary Bash this Saturday, December 3rd. They will on live from Noon to 1 and festivities will go long after. Please come out and join them for their first Boulder show! You'll get a $1 off Pints while they are live. Get a brew tour, play some cornhole but be there this Saturday at 63rd and Nautilus in Boulder.

AC Golden Brewing (Golden) - Herman Joseph's Private Reserve is now available in six-packs just for the holidays. Usually sold only in select bars and restaurants in Colorado, this hard-to-find but worth it beer can now be found in six-packs in liquor stores around Colorado. "We get so many requests from our drinkers to make HJ available for take home enjoyment, but we just can't make enough year-round to do that," said Glenn Knippenberg, president and co-founder of AC Golden Brewing Company, the brewery that makes Herman Joseph's. "Our brewers work hard to make sure that we can at least offer six-packs during the holidays for folks to share and celebrate." Herman Joseph's Private Reserve is a German-style lager available in Colorado only.

River North Brewery (Denver) - Another new brewery is under construction in Denver. This new brewery is planning to start brewing it's beers during the last couple of weeks of 2011 and planning for an early 2012 opening. You can check out their construction photos and taproom layout on their official blog. They plan to offer up a wide variety of beers and specialize in Belgian style brew. River North Brewery will be located at: 2401 Blake Street in Denver, CO. Stay tuned for more info.

New Brew Releases Today:
- Helter Spelter - Funkwerks - amber saison - taproom only
- Black Hops - Golden City Brewery - Cascadian Dark Ale / Black IPA

To view other recent Colorado beer releases check out the Release page.

Fort Collins Brewery (Fort Collins) has some last minute openings for their Beer Dinner tomorrow night (November 29th) at Gravity Ten Twenty at 6pm - "An American Tour" and it's priced at $35 per person for 5 courses. Call (970) 682-2260 to book a reservation.


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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Crooked Stave plans to move to Denver

Crooked StaveFort Collins is about to lose a brewery. Rather, a brewer is about to move his artisan beer project to Denver and become a full fledged brewery. Be prepared to soon wave goodbye to Chad Yakobson you Fort Collins folk - he's about to take his business to the next level.

According to the Fort Collins newspaper - the Coloradoan - Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is making plans to become Crooked Stave Brewing Company. And this new company won't just be making sour and barrel-aged beers, it will also be making beers like porters, pale ales and IPAs.

Right now, Chad runs his business out of space owned by Funkwerks, the site that used to be the Fort Collins Brewery on East Lincoln Avenue in Fort Collins. Chad used to work at Odell Brewing company prior to his departure to make his own way.

Chad YakobsonBut don't look for Crooked Stave to disappear just yet. Chad is still working on outfitting a permanent location in north Denver to open shop in. The Coloradoan states that it will take him several months before he'll be able to open Crooked Stave Brewing Company somewhere east of Coors Field.

Apparently, moving to Denver has always been Yakobson's plan and is already the place where he lives and is better suited for distribution and has more potential for expanding.

To read the full story, please head over to The Coloradoan for details on when and how this move will take place.

One other things for sure, this will free up space at Funkwerks and will allow them to expand even further as well.

Chad's business will be missed in Fort Collins, but I'm sure Denver will be welcoming him with open arms. Better grab some bottles while they still have Fort Collins on the labels. They might just become collectors items. Cheers!

(The above picture of Chad sans beard was taken by Dave Butler in 2009 before he opened Crooked Stave.)

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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 BeerPulse.com, BeerStreetJournal.com, Westword.com and Brewbound.com, 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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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Colorado Beer News 112311

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Tie One On Day. I'll let you interpret how you'd wish to celebrate this one. As for me, I'll settle with a fine craft beer or two and get ready for a nice long weekend off of work. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011.

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Bristol Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Attention artists! Bristol Brewing and Smokebrush are seeking Colorado artists for their 5th annual beer label art competition. The winning design will appear on the label for Bristol's Smokebrush Porter, a Community Ale benefiting Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts. Cash award also provided. Deadline is December 9th, 2011. Entry is free. For official entry info go to smokebrush.org or bristolbrewing.com.

The Mayor of Old Town (Fort Collins) - Firestone Walker fans! Join David walker, owner of Firestone Walker, at the Mayor on Wednesday, November 30th for a special release party. He will be pouring the first pint of his limited XV Anniversary Ale starting at 4:30pm. Meet and greet and find out the secrets behind Firestone Walker beer.

Thanksgiving Day - While most places are open today, on Thanksgiving day the majority of places will not be. Tomorrow after you've had your fill of turkey, if you still are looking for a taproom or bar to wash down that meal with a beer - here is a short list of places that will be open (limited hours):
- Pug Ryan's (Dillon)
- Carbondale Beer Works (Carbondale) - open at 5pm
- The Mayor of Old Town (Fort Collins)
- Grand Lake Brewing (Grand Lake)
- Pikes Peak Brewing (Monument) - open at 6pm
- Baker St. Pub & Grill (Denver Tech Center)
- Cranknstein (Fort Collins) - open at 4pm
- Big Beaver Brewing (Loveland) - open 2pm to 8pm

Dillon Dam Brewery (Dillon) - First the bad news, RedZone IRA is running low. Now the good news, 2 Breck Distillery barrels are now full of it! Their Pumpkin Pie In A Glass will be tapped on Friday. Get some!

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) is hosting a recipe contest on Facebook. Do you have a favorite holiday recipe that you use Grimm Brothers Beer in? Do you want to win 2 tickets to the Colorado Eagles? Post your Grimm Dish on this Facebook page and the one with the most likes will receive 2 tickets, but you will have to send them the recipe for Grimm to post.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - Come to Copper Kettle on Friday, November 25th from 5pm to 9pm for their Winter Ale Release party. Join them after shopping. Guess which spices are in the ale and you'll get a free growler to go! Food truck vendors outside starting at 5pm.

Upslope Brewing (Boulder) - There's a new beer on the horizon for Upslope, but it will only be available for a limited time. Upslope will release Upslope Christmas Ale sometime during the first week of December. A very limited (7 barrel) batch will be on tap at the tap room and select other locations. Part of the proceeds will go towards "There with Care" - a charity that supports critically ill children and their families. See the full story on Brewbound.com.

Renegade Brewing (Denver) - Don't forget! Tonight is Renegade's Customer Appreciation night. Come on in tonight for drink specials all night long. Something different on special every hour. Also get $1 off your growler for Thanksgiving. The Denver Pretzel Company will be there with some sweet special pretzels for you to try. Try their Wishbone pretzel.

Phantom Canyon Brewing (Colorado Springs) - From now on, every Friday after Thanksgiving is officially Barley Wine Friday at Phantom Canyon. This year's version of Winston Smith's Barley Wine will start flowing at 3pm this Friday. A limited amount of numbered bottles go on ale at the same time. 22oz Bottles will sell for a special $10 price on Friday, but will be $15 thereafter. This brew was aged for 9 months in Stranahan's whiskey barrels and weighs in at a hefty 10.9% ABV. You can age these for a while in your beer cellar too.

Equinox Brewing (Fort Collins) - While they may be closed on Thanksgiving, they'll be open on Friday with a special Black Friday American Wheat firkin. That day also marks the release of their 2011 Midwinter Warmer Barleywine in bottles for $10 a bottle. Friday only, if you buy a bottle you get a winter glass for for only $5 (regularly $7.50).


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There won't be a Colorado Beer News posting on Thursday due to Thanksgiving. But it'll be back on Friday. Cheers to the holidays!


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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Colorado Beer News 112211

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Start Your Own Country Day. Go to your favorite pub or brewery taproom and declare your independence today. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011.

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Arvada Beer Company (Arvada) is hosting a new contest. They brewed a yet to be named Doppelbock that will come out around 12/20. It is their most award winning beer, but the old name will not work anymore so they're asking you to name it. All of their beers are named after people, places or events in Arvada's history. If you can come up with the name and the story - they will give you the prize. Send an email to info@arvadabeer.com with your name and story. Prize winner will be announced in the next few days.

Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) - 2012 is going to be a busy year at Twisted Pine. The brewery is planning to release special monthly 750ml bottled brews in their new Artisan Ale series. The first ale will be Surreal Stout - a bourbon barrel-aged beer. Each month, a limited edition off-the-wall beer will be produced that will sure to be sought after by collectors and Twisted Pine fans. More info in the Westword article.

Odell Brewing (Fort Collins) - Looking for something else to do on Black Friday? How about spending some time at the Odell tap room for their Black Ale Friday. They'll be offering extra tours that day, lots of tasty Dark Days brews, and there will be a local food truck fare avaailable from 11am til 7pm. Let your significant other fight the shopping crowds while you relax with a nice brew.

Denver Bicycle Cafe (Denver) - A new place to sip coffee, drink beer and get your bike worked on opened in Denver today. Welcome to the world of bikes, beer and coffee at Denver Bicycle Cafe! Strange Brewing is proud to have their Cherry Bomb Stout on tap at the new place. They're located at 1308 17th Avenue.

Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing (Fort Collins) - It's been a while since we've heard from Coopersmith's but today they let it be known that their new black pilsner "Otto Schwarzpils" is now on tap in the Pub & Pool sections. You can even take a growler home of this and pair it with Thanksgiving dinner! Stop in today and see what else is on tap.

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek (Avon) will host a Sam Adams Beer Dinner this Saturday, November 26th at the 8100 Bar and Grill - 50 W. Thomas Place in Avon, CO. This will be a four-course meal paired with some of the rarer barrel-edition Sam Adams beers. Cost is $45 per person. Call (970) 827-6600 for reservations. (Thanks to Denver Off The Wagon for the tip).

Wynkoop Brewing Company (Denver) - Are you prepared for the Parade of Darks 2011? You better be, it's coming up soon. Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 3rd at 4:30pm for an event with over 50 winter seasonals, brown ales, stouts, sour beers, barleywines and more from the best breweries in Colorado, the US and the world. Cost is still $25 in advance, or $30 at the door. Proceeds from this event go to help Metro CareRing. See www.wynkoop.com for details. (303) 297-2700.

New Planet Beer (Boulder) - Did you know that New Planet's beer can now be found in 25 states in the USA? They don't plan to stop until they hit all 50. Recently New Planet Beer Company was named as the Best Young Business of 2011 by Naturally Boulder. They are also looking for restaurants interested in having a New Planet beer dinner. Have a favorite gluten-free conscious restaurant that you think may want to host? Let them know. Organizing the event is both easy and fun and they’d love to help YOU arrange it! Shoot Matt an email at matt@newplanetbeer.com if you’d like to learn more.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - Need a reason to visit the Tasty Weasel today? How about a Tasty Tuesday with some Sour Cherry Barrel Aged Ten TIDY on tap? Use what to wash down some yummy selections from the OB Bone Wagon parked outside til 8pm.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

New Belgium Fresh Hop IPA review

New Belgium Fresh Hop IPAGood things often come in pairs, and in this case this meant the 2nd of a two bottle sample from New Belgium Brewing. Today's beer review is of their 2011 Lips of Faith release: New Belgium Fresh Hop IPA.

This is part of a complimentary shipment of beer direct from New Belgium for review on this blog. This is one of the two final Lips of Faith brews for 2011. Fresh Hop IPA weighed in at 70 IBU and a respectable 7% ABV. As with most Lips of Faith beers, it came in a 22oz bomber bottle with a painted on label depicting a giant hop bud.

New Belgium packed in a good amount of Cascade, Centennial and Amarillo hops in this brew, all of which went from vine to brew kettle in less than 24 hours. This qualified it as a "Fresh Hop" or "Wet Hop" brew.

I had recently tasted some fruity and funkier beers, so making the switch back to IPA's for this review might just prove to shock me back to my senses.

Appearance: Fresh Hop IPA poured a translucent orange color with a hefty off-white head. The beer's clarity was almost immaculate, not hazy in the least. It was well carbonated too. The head left a thick sticky white lacing around the glass that just wouldn't quit. In the bright florescent lights, this beer almost seemed to glow orange.

Aroma: Here is what I feel is New Belgium's strength with Fresh Hop IPA - the fresh clean citrus and pine aroma from this beer. I almost get the sense that there was some citrus fruit in there, probably because the hops were fresh off the vine. It's a wonder what fresh cut hops can do for the nose on an IPA. This scent was very hoppy and inviting and a tulip glass seemed like a good choice.

Taste: Right from the start, this beer tasted very fresh and crisp. This is one of the few IPA's that didn't seem resiny to me. Sure, it was loaded with hops, bitter with a nice malty semi-sweet taste, but it didn't make me feel sticky. New Belgium took the time to filter and clarify this beer yet kept a big amount of hop taste with some citrus overtones. The malt balance seemed just right and the body was plenty enough to satisfy.

This beer left my mouth moist. Some IPA's can dry out my mouth rather quickly, but New Belgium's Fresh Hop left my mouth almost watering. This is not an over the top IPA, but rather a tame and refreshing one. This is one I could drink year round if it were only available that long. I'm becoming a believer in fresh hop (wet) IPAs.

Overall: This was a beauty of a beer. Very visually appealing - clear, great head and nose and a clean hoppy taste. I'd rank this one up with some of the best IPA's I've had. It's one that I didn't have to fight the bitterness, rather it was well balanced with the malt while still highlighting the hops. If you aren't a big IPA fan then you might want to use this beer to convince your palate that hoppy beers can be good. A tip of the hat and a big thumbs up for this aromatic IPA.

(Blogger disclaimer: I was not paid for this review. I simply made a promise to New Belgium to give this a fair, honest and timely review.)

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Colorado Beer News 112111

Colorado Beer NewsToday is World Hello Day. In order to say hello in many languages you'll need a Universal Translator, and what better tool to do it with than a nice cold holiday brew! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, November 21st, 2011.

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Thanksgiving reminder: Many Colorado breweries will be closed for Thanksgiving in order to spend time with their families. Be sure to get your growlers filled early this week to ensure you have plenty to go around for this long holiday weekend and avoid the holiday shopping rush on Friday. Fermentedly Challenged will be open all day - we never close, although you might not see a new post that day!

Yak & Yeti (Arvada) - Just in time for the holiday weekend, Yak & Yeti will be releasing their robust porter - Sherpa Porter - this Wednesday, November 23rd at 4pm. This robust porter will also serve as a flavor platform to provide a weekly release of interesting beers including Vanilla Porter, Cherry Porter, Toasted Coconut Porter, Coffee Porter, and Peppermint Porter. Stay tuned for more about these releases.

The Mayor of Old Town (Fort Collins) - Today at the Mayor they will be hosting the KRFC Food Drive. If you bring in two cans of food (or more), you will receive a free Odell Brewing or Pateros Creek Brewing beer in exchange! Stop in between 4pm and 8pm with your donations. Listen to live music while you sip 'em down!

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - Expansion construction continues and they've got their fancy new drains completed. Plus, there are new beers in their tanks: BT's Brew (Red Ale), Horseshoes and Hand Grenades (American Style ESB), and Apres Cuvee (blend of barrel aged beers). Also - Sticky Fingers Fresh Hop Ale and Jolie Blonde Belgian IPA will be back on tap today (Monday). Time to fill up your growlers!

Rockyard Brewing (Castle Rock) - Coming Black Friday - November 25th all day - "Warning Sign 2010" is a collaborative Imperial Eisbock brewed by some of the best Craft brewers in Colorado in early 2010! This was one of the first collaboration brews the Jellyman took part in. This is the BLACK FRIDAY ALL DAY Deviation to be tapped and uniquely paired with an appetizer by our Chef Heffe. Stop by after shopping and try some.

Grand Lake Brewing (Grand Lake) - Planning to be up in the mountains around Grandby or Grand Lake for Thanksgiving? Stop in for their Thanksgiving Day Buffet at the Grand Lake Taphouse - it will be amazing. No need to cook. Come and have some great food and beer!

Global Climate (Weather) - What does the weather have to do with Colorado beer? Plenty, if you ask sustainability director Jenn Orgolini of New Belgium. A news article from the Public News Service states how extreme weather is already affecting availability of hops and malts. Read the complete article on the PNS web site.

C.B. & Potts (Several CO locations) - Announcing the availability of their winter seasonal - S'No Angel - a Weizen for the Season! S'No Angel, a Winter Seasonal is here... inspired by their 2009 Bronze Medal winning Weizenbock at the North American Beer Awards. Features a beautiful chocolate color. This winter wheat sports a creamy, complex body with a festive finishing form. Get this one soon, it's here only for a limited time.

This Week's Events - Here's what's tappening in Colorado this week:
* Renegade Brewing Customer Appreciation Night - Nov. 23 - Renegade Brewing - Denver
* Sausage Fest 2011 - Nov. 25 - Denver Beer Company - Denver
* Ho Ho Ho Slapdown - Nov. 26 - Dry Dock Brewing - Aurora
* CAUTION: Brewing's ThanksBEERing - Nov. 26 - CAUTION: Brewing Company - Denver
* Pliny the Elder Keg Tapping - Nov. 27 - Trinity Brewing Company - Colorado Springs

Avery Brewing (Boulder) is asking Boulderites and Coloradoans to sign an online petition to petition the Boulder City Council to allow tap rooms to make and server food. Allowing distilleries, wineries, and breweries to serve food at their tap rooms would promote a safer and more responsible environment for alcohol consumption. Also, if restrictions on all of Boulder's industrial zones are allowed to be affected by one business who had industrial land rezoned for non-industrial use, then we could lose the iconic and unique businesses that make Boulder so special. View and sign the petition on change.org.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) says "Pardon Our Dust" as they start construction on their new bar for the taproom this week. They are hoping to have a grand re-opening sometime in early December for the new taproom. Plan on seeing several beer surprises to help celebrate.

Carbondale Beer Works (Carbondale) - Like to play music? Wanna jam with others? Come to Jam Night tonight at Carbondale Beer Works. BYO guitar, voice, fiddle, spoons, washboard or whatever you play and join in the fun. $1 off all CBW beers and appetizers all night too.

Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) - As winter settles in around Boulder, Colorado, fans of Twisted Pine Brewing Company are bristling with the excitement that surrounds the annual release of the brewery’s Northstar Imperial Porter. The Baltic-style porter will make its 2011 debut on December 1st to a select few ticket holders for the vertical tasting which coincides yearly with the beer’s release. The highly regarded ale will be available to the public at large beginning December 2nd. See the full press release on this.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - The brewery expansion got one step closer today. Two new 200 barrel fermenters arrived at the brewery today. There are still 4 more scheduled to arrive in addition to a 400 barrel bright tank. Stay tuned for 2012 and watch them grow!

Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) has received Federal approval from the TTB this morning! They were told to expect 4 - 6 months, it took 36 days. TTB went to a new online application system last month and we were one of the first applicants in the new system. They were caught a little by surprise, but they'll be working hard in the coming weeks to get the brewery ready to open. Great Storm may be pushing up their opening date a bit! 2012 can't get here soon enough.

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Twisted Pine set to release 2011 Northstar Imperial Porter

Twisted Pine BrewingThose in the Northern hemisphere should never get lost at night if they follow the North Star. Twisted Pine seems to know that if you follow their Northstar (Imperial Porter that is) then you'll never be lost for finding a good rich dark brew. One of Twisted Pine Brewing Company's favorite annual beer releases happens next week. Read the details in their recent Press Release below.


Northstar Imperial Porter Returns to Twisted Pine
Twisted Pine’s winter seasonal set to guide beer lovers towards true north

Boulder, Colorado – November 21st 2011 – As winter settles in around Boulder, Colorado, fans of Twisted Pine Brewing Company are bristling with the excitement that surrounds the annual release of the brewery’s Northstar Imperial Porter. The Baltic-style porter will make its 2011 debut on December 1st to a select few ticket holders for the vertical tasting which coincides yearly with the beer’s release. The highly regarded ale will be available to the public at large beginning December 2nd.

Northstar, which carries a 98 on Ratebeer.com, is black as a moonless night and gives off an aroma of toffee and dark fruit laced with licorice. Once the porter hits the palate, the tongue dances to notes of chocolate-covered raisins which harmonize well with subtle traces of roasted nuts and molasses. The beer is dry enough to punctuate the flavors with a crisp finish, while just silky enough to leave a stamp of the epic experience behind for a while. An ABV of 9.1% provides a slight warming glow that grows up the chest as the ale drops in the glass. Northstar was awarded a gold medal at the 2010 Colorado State Fair, a silver in the 2006 World Beer Cup, and a bronze in 2008’s State Fair.

Twisted Pine NorthstarA great beer for the cellar, Northstar ages gracefully, which has led to the increasing popularity and decreasing availability of tickets for the brewery’s fourth annual vertical tasting. Starting with the 2004 vintage, participants will have the opportunity to sample nearly every version since, plus a few other porter varieties that the brewers have created for the occasion, all tastefully paired with small bites of food, cleverly crafted for accompaniment by the Twisted kitchen.

In addition to state-wide availability in Colorado, this year’s Northstar will find its way to Texas, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, Nebraska and Louisiana. Visit twistedpinebrewing.com for more information on Twisted Pine and Northstar Imperial Porter.

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Based in Boulder, Colorado Twisted Pine Brewing Company has been handcrafting beer since 1995. They are the brewers of such favorites as “Hoppy Boy IPA,” “Raspberry Wheat Ale” and “Billy’s Chilies.” The Ale House is a very popular local hangout and boasts 17 taps, 5 rotating. Twisted Pine is active with local charitable organizations and a strong believer in sustainable business practices. You can find more information at www.twistedpinebrewing.com.

Twisted Pine Brewing Company
3201 Walnut St. Suite A
Boulder, CO 80301
info@twistedpinebrewing.com


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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Go Bananas at Steamworks' Firkin Friday

Steamworks Brewing CompanySteamworks is going bananas!

Steamworks is putting out a unique firkin this Friday for their regular Firkin Friday on December 2nd, 2011 called Bananas Foster - and you're all invited to partake. Check out this latest press release from Steamworks Brewing Company for all the details on this special brew.

Firkin Fridays continues Dec. 2 at Steamworks Brewing Co.
December firkin fashioned after popular Bananas Foster dessert

DURANGO, Colo. – Steamworks Brewing Co. continues with its special monthly “firkin” tapping Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, featuring for the holidays, a special “Bananas Foster” brew fashioned after the popular dessert. The cask will be tapped at 3 p.m.
The unique flavor profile of the Bananas Foster firkin is based in one of Steamworks’ newest beer recipes, a Weizenbock, which is a strong, dark version of a traditional Bavarian-style wheat beer.

“A Weizenbock is typically characterized by an assertive banana flavor and aroma, which is a byproduct of fermentation,” said Ken Martin, Steamworks head brewer. “We simply added brown sugar and vanilla to attain the additional flavors traditional in this delicious New Orleans treat.”

“The base beer is also already high in alcohol,” added brewer Spencer Roper, referencing the Weizenbock’s 8 percent ABV. “So this beer will have that warming sensation achieved when brandy or rum is added to the traditional Bananas Foster dessert.”

Steamworks Bananas FosterUnlike most draft beers, firkin beer is unpasteurized, unfiltered and naturally carbonated, or conditioned, it its cask. According to Martin, the yeast transforms the sugar into alcohol within the cask, and carbonation results from the trapped carbon dioxide occurring as a byproduct.

“And remember, it’s also served at about 55 degrees - cool but not cold,” said Martin. “Also, because it contains no preservatives, a firkin beer is designed to be consumed after tapping.”

A firkin is an old English unit of volume, typically a wooden cask equal to approximately one-quarter of a regular barrel, or nine gallons. Steamworks initiated its Firkin Fridays in Nov. 2010 to introduce specialty craft beers not suited to large draft production.

The award-winning Steamworks Brewing Co., open 11 a.m. to closing seven days a week, is located at 801 E. Second. Ave., Durango (970.259.9200). For further information, visit www.steamworksbrewing.com.

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New Belgium Prickly Passion Saison review

New Belgium Prickly Passion SaisonLips of Faith beers are always something unique and special from New Belgium. One of the last 2011 editions of this continuing series is their New Belgium Prickly Passion Saison. It's a beer brewed with prickly pear (cactus) and passion fruit mixed together with a Belgian farmhouse yeast, Target & Liberty hops and Pale / C-80 malts.

I received this bottle as a complimentary gift from New Belgium in return for an independent review of the product. This is not a paid review, but rather one to let New Belgium know what I thought of it.

Prickly Passion Saison has the image of cactus blossoms on a prickly pair painted onto the bottle, so I knew up front this was going to be different. The brew weighed in at 8.5% ABV so this was going to be a stronger brew than most. I was curious about how parts of cactus and passion fruit were going to mix together. Saisons always seem to be quite the hit or miss adventure for me so I wasn't sure what to expect.

Appearance: Prickly Passion poured a clear looking golden orange. There was quite a bit of carbonation in this 22oz bottle and I got a nice 2 to 3 finger nearly white head in the glass. Swirling the glass left a nice thin white lacing on the glass that stuck around for a while.

Aroma: The aroma started off as a typical farmhouse saison, a bit funky, barnyardy with a hint of sulpher and spice, yet with a semi-sweet fruity nose unlike anything I've had so far. It's difficult to describe what prickly pear and passion fruit smell like, but it seemed to counter the funky barnyard of the yeast just enough to be pleasant.

As the beer warmed up, the aroma seemed to change noticeably. The smell got even more funky and less fruity as time went by. The yeast seemed to want to come to the forefront as it warmed.

Taste and Feel: With Saisons, I tend to expect a bit of garden spice and funk. Here, Prickly Passion gave me a sweet malty taste up front with a side of tropical fruitiness. Add to that some breadiness and a bit of herbal garden to boot.

The beer itself was full bodied, not at all watery. It had a creamy smooth texture and finished with a slight bittering effect.

Overall: While I continue to get used to Saisons, I found this beer to be at the least refreshing. I tend to drink Saisons a bit slower than most beers. The aroma of Saisons, and this one, tend to take a bit getting used to, so perhaps I don't enjoy them as much as others. Still, the beer seemed to be well made, filtered, well carbonated and clean. By the end of the bottle I felt satisfied and would end up recommending to those who enjoy Saisons, but perhaps not to the uninitiated.

New Belgium Prickly Passion Saison is better than the average Saison I've had. While I enjoyed it, I still would probably order something else if I wanted to have another beer later in the day. It seems that Saisons, like it did with IPAs, take time to thoroughly get used to and enjoy.

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