Monday, January 30, 2012

Elevation Beer Company to bring Barrel Aged Craft Beer to Colorado

Elevation Beer CompanyPoncha Springs, Colorado - January 30th, 2012 - Elevation Beer Company, an artisan microbrewery focusing on seasonal barrel-aged beers, plans to start brewing the second week of February. Elevation will start brewing in its brand new 15-barrel system 7,400 square foot facility located just outside of Salida, Colorado in nearby Poncha Springs, Colorado.

“We are focusing on brewing the type of beers we love to drink,” says Head Brewer Christian Koch, “Our first Black Diamond Series release, will be Apis IV, a Belgian Quadrupel made with caramelized honey, and our first Double Black Diamond Series release, will be Signal De Botrange, a farmhouse ale brewed with brettanomyces and aged in Napa Valley Chardonnay barrels. We are brewing beers for beer geeks just like us.”

Elevation was started by four friends, Carlin Walsh, Christian Koch, Sheila Bustamante and Xandy Bustamante, who had a dream of producing some of the world’s best artesian ales and lagers while living in the heart of the Rockies.

Elevation Beer Company - Apis IV - QuadrupelElevation Beer Company will focus on producing three distinct lines of beers, based on the ski slope rating system, with it’s easy drinking Blue Square Series, it’s bold Black Diamond Series, and it’s adventurous Double Black Diamond Series of barrel-aged beers.

Both the Black Diamond and Double Black Diamond Series’ will be available on draft and 750ml cork and caged Champagne style bottles across Colorado, while its Blue Square Series will only be available on draft in the high country of Colorado.

“We are getting excited to finally start brewing and join the great craft beer community that exists in Colorado,” says Marketing Director Sheila Bustamante. “Look for us at beer festivals or at your favorite beer bar or liquor store starting this spring.”

Elevation Signal De Botrange

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For more information about Elevation Beer Company and its beers or to schedule an interview or private tour, contact the brewery at or by phone at (719) 539-5258. Their website, which is still under construction, can be located at and you may also follow their progress on Facebook.

Elevation Beer Company
115 Pahlone Parkway
Poncha Springs, CO 81242
(719) 539-5258

Blogger's note:

Here are some additional questions I asked Elevation Beer Company today.

Do you have a specific target date for your grand opening?

"We are looking at May 19th for our grand opening of the tasting room and the release of our first Black Diamond and Double Black Diamond Series beers. We should have our Blue Series beers available in Chaffee County come late March. More details on our grand opening party are being finalized and we will most likely send out another press release on that."

Will you have a tasting room? If so, how many beers do you plan to have available by opening day?

"Yes we will, We will be doing tours every weekend once we open and plan on having 8 taps (with 3 different gas blends for perfect pouring and proper glassware) firkins, and will be rotating our beers frequently on our Brewers Playground Series (brewed on our one BBL pilot system) at the tap room as well as serving our regular line up. We will also have growlers, kegs, and bottles available to-go."

Will all of your beers be available in bottles initially or will you be selling mostly kegs initially?

"Only the Black Diamond Series and Double Black Diamond Series will be available in 750ml cork and caged Champagne style bottles. the Blue Square Series will only be available in the Colorado High Country and only on draft. We will have some limited draft available of our Black and Double Black Diamond Series for the front range as well."

I saw that you had Apis IV a quad in bottles. Will that be your opening brew?

"Apis IV (Black Diamond Series) and Signal De Botrange (Double Black Series) will both be our first launches to the Front Range in bottles. Both of the series will rotated quarterly (and never repeated in back to back years) the Double Black Series will always be Barrel Aged.

Apis IV is a Dark Belgian Strong (or a quad depending on your style definitions) and will be made with local caramelized honey and Signal De Botrange will be a Brett Farmhouse Ale aged in Napa Valley Chardonnay Barrels."

All quotes were from Alexander "Xandy" Bustamante of Elevation Beer Company.

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