Saturday, February 18, 2012

Up for The Count at Grimm Brothers Brewhouse

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - The CountBeer release events are becoming a regular thing here in Colorado, but it's more special when it's one of those big beers that take months to age in bourbon barrels. Over in Loveland on a sunny winter afternoon, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse released another beer in their growing repertoire of Fabled Series beers. This time they amped up their Master Thief and turned it into a big Russian Imperial Stout called The Count.

Just before the release, I had the opportunity to speak with the owners Don Chapman and Aaron Heaton about their new beer and a bit about their plans for the near future.

I arrived around 1:45pm, just over an hour before the release party, and already the taproom was nearly at capacity. Shortly after, Aaron came over along with a local homebrewer, Cy, and started talking about the brew.

The Count was aged for about 9 months in a Buffalo Trace bourbon barrel that actually had a pint or more of bourbon still left in it when they received the barrels. Aaron stated that you can definitely pick up the bourbon in this beer. The beer itself weighs in around 11.5% ABV (or possibly higher he said).

Right now, Grimm Brothers has a barrel farm of 15 barrels, some bourbon and some wine barrels. They also expect to get 10 more barrels coming later this year.

One of their next big beers will be Magic Mirror - a bigger version of Snow drop with added honey, oak and molasses.

Grimm Brothers ownersExpansion is definitely in their near future. After quickly outgrowing their original site, they expanded across the parking lot into a second facility in order to seat 4 to 5 times the original crowd. And now they are looking towards adding space next door to the taproom once another business moves out. There is enough room in the business complex to possible get another 4 or 5 units adjacent to them.

Soon after my talk, it was time for the release. The following is a video of the talk that Aaron, Don and Russell gave to introduce the capacity crowd to The Count.

Look for a review of this beer posted here. If my 2oz sample was any indication, this is going to be a wonderful imperial stout.

Related articles:
- Grimm Brothers announce upcoming events.
- Loveland chamber partners for Sweetheart City Valentine beer.
- City of Loveland honors Grimm Brothers Brewhouse.
- A taste of Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - Loveland, CO.

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