Monday, March 26, 2012

Crooked Stave releases 1st Cellar Reserve beer

Crooked Stave Cellar Reserve Membership"Membership has its privileges" and in the case of Crooked Stave, their members finally received their 1st bottle from the Crooked Stave Cellar Reserve Membership program this last weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, March 24th and 25th, Crooked Stave held membership release events at Falling Rock Tap House (Saturday) in Denver, and at Cured (Sunday) in Boulder. The first release for members was their Blackberry Petite Sour, a sour ale infused with blackberries that weighs in around 5% ABV and was aged in oak barrels.

The Blackberry Petite Sour is just the 1st of 9 planned members only releases that members will pick up this year in 2012. There will be even more releases that members will have access to in addition to the general public.

Chad Yakobson, owner and brewmaster of Crooked Stave, stated that there were 155 members who signed up for the 2012 Cellar Reserve membership, each paying $300. This amounts to just over $46,000 worth of investment. Of those 155 members, roughly 25% of them were from out of state. Crooked Stave won't ship bottles to members, so members or their designated trustees have to show up in person to claim their allotted bottles. Members who can't make one of the releases will have their bottles held for them and can pick them up at a future release.

Crooked Stave Cellar Reserve Membership releaseFor this first batch, Chad said that there were 700 bottles of Blackberry Petite Sour made (around 60 cases). Other batches will have roughly the same or higher quantities made.

Most of the members attended the Denver release on Saturday at Falling Rock Tap House. Chad set up a tent in the parking lot at Falling Rock. All three owners of Falling Rock are also members of the Cellar Reserve Membership and stocked up on bottles. Members were given 1 bottle per their allotment, but were given the option to purchase additional bottles.

The second half of the release was on Sunday in Boulder at Cured, a cheese, meat and wine shop on Pearl Street. This shop also roasts and grinds their own blends of coffee and has a nice little wine shop in the back. Crooked Stave set up a booth inside Cured in the back and handed out bottles to members there.

In addition to their 1st bottle, members also received their members only t-shirt and a custom neoprene dual-bottle carrier. Members will also be receiving 2 custom stemware glasses in the future. These are still on order and will be shipped from Germany and given out at a future release.

Dual Bottle CarrierYakobson stated that for future Cellar Reserve member releases up until they open up in their new brewery location, they will choose two different locations to handle the releases, with Falling Rock Tap House being one of them.

Crooked Stave is still in the process of locating a final destination for their brewery in Denver. Optimally, they would like to be located in the River North area of Denver just north of the Coors Field area. Chad wants to start out with as big a location as possible, investing as much as $1.4 million dollars into a facility that has plenty of room for future production and a large tasting room.

Next up in the Crooked Stave Cellar Reserve Membership release will either be their Persica, a sour peach brew or their "Batch #1" a 100% barrel fermented, 100% Brett beer sometime in April 2012.

Memberships will be available each year and run from January through December. Existing members will have first right of refusal for future memberships. There are approximately 400 slots available each year in the membership. More information about membership can be found on the Crooked Stave membership website: membership.crookedstave.com.

The following photos were taken at the Sunday release at Cured in Boulder on March 25th, 2012.


Crooked Stave Blackberry Petite Sour


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- Crooked Stave readies their Cellar Reserve Memberships.
- Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett Red review.

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