Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Danny Williams remembered in new collaboration beer

Danny's Gold Mine AleColorado lost one of its biggest enthusiasts, Danny Williams, in late January of this year and several local Colorado breweries wanted to help remember him and collaborate on a special brew in his honor. Today, members of Ska Brewing, Odell Brewing, New Belgium Brewing, Crooked Stave and Funkwerks got together at Funkwerks in Fort Collins to brew a new beer called: Danny's Gold Mine Ale.

The label states "This is a nice beer" and is described by Dave Thibodeau from Ska Brewing as a "Danny Strong Dark Ale", a hearty dark ale weighing in at 10% ABV. It was brewed with a blend of Rochefort and English Ale yeast strains, with cocoa nibs added to the secondary fermentation.

All of the breweries involved worked on collectively creating the recipe over the course of the last month and all of them had brewers on hand today participating in the brew at Funkwerks. They're all sharing equally in the cost of the raw materials.

Danny's Gold Mine Ale is a 15 barrel batch, and could yield up to 150 cases, although they haven't yet determined how many kegs they'll pull out of this batch. It's a limited run beer and will be available only in Colorado - in Fort Collins, Denver and Durango. Some of the beer will be taken to San Diego for the World Beer Cup and other conferences.

The brew will be put into 750ml bottles and cost somewhere around $15+ a bottle. If all goes according to plan, they are considering brewing a much larger batch later on at New Belgium following the World Beer Cup. It'll be available to the public the first week of May and only in Colorado.

Proceeds from this beer will go towards the Danny Williams Fund and help to preserve his gold mine beer cellar. This is one of a number of Danny collaborations being brewed in celebration of Danny's life.

Danny's Gold Mine Ale - full label

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This article came from FermentedlyChallenged.com - a Colorado beer blog.
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