Monday, March 26, 2012

A Springy Firkin Friday at Steamworks

Steamworks Spring Fever FirkinFirkin Friday at Steamworks Brewing Co. to celebrate Spring

Unique “Spring Fever Firkin” to be tapped on Friday, April 6

DURANGO, Colo. – Spring has sprung at Steamworks Brewing Co., and the brewpub is set to celebrate during its monthly Firkin Friday, April 6, 2012, with a special “Spring Fever Firkin. The cask will be tapped at 3 p.m.

According to Ken Martin, Steamworks head brewer, the firkin’s base beer is Steamworks’ One Wit Wunder, the Belgian style wheat beer spiced with coriander and Curacao (bitter) orange peel.

“We then added extra spice in the form of sweet orange peel and lemongrass and re-fermented it with freshly pureed pineapple and its juice,” said Martin. “The result should be a spicy, citrusy wheat beer with the sweetness of pineapple and a subtle herbal essence of lemongrass.”

“It should be a refreshing spring elixir,” added Spencer Roper, assistant brewer. “Perfect to enjoy on a warm Friday afternoon on Steamworks’ back deck.”

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. Firkin beer is unpasteurized, unfiltered and naturally carbonated, or conditioned, it its cask. It is served at approximately 55 degrees - cool but not cold, and because it contains no preservatives, it’s designed to be consumed after tapping.

“We’ve got a large following for Firkin Fridays, and it’s growing as more people discover the opportunity to sample a unique brew that they truly can’t get anywhere else,” said Martin. “Come early to make sure you get a pint.”

Steamworks initiated its Firkin Fridays to introduce unusual, specialty craft beers to patrons, and augment its regular, award-winning offerings.

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

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