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Beer Review: Renegade Brewing, Ryeteous IPA

First off, Happy Birthday to Renegade Brewing Company!

They recently celebrated their first anniversary by hosting a big party on July 7th.  During the event, they treated fans to several barrel-aged and vintage beers and also introduced the canned version of their flagship beer,  Ryeteous IPA.  Ryeteous IPA is a rye-based American IPA that kicks it up to 60 IBU’s and packs a 7% ABV.

I dig cans.  A lot!, but that’s an article for another day.  This is Renegades’ first venture into the world of cans and I’m pretty excited about it.  I was able to track down a 4-pack of 16 oz. cans for $11.

I pour my Ryeteous IPA from its’ 16 oz. can into a nonic pint glass.  The beer pours a clear, orange, almost amber color, with a two-finger, creamy white head.  There’s a steady, moderate flow of carbonation that streams towards the top of the glass.

I inhale to get my first impression.  Hop notes flood my nostrils and I’m transported to an enchanting state of tasty, lupulin zen.  There’s a bit of citrus, combined with a generous dose of pine and earthy hops.  It’s not a hop bomb by any means, but these hops aren’t afraid to jump up and make you take notice either.  In the back, there’s some sweet caramel mixed in, along with malt and bread.

Time to get it on and take a sip.  The bitter hops slide down my throat waaaaay too easily.  It’s hoppy, but again, not overly bitter.  It’s balanced quite well with the caramel notes and plenty of rye.  I like the rye aspect of this beer.  In fact, this makes me picture a bitter slice of bread.  I only wish my sandwiches could taste this good…  As I sip on it, I notice that its’ leaving behind some stringy spider webs and lacing along the inside of the glass.

The mouthfeel is creamy, albeit on the thinner side, but for a beer that’s packing 60 IBU’s and a 7% ABV, it’s surprisingly smooth.  There’s just a moderately bitter finish that lingers in the back of your throat.  It just teases you in between sips, making you want another taste of this yummy brew. Eventually, you have to give in and answer this sirens’ call.

I could drink a few of these on my back deck on a warm summer day.  Actually, I’m pretty sure I’ll be drinking a few of these on the back deck later today.  Ryeteous IPA is a winner for me and I’m excited to see another local brewery getting into the canning scene.  I admittedly don’t make it out to visit all the breweries around town as much as I’d like.  Some days, it feels like work, family, sleep, repeat and there’s only so many hours in the day.  But with cans and growlers, I can enjoy new beers from new(er) breweries in the comfort of my own home.

Thanks Renegade for getting your cans into my hands.  If you want to track some down, check out Libations, Mondo Vino, Mr. B’s, Highlands Wine & Liquor and other better beer stores in the area. Ask the beer buyers at your favorite stores for it and make them take notice.  If you can’t find it right away, try to be patient.  The first canning yielded right around 100 cases or 2400 cans.  Not nearly enough for all of Colorado’s faithful, beer loving citizens, but fear not, more is on the way.

Renegade Brewing Company is located in the Art District on Santa Fe: 925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO 80204.  720-401-4089.

Cheers!

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Weekend Beer Buzz 07/05/12

Hey everybody!  Hope you had a fun and safe Independence Day.  I know many of you are probably taking advantage of the mid-week holiday and enjoying a nice, loooong weekend.  Many of my favorite breweries either closed early or were closed all together on the 4th, but are gearing up for a busy weekend.  You ready?

Kick it off over at Dry Dock Brewing for their weekly Firkin Friday.  This week’s release is a Kona Coffee Milk Stout.

Dry Dock’s Milk Stout is solid and I know Walt worked some magic with this coffee’d version.  I’m going to try to hit this one up and so should you.   Tapping is at 3 PM.  Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.  303-400-5606.

Breckenridge Brewery is turning 22 this weekend!  Wow!  There’s not too many craft breweries that have been pumping out beer for 22 years.  Congrats guys!  To celebrate, there’s a Pig Roast / Concert / Beer Drinkin’ Throwdown on Saturday, July 7th from 11 AM – 6 PM.

$22 covers all you can drink, grub on and listen to for the day.  Sure to be a great time.  You can grab tickets ahead of time at: breckbrew.com

The Colorado Craft Beer Show will be broadcasting live from Breck’s Anniversary Party.

Turk will have Tebo sitting in for The Gubna again this week.  Plan on lots of updates from the Breckenridge crew, plus visits with Brian O’Connell from Renegade Brewing, Boone from Bristol Brewing and Virgil from Illegal Pete’s.  The show airs live on AM 760 from noon – 2 PM.  Breckenridge Brewery is located at: 471 S Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80204.  800-328-6723.

Over on the FM side, American Craft Beer Radio, will be broadcasting live from Backcountry Pizza and Tap House up in Boulder, CO.  Gary V will be hittin’ the waves on Saturday at noon.  Keep your ear on 102.3 FM for giveaways and beer news.  If you can make it over to Backcountry, they’ll treat you to happy hour pricing from 11-2.

Backcountry Pizza and Tap House is located at: 2319 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302.  303-449-4285.

Copper Kettle Brewing is releasing another round of deliciousness this weekend.  This Saturday, July 7th, the tap lines will be graced with this year’s batch of German Altbier.  A nice blend of malt and hops round out this highly drinkable, German-style brew.

They’ll be joined by Reetz Treats at 5 PM, who’ll be bringing an assortment of sweet, yummy morsels to pair with this and other Copper Kettle beers.  The tapping is at noon.  Copper Kettle is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO 80247.  720-443-CKBC.

Up in Boulder, Twisted Pine is ready to release the next installment in their Artisan Ale Series.  For July, they’re releasing Hoppy Girl, an 8% ABV, 70 IBU, IPA infused with hibiscus and jasmine.  750’s will go on sale at the brewery on Saturday, July 7th from noon – 9 PM.

Kate Medlin, who designed the label art, will be on hand to sign bottles.  Twisted Pine Brewing is located at: 3201 Walnut St. Ste A, Boulder, CO 80301.  303-786-9270.

Sour Freaks, listen up!  It’s Sour Month over at the Rackhouse Pub.  This week will see Dry Dock’s Apricot Sour and Grand Teton’s Snarling Badger (Berliner Weisse) hitting the tap lines.  Looking towards next week, keep an eye out for AC Golden’s Rackhouse Blend and Dry Hopped Sour, Avery Immitis and Crooked Stave’s Petite Sour.

There’s a lot of special sour treats to watch for over at the Rackhouse Pub in July.  This event runs all month long and I’ll keep you updated with everything they’ll be putting on the tap lines.  Rackhouse Pub is located at: 208 S Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80223.  720-570-7824.

TRVE Brewing picked up a Buffalo Trace barrel earlier this week.

A hint of things to come?  They must have gotten smoked on their opening week, as they had to close for a few days to catch up and make more beer.  Don’t worry, they’ll be ready for you this weekend. TRVE Brewing is located at: 227 Broadway #101, Denver, CO 80203.  303-351-1021.

Lastly, Prost brewed their first batch of beer this week!  Bill brewed up his Weißbier on Tuesday.

One step closer to seeing these guys in action!

Still no firm opening date, but they’re getting closer.  Prost Brewing is located at: 2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80211.

That’s all I got!  Hope you guys get out and try some great beer this weekend.  Click “Like” on our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on all the latest updates, events and beer news in Colorado and around the globe.

Cheers!


Beer Trippin’ in Wisconsin. Part 2 – Tyranena Brewing and Romans’ Pub

In Part 1 of our Wisconsin beer trek, we hit up New Glarus Brewing.  Read all about it HERE.  From there, we headed to Lake Mills, WI, to visit Tyranena (pronounced tie-rah-nee-nah) Brewing.  I’ve gotten a few bottles to try over the years and had liked their beers quite a bit.  Everything I had read, made it sound like they do quite a bit of barrel aging and experimentation.  Two things I love.

As we walked up to the bar, I glanced over the beer menu and knew we were in for a treat.    I don’t usually go for a sampler tray, but there were just too many new and interesting beers to try.  The sampler was the only practical way to get them all in.

For $10, you can walk through the whole lineup: Three Beaches Honey Blonde, Headless Man Amber Alt, Stone Tepee Pale Ale, Bitter Woman IPA, Rocky’s Revenge Bourbon Aged Brown, Chief Blackhawk Porter, Cherry Barrel Aged Kinda Lambic, Scurvy IPA w/ Orange peel, Down ‘n’ Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout and Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels.  Some really, really, reeeaaaalllly nice beers.  I hate to pick one, but my fav’s were the Scurvy IPA and Down ‘n’ Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout.

Our bartender, Benji, was a former brewer for Tyranena, but these days, he’s a stay at home Dad. He occasionally helps out at the brewery in his spare time.  Benji was very knowledgeable as we picked his brain and took his recommendations on places to visit during our trip.

We checked out the brew house, finished our sampler and took a stroll through the adjacent beer garden and hop garden around the corner.

Tyranena Brewing is located at: 1025 Owen St, Lake Mills, WI 53551.  920-648-8699.

After Tyranena’s it was time to make the trip back to Milwaukee, which would be home for the night. Before hitting the hotel, we had time for one last stop at Romans’ Pub.  If you’re looking for trendy and cute, head to Rock Bottom.  But, if you’re looking for good  great beer, a knowledgeable bartender and proper glassware, hit up Romans’.

It’s a pretty simple place, with a dozen or so seats at the bar, a few tables and a beer garden out back.  The walls are covered with posters and artwork from great breweries like Dogfish Head, Three Floyds and Goose Island.

ISO: Bourbon County Stout barrel / FT: Name your price.

We’ve all heard the saying “No Crap On Tap” and Romans’ lives up to it.  Just look at the draft list.

A solid beer menu, that’s always changing.  Fortunately for me, the menu is heavy on the hops right now.  It was Double IPA time for me.  First up, was Three Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf (on draft).  A big ol’ 9% DIPA, that packs 100+ IBU’s and is loaded with citrus and tropical fruit notes.  Amazing beer.

After that, it was time for….  Three Floyds (3F’s) Arctic Panzer Wolf.  AGAIN!  I don’t normally order the same beer twice when I’m at a beer bar, especially when I’m at an out-of-town beer bar, but the 3F’s Panzer Wolf was amazing.  I tried samples of the Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster DIPA and Black Husky Pale Ale, but for me, Panzer Wolf took the crown.

Patti went for the Goose Island Imperial IPA.

It didn’t take us long to get a conversation going with our bartender, who turned out to be owner, Mike Romans.  Once he figured out that we were true beer nerds, he opened up like a book.  We swapped stories about breweries, GABF and he helped us plan out the rest of our trip in Wisconsin.

If you ever find yourself in Milwaukee, I highly recommend a visit to Romans’ Pub.  Mike, who has been in the biz since 1978, is pretty much a 1-man show and he works his tail off to get his customers the best beer he can find.  Mike, if you’re reading this, thanks again and there’s a couple of bombers heading your way soon.

Romans’ Pub is located at: 3475 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207.  414-481-3396.

Next up on our Beercation in Wisconsin is… sleep…  and Miller!  I know, I know, but you might be surprised.  MillerCoors had a fun tour and lots of history.  Come on back for the next entry.  And if Miller’s left a foul taste in your mouth, have no fear, we ended our trip with a visit to a popular microbrewery in Milwaukee.  More details, pics and reviews to come.

Cheers!


New Beers and Beer News 07/02/12

Head’s up beer lovers, lots of new beers coming down the pipeline!  Time to start saving your money and making out your shopping list.

Odell Brewing has three beers you’ll want to be on the lookout for in the near future.

First up is The Meddler, an 8.9% ABV Oud Bruin Ale.  This Flanders Brown Ale has been aging with wild yeasts for the past 18 months!  The label says “malty sweet chocolate and vanilla toy with a hauntingly sour finish”.  Count me in.

Odell is also getting ready to release another edition of their popular Woodcut Series.  For Woodcut 6, they’re featuring Mosaic hops, a new breed, which is supposed to have citrus and tropical fruit notes. The beer is then aged in oak barrels to add notes of vanilla and almonds.

It’s been over a year since Woodcut 5, an Oak-Aged Quad.  Keep a lookout for this 10% ABV brew and grab one before they’re gone for good.

Lastly, not a new beer, but a re-release of DeConstruction should be heading our way shortly.  This Golden Ale is blended with wild, barrel-aged beers from the Odell Pilot system, to create a tart, dry and slightly sweet beer.

This 10.5% ABV beer is very complex and is highly recommended for the sour freaks out there.

Over in Boulder, Twisted Pine Brewing is getting ready to release their 17th Anniversary Ale, called Red Rye-der.  Look for caramel and hoppy notes in this big Red Ale.

This beer is just starting to show up on draft and should be showing up in 22oz. bombers soon. Also, check out Twisted Pine’s Anniversary Party at the brewery on Saturday, July 14th.

It looks like Grimm Brothers is going to bottle this year’s release of Big Bad Wold Sticke Alt.  This is a traditional German style beer that translates into “secret”, since the brewery doesn’t reveal the recipe. Past batches from Grimm Brothers have been amber in color with bread, caramel and hop notes.

Grimm Brothers will also be bottling Sooty Brother Gratzer Ale later this year.  This nearly lost style of beer is brewed with wheat and pilsner malt that has been smoked over oak.  A smoky beer, but with a good amount of hop flavor and aroma.

Look for 220z. bomber releases at the brewery in the near future.

I’ll wrap up this round with two new Lips of Faith brews coming from New Belgium Brewing.  In August, keep an eye out for Peach Porch Lounger Ale, a collaboration brewed with musician G. Love.  This 9.4% ABV beer is brewed with peaches, lemon peel and molasses and fermented with Brett.  I’ve never cared much for G. Love’s music, but his beer sure does sound tasty.

Lastly, New Belgium is collaborating with Alpine Brewing from California to bring us Super India Pale Ale.  Alpine does some monsteroursly hoppy and tasty brews like Duet and Exponential Hoppiness. Unfortunately, they don’t see distribution very far from the brewery.  This might be one of the few chances you get to purchase and try an Alpine brew outside of CA.

Super IPA clocks in at 9% ABV and is a triple dry-hopped Imperial IPA with Columbus, Simcoe, Amarillo and Centennial hops.  This was brewed less than two weeks ago, but will hopefully be seeing bottles and kegs soon to retain maximum hoppiness!

There you have it, plenty of great brews are heading our way.  I’ll keep you posted as release dates get firmed up on all these yummy beers.  In the meantime, start filling your piggy banks and making room in your cellar.

Cheers!