Beer News! Beer News! Get Yer Beer News Here! We’ve got a million-and-one things to talk about in the beer world and there’s no time to lose. In fact, this monster update is sooo big, I’m cutting this sucker in half. So here’s part 1. Ready, Set, Go!
First up, we’ve got lots of new brews and brew labels to talk about.
Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora just released Bligh’s Barleywine. Daddy snagged one Sunday morning during the release at the Brewery. I briefly spoke with one of their in-house distributors and he said bottles will begin hitting local stores on Monday.
Such a great beer. We popped a ’11 at the release and it’s drinking nicely as well. Although, I think I prefer it fresh. Just my opinion. Either way, get some. It’s tasty. This is going for $20 / 22oz. this year.
Renegade Brewing in Denver is hooking up with the Mobile Canning Unit again to bring you the very bestest, freshest and tastiest of canned goodness. Their Ryetous IPA hit cans earlier this year and has done so well, they’ve decided to introduce Elevation Triple IPA and 5:00 Afternoon Ale in cans as well.
The 11% ABV, 100 IBU, Elevation Triple IPA is a hopheads delight, while 5:00 Afternoon Ale is a 5% ABV blond, session-ale. Look for these to hit local stores in the very near future.
AC Golden is gearing up to release Ctayt, their Russian Imperial Stout that took a bronze medal at the Great American Beer Festival this year. This bad boy spent over a year in Stranahan’s Whiskey Barrels before it was put into bottles.
Look for 750 mL’s to hit a few select stores around the Denver area later this month. This won’t last long, so get out and grab one when it hits.
Out of Poncha Springs, Elevation Beer Company has not 1, not 2, but 3! great beers lined up to release in the upcoming winter months. Downpour, an Imperial Red Ale should be out any day now.
Hop Heads will want to grab one of these for the hops, grapefruit and pine notes that dominate this one.
Elevation also has an Imperial Stout lined up to release later this month, called Oil Man, an 11% ABV brew that was aged in Bourbon Barrels from Breckenridge Distilling. Elevation Co-Founder Xandy Bustamante said they’ll be “blending Oil Man next week so it should be out in time for Christmas”.
This one has hints of coffee, chocolate and bourbon throughout and will be just what you’ll want after a day on the slopes. Or after snowball fights and making snowmen, for the baby daddy’s out there.
Looking into next year, Elevation plans to release Señorita, a Horchata Imperial Porter. I’ve only been able to try a handful of beers from Elevation, but the Apis IV Quad quickly became one of my favorite beers of 2012 and these guys know how to make great beer. I feel confident telling you these should be on your radar. All of these beers will be released in bottles throughout the Denver area.
Up in Fort Collins, Odell Brewing also has something crafty up their sleeves. They’ll be releasing Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout on January 6th at the brewery and featuring it at the Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival in Vail on January 12th.
This will be released in their 10 state distribution range in 4-packs.
Also, keep an eye out in the coming months for Amuste, a Wine Barrel Aged Imperial Porter.
Amuste is brewed with Colorado Tempranillo grapes and will debut in 750mL bottles next year. This has my interests… Hmm, grapes and wine barrels for a porter. Yeah, I’ll be looking to track one down.
While we’re talking about our friends up in the Fort, New Belgium should be releasing my favorite beer from their Lips of Faith series before too much longer. Their 2013 La Folie should hit stores during the first part of next year.
Keep your eyes out. Sour heads stock up! Mr. and Mrs. Insane really love this one.
Speaking of sours, Crooked Stave is working on bottling several of their beers this week. Some are exclusive to Cellar Reserve members, while others will be available for sale in the tap room. L’Brett d’Or was bottled this morning!
L’Brett d’Or is a 100% Brettanomyces fermented, dry-hopped, golden sour that was aged for 18 months in french oak barrels with Lacto and Pedio. I love, love, love this beer. 375mL bottles will retail for $11.
Great Divide Brewing also has two new seasonals ready to roll in 2013. Look for HeyDay, a Belgian-style White Ale and Orabelle, a Belgian-style Tripel.
Both should hit in 6-packs during the first quarter of 2013. They’ll be replacing Samurai and Wild Raspberry Ale.
That’s it for now. Lots and lots and lots of great stuff. Some for now, some for later. Stay tuned for Part 2, later this week. Happy hunting friends!
Howdy! Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween! We made the rounds with our little ones and popped a little nightcap when they went to bed. Three Floyds Dark Lord ’07 anyone?
Had to have something with a spooky name on Halloween! Man, this beer has aged sooo well. Delicious.
The weekend’s right around the corner. Got plans? Need someone to point you in the right direction? Follow me!
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Crooked Stave has an awesome lineup of beers ready for you this weekend.
Cuvaison III – a blend made with Passion Fruit; L’Brett D’ Or – Golden Sour; Nightmare on Brett with espresso beans and more! Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is located at: 1441 W 46th Ave, Denver, CO 80211.
Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew will be open Thursday – Sunday this weekend.
The guys have been working hard to catch up from their crazy busy weekend during GABF. They’ve brewed up a bunch of fresh batches to share with you. Stop by and try their IPA, Pale Ale, Saison, Tart Saison, Proletariat Cream Ale and Huckleberry Coffee Stout. They’ll be open on Thursday 4 – 10 PM, Friday 4 PM – 12 AM, Saturday 2 PM – 12 AM and Sunday 2 – 10 PM. Our Mutual Friend is located at: 2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205. 720-722-2810.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Dry Dock’s got a good one for this week’s Firkin Friday. Can you say “Peanut Butter Cup Porter”?!?! Love this brew. Get some! Tappings at 3 PM and 7 PM on Friday.
They’re also pouring a Spicy Stout, which was brewed with cinnamon and cayenne and they’ve also got a bit of their Shotgun Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout left as well. Both are delish! Speaking of the Dock, they turn 7 next weekend! Put next Saturday on your calendar now as the Anniversary Parties always include special tappings and good ol’ fashioned fun. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.
Speaking of firkins, Breckenridge Brewery will be hosting Firkin First Friday this week.
Look for a firkin of 471 IPA, dry-hopped with Warrior Hops on Friday at 5 PM. This’ll be at their Denver location, which is at: 471 Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80204. 800-328-6723.
Jellyman’s got another good one lined up for this week’s Deviation at Rockyard Brewing. This Friday, he’s releasing Freaktoberfest, which is a Hefeweizen fermented Oktoberfest.
This 6% ABV beer has aromas described as a “spicy fruit cornucopia” and tastes like “caramel malts with light citrus notes and spice”. Tapping at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.
The Rocky Mountain Brew Fest is in Denver at the Colorado Convention Center this weekend.
It’s connected with the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo and runs through Sunday. There’s 4 sessions running over the weekend and it’s only $12 to get in the door, which includes 3-samples and 1 full beer. Additional beers may be purchased separately. Look for Backcountry Brewery, Big Choice Brewing, Elevation Brewing, Odell Brewing and more. Ticket information and times can be found HERE. The Colorado Convention Center is located at: 700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Once again Saturday, is just ridiculous.
We should rethink our Saturday policy. I say we drop a day mid-week and add a second Saturday every week. There’s just never enough time on Saturday to see and do everything. I think two Saturday’s in a week might let us get around to all of these great beer events. Hey, it’s an election year. You want my vote politicians? Make it happen! Until then, you might have some tough decisions to make this week.
First up is the All Colorado Beer Festival. I did a writeup earlier this week on this beer festival down in Colorado Springs. Check it out HERE.
Two Sessions, 30+ Breweries, 100+ Beers. I’m really looking forward to having an opportunity to visit with some of Colorado’s newer breweries like Paradox and Elevation. This should be a blast.
And if you’re on the fence about the VIP ticket option, let me just drop a few beers on you. Upslope Pumpkin, Trinity TPS Report, New Belgium La Folie and more than 20 other interesting beers will be pouring in the VIP area. Don’t miss out! Again, click HERE for all the details and I hope to see you there!
In Denver, the Wynkoop is hosting their annual Beers of the Year event on Saturday.
This is a really cool event that features a keg of every beer brewed at the Wynkoop during 2012. They’ll also be pouring casks and beers from other local CO breweries. A partial list of beers that will be pouring on Saturday, can be found HERE. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 or at the door for $32. The event runs from 1 PM – 4 PM. Wynkoop Brewing Co. is located at: 1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202. 303-297-2700.
Up in Boulder, Upslope Brewing is celebrating their 4th Anniversary on Saturday.
They’ll be unveiling their 4th Anniversary Beer, which is a Saison brewed with Patagonia-sourced hops. They’ll have more than 15 additional brews to sample, live music, food trucks and a live broadcast with the guys from the Colorado Craft Beer Show.
That’s right, the Colorado Craft Beer Show will be kicking off the party at noon with a live broadcast on AM 760. The show goes until 2 PM, the party rolls on all day and there’s NO COVER! Congrats to Upslope on 4 years of great beers! Upslope Brewing is located at: 1501 Lee Hill Rd No. 20, Boulder, CO 80304. 303-449-2911.
If you make it up to Boulder for the Upslope party, swing over to Twisted Pine for the next release in their Artisan Ale Series.
This month’s release is called “Modern Day Pine-eer”. This is an India Pumpkin Ale brewed wtih Pilgrim and Columbus Hops and 500 lbs. of pumpkin! The party goes from noon – 9 PM and label artist Shannon Ripley will be at the brewery displaying her artwork and signing bottles. Twisted Pine Brewing is located at: 3201 Walnut St, Suite A, Boulder, CO 80301. 303-786-9270.
As if that wasn’t enough, Learn To Homebrew Day is also on Saturday.
This is a great opportunity to try your hand at brewing your own craft beers. There’s a full list of events HERE, or just head to your local homebrew shop and watch how it’s done. If you’ve got your own rig, load it up, bring it to your local homebrew shop and share the fun of this growing and addictive hobby!
Thursday, November 7, 2012
Looking into next week, Prost will be pouring their beers for a German Beer Dinner at Ernie’s in Denver on Thursday.
The $40 dinner covers a 4-course meal each paired with a different Prost beer. This is limited to 30 people, so call Ernie’s and reserve your spot today. Ernie’s is located at: 2915 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO 80211. 303-955-5580.
There you have it peeps, another full week of beer here in Colorado! Get out and enjoy the nice weather. Hope to see you out and about.
Listen up all my little Sour, Wild and Funky Beer Fans! This Monday, at 10 AM MST, Crooked Stave will be offering new memberships into next year’s Cellar Reserve program. I made the horrible mistake of not joining the club last year, and since then, I’ve been blown away by brewer / owner Chad Yakobson’s amazing beers.
Due to the low volume being produced, the only way to get many of his beers is by becoming a Cellar Reserve Member. So for $300, you’ll be guaranteed a variety of 750mL bottles of Crooked Stave’s best offerings. Here’s the tentative lineup for 2013:
(1 bottle) *Blackberry L’Brett d’Or (First Quarter of 2013)
(1 bottle) *Persica – Golden Sour w/Peaches (First Quarter of 2013)
(1 bottle) *Raspberry Dark Origins (Second Quarter of 2013)
(1 bottle) *Surette Reserva Cognac Barrel (Second Quarter of 2013)
(1 bottle) *Surette Reserva Bourbon Barrel (Second Quarter of 2013)
(1 bottle) *Nightmare on Brett (Grand Cru barrel) (Third Quarter of 2013)
(1 bottle) *Cherry Origins (Third Quarter of 2013)
(1 bottle) *TBD Dark Sour blend (Fourth Quarter of 2013)
(1 bottle) *TBD Cellar Reserve Blend (Fourth Quarter of 2013)
(1 bottle) *TBD Cellar Reserve Blend (Fourth Quarter of 2013)
*Denotes beer is a Cellar Reserve exclusive.
In addition to the beers listed above, there will be several additional beers available for sale, along with a membership card, exclusive stemmed glassware, Members-only gear, 15% discount at the tap room and the opportunity to attend Members-only events.
I’ll definitely be jumping on board this year. For the out-of-towners, you can have a “trustee” pick up your beers and send them to you. I might be willing to sponsor a beer freak or two, so e-mail me at email@example.com, if you need help from a Colorado beer mule such as myself.
If you’re interested in joining the club, click HERE for all the details. There’s even a FAQ page which attempts to answer any questions you might have about holding beer at the Barrel Room, setting up a trustee and more.
It’s no accident that Crooked Stave just landed a medal at this year’s GABF in the Wood and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer Category. They’re making some great beers and have many more planned for you. I may have missed the boat last year, but lesson learned and I’ll be logging on my computer Monday to get my spot for 2013. Hope you can join me for the ride.
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project. Wow! You haven’t even been open a week and I’m already wondering how I’ve survived so long without you.
In honor of Sour Beer Day, I’m bringing you a full report on the newly opened Crooked Stave Tap Room and Barrel Cellar. You ready?!?!
I made the trip over on Wednesday to partake in the highly anticipated Grand Opening of the Taproom and Barrel Cellar. More HERE. They opened the doors at 2 PM and within ten minutes, the room was already full. I’m not complaining and I’m glad they’re off to a great start, but they definitely had their hands full. I decided to take the fam back on Thursday because there were just too many tasty beers left to try and I wanted to see if things had quieted down a bit.
The beers are amazing. They’ve currently got 5 barrel-aged beers on tap that include a variety of unique ingredients, from Colorado Blue Spruce Tips to Vignole Grapes to Blueberries. There’s also a non-alcoholic, barrel-aged Kombucha drink, made with jasmine, green and sumac teas, mangosteen and blueberries that tastes like a cross between fruit juice and iced tea. It’s tasty and refreshing.
Things were definitely a bit more relaxed on Thursday and owner / brewer Chad Yakobson was kind enough to spend over an hour giving me what was probably the most thorough and interesting brewery tour I’ve ever had in my life. He shared the entire process and discussed his plans for the newly opened Barrel Cellar and Taproom, as well as The Source, which is set to open in 2013.
At the taproom, three additional foeders are getting delivered this week, 375mL bottles will soon be hitting the market, bright tanks and more barrels are on the way and a lab for culturing yeast is in the works. For now, brewing will continue at Prost and River North.
A tour of the Barrel Cellar included a bit of barrel history. Each barrel really has its own unique story, characteristics and personality. Some were from New Belgium, others from various wineries and distilleries. One famous barrel is even from Vinnie’s herd at Russian River. Beer geek’s take note and meet pH2. Beatification anyone?
Chad even pulled the nail out from a few barrels to check the progress on some of his beers. He’s got a Sour Quad in the works which is tasting awesome. I believe his exact words were “bourbon marshmallows”.
He’s also got several different Saisons, a Sour Porter, a Dark Sour and fingers crossed, another batch similar to Persica. Persica’s a Sour Peach beer that was only available to members of his Cellar Reserve club. I tried it at the Avery Sour Fest earlier this year and is by far, my favorite beer of 2012. Amazing beer!
As for the upcoming brewery over at The Source, a 20 BBL brew system will be installed and a coolship is in the works. Yep, a freakin’ coolship! It just keeps getting better and better! Just in case you don’t know what a coolship is, it’s a flat, shallow, open vessel, designed to allow the wort to cool, while permitting exposure to wild, airborne yeasts. All those wild critters in the air create sour, funky traits that are highly desirable in this style of brewing. Many lambic brewers in Belgium use coolships, but only a handful have them in the U.S. Glorious!
Here’s a view of the coolship at Cantillon in Brussels, Belgium. Note the windows to allow the wild yeasts to enter and infect the beer.
Chad’s a master at his craft and Denver is lucky to have him. If you haven’t been to his place yet, you owe it to yourself to pay him a visit. I can’t say enough good things about his beers and his hospitality is second to none. My mind is blown from everything I learned this week. Thanks Chad and once again, Welcome to the neighborhood!
Crooked Stave is here! After months and months of waiting, dreaming and drooling about owner Chad Yakobson’s funky, sour brews, I’m happy to report that the beer is flowing at his new Taproom and Barrel Cellar in Denver.
Since opening in 2011, Crooked Stave has been operating out of Funkwerks in Fort Collins. This past June, Chad packed up his barrels and made the trek down to Denver to open his own facility.
Today’s Taproom and Barrel Cellar opening is part of a bigger plan to also open a brewery and taproom in a market called The Source, scheduled to open in Denver next Spring. In addition to the brewery, The Source will bring together a chocolatier, winemaker, coffee roaster and more, all under one roof. For now, Chad is brewing his beers at Prost Brewing and River North Brewery and transferring them over to barrels in his Barrel Cellar.
For today’s opening, they’re pouring:
Wild Wild Brett Blue (WWBB) – Dark hoppy ale brewed with Colorado blue spruce tips and fermented with Brettanomyces.
Wild Wild Brett Indigo (WWBI) – Brewed and barrel aged with blueberries and fermented with Brettanomyces.
Vignole – Belgian golden ale with Vignole grapes.
Petite Sour – A true farmhouse beer, brewed with lacto and Brett.
L’Brett d’Or – Aged in Leopold Bros Peach Whiskey barrels that were previously used to make New Belgium’s Love.
Unfortunately, I was short on time and only had the chance to enjoy one glass. Decisions, decisions… I went with The L’Brett d’Or, which was amazing! Medium tartness, fruity, crisp and complex.
During my visit, I talked beer with Jonathan Shikes aka Big Shikes, the Beer Man from the Denver Westword. He shared his WWBI with me, which was tart, earthy and lightly fruity. Also a winner.
The bar has roughly 10 seats for fans to get their funk on, plus several tables and a small patio out front. The Barrel Cellar is behind the bar in the warehouse area of the building.
There’s no growler fills, but several bottles are available to go (WWBI, Surette Reserva and Batch 1) along with glassware and shirts.
I feel like Crooked Stave completes the Denver Beer Scene. The Coasts have their Russian River, Cascade, Allagash, Bruery, Lost Abbey and so on. The middle of the U.S. has their Upland, Destihl and Jolly Pumpkin. And now we’ve got our Crooked Stave. So raise your glasses with me fellow Colorado Beer Geeks, as we toast to Chad and Crooked Stave. Congrats and Welcome to Denver! I can’t wait to see what the future holds!
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is open Wed – Sat from noon – 7 PM and is located at: 1441 W 46th Ave, Unit 19, Denver, CO 80211.