Sanitas Brewing Company Announces Wild and Sour Project

Sanitas Brewing is getting in on the sour beer game. Earlier this week, the Boulder brewery introduced their Wild and Sour project, which incorporates wild yeast and bacteria, and long-term barrel aging. Sanitas has already assembled more than 20 oak barrels and will begin to slowly introduce these beers through monthly releases.

First up is Immure, an Imperial Brett Saison that spent 12 months in red wine barrels with a rare strain of Brettanomyces. The resulting beer has notes of fruit, funk, and mild sour. Head over to the brewery to sample this one before it’s gone for good.

Read on for additional details on the new project.

BOULDER, COLORADO – Boulder’s sour beer fans rejoice. Sanitas Brewing Company has announced the introduction of their Wild and Sour project, a collection of beers featuring extensive oak barrel aging with wild yeast and bacteria. The last Monday of each month, the east-Boulder brewery will release an incredibly exclusive beer from the project. Guests can purchase the unique offerings by the glass in Sanitas’ Tap Room for a limited time.

“We’ve had the Wild and Sour Project up our sleeve for a while now,” explained Sanitas’ Chief of Brewing Operations Chris Coyne, “a lot of people have tried our canned offerings. I’m excited to introduce them to what we’ve been working on behind closed doors for over 18 months now.”

Sanitas Brewing Co., who will celebrate their second anniversary this September, has been building an extensive library of over 20 oak barrels used for aging and wild fermentation. A few “sneak peek” beers have been released from the program over the past few months. Future releases include sour fruit beers, wild farmhouse ales, and other offerings featuring exotic ingredients and aging processes.

Immure, the beer set to kick off the monthly release program, is an Imperial Brett Saison. This big farmhouse ale was aged 12 months in California red wine barrels with a rare strain of brettanomyces, a wild yeast lending mildy sour, funky, and fruity notes to the beer. Immure will be released to the public in Sanitas’ Tap Room Monday, January 26th when they open at 3pm. Customers are encouraged to visit Sanitas Brewing Company sooner rather than later as the highly limited beer is sure to sell out fast.

About Sanitas Brewing Co.
Founded in 2013, Boulder’s Sanitas Brewing Company is regarded for their signature blend of tradition and innovation as well as their use of only the finest ingredients. With a passion for exploration, Sanitas epitomizes the wild spirit of Colorado with a variety of premium beers.



By: Mark Robinson

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Ska And Stone Team Up For Collaboration Fest

The 2nd Annual Collaboration Fest is right around the corner and the brew kettles are starting to heat up. This week, Colorado’s very own Ska Brewing is off to brew with Stone Brewing in sunny San Diego, CA. The two will be working on a “Tripel Tripple brewed with Bagstogne Belgian Ale yeast”. The beer’s being called “The Mighty Mighty Bastogne” and will be one of many once-in-a-lifetime beers pouring at the upcoming Collaboration Fest.

Mrs. Insane and I will be paying a visit to Stone later this week to check in on their brew day and hopefully get a sneak peek at what these two have in store. Check back soon for details.

In the meantime, grab your tickets to Collaboration Fest and get ready for a killer day of fun beers and good vibes.

Colorado and California breweries to collaborate on a beer this Friday

DURANGO, Colo. –  Jan. 27, 2015 –  It’s official! Ska Brewing Company and Stone Brewing Co. will be brewing a beer together this Friday, January 30 at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station. This beer will be one of the 50 once-in-a lifetime beers available at Collaboration Fest. Collaboration Fest is the headline event of Colorado Craft Beer Week and takes place on March 21 from 3 – 7 p.m. at Sports Authority Field at Mile High (1701 Bryant St. Denver CO 80204).

“Collaboration Fest is such a great event and really highlights the community within the craft beer industry,” said Dave Thibodeau, founder of Ska Brewing Company. “Ska has been working with Stone for years and being able to show off our relationship on a stage like this is the best anniversary party.”

Ska and Stone’s relationship goes back more than a decade. The two breweries currently distribute each other’s beer in their home regions and have similar goals and values. When Ska asked Stone to collaborate on this beer it was an easy sell, or it may have just been a ploy to hangout with some friends at the beach.

Sean McKesson, a former Stone brewer, had recently joined the Ska team and had an idea for a collaboration beer, a Tripel Tripple brewed with Bagstogne Belgian Ale yeast. Coming up with a name was easy, “The Mighty Mighty Bastogne.”

The idea for this beer has been set. The next steps, brewing, will take place on a 10-barrel brewhouse located at Stone’s second restaurant and brewery in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego this Friday, January 30.

Tickets for Collaboration Fest are on sale now at

Ska and Stone will host a Meet the Brewer event Friday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., taking place at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station’s Garden Bar.

About Ska Brewing Co.
Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and produces over a dozen award-winning beers. Many of Ska’s brews are widely available in cans including ESB Special Ale, True Blonde Ale, Rudie, Modus Hoperandi IPA, and rotating seasonals. For more information, current offerings, music, and a good time, visit Check out the brewery’s profiles at and for beer releases and up to the minute happenings.

About Stone Brewing Co.
Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in 1996, San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co. is the 10th largest craft brewer in the United States. Stone has been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 10 times, and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate magazine twice. The multi-faceted company will be the first American craft brewer to own and operate its own brewery in Europe, and is also building a production brewery and destination restaurant in Richmond, Virginia. Brewing at both locations is anticipated to begin late 2015. Known for its bold, flavorful and largely hop-centric beers, Stone has earned a reputation for brewing outstanding, unique beers while maintaining an unwavering commitment to sustainability, business ethics, philanthropy and the art of brewing. For more information on Stone Brewing Co., please visit or the company’s social media sites: Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and The Stone Blog.



By: Mark Robinson

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River North Brewery Announces Third Anniversary Party

River North Brewery’s about to celebrate their 3rd Anniversary. To mark the occasion, they’re releasing a new 17.2% ABV Biere de Garde, hosting a Cellar Sale, and tapping plenty of special beers, beginning on Friday, February 13th and running through Monday, February 16th.

Read on for more. Don’t miss this!

River North to Celebrate 3rd Birthday with 17.2% Anniversary Ale

Next month, River North Brewery will celebrate its third anniversary with a four-day extravaganza! Continuing in the tradition of pushing boundaries with their anniversary beers, River North’s brewers have crafted their strongest offering yet.

Anniversary Ale #3, a 17.2% ABV Bière de Garde, will kick off River North’s birthday party Friday, February 13th at 1pm!

“There aren’t many ways to spin this. We wanted to push our limits,” Founder and Brewmaster Matt Hess said. “Bière de Garde is such a beautiful, balanced beer style. And while Anny 3 may test the definition of balance, it’s certainly a thing of beauty.”

Bursting with notes of stone fruit and complemented by undertones of anise and citrus, Anniversary Ale #3 finishes with a pleasant warming sensation. The beer will serve as the centerpiece for a weekend-long gauntlet of rare tappings. Events include:

Friday, February 13th: Anniversary Ale #3 kickoff tapping! Both draft pours and bottles-to-go will be available starting at 1pm. Bombers will cost $15 with a half-case limit, and the beer will remain on tap all weekend.

Saturday, February 14th: Side-by-side-by-side tapping of Anniversary Ales for Valentine’s Day! Anniversary #1 (12.5% Stout), Anniversary #2 (10.2% Golden Strong Ale), and Anniversary #3 kegs will all tap at 1pm. Both of the previous year’s vintages are the last keg in the brewery. Roaming Bull Brasserie, a local food truck, will also join the party.

Sunday, February 15th: Cellar sale! River North will dig through their reserves and sell rare bottles from the past year, starting at 1pm. An official list and format will be released later, but look for beers from the past two years to be included. The taproom will also host a beer and donut pairing from local bakers Bronuts.

Monday, February 16th: Since it’s Presidents’ Day, the taproom will open early at 1pm, and the brewery will continue to tap rare kegs throughout the day.

While Anniversary Ale #3 will be on tap all weekend, River North also has a reserve of specialty kegs like Barrel Reserve 2013 & 2014, Whiskey Barrel Quandary 2013 & 2015, Big City Quad, Oud Bruin and J. Marie Barreled & Bretted. Follow the brewery on social media for tappings as they happen. Many of these kegs are the last of their kind.

More bottles of Anniversary Ale #3 will hit store shelves in Colorado following the release party. The high-alcohol nature of the beer makes it ideal for aging.

Matt and Jessica Hess opened the award-winning River North Brewery in February 2012. Brewing in the RiNo district of Denver, River North focuses on yeast-centric beers with Belgian-style flair. River North’s beers can be found throughout Colorado and in the Kansas City Metro Area. Like the brewery on Facebook ( or follow on Twitter/Instagram (@rivernorthbrew) for the latest insights.



By: Mark Robinson

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Crooked Stave Artisans Looks Towards Spirits & Wines In 2015

Over the past year, Crooked Stave Artisans (CSA) has significantly boosted the amount and variety of beers available to consumers in the Denver-area. The growing number of breweries in their portfolio has made for some exciting new releases from some of the country’s brightest breweries, including Almanac, Breakside, and Jester King.

Recently, CSA entered the world of meads and ciders, and in 2015, they’ll begin distributing spirits and wines. There’s much to look forward to in the world of fermentation. Read on for more.

Crooked Stave Artisans Distributing (CSA) Ends 2014 With Nearly 100 Brands in its Portfolio,

Plans for Spirits & Wine in 2015 

Denver, Colo.  – January 27, 2015 – Crooked Stave Artisans Distributing (CSA) had a huge 2014, growing its number of artisan beer brands to 80 and expanding its portfolio of unique ciders, as well as forging a new distribution relationship with Dallas-based Sublime Imports.

Over the last year, Crooked Stave Artisans Distributing (CSA) brought in craft beers from over 10 states and 15 countries. The brands new to CSA in 2014 include: Fremont Brewing (Seattle, WA), Oakshire Brewing (Eugene, OR), Almanac Beer Company (San Francisco, CA), Breakside Brewing (Portland, OR), Jester King Brewery (Austin, TX), Westbrook Brewing (Mount Pleasant, SC), Cascade Brewing (Portland, OR), Gigantic Brewing (Portland, OR), Magnolia Brewing (San Francisco, CA), Green Bench Brewing (St. Petersburg, FL), Off Color Brewing (Chicago, IL), Against the Grain (Louisville, KY), Cambridge Brewing Company (Cambridge, MA), Brasserie Blaugies (Belgium), and Brasserie de la Senne (Belgium). 

Through a new distribution relationship with Sublime Imports (Dallas, TX), Crooked Stave Artisans Distributing added unique offerings from two breweries in Israel – Malka Brewery and Alexander Beer – as well as several breweries from Spain including Mateo & Bernabé and Friends, Premium Beers from Spain, and Cervezas la Cibelas.

Seeing a gap in the local market, CSA made a push over the last six months to bring in artisanal ciders never before seen in Colorado. By the end of December 2014, CSA’s cider portfolio reached 12 brands, including farmhouse offerings from L’Hermitère (France), ice ciders and cider aperitifs from Eden Ice Cider Company (West Charleston, VT), as well as a still table cider from Argus Cidery (Austin, TX). Crooked Stave Artisans Distributing also added meads from Celestial Meads (Anchorage, AK) and Green River Ambrosia (Greenfield, MA) to its portfolio. 

At the end of the year, Crooked Stave Artisans Distributing branched out beyond the realm of fermented beverages, adding Denver-based The Real Dill’s Bloody Mary Mix to its line-up. 

“Crooked Stave Artisans Distributing is the accumulation of sincere interest and dedication for fermented products and hand-crafted consumables,” says CSA Buyer, André DiMattia. “With a hope of representing the craft of fellow minded creators, we at Crooked Stave Artisans wish to curate a portfolio of interesting and memorable beer, cider, mead, and spirits, as well as a range of independent Colorado businesses. Artisans distributing artisans is what we strive for at CSA and we only hope to grow that dedication in 2015.” 

While CSA will continue to focus on bringing exceptional beer, cider, and mead to the Denver market in 2015, the distribution company also plans to enter the wine and spirits categories. Expect offerings from Portland-based New Deal Craft Spirits including handcrafted vodka, gin and unique flavored liqueurs including coffee and ginger in the spring. CSA expects to start carrying wine from small producers and vintners in the fall of 2015.

“2015 will be a bountiful year for us all here at CSA. We will see more consistent shipments with existing brands, a wider territory range for distribution within Colorado, and furthering exposure to the educational side of fermentation, all while growing the business significantly as far as new offerings are concerned,” says DiMattia. “We love fermentation, especially those that are done with an authentic application in mind, and that will eventually lead us into one day offering a selection of natural wines. The demand for better cider is steadily growing and we hope to contribute awareness to how significant this category is, while also discussing the fundamentals of the style. All these things add up to what will be an amazing new year for the state of Colorado.”

About CSA: Crooked Stave Artisans Distributing is the distribution arm of Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project. As an emerging distribution company in Colorado, CSA is focused on the artisans they represent including an ever-growing portfolio of the best International and American breweries, cideries, wineries, distilleries and food producers.



By: Mark Robinson


Mountain Toad Brewing Announces Major Expansion

Mountain Toad Brewing in Goldern, CO, is gearing up for a major expansion. In 2016, the brewery plans to open a second facility which will house a 30 BBL brew system, packaging line, tasting room, and beer garden. It’s an exciting time for the young brewery and definitely something to keep an eye on. Read the official announcement below for additional details about their upcoming expansion.

Mountain Toad Brewing is expanding!

Golden, CO – January 2015 – Nearly 2 years after opening the downtown location, Mountain Toad Brewing announced plans for a second facility in Golden, CO. Toad Mesa will become the company’s production facility, hosting a 30 BBL brewhouse with packaging capabilities and a small tasting room and beer garden.  

“These last 2 years have been crazy. We never would have guessed that we would reach capacity so quickly in our current building” noted head brewer Josh Robbins. “It’s become an increasing issue that we can’t satisfy out-of-house sales requests, while ensuring that we don’t run out of beer in our own tasting room.” By expanding into a second facility, Robbins hopes the brewery won’t be at such a stand still with their capabilities. 

The new building planned for 16401 Table Mountain Parkway on the east edge of North Table Mesa, will offer MTB 17,000 square feet. The plan is to start canning the brewery’s flagship beers, Mt. Zion IPA, Apex Amber and Craft Cream, in the first year of production.  The additional capacity will also allow the brewery to expand their creative offerings, including a barrel aging program for small batch releases. The original location, Toad Downtown will continue operation and become the hub for experimental beers and recipe development.  

Since the brewery’s beginning, a core part of the business’s mission was to celebrate the local community. MTB was opened by four longtime Golden locals who wanted a relaxed place to hang out, share creative craft beers with friends and neighbors, and promote everything about their wonderful town. “It was important for us to find a location nearby in Golden for our expansion since the support we have had from the locals and city has been overwhelming” mentioned Brian Vialpando, a co-founder and Golden native. “I’m really excited to be opening the new location in the same community.” Toad Mesa will be located 3 miles from Toad Downtown in the Coors Technology Center and will connect to the North Table Mesa Tony Grampsas Trail.

The brewery has joined forces with a small and independently owned aerospace engineering firm to build the new facility.  Both companies and their expansions are indicative of two flourishing industries that have long been a part of Colorado’s economy. The new facility will be a joint project between the two companies, who have entered a mutually beneficial partnership to share the building.  

The new facility is in planning, with construction to begin in Spring 2015. The tentative opening date is targeted for early 2016. Follow the adventures of toad at, Facebook, or on Instagram.



By: Mark Robinson

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Crooked Stave Artisans Brings More New Brews To Denver: Evil Twin, Fremont, Hof ten Dormaal and More!

Another wave of great beers is about to enter the Denver-area, thanks to Crooked Stave Artisans. Get those wallets ready because they’re bringing out some heavy hitters this week. A fresh wave of Fremont is landing right now, which includes the return of their IPA, and UPA, along with some amazing new additions like Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout, and the very elusive Cinnamon Coffee Bourbon Abominable. Nom, nom, nom.

Next week, look for a slew of great beers coming from 12% Imports. Domestic beers, Gypsy beers, Belgian beers. Beers.

Here’s a look at what to watch for, including descriptions from the breweries. Enjoy!

Fremont Brewing, Seattle, WA

77 Fremont Select – Session IPA

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A crisp and refreshing spring wunderbeer, 77 Select is Fire Brewed in the pits of Fremont Brewing to achieve its rarefied Session IPA status. With this brew we respect Seattle’s old Horlucks & Sicks Brewing Companies, predecessors of Rainier Brewing, and their flagship beers 66 Select and Rainier. 4% ABV.

Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout

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Roasty, chocolate tones swirled with oatmeal smoothness and dark as the night. The Dark Star crashes, pouring its light into ashes, so follow as the Lady of Velvet recedes in the nights of goodbye. This one is too smooth … and at 8.0% ABV, dangerous.

Coffee Cinnamon Bourbon Barrel-Aged Abominablefremont bourbon abominable

Lovingly referred to by Fremonters as the B-BOMB, this bourbon barrel-aged edition of our winter ale has a warming spicy aroma and rich carmelly notes of bourbon, wood and vanilla added to dark roasty chocolatey malt flavors and subtle hopping. (Infused with coffee and cinnamon). 11% ABV.

Evil Twin Brewing, Brooklyn, NY

Ron and The Beast Ryan

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In Denmark we have a lovely tradition for funky beer, and what you have here is certainly no exception.  This is a never before seen collaboration between Ron and the Beast Ryan.  A fluffy and precious Saison brewed on the beautiful island of Fano on the west coast of Denmark.  It may sound  like a true fairytale, but don’t be fooled by it’s cute appearance. 7% ABV. 

Femme Fatale Brett

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To take up the challenge and make a 100% true Brett beer can very easily become a fatal attraction for the Brewmaster. Once you get acquainted with Bretts irresistible, seductive, alluring and very charming nature, it will ensnare you and drive you to the point of obsession to create the desirable tangy, funky, tart flavor in ya mouth. 6% ABV. 

From Amager With Love

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Amager is an island south of picturesque Copenhagen, mostly notable as the home of the airport, the place you go to get high and the common colloquial name for Amager is Lorteøen (Shit Island). But Amager has much more to offer than you might think. Like these two dedicated brewers from Amager Bryghus, who traveled all the way from Amager to the states to brew a pitch-black and troublesome Imperial Stout infused with the cutest blueberries. It might look shitty, but once you let it sink in you can feel the love within. 12% ABV. 

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Weekend Beer Buzz 01/22/2015

We’ve got a beautiful weekend shaping up. There’s a new brewery getting ready to open, plenty of firkins, a CANniversary party, tap takeovers and some great new bottle releases. Get ready!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

It’s Firkin Thursday over at Station 26 Brewing. This week they’ve taken their Belgian Dubbel and added Italian Plums, fresh lemon zest, allspice, star anise, and cloves. Tapping set for 4 PM. Station 26 Brewing Co. is located at: 7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80207.

There’s plenty of goodies pouring over at Lone Tree Brewing this week. Here’s this week’s menu.

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Lone Tree Brewing Company is located at: 8200 Park Meadows Dr, Suite 8222, Lone Tree, CO 80124.

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

  • Menu Update, Comrade Brewing, Denver, CO

Comrade’s got a new one set to release on Friday. Putsch is a 6.6% ABV, 69 IBU Black IPA. This one was brewed with Chinook, Simcoe and “copious amounts” of Cascade hops. Comrade owner David Lin says the beer “Pours black with intense citrus hop aroma and just the faintest hint of roasted malt”.

Here’s the rest of this week’s menu.

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Comrade Brewing is located at: 7667 E Iliff Ave, Suite F, Denver, CO 80231.

Broomfield’s getting a new brewery this weekend. Nighthawk Brewery will open their doors on Friday at 11 AM with a variety of beers to serve. Look for 16-Hour IPA, Resurrection IIPA, Lamp Post Stout, and Loiter Ciderweizen. Also in the works are Shakes’ Wheat and Sour SMaSH. Learn more about Nighthawk and their beers on their website. Nighthawk Brewery is located at: 2780 Industrial Ln, Broomfield, CO 80020.

  • Ilium Double IPA Release, Our Mutual Friend Brewery, Denver, CO, 2 PM

Our Mutual Friend’s releasing their first Double IPA on Friday. Ilium weighs in at 10% ABV, 100 IBUs and was brewed with CTZ, Nugget & Willamette, and later dry-hopped with Cascade & Centennial.

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Tapping set for 2 PM on Friday. Our Mutual Friend Brewery is located at: 2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205.

Firkin Friday at Dry Dock means a new brew and good times. This week, stop by to try Black Currant Double IPA. Tapping set for Friday at 3 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.

Parry’s Pizza will host another “Liberate Yourself From Crappy Beer Fest” on Friday afternoon, beginning at 4 PM.

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Tappings include Dogfish Head’s World Wide Stout, New Belgium’s La Folie, Evil Twin’s Molotov Cocktail, and more. Parry’s Pizza – Greenwood Village is located at: 5970 S Holly St, Greenwood Village, CO 80111.

Down in Castle Rock, Parry’s Pizza will host another edition of “Ugly Sweaters & Barrel Aged Beer”.

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This might be your last chance to wear that horrible sweater in the closet until next year and Parry’s will reward you with some delicious, barrel-aged tappings. The fun begins at 4 PM. Parry’s Pizza – Castle Rock is located at: 5650 Allen Way, Castle Rock, CO 80108.

Rockyard Brewing will tap Deviationalism for this week’s Deviation from Jellyman. This baby’s an 8% ABV Wild Pumpkin Saison with Brett, Lacto and Pedio. Very cool. Tapping at 4 PM. Rockyard Brewing is located at: 880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109. 303-814-9273.

  • Crooked Stave Artisans Tap Takeover, Tap and Handle, Fort Collins, CO, 4:15 PM

Crooked Stave Artisans will be flooding the tap lines at Tap and Handle on Friday afternoon. They’re taking over with 50+ beers from around the globe.

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Look for some great brews from Almanac, Breakside, Evil Twin, Jester King, Perennial, Prairie, Crooked Stave, and many more. The fun fires up at 4:15. Tap and Handle is located at: 307 S College Ave, Fort Collins, CO.

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Firestone Walker Releases 2015 Sucaba

Firestone Walker just released the first beer in their 2015 Proprietor’s Series. Sucaba, the tasty Barrel-Aged Barleywine is back and has already begun hitting Colorado shelves. Read on to get the scoop on this year’s release. When you’re done, get out there and start looking for a bottle yourself. When you try it, see if you can figure out what the super-secret beer used in this year’s blend might be.

Paso Robles, Calif. – Firestone Walker Brewing Company is set to release its first Proprietor’s Vintage Series beer of 2015 with the return of Sucaba—and Brewmaster Matt Brynildson is now spilling a few secrets on the tongue-twisting, barrel-aged barleywine that has been a brewery staple since 2006.

“We’ve never talked about it, but Sucaba is actually a blend of two separate beers,” Brynildson said. “The base beer is what you would call Sucaba, but each year the final blend also includes around 10 percent of another barrel-aged beer, which gives it this chocolaty, dark cherry dimension.”

Brynildson wouldn’t reveal the identity of the other component beer, but he did share some insights into the name Sucaba.

“Back in my early brewing days at Goose Island, I had this massive handheld calculator,” Brynildson said. “I would break it out when we were doing brewing calculations, and the guys would laugh at me and say, ‘Uh, oh, Brynildson’s firing up his abacus again.’ I always liked the word, and finally got to use it as a name for this beer.”

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Crooked Stave Artisans Introduces New Brews From Breakside and Prairie

Our good friends over at Crooked Stave Artisans have some fun new beers they’re getting ready to release on us here in Denver. First up is Breakside Brewery, who has sent three new beers, including the first offering in their brand new Farmhouse Fruit and Funk Series. We’ll follow that up with a new beer and two returning favorites from Prairie Artisan Ales. Read on for beer descriptions given by the breweries and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for bottles and kegs, which will begin showing up this week.

Breakside Brewery, Portland, OR

Salted Caramel Stout

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A collaboration with Salt & Straw ice cream, this has been one of our most popular beers over the past few years. The base beer is a full-bodied stout, and we add both sea salt and a specially made caramel to the wort before fermentation. The finished beer is rich and balanced with a luscious caramel flavor in the aroma and mid-palate, a hint of salt in the finish, and a smooth, rich roast character.
7.9% ABV 33 IBU.


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Our brewers draw inspiration for beers from all corners of the world of food and drink, and this beer is a perfect example. Influenced by a dish at Johanna Ware’s restaurant Smallwares in Portland, OR, two of our brewers designed a beer using lychee and Peruvian Yellow Chilies. The playful intermingling of moderate spice and unctuous, tropical fruit keeps this beer in balance. Early aromas of pepper give way to a rich and fruity mid palate that is followed by a pleasant, lingering heat. The use of several “Hot” hops with distinctive tropical aromas add additional depth of flavor to this unique beer.

This is the first release in our new Farmhouse, Fruit and Funk series. This set of six beers–each available for two months of the year–showcases the deft and playful ways in which our brewers use non-traditional ingredients to make complex, flavorful beers. From Lychees and Yellow Chilies to Oregon-grown Peaches and California Kumquats, this line of beers stakes a claim for the “culinary beer” as an emergent, delicious and elegant new beer style.
6% ABV 23 IBU.

Juggling Plums Gose
To kick off 2015, we have a draft-only collaboration brewed with our good friends at Fat Heads Brewery. The beer, a Gose, is a slightly sour wheat beer made with salt and coriander. In a non-traditional twist, we derived all of the salt in this beer from an unlikely source; the Japanese Salt Plum or Umeboshi. Salt plums are small Japanese plums that have been cured with red Shiso and salt and spend a year “fermenting” in wooden barrels. The fruit is intensely briny, with a light sweetness and herbaceousness. Seriously though, these things pack a punch: we need fewer than 5 lbs of salt plums to impart a recognizable (yet balanced!) flavor to 1,000 gallons of beer!

In the spirit of collaboration, we brewed components of this beer at each of our breweries; Fat Head’s grew up the sour wort we used to give the beer it’s tartness, while Breakside supplied the base wort and salt plums. We think that you’ll find the finished beer to be incredibly refreshing and complex. It’s a “gateway sour” with a moderate body and slightly spicy finish. Cheers!
5% ABV 6 IBU. *Kegs only.

Prairie Artisan Ales, Tulsa, OK

Funky Gold Amarillo – Dry-hopped Sour Ale

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Funky Gold Amarillo is the second beer in our dry-hopped sour ale series. We took our sour golden ale Gold and gave it a heavy dosing of Amarillo hops. The result is a beer that is a mix of topical fruit and Prairie funk. Notes of peach, orange, white wine, and citrusy brett can be found in the flavor and aroma. 7.5% ABV 18 IBUs. Read more »

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Weekend Beer Buzz 01/15/2015

Hope everyone had a chance to regroup and recover from Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines. What an amazing weekend of seminars, tastings, and pairings.

We’re back at it again this week with new tappings, anniversary parties, releases and more. Here we go.



Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Station 26 will share a firkin of Huell Melon IPA with Apricots on Thursday at 4 PM. Don’t miss your chance to try this fruit-forward, single hopped IPA. Station 26 Brewing Co. is located at: 7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80207.

Lone Tree’s got some hop heavy beers pouring right now.

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They’ve got their IIPA on Nitro, Black IPA, India Brown Ale and other fun offerings. Stop by for a pint. Lone Tree Brewing Company is located at: 8200 Park Meadows Dr, Suite 8222, Lone Tree, CO 80124.

Friday, January 16th, 2015

  • 3rd Annual Hogshead Days, Hogshead Brewery, Denver, CO

The 3rd Annual Hogshead Days runs from Fri – Sun this weekend.

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Come by for a weekend of fun and plenty of special tappings. Highlights include: Beer from the Wood: Chin Wag ESB, Beer from the Wood: John Shaft Porter w/ Cocoa Nibs, Dr. Bakken’s Lunch Time Oatmeal Stout, Window Licker Barleywine Vertical, 2 Year Vertical of Olde Burton Extra Old Ale, Richard Roundtree Stout w/ Cocoa Nibs, and Dive Right Imperial Stout. Hogshead Brewery is located at: 4460 West 29th Avenue, Denver, CO 80212.

  • Menu Update, Comrade Brewing Company, Denver, CO, Noon

Comrade’s tapping Smoke Shack Smoked Lager on Friday at Noon. Comrade Owner David Lin says “This rich amber lager has smoky highlights in the nose and in the deep malt base. Brewed with Weyermann Munich, beechwood-smoked malt, Magnum hops and lagered for over 2 months for a clean and crisp finish.”

Don’t miss the rest of the tasty lineup over at Comrade.

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Comrade Brewing is located at: 7667 E Iliff Ave, Suite F, Denver, CO 80231.

Our Mutual Friend will release their new batch of Winter Warmer on Friday at 2 PM. This 10% ABV Old Ale is made with 100% Colorado grown malt and hops and is described as having “notes of fruit, dark chocolate, roastiness, toffee, & black currant”. Come out and grab your 500mL bottles. There’s a limit of 2 / person. OMF will have plenty of other goodies on tap to enjoy during your stay. Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew is located at: 2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205.

CAUTION: Brewing’s Lakewood location celebrates 1 year this weekend. Head West and enjoy special tappings and more on both Friday (3 – 11 PM) and Saturday (Noon – 11 PM).

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CAUTION: West is located at: 1057 S Wadsworth Blvd, Unit 60, Lakewood, CO 80226.

There’s a special one lined up for this week’s Firkin Friday at Dry Dock. Look for Dry-Hopped Ambassador Sour, beginning at 3 PM. Sour heads, don’t miss this delicious beer. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.

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