Odell Brewing Announces Summer Montage Variety Pack

In the coming weeks, Odell Brewing will launch their Summer Montage variety pack. This year’s mix is packed with hop-forward beers like the flagship IPA, the seasonal St. Lupulin, and the return of the limited Roots Release – Perle White IPA. Read on for more details and keep your eyes peeled for this to land on local shelves in the very near future.

Odell Brewing Mixes it up for Summer

Brewery’s Montage variety twelve pack returns with new mix 

Fort Collins, CO. – In late April and early May, Odell Brewing’s Summer Montage Variety twelve pack returns with a new mix of brews including the brewery’s flagship IPA, Loose Leaf Session Ale, summer seasonal St. Lupulin, and Perle White IPA. 

“We hand-picked our favorite summertime brews for this year’s Montage,” said Eric Smith Director of Sales and Marketing. “Loose Leaf is back in the mix, and thanks to the outpouring support, we also brought back Perle White IPA.” 

odellSummerMontagebox2015Each Montage Variety twelve pack features two year round brews, the current seasonal offering, and a limited release Roots Release beer. Inspired by Odell Brewing’s small-batch pilot system, the Roots Release series honors the brewery’s experimental brewing roots and allows folks beyond the tap room the chance to sample some of its favorites. 

First introduced last year, Perle White IPA is back by popular demand. The brew features Oregon-grown Perle hops giving the beer a uniquely complex combination of fruit and spice balancing the wheat with subtle hints of pepper and stone fruit.

This year, the Summer Montage Variety twelve pack will be available through September within Odell Brewing’s entire distribution footprint, including Texas. Read more »

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BrüFrou Offers Gastronomical Explorations for the Foodie AND the Beer Geek

Great local food and craft beer paired together in an awesome setting?!?! I’m in.

BrüFrou held its second annual craft beer and culinary paring event this past Saturday, April 25, at Denver’s Wings Over the Rockies Museum and we were more than happy to oblige.  The idea behind BrüFrou is to get one Denver’s great restaurants together with a local craft brewery to create a unique beer and food pairing. Beer samples are served with small bites to create a party in your mouth like no other.

One of the new twists this year was the BrüFaire, a culinary handmade market. We browsed through the market and saw some excellent locally made craft items, many of which were food and drink focused. Items ranged from salsas to hot sauces to hand-crafted ceramics and vendors included Dead Dog Chocolates, Helliemae’s Caramels, and The Real Dill to name a few.

The market was a great idea, although we felt it was a little bit misplaced. It was outside of the museum, and few attendees seemed willing to lose their place in line to browse the vendors. If the market was inside the museum, it would have been a little more accessible for everyone.

The layout was a bit different this year as well. Instead of rows, a la GABF, pairings were clustered into sections of 8 pairing tables. This seemed to create more room and a better crowd flow. Similar to last year was the opportunity to browse some of the aircraft and dine on tables underneath the larger planes, not to mention a Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter on display. That’s pretty damn neat.

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Guests were provided with a taster glass and a tasting plate. The plate has a holder for the glass and a thumb hole allowing you to keep your hands free to taste and sip.

brufrou 15-3There were more than 50 beer and food pairings available to sample, with several of the breweries and restaurants offering multiple options. We did our best to try them all, but missed about a dozen. Here are some of our most memorable.

Best Pairings

Hands down, the best pairing was TRVE Brewing’s Grey Watcher paired with Biju’s Little Curry Shop. The Grisette-style Farmhouse ale paired incredibly well with the sweet plantain mash, Kerala beef curry and ground coconut chutney. The beer and curry seemed to be made for each other. I could have had this pairing for days.

Other Standouts

Elevation Brewing brought their quad, Apis IV and paired it with Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe’s Liver Banh Mi on a cucumber slice. The quad complimented the fatty liver and created an excellent flavor combination.


My wife’s favorite was the Radler German Hefe with Lemon from High Hops Brewery, paired with a Salmon Escabeche from Cafe Aion. The radler was light, fruity and refreshing and worked incredibly well with the escabeche. The citrus in both provided and excellent complimentary flavor combination.  Read more »

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Upland Lambic Lottery Goes Live

Upland Brewing opened a new sour lottery this afternoon. Time to get your requests in for their newest batches of Lambic. This time around, you’ll have chances to buy Peach, Persimmon and Pawpaw.

Click HERE to get entered. The lottery will close on Thursday, April 30th.

More details on the lottery and the beers can be found in the official announcement below.

Good Luck!

On April 23rd, Upland Brewing Company will open an online lottery for the release of three of its sour ales: Peach, Persimmon, and Pawpaw. Bottles will be limited to 2 Peach, 1 Persimmon and 1 Pawpaw per winner. The lottery will open at noon EDT on Thursday, April 23rd and close at noon EDT on Thursday April 30th.

To enter visit  www.uplandsours.eventbrite.com

You must specify your preferred pick-up location (Bloomington Brewpub or Indianapolis Tasting Room in Broad Ripple) at the time of entry, and pickup locations cannot be changed after a reservation request has been made. 

Lottery winners will be randomly drawn and notified via email on May 4th, and can purchase the sour ale(s) they selected at their preferred pickup location from May 13th through May 27th. Sour Ale Program director, Caleb Staton, will be leading tours Saturday, May 23rd at 3 and 4 pm. Tours will also be offered Sunday May 24th at 3, 4, and 5pm. Reservations will be required for tours and can be made by emailing sours@uplandbeer.com.

Bottles may be picked up at the Bloomington Brewpub 11am-midnight Monday through Thursday, 11am-1am Friday and Saturday, and noon to midnight Sunday, or at the Indianapolis Tasting Room 4pm-10pm Monday through Thursday and noon to midnight Friday and Saturday. Please note the Indianapolis Tasting Room cannot sell carryout on Sunday, in accordance with Indiana state law. Each bottle will cost $25 plus applicable sales tax.   Read more »

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Weekend Beer Buzz 04/23/2015

It’s a beautiful weekend for Denver’s Craft Beer Scene. We’ve got an awesome pair of Anniversary Parties, the return of BrüFrou, a new barrel-aged release from Avery, oysters on the half shell, a giant Beer Hunter’s Report and more.






Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

  • 4 Year Anniversary, Copper Kettle Brewing Company, Denver, CO, Thu – Sun

Copper Kettle will celebrate 4 years, with 4 days of special tappings:

Thursday is Fan Favorite Firkins with Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Watermelon Helles, and 12 Hops IPA.

Friday is Staff Showdown, featuring 9 different beers from the CKBC Staff, including a Barrel-Aged Key Lime Saison, Blood Orange Gose, and Black Berlinerweisse.

Saturday is the tapping of Macallan 18 Russian Imperial Stout, which was aged in a Macallan Scotch Barrel.

Sunday is the tapping of Framboise Sour Ale, which has been aging in wine barrels for 22 months!

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In all, 14 beers are set to be tapped over the 4-days of celebrating and imbibing. Check the links above for more details, including tapping times, food truck schedules and live music. Copper Kettle Brewing Co. is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #101, Denver, CO 80247.

  • Upslope Tap Takeover, Colorado Plus, Wheat Ridge, CO, 6 PM

Colorado Plus will host Upslope Brewing for a mini-Tap Takeover on Thursday evening. Come on out for 5 beers on tap, plus the opportunity to win some great Upslope Gear. Colorado Plus is located at: 6995 W 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO.

Ratio Beerworks will take over the taps at Local 46 on Thursday evening. Come out and sample the lineup from one of Denver’s best young breweries. Local 46 is located at: 4586 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212.

Head to the Denver Bicycle Cafe on Thursday for Meet the Brewer night with Station 26. Come out and say hi. Bring your questions and come thirsty to try some samples from these GABF medal winners. The Denver Bicycle Cafe is located at: 1308 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218.

Friday, April 24th, 2015

  • New Tappings, Comrade Brewing, Denver, CO, Noon

Two new beers will hit the lines at Comrade at Noon on Friday. From Comrade Owner David Lin:

“Moneypenny English Summer Ale has returned. Brewed with Marris Otter and wheat, it’s hopped and dry hopped with East Kent Goldings and Cascade. Clean and crisp with a herbal, lightly spicy floral hop aroma and low bitterness. 5.2% ABV.

“Also tapping our SMaSH Melon. Single malt and single hop beer, Pilsner malt and Hull Melon Hops. Easy drinking blonde ale with a subtle and distinctive honeydew melon and strawberry aroma and flavor. 5.3% ABV.”

Scroll down for details on Comrade’s 1-Year Anniversary Party, set for Saturday, April 25th. Comrade Brewing is located at: 7667 E Iliff Ave, Suite F, Denver, CO 80231.

  • Ground Rule Tripel Tapping, Grist Brewing, Highlands Ranch, CO

Grist Brewing will release their Ground Rule Tripel on Friday. This 7.5% Belgian-style Tripel is described as a “light bodied, slightly sweet, citrusy, estery brew”. Grist Brewing is located at: 9150 Commerce Center Cir, Suite 300, Highlands Ranch, CO.

Dry Dock’s releasing bombers of their refreshing Cool Lime Lager at The Canoe Room on Friday afternoon. Brewed with two varieties of limes and kaffir lime leaves, Cool Lime Lager is the perfect Summer-time quencher.

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Bomber sales begin at Noon. The Canoe Room at North Dock is located at: 2801 Tower Rd, Aurora, CO 80011.  Read more »

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Beer Hunter’s Report 04/22/2015

Every week, Scott put his ear to the bottle, takes to the streets and seeks out all the new brews hitting the better bottle shops around town. You’ll find his Beer Hunter’s Report posted here every Wednesday. Any last-minute additions can be found in Thursday’s Weekend Beer Buzz.

Check it out and enjoy!

  • Green Bench Brewing out of St. Petersburg, FL, is entering the Denver market! Look for Saison de Banc VertSaison de Banc NoirSaison de Banc Vert Naturally Conditioned on BrettSaison de Banc Noir Naturally Conditioned on Brett, Trinity Collaboration Sauvage Blanc and The Famous Flying Zacchinis. These are starting to hit stores now. Read the Brewtally Insane article for more information.
  • Spencer Trappist Ale has also entered the Colorado market! Schwing!
  • Westbrook Shane’s DIPA is hitting.
  • Hop Concept Hop Freshener Citrus & Piney. So citrusy, so piney.
  • Trinity Magical Brett Tour #2, Brett Brux is all up in here.
  • Crooked Stave Petite Sour Boysenberry should hit this week (or soon). This week, Sin Frontera, a collaboration with Jester King and Trois Dames, releases from Crooked Stave this week (4/22).
  • Avery Tectum et Elix should be on shelves soon. Insula multos Collibus releases from Avery on Sunday. Raining beer.
  • Lagunitas High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout should hit soon? Maybe?
  • AC Golden Brewing Company Colorado Native Double IPL. Haters gonna hate, but ainter’s gonna ain’t.


By: Scott Steigerwald

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BrüFrou Pairing Menu Preview

With BrüFrou just a few days away, we figured it was time to start sharing some of the amazing pairings that are shaping up for the big event. There are two tasting sessions set for Saturday, April 25th and a handful of tickets still remain. Enter the promo code “wild20″ and save yourself $20! The afternoon session runs from 1 – 4 PM, followed by the evening session which goes from 5 – 8 PM.

In addition to the teaser menu below, click HERE for a few tips from a BrüFrou veteran to help make the most of your experience. Grab your tickets today, save some $ with “wild20″ and join us for a delicious day of craft beer and tasty bites.

  • Avery Brewing Company > The Maharaja Imperial IPA
    Euclid Hall > Citrus scented beef hot link, butter crackers, gorgonzola pimento
  • Black Bottle Brewery > American Pale Ale (Collaboration with West End Tap House)
    West End Tap House > Wild Boar Joe Bite, served on a crispy wonton chip, with Diced Apple, pickle slaw Garnish! (pickles are horseradish/habanero pickles made locally by the “Real Dill” pickle company)
  • Coda Brewing Co. > Sleepyhead – Passionfruit Imperial Kolsch, along with a debut – The BruFrou Breakfast Cream Stout, made with Oatmeal, Milk, Chocolate, and Coffee.
    Sugarmill > Caramelized Passion Fruit Chiffon Cake
  • Crazy Mountain Brewing Company > Neomexicanus- native pale ale; and Roland Junior, India Brown
    Denver Biscuit Company > The Franklin Slider: Chicken Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Tender Belly Bacon, and cheddar cheese smothered in sausage
  • Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project > Vieille Artisanal Saison – Dry Hopped Saison PAIRED WITH
    Cart-Driver Denver > Smoked shrimp salad with paprika, asparagus, garlic aioli and campfire lemongrass espuma
  • Denver Beer Co > Princess Yum Yum Raspberry Kolsch
    Jax Fish House LoDo > Seared Duck Andouille and DBC “Employee of the Month” mustard, Brioche Toast or BBQ shrimp, baked beans, watermelon
  • Elevation Beer Company > Apis IV Belgian Quad
    Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe > Liver Forward Bahn Mi sitting on a cucumber slice
  • Epic Brewing Company > Sour Apple Saison
    Los Chingones > Brainless Raspberry BBQ Short Rib Taco: Epic Escape IPA braised short rib, sour apple saison-ginger slaw, micro wasabi.

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Green Bench Brewing Arrives in Colorado

Crooked Stave Artisans just announced they’ll be partnering with Florida’s Green Bench Brewing Co., to bring a selection of bottles into Colorado for distribution. Green Bench is making waves in the beer world for their well-crafted and very tasty Saisons, which were recently seen pouring at TRiNiTY’s Saison & Farmhouse Invitational.

You’ll find additional details, including a listing of the beers arriving, in the press release below.

Crooked Stave Artisans Distributing (CSA) Introduces Green Bench Brewing Co. Bottles to Denver 

Denver, Colo. – April 21st, 2015 – Starting this week, Crooked Stave Artisans Distributing (CSA) will introduce a selection of bottles from Green Bench Brewing Co. to independent liquor stores, bars, and restaurants throughout the state. This will be the first time the St. Petersburg, Florida based brewery will be regularly available in the Denver metro area and beyond.

Green Bench, which opened its doors in September 2013, is St. Petersburg’s first microbrewery and was named in honor of St. Petersburg’s old nickname, “City of the Green Benches” – the downtown sidewalks were lined with thousands of green benches in the early 1900’s. Since opening, Green Bench has garnered multiple awards for its beer at the 2014 U.S. Open Beer Championship and was also named one of the Top 10 breweries of the year. 

With a 15-barrel brewhouse, five 15-barrel fermenters, and one custom-built oak foeder, Green Bench head brewer Khris Johnson produces a variety of American styles including several IPAs in addition to a 100% oak-fermented line of Franco-Belgian styles.

“Sharing a sense of excitement for the complexities that emerge when wild fermentations are allowed to linger in oak, the thoughtful minds at Green Bench have created a complex and delicate range of beers. Their use of a foeder that uniquely combines French and American oak allows for a highly intricate foundation of flavor for the wild characteristics to build upon,” says CSA Buyer André DiMattia. “Emerging within America’s somewhat boisterous beer scene of Brett-forward and bacteria-laced beverages, Green Bench’s offerings are certain to grab the attention of many given the precision and clarity of flavor found within each of their new bottled offerings. This is a great beginning to something that we feel will be a beneficial contribution to the world of wild beers.” Read more »

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The Numbers Behind Craft Beer

We survived the 2015 Craft Brewers Conference (CBC). This time around, the annual event took us to the self-proclaimed “Beervana” of Portland, Oregon, for a week of craft beer seminars with industry leaders, the opportunity to check out new products at BrewExpo, plus the opportunity to share ideas and plenty of beers with people working in every imaginable facet of the craft beer world.

One of the highlights of CBC week was the State of the Industry address, led by Brewers Association Director Paul Gatza, and Chief Economist Bart Watson. The presentation highlighted some facts that we felt needed to be shared as we try to spread the gospel of craft beer through what we do here every day at Brewtally Insane.

Admittedly, some of these numbers were expected, while others were pretty eye-opening.

  • 3,418 craft breweries operating in the U.S.
  • 615 craft breweries opened and only 46 closed in 2014. In comparison, 502 craft breweries opened in 2013 and 68 closed in 2013.
  • 2,051 craft breweries in planning stages. *As of 12/31/14.
  • 22.2 Million Bbls of craft beer sold in 2014!
  • IPA’s are the top craft beer style, accounting for 46.9% of volume growth.
  • Colorado ranked #4 for craft brewery openings in 2014 with 55. Only Washington (83!), New York (67) and California (59) had more brewery openings last year.
  • Colorado ranked #3 for state breweries per capita, with 6.1 breweries per 100,000 21+ adults. Vermont ranked #1 with 8.6, followed by #2 Oregon with 6.7.
  • Small Brewers have created 115,469 jobs in the U.S.

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Breckenridge Reveals Comic Con Brew

Brecekenridge Brewery has announced this year’s Comic Con Beer. Hulk’s Mash Pale Ale offers a superhero-sized punch of Mosaic hops and pureed Mangos. The beer has notes of “mango, lemon, citrus, and earthy pine scents”.

Hulk’s Mash will launch on Friday, May 1st at The 1up. More details on this special Comic Con brew and where to find it around town, can be found in the Press Release below.

Breckenridge Brewery Announces 2015 Denver Comic Con Beer: Hulk’s Mash

Denver, CO – April 14, 2015 – Since Comic Con graced Denver with its first conference in 2012, Breckenridge Brewery has been a loyal and active sponsor.  Each year the brewery creates a special beer for the conference, and with friends from Denver Comic Con, it hosts a popular name-the-beer contest through social media.  This year’s knock-out Comic Con beer, “Hulk’s Mash,” will debut Friday, May 1st at The 1up – Colfax at 717 East Colfax Avenue in Denver.  The 1up – Colfax and The 1up – Lodo will have the beer on tap leading up to the conference May 23-25.


The fluid:
The beer is delightful pale ale made with mango puree and Mosaic hops.  It sounds mild-mannered, but don’t be fooled.  Mosaic hops produce an aromatic punch of mango, lemon, citrus, and earthy pine scents.  Loads of pulverized mangos heroically balance the hoppy aroma and flavor.

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Dry Dock Brewing Bottles Cool Lime Lager

Dry Dock has announced their plans to release their refreshing Cool Lime Lager in 22oz. bombers. Just in time for warmer temperatures, the 5.2% ABV beer is made with two varieties of limes and kaffir lime leaves, giving the beer its complex citrus flavors.

Cool Lime Lager will launch at Dry Dock’s Cane Room on Friday, April 24th, beginning at Noon. More details can be found in the press release below.

Dry Dock Brewing Company Releases Cool Lime Lager In Bombers

AURORA, CO— The Cool Lime Lager is back! Originally brewed for Old Chicago’s 2014 Cinco De Mayo Tour, the refreshing Cool Lime Lager was such a hit that Dry Dock decided to start packaging it for the 2015 summer season. This April the beer will be available in 22-ounce bombers for the first time.

Canoe Room at North Dock, Dry Dock’s production facility tasting room, will host a Cool Lime Lager bomber release party on Friday, April 24 from 12pm to 7pm. The beer will be available on draft and in bombers to go. Cool Lime Lager will be available on draft and in bombers at South Dock, Dry Dock’s original location, the first week of May.


Nothing says patio beer like crisp, refreshing lager. Add limes and you’ve got yourself a party. Dry Dock’s Cool Lime Lager is brewed with two different varieties of lime and kaffir lime leaves for a complex citrus flavor that’s as easy drinking as the summer days are long.

5.2% ABV, 12 IBU

Food Pairing Suggestions: spicy Mexican food, chips & salsa, fish tacos, chicken mole, and coconut flan for dessert.


Dry Dock Brewing Company was the first brewery in Aurora, Colorado that opened next door to its sister business, The Brew Hut, at 15120 E. Hampden Avenue. To-date, it’s one of Colorado’s top producing breweries made possible by its second production facility North Dock, the closest Colorado craft brewery to the airport. Dry Dock will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2015.

Follow the company on Facebook at facebook.com/DryDockBrewing and on Instagram and Twitter @DryDockBrewing.


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