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Weekend Beer Buzz 03/05/2015

Man. What an insane weekend we’re getting ready for. There’s 3 new breweries opening this weekend! Plus 1 classic brewery that’s holding a Grand Re-Opening Party to celebrate their newly re-modeled tasting room. In addition, look for plenty of fun firkins, new bottles, music and more.

For us, we’ll be geeking out at Saturday’s Funk’n Wild celebration with Casey Brewing and Blending’s Troy Casey. Stop by and say “hi!”.

Here’s the rundown.


Thursday, March 5th, 2015

  • Soft Opening, Saint Patrick’s Brewing Company, Littleton, CO, 4 – 8 PM

Saint Patrick’s Brewing will hold a soft opening on Thursday evening. The new brewery will have plenty to pick from. Here’s a look at the beer lineup:

- Oktoberfest
– Dubbel
– Berry Chili
– Limoncello
– Russian Imperial Stout
– Pumpkin Vanilla Chai
– French Barleywine
– Espresso Blonde
– Imperial Helles
– Belgian Quad Wit
– Dry Hop Saison
– Hawaiian Farmhouse
– Coroni
– Helledel Helles
– Czech Pils
– Luminosity Oak Reserve
– Midnight Mocha

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A Grand Opening is set for March 17th. Saint Patrick’s Brewing Company is located at: 2842 W Bowles Ave, Littleton, CO 80120.

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Stop by Dry Dock on Friday to try the new ThaIPA firkin. Tapping set for 3 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.

  • Opening Day, The Bakers’ Brewery, Silverthorne, CO, 6 PM

The Bakers’ Brewery will open in Silverthorne on Friday evening. Located just off I-70, this is a must stop if you’re in the high country. Led by Cory Forster, formerly of Dillon Dam, The Bakers’ Brewery will offer their own beer, guest taps, and a full menu.

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The Bakers’ Brewery is located at: 531 Silverthorne Ln, Silverthorne, CO 80498.

Coda Brewing will host a Collaboration Beer Tapping and Concert on Friday evening. Local Psyche Blues Band Dragondeer will be on hand to tap Dragondeer Tart Saison, an experimental Black IPA, Tangerine Pale Ale, Via Chicago Pale Ale, and a Russian Imperial Stout aged in Breckenridge Bourbon Barrels.

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Dragondeer will play an acoustic set at 6:30 PM, followed by an electric set at 7:30 PM.

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Collaboration Fest Beer Menu

As Collaboration Fest draws near, we’ve begun compiling a list of some of the awesome one-offs that’ll be pouring during the event. With so many unique beers in the works, there’s sure to be something exciting and new for everyone. We’ll continue to update this list as additional beers and collaborations are announced, so bookmark this page and check back often.

Don’t forget to grab your tickets to the 2nd Annual Collaboration Fest, which is set for March 21st at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

  • 4 Noses Brewing, Big Choice Brewing and Wonderland Brewing – Bazinga! Belgian Wit with lemongrass, rose hips, different yeasts from each brewery and a small dose of vanilla beans.
  • All Summit County Collaboration – The Bakers’ Brewery, Breckenridge Brewery, Backcountry Brewery, Dillon Dam Brewery, Broken Compass Brewing and Pug Ryans Brewing Company - Summit Safety Meeting Barleywine. A full strength Barleywine with flaked rye and Mosaic hops balancing out the caramel malts and fresh figs and dates sweetness.
  • The Bakers’ Brewery and Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place – Imperial Candy Bar Porter.
  • Bootstrap Brewing and Walnut Brewery - NutStrap Imperial Coffee Stout. Imperial Stout with Ozo coffee.
  • Breckenridge Brewery and Starr Hill Brewing – Snow Your Oats. Chocolate Oatmeal Stout w/ Virginia Oats and Rocky Mountain Chocolate.
  • Comrade Brewing and Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project – Imperial Wit.
  • Comrade Brewing and Hogshead Brewery – English IPA.
  • East Side Nano Brewers: FATE Brewing Company, BRU Handbuilt Ales and Wild Woods Brewery – Three different versions of a Hoppy Belgian Golden Ale, all brewed with Wyeast 1388 yeast strain, Saaz and Styrian Goldings hops.
  • Epic Brewing Company and Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company – Midnight Mischief. A Non-traditional American hopped Black Lager Schwarzbier
  • FATE Brewing Company and Cannonball Creek Brewing Company - German-style IPA.
  • FATE Brewing Company and Lost Highway Brewing Company – German-style Pilsner with Barke Heirloom Barely and Polaris and Sorachi Ace hops.
  • FATE Brewing Company and Yak & Yeti Brewing Company – Belgian-style Cherry Dubbel with homemade candi sugar.
  • Fiction Beer Company, Chain Reaction Brewing, and Cerebral Brewing – Brettanomyces fermented Farmhouse Ale with Corvus Coffee Cascara and Plums.
  • Front Range Brewing, Gravity Brewing, and Echo Brewing – White Chocolate Cream Ale.
  • Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Loveland Aleworks, Verboten, Crow Hop, Big Beaver and Buckhorn – Anything for Love. Belgian Quad.
  • Grist Brewing and No Label Brewing – Skiing in Jeans. Traditional German bock using all German malt and hops with the addition of Colorado wildflower honey and Texas pecans.
  • Kannah Creek Brewing and The Bakers’ Brewery – The Prickly Peach. Belgian Strong Ale fermented with Palisade peaches, prickly pear cactus and spiced with eucalyptus and Jamaica peppers (whole allspice).
  • Left Handing Brewing Company and Backcountry Brewery – Weizenbock with Rye and Cacao Nibs.
  • Mockery Brewing and Baere Brewing – Brevis and Butthead. Kettle Sour Pale Ale.
  • Odd13 Brewing and 12Degree Brewing – 12/13/2014. Sour Belgian Strong Ale.
  • Odell Brewing Company and Beavertown Brewery – India Pale Lager.
  • Oskar Blues Brewery and Perrin Brewing Company – Cornlaboration. Classic American Pilsner.
  • Powder Keg Brewing Company and Avery Brewing Company – Powder Keg and Avery will be blending a beer featuring barrel-aged sours from both breweries. More details HERE.
  • River North Collaboration: Mockery, River North, Epic, Black Shirt, Beryl’s, Our Mutual Friend, and Zephyr – RyeNo Cluster Fuggle. Belgian Roggenbier. More details HERE.
  • River North Brewery and Red Leg Brewing – West of Ardennes. Rye Barrel fermented Belgian Imperial Brown.
  • Sanitas Brewing Company and The Bakers’ Brewery – Sesh-O-Rado.
  • Sanitas Brewing Company and Renegade Brewing Co. – Triple Saison.
  • Ska Brewing and Stone Brewing – The Mighty, Mighty Bastogne. 11% ABV Tripel Triple. More details HERE.
  • Ska Brewing, Wynkoop Brewing and Reel Big Fish – Reel Big Stout. Oak-aged Imperial Stout.
  • Station 26 and Call To Arms – Schwarzbier. More details HERE.
  • Station 26 and Cigar City – White IPA brewed with wheat, barley, oats and orange peel and hopped with Amarillo, Citra, Galaxy, Lemondrop, Mandarina Bavaria, and Summer. More details HERE.
  • Strange Craft Beer Company and Freetail Brewing Company – StrangeTail IV.
  • TRVE Brewing and Lord Hobo Brewing – Sour Double IPA with Massachusetts malted Red Warthog Wheat.
  • TRVE Brewing and Ska Brewing – Horns. Big Brown Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels from Peach Street Distillery, blended back with the same recipe fermented in Stainless Steel.
  • TRVE Brewing and The Bruery –  Variation on a Witbier recipe, fermented in White Wine Barrels with Brett and spiced with Orange Peel and Coriander.
  • Twisted Pine Brewing Company and Blind Tiger Brewery – Twisted Tiger. Weizenbock.
  • Upslope Brewing and Hogshead Brewery – North Down Brown Ale.
  • Verboten Brewing and New Belgium Brewing - Top Bunk-Bottom Bunk. Collaboration in a glass: Black and Tan, Peppermint Stout called Top Bunk and a Chocolate Brown named Bottom Bunk. Stout will float on brown.
  • The Very Nice Brewing Company and Strange Craft Beer Company – Chickory Black IPA.
  • The Very Nice Brewing Company and Twisted Pine Brewing Company – Midnight Wheat, Cherry, Sage, Saison.
  • Wit’s End Brewing Company and Strange Craft Beer Company – Black Belgian Oatmeal Cherry IPA.
  • Wynkoop Brewing and Tivoli Beer – OG aka D.O.O.G. Imperial Malt Liquor.
  • Zwei Bruder and Tivoli Beer – Pass the Buck. The original Sigi’s recipe.

More to come!



First Draft Tap Room Planned For Denver’s RiNo Neighborhood

First Draft taproom and kitchen will open in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood in the coming months. The new spot will have a full kitchen, patio, fire pit, and 40 taps of craft beer, wine, and cider, available by the ounce thanks to a unique “pour your own” system.

“We plan to showcase the best craft beer we can get our hands on. Whether it’s being able to pour beer from some of the great small breweries on the other side of Denver, or bringing in a highly sought-after keg from across the country, we promise that our tap list will be as exciting as our draft system,” said First Draft Owner Mark Slattery (aka Denver Beer Guy).

The Brewtally Insane Team is excited to learn more about First Draft and plans to bring you a preview in the coming months. In the meantime, here’s the official announcement.


Pour your own craft beer, wine, and cider at First Draft

Denver, CO, March 3, 2015– First Draft, a new taproom and kitchen concept, is coming to the River North (RiNo) neighborhood of Denver in late spring/early summer 2015. With 40 taps of craft beer, wine, and cider and the ability to “pour your own” by the ounce, First Draft will let customers taste and pour at their own pace in an inviting and fun environment. On tap will be an ever-rotating selection of high quality craft beer, wine, and cider from Colorado as well as the rest of the US.  At First Draft, you can customize your own drinking experience.

First Draft is located at 1309 26th St. in RiNo, near the corner of 26th & Larimer. Part of the 2601 Larimer project, First Draft will feature a full kitchen, a mezzanine overlooking the main floor, and front patio complete with a fire pit. The kitchen will serve small plates and shareable items that pair with beverage offerings. Utilizing local and seasonal ingredients, First Draft will partner will local providers to create a menu that looks to put an upgraded twist on traditional taproom favorites.

“We’re excited to bring a unique drinking experience to Denver, and even more excited to be a part of everything happening in RiNo,” said Mark Slattery, Owner and General Manager. Slattery, known in the Colorado beer world as the “Denver Beer Guy”, looks to curate a different set of tap offerings for Denver. “We plan to showcase the best craft beer we can get our hands on. Whether it’s being able to pour beer from some of the great small breweries on the other side of Denver, or bringing in a highly sought-after keg from across the country, we promise that our tap list will be as exciting as our draft system,” he said.

First Draft has partnered with iPourIt, the leader in self-service tap technology. iPourIt is a unique patented technology that allows customers to pour their own beer. A valve controls beer flowing through the tap while a meter measures the amount of beer a customer pours accurate to more than 1/10th of an ounce.

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Collaboration Fest Preview Through Immersion Class

Imbibe Events and Metropolitan State University of Denver Host Collaboration Fest Immersion Class
Class with feature panel of brewers from festival

DENVER – March 2, 2015 - In coordination with Collaboration FestImbibe Events, the Colorado Brewers Guild and Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) will host a Collaboration Immersion Class on Thursday, March 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at MSU Denver’s Hospitality Learning Center, Demonstration Theater Room 208 (1190 Auraria Pkwy., Denver CO 80204). This class will take guests through a history of collaborations and provide a preview of the festival beers.

“Colorado is the state of craft beer and MSU Denver has recognized the need to create a degree around one of the state’s top industries,” said Casey Berry, founder of Imbibe Events. “This class will provide an insider’s look into the industry for the community and demonstrate the relationships between breweries.”

In the past ten years, breweries from around the world have been collaborating more often. Brewers often see collaboration as a chance to hang out with buddies, let loose and create a beer outside of their typical style. There have been some collaborations that have grabbed headlines like when Avery Brewing and Russian River Brewing created Collaboration Not Litigation Ale. This is one of the most popular collaborations and truly shows how the craft beer community would rather work together and help the industry grow than meet in a courtroom.

This aspect of community was one of the driving focuses behind Collaboration Fest. Collaboration Fest takes place March 21 at Sports Authority Field and will feature more than 70 unique beer collaborations. The Immersion Class will give a limited number of attendees a chance to preview some of these beers in a classroom setting and ask the brewers themselves questions about their creations.

The Collaboration Fest Immersion Class panel will feature Nick Nunns from TRVE Brewing Co., Jesse Brookstein from Call to Arms Brewing Company, Avery Brewing and several others.  Read more »

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Warm Up Your Winter With These Local Craft Brews

Part of living in Colorado is the inevitable threat of late February / March snow. We’re not talking about the light dusting we’ve had for the majority of the winter, but rather an all-out pounding of snow that leaves you wanting nothing more than to curl up on the couch with an old movie and a nice craft brew or two. Yeah, we feel it too. Luckily for us, Colorado store shelves are laden with a bounty of readily available beers that are perfect for such occasions. Here’s a quick look at a few of our favorite snow day beers.

*We limited this particular list to beers that are easily available throughout the Denver-area in either bottles or cans. Nothing against limited releases or fresh growler fills, but when the weather turns bad, sometimes all you’ve got is the local corner store. Enjoy.

Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout
Epic Brewing, Denver, CO / Salt Lake City, UT
11.8% ABV
Format: 22oz. bottles
Availability: Year Round!

This whiskey barrel aged imperial stout with cocoa nibs and roasted coffee reads like it should be a heavy monster, but in reality, sipping it is like a warm hug in a glass. Most notable are the dark roasty notes of chocolate, malt and coffee, with a silky smooth finish. Epic uses a different coffee in each batch (we’re sipping Batch 33 brewed with Novo coffee), so collect a few and try them out! With flavors this complex and heady, you’ll wonder why you weren’t standing in some line waiting on a limited release. Thanks to Epic for warming our winter days with this big bad beer!

Yeti Imperial Stout
Great Divide Brewing, Denver, CO
9.5% ABV
Format: 12oz. and 22oz. bottles
Availability: Year Round with Seasonal Variations

We’d be crazy to run an article about winter sippers and not mention our furry friend, the Yeti. We can find no faults in this delicious Imperial Stout. Yeti’s delicious fresh or aged and comes in multiple variations (Oak Aged, Oatmeal, and Chocolate to name a few) that come and go with the seasons. This beast is thick, rich, warming, even hoppy, with bold flavors of chocolate, coffee and toffee. Look for 22oz. bombers and 12oz. 4-packs.

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The Sum Of All Beers – Blending Collaboration With Avery and Powder Keg Brewing

As the 2nd Annual Collaboration Fest approaches, we wanted to share some of the breweries, stories, and people behind the beers that’ll be on display during this years event. Presented by Imbibe! and the Colorado Brewers Guild, and set to take place on Saturday, March 21st at Sports Authority Field in Denver, the festival will feature 50+ unique, one-off brews. Every beer being presented is a collaborative effort between a member of the Colorado Brewers Guild and one or more additional breweries. Read on for the fourth in a series of articles we’re presenting leading up to the event. Hope you enjoy!

Collaboration Fest sets the stage for an unprecedented level of cooperation and interaction between breweries far and wide. The usual model is two (or more) breweries come together to design a beer that plays to their strengths, and then brew it up together for us to enjoy. Powder Keg Brewing and Avery Brewing decided to take another approach and used this opportunity to blend beers from their respective Barrel Programs.

Just days after Avery Brewing served their last customer in the Avery Alley, Chief Barrel Herder Andy Parker played host to brewers from both Avery and Powder Keg to select a blend that accentuated the key elements of each brewery.

Powder Keg’s a young brewery from Niwot, CO, that’s already making a name for themselves, thanks to the variety of well-crafted beers coming from Brewer Philip Joyce. Powder Keg brought their Lettre Rouge, which ended up serving as the base beer in the blend. Lettre Rouge made its debut at January’s Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines event and made it to our “12 Can’t Miss Beers” list. Joyce describes Lettre Rouge as a Farmhouse Ale, brewed with citrus, hibiscus, Lacto, and Powder Keg’s house Brett strain. The delicate beer spent 4 months aging in Cabernet wine barrels, before being blended and released.

Boulder’s Avery Brewing needs no introduction. Barrel-Herder Andy Parker had quite a few different beers to select from, as the Avery barrel collection is now sitting at roughly 800 barrels! For this particular blend, Parker selected 8 beers to sample and experiment with. Some might be familiar Avery offerings, like Eremita VIII and Bad Karma. Others are brand new and could potentially debut in 2015, such as the delicious Raspberry Sour or complex Manhattan Sour.

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From there, we sampled our way through the entire lineup of 9 beers, taking notes and discussing the defining characteristics of each. The goal was to create something new that didn’t overpower the subtleties of Powder Keg’s Lettre Rouge. The grapefruit and hibiscus notes could easily have been overpowered by some of Avery’s stronger beers like the Tequila Barrel-Aged Bad Karma or the stone fruit notes of Eremita VIII.

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The afternoon turned into a fun game of mixing, sampling, and determining what worked and what didn’t.

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Ultimately, two blends were selected to create a larger batch, which was then chilled, carbonated, sampled and voted upon in a blind tasting panel:  Read more »

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Weekend Beer Buzz 02/26/2015

Another cold, snowy weekend’s coming. Fortunately, there’s plenty of beers to warm up with.

Here’s a look ahead.







Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Factotum Brewhouse will hold their Grand Opening this weekend. The new brewery will offer home brewers the unique opportunity to brew their recipes on a larger scale brewhouse and serve their beers in the Factotum Tasting Room. More info can be found HERE.


The fun begins on Thursday from 4 – 10 PM, continues Saturday from 3 – 10 PM and into Sunday from Noon – 10 PM. Tappings include a Peach Ale, Irish Stout, Black IPA w/ Yerba Mate, and a Juniper Pale Ale. Factotum Brewhouse is located at: 3845 Lipan St, Denver, CO 80211.

Friday, February 27th, 2015

This week’s Firkin Friday tapping at Dry Dock is Double Chocolate DoppelDock. Le Nom. Tapping lined up for Friday at 3 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.

Breckenridge Brewery will release their 2nd Batch of Barleywine on Friday evening. “Barleywine Batch #2 offers a new twist on the original. Aged in French oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, this year’s Barleywine gives off aromas of prune, molasses and wet oak. It hits the palate with more prunes, round maltiness and a bit of hops, with subtle hints of cabernet in the finish.”

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Stop by the Kalamath location and try the new Batch 2, alongside last year’s Batch 1. 22oz., wax-dipped bottles will be available for purchase to-go. One lucky person will leave with a Golden Ticket, which grants entry for two on the very first day of the new Breckenridge location in Littleton. The opening is currently set for Saturday, June 20th. There are only 50 Golden Tickets on the planet!  Read more »

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Beer Hunter’s Report 02/24/2015







  • More Crooked Stave Artisans!:
    • Anchorage A Deal with the Devil (Batch 2) 
    • Anchorage The Darkest Hour
    • Prairie Limo Tint
    • Mikkeller SpontanSweetcherry
    • Mikkeller SpontanBlackthorn
    • Mikkeller Beer Geek Daydream
    • Dieu du Ciel! Peche Mortel
    • Dunham Saison Rustiqu (Keg only)
    • Dunham Resurrection de Broderus (Keg only)
    • Against the Grain Rico Sauvin
    • Against the Grain London Balling
    • Against the Grain KY Kamen Knuddeln
    • Crooked Stave Table Beer (Brewed at Westbrook)
    • Omnipollo Magic #42 Passionfruit Witbier
    • Omnipollo Magic #411 Smoothie IPA
    • Stillwater Kentucky Folklore
    • Stillwater Rio de Sauvin
    • Stillwater/Hof Ten Dormaal Arcana
    • Mateo & Bernabé Daniel 29
    • Spigha Cafe Ole Coffee Porter
  • Avery Uncle Jacob’s released last week from the brewery. Look for it on shelves soon.
  • Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine and Old Guardian Barley Wine – Extra Hoppy for the odd year variant both should hit…at some point. I know we keep saying this, but it’s coming soon, I swear!
  • Lost Abbey Track 10 is also out and it’s tasty.
  • Deschutes Jubel 2015 just landed too! 
  • Odell’s releasing Brazzle at the brewery this weekend. Look for it to hit local stores soon.


By: Scott Steigerwald

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Sanitas Brewing Introduces Bramble Blackberry Sour

Boulder’s Sanitas Brewing is ready to release the second beer in their newly launched Wild and Sour Project. Bramble will be available on draft in the Tap Room beginning on Monday, February 23rd. The beer’s a 4% ABV Barrel-Aged Sour that was fermented with blackberries.

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BOULDER, COLORADO, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 – On the heels of the first release in Sanitas Brewing Company’s new Wild and Sour Project, the Boulder brewery is set to unveil the second installment in the series. Bramble, a blackberry sour ale, will be released on draft at Sanitas’ Tap Room on Monday, February 23rd

“We often hear people say they don’t like fruit beers,” explained Sanitas’ Co-Founder Zach Nichols, “Bramble will make them second guess that notion. It’s loaded with complex sour notes, deep oak undertones, and finishes crisp and dry with a lingering blackberry characteristic.” 

The brewers at Sanitas brewed a batch of pale wort last Winter. The beer was then transferred to and fermented in neutral oak barrels with a proprietary blend of wild yeast and bacteria. Blackberries were added near the end of fermentation for further layers of complexity.  Pouring light ruby in color and 4% ABV., Bramble is a beautiful example of sour, barrel-fermented fruit beer.

Bramble will be released to the public in Sanitas’ Tap Room Monday, February 23rd when they open at 3pm.

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.


Sanitas Brewing is located at: 3550 Frontier Ave, Suite A, Boulder, CO 80301.


By: Mark Robinson

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Green Flash Brewing Announces Cellar 3 Series

It’s shaping up to be a big year for Green Flash Brewing. After recently acquiring Alpine Beer Co., the brewery has now announced their plans to open a second facility in San Diego, CA this Spring. The new location will focus on small-scale, barrel-aged offerings and will include 750 mL, corked and caged bottles for distribution throughout the U.S.

The program, which is named Cellar 3, first release will be Silva Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels. The beer’s expected to launch in April.

Other upcoming releases include Flanders Drive (Sour Flanders Ale), Le Freak Barrique (Belgian Style IPA  aged in Red Wine Barrels), Rayon Vert (Belgian Pale Ale w/ Brett) and multiple fruit releases, beginning with Natura Morta Plum.

You’ll find more details on Cellar 3 in the Press Release below.

SAN DIEGO, CA (February 19th, 2015) —Today, Co-Founders of Green Flash Brewing Co, Mike and Lisa Hinkley, officially announce plans for the national debut of Cellar 3, a series of rare, barrel-aged beer offerings and expansion to a 2nd San Diego facility. After announcing the 2015 Hop Odyssey lineup of hop-focused session IPAs last week, Green Flash Cellar 3 offers consumers a taste from the opposite end of the craft spectrum with a lineup of elevated, limited reserve offerings that will round out the national Green Flash portfolio. With construction of the Cellar 3 packaging facility now complete, Green Flash will roll out the series to retailers beginning in April, and plans to open a public tasting room later this spring. Cellar 3 is located in the eastern part of San Diego County’s Poway neighborhood, with over 12,000 square feet dedicated to the art of craft beer innovation through barrel-aging and wild yeast experimentation. The new facility will allow Brewmaster, Chuck Silva along with Barrelmaster, Pat Korn to focus on expanding the rare beer lineup and will significantly increase production of several highly sought after Green Flash ales. The first Cellar 3 release to reach consumers in April will be fan favorite, Silva Stout, an award-winning bourbon barrel aged ale that is coveted by craft beer lovers worldwide. Silva Stout – and each subsequently released Cellar 3 beer – will be packaged in artfully designed 750 ml cork-finished bottles available from coast to coast. Consumers can expect Cellar 3 750 ml bottles to range from $9 to $19 at retail.

cellar 3 silva stout“We began with a Temecula Red Wine Barrel which we filled with Le Freak as an experiment in 2006,” explains Brewmaster Chuck Silva. “From that barrel, we created our first batch of what we called Super Freak and developed a house yeast strain that we still use to this day. We knew we were on to something special and sourced as many barrels as possible, and then patiently waited out the aging process. After we secured a medal at GABF for Silva Stout, the demand for our barrel-aged and rare ales soared, as did our brewers passion for the process.”

While the Cellar 3 concept began to take shape behind the scenes, Chuck appointed Green Flash brewer, Pat Korn as Barrelmaster to ensure the program would be in good hands. As Barrelmaster, Pat oversees Cellar 3 operations on-site and works closely with Chuck to choose the barrels used and create recipes for innovative new ales as well as to perfect the recipes of longtime favorites.

Cellar 3 currently houses a variety of over 800 barrels including four 50-barrel foudres, is equipped with fermentation and conditioning tanks ranging from 10 to 50 barrels as well as a cork and cage bottling line. In late spring 2015, Green Flash will open the Cellar 3 Tasting Room to the public, offering a new destination with a design inspired by the idea of evolving craft beer into an art form.

“As the number of funky barrels grew at the Mira Mesa brew house, it became necessary to find a separate facility to house the wild yeast projects and make room for additional barrels. With Cellars 1 and 2 making up the Mira Mesa facility, we began the hunt for a 2nd facility and began to refer to the project as Cellar 3, a name that naturally evolved and stuck” explains Green Flash Co-Founder and CEO, Mike Hinkley. “Finding the right space to meet the brewer’s needs was our first priority when selecting a building, and we scoured San Diego County’s available offerings. When we found the Poway location, we recognized there was a tremendous opportunity to sufficiently evolve the program and pioneer new craft beer territory as the neighborhood’s only destination dedicated to both creating and sampling rare, barrel-aged ales.”  Read more »

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