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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).

2014 Brewery Pinup Calendar

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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Vail Big Beers Fest Continues To Impress

The 2015 edition of the Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival in Vail celebrated 15th years this past weekend, and the festival continues to live up to its big name. The weekend was filled with seminars, events, friends, and a variety of beers from all around the world. The event has become one of our favorite beer festivals, hands down. Vail’s snowy backdrop combined with industry camaraderie, “celebrity” beer sightings, brewing seminars, food pairings, and numerous outstanding beers to create one of the most memorable weekends of the year. Read on for some of the highlights.

On Friday evening, we attended “Palate Trips and an Insider Tasting”, a seminar hosted by Julia Herz from the Brewer’s Association and Chef Adam Dulye from The Monk’s Kettle of San Francisco. In this seminar, attendees were seated to a plate consisting of terrine, pickled vegetables, locally baked bread and homemade mustard.

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The beers included Boulevard Collaboration #4, Great Divide Hoss, and Ballast Point Sculpin. The attendees were asked to sip each beer, take a bite, then take another sip. Each of the beers was paired with each of the elements on the plate while the hosts described what might be expected. At the end, Deschutes Abyss was brought out along with some special chocolates procured especially for the pairing. This was an exceptional event that allowed the attendee to get a hands-on experience with pairing food and beer.

On Saturday morning, we attended “The Yoga of Beer”. This one hour event included an instructor-led yoga class by Stephanie Long and beers to sip courtesy of Altitude Chophouse & Brewery out of Laramie, Wyoming. The beers included a chai beer and a coffee/biscotti infused porter. The beers were a perfect complement to the yoga class. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this event and would definitely attend it again.

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On Saturday afternoon, we attended “Vintage Beer: Identifying Cellar Worthy Beers” hosted by Patrick Dawson, the author of Vintage Beers. Representatives were also on-hand from Casey Brewing and Blending (Troy Casey) and Goose Island (Jared Jankoski and Eric Ponce). Patrick walked us through cellaring, including which types of beers are cellar-worthy, cellaring conditions and expectations from cellaring. He also told some interesting and at times funny stories about vintage beer tastings.

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Beers were served to show the effects of cellaring; 2013 Bourbon County Brand Barleywine, 2012 Bourbon County Brand Stout, Casey Saison First Blend and Casey Saison Fourth Blend.

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The most interesting aspect was seeing the difference between the Casey Saison blends. Just 7 months apart, the difference was very noticeable with the first blend becoming much more drier and having a thinner mouthfeel.

Commercial Tasting (aka, The Big Show)
The commercial tasting is “The Big Show”. First off, if you’re interested in meeting “beer celebrities”, this event is not to be missed. Tomme Arthur, Sam Calagione, Adam Avery, and Lauren Salazar (to name a few) were all present and ready to chat with the attendees. Plenty of photo opportunities were available.

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There were so many beers that it’s nearly impossible to choose favorites, so instead, I’ll mention a few of the highlights.

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DESTIHL Brings New Beers And Events To Colorado

As Colorado readies for the first round of goodies to land from DESTIHL Brewery, we wanted to give you a closer look at what beers you should be looking for. This introductory wave will feature everything from canned, year-round beers to the new Wild Sour Series to a handful of special offerings from DESTIHL’s Barrel-Aged and Reserve offerings.

In addition to introducing some on these new brews, we also wanted to share some upcoming events that’ll give you a chance to meet brewery reps, and sample some of DESTIHL’s tasty lineup.

January 12, 2015 – Backcountry Pizza, Boulder, Colorado – 6:00pm
January 13, 2015 – Choice City, Fort Collins, Colorado – 12:00pm
January 13, 2015 – Tap n Handle, Fort Collins, Colorado – 4:00pm
January 14, 2015 – World of Beer LODO, Denver, Colorado – 5:00pm
January 15, 2015 – Mr. B’s Wine & Spirits, Denver, Colorado – 4:00-5:30pm
January 15, 2015 – The Populist, Denver, Colorado – ???

If you’re planning to attend any of the events, we strongly recommend calling the venue to confirm start and end times.

Please note that the beer descriptions below come directly from the DESTIHL website. Many, many thanks to the DESTIHL Team for helping us gather and share all this great information.


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Imperial India Pale Ale

ABV: 9.6%    IBU: 85    Color SRM: 11    First Brewed: 06-19-09

Our mission for this Imperial or ‘Double’ India Pale Ale is to overload the beer with hops for an intense hop bitterness, flavor and aroma while still being balanced by a big malt profile, resulting in a hoppy beer with more dimension. This beer is light copper in color with some hop haze from overloading with dry hops as well. *Draft and cans.

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West Coast American-style India Pale Ale

ABV: 6.3%    IBU: 76    Color SRM: 9    First Brewed: 01-20-2012

This West Coast/Rocky Mountain-style India Pale Ale is back-hopped for a more pronounced hop flavor and aroma having fruity, floral and citrus-like American-varietal hop character and a pleasant bitterness, presenting with a deep golden color and medium maltiness…solid! *Draft and cans.

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Belgian-style Abbey Single Ale

ABV: 4.9%    IBU: 22    Color SRM: 3    First Brewed: 07-20-12

A Belgian-style abbey ale crafted like those that Trappist monks brew for their own session beer. It is light bodied, light in color and relatively lower in alcohol with spicy phenolics and complex fruity esters of cherries, nectarines, peaches and bubblegum with a characteristic slightly tart and dry finish from the Belgian yeast. *Draft and cans.

Wild Sour Series

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ABV: 5.0%   IBU: 12   Color SRM: 06   First Brewed: 12-2013

Our Leipzig-Style Gose undergoes a spontaneous fermentation, similar to Belgian-style Gueuze/Lambic beers, and exhibits a complexity of acidic flavor and aroma contributed by wild yeast lactic fermentation. Lemon, lime and other citrus-like qualities are present in aroma and on the palate, which is balanced by the spicy character of added coriander and a mineral-mouthfeel from added sea salt. 

*Draft and cans.

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ABV: 6.1%   IBU: 15   Color SRM: 18   First Brewed: 12-23-13

Flanders Red is an acidic, sour ale with an initial impression of tart cherries and sour candy that dissipates into a complex palate displaying both a sharp lactic sourness with a backbone of caramel and biscuit malt profiles and minimal hop character. The dry, wine-like finish accentuates the complex malt profile and bright fruit notes showcased in this brilliant red colored hybrid of a modern Flanders and German-style sour. *Draft and cans.

destihl adambierAdambier

ABV: 9.0%   IBU: 40   Color SRM: 28   First Brewed: 2014

Adambier is a very complex, dark and obscure German-style sour ale.  The initial impression of rich, dark chocolate with touches of figs and raisins gives way to the caramel, toasted and lightly smoky malt character with low hop presence and bitterness, all sharply cut by a tannic and lactic sour finish from wood aging and partial fermentation by lactobacillus.

*Draft only. 500 mL bottles coming soon.

Belgian, Wood-Aged & Barrel-Aged

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Belgian-style Abbey Quadrupel Ale

ABV: 11.6%    IBU: 27    Color SRM: 18    First Brewed: 03-30-2011

Our classic, Belgian-style Quadrupel Abbey Ale greets you with a stunning chestnut-garnet color and rich aroma of figs followed by dark fruit-like flavors of currants, dates and black cherries which give way to toffee, molasses and hints of lightly roasted fruity coffee and then leaves you with its capstone, spicy dry finish.

*Draft and bottles.

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Weekend Beer Buzz 01/08/2015

It’s going to be an amazing time up in the mountains this weekend as Vail Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines is back! Don’t miss this one. If you can’t make the trip, be sure to check out some of the other fun tappings and events planned for the Denver-area. There’s plenty to get excited about. Check it out!

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

The Vail Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines Festival returns this weekend. This is one of the best beer events in the country and always a highlight on the calendar. Get your butt up there to sample an array of amazing beers from around the World, sit in on educational seminars from industry leaders, and maybe even sneak in a run or two on the slopes. Get the scoop and glance over the 64-page festival program HERE.

  • Menu Update, Comrade Brewing, Denver, CO

Here’s the latest menu update from Comrade Brewing.

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

Copper Kettle will host their monthly Beer & Cheese Pairing on Thursday, beginning at 7 PM. Tickets are just $20 and must be purchased in advance. Your ticket includes 4 artisan cheeses paired with 4 CKBC craft brews, along with fresh fruit and bread.

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Copper Kettle Brewing is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #101, Denver, CO 80247.

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Copper Kettle’s tapping a fresh batch of Dortmunder on Friday at Noon. Stop in for a pint and enjoy a bite from Taste of Texas BBQ. Copper Kettle Brewing is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #101, Denver, CO 80247.

J Wells Brewery will celebrate their 2nd Anniversary on Friday. Come on out for releases of Barrel-Aged Hop Haze and Barrel-Aged Lig Ts Out Imperial Stout. The brewery will also host the Heirloom Food Truck and DJ Drew. J Wells is located at: 2516 49th St, Suite 5, Boulder, CO 80301.

Dry Dock’s Firkin Friday release is Tequila Barrel IPA. Tapping set for Friday at 3 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.

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12 Can’t Miss Beers – Vail Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines

With the 15th Annual Vail Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines firing up tomorrow, it’s time to start planning out all those seminars and events to attend. For the first time in its 15 year history, the program (including the beer lineup) has been released ahead of time and there’s 60+ pages of glorious beers to drool over and get excited about.

We’ve combed through the list and picked out 12 beers we’re looking forward to trying this weekend. Most of our selections are beers we’ve never had and don’t expect to be able to sample in the near future. In other words, don’t expect to find any of these sitting on a store shelf in the near future. A few we’ve previously had and just love too much to pass up.

All beer descriptions come directly from the Vail Big Beers Program. Check it out for yourself and start mapping out your weekend.

Casey Brewing & Blending, Glenwood Springs, CO – Grape Fruit Stand: This is our Saison refermented with fresh, whole Palisade Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

Former Future Brewing Company, Denver, CO – Black Project #2 – Jumpseat: The second release from our side-venture, Black Project Spontaneous Ales. This beer is a modern take on the traditional sour beers of Belgium. When we made Black Project #1 – Flyby (2014 GABF Bronze Medal in Experimental – Wild Ale ), we intentionally left about 30% of the beer behind (and thus maintained the completely wild coolship collected microflora). We then brewed a completely different recipe and added it to the remaining beer (without adding any other yeast) in a modified solera system. The result is light in color and body and features delicate but extremely varied complexity created by this mixed fermentation. A skilled taster will notice notes of tropical fruit, a controlled but assertive acidity, subdued malt character, and layers of other flavors continuing to appear as the glass is consumed.

Goose Island Beer Company, Chicago, IL – Bourbon County Brand Stout Templeton Rye: A big bourbon barrel aged imperial stout, same recipe as BCS original, but with rye added. Aged for 2 years in Templeton Rye barrels. Rich and complex, with bourbon notes, vanilla, leaf tobacco, toffee and chocolate. This is from the brewer’s secret stash.

Great Divide Brewing Company, Denver, CO – Prince of Tartness: Dark sour ale made from 25 different types of malt inoculated with Brettanomyces. 8.2% ABV.

Hogshead Brewery, Denver, CO – Divine Right Russian Imperial Stout: Cask conditioned year old RIS so named after the Russian Imperial Court’s firm belief that they ruled by “divine right,” this RIS is a recreation of Thrale’s (later to be bought by Barclay Perkins and then Courage) first recipe to be sent to Catherine the Great. With earthy chocolate, dark sweet fruit, and whisky notes, this 9.4% abv oily elixir finishes with considerable bitterness and roast (90 IBUs). Taste this and think of those early Baltic days or drink two and forget you read this literature.

Lost Abbey Brewing Company, San Marcos, CA – Veritas 014: The 14th edition of the Veritas series it starts with initial notes of tart cherries and dark fruit, a big oak character and funky Brett throughout.

New Belgium Brewing Company, Fort Collins, CO – Blackberry Barley Wine: The darker the berry, the sweeter the barley wine—that’s what we thought when brewing our newest Lips of Faith release, the first barley wine in New Belgium history. Blackberry Barley Wine channels the elegant spirit of a classic English barley wine, but with a kiss of blackberry to elevate the sip beyond convention. A deep wash of caramelized sugar and toasted bread, courtesy of Caramel Munich malts, adopts subtle laces of floral, fruity berries for a pairing as proper as sipping snifters beside a crackling fireplace. Warming, rich and complex, curl up to a pour of Blackberry Barley Wine this winter and toast to the finer things in life. 50 IBUS, 12% ABV.

Odd13 Brewing Company, Lafayette, CO – 12/13/14 Strong Belgian Sour Ale: Collaboration with 12 Degree Brewing. Odd13 prides itself on the portion of it’s portfolio that is wild, sour and funky. 12/13/14 is all of those things. The grain bill is roughly that of a Belgian Dubbel. It was soured for 2 days using Odd13’s house blend of lactobacillus strains to a Ph of 3.7. It was then boiled to kill the lacto, and fermented with a blend of the Westmalle yeast strain and 2 strains of brettanomyces. The result is a moderately tart, delightfully funky Belgian-style strong ale. 8.38% ABV.

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DESTIHL Announces Colorado Launch

It’s happening. DESTIHL is coming to Colorado! And they’re bringing a variety of great beers from their large portfolio with them.

We’re still working to finalize all the details, including the planned events and specific beers they’ll be releasing next week, but in the meantime, get ready and read on for a look at what this great brewery’s all about.

DESTIHL Brewery Partners with Elite Brands of Colorado

DESTIHL beers to be distributed soon by Elite Brands throughout Colorado

DESTIHL Brewery also set to expand production capacity, again…

December 19, 2014 – In a new agreement announced today, DESTIHL® Brewery, of Bloomington, Illinois, and Elite Brands of Colorado will join forces to distribute DESTIHL’s acclaimed and award-winning craft beer brands throughout Colorado.

“Our distribution agreement with Elite Brands is an exciting opportunity for DESTIHL beers to become available in one of the country’s best craft beer markets,” says DESTIHL founder, Brewmaster and CEO, Matt Potts.  “Ever since we started going to GABF® in Denver back in 2011, the feedback from Colorado residents about our beers has been incredible.  In that first year at GABF, when 6 out of 10 of our beers on the festival floor were impactful sour beers, we were placed on many beer bloggers’ and media lists as one of the top brewery discoveries of 2011, and it’s only grown from there.  It was that warm welcome for our beers in Colorado that really inspired us to open our new production brewery last year.  So, being able to now distribute our beers throughout Colorado will be like coming full circle for us, and we could not be more thrilled to work alongside such a well-respected distribution partner that has demonstrated enormous craft beer knowledge, diligence and passion that is so important for our very unique portfolio of beers.”

Beginning in January, DESTIHL will launch a diverse selection of its beer brands, including draft kegs and 4-packs of 12-ounce cans of its hugely popular Wild Sour Series (both Here GOSE Nothin’TM and Flanders Red) as well as Hoperation OverloadTM Double IPA, Vertex IPATM and Abbey’s Single® (a Belgian-style Abbey Single Ale), with WeissenheimerTM Hefeweizen cans and draft coming out later in the Spring.  The launch will also include coveted releases of draft kegs and 500ml bottles of its Quadrupel, Bela® Imperial Pilsner, AntiquityTM Rye Wine, DosvidanyaTM Russian Imperial Stout (bourbon-barrel aged), 1920TM Stout Imperiale (a Belgian-style imperial stout aged in a Cognac foudre for over a year), Wild Sour Series – Adambier (an almost extinct dark German-style sour ale), and, of course, the Colorado-embraced and multi-award winning Saint Dekkera® Reserve Sour Ales, which are spontaneously fermented sour ales that have been barrel-aging for well over a year now at the brewery’s new production brewery.

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