beer hunter's report

Beer Hunter’s Report 05/27/2015

Every week, Scott puts 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.

Cheers!

By: Scott Steigerwald

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Crooked Stave Releases Progenitor & Petite Sour Passion Fruit

Seems like Crooked Stave plans to keep your cellar well-stocked all year-long. This week, they announced upcoming releases of Progenitor Dry Hopped Sour, along with the return of Petite Sour Passion Fruit (a personal favorite of mine).

The beers will launch from the taproom at The Source on Wednesday, June 3rd.

Details below.

 

 

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project to Release Progenitor & Petite Sour Passion Fruit 

Denver, Colo. – May 27th, 2015 – On Wednesday, June 3, Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project will release Petite Sour Passion Fruit and its second batch of Progenitor Dry Hopped Sour. Both releases will take place at the brewery’s taproom (3350 Brighton Blvd) at 6:00 p.m. MST. 

Progenitor (6.2% ABV) is a Golden Sour, primary fermented with Crooked Stave’s mixed culture of Brettanomyces yeast and bacteria before receiving a heavy-handed dose of dry hopping. Crooked Stave released its first batch of Progenitor at its taproom in February of this year.

“Progenitor is a unique look at the sour style,” said Chad Yakobson, Crooked Stave Owner/Head Brewer. “All beers were once sour so we are honoring the primitive version of beer, but with a modern twist by using a heavy dry hopping regimen. Progenitor allows us to show off our Brettanomyces yeast, which leaves a dry and clean beer, with rustic, earthy notes that complement citrusy and tropical hops very well.” 

Crooked Stave will also release Petite Sour Passion Fruit on Wednesday, June 3. Crooked Stave first released Petite Sour Passion Fruit to its Cellar Reserve members in 2013. Due to its popularity and the brewery’s love of the beer, Crooked Stave is releasing a new batch to the public at its taproom.

The June 3rd release of Petite Sour Passion Fruit marks the sixth release in Crooked Stave’s Petite Sour series. Petite Sour Passion Fruit (5.5% ABV) was primary fermented in oak with Crooked Stave’s mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria, and then received the equivalent of over a pound per gallon of passion fruit juice.

About Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Crooked Stave is the culmination of “Founder and Brettanomyces Guru” Chad Yakobson’s open source Master’s research, The Brettanomyces Project. Crooked Stave’s progressive approach to brewing blends science and art through creativity and passion. The artistic creations, all of which use Brettanomyces yeast and mature in oak, result in beers of extraordinary complexity

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Cheers!

By: Mark Robinson

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Odell Barrel Thief Set For Release

Odell Brewing will launch the newest addition to their Cellar Series on June 1st. Barrel Thief is a Barrel-Aged Imperial India Pale Ale that’s been dry-hopped and aged in medium toast American Oak Barrels. The new release offers up “notes of tropical and stone fruits that are enhanced by hints of vanilla, dried fruit, and toasted nut from the oak barrels”.

750mL corked and caged bottles will begin entering the Odell distribution stream in early June.  

Barrel Thief Breaks Out

Odell Brewing Introduces Barrel Aged Imperial India Pale Ale

Fort Collins, CO. – On June 1, 2015, Odell Brewing will release its latest Cellar Series offering, Barrel Thief, an Imperial India Pale Ale aged in medium toast American oak barrels.

Barrel Thief features a variety of American hops including whole flower Equinox. It’s also dry-hopped with the experimental HBC 472 variety. The brew boasts bright notes of tropical and stone fruits that are enhanced by hints of vanilla, dried fruit, and toasted nut from the oak barrels.

“Huge oak flavors pair well with all the tropical fruits that can be attributed to the massive amount of hops used,” said pilot brew and barrel aging manager Brent Cordle.

Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of Barrel Thief in the brewery’s tap room May 29-31. Guests can enjoy samples of the brew, local food truck pairings, and live music on Sunday afternoon. Barrel Thief will be available in 750 ml, cork and cage finished bottles throughout the brewery’s eleven state distribution footprint beginning in June.

About Odell Brewing – Founded in 1989, Odell Brewing was started by Doug Odell, his wife Wynne, and his sister Corkie. Today, the culture of family and collaboration still thrives fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people. It is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create quality, hand-crafted, innovative brews. As a regional craft brewery, Odell Brewing is committed to serving the communities in which it distributes by minimizing its environmental impact, sourcing local raw materials, and through its charitable giving program known as Odell Outreach. Odell Brewing was named a “Best Company to Work For” in 2013 by ColoradoBiz Magazine and is an award winning brewery, nationally and internationally: 2014 World Beer Cup® – gold for Runoff, 2013 Great American Beer Festival® – gold medal for 5 Barrel Pale Ale, 2012 Brewers Association Recognition Award, 2011 Great American Beer Festival® – gold medal for Friek, 2008 World Beer Cup® – gold for IPA. 2007 Great American Beer Festival® – gold medal for IPA.

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Cheers!

By: Mark Robinson

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Crooked Stave Dual Bottle Release of HopSavant Citra and St. Bretta Gold Nugget

Crooked Stave will host a dual bottle release on Wednesday, May 27th from their tasting room at The Source in Denver. Head over at 6 PM to pick up 375 mL bottles of both HopSavant Citra and St. Bretta Gold Nugget.

Why the flurry of new releases from Crooked Stave? Founder / Owner Chad Yakobson said “Thanks to our increased fermentation capacity, we are able to release more beers than we have ever been able to previously.” He went on to say “More fermentation vessels means more room for experimentation as well as more room to play with different and unique ingredients.”

It’s an exciting time to be a wild ale drinker in Denver, as we’re sure there’s plenty more new bottle releases to come. More details on the release party can be found in the announcement below.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project to Release HopSavant Citra and St. Bretta Gold Nugget 

Denver, Colo. – May 21st, 2015 – On Wednesday, May 27, Crooked Stave will release HopSavant Citra in addition to St. Bretta Gold Nugget. Both releases will take place at the brewery’s taproom (3350 Brighton Blvd) at 6:00 p.m. MST.

HopSavant Citra is the brewery’s second recent release of their Brettanomyces IPA – Crooked Stave released HopSavant Amarillo at the beginning of the month, the first batch of HopSavant in almost two years. HopSavant Citra (7.0% ABV) was primary fermented with a few of Crooked Stave’s mixed Brettanomyces cultures and then received over three pounds per barrel of Citra hops, a varietal known for its tropical aromatics and pungent citrus notes.

In addition to HopSavant Citra, Crooked Stave will release St. Bretta Gold Nugget on Wednesday, May 27. This batch of the brewery’s Brettanomyces Citrus Wildbier features citrus zest from Gold Nugget Mandarin citrus as well as lemongrass.

“Thanks to our increased fermentation capacity, we are able to release more beers than we have ever been able to previously,” said Chad Yakobson, Crooked Stave Owner/Head Brewer. “With increased space we are able to increase the breadth of flavor profiles in our beer. More fermentation vessels means more room for experimentation as well as more room to play with different and unique ingredients.” 

St. Bretta Gold Nugget is the first St. Bretta that Crooked Stave has not named after a season. By moving away from seasonality, the brewery is able to put the focus on the fruit itself and allow for greater experimentation. Both HopSavant and St. Bretta are part of Crooked Stave’s lineup of core brands, with a new batch being released every so often.

About Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Crooked Stave is the culmination of “Founder and Brettanomyces Guru” Chad Yakobson’s open source Master’s research, The Brettanomyces Project. Crooked Stave’s progressive approach to brewing blends science and art through creativity and passion. The artistic creations, all of which use Brettanomyces yeast and mature in oak, result in beers of extraordinary complexity.

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Cheers!

By: Mark Robinson

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Weekend Beer Buzz 05/21/2015

Forget the rain, the Weekend’s almost here.

Here’s your rundown and Happy Memorial Day! 

Have fun out there.

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

  • Breckenridge Tap Takeover, World of Beer – LoDo, Denver, CO, 6 PM

Breckenridge Brewery will hold a Tap Takeover at World of Beer – LoDo on Thursday evening. Stop by to meet the brewer, sample the new Hulk’s Mash Mango Pale Ale brewed for Comic Con, take home some free swag, and get entered to win a 3-day pass to Comic Con. World of Beer – LoDo is located at: 1555 Blake St, Suite 102, Denver, CO.

Station 26 will launch their new Tap It Thursday program this week with the debut of Smoked Beet Red, which is made with roasted beets and horseradish. Come back on Friday when they tap their new Double IPA. Station 26 Brewing Co. is located at: 7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80207.

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

Here’s the latest menu from Comrade. Grab your beers and growler fills on Saturday, as they’ll be closed when one of their beertender’s gets married on Sunday.

comrade 5.20.15

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

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

  • Bristol Brewing Tap Takeover, The Corner Office, Denver, CO

The Corner Office will host a Bristol Tap Takeover on Friday and Saturday. Look for Comic Con breakfast specials on both Friday and Saturday and a tap takeover from 3 – 6 PM on both days.

Corner Office Comic Con

The Corner Office is located at: 1401 Curtis St, Denver, CO.

4 Noses will celebrate their 1st Anniversary with special tappings, live music and food trucks. Here’s a look at what lies ahead. Read more »

beer hunter's report

Beer Hunter’s Report 05/20/2015

Every week, Scott puts 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.

It’s a beer hunter’s dream…
  • Crooked Stave Artisans drops the motherload!
    • Cantillon Fou FouneMamouche and Lou Pepe Kriek. For real. No joke.
    • Drie Fonteinen Intense Red and Framboos. Yes, I am serious about this too.
    • Crooked Stave Petite Sour Blueberry is hitting shelves now. Also from Crooked Stave, Colorado WildSage & Nightmare on Brett (Batch #4) releases this week at The Source.
    • Evil Twin James Beer (Berliner Weisse brewed with Olives and Strawberries), plus the return of many past faves (Imperial Doughnut BreakEven More JesusCitra Sunshine SlackerLow Life 16oz Cans, Falco 16oz Cans.
    • Additional drops of Stillwater Mono (Galaxy dry-hopped Pilsner), Stereo IPA and Surround Oak Smoked Wheat Imperial Stout).
    • Off Color Eille (Brewed to mimic the Bee’s Knees honey and gin cocktail: Brewed w/Honey, Lemon Zest, Lemon Juice, Juniper, Coriander, Chamomile, and Rose Hips).
    • Local Option Die Königin (Oak aged Unfiltered Kellerbier).
  • 10 Barrel has entered the market. Look for DUBJoeApocalypse IPA and others.
  • The Bruery Cuivre has landed to celebrate their 7th Anniversary.
  • Bruery Terreux Sour in the Rye.
  • A fresh batch of Bear Republic Mach 10 has hit.
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout seems to be showing up too.
  • Ecliptic/Wicked Weed/Stone Points Unknown IPA, which I thought would hit last week…soooo….
  • Stochasticity Project HiFi+LoFi Mixtape…this week? Next?
  • You guys love your Stickee Monkee (Firestone Walker). Should be here any day now.
  • Bull & Bush Wine Barrel Aged Man Beer and CBC #3 (a Scottish ale with a kick) should hit sometime in the next few weeks.

By: Scott Steigerwald

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Crooked Stave Releases Colorado WildSage and Limited Batch of Nightmare on Brett

Another pair of new releases are on the way from Crooked Stave. Head to their taproom at The Source in Denver on Wednesday, May 20th, to pick up your bottles of Colorado WildSage, a 7.2% ABV Saison made with locally sourced ingredients, including fresh white sage and lemongrass. Also, look for a taproom-only release of Nightmare on Brett aged in Red Wine Barrels.

More details below.

Hope to see you there!

 

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project to Release for the first time Colorado WildSage & Limited Taproom Only Release of Nightmare on Brett (Batch #4) 

Denver, Colo. – May 19th, 2015 – On Wednesday, May 20, Crooked Stave will release, for the first time, bottles of Colorado WildSage as well as a limited taproom-only release of Nightmare on Brett aged in Red Wine Barrels. Both releases will take place at the taproom (3350 Brighton Blvd) at 6:00 p.m. MST.

Colorado WildSage (7.2% ABV) was brewed with Colorado in mind as a Saison, which embodies the high altitude Rocky Mountains. The raw materials were sourced throughout Colorado, including fresh white sage and lemongrass foraged from the Rocky Mountains.

“Colorado holds a special place in all of our hearts at Crooked Stave. I grew up here as did many of our employees,” said Chad Yakobson, Crooked Stave Owner/Head Brewer. “We have been wanting to put Colorado in a bottle for a while now, but we wanted to do it right. We are very fortunate to have local maltings, local hops, local yeast, and a great source for local herbs and spices. Using Colorado ingredients and a little fresh mountain sage, this beer is a tribute to the great place we all choose to call home.” 

In conjunction with the release of Colorado WildSage on Wednesday, May 20, Crooked Stave will also hold a taproom-only release of Nightmare on Brett aged in Red Wine barrels. While this is the fourth batch of Crooked Stave’s Nightmare on Brett Dark Sour ale, this marks the first time the beer has been released after aging only in Red Wine barrels.

“We don’t typically age Nightmare on Brett in wine barrels, in fact the flavor profile is built to be aged in whiskey casks,” said Yakobson. “After we aged a small portion in Port casks last year, we decided to fill a few Red Wine barrels to see how it would pair. The results are very much Nightmare on Brett, but with a red wine twang to it.“

For the fourth batch of Nightmare on Brett (9.666% ABV), Crooked Stave aged its Dark base beer in a large oak foeder and later in Red wine casks for 12+ months with the brewery’s mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria.

About Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Crooked Stave is the culmination of “Founder and Brettanomyces Guru” Chad Yakobson’s open source Master’s research, The Brettanomyces Project. Crooked Stave’s progressive approach to brewing blends science and art through creativity and passion. The artistic creations, all of which use Brettanomyces yeast and mature in oak, result in beers of extraordinary complexity.

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Cheers!

By: Mark Robinson

beer hunter's report

Beer Hunter’s Report 05/13/2015

Every week, Scott puts 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!

  • Avery Liliko’i Kepolo is now available in 4-pack cans!!!!
  • New Belgium Lips of Faith Pear Ginger Beer. Not ginger beer…ginger beer!
  • Brouwerij de Molen Bourbon Barrel aged Cease & Desist. Read again…Barrel Aged.
  • Crux Freakcake and Impasse.
  • Prairie Somewhere Sour Farmhouse AleOK-Si and Bomb!
  • Crooked Stave Hop Savant, yes indeed.
  • Ecliptic/Wicked Weed/Stone Points Unknown IPA. Boom!

Cheers!

By: Scott Steigerwald

brewery bingo

Brewery Bingo Returns For American Craft Beer Week

American Craft Beer Week is back and with that, comes another round of Brewery Bingo. This year, more than two dozen Northern Colorado breweries are participating in this fun event that allows you to visit a variety of craft breweries and go home with a new T-shirt. We recently caught up with Grimm Brothers Co-Founder and Brewery Bingo Founder Aaron Heaton, to see what Brewery Bingo’s all about.

Get the story behind Brewery Bingo and then head to any of the participating breweries (listed below) to get your journey started today.

Brewtally Insane (BI): Who came up with the idea for Brewery Bingo and when? 

Aaron Heaton (AH): I came up with the idea of Brewery Bingo in 2012.  I wish I could tell you an overly detailed story involving beer, bingo dobbers, and maybe an escaped monkey (monkey may or may not be real), but it started out simply as an email.  I put a few feelers out there to the other brewery owners and they liked the idea so we went with it.

The basic concept is pretty easy.  People would pick up a bingo card during American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) which Brewers Association celebrates every year in mid May.  The bingo cards would have different breweries in each square.  Players visit a brewery on the card, order a pint in the breweries tasting room and get a stamp on their bingo card.  Collect enough stamps to create a bingo and win a t-shirt.  But you had to make sure you finished before the end of ACBW.

In the beginning, we only had 10 breweries who were a part of the game (Grimm Brothers, New Belgium, Pateros Creek, Fort Collins, Funkwerks, City Star, Crabtree, Big Beaver, Rock Bottom and Odell).  Each brewery listed 3 beers they wanted to showcase on the cards, then we created 10 distinct bingo cards.  The variety of cards would make it more personal and more of a challenge.  For instance you might need an Odell IPA for the win but your buddy might need City Star Nightwatchmen, so where do you go?

Eventually, the cards changed to have a pint/any pint for a stamp.  With the increasing number of breweries in Northern Colorado taking more spaces we didn’t need to fill as much space.  Also, I noticed/heard that if a person didn’t like a certain beer, they would trade bingo cards to get something they liked.  For example if one person didn’t like hoppy beers, they would trade their cards with someone else who didn’t like stouts in order to get both their stamps and avoid that specific style.  Kind of cheating but with eliminating the specific beers, now people can enjoy any craft beer to get their stamp and enjoy the game more.

BI: What was the inspiration for Brewery Bingo?

AH: I suppose the concept was to bring more people into the tap rooms.  Or more specifically to have people visit tap rooms that they normally would never had visited.  The cards are created specifically so that you have to leave your home town in order to win your shirt.  So if you live in Fort Collins, to get your bingo you have to go outside of Fort Collins to win.  Same thing with Loveland, Greeley, etc.

This is also a great way for some of the smaller/newer breweries to get some recognition in the beer market.  “Have you been to Snowbank (for example)?  No, well it’s on my card, can we go?”  One of the things that was a bonus to the bingo cards is the map on the back.  People want the cards back to show them where all of the breweries are located.  Read more »

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American Craft Beer Week 2015 Calendar

American Craft Beer Week is back to celebrate everything Craft Beer. This nationwide celebration really takes off here in Colorado with a ton of great events ranging from beer and food pairings, beer dinners, anniversary parties, special releases, educational seminars and much more.

Here’s our calendar for the week, but bookmark and check back as we’ll continue to add and update as more events are announced.

Enjoy!

 

Monday, May 11th, 2015

  • Anniversary Week, Strange Craft Beer Company, Denver, CO, All Week

Strange Craft’s turning 5 and plans to celebrate with a full week of special tappings, musical guests and other fun events. Congrats to our friends over there on 5 awesome years. Check the event schedule below and be sure to stop by and raise a glass with them this week.

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Strange Craft is located at: 1330 Zuni St, Suite M, Denver, CO.

Brewery Bingo is back for American Craft Beer Week. Pick up your card at any of the participating brewers out of Northern Colorado, such as Grimm Brothers, City Star, Verboten, Black Bottle, Odell, New Belgium, Horse & Dragon and others. Order a pint, collect a stamp and when you’ve got 5 in a row, you’ll win a free shirt. More info HERE.

Dry Dock will tap a special keg every day at Noon during ACBW. On Monday, come out and enjoy Bligh’s Barleywine. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.

Denver Beer Co. will release their Princess Yum Yum Raspberry Kolsch in cans on Monday. Stop by the brewery on Platte St to grab a 6-pack. The first 100 to do so will get a taster of the beer, paired with cheesecake from Wooden Spoon & Bakery. Click HERE to view the entire DBC ACBW calendar. Denver Beer Co. is located at: 1695 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202.

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Dry Dock will tap a special keg every day at Noon during ACBW. On Tuesday, come out and enjoy their Imperial Stout. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.

It’s Back to School night at World of Beer. Odell will be in the house talking about hops and tapping some great brews. $12 gets you an Odell flight and the opportunity to learn form the pros. World of Beer – Cherry Creek is located at: 660 S Colorado Blvd, Glendale, CO 80246.

Ernie’s will host the second edition of Just Brew-Hers on Tuesday night. This is an all-female tap takeover where you’ll have the opportunity to meet the brewers, try the beers, and enjoy a little live music, with 50 cents from every pint going towards the Pink Boots Scholarship Fund. Beers will remain on tap throughout the week, but many are anticipated to sell out quickly. More info HERE. Ernie’s Bar & Pizza is located at: 2915 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO.

This week’s Tap-It Tuesday with Crooked Stave is Batch #100. This one’s made with Centennial kumquats and dry-hopped with Centennial hops. Tapping at 6 PM. Crooked Stave at The Source is located at: 3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO.

Head to the Cheeky Monk on Tuesday night for a few special west coast beer and food pairings featuring Alpine, Ballast Point and Stone. The menu includes seared halibut, tempura fried avocado, and a spring mix with strawberry, mango and thai chili dressing. Order a Ballast Point pint and keep the glass (while supplies last). The Cheeky Monk is located at: 534 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO, 80203.

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Dry Dock will tap a special keg every day at Noon during ACBW. On Wednesday, come out and enjoy their Session Rye Ale. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.

Copper Kettle’s been experimenting with using different woods to age their Naja Imperial Red. Head over to try a new cask each week in May. This Wednesday, look for Hickory Aged Naja. Copper Kettle Brewing is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #101, Denver, CO 80247.

Wonderland Brewing’s turning 1 and on Wednesday afternoon, they’ll tap a special keg of Barrel-Aged Anniversary Barleywine. Come out and enjoy $2 off beers all day and stick around for a special announcement you won’t want to miss. Visit their Facebook Page for other ACBW events and a food truck schedule. Wonderland Brewing is located at: 5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO 80020.

Crooked Stave will release bottles of Batch #50 and Blueberry Petite Sour on Wednesday night. Here’s the scoop on these new brews:

Batch #50 (6.0% ABV), Grand Cru Wild Ale aged for 22 months in Wine Barrels, will be a taproom-only bottle release with only 100 total cases produced. Brewed in June of 2013, Batch #50 is a blend of some of our oldest barrels, some of which had Colorado peaches added in late 2013.

Blueberry Petite Sour (5.5% ABV) will be available in bottles and on draft during the release on Wednesday, May 13. The 2015 batch of Blueberry Petite Sour received the equivalent of over a pound per gallon of blueberries, after being primary fermented in oak with our mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria.

**Pricing & Bottle Limits:
Batch #50: $13 each, 4 bottle limit
Blueberry Petite Sour: $8 each, 12 bottle limit

crooked stave batch 50

More details HERE. Sales begin at 6 PM. Crooked Stave at The Source is located at: 3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO.

The Cheeky Monk goes East Coast on Wednesday night with another fun evening of pairings. This time look for Dogfish Head, Victory, Ommegang, and Destihl, paired with potato leek soup, talipia sliders, and philly cheese steak sliders. The Cheeky Monk is located at: 534 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO, 80203.

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