AUG/SEP 2005 | REGIONAL | ROCKIES
||Rocky Mountain Brews : Tabernash
Weiss Rides Off into the Sunset
After a good long run, a Colorado beer icon has left the
scene. Tabernash Weiss, once one of Colorado’s most
celebrated craft beers, is no longer. “We’re slowly
putting the Tabernash beers to bed,” reported Eric Wallace,
Left Hand & Tabernash Brewing’s
head man. “It’s something we’ve been struggling
with for years.” Wallace said the Tabernash brand has
had a hard time holding its own after the brewery left its
home in Denver a few years ago to join forces with his Longmont,
Colo., craft brewery.
When Tabernash was in its original downtown Denver location,
it was a right of passage to visit the brewery and fill a
growler with the legendary beer (created by Eric Warner, now
Flying Dog’s leader). But while the Tabernash Weiss
brand is no longer, the beer will live on in tweaked fashion.
Wallace said the beer has been renamed Left Hand Haystack
Wheat and is brewed with the same Bavarian-style yeast strain
that has been its trademark.
Tabernash’s pilsner has also been repackaged as Polestar
Pilsner. Wallace said it’ll be a “more authentic”
version with more hop character and Czech style. Look for
the repackaged, revamped beers in all Left Hand markets now.
Great Divide earned the
“Top Brewer in Colorado” award, claiming
five of the 10 available slots in “Colorado’s
Top 10 Beers.”
Fort Collins, Colo.’s Odell Brewing Company
has updated the packaging for its entire line of bottled beers.
The company’s products now sport what staffer Joani
Denyes calls “a more handcrafted” look and feel.
The new packaging started hitting shelves early this summer,
and the bottled lineup now includes the company’s hoppy
5 Barrel Pale Ale.
Denver’s Great Divide Brewing Company
has been releasing a line of assertive beers aimed at lovers
of that genre, and the move helped the company clean house
in RateBeer.com’s “RateBeer Best, Summer 2005”
awards. The brewery ranked 33rd in the competition’s
“World’s Top 100 Brewers,” and three of
its beers (Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout, Hercules Double IPA
and Yeti Imperial Stout) landed in the competition’s
“Top 100 Beers in the World” list. Great Divide
also earned the “Top Brewer in Colorado” award
by claiming five of the 10 available slots in “Colorado’s
Top 10 Beers.”
Brewery founder Brian Dunn says he’s thrilled to win
such lofty acclaim from Ratebeer.com’s consumer reviewers.
“For Great Divide to brew three of the top 100 beers
in the world, and half of the top 10 in Colorado, is an incredible
honor,” Dunn said. “We have always sought to brew
the world’s best beers, and this shows we’ve been
On August 7, Boulder’s Avery Brewing Company
is hosting a bash to celebrate its 12-year anniversary. The
event takes place at the brewery and will feature tastings
of the full line of Avery beers, including some treasures
from Adam Avery’s aged stock. There will also be live
music, roasted pigs and other treats. Lodging accommodations
nearby are also available, a good thing in the face of Avery’s
array of whopper beers. Get details at averybrewing.com.
Colorado brewpub hunter Roger Kirkpatrick reports that the
Silverton Brewery is now open and serving
fresh beer. Founder Joel Harvie, a longtime homebrewer and
Siebel grad, is serving an amber ale and a hefeweizen, and
said he aims to keep four beers on tap. The beers are made
on a five-barrel system at the brewpub, which serves gourmet
sandwiches, soups, pizzas and other fare.
Beer lovers and beer-makers across Colorado and the U.S. are
gearing up for the 2005 Great American Beer Festival, September
29 to October 1 in the Colorado Convention Center. This year’s
fest will feature 1,600 beers from 372 U.S. breweries, and
an expanded presence for the fest’s beer and food pairing
demos. Get details at greatamericanbeefestival.com.
1333 Greene St.
Silverton, CO 81433
Marty Jones is a Denver freelance writer
and leader of Marty Jones & the Pork Boilin’ Poor
Boys, Colorado’s kings of bash-grass and drunky-tonk.
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