JUN/JUL 2006 | REGIONAL | ROCKIES
||Rocky Mountain Brews : A World
Of Beer Medals
A number of Colorado breweries are heading into the summer
with extra mojo and momentum, thanks to their winnings in
the recent World Beer Cup. The WBC awards ceremony took place
on April 14 at the conclusion of the 2006 Craft Brewers Conference
in Seattle. Colorado’s craft brewers claimed 12 medals
in the competition, tying the state of Washington for third
place for most medals per state.
The medals were brought home by some of the state’s
biggest players and some much smaller outfits. Among the big
dogs were Denver’s Flying Dog Brewery,
which won a silver medal for Old Scratch in the American-Style
Amber Lager category, and Left Hand Brewing,
which won a gold medal for its delightful Milk Stout. (Left
Hand Head Brewer Andy Brown won the unofficial honor for best-dressed
winner, thanks to his snappy 1970s-era duds.) Boulder
Beer’s Never Summer Ale landed a silver medal
in the Strong Ale category.
On the smaller-scale side of things, Tommyknocker
Brewery in Idaho Springs, Colo., brought home a silver
in the Herb and Spice category for its Jack Whacker Wheat.
The brewpub also landed a gold medal in the German-Style Bock
division for its Butthead Bock. Boulder’s Twisted
Pine won a pair of medals, too: Northstar Imperial
Porter won a silver in the Strong Ale/Lager bracket, and Big
Daddy Espresso Stout won a silver in the Coffee-Flavored Beer
Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company (in Glenwood
Springs, Colo.) won a gold in the Strong Ale category for
its Sopris, and the brewpub’s Deep Lake won a gold in
the Strong Scotch Ale slot. Bull & Bush
(in Glendale, Colo.) won a bronze in the English-Style IPA
category for its wonderfully hoppy Man Beer, a cult fave beer
in the Denver area. The biggest thrill for a small Colorado
brewery in the WBC ceremony belonged to Dry Dock Brewing
Company. Dry Dock opened its tiny Aurora, Colo.,
brewery (attached to the founders’ homebrew shop) just
a few months ago, and its HMS Victory ESB won a gold in the
Special/Best Bitter bracket. Cheers to these impressive medalists!
Avery Brewing is completing some big expansion
endeavors. The company is installing a new Italian-made bottling
line and a pair of massive 240-barrel fermenters to help meet
the booming demand for its beers. (Avery’s first quarter
of 2006 saw growth of 48 percent.) June will see a second
release of Avery’s Maharaja Double IPA and the release
of the 2006 oak-aged Samael's Ale.
Great Divide is now releasing its Yeti Imperial
Stout (9.5% abv and 75 IBUs) and Hercules Double IPA (9.1%
abv, 85 IBUs) in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles. The four-packs
will retail for $10.99 and give Great Divide fans the option
to enjoy the company’s excellent big beers in smaller
Stone Brewing’s Martin Saylor reports
that Stone’s Ruination will be on draft at Denver’s
Falling Rock Tap House and a few other select taprooms in
Colorado in June. The company’s 2006 Vertical Epic (wickedly
dubbed 6/6/6) will also be appearing on Colorado shelves that
month. Also in June, Denver’s Wynkoop Brewing
Company will crack kegs of a new Belgian-style tripel
at its brewpub. Boulder Beer’s unfiltered
Bavarian-style wheat beer, Sweaty Betty Blonde, is back on
shelves for the summer, available in six-packs, bombers and
The Pumphouse Brewery in Longmont released
an organic kolsch in May, and in late June the brewpub will
release Organic Saison, a beer made with all-organic malts,
including some organic rye, and fermented with a blend of
Redstone Meadery will celebrate its fifth anniversary throughout
the month of June. As part of the celebration, Redstone’s
tasting room (4700 Pearl Street, #2A, Boulder) will be offering
mead specials all month. The highlight special is the re-release
of the last 50 bottles of the company’s dreamy 2001
Black Raspberry Reserve. The half-liter 2006 Reserve bottles
sell for $75. The company plans a late June anniversary bash.
Get details at redstonemeadery.com.
Summer also brings on the brewfests. June 9–11 will
see the Snowmass Chili Pepper & Brewfest in Snowmass Village,
Colo. The shindig features three days of craft beer, homebrewing
competitions, spicy foods and live music from such national
acts as Jonny Lang; Medeski, Martin & Wood; and Sean Costello.
Find more info at stayaspensnowmass.com.
The 17th annual Colorado Brewers Festival hits Fort Collins
on June 24–25. The fest takes place in Old Town Square
and runs from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day. Local bands
will provide the soundtrack to sampling of beers from all-Colorado
breweries. Get details at downtownfortcollins.com.
July 1 is the date for the 10th annual Colorado Brewers Rendezvous
in Salida. Presented each year by the Colorado Brewers Guild,
the event takes place from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Salida’s
town park. It features loads of Colorado beer and fellowship
and a dose of live music. For details, contact the Salida
Chamber of Commerce at 877-772-5432 or salidachamber.org.
Brewpub hunter Roger Kirkpatrick reports that Crabtree Brewing
Company (625-B Third Street, Greeley, Colo.) hopes to be serving
its beer by press time. Get the skinny on this new entry into
Colorado’s brewpub ranks at crabtreebrewing.com.
Marty Jones is the “Bard of Beer Songs,”
Oskar Blues Brewery’s lead singer and a cheerleader
for various gems in Colorado’s craft-beer culture. Got
beery news? Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hear his music at martyjones.net.