Brewery Updates: Black Shirt, Caution, Crooked Stave, Renegade, Ska, Vine Street, and Wit’s End

Some updates from breweries around town. In this issue, Black Shirt, Caution, Crooked Stave, Renegade, Ska, Vine Street, and Wit’s End Brewing:

Black Shirt Brewing

New tanks are in. One 15-bbl fermenting tank and two 15-bbl brite tanks, brand spanking new from Premier Stainless. They just received the plans from the Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, and Architectural Engineers and are submitting these to the city next week in the hopes of moving forward with the construction permit. Still hoping for a fall 2011 opening!

Caution Brewing

Caution will be at the Jefferson County Fair on August 13th, and are working with a couple local accounts to get their latest brew, Honey Matrimony Brown, on tap. Honey Matrimony is made with Colorado wildflower honey from Clark’s Honey Farms in Erie, dark in color, surprising clean and full of flavor.

Crooked Stave

They just brewed their inaugural batches of Surette, a Provisional Farmhouse Ale, that will age in their large oak foeder with a few strains of Brett and Lacto. It will take on a light wild character over time as it ages. They also bottled Wild Wild Brett – Rouge on Thursday, and should release bottles to market very soon.

Renegade Brewing

Renegade now has 5 rotative regular taps: 5 O’Clock Blonde, Ryeteous Rye IPA, Hit Me American Red, Another Thrill Imperial Porter, and Una Mas Roasted Pepper Mexican Amber. In the next few weeks, they’ll release a barley wine, a coffee flavored Strong Ale, a Russian Imperial Stout, and a Black IPA. There’s also a small batch Belgian Trippel on tap.

Ska

Straight from the mouth of Thomas Larsen, Head Brewer:

We’re crankin full steam right now, just trying to keep up, and a few of our crew are on the Tour de Bouldurango. The bicycle ride from Avery in Boulder to Ska here in Durango with Oskar Blues and Sierra Nevada peeps participating. It culminates with a big party tomorrow (Sat July 23), as the riders roll into town (they started Monday in Boulder). Other than that we’re gearing up to brew our Pro Am beer next week with Seth Townsend who won our homebrew competition with an organic Belgian Dubbel. We also have our all Colorado ingredient and fresh hop beer Hoperation Ivy coming up at the end of August as soon as the hops are harvested! And we will be brewing the Toasters Shebeen Black IPA soon for our anniversary party on the 24th of September which will feature the Toasters (awesome Ska band), The Nuns of Brixton (Denver band that dresses as nuns and cover The Clash) and the Blue Hornets (Ska band from ABQ). We’ll also have 16 brewers in attendance pouring their wares, so it will be a kick ass time if anyone from Denver feels like making the journey. Our fall/winter seasonal Euphoria Pale Ale needs to get brewed in August as well and all these beers will be coming available right around our anniversary and GABF. As you can tell we have our hands full, but we’ll manage and hopefully have some time to relax once GABF has passed!

Whew, I need a beer.

Vine Street

Nothing official yet, but Vine Street is still on target for a late September opening of their brewery. The’ve received some equipment, and expect the rest of the tanks to arrive in mid-August.

In other news, September is Belgian Beer Month at Vine Street. They’ll have a bunch of house brews, as well as some guest taps from around the world.

Wit’s End Brewing

Construction is moving along. The HVAC is all done, other construction continues. They’ll have more info next week, but a mid- to late-August opening still looks promising.

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