Colorado Brewed: Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett Rouge

Each Wednesday in this column I post my insights about one of the thousands of beers brewed in the great state of Colorado. Feel free to shoot me an email with your suggestions of Colorado beers you’d like me to feature – Lee Williams at – or leave your ideas in the comments.

As the market and appetite for craft beer in America continues to surge, so we see more breweries appear with an established focus on specific tastes, techniques and styles. Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project of Fort Collins is one such brewery. Crooked Stave was founded by Colorado native Chad Yakobson, MSc. Chad is a man with a passion for beers brewed with Brettanomyces yeasts, and with “wild” bacteria that can impart so called sour beers with all manor of tart, acidic and unpredictable characteristics. Not surprisingly, that is exactly where Crooked Stave’s focus will be.

Wild Wild Brett Rouge is one of Crooked Stave’s first bottled offerings. It’s a slightly hazy, ruby hued American wild ale brewed with whole hibiscus flowers, hawthorn berries and rose hips, and was 100% fermented with Brettanomyces.

Rouge is the first in a planned series of Wild Wild Brett releases.

Aromatically the beer evokes dusty rose petals, earth covered pink radish, fresh tart cranberries and roasty green tea.

In the drink, an immediate spritzy effervescence gives way to flavors of bitter lemon pith, beetroot, redcurrant and passion fruit. The finish is neat and tart, with a polite dryness.

All manner of grilled or raw seafood would pair succinctly with this beer. Also, try light to medium spiced Thai, Vietnamese or Indian dishes. On the sweeter side, try pairing the beer with a Japanese red bean cake.


  • Brewed in Colorado by: Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, 1900 E Lincoln Ave, Unit B, Fort Collins, CO 80524
  • Released: Special one-off release in 750ml bottles and on draft
  • Beer style: American Wild Ale
  • ABV: 5.2%
  • IBU: ?
  • Hops: ?
  • Grains: ?
  • Special ingredients: Hawthorn Berry, Rose Hips, Whole Hibiscus Flowers

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About Lee Williams

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  • fubuki

    Excited to try this beer. Big fan of Brett brews and hope to do my own soon. Do they distribute in Denver?

  • Lee Williams

    Fubuki – Yes, you can find this beer in good Denver area beer stores and on draft at a few bars like Freshcraft.