We started Denver off the Wagon almost a year ago. In fact, 11 months ago, today, was our first tweet:
Turns out, a lot of you were. So this site grew. Evolved. Aged.
And we drank.
And now it’s time to celebrate. In a month, we’re going to throw a little party. And by “a little party”, I obviously mean a week-long extravaganza. We’re still working on the details, but think bar crawls, big parties, another rendition of Beer vs. Wine, and the reason for this post:
We’re brewing our own beer.
Tomorrow morning, a few of us are occupying Wynkoop for the day. We’re brewing a beer with a brewery that has helped make Denver the craft beer town that it is. With the help of Andy, Marty, and the rest of the crew at Wynkoop, the Wagon is bringing to life one of my personal homebrew recipes. This recipe was the first one I ever made from scratch – as in not based on another beer somewhere out there – and it’s my favorite. It was to be the pillar of the brewery I was working on opening.The brewery is on hold, but the beer is not.
The beer is a rye dry stout with caraway seeds. It’s heavy on flaked rye, has some subtle and not so subtle chocolate flavors, and gives a final kick with the spice of caraway. It’s dry. It’s bready (not like Brettanomyces, but like.. bread). And it’s delicious. Here’s the original recipe, though this has been altered and scaled up for the brew tomorrow:
This beer will be available at a special tapping party, and afterwards will be on tap at a dozen accounts around town.
But dear reader, dear drinker, dear future consumer of this brew, we need your help! This beer lacks a name, and it desperately seeks a moniker of epic status. Will you help us? In the comments, tell us your ideas. Tell us if you like someone else’s idea.
Here are a few we’ve come up with so far:
- Wagon Ryed
- pRYnce Humpernickel
- Party in Rye Pants
- Your Brain On Rye
- The Black Rye-No
- Black Rye-er Wagon
- Rye Ask Rye
- Who Let The Rye Out
- Waking the Giant (Stout)
- Rye have a dream
- Rye spy
- Rye not
- Ryes and shine
We’re also working on Denver off the Wagon tap handles, so that this brew and future brews can be identified. Any ideas for that are welcome as well.
Let us know your thoughts! We’ll let you have some of the brew.