Slippin’ into Darkness: Black Swan Takes Flight

PRESS RELEASE – Twisted Pine Releases Black Swan Saison: Dark Farmhouse Ale is sixth release from Artisan Ale Project

Boulder, Colorado – May 31, 2012 – The production team at Twisted Pine Brewing Company has been busy in 2012.  In addition to increasing the supply of staple offerings, Twisted Pine’s brewers have produced several seasonal beers and on June 2nd will look to release the sixth edition in their popular Artisan Ale Project in just six months.

Unlike traditional straw-colored, low gravity Saisons, Black Swan was darkened with special Belgian and German malts and strengthened to 7.7% ABV with natural brown sugars.  Roasted malt and molasses mingle on the tongue with fragrant farmhouse esters for a flavor that Twisted Pine describes as “bold and rich, yet smooth as it glides across the palate as gracefully as the bird for which it was named.”

Esteemed Boulder artist Phil Lewis designed the piece featured on Black Swan’s label and will be on hand at the Twisted Pine ale house Saturday, June 2nd for the release party which begins at noon and lasts until 9pm.  Lewis documented the entire creation process on his blog.  Other works by the artist will also be on display Saturday and for the remainder of the month.

The Artisan Ale Project is Twisted Pine’s “year-long celebration of the artistic creativity which makes Colorado unique.” Each month in 2012, a different beer is labeled with work by an inspired local artist and a distinctive new beer is born. Furthermore, each beer release doubles as an art show for the month’s featured artist.  Surreal Stout, Canis Lupulus and West Bound Braggot are just a few of the standouts so far in the series.  Artisan Ales are only available in Colorado.  More details are available at

Based in Boulder, Colorado Twisted Pine Brewing Company has been handcrafting beer since 1995.  They are the brewers of such favorites as “Hoppy Boy IPA,” “Raspberry Wheat Ale,” and “Billy’s Chilies.”  The ale house is a very popular local hangout and Twisted Pine is active with local charitable organizations and a strong believer in sustainable business practices.   More information is available at

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Sean is a Physical Therapist and Photographer living in (and loving) Denver, Colorado. He enjoys shooting just about anything but his true passion is capturing the craft beer culture here in Denver. If you enjoy his photographs check out Beertographer.