Fleak Out!

The Denver Flea is a unique market committed to elevating creative business in Denver and changing the way people think of a flea market. In conjunction with New Belgium and some fantastic luck and timing, we were invited to brew a pilot batch for the four Denver Flea events this year. [vimeo 124943250 w=500&h=500]   A few weeks ago, […]

Rough Drafts: Crooked Stave’s WWBV

“Brettanomyces is not a dinosaur,” but when it comes to the extent of research it might as well be. This genus of yeast, found naturally in wood, has various strains and adds a distinctive “barnyard” or “horse blanket” aroma and flavor to beer. To those not going for this effect, brett is a nightmare. But […]

Sean’s Sips – New Belgium/The Lost Abbey Brett Beer

SCIENCE: Style:  American Wild Ale ABV:  7.5% OG:  21 TG:  4.7 IBU:  23 SRM:  5.5 Hops:  Target, Sorachi Ace, Nelson Sauvin Malt:  Pale Yeast:  Brettanomyces HISTORY: This beer is actually an indirect product of a beer brewed back in 2004.  That year, Peter Bouckaert of New Belgium and Tomme Arthur of The Lost Abbey got […]

AC Golden: Craft? Macro? Who cares, it’s delicious.

A few months ago, we were invited to tour AC Golden Brewing inside the Coors Brewery in Golden. Not the type to turn down a brewery tour, five of us filed into the car and headed west. We’d all met Troy Casey of AC Golden before, and we’d all tried the beer. And we all […]

The Liquid Diet – A trip to Lost Abbey

This week is the first of a two part series regaling my epic adventures last week in a far off mystical land known as California. I made a long overdue trip home to San Diego and, of course, I ate and drank myself into my happy place. I am splitting this piece into two because […]

Saboteur Strikes Again – Odell Brewing announces the return of Brett Barrel Brown Ale

[Press Release] Fort Collins, CO. – On December 14th, Odell Brewing will begin shipping this year’s batch of Saboteur Brett Barrel Brown Ale, a classic brown ale aged in oak barrels with Brettanomyces. Named one of Draft Magazine’s Top 25 Beers of 2010, Saboteur is part of the brewery’s single serve series of beers. “Brewed […]

Crooked Stave’s Surette release today at 6pm

Are you lining up yet for Crooked Stave’s Surette?  Here’s the press release from Beernews.org: This Wednesday, October 26th at 6 PM we’ll be having a taping and bottle release party for Surette our fourth bottled release. The taping and bottle release party will once again be held at Funkwerks taproom in Fort Collins, CO. […]

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 hoptopia@gmail.com – or leave your ideas in the comments. As […]

Crooked Stave, Euclid Hall pair up to release Good Glory, brewery’s first

Ryan Conklin, of Euclid Hall, and Chad Yakobson, of Crooked Stave, have been busy. On Tuesday, May 3rd at 4pm they’ll be tapping the Good Glory, Crooked Stave’s first beer on tap. Good Glory is a Belgian single (an Enkel) with lavender and coriander and should prove to be a great kick-off to summer weather. Yakobson previously hails […]

Rumor Mill 3: Sometimes True Things About Booze In Denver

[Disclaimer: Only one of these three stories is actually true. Not telling which one. Welcome to the Rumor Mill. Check back every Wednesday for more lies. And maybe a truth.]   I hear tell of a new brewery that is planning to start distributing here in Colorado and man am I excited.  They are called […]

Beer Release: Dihos Dactylion

BEER RELEASE ALERT: Avery Dihos Dactylion Friday, February 25th marks the release of Avery Brewing’s 7th Barrel-Aged Sour Ale in their Barrel-Aged Series.  If you were a lover of Depuceleuse (#4) Quinquepartite (#5), and Margarete (#6) make sure you get your hands on a bottle of this.   The brown ale is aged in Cabernet […]

All Beer Is Good

Several years ago I learned a few things at a beer dinner one night, most of those things have stayed with me and help keep me directed now, and most certainly in the future. I learned what brettanomyces is in great glorious details, what made sour beer.. well…sour, I can’t drink nearly the amount of […]