Sours to look out for this week: June 13-17

Are you tired of wild and sour ales yet? Of course you’re not! ‘Tis the season, after all.   This Sunday Avery Brewing Company will release No. 20 in it’s Barrel-Aged Series, Obscuro & Nimbosus, a tropical, sour ale aged in dark rum barrels and spiced with a touch of fresh ginger and key lime zest. […]

New Years Resolutions: Drink Sour Beer For Your Health

It’s that time of year again. Christmas and Hanukkah are over, the New Year is looming, and for some reason we feel obligated to make a whole lot of resolutions we know are impossible to keep. So, this year, instead of cutting out carbs and sweets, say “Screw your resolutions, I’m going to resolve to […]

On Blending Beers & Troy Casey’s New Venture

Brewers in Belgium pioneered what we now know as sour beers, or wild ales, hundreds of years ago, but spin-offs of these styles have just started to hit the American beer market in the last several years. New Belgium helped make these styles approachable after building a huge fan base with its balanced amber ale […]

Paralysis by Choice: Selecting a Style at GABF and Sticking With It

There are over 3,000 individual beers at Great American Beer Festival (GABF) and that many choices can easy overwhelm an aimless beer geek.  Do I drink this saison from San Diego or this Porter from Portland?  Do I opt for this big, gnarly, barleywine or this simple, palatable, Pilsner?  Don’t blow a fuse, when you’re […]

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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 […]

The Dark Side of Wynkoop

Join the dark side.  They’ve got great beer! No, I haven’t been spending time with Darth Vader and my soul is no more corrupted than usual. In fact, my propensity for darkness helped raise $14,000 for Metro CareRing, a local food pantry, during Wynkoop Brewing Company’s Parade of Darks. Parade of Darks is Wynkoop’s annual celebration […]

Crooked Stave Cellar Club Memberships On Sale Monday, October 22

If you were lucky enough to join Crooked Stave’s Cellar Club this past year, stop reading this post and go renew your membership. Alright, now that we’ve got that out of the way. Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project began their Cellar Reserve Club in 2012. At that time, they didn’t even have a tap room. […]

2012 Boulder SourFest – a puckered place for good beer and good people.

Boulder SourFest.  It’s a magical place wedged between October’s Great American Beer Festival and January’s Big Beers Festival.  It’s a place where the Russian River table–pouring blessed beers–stands sans a line. It’s a mecca for beer aficionados to congregate and proclaim the beer gospel.  And after selling out in a mere 3 minutes this year, entry tickets were even […]

Sean’s Sips – New Belgium Tart Lychee

SCIENCE: Style:  American Wild Ale ABV:  7.50% IBU:  20 SRM:  7.5 OG:  16.5 (wood-aged) and 24 (non-wood-aged) TG:  2.57 Blend:  56% Wood-Aged Sour Beer, 44% Non-Wood-Aged Ale Malts:  Pale, Malted Wheat, Caramel-80, Carapils, Oats Hops:  Target Additives:  Lychee Fruit, Cinnamon HISTORY: When this beer arrived on my doorstep (thanks New Belgium!) the first thing I […]

Sean’s Sips – Odell Shenanigans

SCIENCE: Style:  American Wild Ale ABV:  9.1% SRM:  31 (Standard Reference Method measures beer color intensity) Hops:  Blend of Cascade and Chinook Barrels:  4 months in 2nd use toasted oak (80%) and 2nd use bourbon (20%) barrels History: Shenanigans has been marketed as a “happy accident” from the days when Odell was first playing around with […]

Beer Porn of the Week – Avery Brewing Co. Boulder Weiss

Avery Brewing Co. Boulder Weiss (with Cherry Syrup)   [We’ll share some beer porn every Monday to get your week started off right. Have some of your own? Leave a link in the comments!]

Pucker Up, Buttercup. Drink Your Sour Beer!

The inception of my sciencey articles happened over beers one night at Falling Rock Taphouse. At the time we were drinking Russian River’s Consecration, one of the really excellent American sours out of Santa Rosa, California. It is rich, fruity, and awesome. Foremost on the palate though is its tartness. Brightly sour, it dries out […]

The Liquid Diet

This Week in The Liquid Diet: We dive into a couple side-by-side tastings that do not and could not disappoint! Much like vertical tastings (sequential year to year tastings) you get a varied perspective when taking like beers and exploring their similarities and differences.  You get an inside view into how their style or brewer or […]

Avery 18th Anniversary Recap

On Sunday, Avery Brewing Company celebrated 18 years of brewing craft beer with a party at their Boulder tap room.  It turned out to be a beautiful day with very few clouds in the sky (perhaps too few given the 90+ degree heat).  1,500 tickets were available to the brew-powered block party and since I’m […]

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 […]

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 […]