Tag: Colorado Craft Beer

Crazy Mountain Brewing Company Opening 2 Taprooms in the Denver Metro Area

Crazy Mountain Brewing Company Opening 2 TaproomsCrazy Mountain Brewing Company’s growth and expansion continues in the summer of 2017 as it is set to open two new taprooms in the Denver-metro area.

Similar to the taproom at its Denver production facility, the new locations will also feature 24 draft beers, comprised of Crazy Mountain’s year-round portfolio and rotating selections from its limited release Local’s Stash Reserve Series, in addition to other craft offerings, wine and spirits.

The Cherry Creek location, in the CitySet development just southeast of Colorado Blvd. and Cherry Creek Drive South, will open first in mid-July.

The Lakewood taproom, situated in the Belmar Complex at Wadsworth and Alameda, is scheduled to open later in August.

Both locations are surrounded by numerous restaurants, hotels, companies and retailers. While neither location will serve food, Crazy Mountain encourages its patrons to order in from their neighbors while enjoying its vast beer and drink offerings, live music and relaxed energy.

“We are thrilled to be opening our two new taprooms in Cherry Creek and Lakewood. We love that each location will have amazing restaurants, hotels and great shops as neighbors, as well as the surrounding neighborhoods and businesses, and we’re excited to be a part of new communities around Denver. We look forward to Getting Crazy with everyone in our new locations this summer.” – Greg Neale, Director of Marketing

The opening of the new taprooms comes on the heels of another Crazy Mountain expansion, as its Denver production facility taproom was recently enlarged and now features an outdoor beer garden as well.

The company’s growth isn’t limited to its retail locations. With distribution now reaching 27 states, and 11 international markets, Crazy Mountain was recognized as the ninth largest production brewer in Colorado, as well as being identified as one of the top-30 fastest growing breweries in the country, in 2016 – less than seven years after first opening its doors in Edwards, CO.

About Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

Crazy Mountain Brewing Company is a Colorado-based brewery with production facilities and tap rooms in both Edwards and Denver. In 2010, Crazy Mountain was founded with one dog and two people, and has grown into one of the largest breweries in Colorado, producing hand-crafted beers of the highest quality, which have garnered global attention. Crazy Mountain’s beers are available in cans, bottles and on-draft in 27 states and eleven countries. For more information, go to crazymountainbrewery.com or follow #getcrazy on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. 

Great Divide Brewing Company Releases Hazy IPA

Great Divide Brewing Company is introducing Hazy IPA, a cloudy IPA with a juicy mix of citrus aroma and nuanced fruit characters. The inspiration to create this style of beer came from the brewery’s continuous effort to create innovative beer within a changing craft beer landscape.

“Tastes change which makes sense why beer drinkers are looking for new types of IPAs,” said Brian Dunn founder of Great Divide Brewing Company. “We’ve had a great run of big, piney, citrusy IPAs but I believe that beer drinkers are also looking for IPAs with less bitterness.”

And at almost six pounds per barrel of Citra, Mosaic, and El Dorado hops, this beer is just that—a juicy, hop bomb that delivers the bitterness without the bite. After months of testing variations of Hazy IPA on the pilot system, this recipe represents the best of the best and is the clear crowd favorite. The flavor opens towards tangerine and lime zest with notes of tropical papaya and mango, before a slight hop-bitter finish that is rounded by a hint of ripe strawberries.

The brewery has kept this release draft only with a shorter shelf life of 30 days to ensure that beer drinkers experience Hazy IPA at its best.

”If you find this beer on tap, it will be fresh,” said Dunn.

The beer is available at the Great Divide Tap Room and Barrel Bar, as well as at select Colorado bars and restaurants.

Draft Only | 6.2% ABV | 40 IBU

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About Great Divide Brewing Company

Founded by Brian Dunn in 1994, Denver-based Great Divide Brewing Company has landed an impressive amount of acclaim, earning 18 Great American Beer Festival medals, five World Beer Cup Awards and 14 spots on BeerAdvocate’s “Top Rated Beers: Colorado” (2015). RateBeer.com named Great Divide among the “Top Brewers In the World” (2014), and “Top Brewer in Colorado” (2013) and 12th on their list of “Best Brewers In The World” (2013). At Great Divide, Bold Character is not just a catchphrase. It is the philosophy behind what they brew, how they think and what they believe. For more information visit www.greatdivide.com.

Black Project Roswell

Black Project Releases Six New Lambic-Inspired Super-Fruited Ales

Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales is announcing ROSWELL, a once per year bottle release party spanning two days, July 22-23, 2017.

ROSWELL is a new series of “super-fruited” beers that are Lambic-inspired, spontaneously fermented, barrel aged, and then refermented with high levels of one of six different fruits. ROSWELL is 100% spontaneous, meaning it was cooled in a coolship overnight allowing the hot wort (unfermented beer) to collect microbes from the air. These microbes are wild yeast and bacteria, which ferment the beer and naturally sour it. ROSWELL was brewed in the fall of 2016, when Black Project expanded into their new barrel cellar, adding over 140 oak barrels, four puncheons, a small 12hL fouder, and a custom-built copper coolship.

Roswell: Mogul
Roswell: Sign

In August 2016, Black Project took over the taproom of Former Future Brewing Company, retiring Former Future. Both businesses are owned by James and Sarah Howat, but the husband and wife team decided to focus their attention from clean ales (non-sours) like porters, cream ales, and stouts to spontaneous and wild ales, like sours, mixed-culture saisons, and Lambic or Gueuze inspired beers – a blend of one, two, and three-year-old spontaneous barrel-aged beer. While customers may think that Former Future and Black Project are two separate breweries, both breweries opened on January 1, 2014 and used the same brewing system. Black Project beers were originally cooled on the roof of the building using two 2BBL / 60gal stock pots and then the beer was fermented in barrels. This kept the sour beer separate from the clean beer, preventing wild microbes from souring non-sour beer. The first Black Project spontaneous beer was brewed in late February 2014 and in August 2014, Black Project released Colorado’s first spontaneous ale, called “FLYBY”.

Rosewell: Majestic 12



Roswell: High Dive

FLYBY went on to win a medal at the Great American Beer Festival that year. This was followed by another medal in the same category the year after. As Colorado’s only 100% spontaneous and wild brewery, every beer that’s produced by Black Project off of South Broadway in Denver, is made with only yeast from the environment, either from the air or from fruit and flowers that have been foraged. As a former microbiologist and high school science teacher, James Howat – brewer, blender, and co-owner – uses his experience and background to create a one of a kind beer that cannot be replicated at any other brewery, down to the individual cell.

Roswell: Grudge

This release of ROSWELL follows the brewery’s mission to “innovate in the research and development of spontaneous fermentation” and was created to showcase a concept they call “super-fruiting”, where the brewery uses as much fruit as possible, while still calling it a beer.

ROSWELL is made once per year during the late spring from a Lambic-inspired wort that was brewed earlier that fall. This gives the beer a depth of flavor but with a lower acidity than it would have after spending a summer in the barrel – ideal considering the amount of acidity naturally present in the fruit. ROSWELL has a rich and beautiful spontaneous flavor, with a distinct funk, and complexity that stands up to and melds into the heavy amount of vibrant fruit flavor and aroma. The true wild-caught microbes mean that the beer is deliciously dry while still packing an incredible amount of fruit flavor. Flavors include apricot, blackberry, cranberry, guava, raspberry, and blueberry.

Rosewell: Bluebook

On July 22, Black Project is releasing five of the bottle variants of ROSWELL to the public with a special BrewedFood pairing of Tender Belly Bratwurst with pain de mie bun, kimchi and, gochujang mayo with a side of Hop Ash potato chips, first come first serve. Then on July 23, the brewery is hosting an exclusive, onsite only release of SIGN, the blueberry variant, with a limited preview of and upcoming Biere Brut / Biere de Champagne made with Red Fox Cellars Barbera grapes.

 

Bottles To-Go:
ROSWELL: MOGUL | Apricot
ROSWELL: MAJESTIC 12 | Blackberry
ROSWELL: HIGH DIVE | Cranberry
ROSWELL: BLUEBOOK | Guava
ROSWELL: GRUDGE | Raspberry

Bottles for On-Site:
ROSWELL: SIGN | Blueberry

500mL bottle, cork and capped – $20 /bottle
Limits will be set next week*

*All limits are subject to change, at any time, without advanced warning.

Event Details: blackprojectbeer.com/roswell

 

 

Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales

Innovation in the research and development of spontaneous fermentation

 

About Black Project Spontaneous and Wild Ales

Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales is the passion project of James Howat, owner, brewer, and blender; and Sarah Howat, owner and operation manager; of what was formerly Former Future Brewing Company. The brewery began production in January 2014 and won two bronze medals for their coolship ales (Category: Experimental, Subcategory: Wild Ales) at The Great American Beer Festival in 2014 and 2015. In 2016, Black Project expanded production with a small addition to the property which allowed for the expansion of their barrel program. This allowed the brewery to evolve from Former Future Brewing Company to only serving Black Project beers. In 2017, Black Project hopes to produce 250 BBL of beer and increase distribution.

 

Every Black Project beer is fermented with microbes captured from the local environment via a coolship or foraged from nature. We believe this creates a beer that is unrivaled in complexity. Our beers are intended to have a sense of place, or terroir. No matter how hard one tried to, our beer cannot be replicated outside of our brewery. In fact, our microbe cultures are purposefully allowed to evolve from batch to batch, creating variations and interesting twists from different releases of the same beer.

 

We are meticulous about designing recipes and processes that will allow nature to take over and create beers unrivaled in their beauty and complexity. Through experimentation and research, we are continuously developing new and different techniques for use with wild and spontaneous fermentation.

 

We are not and do not have any intention of being a Lambic brewery. We use science and experimentation to find which processes and ingredients we want and often use that in parallel to traditional Lambic producers, however, we maintain no strict adherence to tradition for tradition’s sake. While we do craft several of our beers with strict adherence to traditional Belgian processes, these beers are not and should not be called “Lambic” and “Gueuze,” as we are outside of the Pajottenland region of Belgium. Instead they themselves are a form of experimentation with local terroir. Spontaneous fermentation is merely a starting point and core of many of our beers, from there our research and development extends much beyond the scope of the great Belgian brewers and blenders.

 

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Great Divide and WeldWerks Releasing All The Buzzwords New England-style IPA

Recently Great Divide Brewing Co. decided to whip up something special with their friends over at WeldWerks Brewing Co. That something special is a kettle-soured session New England-style IPA aptly called “All The Buzzwords.”

At 4.5% ABV, this sour hazy IPA opens with a tart aroma and gives way to a large fruity hop presence that includes bright notes of citrus, peaches, and guava.  Pouring a hazy golden hue, the tartness shares the spotlight with the hops in this approachable kettle sour.

All The Buzzwords will be available on draft only at the Great Divide Tap Room and Barrel Bar on Saturday July 1st at 12 p.m.

City Star Scoundrel

City Star Brewing Releases Scoundrel

City Star Brewing Releases Scoundrel in Bottles: Sour Brown Ale Aged in Cabernet Barrels

Another round of Scoundrel returns to City Star Saturday, June 17th at 12pm! Our 2017 vintage of this sour barrel-aged brown weighs in at 6.8% ABV and has been hiding out in oak Cabernet wine barrels for two years. Intentionally soured with a blend of lactobacillus and pediococcus bacteria creating a pleasantly sour version of our 2013 Great American Beer Festival gold medal-winning Bandit Brown Ale.
City Star Scoundrel Bottle500 bottles will be available for sale at $16/22oz bottle (1 case limit per person), AND Scoundrel will be on draft for sampling. Each bottle is dipped in wax and hand stamped with the City Star Brewing seal. With only 500 bottles of Scoundrel, we don’t expect our supply to stick around.

The night before the big release a special Scoundrel Pairing & Pre-Release event will be held in City Star’s Zoller Barrel House with a limited number of pairings available. The $20 event ticket includes a 10oz pour of Scoundrel expertly paired with a craft cheese, 22oz bottle of Scoundrel to take home, and early access to purchase bottles of Scoundrel with a 10% discount. Info and tickets: https://citystarbrewing.com/events/event/scoundrel-pairing-prerelease/

City Star Brewing offers award-winning, small batch ales, hand crafted on a 3.5 barrel brew system in the heart of downtown Berthoud, Colorado. The small town brewery was awarded Gold and Bronze medals at the famous, Great American Beer Festival in 2015 and 2013.  City Star first opened its doors in 2012 and has since become a destination for craft beer lovers near and far.

City Star's taproom is open daily: Mon-Wed 2-9pm, Thu-Fri 2-10pm, Sat 12-10pm and Sun 12-9pm. Six "mainstay" brews are always on tap: Cowboy's Golden lager, Local Yokel pale ale, Red Necktar American red ale, All American IPA, Bandit Brown and Night Watchman stout. In addition, four taps are always dedicated to specialty beers.

Black Project: RateBeer is not Independent

Rate Beer is Not Independent

Press Release

We feel that a journalistic organization that is partially owned by the largest commercial entity in the industry it covers is not independent, nor trustworthy as a journalistic organization.

That is why, this morning, Black Project sent the following email to RateBeer:

“Please remove “Black Project Spontaneous and Wild Ales” and “Former Future Brewing Company” as well as any mentions, logos, or labels of these breweries from your review database.

We feel that the Ratebeer.com partnership with ABInBev dba ZX constitutes a serious conflict of interest and prevents this site from acting as an independent journalistic organization.

We are withdrawing any and all permission for our names or trademarks to be used by Ratebeer.com or any of it’s affiliates.

Thank you for your help and compliance with this matter. If you wish to verify the sender, as I suspect you will, of this message before acting, please contact topsecret@blackprojectbeer.com. We are expecting a full removal from the site within 7 days unless we hear otherwise from you. Thanks again.

James Howat
Managing Member / CBO
Former Future Brewing Company, LLC dba Black Project Spontaneous and Wild Ales”

Ska Brewing Expands Distribution to Minnesota

Ska Brewing’s flagship brews and select specialty beers will now be available to Minnesota fans.

Ska lovers will be able to get their hands on delicious brews including True Blonde, Modus Hoperandi, and the ever popular, best selling Mexican Logger. Canned concoctions hit shelves in the Twin Cities this week and fans can look forward to upcoming launch events in early June.

“Minnesota has always been an attractive market for us. Craft beer is exploding in the region so we are excited to tap into this opportunity,” says Kristen Muraro, Marketing Director at Ska.

Distributed by Clear River Beverage, Minnesota will become the twelfth state Ska is available in. Other regions Ska distributes to include Colorado, Southern California, Arizona, Illinois, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah.

“Ska has been making world class beer in Durango Colorado since 1995 and we are thrilled that their fabulous beers are now going to be available here in Minnesota. We are honored that after studying the Twin Cities market that they chose Clear River Beverage as their distribution partner,” says Bill Huth, President. “Like Ska Brewing, Clear River’s business priority and mission is based on quality, and it was obvious to me when I first tasted the beers from Ska Brewing and met the crew that I instantly recognized that Ska was something very special in the craft beer industry. I know that all of us at Clear River are very excited to begin telling their story and sharing their delicious beers with the craft beer community in the Twin Cities.”

About Ska Brewing

Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and produces over a dozen award-winning beers. Pioneers in the canned craft beer movement Ska Brewing is known for an array of styles in 12-ounce cans including Modus Hoperandi, Mexican Logger, Euphoria and Pinstripe. For information (a lot of it), music, and a good time, visit skabrewing.com. Plug in to the latest updates, beer releases and shenanigans at facebook.com/skabrew and twitter.com/skabrewing.

About Clear River Beverage Company

Clear River Beverage Company is a craft beer and cider distributor servicing the Twin Cities and surrounding area. Our passion for quality and core business values allows us to provide our valued consumers with the highest quality world class beers and ciders from several of America’s most respected breweries: AleSmith, Bear Republic, Clown Shoes, Evil Twin, Perennial, Prairie Artisan Ales, Sixpoint, and SKA Brewing to name a few. Learn more at www.clearriverbeverage.com, follow us on Twitter @clearriverbev, or like us on Facebook.