Monday, September 01, 2008

Colorado Beer News Roundup

Before I blow out of town for two weeks in Italy (definitely not a beer vacation), I wanted to post a few tidbits about new beers coming out of some of Colorado's finest breweries:
*Just a little over a week ago, Colorado Springs' Phantom Canyon Brewery rolled out its Coulter's Kolsch and a new Supercharged IPA. The kolsch is a very light summery beer in the style of traditional German lagers. The IPA, which packs a 6.7 percent ABV punch, is highly carbonated, a switch for the brewpub that likes to serve some of its hoppiest beers in a cask-conditioned state.
*Bristol Brewing in Colorado Springs rolled out its annual batch of "small" ale Friday. A word to the wise, though: It's not really that small. Although Joe and the brewers followed the same time-honored tradition of brewing a barleywine, reusing the grains for a medium-caliber ale and then using the grains one more time for a small beer, this one's got the normal level of alcohol in it. It should be around for a couple of weeks.
*Meanwhile, Bristol's former brewmaster, Jason Yester, opened Trinity Brewing the same night off of Garden of the Gods Road in the Springs. Trinity is a brewpub dedicated to the concepts of slowly served organic food and, as has been the case throughout Yester's career, beers that will blow your mind. He's got six of his own on tap, ranging from a more common wit and stout to a chi golden ale. Unfortunately, I was too busy packing and recovering from the DNC to make the opening, but I'll be heading down to the Springs as soon as I can.
*Lastly (though only in chronological order of release dates), Left Hand Brewing has collaborated with Terrapin Brewing of Athens, Ga., on the first of what it hopes will be an annual small-batch releases called the Midnight Project. The first of the series, conceived after a joint appearance by the breweries at a beer dinner in Georgia, will be a black lager brewed with damn near 50 percent rye malt called Terra-rye'zd. It will be available in bombers in October in just six states: five in the South and - you guessed it - Colorado.

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