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Crazy Mountain Brewing

photo2Crazy Mountain has got to be one of my favorite breweries – it’s got it all: awesome location in Edwards, CO with a backdrop of the mountains, extremely laid-back environment with picnic tables and bags to play outside and local art on the walls, oh yeah, and great beer.

I had a sampler so was able to try a few different beers. A few that really stuck out to me was the Rum Barrel Aged Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, which is simply their Horseshoes and Hand Grenades (American ESB) aged in rum barrels. Yes, pretty self explanatory, but whoa! Really fantastic at 35 IBUs and 6% ABV.photo1

Another that stuck out with the Snow Cat Stout, moderately hoppy at 57 IBUs and 5.9% ABV, it’s brewed with locally roasted coffee, which is an ideal beverage before or after the slopes.

The Emotional Rescue is a double IPA. OMG, 150 IBUs will smack-you-in-the-face but oh so gently! At 9% ABV this double IPA is oh-so-smooth and really great for a great afternoon of drinking.

Crazy Mountain Brewery
439 Edwards Access Road
B-102 Edwards, CO 81632
www.crazymountainbrewery.com 

 

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Perennial Artisan Ales – Abraxas

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I was fortunate enough to get a chance to meet the head brewer of Perennial of St. Louis before he headed to the Big Beer Fest in Vail and of course try the Abraxas.

This beer is an imperial stout brewed with ancho chili peppers, cacao nibs, vanilla beans and cinnamon sticks. It’s nearly black in color with  a complex body.  It’s so smooth and delicious you wouldn’t believe it’s 10% ABV! Trust me, I went back for a second taste. 

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Suede Imperial Porter collaboration

photo_6Stone Brewing is at it again! This time collaborating with Oregon’s 10 Barrel and Washington D.C.’s Bluejacket.

This magnificent porter is “cross pollinated” with ingredients indigenous to Southern California, which includes avocado honey, dried jasmine, and calendula flowers. It’s rich with cocoa and coffee notes with a bit of of herbs and floral sweetness – at 9.6% ABV it’s a smooth as suede imperial porter.

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Deschutes Class of ’88 Imperial Smoked Porter

photo_3‘Tis the season for collaboration beers! Or at least I’ve been diggin’ some great breweries teaming up with great breweries.  teamed up with another porter brewmaster — Great Lakes Brewing to create special porter for the Class of ’88.

This Imperial Smoked Porter is brewed with  roasted and smoked malt that gives a subtle smoky flavor but a nice chocolaty aroma.

 

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R&R Coconut IPA

photo_1IPA. IPA. IPA. I love IPA’s! And, I love IPA’s with a little twist – or should I say – with a tropical twist (I’ve been a bit chilly this winter!). R&R Coconut IPA is a collaboration brew including homebrewers Robert Masterson and Ryan Reschan, Paul Sangster and Guy Shobe of Rip Current Brewing,  and Mitch Steele of Stone Brewing Co.

R&R is a refreshing change to the typical take on IPA’s. It’s brewed with 280 pounds of coconut and an  blend of hop varieties.  With a nice aroma of coconut and tropical fruit. The taste is mild coconut up front and the finish is bitter, dry, and hoppy with lingering coconut. It’s definitely not overwhelmingly coconutty. It’s 7.7% ABV and 90 IBU’s.

http://www.stonebrew.com/collab/rr

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Beer and Food!

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Denver is know for beer – you’re probably thinking, “Well duh, it’s the Napa Valley of Beer!” But, Denver also has an amazing foodie scene. I’m no food critic, but I do love beer, and I love to pair delicious meals with beer. So here I go!

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Great Divide IPA is a crisp, clean and full-bodied refreshing IPA – one of  my favorites in the Denver area. I love to pair it with the Pistachio at Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizza. Yeah, pistachio pizza! It’s pistachio cream, fresh mozzarella, sweet Italian sausage. Marco’s is certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, the only VPN certified pizzeria in Colorado – aka really awesome Napoleon style pizza.

2129 Larimer Street, Denver, Co 80205 www.marcoscoalfiredpizza.com

IMG_1855Ever had Rhino a pale ale by Breckenridge brewery? Well, it’s produced exclusively for Earls Restaurant from Breckenridge. I paired it with none other than a 1½ pound Atlantic lobster served up with succulent prawns, IMG_1851grilled corn cob, fingerling potatoes and drawn chardonnay butter for dipping! Yes, that’s right, beer can even go well with lobster! Eat your heart out!

8335 Park Meadows Center Drive, Denver, CO 80124 www.earls.ca

Parallel SeventeenFinally, there’s an amazing assortment of beers at Parallel Seventeen. Parallel Seventeen is an upscale Asian bistro serving French-influenced northern Vietnamese dishes (BeerSnobSister just moved to Vietnam!). Staying local, I paired my pan seared scallops, creamy polenta, wilted greens, lemngrass marinated gig ante beans, pancetta and Asian romesco with Great Parallel SeventeenDivide Hibernation – a deliciously robust, marly dry-hopped ale.

1600 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218 www.parallelseventeen.com

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