I love me some high elevation … and Elevation Brewing.
Signal De Botrange is eclectic, funky and original, and at 9.86% ABV with only 12 IBUs – it’s fantastic! This is the Elevation Double Black Series of seasonal barrel-aged beers. ,
This is a saison aged in chardonnay barrels. It has a hazy golden amber pour, the aroma is sweet and fruity with some pear and even a little honey with a light wine nose and sweet malt notes.
Deschutes Planète Rouge is named for it’s different ecosystems – what’s that? Planète Rouge, Deschutes’ new sour red ale is a blend of three different base beers, Sour ‘Lil Red, Flanders Red and The Dissident with two strains of wild yeast and two strains of bacteria were used then aged in pinot noir barrels, 14 to be exact.
The deep red ale is 10.2% ABV – oh heck yes it is – with flavors of cherry, peach, plum and oak, with dried fruit and maple syrup on the aroma. Planète Rouge is a fantastic addition to the Deschutes family!
Deschutes creates some amazing beers! I was lucky enough to get a taste of their Green Monster, which is only available in the brewhouse, at an event in Denver.
The beginning of this delightful sour beer was created when they filled Oregon pinot barrels with a beer that went astray – added Brettanomyces, which is a non-spore genus forming yeast also know as Brett, common in sour beers. After some time – 39 months to be exact, this “monstrosity” of a beer was finished. The Green Monster, 100% barrel aged, 7.3% ABV with slight cherry and dried fruit aroma with a smooth, clean sour finish.
Deschutes, bring on more amazing sours!
Crazy 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.
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
You had me at hello! I mean, chili peppers, cocoa and vanilla beans.
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.
Stone 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.
‘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.
IPA. 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.