Monday, June 4, 2012

UPDATE: Serving up a summer brew

Posted By on Mon, Jun 4, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Wouldn't you know, right after I posted this blog yesterday, Focus on the Beer posted a list of a bunch of beer-centric events in June, including some of those listed below, but several more.

So visit their page here to read about everything from a Ska Brewing Company dinner to a Left Hand Brewing Company firkin tapping.

Also, it's worth noting one other brew event that will feature 70-plus beers from nine Colorado breweries, on Saturday, June 30.

The Purple Mountain Brewfest & Billiards will be held at the Event Center at Rustic Hills, with a portion of proceeds going to military charities.

Celebrity billiards player Jeanette Lee, "The Black Widow," will appear, for those more interested in hitting balls than sampling brews.

——- ORIGINAL POST, 4:39 P.M., MONDAY, JUNE 4 ——-

June brings a number of cool beer events, so here's an early heads-up for your calendar.

• Firstly, newly expanded Trinity Brewing Company will feature five new house saisons on tap this month.

Here's some descriptions of those, in president Jason Yester's words:

Saison Man and Farmhouse 'Three Flowers' are both already pouring, if you haven't tried these Belgians yet you are missing out! Farmhouse Du Tomme was released on May 25th, this golden Saison features a notable spicy character from the addition of a fruity North African pepper, a toasty malt profile from the use of Amaranth, and a light citrus character created by aging the batch on lemon grass. Farmhouse GOPrisais is another 'Nouveau' Summer Saison. For this batch we hand processed 120lbs of freshly harvested apricots and Chardonnay grapes to age this batch on. The result is a light and very refreshing fruited Belgian, it releases on June 15th. If that's not enough Saison for you yet, we're doing a special oak barrel aged batch of our house Belgian, Saison Man. This extremely limited version features notes of toasted wood, hints of coconut, a sharp malic acid profile, and it's all intertwined with an earthy Bretta character.

And also a congrats to the brewery — as Yester points out in his newsletter, it has been named the 24th best brewpub in the world on Ratebeer.com's surprisingly (or negligently?) America-centric Best Brewpubs 2011 list.

• Next, the summer solstice on June 21 ushers in two events.

The first is Great Storm Brewing's celebration of the longest day of the year, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Mark's Midnight Carnival Show will perform and four new brews will go on tap, described here by co-owner Lynn Jacobs:

... our summer seasonal, Midsummer Ale, a light, golden ale aged on lemon, lime and orange zest; Blue Spruce Juice, a small batch dark ale flavored with fresh, hand-harvested Colorado Blue Spruce tips; Assistant Brewer Stephen Shelton's Dark Side Ale, a big malty dark English ale; and CAUTION: Brewing Co.'s Toaster Bat Black, a smoked, peated, robust porter.

The second is Focus on the Beer's next Meet the Brewer event at 6:30 at Front Range Barbeque, spotlighting Poncha Springs' Elevation Beer Co.

The event is pay-by-the-pint, and here's Focus' Eric Steen's descriptions of the five brews on hand:

- Apis IV - 10.7% - Belgian Quadrupel made with local carmelized honey
- Cabernet Barrel Aged Apis IV - see above beer
- First Cast IPA - 6.5% - Hop-forward, west coast style IPA
- Mount Blanca - Belgian Saison - 5.5% - A light and refreshing Saison with white wheat
- Imperial Saison - 8% - A stylistic oddity, reminiscent of a Saison mixed with a Trippel and a Belgian Strong Golden Ale

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  • 'Meet the Brewer' events: beer with a face.

• Lastly, Focus on the Beer is back at it again two days later, on June 23, with the final round of Battle of the Brewers at Brewer's Republic at 4 p.m.

Entry is $5 to sample the two finalists in a blind tasting plus a half pint from two specialty kegs.

Here's the background and rundown:

We started with eight local breweries, each brewer was given two random ingredients to add to a beer, you did a blind tasting of all the beers and decided which ones were best and which breweries advanced to the next round. We're now at the third and final round, the last two brewers are duking it out on June 23rd. We congratulate Shamrock Brewing and Lone Tree Brewing on getting this point, your beers have been wonderful thus far, but only one brewer will win in the end. What are the two random ingredients for the beer this time? A bottle of wine per 5 gallons of beer, and the use of wood (but not oak).

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