Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Stop, collaborate and drink

Posted By on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 1:15 PM

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Here's an early heads up on a very cool beer event that you'll want to grab tickets for early — as in now — to ensure you don't miss the action.

As you by now have gleaned from the graphic above: Collaboration Fest is being hosted by the Colorado Brewers Guild (and Imbibe) in Denver as part of Colorado Craft Beer Week.

What it doesn't say is that the fest is just the first of four big beer events leading into September, all part of Lovibond.

Anyway, for this first installment, Collaboration Fest, as the name implies, has placed a number of breweries together to make joint brews — not as in related to marijuana, but "joint" as in partnership and union around giant steel vessels — which will then be featured at the fest and inside of the breweries respective tap rooms.

From a press release:
Each beer featured at Collaboration Festival will be created by at least one Colorado Brewers Guild member, with other participating breweries coming from near and far. The other breweries will be from both in and out of state and some collaborations involve more than five breweries. The out-of-state brewery involvement is an exciting first for Colorado Craft Beer Week.  
Hit the link above to see the current list of co-conspiring breweries — which is super long and exciting. Big boys like New Belgium and Odell teaming up, but also smaller cats like Black Fox and TRVE.

Locally, Bristol Brewing partnered with Pikes Peak Brewing and Phantom Canyon to produce the following, described here by PPB's Chris Wright:
The collaboration beer is called Jimmy Camp. It is based on a WeiPi (or a WeissBierPils) highlighting some non-traditional and fruity hops and a little darker than a tradition WeiPi. This was truly a collaboration beer as we decided on the style together (as none of us were producing this style of beer) and then tweaked the recipe together. Pikes Peak, Phantom Canyon and Bristol got together to highlight the good things Southern Colorado Brewers are doing. We are the three largest brewers in Colorado Springs. Some day we would like to add more brewers to a collaboration brew, but since this is the first ever Southern Colorado Collaboration, we wanted to start small and simple. The exciting ingredients used in this beer are Herkules, El Dorado, Mosaic, and Mandarina Bavaria hops, Crystal Wheat malt, and Klosterbrauerei Ettal yeast.
If you can't make it to the wider festival and at least want to try this local collaboration, check in with each respective brewery closer to the 22nd for an update on an exact release time. 

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