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Month: January 2016

Soul Squared Brewing: Brewing Farm Fresh Beer

Inside an old barn in the middle of a working farm, Soul Squared head brewers, Jay Shambo and Aaron Gray are revolutionizing the way we obtain and drink local beer. To get Soul Squared’s whole line of beers, one must purchase a yearly share in their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Members will receive a case of bombers filled with a new beer every month. Soul Squared only has three beers that are distributed by conventional means to local liquor stores and bars: their Belgian Blond, American Brown Ale, and Extra Pale Ale. Soul Squared seems to understand the excitement of experimentation and exclusivity, so if you are not a CSA member, you will miss out on their ever-changing monthly beer. Everything Soul Squared does is built on community and local sustainability; the wheat and grains are from local Northern Colorado farms, and even the barley is malted in Colorado. 2016 members will start off the new year with bombers of the Scottish 80 Shilling that incorporates raisin and plum fruit notes. The rest of the line up sounds equally as appealing with a Belgian Golden Strong Ale, Belgian Quad, and a Honey Hibiscus Saison scheduled for June. Experience community supported agriculture and brewing at its best by purchasing a share in Soul Squared’s bountiful boozy crop. For more info, visit...

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Beer Profile: Belgian Blonde Ale, Soul Squared Brewing Company.

Belgian Blonde Ale by Soul Squared Brewing Company is a triumphant and creative American twist to a Belgian favorite. We poured the bottle into a Trappist glass where a hazy and golden yellow ale built a light-bodied, pure, white head that settled to very thin and wispy clouds. The nose is sweet with hints of spice and citrus, preparing the palate for what is to come. The mouthfeel is very biscuity and grainy in texture which complements a sweet malt base.  American hops give this old Belgian classic new dimension by adding flavor depth and complexity without overwhelming the rest of the flavor profile. Trappist yeast lends the spice and citrus notes while the classic grains and malts make the beer crisp and refreshing. Experience community supported agriculture and brewing at its best by purchasing a share in Soul Squared’s bountiful boozy crop. Pairs well with: Friends, Sunshine & Pesto Pizza....

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Vindication Brewing: Defending the Craft

Nestled in a business park off of 71st Street near Gunbarrel, it might be easy for a passerby to overlook Vindication Brewing Co. But woe be to the beer seeker who does, because he or she will be missing out on one of the best gems in the region for handcrafted brew right now. A relative newcomer on the Colorado beer scene, Vindication began operations on the summer solstice of 2013 and has supplied the surrounding community with a wide variety of beers ever since. Part of what sets Vindication apart from the myriad startup breweries in the region...

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Trending: Beers, Bocktails & Cocktails for 2016

One of the key aspects of the “craft” movement is expanding the possibilities of traditional styles through alternative ingredients and different techniques. Craft brewers and bartenders pride themselves on finding unexplored flavors and pushing the boundaries of the classics to reveal something creative and delicious. BEER TRENDS ALL HAIL THE LAGER 2015 saw a new rise of lighter style beers such as pilsner and helles. Lagers are more diverse than that, though, and you’ll see dark-style lagers like schwartzbier and maltier styles like doppelbock or even eisbock popping up. In fact a new addition to the Northern Colorado beer...

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The “Beer” Future: From the Brewers, Q n’ A

2015 spiked our interest in barrel-aged programs, puckered our lips in an addictive fashion to sour beers, and opened our tastebuds to barnyard funk, hay, and leather with Wild Ales crawling with brettanomyces (and we liked it!) We saw a rise in traditional Gose style beers with American twists, a decline in pumpkin beer and a need for traditional Märzens and Oktoberfests. We saw our favorite craft breweries adding anything and everything to our ales, and many of us reconsidered our preconceived notions on light beers – they CAN have flavor, complexities, and depth, just as long as it...

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