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Month: February 2016

Wiley Roots – Festival of Dark Beers 2016

The Festival of Dark beers was a culmination of time, imagination and a love for the more sinister side of brewing. Put on by Greeley based, Wiley Roots Brewing Co., the festival featured 11 newly released dark beers, a large sound system, special lighting and a dj. The festival took place in the warehouse behind Wiley’s taproom. Of the beers featured, some were spin-offs of already popular Wiley beers, such as a Vanilla version of their imperial chocolate porter, “Midnight on the Run.” Others were brand new concoctions, never before seen by fans of the brewery. Notable showings included...

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Left Hand Brewing Co. Pours love into the Community

“Philanthropy in action looks like a lot of people drinking beer, partying at a concert, or eating the world’s longest weiner.” Josh Goldberg, Community and Events Manager for Left Hand Brewing Company is referencing one of Left Hand’s events, the Longmont Oktoberfest which benefits the Education Foundation of the St. Vrain valley, and the Inn Between. Goldberg facilitates Left Hand’s “High Five” events and puts on five mini beer fest’s throughout the year centered around raising awareness and funds for The Left Hand Brewing Foundation and other organizations. The High Five series includes Hops & Handrails, Longmont Oktoberfest, Leftapalooza,...

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Beer Profile: Polestar Pilsner, Left Hand Brewing

Left Hand Brewing never ceases to amaze; they brew in a way that modifies classic recipes in order to make amazing new creations that are extremely innovative yet hold true to the classic styles that inspired them.  Polestar Pilsner is not any different. Left Hand Brewing took the world’s most popular brew style and made it a bit more robust and flavorful while still retaining the classic, refreshing, and crisp qualities of a classic Pilsner. This is the only Pilsner that I drink in my regular winter beer rotation because it is a titan wrapped in modest clothing. Subtle...

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Beer Profile: First Cast IPA, Elevation Beer Company

Elevation’s First Cast IPA pours a light amber, with cloudy golden hues throughout. Three types of citrus heavy hops are present: Chinook, Summit, and Zythos. They lend primarily to First Cast’s nose which has an impression of vanilla, wet moss, mango, orange rind, lemon zest and young spruce. 2-row, Crystal and Carafoam malts give Elevation’s IPA a solid backbone of slightly sweet caramel overtones that are in no way overpowering, and a nice rocky head that retains throughout most of your pint. First Cast has an extremely satisfying loose mouthfeel. With very little resistance, it flows over your pallet, expressing deep pine notes, rounded out lemon, and grapefruit morphes into slightly sweet grass favors with a fresh pine bitter ending. First Cast Seems to embody the environment in which it was brewed, off the beaten path in Poncha Springs, Colorado. It is overall a refreshing, complex, and enjoyable American IPA. Pair with: spicy food, carrot cake, and snowy...

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