September 22, 2013

And A Few More GABF Pour Lists

A couple more pour lists trickled in when I was finishing my article. I’ll continue to post more as I get them, but this is all she wrote for the newspaper piece.

Jack’s Abby

  • Jabby Brau, Session Lager, 4.5% ABV
  • Hoponius Union, India Pale Lager, 6.7% ABV
  • Mass Rising, Double India Pale Lager, 8.0% ABV
  • Fire in the Ham, Rauchbier, 5.4% ABV
  • Copper Legend, Oktoberfest, 5.9% ABV

 

Logsdon

  • Seizoen, Saison, 7.5% ABV
  • Seizoen Bretta, Saison, 8.0% ABV
  • Oak Aged Bretta, Saison, 8.0% ABV (Farm to Table Only)
  • Far West Vlaming, Flander’s Red, 6.5% ABV (Farm to Table Only)
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September 21, 2013

More 2013 GABF Pour Lists

Here are few more GABF pour lists I got as part of my research for my North Denver Tribune Article on 10/3:

Russian River

  • Pliny The Elder, Double IPA, 8.0% ABV
  • Hoptime Harvest Ale, Fresh Hop Ale, 6.75% ABV
  • Framboise For A Cure, Barrel-Aged Sour Raspberry Blonde, 7.5% ABV
  • Propitiation, Barrel-Aged Sour Porter, 7.0% ABV
  • Shadow Of A Doubt, Imperial Porter, 9.86% ABV

 

The Brew Kettle

  • White Rajah, American IPA, 6.8% ABV
  • Imperial Red Eye, Imperial Red Ale, 8.2% ABV
  • Oktofest, Oktoberfest, 6.0% ABV
  • Tunguska, Imperial Stout, 10.8% ABV

 

Shorts

  • Gone Commando, Vienna Lager brewed with black currants, 4.5% ABV
  • Bourbon Sagejuana, American IPA brewed with sage and aged in bourbon barrels, 6.0% ABV
  • Pigpen,  Intensely Hopped IPA aged in bourbon barrels with Brettanomyces, 7.7% ABV
  • Bourbon Aphasiam, Old Ale aged in bourbon barrels, 9.0%
  • Alien Einstein, Low-Gluten American IPL, 5.5% ABV
  • Spruce Pilsner, Imperial Pilsner brewed with Northern Michigan spruce tips, 7.0% ABV
  • Cerveza de Julie, Mexican Lager brewed with lime, 5.0% ABV
  • The Curl – Imperial Pilsner – 7.0% ABV
  • Bourbon Woodmaster, Imperial Brown Ale fermented with maple syrup and toasted pecans, and aged in bourbon barrels, 10.0% ABV
  • Night Wheeler, Session India Black Lager, 4.0% ABV

 

Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

  • Hope and King, Scotch Ale, 6.0% ABV
  • Cherry Eye of the Storm –Honey Cherry Strong Ale, 10.0% ABV
  • Twisted Trace – Barrel-Aged American Barleywine, 9.9% ABV
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September 20, 2013

2013 GABF Pour Lists

My upcoming North Denver Tribune article (10/3) is going to be on beers worth seeking out at this year’s GABF. While doing this I’ve complied a few pour lists and figured I’d share them for those of you who like to geek out in advance.

Cambridge Brewing Company

  • Shadows and Light, Old Ale, 10% ABV
  • Sgt. Pepper, Saison, 6.0% ABV
  • Cerise Cassee, Barrel-fermented Sour Wild Ale, 9.0% ABV
  • Arquebus, Honey Barleywine, 14% ABV
  • Mind Left Body, Session IPA, 3.75 ABV

 

Snake River Brewing

  • AK Sessions, English Dark Mild Ale, 3.75% ABV
  • Pako’s IPA, American IPA, 6.8% ABV
  • Zonker Stout, Foreign Stout, 6.0% ABV
  • Le Serpent Cerise, Flander’s Red Ale, 8% ABV
  • Rolling Thunder Dortmunder,  Dortmunder, 4.9% ABV

 

Three Floyds

  • Jinxproof, Pilsner, 5.1% ABV
  • Munsterfest, Oktoberfest, 6.0% ABV
  • Zombie Dust, American Pale Ale, 6.4% ABV
  • Permanent Funeral, Double IPA, 10.5% ABV
  • Arctic Panzer Wolf, Double IPA, 9.0% ABV

 

Pelican Brewery

  • Kiwanda Cream Ale, 5.1% ABV
    Silversort IPA, English IPA, 6.5% ABV
    MacPelican’s Scottish Style Ale, 5.0% ABV
    Tsunami Stout, Foreign Stout, 7.0% ABV
    Mother Of All Storms, Barrel-Aged English Barleywine, 14.0% ABV
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September 5, 2013

Diebolt Brewing

Diebolt

Brewing has long been a family tradition the world over. Even in the US, just look at the Coors’ lineage in Golden, or the Yuengling empire out in Pennsylvania. Nowadays, though, the familial succession of many of our breweries is based more upon the younger generation’s business prowess than any sort of inherited brewing knowledge. Call me crazy, but I don’t think you’ll find Pete Coors stirring a mash tun or Dick Yuengling suggesting they up the late hop additions.

However, there was time when the secrets of brewing were passed down from parent to offspring (mother to daughter in many cases). In Belgium, the country that has best maintained traditional brewing practices, many breweries still do this; it’s not unusual to find two generations brewing side by side, the elder passing down knowledge to produce better and more creative beer. Unfortunately, here in the States, the mass popularity of dull, pale lagers has led to monopolistic family businesses that instead focus on creating larger profits and bigger distribution.

But there is still hope…With Denver sitting amidst this new wave of craft breweries, we have yet another unique arrival to add to the list; one that brings with it the hope of an artisan-minded brewing family: Diebolt Brewing Company. Pronounced [DEE-Bolt], this little Sunnyside brewery located just off 38th Ave on Mariposa, is primarily made up of father and son team, Dan and Jack Diebolt.

Opening their doors only a few weeks ago, there are currently only three beers on tap: the Standard Porter (5.7%), Mariposa Pale Ale (6.0%), and the Sunnyside Wheat (4.3%).  More should eventually become available as a saison and an IPA were conditioning in the fermenters during our visit. Diebolt’s focus appears to be balanced, drinkable beers, rather than boundary-pushing brews, but time will tell where their niche will truly end up.

When you visit, you’ll find their taproom industrial, yet intimate. Concrete floors and high, exposed ceilings meet warm woods and elegant metal working to breathe life into the space. The real charm, however, are the Diebolt’s themselves. On a weekend visit with friends, before even stepping foot inside, we were greeted by Mrs. Diebolt who graciously offered to let us park our bikes in the brewery since they hadn’t been able to install a bike rack yet. Once inside, Dan, the senior Diebolt, welcomed us as his son, Jack, described and poured the beer. As the brewery filled up throughout the afternoon, the process repeated with each patron, allowing everyone to feel at home as soon as they walked in.

Back to the beers, the definitive favorite was the Wheat, with an impressively clear yeast profile and a wheaty mouthfeel that was perfectly present, but not overwhelming. The Pale was enjoyably hoppy,  not too bitter, and immensely drinkable. The roastedness of the Porter was almost coffee-like up front and while I like my porters bit chewier in the winter, the low carbonation and fairly dry finish made this dark beer an enjoyable drink on a hot summer day.

After a spontaneous tour of the brewery, in which Dan proudly showed off the setup that he and his son had largely put together themselves, you couldn’t help but feel proud of them. Here’s hoping that their familial approach churns out beer for generations of Sunnyside residents to come. Drop in and get to know them.

 

Diebolt Brewing Company

3855 Mariposa St

Open Thursday through Sunday





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