Wynkoop, Funkwerks, TRVE, Odell, Twisted Pine, Prost, Avery – 7 of Denver’s premier craft breweries. Each one has a few female brewers, and a lovely lady from each has come together to brew Denver Beer Week’s official beer.
This Belgian pale ale has yet to be named, but will be around 4-5% ABV and features ingredients from each brewery as well as some supplemental ingredients from Brewer’s Supply Group. Bess Dougherty of Wynkoop organized the group which includes Natalie Lesko of Funkwerks, Sydney Skilken from Denver’s TRVE Brewing, Linsey Cornish of Odell Brewing, Reva Golden from Twisted Pine, Ashleigh Carter of Prost Brewing, and Melissa Antone and Sara Ferber from Avery Brewing.
This brew will be the official beer of Denver Beer Week. Cheers to more badass women in beer!
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
Availability: on tap only
Arrival: Denver Beer Week Only (March 18-24 2013)
Denver, Colorado) — Wynkoop Brewing Company is now self distributing its fourth hand-canned craft beer — Belgorado Belgian-Style India Pale Ale — in the Denver area.
The small-batch, Belgium-meets-Colorado beer combines the wonders of two of the world’s best beer cultures with Wynkoop’s artisan brewing and farm-to-fermenter thinking.
A creation of Wynkoop head brewer Andy Brown, Belgorado has been a draft-only seasonal beer since its debut in the fall of 2010. The beer won a 2011 Great American Beer Festival bronze medal in the festival’s Experimental Beer category.
Lusciously hopped but artfully balanced, Belgorado is a golden beer rich with pale malt flavors, layers of hops from start to finish, and spice notes. It is 6.7% ABV and has about 45 IBUs.
The year-round beer features Colorado terroir in every sip.
Belgorado is made with whole-leaf and pelletized hops from Misty Mountain Hop Farm, a pioneering little hop farm in Olathe, CO. The farm is now in its fourth year and grows 16 acres of hops.
Belgorado’s main ingredient is a Belgian-style malted barley from Colorado Malting Company, a small, family owned farm and specialty maltster in Alamosa, CO. Now in its third year, Colorado Malting grows its own barley and malts its Belgian-style malt in a slow, retro-minded fashion.
“We use warm moist air instead of dry heat,” says Jason Cody, company president, “and slowly malt the barley for 7-8 days instead of the usual 3 or 4. That process creates a more plump, fully modified grain with more sugar. It’s 100% natural, made the same way Europeans malted barley 500 years ago.”
These home-state ingredients are skillfully blended by Brown and his staff, then fermented with a Belgian yeast.
“My goal was a simple recipe that allows the qualities of our native-grown ingredients to shine through,” Brown says. “But with a Belgian yeast strain that adds complexity and joins with the spiciness of the hops.”
“The beer is a nod to the drinkability of a Belgian pale ale, a trait I really love,” Brown adds. “But with our Colorado-grown hops and their lemony tartness, Belgorado gets extra layers of flavor without being overly bitter.”
The beer is handcrafted and handcanned at Wynkoop Brewing Company on a table-top canning machine from Cask Brewing Systems. It’s now available in the Denver area in fourpacks of 12-ounce cans, with a suggested retail price of $7.49/fourpack.
The beer’s small-farm malts and hops make it an especially valuable beer to the local farmers producing Belgorado’s signature ingredients.
“Wynkoop,” says Robert Munger of Misty Mountain Hop Farm, “is an iconic Colorado brewery and one of Denver’s best. We’re very excited to be working with such a historic brewery.”
“This Belgorado project is great for our family business,” Cody says. “Wynkoop is really supporting the local economy with this beer and it’s very helpful to us.”
The ballsiest beer in American is may be coming to a distributor near you. Remember that beer made with Rocky Mountain Oysters that launched the same week as Great American Beer Fest? Maybe you’ve already cupped this beer in your hands personally? Well, Wynkoop has plans to release their Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout in 2 pack cans, and the nation can now grab some. It’s described as “a luscious, creamy stout with loads of flavor – everything from roasted barley and coffee to chocolate and nuts.” Feel free to grab their package (gently!) of two cans and put it in your mouth – if you’ve got the balls to do it! You will soon be able to order a pair of cans through BeerJobber.com. [UPDATE 1/16: BeerJobber closes. No word on other sites shipping.]
Style: Stout (with Bull Testicles)
Availability: 12oz cans, Draft (@ Wynkoop)
7% ABV, 3 BPB (Balls Per Barrel)
The video below, was once a April Fool’s Joke. Now… it’s for real.
For April Fools Day, Wynkoop Brewing released a video about a brewing a beer with Rocky Mountain Oysters. That’s a fancy phrase for bull balls. They brewery is proud to announce that on October 8, 2012 they will release the real thing.
In the weeks and months after the spoof video, people around the country were talking about it. Wynkoop mulled it over and thought, why not? Fried bull testicles are actually a local Colorado dish. (Um, ok.) 25 pounds of bull testicles were sliced, roasted, and added to the mash. Thus, Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout – a beer with bull balls.
Flavor? Wynkoop describes it as: Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is an assertive foreign-style stout, slightly viscous, with a deep brown color. It has equally deep flavors of chocolate syrup, Kahlua, and espresso, along with a palpable level of alcohol and a savory umami-like note.It finishes dry and roasted with a fast-fading hop bite.
A total of 8 barrels were produced (248 gallons). Those attending GABF can try to at their table. (If you’re feeling ballsy).
Availability: Draft only, @GABF
7% ABV, 3 BPB (Balls per barrel)
Sous chef Andrew Langlo cuts the balls. Guys, does that make you cringe?
The Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, Colorado celebrates 120 years this year. Wynkoop Brewing is brewing 1892 Artesian Lager to honor the occasion. The hotel actually uses a fresh water well it’s sole water source, located 792 feet below it. Wynkoop is using this water in the new “Colorado Common” beer.
Wynkoop is brewing up a beer with Rocky Mountain Oysters. Aka Bull balls. P.S. It’s a joke. Happy Happy Fool’s Day. May it end soon…
Wynkoop Brewing Co.’s B3K is a black lager, German-style schwarzbier that clocks in at 5.9%ABV. It is brewed with German, Caramunich, debittered black, and beechwood-smoked malts as well as noble hops. Aging for five weeks, it takes three times as long to make as Wynkoop’s canned ales.
B3K is hand canned in a black can at Wynkoop Brewing Company. It is available in six packs as well as draft.
Style: German-style Schwarzbier
Availability: Six packs, draft