Big Easy Offbeat Brown is a medium-bodied brown ale brewed with wasabi, horseradish and ginger. For the Artisan Ale Project, Twisted Pine developed twelve distinct new beers and then enlisted the help of a dozen talented Colorado artists for artwork to adorn the labels.
The label art is “Red Hot Jazz” by Perry Bergman. The release party will also be an artshow for the featured artist that month.
Style: Brown Ale
Availability: 750 ml bottles, Draft. Limited to Colorado.
Sacred Spice is an Imperial Porter invigorated with traditional masala chai spices skillfully blended by Boulder-based Sanctuary Chai. The enchanting ale carries the delightful scent and flavor of dark, roasted barley as well as the provocative aroma of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and other spices used for centuries to embolden Eastern teas. However, much like the brewery’s heralded Big Shot Espresso Stout, Sacred Spice strikes a fine balance whereby the flavors exhibit a seemingly natural harmony so that no taste bud is dominated but rather each one satisfied. The bold, black ale is 10.1% ABV with 33 IBU.
‘Life Is Beautful’
Sacred Spice’s label is an art piece by Millicent Kang dubbed ‘Life Is Beautiful.’ The release party will double as an art show for Kang, whose works will adorn the Twisted Pine ale house for the entire month of March. Kang will be at the launch party, signing bottles and chatting about her artwork.
Release Details: 3/3/12, 12-9pm
Twisted Pine Brewing
3201 Walnut Street Boulder, CO 80301
Twisted Pine Brewing Company just wanted to make Ghost Face Killah the hottest beer on the planet. To my knowledge they still have that title. They first bottled Ghost Face in May of last year (2011.) The demand for it has been overwhelming.
At its base, Ghost Face Killah is an American-style wheat ale, but it is undeniably different than any other wheat beer out there. Once fermentation is complete, six different strains of chili peppers are introduced: Anaheim, Fresno, jalapeÃ±o, serrano, habanero and bhut jolokia, the ‘ghost’ pepper. The result is liquid fire that makes endorphins rush and foreheads sweat. The intense heat presents itself immediately and persists for more than a minute after the sip. Due to the extreme nature of the beer, Ghost Face Killah is sold individually in twelve ounce bottles, as Twisted Pine feels that amount is the perfect dose.
Now the brewery has made enough to hit 7 states: Colorado, as well as in Texas, New Mexico, Florida, Nebraska, Missouri and Louisiana.
Style: Chili Beer (understatement)
Arrival: Late January, 2012 (2nd release)
Side note: Yeah, Ghost Face Killah is part of the Wu Tang Clan. He signed off on the name last year, as long as a few cases made it to him in NY. A little Wu Tang shall we?
For the Artisan Ale Project, Twisted Pine developed twelve distinct new beers and then enlisted the help of a dozen talented Colorado artists for artwork to adorn the labels. On the first Saturday of every month in 2012, the brewery will introduce a small batch of one of the ales at a special release-party which will double as an art show for that month’s featured artist. The Artisan ales will come in sleek, black 750ml glass bottles and will mark the brewery’s first foray into that size packaging. Quantities will be limited, especially for the barrel-aged beers in the series. Distribution of the bottles will be restricted to Colorado accounts and the Twisted Pine ale house will have each new beer on tap for as long as supplies last. January’s lead-off entry is an American cream-style stout aged in bourbon barrels. The beer, known as Surreal Stout, will feature artwork by Allison Boozer of Denver. Other Artisan ales will include an Imperial India-style black ale, a high-octane braggot, a black saison and a barrel-aged sour brown. “We’re part of a very artistic community here in Colorado,” remarks Logistics Manager Justin Tilotta, “and in this case we’re getting our brewers to feed off that creativity and produce something that, in turn, gives back to that community by offering these artists an opportunity to reach a wider audience.”
Boulder, Colorado — November 21st 2011 — As winter settles in around Boulder, Colorado, fans of Twisted Pine Brewing Company are bristling with the excitement that surrounds the annual release of the brewery’s Northstar Imperial Porter. The Baltic-style porter will make its 2011 debut on December 1st to a select few ticket holders for the vertical tasting which coincides yearly with the beer’s release. The highly regarded ale will be available to the public at large beginning December 2nd.
Northstar, which carries a 98 on ratebeer.com, is black as a moonless night and gives off an aroma of toffee and dark fruit laced with licorice. Once the porter hits the palate, the tongue dances to notes of chocolate-covered raisins which harmonize well with subtle traces of roasted nuts and molasses. The beer is dry enough to punctuate the flavors with a crisp finish, while just silky enough to leave a stamp of the epic experience behind for a while. An ABV of 9.1% provides a slight warming glow that grows up the chest as the ale drops in the glass. Northstar was awarded a gold medal at the 2010 Colorado State Fair, a silver in the 2006 World Beer Cup, and a bronze in 2008’s State Fair.
A great beer for the cellar, Northstar ages gracefully, which has led to the increasing popularity and decreasing availability of tickets for the brewery’s fourth annual vertical tasting. Starting with the 2004 vintage, participants will have the opportunity to sample nearly every version since, plus a few other porter varieties that the brewers have created for the occasion, all tastefully paired with small bites of food, cleverly crafted for accompaniment by the Twisted kitchen.
In addition to state-wide availability in Colorado, this year’s Northstar will find its way to Texas, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, Nebraska and Louisiana. Visit http://twistedpinebrewing.com for more information on Twisted Pine and Northstar Imperial Porter.
Based in Boulder, Colorado Twisted Pine Brewing Company has been handcrafting beer since 1995. They are the brewers of such favorites as “Hoppy Boy IPA,” “Raspberry Wheat Ale” and “Billy’s Chilies.” The Ale House is a very popular local hangout and boasts 17 taps, 5 rotating. Twisted Pine is active with local charitable organizations and a strong believer in sustainable business practices. You can find more information at http://www.twistedpinebrewing.com
We all know that eating while drinking can help to keep bad things from happening, but what if the law prevents it? That is exactly what is being addressed in Boulder, CO. Currently, laws require zoning for breweries, as well as wineries and distilleries, to estabilsh thier production and distribution facilities that does not allow food to be made on site. Some breweries have found ways around this using catering companies or food trucks. Twisted Pine and Boulder Beer have recieved permission from the city to serve food after a special review process.
It has been recommended by Boulder’s Planning Department that these codes be changed to allow on site restaurant operations for these facilities and is expected to go before the board on 10/20.
This would largely impact one of Boulder’s biggest craft breweries, Avery Brewing. Avery wants to build a bigger facility in Boulder, including a restaurant, but if this change is not passed, he may be forced to move elsewhere.
Pic: Taco Mac/Terrapin Beer Dinner. Atlanta, GA
The beer heads back to shelves in time for Cinco de Mayo, with good reason. This beer is filled with peppers. 6 in total. The super hot crowning jewel to Ghostface is the ghost pepper. Recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the hottest chili pepper on earth. Also known as Bhut Jolokia, the ghost pepper is added to fermentation.
The beer is a wheat based ale, that mixes with a LOT of pepper heat. Check out the full press release for more info on literally one of the hottest beers in America.
Full Press Release
Twisted Pine Brewing Company will be re-releasing Ghost Face Killahthis Cinco De Mayo in 12oz single bottles.
Named one of the top 25 beers of 2010 by Beer Advocate’s Alstrom Brothers, Ghost face is brewed with five different fresh peppers before Ghost Peppers, or Bhut Jolokia, are added to the fermentation. “We wore masks and gloves when cutting the Ghost Peppers,” says Hoperations Manager Eric Mosiman, “but it didn’t matter, our eyes were still watering and our skin was still stinging. This isn’t hype, these peppers are hot!”
Mosiman notes that when drinking Ghost Face, if you survive the initial shock of the peppery heat, you are free to savor the flavors of the brew and are left with a very palatable smokiness. The wheat based ale, described as the hottest beer this side of hell, has been submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records and returns to Twisted Pine for a second tour of tongue-burning fun. “As brewers we’re encouraged to challenge what a beer can be and continually craft innovative brews for our Ale House,” says Mosiman. Recent releases include Poison Fish- ginger wasabi brown ale, Razzy Xpress- raspberry and espresso lovers stout and IHK- Imperial India Black Ale.
Chili beer is not a new concept at Twisted Pine Brewing Co. where Billy’s Chilies has been brewed for several years. Once designed as a novelty the chili beer is now a top seller for the brewery and was the inspiration behind Ghost Face Killah. Twisted Pine Brewery, notorious for their small batch seasonal and unique brews has certainly created a distinctive drinking sensation that rapper, Ghost Face Killah, should be proud to call his namesake.
Based in Boulder, Colorado Twisted Pine Brewing Company has been handcrafting beer since 1995. They are the brewers of such favorites as “Hoppy Boy IPA,” “Raspberry Wheat Ale” and “Billy’s Chilies.” The Ale House is a very popular local hangout and boasts 17 taps, 5 rotating. Twisted Pine is active with local charitable organizations and a strong believer in sustainable business practices. You can find more information at www.twistedpinebrewing.com.
wisted Pine Brewing Company will be re-releasing Ghost Face Killah this Cinco De Mayo in 12oz single bottles. Named one of the top 25 beers of 2010 by Beer Advocate’s Alstrom Brothers, Ghost face is brewed with five different fresh peppers before Ghost Peppers, or Bhut Jolokia, are added to the fermentation.