Dr. B and I have made a valiant effort to try as many breweries in Colorado, as we could in six months. Now, it’s time to set some brewery goals for 2013! This is where we want to go and what they might have to offer.
1. Inky would like to visit Bull and Bush Brewery, in Denver. In 2012, Bull and Bush won the award for the Best IPA in the World and that’s what we will try!
Exciting aromas– like a citrus-filled fruit basket. It’s a beer with attitude. The foundation of this beer is very malty, marrying nicely with the bold hop notes that emerge on the palate and ultimately dominate it’s lingering finish. A beer not soon forgotten.
Voted Best IPA in the WORLD-World Beer Cup 2012 Gold Medal; Silver Medal Colorado State Fair 2000; 1st Place, Ale Category, Vail Brewfest 2003; Silver Medal Great American Beer Festival 2003; Gold Medal, Colorado State Fair 2005; Bronze Award, World Beer Cup 2006; Silver Medal North American Beer Awards 2006.
2. Dr. B wants to visit Bristol Brewing, in Colorado Springs, and try their Imperial IPA.
Bristol’s Imperial IPA – Brewhouse Series
We’re not big fans of the palate-crushing hops and alcohol levels found in many Imperial IPAs, so we set out to brew a tasty treat for the hop loyal that embodies just a bit more finesse. Checking in at a relatively friendly 7.9 ABV, our Imperial is citrusy, pungent and robust, with a malt bill that provides the backbone your trusty palate craves.
3. At Dry Dock Brewing, in Aurora, Inky will have the Vanilla Porter and Dr. B will most likely want to try the Hop Abomination.
A hoppy warship of an IPA. Massive amounts of floral, citrus and tropical hop flavors lurk beneath ivory whitecaps, swirling amid glowing golden seas, waiting to conquer your palate with their bitter deliciousness. Our take on an American favorite.
5.8% ABV, 100+ IBU
Dry Dock Vanilla Porter
Eyes: Deep brown, khaki head
Nose: Intense vanilla, bold chocolate
Mouth: Full-bodied, roasty bitterness, campfire s’mores
5.4% ABV, 33 IBU
Colorado State Fair
• GOLD MEDAL 2008
• GOLD MEDAL 2007
• GOLD MEDAL 2006
• SILVER MEDAL 2010
• SILVER MEDAL 2009
• BRONZE MEDAL 2011
4. At Funkwerks Brewing, in Fort Collins, we will most likely want to try a flight of their three brews:
Belgian Style Ale, 6.8% ABV
This tawny, orange-hued beer pours with a rocky white head. Aromas are of passion fruit, tangerine, and black pepper. Flavors cascade of orange, lemon verbena, ginger and pepper before finishing with a dry, lingering bitterness that awaits another sip. Serve at 50 degrees in a tulip glass.
Belgian Style Golden Ale, 9.4% ABV
Imperial Saison Ale, 8.0% ABV
5. Finally, but definitely not the last brewery we will visit in 2013, we’d like to visit Ska Brewing Co, in Durango. Knowing our hops tendencies, we will head straight for the Modus Hoperandi.
“A mix of citrus and pine that will remind you of the time you went on a vision quest with your Native American cousin and woke up in a pine-grove full of grapefruit trees.”
What are your brewery goals for 2013? What will you be drinking? Maybe we’ll see you there.
UPDATE: As of July 7, 2013, we have been to all of the breweries except for Dry Dock and Ska. Brew-cations, here we come!