Denver Beer Hunter’s Report – 04/27/2012

Here’s this week’s report:

  • Great Divide Stranahan’s Whiskey Barrel-Aged Old Ruffian Barley Wine is now available.  Some places have limits of 1 or 2 bottles, a few have no limits.
  • River North is releasing a tap room only 10% ABV Quadruple this week.  Keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter feeds for when, what, why, how and where.  No bottles of this, but kegs will make it to some local bars.  UPDATE from Twitter: Beer release party! This Thursday 4/26 we will debut the latest River North offering: Quandary, a 9.6% ABV Quadrupel. Taproom opens at 3pm.
  • Check these out, available now: JW Lees Harvest Ale 2008, 2009, 2010 and Etienne Dupont Givre 2006 Ice Cider.  Super limited fun time, yes?
  • Rumor that Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale should show up in the area this week.  One store reported they are getting it in this week which means others probably will too. So go ahead and look for it. (Editor’s note: I had this in CA and was less than impressed, but maybe it’s some of y’all’s cup of tea though, so don’t take my word for it.)
  • AC Golden has the Hidden Barrel Project coming out with 3 sour beers; apricot, cherry and peach.  It will be sold in 750 ml bottles and it appears it will be available at only one location in the Denver metro area.  These will retail for $21.99 each.  Expected availability sometime this month…very soon. (UPDATE: Word is, there was an issue with the label. Once that is resolved, we should see these hit.)
  • Oskar Blues/Sun King Chaka drops May 8th.  This Belgian-style 8% ABV ale will be in cans and gives us Coloradoans a chance to try Sun King in state.  80 barrels were produced in Colorado, 40 will be sent to San Diego for the CBC and 40 will stay right here in Colorado.  By my calculations, this is about 10,080 16 oz cans or 2520 4-packs.  Plenty to go around.  Also, Oskar Blues will celebrate its 15th anniversary on April 28th.  They will release a 15th Anniversary Abbey Ale in 16 oz cans, but the assumption right now is this will be a brewery-only release.
  • Firestone Walker Parabola is coming in May!  It looks like this is going to be very limited quantities, so this is a true beer hunter’s item of interest.

Look for more updates throughout the week (if there are any more to report).  Please share any Denver area beer release news you might have with me either in the comments or on Twitter @ssteigerwald.

Denver Beer Hunter’s Report – 04/20/2012

Here’s this week’s report:

  • Avery’s Uncle Jacob’s Stout should be hitting shelves this week for those of you that missed the release is on shelves right now!  If you missed the release, I definitely suggest picking some up.  I drank one of my bottles last week, and although hot right now, it was very complex and delicious.  My favorite CO beer of the year so far…and I even thought it was better than KBS.  Yes, I said it.
  • Stone’s Russian Imperial Stout 2012 and the Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale have been spotted in stores.  The Bottleworks beer uses 13 malts and 13 hops and is for Bottleworks of Seattle’s 13th anniversary. The ratings seem to be good on this one.
  • River North Brewery’s J. Marie Saison is showing up on shelves.  This is their second bottled beer, that was quick!  Look for it at the same stores that carried Hypothesis.
  • Firestone Walker’s Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA has been seen around town…mmmmm.
  • One of the local stores had a monster import beer delivery…looks like another big Shelton Bros delivery?  Of interest: Leipziger Gose, Etienne Dupont Cuvee Colette vintage 2008, Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien Grand Cru 2011 Rum Cask, Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien Biere de Garde Vintages 2010 and 2009, Hanssens Experimental Cassis, Hanssens Scarenbecca Kriek, Brasserie a Vapeur Saison de Pipaix Vintage 1996.  Insanity!
  • Both the Victory and Dogfish Head versions of Saison du Buff are showing up on shelves this week.
  • Widmer Brothers Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout ’12 has been spotted in the area.  Sounds interesting.
  • Maybe not really a beer hunter’s beer due to it’s pretty wide availability in the Denver area, but Crooked Stave has a brand spanking new formula of Petite Sour coming out this week.  I’m not sure if it will hit shelves this weekend or next week, but keep an eye out for it.  Already on some shelves right now.
  • Coming soon:
    • River North is releasing a tap room only 10% ABV Quadruple.  No bottles of this, but kegs will make it to some local bars.
    • Great Divide Stranahan’s Whiskey Barrel-Aged Old Ruffian Barley Wine next week! Yes, those words just came out of my mouth (or fingertips…whatever)!
    • AC Golden has the Hidden Barrel Project coming out with 3 sour beers; apricot, cherry and peach.  It will be sold in 750 ml bottles and it appears it will be available at only one location in the Denver metro area.  These will retail for $21.99 each.  Expected availability sometime this month…very soon.
    • Rumor that Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale should show up in the area mid/late-April.  Update: One store reported they are getting in next week (week ending 4/27), so go ahead and look for it. (Editor’s note: I had this in CA and was less than impressed, but maybe it’s some of y’all’s cup of tea.).
    • Oskar Blues/Sun King Chaka drops May 8th.  This Belgian-style 8% ABV ale will be in cans and gives us Coloradoans a chance to try Sun King in state.
    • Firestone Walker Parabola is coming in May!  It looks like this is going to be very limited quantities, so this is a true beer hunter’s item of interest.

Look for more updates throughout the week (if there are any more to report).  Please share any Denver area beer release news you might have with me either in the comments or on Twitter @ssteigerwald.

Denver Beer Hunter’s Report – 04/13/2012

Here’s this week’s report:

  • Marble Brewing out of Albuquerque, NM just started distributing to the area. Their beers have started showing up on shelves this past weekend and includes a mix of sixers and bombers. Some stores are getting only the six-packs of IPA, Red Ale and Wild flower Wheat.  Other stores are getting only the bombers including their DIPA and Double White Ale. A few lucky stores are getting both. By the way, their beers seem to get some really good ratings, so check them out.
  • One liquor store in the South Metro area had this to say, “We just got in the GABF 2011 Gold Medal Winner Grimm Bros Brewhouse Little Red Cap Alt Style Ale and their Dunkel Lager Fearless Youth. You will NOT find these south of Longmont”.  I don’t know the validity of this statement, but if true, Denver metro folks should check it out.  Only hint I’ll give, it’s near Parker Rd and Arapahoe (Note: there are 2 stores in that area…only one has it).  The same store got some Epic beers out of SLC (Santa Cruz Brown Ale and Sour Apple Saison).
  • Others: Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes Bon Chien Grand Cru aged in rum barrels, Thornbridge Brewery Bracia Dark Ale brewed w/ honey, Hanssens Artisanaal Experimental Cassis Lambic (!), Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof Leipziger Gose Salt BeerLoverBeer Madamin SourHarviestoun brewery Ola Dubh 18yrbirrificio almond ’22 Pink Peppercorn IPA, and Crazy Mountain Brewery Lava Lake Wit.
  • More Red Poppy and more White Oak in the area…
  • Avery’s Uncle Jacob’s Stout should be hitting shelves next week for those of you that missed the release last week.
  • AC Golden has the Hidden Barrel Project coming out with 3 sour beers; apricot, cherry and peach.  It will be sold in 750 ml bottles and it appears it will be available at only one location in the Denver metro area.  These will retail for $21.99 each.  Expected availability sometime this month…very soon.
  • Rumor that Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale should show up in the area mid-April.

Look for more updates throughout the week (if there are any more to report).  Please share any Denver area beer release news you might have with me either in the comments or on Twitter @ssteigerwald.

Denver Beer Hunter’s Report – 04/06/2012

Here’s this week’s report:

  • Super secret beer sighting (highlight this ->): Cantillon Classic Gueuze is coming again! Git hunting!
  • Sightings: The Lost Abbey Red Poppy (!), The Bruery White Oak, Ommegang Art of Darkness, Green Flash Palate Wrecker and Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch “Weasel” Cognac Barrel Aged.  Go find the poop beer!
  • More Dogfish Head 120 Minute is in the area, as well as Sah-Tea.
  • River North Brewery has bottled up Hypothesis, their Belgian-Style Double IPA. I expect we will see wide availability of this over time, but right now it’s only available at the brewery and a couple of retail locations.
  • Avery Uncle Jacob’s Stout is a new Barrel Series release that will be released on Saturday, April 7th at 5 PM.  This beer is described as a 17.4% ABV stout aged in Maker’s Mark Bourbon barrels for 6 months.  Sounds fucking fantastic!  $10/per bottle, and a 12 bottle limit.  My assumption right now is that they brewed a lot of this since the limit is much higher than previous releases…so this might show up on store shelves and out of state in the near future?
  • Twisted Pine is releasing the next in their Artisan Ale series, West Bound Braggot, on Saturday, April 7th.  Twisted Pine will start selling it at noon for $14.99.  The Twisted Pine Artisan Ales have been making it to the shelves, but lagging a few weeks behind the brewery releases and in limited quantities.  Between this and Avery’s release, Saturday sounds like a good day to spend in Boulder…
  • AC Golden has the Hidden Barrel Project coming out with 3 sour beers; apricot, cherry and peach.  It will be sold in 750 ml bottles and it appears it will be available at only one location in the Denver metro area.  These will retail for $21.99 each.  Expected availability is around the end of this month (March)…maybe this week? sometime in April.
  • Early rumor that Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale should show up in the area mid-April.

Look for more updates throughout the week (if there are any more to report).  Please share any Denver area beer release news you might have with me either in the comments or on Twitter @ssteigerwald.