Denver Beer Hunter’s Report – 12/28/2012

Here’s this week’s report:

Things really are slowing down. Maybe more later in the week, but not much just yet.

  • Showing up on shelves now: Ska Brewing Vinifera, the second in their Stout series, is an oak aged foreign-style stout brewed with Malbec grapes. Interesting.
  • Will Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XV show up soon? Yes, it will. Very, very limited quantities my friends.
  • Elevation’s Oil Man, a RIS aged in Breckenridge Distillery barrels should be released sometime around mid-January.  Also releasing in mid-January from Elevation is Señorita (Horchata Imperial Porter). Interesting? Yes.
  • Word is out that Clown Shoes will start distributing to CO. (Check here and notice it says “Colorado- coming soon”) (UPDATE: They expect to be in CO sometime in the 1st quarter of 2013…)
  • La Cumbre is supposed to be bringing their highly acclaimed Elevated IPA to CO very soon.  GABF Gold? 93 on Beer Advocate? 99 on RateBeer?  Yes please! (UPDATE: The brewer is still scouting for quality distributors. They want to ensure that their beer is stored cold, as it should be. This could be days, weeks or months out…stay tuned.)

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 – 12/21/2012

Here’s this week’s report:

Maybe it’s starting to slow down?  We’ll see how the week pans out.

Also, a little story: About a year ago, I heard about FiftyFifty Eclipse hitting Denver.  It seemed like each store had different variations, so I ran around town from store to store, searching for all the different variations.  I hunted for beers before then, of course, but this was a completely different ball game.  It was fun, exciting and challenging.  It’s what got me into beer hunting hardcore. And so I started this blog. So it’s a special week now that Eclipse is hitting again…it’s what started it all.  But, I’m backing off on buying all the variations this year, I might buy a couple, but that’s it.  It’s a damn good beer, but awful pricey.  Regardless, try it if you’ve got the green for it.

  • FiftyFifty Eclipse started to hit late last week, but we should see a lot more this week.  Elijah Craig 12 Year, Old FitzgeraldBernheim Wheat, Rittenhouse Rye, Evan Williams and Mellow Corn are the variations being spotted this year.  I highlighted the new variations from last year.
  • Elevation Downpour, a “hoptastic” Double India Red. (UPDATE: This is finally hitting shelves!).  Also their RIS, Oil Man, which was aged in Breckenridge Distillery barrels should be released sometime around mid-January.  Also releasing in mid-January from Elevation is Señorita (Horchata Imperial Porter). Interesting? Yes.
  • What Else? Here’s some beers I haven’t heard about yet, but we should be expecting soon; Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XVbeer, and beers.
  • Word is out that Clown Shoes will start distributing to CO. (Check here and notice it says “Colorado- coming soon”) (UPDATE: They expect to be in CO sometime in the 1st quarter of 2013…)
  • La Cumbre is supposed to be bringing their highly acclaimed Elevated IPA to CO very soon.  GABF Gold? 93 on Beer Advocate? 99 on RateBeer?  Yes please! (UPDATE: The brewer is still scouting for quality distributors. They want to ensure that their beer is stored cold, as it should be. This could be days, weeks or months out…stay tuned.)

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 – 12/14/2012

Here’s this week’s report:

Seriously, forget Christmas shopping. This week is going to kill your bank account. Again. Bligh’s, Westvleteren XII, Stone Vertical Epic, the Crooked Stave releases, who knows what else…holy horseshit! Remember the days when my reports had between 1 and 3 beers listed?  Yeah. I actually long for those days to come back… Hey, maybe January will be slow!

  • One late update, it looks like FiftyFifty Eclipse is starting to hit.  Specifically, Old Fitzgerald and Rittenhouse Rye versions as of right now.
  • Left Hand’s Barrel Aged Wake Up Dead. Drink it and listen to this.
  • Dry Dock Bligh’s Barleywine is supposed to hit stores on 12/11. It released Sunday at the brewery. Straight from the horse’s mouth: “10 cases (120, 22oz. bottles) will be released at the Dry Dock tasting room on Sunday, December 9th at 11am, limit 1 bottle per person, $20 ea. We’ll also have a limited amount on-tap that day while it lasts! Bligh’s will also be available in your local stores starting on December 11th. Cheers!”.  We all know the epicness of this beer… (UPDATE: It’s been hitting stores since Monday, 12/10. It hit the Southeast metro area first and seems to be slowly making its way North.)
  • Westvleteren XII = shit show. Just an FYI, hunters, this beer has been showing up to all of the stores later than expected. Do your research before showing up.
  • Stone’s last in the Vertical Epic series 12/12/12 has hit. The end of an era…so sad. Brings a tear t…what!?!?  Beer!!?!!?
  • The final Crooked Stave Cellar Reserve release happens on 12/15 and includes…wait for it…Nightmare on Brett BrandyNightmare on Brett CognacL’Brett d’Or (Dry Hopped)Nightmare on Brett Bourbon, and L’Brett d’Or (non dry-hopped, you dummy).  The first 3 are members-only…but you know how that works.  If any are available, they go to the public.  So show up after the release (time TBD) and score some tasty buds bro (or, you know, tasty sours instead of buds).
  • AC Golden’s Ctayt, an award winning RIS, will be available mid-to-late-December. (UPDATE: A friend of the blog told me that this has hit stores…now! Very, very limited. Hunt!)
  • Elevation will release Downpour, a “hoptastic” Double India Red, at some point in time. (UPDATE: They released this at the brewery on 12/7…soooo, soon come?).  Also their RIS, Oil Man, which was aged in Breckenridge Distillery barrels should be released sometime around mid-December, but I’m calling late-December.  (UPDATE: Oil Man had a label issue with the TTB. Hopefully it doesn’t delay the release.).
  • What Else? Here’s some beers I haven’t heard about yet, but we should be expecting soon; Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XVFiftyFifty Eclipse, beer, and beers.
  • Word is out that Clown Shoes will start distributing to CO. (Check here and notice it says “Colorado- coming soon”) (UPDATE: They expect to be in CO sometime in the 1st quarter of 2013…)
  • La Cumbre is supposed to be bringing their highly acclaimed Elevated IPA to CO very soon.  GABF Gold? 93 on Beer Advocate? 99 on RateBeer?  Yes please! (UPDATE: The brewer is still scouting for quality distributors. They want to ensure that their beer is stored cold, as it should be. This could be days, weeks or months out…stay tuned.)

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 – 12/07/2012

Here’s this week’s report:

Last week was even more insane than the previous week.  Deschutes Abyss hit and we saw a surprise appearance of Cantillon. Unfortunately, there’s some dicks out there hoarding the Cantillon.  Because of the ass-hattery that happened surrounding the Cantillon release, I’ve decided to no longer include it in my reports.  I just hope this trend doesn’t continue…I’ll stop reporting altogether.  I don’t want it to come to that, so be cool everyone.

  • Sierra Nevada Narwhal has finally hit.  This 10.2 % RIS has been getting plenty of buzz, so go check it out.
  • River North’s Barrel Series No. 7, Avarice Imperial Stout aged in whiskey, will debut Monday, December 3rd at 3pm, both on tap and in bombers to-go. It will release to stores the following weekend NOW.  Git some!
  • Dry Dock Bligh’s Barleywine is supposed to hit stores around 12/11. There’s also a release on Sunday at the brewery. Straight from the horses mouth: “10 cases (120, 22oz. bottles) will be released at the Dry Dock tasting room on Sunday, December 9th at 11am, limit 1 bottle per person, $20 ea. We’ll also have a limited amount on-tap that day while it lasts! Bligh’s will also be available in your local stores starting on December 11th. Cheers!”.  We all know the epicness of this beer…
  • Westvleteren XII is coming on 12/12.  Only 4 stores in the whole state are getting it; 1 each in Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs and Ft. Collins. Craziness…good luck all.  I think I’m gonna pass…someone help a brotha’ out? Go in halfies? Something?
  • Another Stone treat, the last in the Vertical Epic series 12/12/12, will hit on…um…12/12/12.  See how that works? (UPDATE: It was released today…will we see it this week? Or next…)
  • AC Golden’s Ctayt, an award winning RIS, will be available mid-to-late-December.
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout is scheduled to hit Denver the last week of November. Of 2013? (I’ve heard from a reliable source that we are NOT getting any this year. Regardless, I’ll keep this up here for a couple of weeks just in case.  Miracles do happen…) Ain’t gonna happen folks. Sorry.
  • Elevation will release Downpour, a “hoptastic” Double India Red , in mid-October November or something (UPDATE: “should be hitting stores in the next few weeks”).  Also their RIS, Oil Man, which was aged in Breckenridge Distillery barrels should be released sometime around mid-NovemberDecember? (…).  (UPDATE: Oil Man had a label issue with the TTB. Hopefully it doesn’t delay the release.  I have no idea what’s up with Downpour though…).
  • The final Crooked Stave Cellar Reserve release happens on 12/15 and includes…wait for it…Nightmare on Brett BrandyNightmare on Brett CognacL’Brett d’Or (Dry Hopped)Nightmare on Brett Bourbon, and L’Brett d’Or (non dry-hopped, dummy).  The first 3 are members-only…but you know how that works.  If any are available, they go to the public.  So show up after the release (time TBD) and score some tasty buds bro (or, you know, sours instead of buds).
  • Word is out that Clown Shoes will start distributing to CO in November, but I have not heard or seen anything yet. We shall see. (Check here and notice it says “Colorado- coming soon”) (UPDATE: They expect to be in CO sometime in the 1st quarter of 2013…)
  • La Cumbre is supposed to be bringing their highly acclaimed Elevated IPA to CO very soon.  GABF Gold? 93 on Beer Advocate? 99 on RateBeer?  Yes please! (UPDATE: The brewer is still scouting for quality distributors. They want to ensure that their beer is stored cold, as it should be. This could be days, weeks or months out…stay tuned.)

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.