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.

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