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World Beer Cup 2016:
Bronze for Puesta del Sol
Great American Beer Festival 2015:
Silver for Hefeweizen
U.S. Open Beer Championship 2015:
Silver for Hefeweizen
Denver International Beer Competition 2015:
Gold for IPA
Silver for Double IPA
Bronze for Hefeweizen
We start with a traditional German Hefeweizen recipe, using 50% wheat malt and 50% Pilsner malt. Without being too irreverent to the original style, we make some of our own modern twists, the first being a sizeable whirlpool hop addition which lends a very refreshing citrus note that pairs nicely with the delicate sweetness from the wheat and Pilsner malts. We use an American-German hybrid yeast strain, which contributes the characteristic Hefeweizen fruitiness, with notes of banana, but with a restrained spicy phenolic character, keeping the beer approachable while maintaining the complexity of a well-crafted wheat beer.
Puesta del Sol, which translates to “sunset” in Spanish, is our own spin on the Vienna lager style with nods to both its Austrian and Mexican roots. We use an equal amount of Vienna and Pilsner malts for the base along with several types of Munich malts to create a soft, delicate malt sweetness. Hallertau hops add just enough bitterness to balance the malt character and work with the lager yeast to produce a clean and complex beer with a crisp, dry finish. Puesta del Sol is a flavorful amber lager that invokes the tranquil experience of a sunset, whether overlooking palaces in Vienna, beaches in Mexico, or peaks in Colorado.
Starting with a traditional German malt bill consisting of 50% Pilsen malt and 50% wheat malt, we then kettle sour the wort, meaning we innoculate it with lactobacillus bacteria after mashing and wort run-off but before racking to the fermenter. For Tropical Berliner, we used an obscene amount of papaya, guava, mango, and pineapple puree, lending a huge, ripe juicy tropical fruit character that is a perfect compliment to the dry finish and acidity of the base beer.
Freshly squeezed key limes, vanilla beans, and just a hint of graham cracker pair perfectly with the tart wheat base beer in our Key Lime Pie Berliner. We colored a bit outside of the lines to recreate our favorite summer dessert, adding over 250 lbs of key limes for the signature citrus character, lactose and vanilla beans for the pie filling, and just a hint of graham cracker for the crust. Tart, creamy, complex, and dangerously drinkable KLPB is the perfect way to kick off the summer!
Our OG IPA is back but with a brand new taste! Steambarrel 2.0 is West Coast style IPA dripping with notes of pineapple, grapefruit, passion fruit, tangerine and pine from the more than 5 lbs per barrel of Galaxy, Citra, Amarillo, and Simcoe hops. The clean, dry finish keeps the focus squarely on the hops, while the slightly elevated ABV helps to balance the hop bitterness. Who said you can’t teach and old dog new tricks?
Our version of a New England-style IPA featuring a huge citrus and tropical fruit character from the Mosaic, Citra, and El Dorado hops, a softer, fluffier mouthfeel from the lower attenuation, and the characteristic New England hop haze. The end result is a beer reminiscent of citrus juice with extra pulp, thus the name Juicy Bits.
Fruity Bits Strawberry Shortcake opens with delicious, ripe, juicy strawberries and finishes with sweet, creamy, vanilla and just enough hop bitterness for balance. Brewed exclusively with Citra and Belma hops, we added strawberry purée to complement the natural strawberry character of the Belma hops. We accentuated the soft, creamy mouthfeel characteristic of a New England-style IPA with lactose and vanilla beans to mimic the flavor and texture of shortcake and whipped cream, leaving you wondering if you’re drinking an IPA or eating dessert. Why can’t it be both?
We took Juicy Bits and dry hopped it with double the amount of Citra, Mosiac, and El Dorado hops, bringing the total hop rate up to 6 lbs per barrel, the most we have ever used in a single IPA.
The Alpha Bits series, inspired by our flagship New England-style IPA Juicy Bits, serves as both our playground and proving ground, where we can test different brewing techniques and trial new and experimental hop varietals, all with the goal of pushing our hop boundaries even further with each iteration.
Alpha Bits 5 is a New England-style Double IPA brewed with over 6.5 lbs of Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo hops per barrel to produce a dangerously drinkable beer bursting with tropical fruit and citrus character.
Notes of papaya, cantaloupe, lemon, and passion fruit are on full display in Alpha Bits 6, our first New England-style Pale Ale brewed exclusively with South African hop varietals. The lower ABV of the base beer places the emphasis squarely on the hop varietals, with the signature mouthfeel you come to expect from our New England-style IPAs. The Alpha Bits series, inspired by our flagship IPA Juicy Bits, serves as both our playground and proving ground, where we can test different brewing techniques and trial new and experimental hop varietals, all with the goal of pushing our hop boundaries even further with each iteration.
Coffee Coconut Stout, as you may have guessed, features loads of toasted coconut and freshly roasted Peruvian coffee from our friends at Zoe’s Cafe here in Downtown Greeley. The sweet, creaminess of the toasted coconut offers a perfect complement to the complex character contributed the Mama Nelly’s coffee, a blend of four different roasts of the same direct-trade Peruvian beans. These delicious, unique flavors are supported by a full-bodied, yet balanced base stout brewed with both lactose and flaked oats for mouthfeel and a variety of chocolate malts, crystal malts, and roasted barley.
Coffee Maple Achromatic is the latest release in our Achromatic series, which starts as an Imperial Stout brewed with an obscene amount of chocolate malts, oatmeal, and crystal malts to lend a sweet, caramel malt backbone. We boil for more than 6 hours to achieve the unbelievably rich, chewy, thick mouthfeel of the base beer. We take the decadence to the next level with multiple maple syrup additions throughout the process, which are a perfect complement to the huge addition of freshly roasted Mama Nelly’s blend coffee from our friends at Zoe’s Cafe, which features four different roasts of the same single origin Peruvian beans