I have to admit I have a problem – I love great craft beer and am on a mission to drink everything I can get my hands on.
Growing up in Colorado and throughout high school I literally grew up drinking Fat Tire, Avalanche and 90 Schilling. Having been away from this great state for almost 9 years before returning home a couple years back, the return has been like waking up after a decade of sleeping. Not that where I was didn’t have good beer, it did, but not like this place. I almost forgot that great beer is a birthright in this state. Going to the liquor store can be a multi-hour ordeal for me – time well spent as it usually ends up in a mind-altering taste explosion.
I just want to put it out there that I love all beers including the likes of PBR and Miller Light. But if I am buying my beer, I am buying the good stuff…Especially if I’m going to put in my new beer cellar. Like my father in law always says “Life is too short to drink cheap beer.” Amen brother [father!].
Now on to the good stuff, the beers. As you can tell from the above list, the beer was flowing like water from the heavens as this was a great drinking week for me. A couple of old favorites and some new beers that are sure to become regulars. As you can probably see, I am crushing Farmhouse and Saison beers. Perfect for the hot weather and working in my yard. I am also loving Brett beers and everything wood aged, wild and sour. Everything I drink from Crooked Stave is delicious and that is why I joined their Cellar Reserve. Saison rue from The Bruery had great brett funk. La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin was a great and easy drinking sour beer. The more sour beer I drink the more I love the style and taste. I guess I am one of the lucky few who actually got tickets for Avery’s SourFest.
During this week I had the great fortune of visiting Grimm Brothers Brewhouse in Loveland and was then able to add both beers I brought home to my list. I would definitely recommend checking out Grimm Brothers to everybody, that was my 37th brewery since November and it ranks right near the top.
The real highlight for this week was Uncle Jacobs Stout from Avery. I feel like I was waiting at the liquor store for two weeks before it was finally there. Amazing drinkability given its 17% abv. It’s smooth and rich, which means in a couple of years the bottles I got stashed in my basement will be even better.
Thank you everyone for the opportunity to share my love of great brews with you. Now get out there and support all of the great and world class local brewers we have right here in our wonderful state.