We found many berries and fruits, including chokecherry, wild plum, raspberry, pin cherry, golden currant and strawberry. Other plants identified included wild hops, sweet clover, wormwood, spider wort, wild rye, wild onion, yucca, wild oat, yarrow, horse mint, juniper, and plantain among others. It was a great evening for learning about the amazing flora in our region.
|Liz Klein showing homebrewers Mike and Lefty a possible ingredient they could use in their beer recipe.|
We were also privileged to have Robert Houdek join us on the hike. He helped design the Pikes Peak Atlas, a great hand-drawn map of trails in the Pikes Peak region. Robert was our trail guide and showed us some beautiful views along the hike. The beers will be made by the homebrewers at Pikes Peak Brewery in the upcoming weeks. They are scheduled to be served at a special tapping in September, although the date recently changed due to the fire pushing back our hike. The new date has not yet been set so please check back frequently.
Both Chris Wright, the head brewer for Pikes Peak Brewery, and Alan Stiles of Phantom Canyon will choose one of these eight hike inspired beers to re-brew for another BMBW tapping that takes place in October at Wynkoop Brewery in Denver. The homebrewers creating beer are: Zenia Brink and Carol White, Oren Weil and Bryan Paradisi, Scott Simmons, Scott Werner, Josh Adamski, Mike Bordick, John Landreman, and Lefty McGuckian.
|Liz showing the group a wild plum tree.|
The blog is a good place to keep track of the Beers Made By Walking events for the Pikes Peak Region. Unfortunately, due to the fire, the Palmer Lake Hike is the only hike we are doing this summer. We’ll post all sorts of information as it becomes available concerning the tasting date, the brew date, and the descriptions of the beers. If you’d like to keep track of all the various BMBW events (it’s happening in Oregon, Washington, and multiple places in Colorado as well), visit our full site at beersmadebywalking.com.
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