Monday, April 23, 2012


Ah, Colorado, that magical land flowing with beer and honey. Where microbreweries are as common as churches (and far friendlier) and a sighting of Bud Light is as rare as a mountain lion. Maybe its the high altitude, the pervading culture or the intense competition that ensures that the brews, on the whole, are just a bit tastier there than elsewhere. Or, maybe it’s a grass is greener on the other side kinda thing. Who knows? What I do know is that there is some damn good beer in Colorado. Here are five brews that left me pining for more.

1. Dale's Pale Ale - Oskar Blues Brewing. Dale is the man. He pushes the limits of a pale ale without quite getting into IPA territory. Both smooth and hoppy, with a clean finish. A perfect recovery beer.
2. Redemption Oatmeal Stout - Wild Mountain Brewing. From a cool little brewery in Nederland, their oatmeal stout is nice and creamy with smokey and earthy flavors.
3. American Amber - Twisted Pine Brewing. Had a few of these at the Twisted Pine tap house in Boulder. It's nicely hopped, but maintains the balance and smoothness amber ales should have. Cheers, Sean!
4. FYIPA - Mountain Sun Brewing. Quite simply a stunning offering from an incredible brewery in Boulder, this one is not for the faint of heart.
5. Resinous Rye - Mountain Sun. A heavier beer, tasting something like the conifer woods that cover the foothills, with a nice toasty fire in the middle to keep you warm.

Redemption in Nederland

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