Blue Moon cooks up chocolate bacon porter and two more beers at the Sandlot

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If you smelled bacon last week in LoDo, you weren't dreaming. The Blue Moon Brewing Company @ the Sandlot was adding it to a new beer.

"We put thirty pounds of bacon in the kettle along with dark chocolate, cocoa nibs and hickory smoked bacon. The savory bacon helps balance the sweet chocolate," says Keith Villa, the founder and brewmaster for MillerCoors's Blue Moon subsidiary. Villa had spent five hours on Wednesday night frying the bacon on his stove at home.

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The beer, dark chocolate bacon porter, is one of three new experimental beers that Blue Moon is brewing this month in small batches at the Sandlot. The company will try them out in 35 markets across the country and then have fans vote on their favorite. The winner will be included in Blue Moon's mystery packs beginning August 31 -- the same day of the next blue moon (which is when there are two full moons in the same month).

The other two beers are blackberry tart ale and caramel apple spiced ale, which will be made with 100 percent apple juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and specific malts that should give the beer a spiced, caramel-y taste, Villa says.

The ideas for the three beers came from Blue Moon's Facebook fans; Villa created the recipes with help from John Legnard, Tom Hail, and rest of the brewing staff at the Sandlot. "The brewing skills we have at the Sandlot really turn into great beers. I don't think anyone has done a bacon chocolate beer," Villa adds.

The Sandlot is located inside Coors Field, and although baseball season doesn't start for another two months, the brewery operates year-round, producing Blue Moon, Barman, and specialty house beers for ski resorts like Vail, Winter Park and Mary Jane.

They will make forty barrels of each one of these beers and test them from February 20 through March 30. The winning beer will be brewed in either Golden or at the MillerCoors plant in Eden, North Carolina.

All three beers will be featured at a special beer dinner at Salt Bistro in Boulder on March 14, according to regional Blue Moon representative Ethan Stienstra. "They'll get one keg of each, and they'll match their dishes to the beers. After that, they will keep them on tap until they run out."

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where

How about making this story actually useful and letting us know which markets those 35 are.

Will
Will

Still a Coors family right wing profit center folks! 

Sandeemallen
Sandeemallen

Will we be able to get this bacon chocolate beer in FL? Who can go wrong, bacon and chocolate in the same beer, I'm drooling now.

wratha
wratha

Rogue has made a Bacon Maple Ale inspired by Voodoo Donuts.

Jacquie
Jacquie

So are you going to tell us how we can a hold of these beers once they're released in their respective markets? I'd love to try them out.

Adriene
Adriene

I would to try these different beers. I wish there was a way to try these. Even though they come the east coast. Im not much of a beer drinker when i do drink beer very few selects And blue moon is one of the few and to hear bout these three new flavors. Mmm sounds delicous.

Stan
Stan

Beer Porn!

Mantonat
Mantonat

"All three beers will be featured at a special beer dinner at Salt Bistro in Boulder on March 14, according to regional Blue Moon representative Ethan Stienstra. "They'll get one keg of each, and they'll match their dishes to the beers. After that, they will keep them on tap until they run out.""

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