Ten Colorado beer labels you'll be seeing soon

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You could spend a small fortune keeping up with every Colorado beer release over the course of a year -- believe me, I know. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't at least try a couple of them. In the old days -- like, three years ago -- beer releases were fairly predictable. Most breweries had one or two seasonals and an occasional new brew. Today, established breweries release new stuff all the time, often without much rhyme or reason. Still other breweries are new and trying to get their beers out there, while a third group has done away with predictability altogether in favor of continually making new beers.

So what's on tap for the second half of 2012? Here are ten beers you can look forward to in the coming days, weeks and months.

This September, Durango's Ska Brewing will debut Autumnal Mole Stout, the first in a series of four seasonal canned stouts that play off ingredients and cultures associated with certain times of the year. It is brewed with cocoa nibs, spices and chile peppers.

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-- Ska Brewing will debut a new series of seasonal canned stouts
-- Ska Brewing's Mexican Logger is making his way back to Denver

Crazy Mountain Brewing, the buzz-worthy Vail-area beer-maker that more than doubled in size this year, will start selling five of its beers in 22-ounce bottles this summer, including its heat-beating Scenic Route Kolsh. The brewery recently signed on with Elite Distributing to have the beers delivered to liquor stores statewide.

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-- Crazy Mountain will release five bottled beers next week
-- Crazy Mountain Brewing in Edwards will double in size, add a new canning line

New Belgium Brewing has been overhauling its seasonal lineup over the past two years, pouring out the old and tapping the new. The next change will be the introduction of Red Hoptober, a pale ale that will replace the similarly named Hoptober.

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-- New Belgium releases Snow Day, part of an overhaul of its seasonal beer offerings
-- New Belgium will open a branded restaurant and a bar in Snowmass

Dad & Dude's Breweria, which opened in Centennial in 2010, will can its first beer, Dank IPA, and release it at a party on August 4. The beer is brewing contract-brewed by Bill Eye at Prost Brewing in Denver.

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-- Prost Brewing will contract-brew and can for Dad & Dude's, Silverton
-- Dads & Dudes Breweria sets opening-day plans

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where's a good place to buy these and other interesting beers?

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BRING BACK 2 BELOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eric Crespin
Eric Crespin

I thought Apis IV from Elevation was terrible.  Way too thin and no depth.  Did not taste like a quad at all.  Not a good first offering and I would love to hear you explain how you can call it a hit.


New breweries and beer styles to come to the Colorado market. Exciting about several of these

jonathan.shikes moderator editor

Hi Eric,

Thanks for you comment. I respectfully disagree. I thought Apis IV was a rich, layered quad, full of flavors that reminded me of some of Avery’s beers and even of some Belgians themselves. I called it “a hit” because I have talked to several people who agreed with me. Here are some reviews that took a liking to it as well. Cheers.










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