Ten Colorado beer labels you'll be seeing soon
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.
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.
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.
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.