A six-pack of Colorado beers you should buy right now -- before they are gone

Categories: Beer Man

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Colorado's craft brewers are constantly coming up with new beers, so many that it can be hard to keep up. Some are permanent additions to their lineups, while others are seasonal specialties that are available just a few weeks or month each year. Still more are small-batch releases that come and go before you knew they were here.

To help out, here's a list of six beers that you should buy right now -- because they all will be gone soon. Tomorrow, I'll give you a list of ten beers that are just hitting the scene and could be worth a little of your hard-earned cash.

See also:
- Novo Coffee teams up with New Belgium for a Colorado nod to coffee cherries
- River North Brewery celebrates a year on Saturday, plans to can beer in 2013
- Odell's upcoming seasonal, Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout, dedicated to local cows

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Crooked Stave Facebook page
Vielle Artisanal Saison
Crooked Stave

Crooked Stave makes four basic beers that it bottles for liquor stores, but each one changes slightly each time as brewery owner Chad Yakobson adds or subtracts ingredients and tinkers with the recipe. The latest version of Vieille (which was formerly known simply as Saison) "finishes with a little more of a floral/citrus hop character," he explains on Facebook. "It's all about the evolution of the beers."

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Anniversary Ale #1
River North Brewery

River North brewed this massive, complex Imperial Stout to celebrate its first anniversary in mid-February. And although the brewery just released its latest barrel-aged beer, Barre Reserve 2013, you can still find 12.5 percent ABV Anniversary Ale in a few liquor stores. But it is going fast.

Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout
Odell Brewing

This beer is wweet and satisfying, but with a lighter body and mouth feel, so it's possible to drink three or four of these chocolately pudding treats before you realize that the four-pack is gone and you need to send someone to the store for another round. Maybe it's not fair to compare a beer made with rich chocolate and milky lactose to other beers, but if you get addicted you won't care about being fair.

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Sadly, this decadent treat isn't part of Odell's year-round lineup (at least not yet), so stock up because Lugene is supposed to melt away at the end of March.


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Renata Hill
Renata Hill

Thanks for the heads-up. Kyle, check this out.

avs1cup
avs1cup

This is better than the advertised "winter mix" a few months ago, which was just six stouts/porters/dark beers that are all available year-round.  At least there are some seasonals here.  The Lugene is excellent, by the way.

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