Ten brand-new Colorado craft beers you'll be seeing in summer/fall 2014
Colorado's craft beer scene is getting crowded as a new brewery opens roughly once a week somewhere in the state. But the liquor store shelves can be a bit of a tangle as well, especially as older breweries introduce new or changing products to keep up with the latest thing. Here's a rundown on ten new beers that are on shelves now -- or will be soon -- most of them from breweries that have become household names in this state.
Lawyers, Guns & Money
Crazy Mountain Brewery
Crazy Mountain has been brewing this hugely hopped barleywine for several years as a celebration of its anniversary, but it will package it for the first time -- in four-packs of twelve-ounce cans -- beginning sometime in late July or early August. Brewed with crystal malts and Belgian candi sugar, the 10 percent ABV barleywine is dry hopped to give it its hoppy finish. It will be the first Colorado barleywine in a can.
1020 Pale Ale
Fort Collins Brewery
Fort Collins Brewery announced last month that it was retiring its 1900 Amber Ale, which had been in its full-time lineup. The replacement: 1020 Pale Ale, named for the brewery's restaurant, 1020 Modern Tavern. Brewed with Galena, Cascade and Chinook hops, the 5.3 percent ABV beer "has a citrus aroma with underlying tones of pine and grapefruit zest," the brewery says, adding, "We felt a full hop aroma, but yet approachable pale ale was a great option for the future of our brewery." It should hit shelves in October.
Showdown Rye IPA
Great Divide Brewing
"Bigger than Titan, but smaller than Hercules" is how Great Divide owner Brian Dunn describes this new 8.3 percent ABV beer, which takes the place of Wolfgang Dopplebock Lager, which had only been around for two years. Part of the seasonal Tank Farm series, Showdown is copper in color and has that "unmistakable spicy character, while a burly dose of American hops evokes the piney aroma of untamed wilderness," the brewery says. Bomber bottles will hit shelves in July.