Colorado Native Releases New IPL (India Pale Lager)

AC Golden Brewing Company, the makers of Colorado Native Lager, announced this week they have a new addition to their Colorado beer lineup, Colorado Native IPL. IPL is an India Pale Lager, which is a newer style, and not seen very often. Colorado Native IPL is similar to an IPA (India Pale Ale) with a big hop flavor, and aroma. The main difference is the IPL is brewed with a lager yeast, which makes for an extremely smooth, balanced taste. You still get the hops you would in a typical IPA, but the bitterness is really toned down. I’m an IPA drinker, and found IPL to be a really good beer that is perfect for someone wanting to try something hoppy, but doesn’t like too much bitterness. Colorado Native IPL is a full bodied, hoppy, All-Colorado beer that I highly recommend trying.
Colorado Native IPL3There are many beer drinkers that say Colorado Native is simply a Coors product in flashy new packaging. I’ve been lucky enough to visit AC Golden twice – where I met the small staff, and brewers that brew the beer. Colorado Native is brewed in a small brewery within the Coors facility in Golden, however the production is on a very small scale in comparison. Colorado Native is unique in the fact that it’s brewed with only Colorado ingredients. Due to only being brewed with Colorado water, hops, barley, and the oldest yeast strain in the state, AC Golden can only produce a small amount of beer. Colorado does not have a big enough hop output to be able to produce Colorado Native in the large quantities of a Coors Light, or Coors Banquet. So for those of you that think Colorado Native is just another Coors product, I hope you realize that is not the case. While the beers are held to the same high quality standards as Coors, Colorado Native is produced by a small, passionate staff that puts a lot of love into what they do. For more of a background on AC Golden, check out the details from my first visit, here.

Colorado Native IPL2I visited with AC Golden’s President and Co-Founder, Glenn ‘Knip’ Knippenberg, Brewer, Jeff Nickel, and Marketing Consultant, Aimee Valdez. I spent a couple hours finding out about Colorado Native IPL, touring the brewery, and trying IPL at different stages in the brewing process. The team at AC Golden is as excited about their product as any brewery I’ve featured so far. From using only Colorado ingredients, to taking on a newer style of beer, the team at AC Golden impressed me with their genuine passion for what they do, and the commitment to making an excellent product that is only available in Colorado.

Colorado Native IPL Info:

  • Hops: Chinook, Centennial, Cascade, Nugget, Crystal
  • Malts: Moravian 2-row Pale and Munich
  • IBUs: 62
  • ABV: 6.5%
  • All ingredients are grown in Colorado
  • Bottles are manufactured in Wheat Ridge, CO
  • Colorado Native Lager and Colorado Native IPL are only sold in Colorado
  • Colorado Native provides incentives for Colorado farmers to produce hops. In doing so, they helped create a market for Colorado-grown hops and a new category of agriculture.

For more information, visit www.ColoradoNative.com

 

Golden Craft Beer Train – Saturday, August 9th

Craft Beer Train Golden 2014Rides, Samples & Sounds

Railroads have been transporting beer out of Golden for decades. Some of Colorado’s best brews have been placed in refrigerator cars, known as “reefers,” and delivered throughout the United States.

Celebrate the history and heritage of beer in Golden and Colorado at the Golden Craft Beer Train on Saturday, August 9 from 12:00 to 4:00PM.

Sample beer from craft breweries, grab a bite to eat from local food trucks, and enjoy live music as you explore the Museum’s 15-acre railyard. Don’t miss your opportunity to catch a ride behind the historic steam locomotive in vintage passenger cars at the Colorado Train Museum!

Breweries include:
Barrels & Bottles Brewery
Cannonball Creek Brewing Company
Brewery Rickoli
AC Golden Brewing Company

Food Trucks include:
Gusto’s
B&B Smokehouse Meats

Special Event Pricing Applies:
Museum Members: Free
Nonmembers: $15
Seniors: $10
Order Event Admission Online Today

**Participation in Beer Sampling is an additional $10 at the door. Must be 21 or older to enter the beer sampling area.**

Colorado Native Lager Offering Free Blue Spruce Saplings to Aid in Colorado Reforestion

AC Golden Brewing Company, the makers of Colorado Native Lager, are offering free Blue Spruce saplings to those interested in regrowing the state. For full details see the flyer and additional information below.

Colorado Native Regrow

Golden, Colo. – Colorado Native Lager, Colorado’s only homegrown beer, is offering free tree saplings to Coloradans who want to help regrow Colorado.

After several years of devastating wild fires and beetle infestation, and last year’s 100-year flood, the state’s forests and urban areas have lost millions of trees.

To celebrate Arbor Day, which is Friday, April 18 in Colorado, and to help regrow Colorado, locals can join Colorado Native’s club, The Brew Crew, and request a free Blue Spruce sapling be sent to their home for planting.

The Blue Spruce saplings, about 1½ years old, were grown by and purchased from the Colorado State Forest Service’s Seedling Tree Nursery in Northern Colorado.  The trees come ready to plant.  The Blue Spruce is Colorado’s state tree and is well suited to the local environment.

“As Colorado’s home grown beer, Colorado Native Lager is the perfect fit for helping Coloradans regrow the state, one tree at a time,” said Glenn Knippenberg, president and co-founder of AC Golden Brewing Company, brewer of Colorado Native. “Colorado Native is brewed with 100 percent Colorado ingredients, and is packaged and shipped only in Colorado. We reinvest 25 cents from every single case sold back into the state through projects like this one.  Colorado is our home and we feel strongly that our efforts and investments should benefit our beautiful state,” said Knippenberg.

To receive a sapling, go to www.ColoradoNative.com during April and click on Brew Crew.  There is no cost to join the club. Members receive free gifts and special offers like this one. Last month, Brew Crew members were able to join Colorado Native’s legion of volunteer hop growers and receive a free hop rhizome.  Members can grow and harvest their hops for inclusion in a Colorado Native brew in the fall.

About CSFS Seedling Tree Nursery
The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) seedling tree program allows farmers, ranchers and rural landowners to obtain trees at a nominal cost. Its goal is to encourage landowners to plant new forests; to establish effective windbreaks that reduce erosion; to protect homes, cropland, livestock and highways; and to enhance wildlife habitat. The nursery has many outdoors acres and an 18,000 square foot greenhouse. It sells an average of one million seedlings annually.

About Arbor Day
Arbor Day is a nationally recognized day to encourage individuals and groups to plant and care for trees. It originated in Nebraska City, Nebraska in 1872.   National Arbor Day is April 24 this year however each state observes its own date to facilitate the best tree planting time.  Colorado’s Arbor Day this year is Friday, April 18.

About AC Golden Brewing Company
AC Golden Brewing Company, located in Golden, Colo., is a small-batch brewery specializing in handcrafted beers for discerning beer drinkers. Among its beers are: Colorado Native, an amber lager made with 100 percent Colorado ingredients; Herman Joseph’s Private Reserve, a German-style lager; Barmen, a German-style pilsner, and Winterfest, a Vienna-style lager shared only during the holidays.

Colorado Winners: 2014 World Beer Cup

The World Beer Cup is put on every other year by The Brewers Association, which is headquartered in Boulder, CO. The World Beer Cup is a popular event among brewers and brewing companies, as it brings together the best and brightest in the brewing industry. The 2014 World Beer Cup and Craft Brewers Conference took place in Denver, CO, and included a whopping 4,754 beers, 1,403 breweries from 58 countries and 94 styles of beer! Colorado brewers fared well at the World Beer Cup, bringing home 24 medals (10 Gold, 5 Silver, 9 Bronze).2014-world-beer-cup-banner

According to The Brewers Association, “The mission of the World Beer Cup is to create greater consumer awareness around the world about the quality and diversity displayed by the various beers of the world. The World Beer Cup is dedicated to recognizing both the traditions and innovations shared by the entire brewing industry as well as those customs unique to specific countries and regions. The World Beer Cup also promotes the responsible consumption of beer as an alcohol-containing beverage and urges beer producers and distributors to encourage beer enthusiasts to savor the flavor of beer responsibly.”

Colorado Winners @ The 2014 World Beer Cup:

  • Fruit Beer (57 entries) GOLD: Cherry Kriek, Strange Brewing Co, Denver, CO, SILVER: Apricot Blonde, Dry Dock Brewing Co Aurora, CO
  • Chocolate Beer (51 Entries) GOLD: Shake Chocolate Porter, Boulder Beer Co Boulder, CO
  • Coffee Beer (109 Entries) GOLD: Big Shot Espresso Stout, Twisted Pine Brewing Co – Boulder, CO
  • Indigenous Beer (37 Entries) GOLD: Wild and Crazy Rye, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery – Boulder,CO / Huntington Beach, CA
    BRONZE: Got Beer, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery – Boulder, CO / Huntington Beach, CA
  • Wood & Barrel-Aged Strong Beer (112 Entries) BRONZE: Bourbon Barrel Aged Mountain Man, Verboten Brewing – Loveland, CO
  • Baltic-Style Porter (44 Entries) SILVER: The Baltic Gnome, Rock Bottom – Denver, CO
  • American-Style Lager / Light Lager or Pilsener (53 Entries) GOLD: Coors Light, Coors Brewing Co Golden, CO
    BRONZE: Coors Banquet, Coors Brewing Co – Golden, CO
  • American-Style Amber Lager (34 Entries) GOLD: Winterfest, AC Golden Brewing Co – Golden, CO
  • Australasian-Style Pale Ale / International-Style Pale Ale (33 Entries)
    SILVER: River Runners Pale Ale, Eddyline Brewing Buena Vista, CO
  • French & Belgian-Style Saison (91 Entries) GOLD: Saison, Aspen Brewing Co – Aspen, CO
  • Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale (46 Entries) BRONZE: Jean-Claude Van Blond, Wit’s End Brewing Co Denver, CO
  • Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale (41 Entries) SILVER: Deceit, Funkwerks – Fort Collins, CO
  • Ordinary / Special Bitter (37 Entries) GOLD: Sawtooth Ale, Left Hand Brewing Co – Longmont, CO
  • English-Style Brown Ale (49 Entries) BRONZE: No Name, Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co – Glenwood Springs, CO
  • Oatmeal Stout (57 Entries) SILVER: Pure Imagination, Verboten Brewing – Loveland, CO
  • British-Style Imperial Stout (42 Entries) BRONZE: Weapon of Self Destruction Imperial Stout, Riff Raff Brewing Co – Pagosa Springs, CO
  • Irish-Style Red Ale (46 Entries) GOLD: George Killian’s Irish Red, Coors Brewing Co – Golden, CO
  • Foreign-Style Stout (38 Entries) BRONZE: Devil Dog Stout, Red Leg Brewing Co – Colorado Springs, CO
  • American-Style Pale Ale (122 Entries) BRONZE: Featherweight Pale, Cannonball Creek Brewing Co – Golden, CO
  • American-Style Amber / Red Ale (90 Entries) GOLD: Runoff, Odell Brewing Co – Fort Collins, CO
  • World Beer Cup Champion Brewery & Brewmaster – Large Brewing Company
    Coors Brewing Company, Dr. David Ryder – Golden, CO

Colorado Craft Beer Map

Colorado-Craft-Beer-Map-HeaderCheck out our Colorado Craft Beer Map – a helpful tool to easily find local breweries across Colorado. Simply type in the brewery name in the search bar, or sort by city/region in the drop down. We hope this helps all of your wildest beer dreams come true. Cheers!

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10 Barrel Brewing Denver 2620 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205, United States
105 West Brewing Parker 1043 Park St, Castle Rock, Colorado 80109
12Degree Brewing Boulder 820 Main St, Louisville, CO 80027, United States
1933 Brewing Fort Collins Suite C, 4025 S Mason St, Fort Collins, CO 80525
3 Freaks Brewery Littleton 7140 E County Line Rd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
300 Suns Brewing Longmont 335 1st Ave., Unit C Longmont, Colorado 80501
38 State Brewing Littleton 8071 S. Broadway, Unit A Littleton, CO 80122
4B's Brewery Western Slope 215 W. Main St. Cedaredge, Colorado 81413
7 Hermits Brewing Mountains (I-70) 717 Sylvan Lake rd unit B-1 Eagle, CO 81631
AC Golden Brewing Company Golden 1221 Ford St Golden, CO
Alpine Dog Brewery Denver 1505 Odgen St. Denver, Colorado 80218
Amicas Microbrewery & Pizza Southern Colorado 136 E. 2nd St. Salida, CO 81201
Animas Brewing Company Southern Colorado 1560 West 2nd Avenue, Durango, CO 81301, United States
Asher Brewing Company Boulder 5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303
Aspen Brewing Company Mountains (I-70) 304 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen, CO 81611
Avalanche Brewing Company Mountains (I-70) 1067 Blair Street, Silverton, CO 81433
Avery Brewing Company Boulder 4910 Nautilus Court North, Boulder, CO 80301, United States
Backcountry Brewery Mountains (I-70) 720 Main St, Frisco, CO 80443
Baere Brewing Company Denver 320 Broadway, Unit E Denver, Colorado 80203
Barnett & Son Brewing Parker 18425 Pony Express Dr. Parker, CO 80134
Barrels & Bottles Brewery Golden 600 12th Street Golden, CO
Beer By Design Brewery Northglenn 2100 E 112th Ave #1, Northglenn, CO 80233
Berthoud Brewing Berthoud 450 8th St, Berthoud, CO 80513, United States
Bierwerks Brewery Colorado Springs 121 E Midland Ave, Woodland Park, CO 80863 (719) 686-8100
Big Beaver Brewing Company Loveland 2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland, CO 80537
Big Choice Brewing Broomfield 7270 W 118th Pl, Broomfield, CO 80020 (303) 469-2616
Black Bottle Brewery Fort Collins 1611 S College Ave 1605 & 1609, Fort Collins, CO 80525
Black Forest Meadery Colorado Springs 6420 Burrows Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80908
Black Shirt Brewing Denver 3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205
Black Sky Brewery Denver 490 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO 80204
Blue Moon Brewing Company Denver 2161 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205
Blue Spruce Brewing Centennial 4151 E County Line Rd, Centennial, CO 80122, United States
Boggy Draw Brewery Denver 3535 S Platte River Dr, Sheridan, CO 80110
Bonfire Brewing Mountains (I-70) 127 W 2nd St, Eagle, CO 81631
Boostrap Brewing Boulder 6778 N. 79th Street Niwot, CO 80503 303-652-4186
Bottom Shelf Brewery Western Slope 118 E Mill St, Bayfield, CO 81122, United States
Boulder Beer Company Boulder 2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO 80301
Breckenridge Brewery Denver 2220 Blake St Denver, CO
Brewery Rickoli Wheat Ridge 4335 Wadsworth Blvd, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Brewpub & Kitchen Durango,Southern Colorado 117 W College Dr, Durango, CO 81301
Briar Common Brewery & Eatery Denver 2298 Clay St, Denver, CO 80211
Bristol Brewing Company Colorado Springs 1604 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Brix Taphouse & Brewery Greeley 813 8th St, Greeley, CO 80631, United States
Broken Compass Brewery Central Mountains,Mountains (I-70) 68 Continental Ct, Breckenridge, CO 80424, United States
Broken Plow Brewery Greeley 4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO 80634, United States
BRU Handmade Ales & Eats Boulder 5290 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303, United States
Brues Alehouse Southern Colorado 120 E Riverwalk, Pueblo, CO 81003, United States
Buckhorn Brewers Loveland 4229 W Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland, CO, United States
Buckhorn Brewers Loveland 4229 W Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland, CO 80537
Bull & Bush Pub & Brewery Denver 4700 Cherry Creek Dr S, Denver, CO 80246
Butcherknife Brewing Northern Mountains 2875 Elk River Road Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Call to Arms Brewery Denver 4526 Tennyson Street | Denver, CO 80212
Can't Stop Brewing Denver 240 S Pecos St Denver, Colorado 80223
Cannonball Creek Brewing Company Golden 393 Washington Ave, Golden, CO 80403
Carbondale Beer Works Mountains (I-70) 647 Main St, Carbondale, CO 81623
Carver Brewing Company Southern Colorado 1022 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301
Casey Brewing & Blending Mountains (I-70) 3421 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Caution Brewing Company Lakewood 1057 S Wadsworth Blvd #60, Lakewood, Colorado 80226
CB & Potts Brewery Fort Collins 1415 W Elizabeth St Ft. Collins, CO
Cerberus Brewing Colorado Springs 702 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80905, United States
Chain Reaction Brewing Denver 902 S Lipan Street Denver, CO 80223
City Star Brewing Company 321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO 80513
CO-Brew Denver 1133 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203, United States
Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery Western Slope 602 Clinton St, Ridgway, CO 81432
Colorado Mountain Brewery Colorado Springs 11202 Rampart Hills View, Colorado Springs, CO 80921
Comrade Brewing Company Aurora 7667 E Iliff Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80231
Coopersmith's Pub & Brewery Fort Collins 5 Old Town Square, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Copper Club Brewing Western Slope 233 E. Aspen St.Fruita, CO 81521
Copper Kettle Brewing Company Denver 1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO 80247
Coyote J. Brewery - J. Fargo Family Dining Western Slope,Southern Colorado 1209 E Main St, Cortez, CO 81321
Crabtree Brewing Company Greeley 2961 29th St, Greeley, CO 80631
Crazy Mountain Brewery Mountains (I-70) 439 Edwards Access Rd, Edwards, CO 81632
Creede Brewing Company Denver 7314 Washington Street, Denver, CO, United States
Crooked Stave Denver 3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
Crow Hop Brewing Loveland 217 E 3rd St, Loveland, CO 80537, United States
Crystal Springs Brewing Boulder 657 S. TAYLOR AVE, UNIT E, LOUISVILLE
Dad & Dudes Breweria Aurora 6730 S Cornerstar Way, Aurora, CO 80016
De Steeg Brewing Denver 4342 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212
Dead Hippie Brewing Denver 3701 S. Santa Fe Dr Unit 7 Sheridan, CO 80110
Declaration Brewing Denver 2030 S Cherokee St Denver, CO 80223
Deep Draft Brewing Denver 1604 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
Delores River Brewery Western Slope 100 S 4th St, Dolores, CO 81323
Denver Beer Company Denver 1695 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202
Denver ChopHouse & Brewery Denver 1735 19th Street Suite 100 Denver, CO 80202
Diebolt Brewing Company Denver 3855 Mariposa St, Denver, CO 80211
Dillon Dam Brewery Mountains (I-70) 100 Little Dam St, Dillon, CO 80435
Dodgeton Creek Brewing Southern Colorado 36730 Democracy Dr., Trinidad, CO 81082
Dostal Alley Brewpub Mountains (I-70) 116 Main St, Central City, CO 80427
Dry Dock Brewing Company Aurora 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014
Durango Brewing Company Durango 3000 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301
Echo Brewing Company Frederick 5969 Iris Parkway Unit C Frederick, CO 80530
Eddyline Brewing Company Central Mountains 926 S Main St, Buena Vista, CO 81211
El Rancho Brewing Mountains (I-70) 29260 U.S. 40, Evergreen, CO 80439, United States
Eldo Brewery & Taproom Western Slope 215 Elk Ave, Crested Butte, CO 81224
Elevation Beer Company Central Mountains 115 Pahlone Pkwy, Poncha Springs, CO 81242
Elk Mountain Brewing Company Parker 18921 E Plaza Dr, Parker, CO 80134
Equinox Brewing Company Fort Collins 133 Remington St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Estes Park Brewery Northern Mountains 470 Prospect Village Dr, Estes Park, CO 80517
Fate Brewing Company Boulder 1600 38th St, Boulder, CO 80301
Fermaentra Brewing Denver 1715 East Evans Ave. Denver, CO
Fiction Beer Company Denver 7101 East Colfax Avenue Denver, CO 80220
Fieldhouse Brewing Company Colorado Springs 521 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Finkel & Garf Brewery Boulder 5455 Spine Rd, Unit A, Boulder, CO 80301
Floodstage Ale Works Denver 170 S Main St, Brighton, CO, United States
Florence Brewing Company Southern Colorado 200 S Pikes Peak Ave, Florence, CO 81226, United States
Former Future Brewing Denver 1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80210
Fort Collins Brewery Fort Collins 1020 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Fossil Craft Beer Company Colorado Springs 2845 Ore Mill Road Suite 1, Colorado Springs CO 80904 US
Front Range Brewing 400 W South Boulder Rd #1650, Lafayette, CO 80026
Funkwerks Fort Collins 1900 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Glenwood Canyon Brewing Mountains (I-70) 402 7th St, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Gold Camp Brewing Colorado Springs 1007 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO, United States
Golden Block Brewery Mountains (I-70) PO Box 657 1227 Greene Street Silverton, CO 81433 US
Golden City Brewery Golden 920 12th St, Golden, CO 80401
Goldspot Brewing Denver 4970 Lowell Blvd, Denver, CO 80221
Gore Range Brewery Mountains (I-70) 41290 B-2 & B-3 US HWY 6, Vail COLORADO 81657
Grand Lake Brewing Northern Mountains 9921 U.S. 34, Grand Lake, CO 80447
Grandma's House Denver 1710 South Broadway Denver, CO 80210
Gravity Brewing Louisville 1150 Pine St, Louisville, CO 80027
Great Divide Brewing Denver 2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205
Great Frontier Brewing Company Lakewood 2010 S Oak St, Lakewood, CO 80227
Great Storm Brewing Colorado Springs 204 Mt View Ln #3, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Green Mountain Beer Co Lakewood 2585 S Lewis Way, Lakewood, CO 80227, United States
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Loveland 623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO 80537
Grist Brewing Company Littleton 9150 Commerce Center Cir #300, Littleton, CO 80129
Gunnison Brewery Western Slope 138 N Main St, Gunnison, CO 81230
Halfpenny Brewing Company Centennial 5150 E. Arapahoe Rd., Unit D1-B, Centennial, CO 80122
Hall Brewing Parker 8530 Vinegaroon Rd, Parker, CO 80138
Hideaway Park Brewery Mountains (I-70) 78927 U.S. 40, Winter Park, CO 80482, United States
High Hops Brewery Windsor 6461 Colorado 392, Windsor, CO 80550
Hogshead Brewery Denver 4460 W 29th Ave, Denver, CO 80212
Holidaily Brewing Company Golden 801 Brickyard Cir, Golden, CO 80403, United States
Horse & Dragon Brewing Company Fort Collins 124 Racquette Dr Fort Collins, CO 80524
Horsefly Brewing Company Western Slope 648 East Main Street, Montrose, Colorado 81401
Industrial Revolution Brewing Company Lafayette 285 Cheesman St Erie, CO 80516
Iron Bird Brewing Colorado Springs 402 S Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO, United States
Ironworks Brewery & Pub Lakewood 12354 W Alameda Pkwy, Lakewood, CO 80228
J Wells Brewery Boulder 2516 49th st #5 Boulder CO 80301
Jaks Brewing Company Colorado Springs 7654 McLaughlin Rd, Peyton, CO 80831, United States
Joyride Brewing Company Denver 2501 Sheridan Blvd - Edgewater, CO 80214
Judge Baldwin's Brewery Colorado Springs 4 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Kannah Creek Brewing Western Slope 1960 North 12th St. Grand Junction, CO 81501
Kokopelli Brewing Westminster 8931 N Harlan St, Westminster, CO 80031
Lariat Lodge Brewing Mountains (I-70) 27618 Fireweed Drive Evergreen CO 80439
Launch Pad Brewery Aurora 884 S Buckley Rd, Aurora, Colorado 80017, United States
Left Hand Brewing Company Longmont 1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO 80501
Liquid Mechanics Brewing Company Lafayette 297 U.S. 287 Lafayette, CO, 80026
Living The Dream Brewing Company Littleton 12305 Dumont Way, Unit A Littleton, CO 80125
Locavore Beer Works Littleton 5950 S Platte Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO 80123
Lone Tree Brewing Company Centennial 8200 Park Meadows Drive Suite 8222 Lone Tree, CO 80124
Lost Highway Brewery Denver 520 E. Colfax, Denver, Colorado 80203
Loveland Aleworks Loveland 118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO 80537
LowDown Brewery & Kitchen Denver 800 Lincoln St, Denver, CO 80203, United States
Lumpy Ridge Brewing Northern Mountains 531 S St Vrain Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517, United States
Mad Jack's Mountain Brewery Central Mountains 23 Main Street, Bailey, CO 80421
Mahogany Ridge Brewery Northern Mountains 435 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, United States
Main Street Brewery Western Slope,Southern Colorado 21 E Main St, Cortez, CO 81321, United States
Mancos Brewing Company Western Slope,Southern Colorado 550 W. Railroad Ave Mancos, CO 81328
Manitou Brewing Company Colorado Springs 725 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO
Meadery of the Rockies Western Slope 3701 G Rd, Palisade, CO 81526, United States
Mockery Brewing Denver 3501 Delgany St, Denver, CO 80216, United States
Moffat Station Restaurant & Microbrewery Central Mountains,Mountains (I-70) 81699 US-40, Winter Park, CO 80482
Moonlight Pizza & Brewery Central Mountains,Southern Colorado 242 F St, Salida, CO 81201, United States
Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery Boulder 1535 Pearl St Boulder, CO 80302
Mountain Toad Brewing Golden 900 Washington Ave, Golden, CO 80401
Mu Brewery Aurora 9735 E. Colfax Ave. Aurora, Co 80010
Nano 108 Brewing Colorado Springs 2402 Waynoka Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80915, United States
New Belgium Brewing Fort Collins 500 Linden St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
New Image Brewing Arvada 5622 Yukon St, Arvada, CO 80002, United States
New Planet Beer Boulder 3980 Broadway St #103, Boulder, CO 80304
Nighthawk Brewery Broomfield 2780 Industrial Ln, Broomfield, CO 80020
Oasis Brewing Company Denver 2540 19th Street, Denver, CO 80211, United States
Odd 13 Brewing Lafayette 301 E Simpson St, Lafayette, CO 80026
Odell Brewing Fort Collins 800 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Odyssey Beerwerks Arvada 5535 W 56th Ave #107, Arvada, CO 80002
Old Colorado Brewing Company Fort Collins 8121 First Street, Wellington, CO, United States
Old Mine Cidery & Brewpub Lafayette 500 Briggs St. Erie, CO 80516
Oskar Blues Brewery Longmont 1800 Pike Road, Unit B Longmont, Colorado 80501
Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew Denver 2810 Larimer St. Denver, CO 80205
Ouray Brewing Company Western Slope 607 Main St, Ouray, CO 81427, United States
Ourayle House Brewery Western Slope 215 7th Ave, Ouray, CO 81427, United States
Pagosa Brewing Company Southern Colorado 118 N. Pagosa Blvd., Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Palisade Brewing Company Western Slope 200 Peach Ave Palisade, CO, 81526
Paradox Beer Company Colorado Springs 106 U.S. 24, CO 80863
Pateros Creek Brewing Fort Collins 242 N College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Peaks N Pines Brewery Colorado Springs 4005 Tutt Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80922
Phantom Creek Brewery Colorado Springs 2 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Pikes Peak Brewing Company Colorado Springs 1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument, CO 80132
Pints Pub Denver 221 West 13th Avenue, Denver, CO 80204
Platt Park Brewing Company Denver 1875 S. Pearl Street Denver, CO 80201
Post Brewing Company Lafayette 105 West Emma St., Lafayette, CO. 80026
Powder Keg Brewing Boulder 101 2nd Avenue, Niwot, Colorado, 80544-1047
Prost Brewing Company Denver 2540 19th St, Denver, CO 80211
Pug Ryan's Brewing Mountains (I-70) 104 Village Pl, Dillon, CO 80435
Pumphouse Brewery Longmont 540 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501
Rally King Brewing Fort Collins 1624 S. Lemay Ave, Unit 4, Fort Collins, CO 80525
Ratio Beerworks Denver 2920 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205
Red Leg Brewing Company Colorado Springs 4630 Forge Road, Suite B Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Renegade Brewing Company Denver 925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO 80204
Resolute Brewing Company Centennial 7286 S. Yosemite St. #110, Centennial, CO 80112
Revolution Brewing Western Slope 325 Grand Ave, Paonia, CO 81428
Riff Raff Brewing Company Southern Colorado 274 Pagosa St, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
River North Brewery Denver 2401 Blake St #1, Denver, CO 80205
Roaring Fork Beer Company Mountains (I-70) 1941 Dolores Way, Carbondale, Colorado 81623
Rock Bottom Brewery Denver 1001 16th Street Mall #100 80265
Rock Cut Brewing Company Northern Mountains 390 West Riverside Drive, Estes Park, CO, United States
Rockslide Restaurant & Brewery Western Slope 401 Main St, Grand Junction, CO 81501
Rockyard Brewing Company 880 Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109
Royal Gorge Brewing & Restaurant Southern Colorado 413 Main St, Cañon City, CO 81212, United States
Saint Patrick's Brewing Company Littleton 2842 W Bowles Ave, Littleton, CO 80120, United States
San Luis Valley Brewing Southern Colorado 631 Main St, Alamosa, CO 81101
Sanitas Brewing Company Boulder 3550 Frontier Ave, Boulder, CO 80301
Seedstock Brewing Company Denver 3610 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204, United States
Shamrock Brewing Southern Colorado 108 W 3rd St, Pueblo, CO 81003
Shoes & Brews Longmont 63 South Pratt Parkway Unit B, Longmont, CO 80501
SKA Brewing Durango 225 Girard St, Durango, CO 81303
Skeye Brewing Longmont 900 S Hover Rd, Longmont, CO 80501
Smiling Toad Brewery Colorado Springs 1757 S 8th St #100, Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Smuggler's Brewpub Western Slope 225 S Pine St, Telluride, CO 81320
Snowbank Brewing Fort Collins 225 N Lemay Ave Suite 1, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Some Place Else Brewery Arvada 6425 W. 52nd Ave Unit 6/6B Arvada, CO 80002
Southern Sun Brewery & Pub Boulder 627 S Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305
Southpark Brewing Company Central Mountains 285 US-285 Fairplay, CO 80440
Spice Trade Brewing (formerly Yak & Yeti) Arvada 7803 Ralston Road, Arvada, CO 80002, United States
Station 26 Brewing 7045 East 38th Ave, Denver, Colorado 80207
Steamworks Brewing Durango 801 E 2nd Ave, Durango, CO 81301
Storm Peak Brewing Northern Mountains 1744 Lincoln Ave‎ Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Storybook Brewing Colorado Springs 3121 A North El Paso Street Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Strange Brewing Company Denver 1330 Zuni St, Denver, CO 80204
Suds Brothers Brewery Western Slope 127 E Aspen Ave, Fruita, CO 81521
Telluride Brewing Company Western Slope 156 Society Dr, Telluride, CO 81435
The Baker's Brewery Mountains (I-70) 531 Silverthorne Ln, Silverthorne, CO 80498
The Brew on Broadway Denver 3445 S Broadway, Englewood, CO 80110
The Eldo Brewery Western Slope 215 Elk Ave, Crested Butte, CO 81224, United States
Three Barrel Brewing Southern Colorado 586 Columbia Ave, Del Norte, CO 81132
Tommyknocker Brewery Mountains (I-70) 1401 Miner St, Idaho Springs, CO 80452
Trinity Brewing Company Colorado Springs 1466 Garden of the Gods Rd W #184, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
TRVE Brewing Company Denver 227 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Twisted Pine Brewing Boulder 3201 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80301
Two Mile High Brewing Company Central Mountains PO Box 1509 Leadville, CO 80461
Two Rascals Brewing Western Slope 147 N 1st St, Montrose, CO 81401
Two22 Brew Centennial 4550 S Reservoir Rd Centennial, CO 80015
Upslope Brewing - Flatiron Park Boulder 1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO 80301
Upslope Brewing Company Boulder 1501 Lee Hill Dr, Boulder, CO 80304
Ursula Brewery Aurora 2101 North Ursula Unit 10, Aurora, Colorado 80045
Ute Pass Brewing Central Mountains,Colorado Springs 24 Woodland Valley Road, Woodland Park, CO 80863, U.S.
Vail Brewing Company Mountains (I-70) 41290 B-2 & B-3 US HWY 6, Vail COLORADO 81657
Verboten Brewing Loveland 1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO 80537
Very Nice Brewing Boulder 20 Lakeview Dr, Nederland, CO 80466
Vindication Brewing Boulder 6880 Winchester Cir, Boulder, CO 80301
Vine Street Pub & Brewery Denver 1700 Vine St, Denver, CO 80206, United States
Walnut Brewery Boulder 1123 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302
Walter Brewing Company Southern Colorado 126 S. Oneida St, Pueblo, Colorado 81003
WeldWerks Brewing Greeley 508 8th Ave, Greeley, CO 80631, United States
West Flanders Brewing Boulder 1125 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
Westbound & Down Brewing Company Mountains (I-70) 1617 Miner Street, Idaho Springs, CO 80452, United States
WestFax Brewing Company Denver,Lakewood 6733 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood, CO 80214, United States
Westminster Brewing Company Westminster 7655 West 108th Avenue, Unit 600 Westminster, CO 80021
Whistle Pig Brewing Colorado Springs 1840 Dominion Way, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, United States
Wild Mountain Smokehouse & Brewery Boulder 70 E 1st St, Nederland, CO 80466, United States
Wild Woods Brewery Boulder 5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO 80301
Wiley Roots Brewing Greeley 625 3rd St, Greeley, CO 80631, United States
Wit's End Brewing Denver 2505 W 2nd Ave #13, Denver, CO 80219
Wolfe Brewing Southern Colorado 2045 Eagle Dr, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Wonderland Brewing Broomfield 5450 W. 120th Ave., Broomfield, CO 80020
Wynkoop Brewing Company Denver 1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202
Yak & Yeti Brewpub Arvada 7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO 80002
Yampa Valley Brewing Company Northern Mountains,Central Mountains 106 E Jefferson Ave, Hayden, CO 81639, United States
Zephyr Brewing Denver 1421 26th St, Denver, CO 80205
Zwei Brewing Company Fort Collins 4612 S Mason St #120, Fort Collins, CO 80525

 

AC Golden Announces Special Release from Hidden Barrel Collection

Golden, CO – Framboise Noir, an oak-aged sour from AC Golden Brewing Company’s Hidden Barrel Collection, goes on sale today in limited quantities in the Denver area. Framboise Noir - AC Golden

Framboise Noir was aged in oak barrels for two months with blackberries from the Western Slope of Colorado. The result is a dry, yet creamy, red wine-colored sour with a complex taste of fresh plums, maple and oak, caramelized toffee and blackberry jam.

The beer is packaged in 750 ml bottles with a cork and cage seal and a unique, wooden label. The label material, from Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials, is made of real cherry wood, which is backed with a special liner and adhesive to adhere to glass.  Because the labels are real wood, each one is uniquely grained. No two labels are exactly the same.

“We thought a real wood label would be perfect to represent our Hidden Barrel Collection, since most of those offerings are aged in wooden whiskey and wine barrels,” said Glenn Knippenberg, president and co-founder of AC Golden Brewing. “It was a bit of a challenge but we have a great labeling partner in The Smyth Company of St. Paul, Minnesota. Smyth has been literally “posted up” on the leading edge of packaging innovation for as long as we have been associated with them.  It is fun to be one of the very first to use this new type of label.”

The label material was introduced by Avery Dennison about a year ago.  The challenge of producing wood label material that’s ideal for printing is to create a uniform thickness and smooth surface, while not losing the real grain of the wood. The label designs were created by Conor McMahon at The Integer Group.

About 89 cases of Framboise Noir are available in about 20 craft-centric liquor stores in the Denver metro area.

Framboise Noir is part of AC Golden’s Hidden Barrel Collection, which displays the brewer’s passion for experimenting with a variety of brewing materials and production methods. Other recent releases from the Collection include: Ctayt (Russian Imperial Stout), Peche, Apricot, Kriek and Checkpoint Charlie.

AC Golden Brewing Company, Golden, Colo., is a small batch brewery specializing in hand crafting beers for discerning drinkers. Among its beers are: Colorado Native, an amber lager made with 100 percent Colorado ingredients; Herman Joseph’s Private Reserve, a German-style lager; Barmen, a German-style pilsner, and Winterfest, a Vienna-style lager shared only during the holidays.

Featured Breweries

Featured-Breweries-HeaderWe’ve visited breweries around Colorado, and will be visiting many more. Find out about the history of our featured breweries, and the brewer’s that are responsible for brewing the craft beer they provide to Colorado beer drinkers.

Joyride Brewing Company – Edgewater, CO (May 2015)
Joyride Brewing logoOdyssey Beerwerks – Arvada, CO (May 2015)
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Barrels & Bottles Brewery – Golden, CO
(March 2015)
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Estes Park Brewing – Estes Park, CO
(February 2015)
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38 State Brewing – Littleton, CO
(June 2014)
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Ironworks Brewery & Pub – Lakewood, CO (June 2014)
Ironworks logo - FINALYak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub – Arvada, CO (November 2013) Yak and Yeti LogoProst Brewing Company – Denver, CO (May 2013)
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Colorado Native LogoBrewery Rickoli – Wheat Ridge, CO (April 2013)
Brewery Rickoli LogoRiver North Brewery – Denver, CO (April 2013)
River North LogoWit’s End Brewing Company – Denver, CO (April 2013)
Wits End Brewing logoOur Mutual Friend Malt & Brew – Denver, CO (March 2013)
Our Mutual Friend Malt & BrewArvada Beer Company – Arvada, CO (March 2013)
Arvada Beer Company LogoRenegade Brewing Company – Denver, CO (March 2013)
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Golden City Brewery – Golden, CO: (February 2013)
Golden City Brewery LogoEddyline Brewing Company – Salida, CO (February 2013)
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AC Golden Brewing Company Introduces Olathe Lager

The makers of Colorado Native Lager are at it again. Their latest creation is called Olathe Lager, and is a great example of a craft beer brewed with Colorado ingredients. Just in time for the Colorado harvest, AC Golden Brewing Company introduces a first-of-its-kind beer, Olathe lager, a German-style lager brewed with Olathe hops, corn and barley.Olathe Lager

“The corn, barley and hops were all grown within one mile of each other in Olathe,” said Glenn Knippenberg, president of AC Golden Brewing Company. “We brewed this lager to celebrate the harvest season and all the men and women who work so hard in agriculture in the state.”

The beer’s ingredients include Charles two-row winter barley malt, world-renowned Olathe sweet corn, and Crystal and Nugget hops from Misty Mountain Hops Farm. The result is a German-style lager with a very balanced taste. “We want folks to know that when they enjoy this beer, they are celebrating and helping to support the hop farmers and barley growers of Colorado,” said Knippenberg.

The beer’s label resembles burlap and prominently features the name. The label reads: “Whether its fruits, vegetables, grains or hops, the fertile ground from Fruita to Palisade, and down to Montrose and from Paonia to Delta produces world class agriculture. “Home grown” is important to us.  We’re the brewers that brew Colorado Native Lager from ingredients grown only in Colorado. To celebrate the harvest season, and the area’s rich agriculture heritage, we brewed this golden lager as a tip of the hat to those who work the ground to feed us all.”

Olathe beer is available in draft and in 750 ml bottles (25.4 fluid ounces). Only 1,440 bottles were produced. It’s available in Cedaredge, Delta, Grand Junction, Hotchkiss, Montrose, Olathe, Palisade and Paonia while supplies last.

AC Golden Brewing Company, located in Golden, Colo., is a small brewery that handcrafts beers for discerning drinkers.  The company also brews Colorado Native, the only lager brewed with 100 percent Colorado ingredients, including barley grown in the San Luis Valley, hops grown 100 percent in Colorado, Rocky Mountain water and the oldest variety of brewing yeast in the state.

AC Golden Brewing – Golden, CO

AC Golden Copper Kettles

AC Golden’s Copper Kettles

AC Golden Brewing Company is located in Golden, CO, and operates out of a small section of the Coors facility. AC Golden brews in what was once the pilot brewery for Coors – which focused on trying new recipes and qualifying new varieties of barley and hops. AC Golden Brewing Company was founded by Pete Coors in 2007, and is run by President and Co-Founder, Glenn (Knip) Knippenberg. As Knip describes the company “At AC Golden all we care about is the customer. Our goal is to brew quality beer that our customers will enjoy.”

In 2007, Pete Coors was looking for a way to be able to create good new beers without breaking the bank to do it. Over the years, Coors, Miller and Anheiser Busch had attempted to market many new beers, and had seen their efforts add up to the loss of large amounts of money. Pete had the idea to start a small, separate company that would be able to focus on brewing new beers, selling them locally and using a smaller geography to determine whether or not to expand them. He also envisioned a separate sales force to avoid distracting the mainstream salesforce – who needed to keep their eye on the brands that paid the bills…Coors, Miller Lite, Blue Moon, etc. The new company would be able to focus efforts on the most important thing – the beer.

Glenn (Knip) Knippenberg originally starting working for Coors in 1983. He left the company and was living in Kentucky when he got the call from Pete. Pete invited Knip to come back to Colorado to run AC Golden, which was going to focus on small-batch beers. As Knip put it “Coming back was a no-brainer, it was a great idea and I knew it was what I wanted to do.” The opportunity to brew craft beers was too good for Knip to pass up. In April 2007, AC Golden Brewing Company officially began brewing in the old pilot brewery at Coors. They expanded the capacity from 1,000 barrels annually, to 8,000 barrels by adding a new fermentation cellar, commissioned in January 2010.

I had the great opportunity to spend time with the team at AC Golden last week. After sitting down with Knip for a few minutes, it is obvious he loves what he does, and he brings a passion to the team at AC Golden. Pete Coors definitely knew what he was doing when he asked Knip to run the company. Knip is happy to talk about AC Golden, and especially its most popular brand, Colorado Native Lager. On top of meeting with Knip, I was also able to meet with Head Brewer, Jeff Nickel and Brewers Steve (Fletch) Fletcher, Jason zumBrunnan and Ben Knutson. Everyone on the team was excited to discuss their role – and especially the beers they brew. They were all smiling quite a bit too – I’m guessing the beer might have had something to do with that! I know it definitely brought a smile to my face. I can’t explain how great it was to meet them all, and to find out about AC Golden Brewing Company.

AC Golden Brewing Company is best known for Colorado Native Lager, which is a very unique beer for a few reasons. Colorado Native is brewed with all Colorado ingredients. The barley, hops, yeast and water are all sourced from within the great state of Colorado. To take it a step further, Colorado Native Lager is only available for sale in Colorado. To say this is a unique beer is putting it lightly. AC Golden came up with a great idea, but they also did a ton of work to make it possible to actually brew this beer. To be able to source hops from Colorado, AC Golden actually got involved in the process of growing hops. They set out to find farmers that could grow for them. They also planted different hop varieties on the Coors farm in Center, CO. They started with 8 types of hops and eventually narrowed this down to 3 hops – the 3 that are currently used in Colorado Native Lager (Cascade, Centennial and Chinook). Once they figured out which hops to use, AC Golden found more farms in the San Juan Valley, and Western Slope that were able to grow those hops as well. Today, there are 11 Colorado farms that grow hops that are used in Colorado Native Lager!
 Colorado Native Logo AC Golden Brewing Company is best known for Colorado Native Lager, but they brew other beers that are very good as well. Herman Joseph’s Private Reserve is a German style lager, and is also only available in 16 restaurants in Colorado. Born of German heritage dating back to 1868, Herman Joseph’s Private Reserve recipe combines the finest European and North American hops with prized Moravian two-row barley. Herman Joseph was Adolph Coors’ two middle names. 

Winterfest is the third beer that AC Golden currently brews. Winterfest is a limited release beer, just for the holidays. It was originally brewed just for friends and family. 2013 will mark the 27th year for Winterfest. The more it was shared, the more popular it became, and the more of it was brewed. Winterfest is also brewed with Moravian two-row barley malt with choice hops from the Hallerrtau region of Germany.

The fourth beer brewed by AC Golden is a German Pilsner called Barmen. Barmen Pilsner Barmen German Pilsnerwas first brewed in what is now the AC Golden Brewing Company. It was initially offered on November 12, 1997. The brewing was later moved to the Sandlot Brewery at Coors Field. In February of 2012, Barmen brewing was moved back to AC Golden Brewing Company. Barmen was born of Pete Coors’ desire to brew a German Pilsner that tastes exactly like the great pilsners of northern Germany. The beer was named after Barmen, Germany; birthplace of Adolph Herman Joseph Coors. Barmen is offered in only a few bars and restaurants in and around Golden, CO. To ensure you enjoy the full Barmen experience, bars and restaurants offering Barmen are requested to honor the traditional “German Seven-Minute Pour” and to serve the beer in the  proper Barmen branded pilsner glass. When properly poured, it should look like this.

I was able to find out about some new things in the works at AC Golden. The brewers are working on some new beers that should be released later this year or possibly next year. I can’t provide too much info about that, but I’m looking forward to it! I was able to sample some sour beers the brewers are aging in oak barrels at the pilot brewery. These were a nice change of pace, and much different than any of the other beer offerings from AC Golden. The brewers were really excited to talk about the flexibility they have to work on new styles and recipes – and ultimately the next production beer they will be releasing.

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Oak aging new recipes at AC Golden

My visit to AC Golden Brewing Company was great for many reasons. It was awesome to learn how the company works, and to be able to dispel some misconceptions about the brewery (which I believed myself). Many beer enthusiasts, and other brewers, think that AC Golden is just Coors coming up with new packaging and marketing campaigns. Well, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The team at AC Golden is small, and passionate about brewing great craft beer. They want their customers to get world-class beer, and they use the best ingredients in order to make this possible. In fact, AC Golden is so passionate about their hops, they have done a great deal to introduce the crop to many farmers in Colorado. I sat down with Brewer Steve (Fletch) Fletcher for a solid 20 minutes just talking about the selection of hops. 

Another misconception about AC Golden is that they brew with the same equipment as Coors. This is not true. The equipment they use was part of the the pilot brewery, but is very small in comparison to the large brewery. The AC Golden brew kettle is 30 barrels while the Coors brew kettles are closer to 500 barrels. AC Golden operates in its own section of the brewery, has its own brewers, and operates completely separate from Coors. There is a separate sales team, marketing team, and leadership team. It was nice to see this first hand as I had heard a few theories as to how the company operated, and they were all pretty far off base.

I would like to thank everyone at AC Golden Brewing Company for a great visit. I thoroughly enjoyed talking, sampling beers, and touring the pilot brewery. If you are a craft beer drinker and want to try a great local beer, definitely try Colorado Native Lager. Colorado Native has a rich, full-flavor with slight fruitiness, and clean finish. Just make sure you are in Colorado, or you won’t be able to find it! Of course, you can always try Herman Joseph’s Private Reserve, Barmen, or Winterfest when they are available as well. I’ve added beer locators below:

Colorado Native locator (On Tap):
Where to find Herman Joseph’s Private Reserve
Where to find Barmen Pilsner

AC Golden Brewing Company
1221 Ford St.
Golden, CO. 80401
http://ColoradoNativeLager.com

The 2013 Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival was a great event!

The 2013 Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival was held Saturday, April 6th in Downtown Breckenridge, CO. There was a lot of buzz as beer enthusiasts gathered to sample some of the best craft beer Colorado, and the United States has to offer. From big national brewers like Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada to smaller regional brewers like Palisade Brewery and San Luis Valley Brewing, the event provided visitors a chance to sample many different types of beer. Several Colorado favorites were available with AC Golden, Breckenridge Brewery, Great Divide, Left Hand, Odell and Oskar Blues providing their popular craft beers.

The atmosphere in Downtown Breckenridge was lively and fun as beer enthusiasts from all over gathered to sample a great mix of quality craft beers. The event catered to an audience of all ages, and many families came to enjoy the festival. Live music created a nice vibe as many participants danced in the street to the music of 7Horse, Mountain Standard Time, and Max Gomez. There is nothing quite like drinking a fresh beer, while listening to good music with the mountains above Breckenridge in the background!

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Best Beers (in our opinion). Keep in mind that there were so many great beers available to taste, we didn’t even come close to trying all of them! To see a list of all brewers that participated in the event, click here.

  • Wheat: Pug Ryan’s Morningwood Wheat was outstanding. A smooth taste, with very subtle spiciness and a nice finish.
  • Stout: Left Hand’s Milk Stout was really tasty. The subtle taste of coffee, without being overpowering. The Milk Stout has a nice creamy/frosty finish and goes down really smooth.
  • Belgian: Avery’s White Rascal has a spicy, sweet and unique taste. As we overheard someone say “It tastes like Christmas!” While that is not how we would describe it, the saying actually works.
  • Lager: Colorado Native was our favorite lager of the day. A distinct malt flavor with some bitterness and an overall clean, crisp taste.
  • IPA: The Odell IPA was our first beer of the day, and just so happened to be our favorite IPA as well. Great hoppiness, with smooth, subtle hints of fruity finish.
  • Pilsner: The Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils. This beer has a bit of a different flavor than most Pilsners. A rich, smooth and subtly hoppy beer with a nice finish.
  • Most Unique/Unusual: Breckeridge Brewery’s Roasted Habanero Lucky IPA. This crazy beer has a subtle kick from the habanero, but is not overpowering. It’s a creative twist on the IPA, and was unlike anything else we tried!   

We had a great time at the Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival! If you were unable to make it to the Spring edition, plan on making it to the Summer edition. The Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival will be held July 13, 2013. To find out more check out http://breckenridgebeerfestival.net/july/