The rest of the week is going to be pretty busy in the beer world in Colorado Springs. I hope to make it to a number of these events and to post a review of the week, but we'll see, it'll be a lot of hard work! The events all rotate between Bristol and Trinity Brewing. There's also a Brewer's Dinner at Eddyline in Buena Vista tonight, so if you're in the area, you need to call them to confirm they have room for you. Okay, here we go:
Over at Trinity on Wednesday Night you will be able to to find four special release Avery Beers. Avery, being from Boulder, isn't too far away, but some of their specialty beers are limited to their own tasting room and/or a few select bars in Boulder and Denver...and their beers are extraordinary. There's no word yet on what beer will be available but I have a hope that we will see Rumpkin Ale, a pumpkin beer aged in Gosling Rum barrels. (Update, Trinity is tapping Fumator (exclusive), Hog Heaven, DuganA, and Czar). I was at Avery just 2 weeks ago and they had 22 beers on tap,
probably 15 of which were specials, but the Czar and Fumator weren't available yet.
Starting at 5pm head on over to Bristol for the release of their Old #23 Barleywine. I haven't been in the area long enough to have tasted this beer before, so I can't exactly know what to expect, but this beer did win the silver medal for Barley Wine-Style Ale at this year's Great American Beer Festival. Here's the information from Bristol: An annual Bristol tradition, Old No. 23 revives an English farmhouse brewery tradition of making a complex ale to set aside for special occasions. Our version, while tedious and time-consuming to brew, rewards the connoisseur with an ale that has the depth and complexity of a good brandy or single malt scotch. Massive quantities of malt and hops, a long aging time and limited availability make this a special ale worthy of its reputation.
Tonight head back over to Trinity Brewing for the release of their own Double IPA, named "Slap Your Mammy." Here's what Trinity says about the beer, "Slap Your Mammy is a shocking Double IPA! Coming in at 10.5% ABV this huge ale is brewed with 7 of the highest quality malts and 8 varieties of hops! On our 125 minute boil we pack in 125 IBU's, making this one [helluva hoppy beer]. If that's not enough hops, then just wait! Unlike any of our other beers, we dry hop this one twice to pack in as much aroma as possible! A truly shocking Double IPA for all you Hopophiles." That sounds pretty wild! This event starts at 5pm.
Now head back across town to Bristol for their cask ale tapping. They have made a special one-off cask IPA just for us. The cask should promise to round out a lot of the hops and feel much smoother than the average IPA and it should also push through some of the subtler flavors that might get lost from a cold pint of beer with gas. This event starts at noon and goes till 9pm.