By: Kaarina Robson
Photos By: John Robson
Here come the refreshingly light, easy drinking summer beers, just in time for everyday patio weather! Here are some highlights of what’s on tap to taste this month.
OLD COLORADO BREWING COMPANY
Wit – (Working title: Rocky Mountain Wit)- ABV 5.11%
Upon request by a veteran patron, owner Brandon and brewer Sam thought the timing of a special veteran’s beer would be perfect for the Fourth of July. The series, Red, Wit & Blue, starts with wit base beer and adds strawberries for red and blueberries for blue. A spicy wonder, wit incorporates sweet and bitter orange peel, indian coriander, Szechwan peppercorns, and seeds of paradise. OCBC is giving back $1 per pint to veterans.
Haven’t heard of Old Colorado?
Location: 8121 First St., Wellington
Building: Grain Elevator circa 1922
Who: The grandson of the first Fort Collins brewery owner and his wife re-opened this must-see venue and are in the midst of reviving grandpa’s nearly 15 original recipes.
Summer Fun: Heading up the Beer Garden at the Wellington Fourth of July Fireworks & Main Street Summer Concert Series.
Raspberry Basil Saison- ABV 5.8%
This rose-hued, hazy beauty with a fluffy, white head, has an exuberantly full, sweet, fruity aroma and flavor that has a lightly tart and clean herbal finish. Released on their first anniversary for the second summer since their opening, this quickly became a fan favorite.
GRIMM BROTHERS BREWHOUSE
Battle Berry Wheat- ABV 4.5%
The official beer of the Loveland Liberty 5K has a slightly purple hue, a crisp, berry tartness and a mildly dry finish. The super food, Battle Berry has 400% more antioxidants than a blueberry, perfectly suitable for rehydrating.
VERBOTEN BREWING & BARREL PROJECT
In Love with Summer – ABV 5.2%
This American wheat ale is an early summer seasonal made with strawberries and local rhubarb. Beautifully combining sweet and tart, this recipe was modeled after the delicious strawberry-rhubarb compote owner Josh Grenz’s mother served over cereal.
Roll in Ze Watermelons – ABV 5%
Verboten’s award-winning traditional German-style gose is conditioned with Colorado-grown watermelon. The mid-summer seasonal was inspired by growing up eating watermelon with a dash of salt and the beer’s tart, tangy sweetness is reminiscent of a Jolly Rancher.
Summer Camp – ABV 5.4%
Gooseberries, eaten by one of the brewers, Chris, at summer camp as a kid, inspired this sessionable Belgian-Style Wit Ale. Gooseberries replace the typical orange character, which gives it distinctly more tartness.
ProVelo Pils – ABV 6.05%
Collaborating with their neighboring bike shop in honor of the Tour de France, this export lager style is slightly stronger than the other featured beers with balanced light bready malt notes and lemony hop aromas.
Kaarina Robson is the founder of Cheers United special events, where she coordinates fun private brewery tour experiences in Fort Collins, Loveland and Wellington for business professional groups. Find her at cheers-united.com or Instagram @cheers.united