By: Kaarina Robson
Photo by: John Robson
SOWN Project. This Colorado project connects brewers and suppliers who work closely with raw, native materials to showcase local ingredients. The craftspeople involved share their expression, passion and energy in a series of exciting special release beers. Zach Coleman of Denver’s TRVE Brewing initiated this project with Fort Collins based Troubadour Maltings’ Chris Schooley. The project rotates through brewers in the group, including locals Horse & Dragon and Soul Squared. Three Four Beer Co. is hosting the only NoCo tapping of SOWN II-Autumn beers on October 13.
Funkwerks. Kriek is a Flemish-style sour ale produced from a blend of oak barrel-aged beers. Montmorency tart cherries grant it a deep red hue, while slow fermentation of sour cultures contribute to traditional fruity and tart flavors. Look for both bottle and draft releases this month.
Old Colorado Brewing Co. Two of original owner Joseph Neckel’s recipes are kicking off the fall beer season. Rams Oktoberfest Märzen style ale offers balanced and rich malty fall flavors. Grandpa Neckel originally made this beer for CSU in exchange for his brewery’s logo, designed by the art department, when he started the first FoCo microbrewery in 1989. Continental Divide, a strong bitter copper colored ale, is crisp and balanced and surprisingly not strong or bitter! Back in the day, bitters were rare in the states, which led him to bring an overseas flavor to Fort Collins.
Soul Squared Brewing Company. This month’s CSA beer is Fresh Hop IPA CSA Series #27, a West Coast style IPA, showcasing a multitude of fresh, local hops, including some grown on their farm. This bright, citrusy IPA is brewed annually when the hops are in their September prime. Soul Squared’s CSA is nearly 50 members strong and remaining bombers can be found at various local liquor stores.
Intersect Brewing. A new Double Red IPA is coming this month, in addition to a bomber bottle release of Black Rye IPA. Mark your calendars for an all day Halloween Party on October 28, featuring pumpkin carving and costume contests, and games with prizes for adults, kids and pets. Stay tuned to social media for an event schedule.
Prost Brewing Company. Hitting Fort Collins for the first time is Class V IPA, a Colorado style IPA that is a wild ride of hoppiness. Brewed for Good River Beer Company in Denver, this big, bold and balanced double IPA sports 100+ IBU and 8.3% ABV. It definitely lives up to its namesake of Class V – dangerous whitewater rapids!
Black Bottle Brewery. Enjoy the fall seasonal Tripel through November, infamous for its silver win at GABF last year. The Belgian style ale is the easiest drinking 10.2% beer you’ll experience! Brewed with Belgian candi sugar, it’s gold with a medium body and a sweet orange and coriander aroma.
Kaarina Robson is the founder of Cheers United special events, where she coordinates VIP brewery tour experiences for professional groups. Find her at cheersunited.com or Instagram @cheers.united