This is the Bier de Garde we brewed as a collaboration project to celebrate the world exclusive 2012 Van Gogh exhibit at the Denver Art Museum. After much study we discovered that Vincent Van Gogh would have consumed many beers like this one while traveling through and painting the French countryside. Picture an old wood barrel in the darkest, coolest corner of the barn with a heap of foam on top spilling over in open, wild yeast fermentation. To recreate this brew, we used 11 varieties of mild malts with just a touch of caramel malt sweetness to balance out the funky spice and fruitiness of the Farmhouse ale yeast. Applewood and French oak spirals in the fermenter give it a hint of the old wood barrel while just a bit of Anise in the boil and dry hop lend a bit of his favorite drink, absinthe’s flavor. The result is a coppery-blonde ale with an amazing aroma of fruit and spice and a complex yet subtly balanced and extremely drinkable finish. Served in snifters.
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This Extra Special British Ale was brewed using imported British malts and hops for a mild flavor balanced between toasty, fresh-baked biscuit like malts and earthy, floral hops. ~ 5.7% ABV.
A rich dark amber lager brewed with copious quantities of Munich, Vienna and Caramel malts for a big malt flavor up front, but fermented slow and cool for a crisp clean finish. Featuring just a touch of spice from German Tettnang hops.
Session ales come in a variety of flavors and carry lots of nicknames: Boater Beer, Lawnmower Beer, or the historical English Mild. The Urban Dictionary states that a session beer is: “A beer that is low in alcohol and has a balanced flavor of both hops and malt. The purpose being so that it can be drunk over a long session of time without overwhelming the palate or getting the drinker too intoxicated.” Exit 205 is a very light blonde ale with a thin body that greets the nose with the warm welcome of mildly toasted malts and fresh citrusy hops. It starts with a nice fresh squeezed orange & grapefruit flavor but finishes light and dry due to the superb balance with its slightly sweet maltiness, leaving you thirsty for more, pint after pint. Meanwhile, the lower alcohol means you can have another one despite having more skiing or shoveling to do or just making sure you can get home safe. 5.5% ABV.
Dedicated to hop heads. Spicy grapefruit aroma leads the charge to a pile of spicy, earthy and slightly citrusy hoppiness that totally dominates the subtle, yet complex, toasty-biscuity malt balance in this reddish-blonde ale.