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1,000th brew

JENNIFER HARPERsummit daily news
Summit Daily/Brad OdekirkDillon Dam Brewery bartender Faith Selleck stands behind the brewery's 1000th batch of IPA, which they have named the "Grand Dam IPA."
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DILLON – “999 bottles of beer on the wall, 999 bottles of beer/Take one down, pass it around …” Actually, instead of taking one down, the Dillon Dam Brewery opted to add one more. After 999 brews of Dam Lite, Paradise Pilsner, Yohan Bock, Dam Chili Beer and others, the brewery has reached its 1,000th brew. The lucky beer taking this monumental step? The Grande Dam India Pale Ale (IPA).

Brewmaster Matt Luhr, who’s been at the brewery for seven years, knew that he wanted to involve as many people as possible in the brewing of this special beer. Twenty-five Dillon Dam Brewery employees got to each add a pint glass of hops to the brew.”Some of them had never even stepped over to that part of the building,” Luhr said. “It was very exciting.”

The IPA has 9 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), putting it on the strongest end of the alcohol spectrum of beers at the Dam Brewery. Luhr said he knew it would be an extreme style.Beer there ranges from 3.2 percent to 9 percent.

“It lends itself to celebration,” Luhr said. “It’s a celebration for people that work here, our customers and our friends. It’s a great time to celebrate.”Luhr said he had about 200 gallons left of the India Pale Ale at the beginning of the week.


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