Brewing in Brief: News you need to know from the craft beer world |

Brewing in Brief: News you need to know from the craft beer world

Compiled by Krista Driscoll
Special to the Daily
Special to the Daily |

Rock-bluegrass band Leftover Salmon and Breckenridge Brewery have each enjoyed 25 years of success, and, to commemorate this milestone, they have joined forces to release a collaborative India Pale Lager named Silver Salmon packaged with 25 live tunes from Leftover Salmon, which will debut at Breckenridge Brewery’s annual Hootenanny on Saturday, July 18.

“A hoppy lager is a lighter, thirst-quenching style that we thought would be perfect for an outdoor music scene,” said Brian Reinecke, the brewer for Breckenridge Brewery who formulated the recipe. “We used American hops that give the beer flavor and aroma but not too much bitterness. To give Silver Salmon some depth, we used Vienna malt and added in some flaked oats. The oats increase the body and give the beer a visual dimension, an opalescence.”

Breck Brewery’s annual Hootenanny this year will be hosted at the newly opened 12-acre brewery campus in Littleton, 9 miles south of its previous Denver location. Anders Osborne, Zach Deputy and MilkDrive take the stage leading up to the Leftover Salmon performance, and a second stage hosted by the WinterWonderGrass Festival will feature an array of local and regional bands.

Tickets for the Hootenanny and more information can be found at

Odell Brewing, The Real Dill collaborate to create pickles

Odell Brewing and The Real Dill recently released a new co-creation, Myrcenary Pickles. This is the second release of The Real Dill’s Briners & Brewers Series, a celebration of craft food and drink that marries the art of brewing beer and making pickles based off of specific beers.

Inspired by Odell Brewing’s Myrcenary Double IPA, these pickles are made with hopped wort brine. The wort, which is essentially the backbone of the beer, gives the brine its malt and hop character. It is then combined with a variety of ingredients designed to bring out the same flavors and aromas that Myrcenary Double IPA evokes and then dry hopped for up to two weeks.

The Real Dill’s Myrcenary Pickles feature cucumbers, water, malted barley, hops, vinegar, green onion, salt, grapefruit juice, spices and grapefruit zest. The result is a savory fresh pickle that blends a crisp tartness with a bright citrus and hop character reminiscent of the beer.

“This unique project was a collaboration from beginning to end, and everyone involved had a blast during the process,” said Kailey Schumacher, Odell Brewing taproom manager. “I think that one of the greatest parts about this partnership was seeing the passion that both companies have for their craft and being able to step into the other company’s shoes for the day was inspiring. We cannot wait to share these with our fans.”

Myrcenary Pickles are available for purchase for a limited time at the brewery and in select retailers throughout Northern Colorado. For more information, visit or

Pinner Throwback IPA now available in stovepipe cans

Following the successful release of Pinner Throwback IPA across the nation in six-packs, 12-packs and on draft, Oskar Blues Brewery recently rolled out this flavorful nectar in 19.2-ounce single-serve cans. Dale’s Pale Ale was the first to fill the 19.2-ounce package, followed Mama’s Little Yella Pils. Now Pinner joins the stovepipe lineup for summer shows and other outdoor spectator events in places like Red Rocks and Coors Field.

Pinner comes in at 4.9 percent alcohol by volume and 35 International Bittering Units, making it easy to throw back a few on a hot summer day. For more information on Pinner and other Oskar Blues beers, visit

Elevation Beer Co. launches four-packs, summer seasonal

Previously distributed in 750-milliliter bottles, Elevation Beer Co. recently launched its Black Series in 12-ounce four packs across Colorado. The change impacts Elevation’s year-round Apis IV Honey Quadrupel and its new Double IPA 7437, as well as all of Elevation’s Black Series seasonal beers. Third Base, a Belgian Tripel, will be the first Black Series Seasonal launched in the new packaging.

“Our goal has always been to elevate the perception of beer in America, and the new consumer-friendly four-packs of 12-ounce bottles will allow us to get our specialty beers into more hands,” said Sheila Bustamante, Elevation co-founder and marketing director.

Elevation also recently released its Double Black Series Summer Seasonal Fanboy, a virgin oak-aged Double IPA, in 750-milliliter bottles and draught. Fanboy is currently rated 97 on More information on the new releases and the new packaging can be found at

AC Golden wins medals at U.S. Open Beer Championship

AC Golden Brewing Co. recently won multiple medals at the 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship and was ranked in the top 10 breweries based on the number of medals it was awarded. More than 20 countries and 4,000 beers competed in this year’s U.S. Open Beer Championship.

AC Golden and brewers Chris Chenot, Steve Fletcher, Ben Knutson, Jason Meherg, Jeff Nickel and Kent Reichow were awarded gold for their Hidden Barrel Kriek in the Belgian Lambic category, gold for Barmen in the German Pilsner category and silver with Colorado Native IPL in the American Imperial Pilsner category. The brewery ranked ninth overall among the brewers competing and was the only brewer from Colorado in the top 10.

For more about AC Golden and its beers, visit

Vail Cascade announces next Brewmaster’s Weekend

The Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, located at 1300 Westhaven Drive in Vail, will host its next Brewmaster’s Weekend on Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, with Brian Shaeffer, head brewer at Oskar Blues Brewing Co. in Longmont. The weekend begins with a complimentary tasting and a chance to meet the brewmaster from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Fireside Bar.

The Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing will start at 6 p.m. Saturday at Atwater on Gore Creek, featuring a brewmaster-guided tour through four small plates specially designed by the Cascade culinary team to pair with four beers from Oskar Blues. Discussion will be held between each course with Shaeffer and the chefs.

Tickets for the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing are $35 per person, plus tax, resort fees and gratuity, and can be reserved by calling (970) 479-7014 or emailing Laura Lodge at

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