Unfortunately, I did not get to try as many beers along the Front Range as I would have liked but that leaves more things to do next time.
While on a break from biking along the Ten Mile Canyon trail at Copper Mountain I got a chance to have an Avery Brewing White Rascal:
The White Rascal is Belgian wheat. Unfiltered, low bitterness (22 IBU), and moderate in alcohol (5.6% ABV) this beer is very drinkable. Granted, I was over an hour into my light ride and the temperature was 10 degrees warmer than planned—thank you global warming—so I was a little dry.
Avery Brewing was not a company that I had heard of until I saw the beer listed on the menu. This is the great thing about beer, there are so many different beers from so many different brewers that it always leads to discovery. It’s why it is great to get out of your usual and try something new.
One thing I would like to see go away is serving a big chunk of fruit on a glass of beer. Coors’ Blue Moon started this trend in bars a while back and now every unfiltered Belgian beer is served with a chunk of orange or a wedge of lemon. Stop the insanity.
This pint made me want to see what else the folks at Avery Brewing are doing. Next time.
At a shop in Breckenridge I picked up two six-packs of Odell Brewing Company beers: Easy Street Wheat and St. Lupulin. Often, Odell is described as the other brewery in Fort Collins because of the omnipresent New Belgium. I have found that the smaller brewers, owing to smaller scale, are able to push the boundaries because there is less push to satisfy mass taste. Granted, even large craft brewers like New Belgium push the boundaries all the time with beers in the Lips of Faith series.
Easy Street Wheat is described as being “light and refreshing.” That pretty much sums it up:
Low in alcohol (4.6% ABV) and very low in bitterness (15 IBU) Easy Street Wheat, like White Rascal above, is a very drinkable beer. Not much else to say beyond that.
St. Lupulin is a different story:
Following Easy Street Wheat this beer is a little bit of a smack to the palate. Not in a bad way, but a little shocking. It’s a lot stronger (6.5% ABV) and bitter (46 IBU) than the first beer. Furthermore, the beer tastes like it has been dry hopped which leaves a strong hop aroma in the beer because the beta acids are not driven off during the boil. Used sparingly, this technique can produce strong aromas without making the beer overly bitter. Used excessively, the beer ends up smelling like someone opened the door to a coffee shop in Amsterdam. St. Lupulin falls more toward the sparingly end of the spectrum.
To no fault of the beers from both Avery Brewing and Odell Brewing, I got sick after my first morning in Breckenridge and spent the better part of a day in bed or hanging my head over a toilet. It’s hard to separate the beers from that experience. Getting sick sucks…