A easy blood take a look at saved organizer Rick Lyke’s life in 2008, and the cash raised since then has gone towards saving different lives. “The craft beer neighborhood has embraced our mission,” says Lyke. “Over time, the cash raised on the Denver Uncommon Beer Tasting has helped fund free well being screening occasions throughout the nation for hundreds of individuals.”
Lyke depends on a troop of volunteers, a majority of them native and lots of of them returning yearly, to arrange, keep and clear up the occasion. However whereas the main focus of the trigger is all about males’s well being, the beer is not an afterthought — Uncommon Beers pours among the greatest brews from across the nation. At this 12 months’s occasion, set for Saturday, September 22, on the McNichols Constructing, breweries from New York to Texas to California will likely be pouring some uncommon gems and sought-after variants.
“Uncommon beers is without doubt one of the few festivals that I sit up for yearly,” says Brandon Buckner, co-owner of Bottle Logic Brewing, one of many fest’s returning members. “We get the chance to point out off certainly one of our distinctive restricted choices with followers and our trade friends, and it is all for a fantastic trigger.”
All About Beer is coming again because the competition media sponsor, serving to assist this essential trigger.
The Denver Uncommon Beer Tasting comes near the tip of Denver Beer Week, which runs September 15 to 23, and overlaps with the Nice American Beer Competition, September 21 via September 23.
Here’s a curated preview of among the standout beers to get pleasure from on the competition:
Alesong Brewing and Mixing
Double Barrel Maestro
Alesong has received over fifty awards in simply seven years of existence, together with ten Nice American Beer Competition medals. The brewery is greatest recognized for farmhouse ales, with a secondary give attention to huge beers. Double Barrel Maestro is a 16 p.c ABV bomb of a barleywine; the beer aged for a 12 months in Heaven Hill Distillery barrels earlier than seeing a second relaxation in Henry Mckenna barrels.
Bottle Logic Brewing
Bottle Logic is a much-celebrated brewery within the higher Los Angeles space. Its Elementary Remark barrel-aged stout with vanilla beans is broadly wanted; Intrepid Remark is a mix of the brewery’s Intrepid Orchid English-style barleywine and Elementary Remark. Madagascar vanilla beans are layered into the ultimate mix.
Burns Household Artisan Ales
Artemesia and Prince’s Cellar
Uncommon Beers is a competition made for a brewery like Burns Household. Wayne Burns and Laura Worley are sometimes pouring among the brewery’s greatest beers at vaunted festivals like Uncommon Beer, Large Beers, Brewers Rendezvous and the Avery Invitational. Artemesia is an English-style outdated ale aged for nearly three years in Buffalo Hint barrels, whereas Prince’s Cellar is a 14.9 p.c ABV biere de garde that spent a 12 months in a chardonnay barrel.
Casey Brewing and Mixing
Barrel Aged Unsuitable Solutions Solely Variant
Casey Brewing and Mixing is all the time a well-liked cease at this fest, in addition to any occasion by which it participates. With Barrel Aged Unsuitable Solutions Solely, Casey initially teamed up with Horus Aged Ales in Oceanside, California, for the preliminary launch; the batch at Uncommon Beers will likely be a particular variant that features two varieties of Brazilian vanilla beans.
Extra Dodge Much less RAM
With so many barleywine, stout and wild-style beers on the competition, you would possibly wish to seize a high-quality IPA right here or there. Comrade’s Extra Dodge Much less RAM is the right IPA to sip on, named for the notorious incident when a truck crashed into the constructing in 2016. The beer has since gone on to win a number of awards.
Double Barrel Nillerzzzzz
Forager was a well-liked sales space ultimately 12 months’s competition, making lots of greatest beer lists throughout casual discussions all through the day. Double Barrel Nillerzzzzz is a hefty imperial stout aged in rye whiskey and bourbon barrels for fifteen months, earlier than receiving a big infusion of freshly scraped vanilla beans from 5 totally different areas.
Jester King Brewery
SPON Three 12 months Mix
Jester King is well-known for its spontaneously fermented beers, and SPON is without doubt one of the brewery’s most heralded beers. It is a mix of three totally different vintages of one hundred pc spontaneously fermented beer, taking inspiration from Belgian gueuze however utilizing native water, grain, hops and yeast to make the beer localized to Jester King.
Barrel Aged Brown Sugar Barleywine
Arvada-based Odyssey will likely be again, debuting a beer on the competition earlier than it is launched. Cease by the Odyssey sales space and be one of many first to attempt Barrel Aged Brown Sugar Barleywine, a robust British-inspired ale that noticed time in Breckenridge PX sherry cask completed barrels, earlier than being infused with a brown sugar discount.
Verboten Brewing and Barrel Venture
Double Oaked Cognac Develop Previous With You and Barrel Aged Others in Darkness: Cocoa and Vanilla
Verboten received three medals on the 2023 World Beer Cup Awards. Identified for making scrumptious barleywine and stouts, Verboten is bringing the warmth to the fest with a double-oaked cognac model of its lauded English-style barleywine: Develop Previous With You. The Loveland brewery can also be pouring a barrel-aged stout referred to as Others in Darkness.
Clever Man Brewing
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Bourbon Barrel-Aged The Deepest Dream Oud Bruin
This six-year-old brewery situated in a gorgeously restored, almost century-old constructing in North Carolina has made its mark with a slew of competitions medals. Clever Man will likely be pouring one of many extra uncommon beers of the competition, a Belgian-style Oud Bruin, a Flemish darkish bitter. Clever Man’s model, like so lots of the beers on the competition, is barrel-aged.
The Denver Uncommon Beer Tasting will run from midday to 4 p.m. on Friday, September 22, on the McNichols Constructing, 144 West Colfax Avenue. Tickets are $200 and embrace limitless beer samples, lunch, a tasting glass and T-shirt.