Rocky Mountain Brewing News April/May 2012 : Page 2

Collaboration Cover Story Our story begins when Adam Avery of Avery Brewing and Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing sat down and were chatting (over a beer, of course) and discovered, to their amazement, that they both were making a beer which they had named Salvation Ale . Even crazier was the realization that both of these beers were similar, and that if combined, might go well together. Avery’s version of this beer began with a Belgian golden strong ale, while the Russian River version was a strong dark golden ale. Overhearing this conversation, Vinnie's wife Natalie suggested they call it Collaboration, Not Litigation Ale. Avery began brewing this beer in early 2006, and has done so annually since then. Each year 33 barrels are brewed and combined, bringing the total to 66 barrels produced. Another unique characteristic of this rare brew is due to the fact that the Russian River version is unfiltered. The resultant beer is 8.69% ABV. Since this unusual brew is released around February 1 of each year, some may be remaining on your dealer’s shelves by the time this is published. During the past decade, many craft breweries have joined the likes of Avery and Russian River, and partnered up to produce some very unique creations. Most of these, however, are small batch produc-tions only available at or near the brewer-ies that produced them. rating with the Elysian Brewery since 2008, producing small batches at the facilities in Seattle; the first batch was called Trippel IPA -a combination of New Belgium's Belgian style and a West Coast style aggressively-hopped brew. The Trip Series, as this has been named, is now in its 11th edition. Unfortunately, this brew is no longer available. Future batches are anticipated, but none are planned at this time. Peter Bouckaert (New Belgium) and Tommy Arthur ( Lost Abbey ) have teamed up recently and a sour Brettanomyces beer (which may also contain some Lactobacillus) is on the drawing board. This unique beer, a part of the Lips of Faith Series , has a May 2012 release planned, and, thus should be available soon after this is published. The folks at New Belgium are also planning yet another new collaboration beer in conjunction with the Alpine Beer Company in southern California. Planned release is in the fall of 2012. Bryan Simpson of New Belgium Brewing proudly displays three of their unique beers in the Lips of Faith series. These are regu-larly created with other breweries across the country. Photo by Jim "Doc" Damon Colorado Collaboration Matt Cutter, founder of Upslope Brewing Company in Boulder, is very excit-ed to announce their first beer collabora-tion with the Denver Beer Company . They began serving this amazing beer in their tap room in late February. It's a Belgian-style chocolate cherry stout! A couple of months ago the Upslope brewers went down to brew at Denver Beer Company; in turn, their brewers traveled north to brew a batch on the Upslope system. Although 10% ABV, this is a deceptively smooth, complex beer with cherry and chocolate flavors lingering in the finish. It will be available on tap at both breweries, but only for a short time. Partnership in the Cowboy State The breweries in Wyoming are show-ing some impressive teamwork! The goal is to have all of the state’s 14 brewer-ies converging in Pinedale at Wind River Brewery April 20-21 to create Wyoming Pale Ale , or WY-P-A . Born out of a discus-sion at last year’s Saratoga Steinley Cup, this idea is the first of its kind for brewers in the Cowboy State. Each brewery will bring ingredients, ideas, knowledge, and enthusiasm to the shindig! WY-P-A will be released on Monday, May 14 with a simultaneous tapping at all of the participating pub and brewery loca-Alliances The folks at New Belgium Brewing have produced several collaboration beers, reports Bryan Simpson, Director of Marketing. They have been collabo-

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