Bottle Madness – Winter 2012

As winter set in, traveling the great Brew State of Colorado grew increasingly difficult.  Oh, and that pesky little ski season definitely distracted me from weekend beer adventures. Fear not.  It was a great time of year to grab bottles and bombers from our neighborhood beer store mecca (or have friends driving in from out-of-state bring some local specialties).  No, it’s not as fun as seeing the brewery and meeting the community in a far-away town or right down the street. But a bottle of beer can pack the same time-travel magic as a bottle of wine. Here are the delights we enjoyed this winter:

Hopworks’ Abominable Winter Ale – A hoppy and organic winter brew of Portland, OR

Deschutes Brewery’s Fresh Hop Mirror Pond Pale Ale – A twist on a classic from Bend, OR

Laurelwood Brewing’s Workhorse IPA – Microbrew deliciousness from Portland, OR

Snoqualmie Brewery’s Wildcat IPA – Staying hoppy, from Snoqualmie, WA

Hopworks’ Rise Up Red Ale – Well-balanced red from Portland, OR

Harmon Brewing’s Puget Sound Porter – Deep, rich notes from Tacoma, WA

Durango Brewing Company’s Winter Ale, 2011 – Perfect gift from Durango, CO

SKA’s Decadent Imperial IPA – Decadent, to say the least, from Durango, CO

SKA’s  The Toaster NYC (1981) – SKA (2011) 30th Anniversary Shebeen Black IPA– Is there anything Ska does that’s not worth opening? From Durango, CO

SKA’s  Euphoria Winter Pale Ale – There certainly is not. From Durango, CO

Odell’s Mountain Standard Double Black IPA – 12oz bottles from Fort Collins, CO . . . most definitely one of our favorite beers out there.

San Luis Valley Brewing Company’s Valle Caliente – Remind yourself it’s summer somewhere. From Alamosa, CO

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