May 21, 2012

2011 in Colorado Springs


Beers Made By Walking
The Colorado Springs 2011 Beers Made By Walking was a seven-hike and eight-beer summer long happening. Each public hike had at least one homebrewer come along, we identified edible and medicinal plants and the homebrewer developed a recipe based on what we identified on each trail. The first half of the beers were made over at Rocky Mountain Brewery, ingredients donated by Winecrafters, the homebrew shop connected to the brewery. The second half were produced at Pikes Peak Brewing, a new brewery in the region. There were two tasting events, each with four beers. The beers were served on handmade beetle-kill pine trays and came with a twelve page menu with stories from each hike, about each beer and the brewers.

Below is information about the beers, and links to photos from the hikes and tappings:


Images:
See our image recaps of hikes and tasting events:
Hike #1 - June 30 - Garden of the Gods
Hike #2 - July 16 - Red Rock Open Space
Hike #3 - July 28 - Palmer Park - Canceled due to a lightning storm
Tasting #1 - At Brewer's Republic, Colorado Springs
Hike #4 - August 13 - Mueller State Park
Hike #5 - September 18 - Old Midland Railroad Grade
Hike #6 - September 24 - Catamount Trail in Green Mountain Falls
Hike #7 - October 7 - North Cheyenne Cañon
Tasting #2 - At Brewer's Republic, Colorado Springs

Tapping Info
August 27th
Brewer's Republic (112 N. Nevada, Colorado Springs)
Beers:
- Opuntiae Deorium Wheat Ale (w/ Prickly Pear Cactus) by Justin Carpenter
- Monk Choker (Belgian IPA with Chokecherry) by Isaac Grindeland
- Smoked Piñon Brown (w/ Piñon Pine nuts) by Grant Grindeland
- Lightning Strike (w/ Juniper, Ponderosa Pine, 3 Leaf Sumac Berries) by Jason Miller

October 29 - 4-8pm
Brewer's Republic (112 N. Nevada, Colorado Springs)
Beers:
- Scott Buchholz - with Strawberry and Limber Pine
- Rich Mock - with Wild Hops, Wild Sage, and Yarrow
- Tom Brown - with Bee Plant, Evening Primrose, Tansy Mustard, Amaranth, and Rose Hips
- Matt Kupferer - Old Man of the Woods Stout - with Hazlenuts, Sasparilla, and Spruce