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2018 Collaboration Fest Pour List Teases Extremes of Creativity in Beer

2018 Collaboration Fest Pour List Teases Extremes of Creativity in Beer
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In an age when beer festivals have become a dime a dozen, Collaboration Fest refuses to capitulate to the norm. With 123 collaboration projects, uniting over 200 breweries, from 42 states and six countries, this year’s Collaboration Fest once again captures the true spirit of community which has been so deeply ingrained in the craft beer industry.

Over the years, the chance to collaborate on special one-off projects has allowed breweries to push the boundaries on innovation and creativity in their beers, and aside from the nine New England-style IPAs that we already know of, this year’s fest will be no different. Last week, Collaboration Fest, announced a working initial pour list lineup, and from what we can infer thus far, this year’s participants are pulling out all the stops. That said, deciding between which of these specialty beers to try can be a bit daunting, so here’s a quick breakdown based on what we know thus far.

Be sure to check in with PorchDrinking as we get closer to the event, as we’ll have more in-depth coverage on some of the fest’s most interesting collaborations and we’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to the festival as well.

Collab Beers with Interesting Ingredients

Climbing Chalk Beer
Unicorn Dust Climbing Chalk added to the brew. | Photo by Dustin Hall, The Brewtography Project

Upslope Brewing x Santa Fe Brewing – Thigh Five Southwest Common 

Why it’s unique: The two breweries used all Colorado and New Mexico ingredients in their collaboration including huitlacoche, a plant fungus that grows on ears of corn.

Wibby Brewing x The Media – Throwing Stones Steinbeer 

Why it’s unique: Wibby hosted Colorado’s local media to brew a Steinbier, an ale brewed with 600-degree granite that originates from 20th century Europe.

Steamworks Brewing x Dry Dock Brewing – Nice Pear

Why it’s unique: Nice Pear is a beer and sake hybrid.

Moonlight Pizza & Brewpub x Caution Brewing – What the Duck Five Spice Gose

Why it’s unique: The name says it all, this Gose is brewed with Peking Duck and 5 spice to honor owner Danny Wang’s Chinese culinary heritage.

Wynkoop Brewing x White Labs – Limey Unicorn

Why it’s unique: This English Golden Ale is brewed with rock climbing chalk.

Funkwerks x New Image Brewing – Arnie

Why it’s unique: These breweries produced a kettle sour with black tea and lemon peel

New Image Brewing x Molly’s Spirits – I Can’t Believe It’s Actually Butter

Why it’s unique: Poking a bit of fun with the Pastry Stout trend, New Image founder Brandon Capps noted that a true pastry stout would natrually incorporate the use of butter. So in this collaboration with Molly’s Spirits, they’re bring a Samoa-inspired Pastry Stout with organic coconut, organic toasted cacao, and yes organic butter extract. Capps is ready for all the diacetyl jokes, but notes that this will actually taste more like an authentic baked good than most pastry stouts you’ll have tried.

Ratio Beerworks x Ska Brewing – Magnetic North

Why it’s unique: The kveik yeast strain has been experiencing a renewed breath of life. The Norwegian yeast strain imparts earthy spiciness and fragrant citrus esters.

 

Interesting Stories

Collaboration Fest Brewers Guilds Collaboration
Photo by Dustin Hall, The Brewtography Project

Guild Collaboration: Colorado Brewers Guild X Crooked Stave Artisan Project X Ohio Brewers Guild X Iowa Brewers Guild X New York Brewers Guild X Kentucky Guild of Brewers X Arizona Brewers Guild X Indiana Brewers Guild X Texas Brewers Guild X Oregon Brewers Guild X North Carolina Brewers Guild X Brewers Association – Cherry Coast to Coast

Why it’s interesting: During GABF 10 guilds collaborated with Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, alongside the Brewers Association to brew a dark sour cherry ale that’s been aging in a Four Roses Bourbon Barrel.

Little Machine x The People – The People’s Beer

Why it’s interesting: Quite possibly the largest crowd-sourced beer collaboration. The organizers of Collab Fest tasked the internet with deciding on the beer’s style, ingredients and name.

Little Machine x Mason Ale Works x Joyride Brewing – Fresh p0w

Why it’s interesting: This fresh-hopped IPA boasts 0 IBUs.

Mockery Brewing x Adroit Theory Brewing – Heart of a Hellraiser

Why it’s interesting: Last year during CBC Mockery brewed a collaboration beer with Adroit Theory in Washington DC and drove the brew back to Denver while exposing it to open air fermentation along the way to capture wild microbes.

Our Mutual Friend Brewing x TRVE Brewing – Esprit De Corps I

Why it’s interesting: Two of Denver’s most prolific sour and wild producers team up on a blended mixed culture ale. It just so happens that TRVE also began distributing OMF beers this past year.

 

All-Star Collab Casts

on the shoulder of giants
Photo Courtesy of The Rare Barrel

New Belgium x The Rare Barrel – On the Shoulder of Giants

Why it’s interesting: On the Shoulder of Giants pays homage to the incredible talents and contributions of New Belgium’s Wood Cellar Blender and Specialty Brand Manager Lauren Limbach. In this collaboration she drew from her roots in Athens, GA and incorporated Peaches and jasmine pearl tea, a reminder of the jasmine scent from the house she grew up in, as part of a blend of golden sours aged in oak.

WeldWerks Brewing x Casey Brewing & Blending – Transmountain Diversion Double IPA

Why it’s interesting: Two of Colorado’s hottest breweries have teamed up to brew a Double IPA. The Hyatt Regency better be prepared to confiscate their share of hydroflask growlers because beer nerds are already drooling over the perceived secondary trade value of this much-hyped unity if they can manage to find a way to sneak some pours out of the festival hall.

Cerebral Brewing x Outer Range Brewing – TBA

Why it’s interesting: Two of Colorado’s most prolific producers of haze have teamed up, and we’re guessing the NE-style IPA train will likely continue to roll on.

Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales x Speciation Artisan Ales – TBA

Why it’s interesting: Mitch Ermatinger began his brewing career under James Howat at Denver’s Black Project, and now Mitch returns as one of the country’s hottest and most buzzed about brands teaming up with his mentor. This grand unity of spontaneous & wild titans will be a can’t miss.

Cellar West Artisan Ales x Alesong Brewing & Blending – TBA

Why it’s interesting: Similar to the Black Project & Speciation pairing, Cellar West and Alesong represent two of the country’s youngest high risers in the sour / wild category.

Tickets are currently available for the 2018 Collaboration Fest, on Saturday, March 31 at The Hyatt Regency in Denver, CO. Grab yours before they sell out!

Here’s what we currently know from the 2018 Collaboration Fest Pour List:

Collaborating BreweriesBeers
14er Brewing Co. X Three Barrel Brewing Co.Coming soon!
300 Suns Brewing X Gemini Beer Co.Twin Ninja Saké Saison
4 Sons Brewing X Something Breweryep in Your Step (Kettle Sour)
Alpine Dog Brewing Co. X Copper Kettle Brewing Co.Coming soon!
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse X Redstone MeaderyBraggot Bones (Belgian-Style Strong Ale)
Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales X Jing-A Brewing Co.Coming soon!
Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales X Speciation Artisan AlesComing soon!
Black Shirt Brewing Co. X Elevation Beer Co.Quadratic Rational (Barrel-Aged Quad)
Bonfire Brewing X Invasive Species BrewingPiña Collaba (Hazy IPA)
Boulder Beer Co. X Bristol Brewing Co.Fruit of the Brew (Kettle-Soured New England Style IPA)
Bruz Beers X Briar Common Brewery + EateryOn All Fours Cherry Tart (Kettle-Soured Belgian Quad)
Call to Arms Brewing Co. X Comrade Brewing Co. X Upslope Brewing Co.Eurotrashed (Pilsner)
Cannonball Creek Brewing Company X Melvin Brewing Co.Coming soon!
Carver Brewing Co. X Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co.Barrel Aged Wheat Wine
CB & Potts - Fort Collins X Equinox Brewing X CooperSmith’s Pub & BrewingMango Tango Trio (New England Style IPA)
Cellar West Artisan Ales X Alesong Brewing & BlendingComing soon!
Cerberus Brewing Co. X Fossil Craft Beer Co. X Goat Patch Brewing Co.Goat Patch Edition: Purploid Sour Punch (Fruited Kettle Sour)
Cerberus Brewing Co. X Fossil Craft Beer Co. X Goat Patch Brewing Co.Fossil Edition: The Big Cactus (Mexican Lager)
Cerberus Brewing Co. X Fossil Craft Beer Co. X Goat Patch Brewing Co.Cerberus Edition: Deception IPA (Sour Belgian IPA)
Cerebral Brewing X Speciation Artisan AlesComing soon!
Cerebral Brewing X Outer RangeComing soon!
Chain Reaction Brewing Co. X Platt Park Brewing Co.Coming soon!
Guild Collaboration: Colorado Brewers Guild X Crooked Stave Artisan Project X Ohio Brewers Guild X Iowa Brewers Guild X New York Brewers Guild X Kentucky Guild of Brewers X Arizona Brewers Guild X Indiana Brewers Guild X Texas Brewers Guild X Oregon Brewers Guild X North Carolina Brewers Guild X Brewers AssociationCherry Coast to Coast (Sour Ale)
Colorado Plus Brewpub X 3 Freaks BreweryFreaky for Colorado (Pale Ale)
Comrade Brewing Co. X Breakside BreweryDDH Beer Pressure 1.5 IPA (Hazy IPA)
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project X Maui Brewing Co.Two Tickets to Paradise (Saison)
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project X OmnipolloBianca Persica Wild Wild Brett (Wild Ale)
Crystal Springs Brewing Co. X Something BrewerySmooth Criminal (New England Style Milkshake IPA)
Declaration Brewing Co. X Platt Park Brewing Co. X Chain Reaction Brewing Co. X Alternation Brewing Co. X FermaentraComing soon!
Declaration Brewing Co. X Launch Pad BreweryHoney, it's a Bananagraham! (Imperial Hefeweizen)
Diebolt Brewing Co. X Invictus Brewing Co.Wine Not (Chardonnay Saison Hybri )
Summit County Collaboration: Dillon DAM Brewing X Angry James Brewing Co. X Broken Compass Brewing X The Bakers' Brewery X Pug Ryan's Brewery X Outer Range Brewing Co. X Breckenridge DistilleryGin-U-Wine (Wheat Wine)
Downhill Brewing Co. X Rockyard Brewing Co.Careless Whisper (Blackberry Black Pepper Saison)
Eddyline Brewery X High Alpine Brewing Co.High Stoke Scotch Ale
El Rancho Brewing Co. X BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse BoulderComing soon!
Epic Brewing Co. X Beachwood BBQ & BrewingComing soon!
Epic Brewing Co. X Odell Brewing Co.Double D’s Double IPA
FATE Brewing Co. X Ladyface Ale CompanieHorchata de Garde (Biere de Garde)
FATE Brewing Co. X Vail Brewing Co.New Nordic Ale
Fermaentra X River Rat BreweryComing soon!
Fiction Beer Co. X Strange Craft Beer Co.Stranger Than Fiction (Saison)
Funkwerks X 21st AmendmentFraud Complex (IPA)
Funkwerks X New Image Brewing Co.Arnie (Kettle Sour with Black Tea and Lemon Peel)
Great Divide Brewing Co. X 4 Noses Brewing Co.Amici Nasum (Sainson)
Great Divide Brewing Co. X Huss Brewing Co.SWAIN Style Without An Interesting Name (Lager)
Grist Brewing Co. X Two Brothers BrewingCatfish Kolsch
Grossen Bart Brewery X Koala San BrewSalted Caramel Amber (American Amber)
Golden Collaboration: Holidaily Brewing Co. X Mountain Toad Brewing X Golden City Brewery X New Terrain Brewing Co.Golden Fruit G.P.A. (Pale Ale)
Horse & Dragon Brewing Co. X Black Bottle BrewerySt. Igor’s Berries (Baltic Porter)
Horse & Dragon Brewing Co. X Ancestry BrewingBy 5:00 (British Golden Ale)
Inland Island Yeast Labs X Brewed Food X Cerebral BrewingElemental Uproar (Belgian IPA)
Inland Island Yeast Labs X Brewed Food X Black ProjectTWR FLWR (Spontaneous Sour Ale)
Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project X 105 West Brewing CompanyThe Intrepid Beer (Chardonnay Barrel-Aged Imperial Saison)
Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery X CO-BrewHurricane Haze (New England IPA)
Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery X ÜberbrewLupulin Smoothie (Hazy IPA)
Joyride Brewing Co. X Little Machine BeerWest Side is the Blessed Side (Barrel-Aged Belgian-style Tripel)
Joyride Brewing Co. X Snowy Mountain BrewerySnow Ride: Take It Easy (Fruited Hazy Brett IPA)
Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co. X The Lost AbbeyBarking Iron (Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Blend)
Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co. X Wiley Roots Brewing Co.Pimms Yo! (Sour Blonde Ale Blend)
Little Machine Beer X Mason Ale Works X Joyride Brewing Co.Fresh p0w (Fresh Hopped Zero IBU IPA)
Living the Dream Brewing X Big Grove BreweryFlyover IPA (New England IPA)
Living the Dream Brewing X Hideaway Park BreweryComing soon!
Locavore Beer Works X 38th State Brewing Co.Suburban Bake Sale (Brandy Barrel Aged Imperial English Brown)
Lone Tree Brewing Co. X Cannonball Creek Brewing Co.Coming soon!
Lone Tree Brewing Co. X Sycamore Brewing Co.Coming soon!
Lost Highway Brewing X Berthoud Brewing Co.Coming soon!
Lost Highway Brewing X St. Martin - Brunehaut BreweryLost in Belgium (Triple)
Lost Highway Brewing X Peacemaker Brewing Co.Peaches for Peace (Peach Milkshake IPA)
Lost Highway Brewing X Brouwerij Van SteenbergeComing soon!
Mockery Brewing X Adroit Theory Brewing Co.Coming soon!
Makin’ Noise X Goldspot Brewing Co.Coming soon!
Makin’ Noise X Our Mutual Friend BrewingComing soon!
Makin’ Noise X Prost BrewingComing soon!
Makin' Noice X Call To Arms Brewing CompanyDust in the Wind Dry Irish Stout
Mockery Brewing X Adroit Theory Brewing Co.Heart of a Hellraiser (Wildish Barrel Aged Saison)
Mockery Brewing X Baere Brewing Co.Mocking Baered Episode 4: Intercontinental (Stout)
Moonlight Pizza & Brewpub X Caution Brewing Co.What The Duck Five-Spice Gosé
New Belgium Brewing X Blackberry Farm BreweryBiére de Mai (Late Spring Wild Ale)
New Belgium Brewing X The Rare BarrelOn the Shoulder of Giants 2017 (Golden Sour Beer Aged in Oak Barrels with Peaches and Jasmine Pearl Tea)
New Image Brewing X Dancing Gnome BreweryComing soon!
New Image Brewing X Molly’s SpiritsI Can’t Believe It’s Actually Butter (Stout)
Odd13 Brewing X River North BreweryComing soon!
Odell Brewing Co. X Austin BeerworksComing soon!
Odyssey Beerwerks X Banded Oak BrewingPinky Promise (Biére de Garde)
Oskar Blues Brewery X Cigar City BrewingSUB Straight IPA
Our Mutual Friend Brewing X Fort George Brewery + Public HouseBaraka (Mixed Culture Saison)
Our Mutual Friend Brewing X TRVE Brewing Co.Esprit De Corps I (Blended Mixed Culture Ale)
Peak to Peak Tap & Brew X The Brew on Broadway (BoB)Bananas Foster the Friendship (Hefeweizen)
Periodic Brewing X Mother Trucker BreweryComing soon!
Pikes Peak Brewing Co. X Buckledown BrewingComing soon!
Prost Brewing Co. X Goodcity Brewing Co.Vielendampf (German Steam Beer)
Ratio Beerworks X Ska Brewing Co.Magnetic North (Norwegian White IPA)
Renegade Brewing Co. X La Brasseie du BarilComing soon!
Resolute Brewing Co. X Spice Trade BrewingTriple Triple (Blended Belgian Tripel)
Resolute Brewing Co. X Resolution Brewing Co.Einhorn is Dinkle...Dinkle is Einhorn (Hoppy Saison)
Sanitas Brewing Co. X The Bakers’ BreweryOdin’s Barleywine (Barley Wine)
Schmaltz Brewing Company X Renegade Brewing Company X 8th Wonder BreweryReunion 2017 (Brown Ale)
Seedstock Brewery X Diebolt Brewing Co.Coming soon!
Sleeping Giant Brewing Co. X Station 26 Brewing Co.Coming soon!
Sleeping Giant Brewing Co. X Stillwater ArtisanalCollaborations Are For Lovers (Stout)
Spangalang Brewery X Eppig BrewingNorwouija (Norwegian Farmhouse Ale)
Steamworks Brewing Co. X Dry Dock Brewing Co.Nice Pear (Sake/Beer Hybrid)
Strange Craft Beer Co. X Freetail Brewing Co.Coming soon!
Strange Craft Beer Co. X Metro State University Brewing ProgramNitro Raspberry Porter
Telluride Brewing Co. X Marble BreweryBad Nombre (Double IPA)
The People X Little Machine BeerThe People's Beer - final name TBD (Saison)
The Post Brewing Co. X Burns Family Artisan AlesThunder Kölsch
Tivolu Brewing Co. X Atwater Brewing10th and Atwater (Maibock)
Tivoli Brewing Co. X Schoenramer BrewerHien Brau Dunkel (Swiss Dunkel)
TRVE Brewing X Burial BeerAqua Dementia (Saison)
Twisted Pine Brewing Co. X Pump House BreweryComing soon!
Upslope Brewing Co. X Santa Fe Brewing Co.Thigh Five (Southwest Common)
Ursula Brewery X Westbound & Down Brewing Co.Coming soon!
Vail Brewing Co. X Lone Pine Brewing Co.Hipster Shake (Milkshake IPA)
Verboten Brewing and Barrel Project X Grossen Bart BreweryI Must Break You (Russian Imperial Stout)
Weldwerks Co. X Casey Brewing and BlendingTransmountain Diversion (Double IPA)
Lakewood Collaboration: WestFax Brewing Co. X Landlocked Ales and Green Mountain Beer Co. X Caution Brewing Co. X Great Frontier Brewing Co X Ironworks BreweryComing soon!
WestFax Brewing Co. X Broken Compass BrewingTable Manners (Belgian Table Beer)
Wibby Brewing X August Schell Brewing Co.Meat and Eggs Maibock (Hoppy Maibock)
Wibby Brewing X MediaThrowing Stones Stienbier (Stienbier)
Wibby Brewing X Station 26 Brewing Co.Coming soon!
Wild Woods Brewery X Very Nice Brewing Co.Southern HEMPisphere IPA
Wonderland Brewing Co. X Gordon BierschComing soon!
Woods Boss Brewing Co. X Goldspot Brewing Co.Stadtler and Waldolf (Belgian Dubbel)
Tommyknocker 10,000th Collab: Woods Boss Brewing Co. X Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub X Golden City Brewery X Lariat Lodge X Westfax X Lefthand Brewing Co. X Broken Compass X Elevation Beer Co.10K Alumni (Baltic Porter)
Wynkoop Brewing Co. X White LabsLimey Unicorn (British Golden Ale)
Zuni St. Brewing Co. X Bonfire BrewingComing soon!

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