2022 WeldWerks Invitational Announces Pour List, And It Is Bonkers
After two years of postponements and rescheduling, WeldWerks Brewing Company’s highly anticipated Invitational beer festival is finally around the corner. And in case the hype wasn’t real enough already, they just released the pour list for the event–and it is downright gratuitous in its glory.
Staying true to previous iterations, this year’s festival will feature roughly 40 breweries from around the country representing the best of their brand. Two separate sessions will both occur at the DoubleTree at Lincoln Park in Greeley, Colorado this June 25th, though both sessions have the same pour lists available. And what a pour list it promises to be: listed in its full glory on Untappd for easy sorting and prioritizing, this year’s festival includes some absolute showstoppers that the average craft enthusiast couldn’t dream of getting to try otherwise. What’s more, as we covered during the last Invitational, the only room for improvement we noted from the 2019 festival was the inclusion of more non-stout options. We’re pleased to see a hearty sprinkling of lagers, pilsners, wild ales, and IPAs this year to balance out the sugar coma we will undoubtedly be in from the still-ample lineup of pastry stouts. Below are just a handful of the many, many beers we’re most excited to try:
- Side Project Brewing: DM. A blend of Derivation and WeldWerk’s own Medianoche, this stout is one of the biggest whales at the festival. It’s no longer available for purchase (outside of the secondary market, if you don’t mind trading your firstborn) so this is an insane opportunity to try a beer that many tout as the best barrel-aged stout ever made. (Honorable mention for the 2019 Floue Floue as well; this entire list could easily just be the Side Project taps.)
- Amalgam Brewing: Premiere Goat. Amalgam is a local favorite for the Colorado crowd, and this wild ale is a collaboration with Bokke Brewery in Belgium. With only a handful of check-in’s so far, it’s billed as a blend of “25% Bokkereyder 2-year-old Lambic, 25% Amalgam 14 month Pinot Noir cask, 50% Amalgam 12-month Premiere Blanc cask”. Amalgam is another brewery that we’ll be trying every single offering from, but this particular one sounds half palate-cleanser and half insanely delicious.
- American Solera: Coconut Boom Boom. There’s a delightful amount of coconut representation in the pour list across breweries, but only one Imperial Gose with pineapple, coconut, macadamia nut, marshmallow, vanilla, and milk sugar. It sounds like the perfect way to think that we’re taking a break from the heavy stuff while still drinking at 8% ABV.
- Other Half Brewing Company: Bourbon Barrel Aged Sunday Crunch, Cafecito Edition. Proving that we’re always our best when we’re teaming up with others, our final most-hyped-beer is another collaboration. Other Half Brewing’s Crunchee series meets Kane Brewing’s Brunch series. Yeah, you heard us: just casually two of our favorite stout series get a mashup infused with Cuban coffee. Expect to see us back in this line multiple times.
For those of you with tickets, start cultivating your own must-try list now. (For those of you without tickets, there’s still a handful available–but after the release of this pour list, we don’t expect them to last long.) We could go on (and on, and on) but one thing’s for sure: this festival is going to have been worth the wait.