About- Chris Day
Do you remember the first time you tasted a white IPA? While enjoying a Chainbreaker a few years ago, I wondered if these wheaty-hoppy hybrids would ever catch on. Little did I know it would soon find a home on seemingly every taplist in Denver. While albino IPAs have become increasingly popular nationwide, we’ve only seen a few examples of the style from Colorado brewers. When I heard that Odell Brewing, the Ft. Collins brewery responsible for perhaps my favorite Colorado IPA, were releasing their Perle White IPA this summer, my tastebuds stood at rapt attention.
Denver Craft beer lovers know how hard it is to stay on top of your suds between new breweries popping up like wildflowers and all those special and seasonal releases from your old standbys tempting you from the shelves of your local bottle shop. It’s even more difficult to make progress through our ever-expanding list of fine independent restaurants. Fortunately, EatDenver throws an epic annual summer food and drink bash giving us an opportunity to sample what some of the Mile-High City’s best culinary minds have to offer.
Anthony Trollope wrote “What on earth could be more luxurious than a sofa, a book, and a cup of coffee?” Well, I guess he never considered wrapping a rich, creamy stout around that cup of Joe. Sure, it was the 1850’s and Santa Fe Brewing didn’t exist yet, so perhaps I should give him a pass. Regardless, I’m almost positive old Tony would change his mind if handed a delicious imperial stout brewed with locally roasted coffee beans sourced from East Timor and New Guinea.
The week of the Craft Brewers Conference was so jam-packed with incredible events that it was simply impossible to catch all the good stuff. We have only so many hours in the day and sadly, only one liver. However, I did my best given these unfair limitations – here’s where I spent my evenings April 7th-11th.
In the second week of April, over 9,000 brewing professionals traveled to Denver, CO to attend the 2014 Craft Brewers Conference. Aside from beer and networking, what could lure brewers from all around the world to the mile high city? Well, fortunately PorchDrinkers Tristan, Cory, Chris, and Phil were on hand to find out. Below is our coverage of some of the 80+ educational seminars presented during the conference.
To be honest, the prospect of drinking American wheat beer seldom fills me with excitement and anticipation. I’m not happy to admit this personal bias, but I usually think of those insipid, often fruit-laden wheats some brewers feel compelled to keep around in case some poor soul who “doesn’t like the taste of beer” is dragged in to the taproom by their friends. For every Oberon or Gumballhead, I’ve suffered a hundred headache-inducing raspberry wheat coolers. Fortunately, Boulevard crafted just the beer to convert a hardened cynic like me.
As spring approaches and Colorado’s notoriously schizophrenic weather becomes even more erratic, I find myself having an increasingly hard time deciding between a soothing, satisfying stout or a creature with sharper, hop-stained teeth. In these moments of seasonal indecision, my favor often falls on Black IPAs, especially ones crafted by West Coast breweries.