Where Insiders Share Their Opinions
Diebolt Greenback Session IPA: A solid IPA with a pungent blend of citrus and floral hops. At 4.9% ABV, it’s something you can sip on all day. Bonus: it’s canned, so you can take it anywhere.
Patrick Annesty, Sales and Marketing Director,
River North Brewery
I am a fan of balanced American-style pale ales, and Bridal Veil Rye Pale Ale from Telluride Brewing Co. is right up my alley. While serious hop heads might long for more bitterness, the malt character provides a good backbone. The rye adds a peppery spice element that interplays with the hops. And at 5.5% ABV, this beer is sessionable for the style, making it a great summer camping beer. All in all, one of my favorite beers from one of my favorite breweries.
Kris Oyler, Co-Founder/CEO,
Steamworks Brewing Co.
I’d recommend Patty’s Chile Beer, Wynkoop Brewing, developed by brew master and humble beer genius Andy Brown. It’s a balanced and well-designed summer beer that goes well with many summer foods. The roasted chiles are “dry hopped,” instead of being tossed in the boil, as many other chile beers are made.
Wade Maslen, Head Brewer,
Ironworks Brewery and Pub
We are fortunate in Colorado to have access to so many amazing saisons, and one of my all-time favorites is Funkwerks Saison. Truth be told, every beer from Funkwerks is world-class, as are the people. But their flagship Saison continues to be my go-to when I’m looking for a great beer to pair with food, enjoy with friends, or simply to drink for the sake of enjoyment. The yeast complexity and balance is a thing of beauty, with the esters coming through as melon, banana, and tropical fruit, which are perfectly complemented by the pepper and ginger phenolics. And the yeast complexity is allowed to shine thanks to a well-crafted base beer consisting of delicate malt sweetness with enough hops to balance. Perfection in a glass!
Neil Fisher, Owner/Head Brewer,
Weldwerks Brewing Co.
Zwei Brewing in Fort Collins is hands down the best new brewery in the area. Fort Collins is running out of niches and new ideas, and this worries me about all the new breweries. We can’t ride on coattails anymore. People need to think outside the box; which does not mean radical beers. It can mean simple beers or really good lagers, and Zwei does just that. I call Kirk Lombardi, head brewer over there, the Lager King. It is not easy to do a bunch of lagers, especially being a small-scale brewery. Ales are a lot easier to brew and the turn around is a lot quicker, but these dudes don’t care, and I love that about them. My favorite beers from them besides the collabs we have done together are Neuevienna Lager and Helles Lager. I hope you people out there try them if you have not yet.
Sean Nook, Owner/Head Brewer,
Black Bottle Brewery
When I’m drinking summery beer, my mind always goes to my happy place: hanging out on the beach with my beautiful wife. She is catching rays, I’m drinking Mexican beer, and we are both enjoying ourselves. I’m really not that picky when it comes to what kind of Mexican beer I’m drinking. However if we’re focusing on Colorado beers of this style, then the conversation begins with Ska’s Mexican Logger. Ever since I’ve been old enough to know better, I’ve said that I want to be like Ska Brewing President Dave Thibodeau when I grow up, and this beer is one of the reasons.
Matt Hughes, Head Brewer,
Goldspot Brewing Co.