One-of-a-Kind Beers, Anyone? 

Thirst Colorado’s Tour of Colorado event is known for raising money to help fight Alzheimer’s. To accomplish that, we’ve partnered with breweries across the state to produce collaborations that are unique and incredibly tasty. This year, Thirst also teamed up with distilleries to produce cocktails that will blow your mind.

The second annual Tour of Colorado is set for 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Tap 14’s Ballpark location, and it’s a great way to kickoff the week of the Great American Beer Festival.

The event is sponsored by On Tap Credit UnionDaveco LiquorsKoelbel Urban Homes and Renewal by Anderson.

The Alzheimer’s Association: Colorado Chapter and the Young Professionals Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado worked with Thirst to make sure the Tour of Colorado is fun for attendees.  

To whet your appetite, the following brief descriptions should help provide a better sense of what your taste buds will experience.

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Wet Hop Session Pale Ale 5.4 percent ABV

High Alpine went ultra-fresh with the WHSPA 3.0. Packing 111 IBUs, this freshly hopped IPA is as local as a brew gets. Wet hops (harvested within 24 hours of brewing) from Paonia are featured in this sessionable, yet flavor-packed beer.

 
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Golden Ale 9.5 percent ABV

Bruz Beers has had this brew in the works for quite a while now: three years to be exact. A three-year-old blond sour was blended with the Bruz Hellraiser to create the final product. Weighing in around 48 IBUs, it’s a golden ale with citrus notes, distinct brett character and a hint of orange marmalade.

 
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Double IPA 7.5 percent ABV

Fossil Craft blended two yeast strains, chico, typical for West Coast, and Vermont ale, typically found in New England IPAs, to create Nugz Smugglin. The brew includes Root Shoot Malting’s Genie Pale Malt, and classic West Coast hops (nugget, columbus, chinook, cascade and centennial). The mashup results in a dank and super citrusy beer with a nice single malt background that adds balance with a clean finish.

 
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American-Style Wheat Ale 5.1 percent ABV

Bristol Brewing teamed up with coffee gurus at Loyal Coffee in Colorado Springs to create Coffee Dunkelweizen. The result? A masterpiece of nuance, with banana/clove notes from the hefeweizen yeast, fruity notes from Loyal’s Ethiopian coffee, and hints of cherry and tobacco from an addition of cascara after the brew. The delicious, medium-bodied wheat beer with sublime coffee undertones and a sessionable ABV is just the thing for fall.

 
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Vienna Lager 5.6 percent ABV

Autumn is easily the best bike-riding season. The leaves are turning vibrant colors (sorry guys, green is so meh). But the best part are the fall beers. This fall we introduced Hammerschmidt, our latest lagered labor of love (holy alliteration, Batman). It features a copper-colored Vienna with a touch of malty sweetness, a subtle toast aroma and nice crisp finish. It’s the perfect drink after you’ve raked up all those leaves … or ridden through them.

 
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Pink Lemonade Gose 5 percent ABV

Inspired by those little entrepreneurial lemonade stands during weekend garage sales, the Crazy Days tart kettle sour was coaxed through organic lemons and rested on a small amount of raspberries to add just the right burst of color to this bubbly beverage.

 
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Coconut Imperial Stout 10.8 percent ABV

A big beer for malt and bourbon lovers alike, Oil Man is one of Elevation’s most sought after brews. This Coconut Oil Man firkin is a variant on their classic Oil Man Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout. This year’s batch has been aged in Buffalo Trace barrels for seven months. Packed with a ton of freshly toasted coconut, the beer was then allowed to naturally carbonate. The malt profile continues through the palate from beginning to end with subtle hints of chocolate, coffee and, of course, bourbon.

 
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New England Blood Orange IPA 6 percent ABV

Tommyknocker’s popular Blood Orange IPA just got a boost! Brewed in the New England style, this fruit-forward IPA has a very smooth body with a nice blood orange citrus profile. It’s light on forward bittering hops but big on the floral component.

 
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Blueberry Lemonade Radler 5 percent ABV

We went to the Boulder Beer archives for inspiration on a very exciting collaboration. Using Boulder Beer’s retired Kinda Blue Blueberry Wheat Ale, collaborative minds came up with Kinda Thirsty, a blueberry lemonade radler that is just right for the end of summer. Brewed on Boulder Beer’s pilot system, the beer is one of a kind. Light and refreshing, this brew will keep you kinda thirsty for more!

 
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New England Style IPA 6 percent ABV

Resolute Brewing’s Transparently Trendy New England Style IPA is anything but transparent ... in color that is. A hazy and juicy brew that beer lovers have come to enjoy, this IPA features cryo-eukanot, citra and mosaic hops.

 
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Golden Coffee Sour 6.5 percent ABV

Black Project has graced us with a complex coffee sour named Gemini. It features coffee from Black Project’s South Broadway neighbors, Corvus Coffee Roasters. This brew explores the unique characteristics of single origin coffee beans by extracting complex flavors with the help of Black Project’s spontaneous sour golden as the base beer. Expect bright, fruity, acidity from the base beer along with a flavorful coffee addition from Corvus. 

 
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Pumpkin Ale 6 percent ABV 

Patchy Waters is a pumpkin ale brewed with organic pumpkin and a blend of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, clove and ginger. Named after a long-loved family sailboat enjoyed from early summer to late autumn every year, Patchy Waters has a medium body with a cool and refreshing finish.

 
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Fresh Hop IPA 6.5 percent ABV

Carver Brewing’s Pine River Fresh Hop IPA is everything you’d want in a West Coast-style fresh hopped beer. Pine, grapefruit and stone fruit aromas make this a favorite harvest-time brew. This treat is made with local nugget and chinook hops from Carver’s friends at Pine River Hops in Bayfield.

 
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Baltic Porter 9 percent ABV

Here is a sneak peek at Upslope’s GABF Pro-Am entry (the pro-am competition is an opportunity for commercial brewers to team up with homebrewers to vie for top honors). Brewed with homebrewer Ed Moore, this beer pours deep black with a creamy, tan head. Notes of milk chocolate, cafe au lait, and light coffee roast finish with a pleasant sweetness. 

 
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American Amber Ale 5 percent ABV

Fourteen Amber is an American amber ale brewed with fresh cascade hops from Black Bottle’s own backyard. It features complex caramel flavors with some spicy, citrus-like hop aroma and balanced bitterness.

Cocktails

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Smoked Old Fashioned

State 38 Distilling takes inspiration from across the pond for its take on an Old Fashioned. Smoky and sweet, the peated whiskey isn’t overpowering. It balances well with the sweet and herbal flavors from Angostura bitters, simple syrup and fruit.  

 
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Gimlet

Simple, refreshing and elegant may best describe this gimlet. Broadway’s Archetype Distillery went old-school in bringing back the timeless classic. The Ashes of Roses gimlet balances their Archrival Gin, lime and a cucumber slice for a refreshing take on the old favorite.