Beers Based on 1964 Stanley Kubrick film classic?

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Stranger Things have Happened

By Natasha Lovato

Tis’ the season of love ─ strange love, that is, at the annual Dr. Strangelove Day at Strange Craft Beer Co.

On Jan. 29, 1964, director and writer Stanley Kubrick released the film “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” To pay tribute to the bizarre comedy about a plan to nuke the Soviet Union, Strange Craft has released a beer and shown the film on the Jan. 29 anniversary for the the past four years.

Strange Craft’s beer, rightfully named Dr. Strangelove, is a bronze award-winner in the Barley Wine-Style Ale category at GABF and a bronze award-winner in the Aged Beer category at the World Beer Cup.

From 3-8 p.m. on Jan. 29, Strange Craft visitors can enjoy a vertical tasting of the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and the 2018 release of the Dr. Strangelove beer, while also watching the film.

The 12-percent beer is cellared each year and features dark prune and raisin fruits, sugary malt and hoppy characteristics.

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Originally planned as a hop bomb, owner Tim Myers said the beer turned into a wonderful accident when too much malt was added.

“We decided it had more malt character than triple IPA character,” Myers said. “That’s the fun part about being a small-batch brewery, you can say, ‘oh I meant to do that.’ Sometimes we define what we want the beer to be and sometimes the beer defines us.”

On top of the release of Dr. Strangelove, Strange Craft has plans for beer-lovers to try other strange creations that are in the works. From a spiced pepper and cherry IPA collaboration, to a hoppy red brut IPA, the exciting and fun brews will be available in the taproom and at upcoming events such as Collab Fest on March 16, and the Craft Brewers Conference, April 8-11 in Denver.