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The inside scoop on brews from 24 breweries available to sample at WinterWonderGrass

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Choosing the perfectly chilled brew, creatively concocted in both recipe and name, can be a bit daunting, but during WinterWonderGrass, festival goers will have the opportunity to sample beer from 24 Colorado craft breweries, along with a few wineries and distilleries.

Libations will be served from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday in one of three heated festival tents, which will be fully equipped with hay bales and whiskey barrels framing the stage and music playing between each main stage act, with 30-minute sets.

Here's the lowdown on brews featured at the festival and what to try.

New this year

  • Santitas
  • Joy Ride
  • Stem Cider

Local brewers on tap

  • Storm Peak Brewing Co.
  • Mountain Tap
  • Butcherknife Brewing Co.

Crooked Stave

Location: Denver, Colorado

About: Founded in late 2010 as an artisan beer project, Crooked Stave is the culmination of brewmaster Chad Yakobson's open source master's research, "The Brettanomyces Project."

"Crooked Stave's progressive approach to brewing blends science and art through creativity and passion," said Kaleigh Armitage, Crooked Stave marketing manager. "The resulting creations, most of which use Brettanomyces yeasts and mature in oak, are beers of extraordinary complexity. Crooked Stave currently offers a variety of clean, wild and sour beers in their portfolio.

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What to try:

  • Von Pilsner – Keller Pilsner
  • Crooked Stave IPA- Unfiltered American IPA
  • Coffee Baltic Porter
  • Sour Rosé – Barrel-Aged Sour

Specialties:

"We just recently released Sour Rosé in cans, and we’re the first brewery to release a 100-percent fermented in oak sour beer in a can," said Armitage. "Another specialty is our Coffee Baltic Porter. We partnered with a local artisan coffee roaster, Method Roasters in Denver, to brew this amazingly fresh, roasted dark beer."

Tasting Tips:

Armitage said to start with the brewery’s lighter styles like the Von Pilsner and Crooked Stave IPA, then move on to Sour Rosé and Coffee Baltic Porter.

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co.

Locations: Edwards and the Santa Fe Arts District of Denver

What to try:

  • Lava Lake Wit
  • Mountain Livin' Pale Ale
  • Hookiebobb IPA
  • Lawyers, Guns & Money Barleywine
  • Local's Stash Colorado Chocolate Cherry Imperial Stout

Specialties:

  • The Local’s Stash series
  • Chocolate Cherry Imperial Stout

"The laid-back, fun mountain lifestyle carries over into everything we do — from closing up shop early on epic powder days, to a gaggle of dogs running through the office," said Andy Nottingham, marketing coordinator for Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. "Crazy Mountain is the perfect beer for those successes, near misses and next-times, no matter what adventure you find yourself on. After all, life, just like our beer, is best with a touch of crazy."

Factoid:

Each week Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. releases a new beer, allowing brewers to get creative and think outside the box.

Other Colorado breweries:

Telluride Brewing Co.

Left Hand Brewing

Aspen Brewing,

Mockery Brewing

Bonfire Brewing,

Great Divide Brewing

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co.

Boulder Beer,

Oskar Blues Brewing

Odell Brewing Co.

Vail Brewing Co

Breckenridge Brewery

Epic Brewing Co.

Crooked Stave

Upslope Brewing

Santitas

Joy Ride Brewing

Sierra Nevada Brewing

Other beverage choices:

Ciders to try:

  • Big B's Cider
  • Stem Cider

Wine to try:

Long Meadow Ranch Winery

Spirits to try:

Breckenridge Distillery

 

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