Happy Great American Beer Festival, friends and Squarrel lovers! This is an exciting time of year for everyone, from the parties, presentations, lunches, and beer releases, to the delightful and unique collaborations. We're delighted to be celebrating GABF with you!
Squarrel is lucky to be participating in SIX collaborations with some incredible local breweries! That's a lot of beer!
One of my favorite things about the Squarrel aging process is the sheer amount of variety that goes into each barrel. Since our staves are interchangeable, you can mix and match with whatever flavor works best for you! Local brewers are perhaps even more excited about it than we are, and have created some unique beers for you to try during GABF.
This week, our collaborators include Purpose Brewing, Black Bottle Brewery, Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery, Snowbank Brewing, Weldwerks Brewing Co., and Wynkoop Brewing Company. Since that's such a mouthful, we're going to break it down into individual beers!
Squarrel Barrels at Wynkoop Brewing Company
Wynkoop Brewing Company is releasing a special Sour Stave Saison with some of our White American Oak, which should be a delightfully distinctive treat during your time at GABF. Here's the event on GABF's website, just remember it's available all week, in downtown Denver!
Squarrel Barrel on Wynkoop's bar.
Next up, we have a special surprise beer at Purpose Brewing! Wow!
Purpose beer atop a lovely Squarrel Barrel.
It's a Mongolian Oak aged beer, to be released on September 20th! It's a blonde mixed culture fermentation that is slightly sour, they describe the flavor as having "notes of "dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The tannin structure is more complex and earthy. Trees grow in a harsh climate and this oak is known as the 'holy grail' of Japanese whiskey barrels. The rarest of all, it leans on the brittle side." You can get it starting at 3 pm on Thursday, in one of Squarrel's hometowns, Fort Collins!
One of the brewers at Purpose, Peter, cheesing next to one of our very own Squarrel Barrels.
Weldwerks Brewing Co. is also releasing a distinctive beer of its own, it's a sake style lager that was fermented and aged in a Squarrel Barrel. You can find the event for GABF here, and Weldwerk's hours on their website, here! They're located in Greeley, so you can participate in GABF wherever you are!
A very sexy sake lager at Weldwerks!
Snowbank Brewing is releasing a Colorado Red, aged in one of our very own American Oak staved barrels! Go see them in Fort Collins, you won't regret it!
Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery is releasing TWO new beers this week in collaboration with us! First is their Oaked Wolf Pack Black Saison with Palo Santo, a very flavorful and distinctive wood that we offer. They are also featuring an Imperial Oak Aged Brut IPA with Palisade Peaches, which is a very distinctly Colorado beer. There aren't very many Palisade Peaches left this year, so why not try them out in Denver with your beer?
Here's that Peach Brut, still squirreled away in one of our Squarrels.
Last, but almost certainly not least, Fort Collin's very own Black Bottle is bringing you a maple wood aged beer, an American Oaked Pumpkin Spice Ale! If you're tired of the hot Colorado summer, come check out this autumnal ale that is sure to delight!
We're very lucky to be working with some of the best breweries all over Colorado, come celebrate GABF with us!