Game Day Montage


We’re getting ready for the Big Game, and the Winter-Spring Montage variety pack has some great pairings for our favorite game day foods!WinterSpring_Box


90 Shilling | Chili (scroll down for recipe): 90 Shilling is a medium bodied amber ale with a roasty malt backbone balanced by a subtle earthy hop character. The beer pairs well with rich sauces or roasted meats, and is the perfect complement to a hearty cup of chili.


wing-chicken-1319239IPA | Hot Wings: Our IPA has a complex malt base and an even more complex hop profile. The citrus floral nose gives way to a bright grapefruit hop finish that’s not overly bitter. This hoppy delight not only cuts the heat of the spicy wing sauce, but also balances the rich bleu blue cheese.


Runoff Red IPA | Green Chile, Bacon, and Goat Cheese burgers: Runoff boasts a full and slightly sweet caramel malt backbone and a subtle pine and citrus hop flavor. The crisp hop finish balances the rich goat cheese and subtle chile spice, and the malty sweetness plays nicely with the bacon.



Wolf Picker Experimental Pale Ale | Nachos: Wolf Picker is an American Style Pale Ale with an intense and complex aroma filled with notes of lemon, fresh basil and tropical fruit. This fruity hop character clears the heat, and the crisp finish is both palate cleansing and refreshing.


Five Bean Cutthroat Chili:

1 lb. Ground Beef

1 medium onion, chopped

1 jalapeno, diced

1 green bell pepper, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tomato, diced

1 can Dark Red Kidney Beans

1 can Garbanzo beans

1 can Great Northern beans

1 can Black beans

1 can Pinto beans

¼ cup Chili Powder

1 ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper

1Tbsp Cumin

1 bottle of Cutthroat Porter

Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions: Start browning the ground beef over medium-high heat and add onion, jalapeno, bell pepper, and garlic. Drain the meat/veggies, and pour into a 5 quart pot. Add tomato and drained cans of beans, and seasonings. Pour the Cutthroat Porter over the meat and beans and stir well (if you like a soupier chili, you can add another ½ beer or ½ cup of water). Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 30 – 60 min. Salt & Pepper to taste.

Beer and Bacon…for Dessert!

Vanilla bean ice cream with Rasher Bacon and 90 Shilling orange cardamom caramel sauce

Rasher Bacon: The Rasher bacon was made with a pork loin roast with additional belly fat added to the cut. This is the closest way to get it in the US as we butcher the pig differently. Typical Rasher bacon has the loin and some of the belly fat cut with it.

I cured it with 64 oz cold water with 1/2 cup kosher salt, 1/2 cup sugar, and 3 tsp pickling salt. I left it in the brine for 48 hours. I bet a little more time in the brine would have salted it up a little more.

90 Shilling Orange Cardamom Caramel SauceIMG_8989

One 12oz bottle of 90 Shilling

4 cardamom pods (optional)

Zest of 1/2 orange in large strips (optional)

2 Tbs butter

1 1/2 c brown sugar

1 c heavy cream

Pinch salt

1 tsp vanilla

Cook beer and spices over medium heat for about 10 minutes until reduced by half.  Add butter and sugar and cook for 10-15 minutes until soft ball stage (drop some in cold water and if it forms a ball it’s done) DO NOT stir unless it is about to boil over! Carefully stir in cream and cook for about 5-6 minutes until thick.  Remove from heat, add salt and vanilla and remove spices.

Pour over vanilla bean ice cream and serve with a slice of bacon!

Wolf Pickin’ Hops

Wolf Picker Bottle 2015It’s no secret we love hops around here. We often work closely with hop farmers in the Pacific NW and Colorado, anxiously awaiting new experimental hop varieties that we can bring home to play with. This weekend we’ll release our latest hop crazy Roots Release creation, Wolf Picker.

Named in honor of the hop growing community and the harvesting equipment many use, Wolf Picker is an American Style Pale Ale brewed with two experimental hop varieties. The malt profile produces a light golden straw hue and a clean crisp finish that allows the hopback and dry hopping additions to shine. Wolf Picker features ADHA (American Dwarf Hop Association) #881 and HBC (Hop Breeding Company) #366, which give it an intensely complex hop character and aroma filled with notes of lemon, fresh basil and tropical fruit.

This spring, we will once again partner with several hop growers to showcase several new yet-to-be-named varieties for the annual Craft Brewers Conference. We’ll have up to nine different experimental hop beers on tap throughout the conference week!

Want to see a Wolf Picker in action? Check out this video from our friends at Colorado State University, and swing by the Tap Room on January 11th & 12th as we celebrate the tapping this latest Roots Release brew.

Hop to Sip – The Story of a Beer from Hunter Thompson on Vimeo.

Wolf Picker will be available on draft and in the Winter-Spring Montage Variety Pack beginning January 13th!