Zard-Alu Sour Apricot Ale

Sour. Tart. And refreshingly delicious. Introducing our newest Cellar Series release: Zard-Alu Sour Apricot Ale. We talked with our lab and brew team to give you, our fans, a little more insight on what to expect with our newest release. Here’s what they had to say:

Q: What was the inspiration behind Zard-Alu?

A: Stone fruits are one of the top aroma notes in some hop varieties, but the bitterness doesn’t always pair well with sour beer. So, we wanted to make a sour stone fruit beer, and Zard-Alu was born.

Q: What are some key flavors you taste in this beer?

A: Big stone fruit, some pineapple, background wheat, and a clean acidity on the finish.

Q: How long was the brewing process? Was it aged at all?

A: No barrel aging, but the base beer is a blend of sour projects we keep well fed around the brewery. It took months for the beer to fully mature in stainless.

Q: What foods would pair well with this sour?

A: Something slightly sweet that could also compliment the acidity, like fig paste and goat cheese on toast.

Q: How long do you recommend it cellars for if someone wants to store it to enjoy later?

A: We do all the hard work for you and cellar it until ready for drinking. I would drink it fresh, while it’s warm outside. I do not think this beer would benefit from aging in the package.

 

Zard-Alu will be available beginning May 27 in our tap room. It will ship to our 12 state distribution footprint at the end of May. Look for it on shelves near you.

Cheers!

Zard-Alu

Charity of the Month – Estes Valley Community Garden

Charity of the Month: Estes Valley Community Garden

EVCG Building Gardens

(Photo credit: Estes Valley Community Gardens)

There is no better way to have food security than to grow it yourself, add the cherished element of community and the project takes on a deeper meaning. Estes Valley Community Garden exemplifies the commitment that we here at Odell have to quality work, independence and collaboration. For a few years now the good folks of Estes Park have been researching ways to connect people and Earth through a laundry list of the best reads on gardening (and at high altitude!). Some of the literature that got this group inspired includes Bill McKibben’s Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, Allan Weisman’s Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth, and Rob Hopkins’ The Transition Handbook, as well as many others. The mission of the Estes Valley Community Garden (EVCG) “is to enrich the individual, social, and environmental health of the residents of the Estes Valley through gardening and gardening knowledge, by providing residents the opportunity to plant, grow, and gather some of their own food, and to become a more sustainable community.” Cheers to that!

The gardeners broke ground in November last year, just deposited their first load of top soil in April and could use your help! To volunteer, visit here: http://www.evcg.org/#!volunteer/cmnw

Breaking Ground EVCG

(Photo credit: Estes Valley Community Gardens)

For more information on the garden please visit: http://www.evcg.org/

For more information on our Charities of the Month program, you can reach out to Karla Baise at karla@odellbrewing.com

Tip Jar: Hunger Free Colorado  

Hunger Free Colorado

(Photo credit: Hunger Free Colorado)

The name says it all, though I would probably amend with “and great beer for all!” After all, beer is food. We are gathering tips from our guests in our tap room this month and paying them forward to Hunger Free Colorado to contribute to the health and well-being of all Coloradoans. This amazing and dynamic group aims to “leverage the power of collaboration, systems change, policy change and social change to end hunger in Colorado.” We hope that you will swing by the tap room for a pint and leave your change for change!

You can learn more here: http://www.hungerfreecolorado.org/

Raising one for our community,

Karla Baise, Community Outreach Coordinator