Most successful breweries that have started in the last 10 or 20 years tend to have a similar story. Start home brewing, become obsessed, take the plunge and open up a small brewery, continue to grow and start distributing your wares to a larger and larger number of people.The Danish duo of Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and Kristian Klarup Keller had a similar story in forming the highly regarded brewery Mikkeller but with one major exception: the duo skipped the step of opening up a brewery. While their beers are currently distributed to over 40 countries around the world and yet there is no actual Mikkeller brewery that can be visited.
IPA & Pale Ales
Hops & Grain Brewery is doing something very interesting with its IPA program, the Austin, Texas-based brewery changes its recipe every month. Spawned out of its Greenhouse program, which is their experimental beer line, the Greenhouse IPA cahnges the hops used in the dry-hopping process every month. They only produce 300 cases of each recipe a month, so it’s a frequently evolving, ever changing beer.
Oskar Blues Brewery has an interesting past with some interesting accomplishments, culminating in our review today of a crowler of Four Roses Barrel-Aged GUBNA, but before we get to that lets rewind the clock just a little bit. Founded in 1997 by Dick Dale Katechis, Oskar Blues Brewery was originally Oskar Blues Grill & Brew Restaurant located in Lyons, Colo. After doing the restaurant thing for a year, they started brewing their own beer in the basement and took home a bronze medal at the Great American Beer Festival for their beer The Reverend Sandi’s Sinful Stout.
3 Floyds is one of the many limited-distribution breweries around the country with a rabid cult following, in this case originally driven largely by the one-day-a-year release of its Russian imperial stout, Dark Lord. However, there is another beer that many people might consider to have really put 3 Floyds on the map, and in a way it upstaged even the coveted Dark Lord upon its initial bottling release.
Dogfish Head is a brewery that should need no introduction among craft beer enthusiasts. Although its slogan is "Off-centered ales for off-centered people," I would maintain that Dogfish Head is widely-known for its unique and very well executed American IPAs. The lineup consists of two year-round staples: 60 Minute (a standard IPA) and 90 Minute (an imperial IPA).
In August Bell’s Brewery Inc. released the first beer in a new limited production line the company is doing based off off Gustav Holst’s orchestral suite called The Planets. Was a band nerd in high school and college, The Planets was one of my favorite performances we did. The first beer, a double India pale ale, is called Mars, The Bringer of War which is name of the first movement of Holst’s suite. Each new beer will be released every two months until the series concludes in 2015.