Sunday, February 27, 2022

T is for Tivoli Brewing Company

When I posted S is for Smash Face Brewing, it had been almost 2 and a half months since I had added to my A to Z Denver Breweries series of blog posts.

Now ... about a week later, here I am already adding another one.

On Saturday, my wife (aka The SheppyBrew Beer Model) picked a "T" brewery for us to visit.

This particular brewery actually opened in 1859.

They had to "pivot" when prohibition hit, producing low ABV cereal beers to survive.

In 1933 when prohibit ended, they started up again brewing full strength beers.

By 1950, the brewery was making over 150,000 barrels a year, making it one of the biggest breweries in the Country.

Unfortunately, in 1965, record floods in Denver severely impacted this brewery and forced it to close its doors.

In 2012 ... the brewery was brought back to life in the same building with new state of the art equipment ...

Friday, February 25, 2022

SheppyBrew Seasonals

While out for a walk earlier in the week, I was thinking about homebrewing (surprise surprise).

One of the things that popped into my mind was beers that I always brew about the same time of year.

I was wondering if I had seasonal beers for every month of the year.

An obvious example is my Seasonal Saison series of beers. January is almost always when I brew Arctic Vortex Winter Saison. I usually brew Melting Stream Spring Saison in March or April, Hail Storm Summer Saison in June or July, and Falling Leaves Autumn Saison in September or October.

May is easy. The tag line for Helles in a Hand Bock-sket is "Will Drink in May". 

Will-o'-Wisp Pumpkin Ale makes the most sense for October.

Decemberfest Lager has "December" right in the name. 

Monday, February 21, 2022

S is for Smash Face Brewing

Its been over 2 months since I posted R is for Raices Brewing Company.

For various reasons, the Beer Model and I just have not been going out a whole lot recently. 

A side effect of that is that we have not done anything with our A to Z Denver Breweries series of blog posts.

As a reminder ...

Back in February of 2015, I was embarrassed by the huge number of Denver Breweries that I had never visited.

It struck me that if I went down the list, the starting letters of the brewery names represented almost every letter of the alphabet. That was when I started my A to Z Denver Breweries Project on this blog.

We are on our third round through the alphabet.

So ... after R, next up was S. We had a ton of S breweries to choose from. The Beer Model picked one Saturday ...

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Superbowl Brisket

If you follow this blog, you know that I brewed Superbowl Sunday.

I also smoked a brisket.

Fairly recently, at my neighborhood Sam's club, I found a 10 pound prime brisket.

As I'm sure I've mentioned before, 10 pounds is about perfect to fit on my 26" Weber Kettle, so I had to pick it up.

It was in my freezer for awhile, and I decided brisket would be a good meat to have on Superbowl Sunday.

So ... I smoked it for our Superbowl dinner during and after the brew day.

Monday, February 14, 2022

Colorado Vienna Lager (Batch 306)

I brewed a Vienna lager yesterday.

It is only my third batch of beer this year, but it was my 306th of my brewing "career".

As I've mentioned a few times on this blog, I've been using Root Shoot malts quite a bit lately.

One of my favorite homebrew shops has been featuring their malts, and I have really like the character that I get from the ones I've used so far.

Much like the Colorado Strong IPA (Batch 305), I designed the recipe with all Colorado malts. As I mentioned I really like the Vienna malt from Root Shoot, and this beer used it as its base.

I called the recipe:

Thursday, February 10, 2022

#5000MilesIn2022 and #10Everestsin2022

I started a little slow this year.

By the 10th of February last year, I had cycled 541 miles with 34,687 feet climbed.

Here it is the 10th of February ... and this year I've only cycled 370 miles with 20,279 feet climbed. Not even 1 Everest.

There are various reasons for my slow start this year. I won't go into them. Honestly, 370 miles with 20,279 feet elevation gain in a Colorado winter isn't really all that bad for an old couch potato such as myself.

I'm sure at some point I'll catch up. If not, I'll still ride more than most people.