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In Fort Collins, breweries collaborate for Collusion Ale

May 22, 2011 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer

To celebrate Craft Beer Week, nine craft breweries and microbreweries in Fort Collins, Co., recently teamed up to brew a single beer, Collusion Ale, which will be available only at the participating breweries. The beer was a pale ale with flowers and spices.

The collaborators were C.B. & Potts Restaurant & Brewery, CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewing, Crooked Stave, Equinox Brewing, The Fort Collins Brewery, Funkwerks, New Belgium Brewing, Odell Brewing and Pateros Creek Brewing Company.

Check out the video.

There’s good beer in Nashville grocery stores

November 16, 2010 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Travelin'

Beers bought at Harris Teeter

Just a portion of my haul from Nashville.

If you’re a Memphian who loves beer and you’re ever in Nashville, check out the selection of craft brews in Nashville grocery stores.

When I was there last week on a work trip, I took a side trip to the Harris Teeter grocery at 2201 21st Avenue South near Vanderbilt.

My friend Brad had recommended Harris Teeter as a good place for beer, and it was a total score. I snagged lots of beer you can’t readily find on Memphis shelves.

Here’s what I brought home for me and my fellow FuzzyBrewers:

• four 6-packs of Sweetwater IPA. (For some reason, I can’t find Atlanta’s Sweetwater beer anywhere in Memphis. The IPA is like an explosion of grapefruit. It’s amazing.)

• one 6-pack of Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale.

• one 6-pack of Yuengling Porter. (Since Yuengling is headed to Memphis, I thought I should try more of Yuengling’s offerings. In Memphis, we can only get the Lager and the Black & Tan. I’d still like to try the Lord Chesterfield Ale.)

• one 6-pack of Starr Hill‘s Dark Starr Stout. (Starr Hill is a brewery in Charlottesville, Va., and I totally bought the beer after seeing the Grateful Dead-inspired label. But it’s quite tasty.)

• one 6-pack of Star Hill’s Festie, which is an Oktoberfest lager.

• one 6-pack of Fort Collins Brewery‘s Rocky Mountain IPA. (In Memphis, you can get tons of Fort Collins beer from New Belgium Brewing, i.e., Fat Tire, but not from the Fort Collins Brewery.)

More later from those of us at FuzzyBrew on what we thought about some of these beers.

FuzzyBrew Review: Odell IPA

August 31, 2010 By: grant Category: Craft beer, FuzzyBrew Review, Travelin'

Odell IPA

Brewery: Odell Brewing

Location: Fort Collins, CO

Style: American IPA

ABV: 7%

IBU: 60

Fuzzy Rating: 5 of 5

Yeah I know. Of the four FuzzyBrew reviews so far, three have been IPAs. And look at that tag list down there to the left. IPA in great big letters. We appreciate many brews, but damn, we love a good IPA. I mean, if there’s one thing we’re good at (and it’s probably just the one thing), it’s appreciating a fine India Pale Ale.

Five out of five? “Amateur,” you think to yourself, “he’s only sucker for a good hop bomb.” Well, yeah I guess. I’m no Cicerone, but this one is fantastic. No effing joke. I was recently in Colorado on vacation, where I learned that you don’t just wander down Denver’s 16th Street Mall at 10 am on a weekday in search of skunky suds. You formulate a plan and get a leg up on the day:

  1. Bring a friend. Good brew should be shared. Tell him we’ll just have one.
  2. Put food in stomach. Jimmie Johns I salute you.
  3. Get to ye ole Irish Pub early. It opens at 11 am.
  4. Convince friend he should drink at least three before his four-hour tour of Red Rocks in the hot desert sun.
  5. Wake wife up from nap and go to another bar, where she can order lunch. You’ll order something other than Odell IPA, regret it and switch back.
  6. Enjoy that buzz, bro.

It’s got some serious hops, both in taste and aroma, but has exactly the right amount of bitterness to make you want to order a second well before your first is finished. Odell doesn’t say what they’ve got in there exactly, but there’s a thread on HomeBrewTalk that takes a stab at it.

The only negative thing I can say is that, as far as I know, I can’t get it here in Memphis, unlike brews made by its neighbor New Belgium. Which reminds me: While I was ranting and raving to some buddies about this beer, someone told me some of the folks at New Belgium actually got started at Odell. True or not, it makes sense, since I’ve yet to meet a New Belgium I actually dislike. I really, really wish Mighty Arrow wasn’t just a seasonal.

So, somebody puh-leaze ship me some of this goodness, and I’ll return the favor, with a growler of something from Boscos or Ghost River. E-mail me and I’ll send you my address.