Dark Beers do not have to be heavy. This is a surprisingly drinkable dark ale with pale chocolate and dehusked carafa II. The result is not so much bitter as smooth and full of rich chocolate flavor. Perfect for the end of a long day, we have a double entendre for this beer. Its our tribute to the mining heritage of Silverton and the long hard days and brutal conditions that the hardrock miners endured in the darkness of the portal. Its also our tribute to Silverton’s favorite dive bar, the Pride of the West (or the POW) that burned down in April 2011, where we shared many a drink and good time after a long day of work or play.
I’ve spent quite a lot of time on hop farms during harvest in Colorado and Idaho and one of the best things about the farms is the massive quantities of perfectly ripe hops that permeate the air everywhere. I wanted this beer to taste like jumping into a bottomless pile of hops. I used six different hop varieties to create the complex hop flavor in the beer. The result is a balanced and powerful assertion of American super hops Zeus, Nugget, Chinook, and Citra, and wonderful aromatics of Cascade, and Mt. Hood. The peak of Sultan looms high above Silverton at 13,368. The hop character in this beer and just like the peak of Sultan, this beer commands some respect.
This is a single-hop beer made solely of my favorite variety of hops: Cascade, dosed heavily in the aroma and dry hop. Balanced with Biscuit, Crystal, and Munich malts give this beer a bready crisp taste with a nice citrus flavor. Drinking this beer reminds me sharing beers with good friends in the special place above Animas Forks where two cabins; the Bonnie Belle and Treasure Mountain Hut sit on the shoulder of Treasure Mountain.
This beer is inspired by the Saison beers that Belgian farmers brewed for centuries to quench their thirst while working in the fields. Orange Peel, coriander, and paradise seed provide an interesting citrus spice. This beer is very different from any other you may have tasted and you may wonder if you’re drinking beer at all!