Baltic Porter is an uncommon Eastern European Lager that is gaining popularity in the United States. This beer has a hefty grain bill, tempered by 90 pounds of cherries, vanilla beans, and aged in oak. The Shackateaux lies hidden in the pine trees somewhere in the San Juans. It may not be much from the outside, but inside it has everything a weary traveler could need for days or maybe weeks. If you're lucky, maybe even a crowler or 2 of this wonderful beer might be waiting in the fridge.
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 Citra, Mosaic, Super Galena, Chinook, Crystal, and Meridian. The hop character in this beer looms over it, just like the peak of Sultan looms high above Silverton at 13,368.
The Treasure Mountain Pale Ale is the brewer’s favorite beer. It features hops with many late aroma hop additions, balanced by a crisp malt background of Vienna, Biscuit, and Wheat. The result is a dry pale ale, bready and crisp with a creamy mouthfeel and citrus hop palette. Treasure Mountain sits high above Animas Forks and is home to our favorite backcountry cabin: The Bonnie Belle.
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!