Posted by thebrewbabe on Oct 26, 2017
Beer & Cider Trail: Colorado
I had the best trip of my life visiting Colorado! I extended my second trip to the Great American Beer Festival [GABF] by a few days and made time for hiking, site seeing, and a beer & cider trail mapped out for Celiacs. Most of the breweries I researched offered gluten-reduced beers, however, these breweries were scattered across Colorado. So if you intend on following this beer and cider trail, I recommend you rent a car, pick up some snacks, and good tunes for the road! Jagged Mountain Brewing Co. (Gluten-reduced) – Denver, CO Since I stayed a few blocks away from the Colorado Convention Center in Denver (where GABF is held), Jagged Brewery was a 10 min walk away. How convenient! Jagged Brewery had about 15+ beers on tap and six special GABF releases. Of the gluten-reduced beers I sampled, I had four favorites. Cattywampus DIPA: 9.7% ABV – I first discovered this beer at GABF, and to be honest, it led me to the brewery! I’m not a huge hophead and I do not enjoy grapefruits, so I was surprised that I fell in love with this DIPA. Cattywampus doesn’t hit you with the grapefruit aroma you typically find, but is full of juicy flavor and balanced with the hops used in this beer. Rum Barrel-Aged Doppel Black Diamond: 9% ABV – Wow! This beer took me back to my younger partying days and reminded me of my go-to cocktail: Rum & Coke. I couldn’t do a full pint of this one, but I enjoyed every sip I took. The Black Diamond was malty, toasty and would make for the perfect beer on those cold winter nights. Cabaret Barrel-Aged Playin’ Hooky: 5.2% – Playin’ Hooky is a tart, cherry wheat beer and according to their website, Jagged Mountain makes this beer with “puffed jasmine rice from Asia and 110 pounds of Montmorency Cherry juice concentrate (the equivalent of 325 pounds of fresh cherries).” Pretty mind-boggling! I’ve never had a beer quite like this one before, so I grabbed a crowler of this to bring home! My first brewery visit in Colorado and it’s all because of @greatamericanbeerfestival! Most of their beer is gluten-reduced and you wouldn’t even know it! 🍻❤️🍻 A post shared by Michelle (@thebrewbabe) on Oct 7, 2017 at 8:43am PDT Stem Cider (Gluten-Reduced) – Denver, CO...