We’ve seen a great expansion of the concept of what beer can be in the last generation, but we know beer can still become so much more. Andrew has expanded his repertoire beyond flavors influenced by his Mediterranean archaeological digs, the birthplace of his stout with Turkish coffee & his hefeweizen inspired by the apricots he’d pick straight from the field during lunch breaks on digs. The Intrepid Sojourner thoughtfully sources spices & herbs for flavors inspired by cuisines the world over – from the peated malts of Scottish whiskies to Mexican chocolate & horchata ingredients; to sweet Italian basil, Thai basil, purple basil; to Indian chai & chamomile; to lavender, garlic & sage; to cardamom, cubeb pepper, & blade mace; to pears, Moroccan medjool dates, & roasted Palisade peaches from right here in Colorado – enhancing flavors inherent to indigenous beer styles to both fascinate the beer expert & simultaneously make beer more accessible to craft-brew skeptics.
And as a complement to the contemporary standards you expect in a Colorado brewery’s taproom – such as our West Coast & rye IPAs; Czech-, German-, & American-style pilsners; Belgian blondes & quads, Bavarian weizenbocks & doppelbocks, English ESBs, Irish Reds, Scottish 80 shillings, & French saisons – you’ll find clever twists, such as an IPA with all-New Zealand hops (Pacific Jade & Motueka) & a British-style brown ale with American IBU muscle, as well as regional & historical styles like the oak-smoked Polish grätzer – the “Polish Champagne” that went out of commercial production when the Communist government collapsed – the Finnish sahti, traditionally brewed with juniper for want of hops in the Nordic countries – the Australian sparkling ale, a highly carbonated pale ale made to compete with light lagers Down Under – the Slavic kvass, Mesoamerican chicha & pulque, & others.
[GR] denotes gluten reduced.
Mexican Lager: A light, refreshing neighborhood brew, with a hint of corn sweetness. 5.6% ABV. Salud!
Chamomile Hefe-Wit: [GR] (Kamilleweißbier) Citrus & floral, our wheat beer brewed w/ Chamomile is a Hefeweizen w/ the coriander & orange peel of a Witbier. Served in a Weizen glass. 5.3% ABV. Prosit!
Cantaloupe Saison: [GR] Fruity & dry, made w/ cantaloupe from Urban Farmer’s Lost Creek Micro Farms. 5.6% ABV.
Red IPA: Malty AND hoppy. Red rye & caramel malts merge a spicy, malty character with a citrusy, piney hop finish. 6.8% ABV, 54 IBU. Cheers!
Basil IPA: [GR] (Birra Chiara Indiana Basilica ) Italian basil sweetness from the leaves balances the bitterness—some of which is from the rest of the plant. Our best-seller, this is a delicate balance of hops, malt and basil, an herb known to the Greeks in the 3rd century BCE. The earthy, spiciness of the basil accentuates the 3-pounds-per-barrel of juicy American hops. All of the flavors work synergistically to create a thirst-quenching, sessionable ale. Served in a Revival glass. 64 IBU, 7.4% ABV. Salute!
Botanical IPA: [GR] IPA w/ gin botanicals: juniper, orange & lemon peel, & angelica & orris roots. 48 IBU, 6.0% ABV. Cheers!
Lavender Tripel: [GR] (Lavendel Tripel/Tripel de Lavende) Floral, & smooth for a big beer; a slight sweetness builds w/ each sip. Served in a Chalice. 8.7% ABV. Proost & santé!
Dos Luces Brewery Chicha Morada: [GF, NA] A collaboration with Dos Luces Brewery, set to open in Denver in 2018 focusing on chicha & pulque, this Incan & Peruvian tradition is brewed with purple & blue corn, cinnamon, clove, & lime juice. Very refreshing! Non-alcoholic. (*Try a Refajos shandy (1/3 Chicha Morada, 2/3 Lavender Tripel*) ¡Salud!
Black IPA: [GR] Roasty & hop-forward, this standard Black IPA is a flavor blend of American IPA hoppiness & the big, dark malt flavors of a stout. 6.2% ABV.
Gingerbread Bock: (Bock Lebkuchen) Brewed in collaboration with Spice Trade Brewing for the annual Gingerbread Invitational, this is liquid gingerbread! This malty lager is, like gingerbread, slightly sweet & bready, pairing perfectly w/ the gingerbread spices: ginger, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, & 22 lbs. of gingerbread. 7.5% ABV.
Chai English Bitter: Dry, spicy, & bitter; brewed w/ a warming blend of spices from Boulder's Hanuman Chai. 5.0% ABV.
Turkish Coffee Stout: [GR] (Türk Kahvesi Birasi) Robust yet smooth, cardamom counters bold, complex coffee notes; orange peel, a smooth finish. Our stout, brewed in the higher-alcohol and hoppier foreign/export style originally created to withstand lengthy shipments to the colonies, stands up to our added flavors of Turkish coffee, cardamom, and sweet orange peel, evoking the Arabic preparation of Turkish coffee. Turkish coffee beans are ground into the finest possible powder and instead of being filtered like coffee styles originating further West are simmered in a small, long-handled metal pot called a cezve. This coffee style spread to the various regions of the world influenced by the Ottoman Empire, ranging from southeastern Europe to North Africa to the Middle East to the Caucasus, each with preferred regional spices to complement the bitterness of this coffee. In the Middle East, cardamom is the spice of choice; our orange is a more unique option. Served in an Imperial Pint glass. 7.0% ABV. Şerefe & sláinte!
BOTTLES ONLY—Imperial Basil IPA: [GR] (Birra Chiara Indiana Basilica Imperiale) Our popular basil IPA is back and bigger than ever. We collaborated with Root Shoot Malting and Inland Island to craft a delicious summer treat. Inspired by Mediterranean cuisine, our 104-IBU Imperial IPA is brewed with five pounds of fresh Genovese Basil. Surprisingly smooth, the sweet, herbaceous flavors of the basil meld with the floral, citrus, and fruit notes of the Columbus, Magnum, Citra, and Centennial hops. Serve at 50-55º in a tulip; pair with Italian or Thai cuisine, pork, and burgers. 11.0% ABV. Salute!
BOTTLES ONLY—Imperial Sahti: [GR] Rich & velvety, this traditional Finnish Sahti was brewed as a raw ale: boiled only momentarily to incorporate an earthy hop character. Chocolate notes envelop layers of juniper, complemented by whole cloves, green cardamom, ginger root, macadamia nut, and cascabel peppers. Serve at 45-55º in a saison glass; pair with salmon, pork, and coffee cake. 9.3% ABV.
BOTTLES ONLY—Belgian Quad: [GR] Straight from the Belgian heartland, this is the bigger, maltier cousin of the Dubbel. Garnet hues give way to a sweet, intense malt flavor on the palate and an alcoholic warmth that soothes. The strongest of its Belgian brethren, this behemoth weighs in at 12.5% ABV. Aging 2-3 years recommended! Serve at 50-55º in a chalice; pair with duck, aged gouda, and bread pudding. 12.5% ABV. Proost & santé!
*World Beer Cup 2018 Silver in Experimental Beers* Hickory Peach Wee Heavy: [GR] Inspired by the fusion of our Indiana roots and Colorado culture (we harvested 30 lbs of shagbark hickory bark from the forests of southern Indiana & collected 100 lbs of peaches from the striking hills of Palisade), this beer fuses the caramel and marshmallow notes of roasted hickory bark with the sweet & smoky flavor of roasted and smoked peaches. Partially caramelized by hot stones, this beer is a fruit tree in liquid form. Then, we roasted them all together and blended them into the strong, malty Wee Heavy. Notes of cinnamon, caramel, and marshmallow with a touch of peach to soften the palate. Serve at 50-55º in a thistle; pair with wild game, strong cheeses, and creamy or fruity desserts. 9.6% ABV.
Pear Saison: (Saison Poire) [GR] Dry, tart, & refreshing, honey malt sweetness & flaked rye spiciness balance the pear that flavors this French-style saison. Smooth mouthfeel & a beautiful copper color. Served in a Munique glass. 5.5% ABV. Santé!
–Red Velvet White Stout
–Pickled Jalapeño Gose
–Tequila-barrel-aged session sour Belgian blonde ale w/ rosemary, cardamom, & pear: Collaboration w/ Denver’s First Draft.
–Palo santo wood-aged viognier Belgian golden strong brettanomyces kettle sour: Collaboration w/ Arvada’s Spice Trade Brewing.
–Flanders Purple (Oud Bruin w/ blue & purple corn): Collaboration w/ Denver’s Dos Luces Brewery.
–Rye-soaked-aspen-wood-&-gin-barrel-aged Sahti: Collaboration w/ Laramie, Wyoming’s Altitude Chophouse & Brewery.
–Russian Imperial Stout: Collaboration w/ Denver’s Molly’s Spirits. Будем здоровы!
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B.A. Imperial Turkish Coffee Stout: [GR] (Türk Kahvesi Birasi Imparatorluk) Dark & smooth, brewed using local malt, yeast, & spices & aged in a Breckenridge spiced-rum barrel, this imperial coffee stout uses Turkish Robusta coffee, giving it an earthy, muddy roast. Accentuated by green cardamom pods, sweet orange peel, blade mace, and cubeb pepper, this is the perfect beer for that snowy day in front of the wood-burning stove in a mountain cabin. Serve at 50-55º in a snifter; pair with aged cheeses and rich desserts. 11.5% ABV. Şerefe & sláinte!
Polish Grätzer: [GR] (Piwo Grodziskie) Light & smoky; wheat malt is dried in a kiln directly by oak smoke, giving a smoky aroma & flavor. The grätzer is a traditional beer style originating in western Poland. Once known as Polish champagne for its high quality high carbonation and exported to dozens of nations before World War II, it floundered and ultimately disappeared commercially in the early 1990s after years of neglect under the Communist regime. Interest from the homebrewing community revived the style in this century. Though grätzer was described a century ago as having an intense hop flavor, today is it known for its smokiness: The wheat malt is dried in a kiln directly by oak smoke, which gives it its smoky aroma and flavor. Served in a Footed Pilsner glass. 4.6% ABV. Na zdrowie!
Apricot-&-Date Hefeweizen: (Aprikose- und Datemhefeweizen) [GR] The inspiration for the Apricot-and-Date Hefeweizen came from a summer picking apricots off trees in a field in Turkey. They complement the banana and clove flavors natural to the yeast of the pale and hazy Bavarian wheat beer. Add some medjool dates, native to Morocco, into the mix, and the beer becomes much smoother. Served in a Weizen glass. 4.9% ABV. Şerefe und prost!
Belgian Blonde: This was the first beer brewed on our brand-new, seven-barrel Alpha Brewing Operations system. Crisp and brite with a spicy Belgian nose. This is a great beer to enjoy on our patio in the early summer weather. Served in a Munique glass. 4.5% ABV. Proost & santé!
Transatlantic Brown: [GR] Classic, malty brown ale; British notes of roasted barley, chocolate, & coffee w/ stronger, spicy American hop flavor, this beer occupies the space between American & British browns. Expect notes of chocolate, roasted barley and coffee, but expect them to sit side-by-side with a strong & spicy hop flavor; this beer is all British plus the American IBU muscle! Served in an Imperial Pint glass. 40 IBU, 6.0% ABV. Cheers!
Irish Red: (Èireann Dearg) Our easy-drinking Irish Red is reminiscent of a freshly-spiced muffin, or sugar as it begins to slowly caramelize. It's deep garnet color should put you in the mindset of rubies, emeralds, or pots of gold. Give your palate a break from summer hop intensity and travel to Ireland for an hour! Served in a British Imperial Pint. 5.6% ABV. Sláinte!
West Coast IPA: Intrepid Sojourner's version of the American taproom staple, this style of India Pale Ale is more resinous and dank than its New England or Colorado cousins. Served in a Revival glass. 69 IBU, 7.2% ABV. Cheers, dude!
Czech Pilsner: [GR] Slightly fruity; crisp and refreshing. Served in a Footed Pilsner glass. 5.4% ABV. Na zdraví!
English ESB: [GR] This Extra Special Bitter is 100% inspired by its English roots. The smooth caramel and toffee flavors of the malt are balanced by a healthy dose of Challenger bittering hops for a medium-bodied brown ale that finishes dry, yet stays smooth on the palate. Served in an Imperial Pint. 35 IBU, 5.5% ABV. Cheers!
Chai Brown: (चाय ब्राउन ऐले) This brown ale takes the drinker down the ancient trails of the Silk Road, showcasing spices from central and southern Asia – see if you can taste anise, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and pepper. It has been infused with lactose for a smoother, sweeter mouthfeel. Served in an Imperial Pint. 5.0% ABV. अच्छी सेहत!
Rye Saison: (Saison Seigle) A lightly fruity aroma blends well with the spicy rye notes and the floral clove-like characteristics of the Belgian yeast. A fusion of a French classic with flaked American Rye this bronze-colored beverage is perfect for the patio on a warm summer's day. Served in a Munique glass. 5.25% ABV. Santé!
Purple Basil IPA: (Birra Chiara Indiana Basilica Viola) Brewed with 5 pounds of fresh, whole-plant purple basil and with Magnum, Centennial, Citra, and Columbus hops. Served in a Revival glass. 64 IBU, 7.1% ABV. Salute!
Horchata Milk Stout: [GR] (Cerveza Negra Leche Horchata) Rice, tiger nut, sesame seed, vanilla, chocolate, lactose, and cinnamon. Brewed for our Día de los Muertos celebration with Museo de las Americas! 64 IBU, 5.5% ABV. ¡Arriba, abajo, al centro, pa' dentro!
DOS LUCES BREWERY Chicha: A collaboration with Dos Luces Brewery, set to open in Denver in 2018 focusing on chicha & pulque, this Incan & Peruvian tradition is light-bodied & effervescent, a sessional, clove-forward brew from corn. Try a Refajos w/ 1/3 Chicha Morada, 2/3 any other brew (Lavender Tripel recommended) ¡Salud!
Australian Sparking Ale: [GR] A pale ale, it’s light-bodied & moderately hoppy, using Pride of Ringwood hops from Australia. Extra carbonated for high effervescence, it was created to compete with light lagers Down Under. Served in a Footed Pilsner Glass. 26 IBU, 5.25% ABV. Cheers, mate!
Bavarian Weizenbock: (Weizenbock Bayerisch) A strong, dark wheat beer with flavors of dark fruit & a notable sweet, warm finish from the darker malts. Take a trip to the beer halls of Germany. A stronger, maltier version of a dunkelweizen w/ pronounced yeast esters of juicy dates and ripe prunes. Bold & complex, yet not too heavy for a summer's day. The wheat keeps it light & a little spicy. Served in a Footed Pilsner Glass. 9.3% ABV. Prost!
Pumpkin Sage Red IPA: [GR] Savory & malty, sage gives the final crop of pumpkins from Stewart Farms a flavor of savory dishes. Brewed with pumpkins from the Stewart farm in Greenwood Village for their retirement party, this gives the IPA fan a seasonal alternative to the plethora of pumpkin-spice beers: 1 lb. of sage from Colorado Aquaponics (& another 2.5 oz. for dry-“hopping”) give this malty Red IPA a flavor reminiscent of savory holiday dishes. Served in a Revival glass. 65 IBU, 6.7% ABV. Cheers! Released 12/9.
Rye IPA: [GR] A classic IPA, rye gives it a slightly malty backbone & a little spiciness.Served in a Revival glass. 64 IBU, 6.8% ABV. Cheers!
Year of the Dog (Belgian Blonde w/ Herbal Tea Spices): [GR] (比利时金发女郎与凉茶香料) Light & spice-forward, Belgian yeast amplifies herbal tea spices (turmeric, ginger root, orange peel, dong quai). Brewed for our Chinese New Year Party. 20 IBU, 5.9% ABV. 乾杯!
English IPA w/ Squash & Fenugreek: [GR] (स्क्वैश और मेथी के साथ अंग्रेजी आईपीए) Light w/ English- & earthy-hop character; a taste of fresh biscuits. Brewed w/ 70 lbs. of acorn squash from Grower's Organic, the roasted gourd complements the Victory & Biscuit malts. Fenugreek seed & leaf bring anise & maple notes to the earthy pepperiness of the English hops. 53 IBU, 6.1% ABV. Cheers!
Intrepid Bear (Sour: Chardonnay-Barrel-Fermented Imperial Saison): Our first sour, w/ 105 West Brewing. Oaky, & tart w/ notes of green apple, vanilla, Brett funk, barnyard yeast, & light Belgian characters. Santé!
Garlic Amber: This amber, though American at its roots, focuses on the maltier side of things in order to complement the garlic flavor. 5.4% ABV.
Dry Irish Stout: [GR] (Triomú Éireannach Tirim) Light but roasty. Flavors of roast coffee & malty sweetness culminate in a dry, moderate hop presence. Available on regular draft and Nitro. 5.2% ABV. Sláinte!
Bavarian Doppelbock: [GR] (Doppelbock Bayerisch) A strong, malty German lager, slightly sweet & warming. 10.5% ABV. Prost!
Peach Brett Belgian Session IPA: Highly unique & experimental, another collaboration w/ 105 West Brewing. 90 IBUs from 2 lbs. of hops per barrel are balanced by peach sweetness, Belgian Yeast, & Brett funk. 5.5% ABV.
Scottish 80 Shilling: (Ceithir Fichead Tasdain) [GR] A mild aroma of dates and raisins results in a light, fruity sensation on your palate. Named after the historic way in which Scottish beer was taxed, it is subtle and slightly malt forward with a dry finish, low fruity esters, and a hint of butterscotch. Served in an Imperial Pint glass. 5.1% ABV. Slàinte!
Finnish Sahti: [GR] Tasting like chocolate-covered juniper berries, this rich, dark farmhouse ale is a traditional Finnish style that utilizes juniper berries, which share some of the same bittering and preservative qualities of hops. One pound of berries went into the mash, one pound into the boil, and five pounds for dry hopping. Strong and dark, with a hint of bittersweet baker's chocolate. Served in a Munique glass. 7.4% ABV. Kippis!
New Zealand IPA: [GR] Sharp herb & bitter melon flavors from the Pacific Jade hops out of New Zealand balance lighter malt flavors in this international IPA. Served in a Revival glass. 79 IBU, 7.1% ABV. Chur!
Flanders Purple, in collaboration w/ Dos Luces Brewery: [GR] Sour & dry, with brettanomyces, brewed w/ purple & blue corn & aged in Zinfandel & Syrah barrels. 5.5% ABV. Proost!
New England IPA: Pahk the Cah in the Yahd: [GR] Juicy & hoppy; travel to the Northeastern United States w/ one of today’s hottest styles, the hazy, New England IPA. 80 IBU, 6.5% ABV. Cheers!
Russian Kvass: Intense rye flavor, a historical Slavic beer style, w/ caraway seeds grains of paradise. Rye bread from Denver’s Rebel Bread. 4.9% ABV. Будем здоровы!
Barrelfruit NE IPA: [GR] At its base, a New England IPA fermented w/ Belgian yeast & Brettanomyces in neutral American oak barrels; after 2 weeks, moved into stainless steel tanks & double dry hopped w/ Azacca, Apollo, Citra, & Mosaic & fruited w/ 15 gallons of mango puree & 10 gallons of pineapple juice added. 41 IBU, 8.7% ABV.
Strong Scotch Ale: (Leann Làidir) [GR] We've stayed true to the malty roots of this beer, but were unable to keep our love of Islay scotches at bay. A small amount of peated malt separates this ale from its Wee Heavy kin. Clean yeast and a mild hop earthiness accentuate the peat and hold up to the American oak. Served in a Snifter. *Also available on Nitro!* 7.6% ABV. Slàinte!
Brut IPA: [GR] Fruity & effervescent, this 5-hop, 1-malt IPA has almost all its sugar turned into alcohol; carbed to a higher PSI. 25 IBU, 9.0% ABV.
Kölsch w/ Lemongrass & Ginger: [GR] Crisp & clean; a subtle hint of lemongrass plays off a light, malt sweetness and a pop of fresh ginger. 7.0% ABV. Prost!