Beer in briefs: Taste, enjoy & discover in Colorado’s Grand Valley |

Beer in briefs: Taste, enjoy & discover in Colorado’s Grand Valley

Caitlin Row
Try Rockslide Brewery's own take on Irish red ale, just in time for St. Paddy's Day.
Rockslide Brewery |


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When it comes to craft beer, there are plenty of options for sampling in Colorado’s Grand Valley.


Blink Coffee Company in Mesa, Colo., is serving a beer concoction that will remind you of dessert — Odell Brewing Company’s Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout in a glass rimmed with Butterfinger candy pieces and Ghirardelli chocolate.

According to Ann Hartter, member of Grand Valley Beer Geeks on Facebook, “it was gooey and terrific; salty, and of course sweet; and it went very well with the stout, balancing the hoppiness. It was a very textural experience.”

Al Asenavage, Blink’s executive chef, also noted that it’s his take on a margarita.

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Tyler Frye of Grand Junction’s Bookcliff Home Brew Club made the following recommendations: “Kannah Creek Brewing Company has a Lunchloop Pale that has very nice hop aroma and light bitterness. Their Iron Cross Irish Red Ale also has a nice, toasted malt flavor and light hop balance. Copper Club Brewing Company is serving up a 72 Schilling that has nice, caramel notes and is an excellent Scottish ale. They also have bottled IPA that is great to take home. Rockslide Brewery has a great Citra IPA that has medium bitterness and a nice citrus aroma. They also have Irish and Scottish ales on tap.”

For more information, find Bookcliff Home Brew Club on Facebook.


According to Jen Zeuner of Hot Tomato Pizzeria in Fruita: “We just tapped Cocoa Mole … It’s a fantastic beer from New Belgium that is part of their Lips of Faith series, which is their small craft brew department. The LOF series rotates frequently, we usually only get a keg or two before it changes. The Cocoa Mole is a spiced, chocolate porter, flavored with cinnamon and chiles; it is perfect for this time of year when the weather is still a bit chilly!”

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Katlin Lubeley with Kannah Creek Brewing Company confirmed a seasonal beer called Riverbound Pale was recently tapped at Kannah’s 12th and Orchard location only.

“River Bound is a pale ale, and here is the description: resinous, sweet aroma,” she said. “Crystal malts make for rich caramel and ‘wonder bread’ flavors in the body. A round-mouth feel gives way to a broad, dry finish. Overall, it’s a great malty vehicle for Chinook and Cascade hops. It will only be on tap a limited time.”

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Rockslide Brewery and Restaurant in downtown Grand Junction recently introduced its own take on Irish red ale, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

According to a recent Facebook post: “This beer is made with a careful balance of roasted barley, crystal and Victory malt for a brick-red hue and a malt-forward balance. Get it before it’s gone!”

Also, please congratulate Zorba Proteau, Rockslide’s head brewer, on this three-year anniversary making beer in downtown Grand Junction.

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