As I was looking through my Facebook feed today, I noticed this list of the top beers enjoyed in 2015. Of the 50 beers on the list I had the pleasure of trying some of them. As much of the beer I consumed in 2015 came from small breweries along the Front Range, there were a lot that I enjoyed that never would have made the list. So that got me to thinking, “What were the best beers I enjoyed in 2015?” So I jumped over to UnTappd and looked it up. Without further ado, here were my top 10 beers in 2015 as determined by my ratings on UnTappd. I rated all of these beers as 4.5 or higher with the top three all earning ratings of 5 from me.
- HopSavant Sour IPA by Crooked Stave Brewing in Denver
- Swingin Udders Milk Stout by Copper Kettle Brewing in Denver
- Racer 5 IPA by Bear Republic Brewing
- Bourbon County Brand Stout, Goose Island Brewing, Chicago
- Runoff Red IPA by Odell Brewing in Fort Collins
- Holiday Cheer Winter Ale, Caution Brewing, Lakewood, CO
- Samuel Adams Adams Octoberfest, Boston Beer Company
- Odell IPA, Odell Brewing Fort Collins, CO
- High Noon Chili Pepper Ale, Freedom’s Edge Brewing in Cheyenne
- St. Lupulin Pale Ale, Odell Brewing in Fort Collins
- Brainless on Cherries, Epic Brewing in Denver
- Brainless on Raspberries, Epic Brewing, Denver
- False Alarm Jalapeno Cream Ale, Firehouse Brewing, Rapid City, SD
- Speed Goat Blonde Ale, Ten Sleep Brewing, Ten Sleep, WY
- Scuba Steve IPA, Black Bottle Brewing, Fort Collins, CO
- Belligerent Ass Nut Brown, Portneuf Brewing, Pocatello, ID
- Dale’s Pale Ale Blood Orange, Oskar Blues Longmont, CO
- Saranac Octoberfest, FX Matt Brewing in Utica
- Blueberry Wheat, High Hops Brewing, Windsor, CO
- Big LeBEERski Imperial Stout, Barrels and Bottles Brewing, Golden, CO
- Amidon Blonde Ale, Henneberg Brewing, Cazenovia, NY
That’s quite a list, but it doesn’t even scratch the surface of the number of beers I enjoyed this year. It’s kind of neat to look at how it breaks down, 5 IPA’s 2 Blonde Ales, 2 Marzens, 3 Full disclaimer, many of these were enjoyed in taster flights and then a follow up pint as my favorite in the selection. What were your favorite beers of 2015? Share them with us in the comments, and as always, reach out to me on Untappd.
It’s no secret that I feel the number of beer dinners planned in and around Cheyenne is woefully low. This town has a growing craft beer palate and I think restaurants and or pop up concepts are selling themselves short by not offering more of these events. Leave it to a national chain to step up their game and put together a paired beer dinner. Old Chicago is teaming up with New Belgium to kick off the new year right. The four course dinner on January 4th at 6pm, will go for $35 with portion of the proceeds given to Habitat for Humanity.
What is most interesting to me about this dinner is that it beers WAY off the traditional Old Chicago Menu choices.
Sweet and Spicy Blackberry Siracha Wings paired with Black Berry Barley Wine
Creamy Spinach and Pea Risotto paired with Blue Paddle Pilsner
Harissa Spiced Lamb Chops paired with Fat Tire Amber Ale
Milk Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding paired with 1554 Black Lager.
Hopefully Old Chicago gets a good turnout for this menu. I give them a lot of credit for trying it and I’d like nothing more to see them have success with it, spurring more opportunities for these kind of dinners.
For the fourth year in a row, the Wyoming Brewers Festival will be giving a home brewer the chance to have their creation on tap at the festival. The competition takes place March 23-25 and the winner will once again have the opportunity to brew at Altitude Chophouse and Brewery in Laramie.
Rumors of its demise have been rampant for months now, and officially the Cheyenne Brewing Company is no more. We were quite excited when they opened their doors early in 2015, but in hindsight, they were in the weeds from the start.
I continue to believe that the location on the east end of the Depot is prime real estate for a brewery, but it needs to strike the right balance between restaurant and brewery. Cheyenne Brewing Company never figured out the service end of things. Customers give you one or two shots to make it work and then they go someplace else. Cheyenne continues to be a chain and coupon town, so it makes it difficult to build loyalty. When ticket times run into the 45-60 minute range, people will take their money elsewhere, especially the non-craft beer drinkers.
It also never helped CBC that the brewing equipment had been so neglected and disgusting from the previous owners. You can’t brew beer on a broken system.
There is no word on a potential replacement for CBC as of yet, so we will just have to wait for Dainelmarks to open up in the near future to go back to a two brewery town.
The 119th edition of Cheyenne Frontier Days is in the books and so is my 10 day hiatus from writing for this blog. I hope you enjoyed the guide to eating your way through the Daddy of em All, and thanks for making the biggest post ever on our blog as well. As I got dressed this morning I learned that summer has not been kind to my waistline, so starting today we move back to a healthier eating and drinking lifestyle.
For me CFD this year was 15 days of eating things like nacho cheese dripped sprial cut potatoes, and 11:30 pm stops at Taco Johns, drinking things like Monster and Powerade that I normally never drink, and way too much Coors Light and Pendleton Whiskey. This week is a detox week with no alcohol, and as little processed food as possible. A weekend escape to Estes Park will allow for a drink or two, but then its back on the wagon next week.
This week also means a return to training for a fall 10K. I had a fantastic personal record in my spring 10K, and then I got hurt. Several weeks of rest, new shoes and renewed desire kicks back off tomorrow morning.
The garden is starting to produce! I haven’t mentioned the garden on the blog, but that will be a new line of posts starting later this week. It has truly been a mixed bag out there in the heat and sun, but I’m starting to see some real success.
Thanks for hanging with us during CFD and look for a new book review this week.