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My Top Beers of 2015

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.

  1. HopSavant Sour IPA by Crooked Stave Brewing in Denver
  2. Swingin Udders Milk Stout by Copper Kettle Brewing in Denver
  3. Racer 5 IPA by Bear Republic Brewing
  4. Bourbon County Brand Stout, Goose Island Brewing, Chicago
  5. Runoff Red IPA by Odell Brewing in Fort Collins
  6. Holiday Cheer Winter Ale, Caution Brewing, Lakewood, CO
  7. Samuel Adams Adams Octoberfest, Boston Beer Company
  8. Odell IPA, Odell Brewing Fort Collins, CO
  9. High Noon Chili Pepper Ale, Freedom’s Edge Brewing in Cheyenne
  10. St. Lupulin Pale Ale, Odell Brewing in Fort Collins
  11. Brainless on Cherries, Epic Brewing in Denver
  12. Brainless on Raspberries, Epic Brewing, Denver
  13. False Alarm Jalapeno Cream Ale, Firehouse Brewing, Rapid City, SD
  14. Speed Goat Blonde Ale, Ten Sleep Brewing, Ten Sleep, WY
  15. Scuba Steve IPA, Black Bottle Brewing, Fort Collins, CO
  16. Belligerent Ass Nut Brown, Portneuf Brewing, Pocatello, ID
  17. Dale’s Pale Ale Blood Orange, Oskar Blues Longmont, CO
  18. Saranac Octoberfest, FX Matt Brewing in Utica
  19. Blueberry Wheat, High Hops Brewing, Windsor, CO
  20. Big LeBEERski Imperial Stout, Barrels and Bottles Brewing, Golden, CO
  21. 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.

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Wrangler Red Revisited

The very first Wyoming craft beer I enjoyed was at Freedom’s Edge Brewing, the 2nd Friday of May in 2013. I had just moved to Cheyenne and Lorrell was in town in a successful attempt to find a job. We decided to hit up the local brewery tap room to see if there was hope for the brewing scene in Cheyenne. That first pour? The Wrangler Red.

I like red ales for the mix of hops and malts. The Wrangler Red stuck a near perfect balance for my palate at the time and it became my go to beer at Freedom’s Edge as it was a standard in their rotation. Then Freedom’s Edge decided to move their tap room down the street, open a Fort Collins location and the Wrangler Red gave way to other reds, none of them standing up to the Wrangler in my mind.

Two weekends ago I walked into the tap room and there it was on the tap list, Wrangler Red. I immediately filled a growler with it and brought it home. I opened it the other night to see how it compared to the Wrangler Red I remember. It pours a deep copper color and is very malt forward on the nose. The combination of toasty malt and bitterness from the hops is what I remember it being. It is still at the top of my list for favorite red ales.

My initial rating on UpTappd was a four out of five. I bumped it up to a 4.25 today. It is the best beer that Freedom’s Edge make in my opinion and I really believe it should be a standard offering with their 1890 IPA.

Happy American Craft Beer Week

I love the craft beer industry. It is an industry that I developed a passion for when working at Madison County Tourism. I have always wanted to see done for hops and beer east of Interstate 81 in NY, what was done for wine and grapes 30 years ago west of I-81. That dream is coming to fruition with three craft breweries open in Madison County, one that just broke ground and a cidery, winery and distillery to supplement the fun.

Now living in Cheyenne, I’m at the northern tip of what is referred to as the “Napa Valley of beer” That glorious stretch between Colorado Spring and Fort Collins, Colorado that is packed full of breweries. Craft beer is alive and well in America and we will celebrate that all week. Here is what is on tap for our celebration.

This of course is a food blog, but if you look at the category map.

1. First taste — I helped a buddy bottle his first home brew IPA a few weeks ago. We taste that tonight.
2. Wrangler Red from Freedoms Edge — The first craft beer I had in Wyoming. It is back on tap and I grabbed a growler of it.3. We will have the exclusive first announcement of the complete list of brewers coming to the Wyoming Brewers Festival on Wednesday. They are announcing them all week on Facebook, but we will have the full list for you first on Wednesday.
4. We visited the Old Mine in Erie and we will have a full review for you.
5. We took a road trip and hit a couple of Steamboat breweries and we will let you know about that this week.
6. If it has to do with craft beer we will be sharing it this week.

To kick off the week check out this video celebrating America’s brewers:

Spring Changes in Cheyenne’s Restaurants

Spring brings a lot of changes to the restaurant scene in Cheyenne. Let’s try to catch up on some of them just in time for your lunch today.

J’s Taco Bistro, on 17th street has added a daily happy hour with drink and 1/2 off food specials. The happy hour runs from 4-6 each day according to their Facebook page. Their menu keeps evolving, they claim to be going for Mexican with a a twist.

Suite 1901 is now open for lunch downtown. The Suite is owned by the former Shadow’s owners, so with less on their plate, it looks like they’ve decided to try the fickle lunch crowd.

Freedom’s Edge Brewing on Pioneer continues to serve a wide variety of beers, and it looks like their brew house is running a lot closer to capacity. There are a lot of empty kegs in the back, hopefully that means we will be seeing them on tap around town again soon.

Speaking of Freedom’s Edge. It is food truck season again, and it looks like they will have one there as often as the profits allow. In fact there is movement afoot to make it easier for food trucks to operate in Cheyenne. Contact city council and ask them to study the problem.

In case you missed it Chick-Fil-A opened a stand alone location near Menards last week. While a national chain, this store has local owners who are generous members of the community. When thinking fast food, that’s a good way to shop local.

No word yet on the opening of Wasabi Grill in the Avanti Piazza off of Dell Range.

Of course we’ve covered the Cheyenne Brewing Company extensively on the blog, but good news is that they will have both the front and back patios open this summer. A great development for train lovers.

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Cazenovia residents try to kill yet another business-I give a lot of credit to anyone who tries to do business in that town. They are up against a lot of barriers. So much potential so little political will for growth.  (Cazenovia Republican)

F.X. Matt celebrates 125 years in business (Brew Central)

Food and Wine names its best new chefs – Nothing from the Front Range or Central NY (Food and Wine)

A nice write up about Cheyenne and Morris House Bistro in AAA’s via magazine (Via Magazine)

A Good Natured Collaboration — Good Nature Brewing of Hamilton and Ithaca Beer will be collaborating on a new brew.  They started brewing it this past weekend (Facebook)

Who are the top 50 craft brewers of 2013? (Brewers Association)

The craft beer industry is growing from the bottom up (Brewers Association)

Freedom’s Edge Opens Fort Collins Tap Room (Coloradoan)

Stop stealing kegs, it is hurting your favorite craft brewer (Craftbeer.com)

New gastro-pub opens in Cazenovia, with a dive bar name. Can you market a busienss called Junior’s Caz Bar as a nice place to eat and drink? (Cazenovia Republican)