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The Rule Breakers of the Craft Brew

In the ever-growing Colorado craft beer scene, Denver’s first craft brewery founded in 1988 still stands the test of time, partly due to their rule-breaking strategies that have managed to continually draw the attention of Denver beer lovers. Over the years, Wynkoop Brewery has created some of Denver’s (and for that matter Colorado’s) most innovative beers. Made in small batches, each beer is carefully handcrafted. Since the batch is small, the head brewer Andy Brown is able to experiment, breaking every rule in the brewing bible if he so pleases.

So far this experimenting has led to some of Wynkoop’s most popular brews such as the now world-famous Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout that Culinary Connectors previously wrote about here. Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout was the first of Wynkoop’s “Even Smaller Batch” series, introducing its canned version to the market this past March.

Wynkoop’s Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout

This was met with such success that Wynkoop recently released the second canned beer “Colorojo” to the “Even Smaller Batch Series” this summer in June.

Wynkoop’s Colorojo

Not surprisingly, this beer began as an experiment as well, resulting in a tea-colored brew with a luscious texture from the hefty amounts of malts that were used in its production. It also contains a palate pleasing combination of caramel, resin, and citrus that is the result of four different varieties of American hops. This beer is considered extra-strength and will surely lure in any beer drinker with its dense, frothy cappuccino-like head.

It is true that rule breakers do not typically have such success, but once again, Wynkoop Brewery breaks the rules here and shows other craft breweries that pushing the envelope sometimes requires taking risks. With the same pioneering attitude that Wynkoop’s founders used to start the brewery, Wynkoop will continue to break the rules in search of that innovative edge. In this way, the Wynkoop brewery will forge ahead, setting new standards for the expanding Colorado craft brewery industry. In the meantime, lovers of novel brews will find what they are looking for at Wynkoop.

Wynkoop Brewery is located at 1634 18th St. Denver CO 80202; Tel: 303-297-2700.

Now for the Denver foodie trivia question to see how educated of a foodie you are!

True or False: Wynkoop Brewery was and is Colorado’s first brewpub.

Tune in this coming Friday for the answer!

The answer to last Friday’s blog question: “What lowcountry animal from down south is featured on the brunch menu at Fourteen Seventy-Two? Hint #1: Fill in the name of the animal in the following phrase from the menu, “______ Sausage Johnny Cake.” HInt #2: This animal inhabits swamps.“…Answer: Alligator is featured on Fourteen Seventy-Two’s brunch menu in the form of “Gator Benedict” composed of a “sausage Johnny Cake.”