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Sunny August Friday, mid-80’s…Time for a Beer!

What a great place to be if you like really good hand-crafted beer. Denver and Colorado are home to some of the best craft-brewers in the country. Here are some short drafts about three of the Slice’s favorites.

Our neighborhood Wynkoop Brewery has been serving LoDo since before it was LoDo. And, now they are delivering some of their products canned to about 100 retail accounts and restaurants around town. Many of them, as they will tonight, by horse drawn beer wagon. Their second canned offering, Silverback Pale Ale, helps the Mountain Gorillas remain as a species, and a fall race costume.

The Wynkoop hosts numerous events, including the upcoming August 22 concert by the Denver Mandolin Orchestra. And, with all they do, they still managed a nearly 20% increase in production for the first six months of 2010. That’s 1602 barrels of beer…or 397,296 pints to be exact!

Left Hand Brewery in Longmont makes some very accessible beers, and some that you must use with adult supervision. Their Octoberfest Marzen should be on shelves soon. At one of the Mixed Taste Lectures (formerly at the Lab at Belmar, now at the Museum of Contemporary Art) founder Eric Wallace told of getting their fine logo designed. After dozens of “highly designed” logo ideas were rejected, the frustrated owners instructed the designer to “just trace your damn left hand.” And, their beers drink right.

Seasonal beers are another glorious way to work through the year. Again, the craft brewers do this so well, and with such care. Consider this copy from Ft. Collins-based New Belgium Brewing (parents of Fat Tire). This appears on the label of the just released HOPTOBER, which takes over this time of year from the lighter Skinny Dip.

“Five hops and four malts make HOPTOBER Golden Ale a veritable cornucopia of the earth.” And, “Centennial, Cascade, Sterling, Willamette and Glacier hops form a bonfire of citrus notes, fruity cheers and a bold finale.”

Couldn’t have said it better. And, their website even has recommended cheese and food pairings for every one of their beers. Tasty! The beer, too.

And, by the way, don’t confuse HOPTOBER with RockTober which apparently is something that only happens in odd-numbered years. Time for a beer!