We teamed up with Wicked Weed Brewing to brew a collaboration beer in Fort Collins last fall. A limited amount of the collaboration beer –a Brettanomyces IPA or Brett IPA– has made it to the east coast. The east coast tapping will occur at Wicked Weed’s Brewpub downstairs taproom at 91 Biltmore Ave. with representatives from both breweries on Saturday, March 8 at 3:00 p.m.
Wicked Weed owners and brothers, Luke and Walt Dickinson, jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with our brewer, Matty Gilliland after meeting at a beer dinner hosted at Wicked Weed’s brewpub. And, we jumped at the opportunity to work with them!
Last September 2013, the Dickinson’s came to Fort Collins to brew a 15 barrel batch of Brettanomyces IPA on our pilot system. Wicked Weed brought spelt from Asheville local Riverbend Malt House (love us some Riverbend!), and we contributed our Brettanomyces strain as well as a developmental hop variety.
“Brewing at New Belgium was probably one of the best experiences I’ve had making beer,” said Luke Dickinson.
The Colorado tapping and first release of the Brett IPA took place in Denver last fall – when the beer was about a month and a half old - during the 2013 Great American Beer Fest. Now, six months later, the beer is slated to be tapped March 8th on the east coast.
“This is a terrifically complex beer with a host of various flavors simmering at threshold level,” said Matty Gilliland, New Belgium Process Analyst, after his first tasting of the beer in Denver, “One can pick up notes of different fruits, herbs and even a black currant flavor. The bretta has a candied pineapple thing going on now, but will likely change over time.”
See you at Wicked Weed!