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Wynkoop Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout

Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout

As an April Fools joke, Wynkoop Brewing Company out of Denver, Colorado made a video that claimed they were working on a beer that would feature an ingredient that’s famous in the Colorado area: Rocky Mountain Oysters, also known as fried bull testicles.

Apparently the response to the idea was so strong that they decided to do it for real, and are now actually working on a Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, which they will serve at their brewery, and at the Great American Beer Festival.

The beer is made with Colorado-grown base malts, roasted barley, seven specialty malts (including special B and smoked malt) and Styrian Goldings hops. The beer gets a small dose of sea salt, which, according to head brewer Andy Brown, “gives the beer an extra layer of Rocky Mountain oyster flavor and additional texture.”

The 8-barrel batch also included 25 pounds of bull testicles that were sliced by hand and then roasted (by Wynkoop sous chef Andrew Langlo) before being added to the beer’s mash.

The resulting beer is 7% ABV, and has 3 BPBs. (Balls Per Barrel)

So how does it taste?

According to Wynkoop, Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is an assertive foreign-style stout, slightly viscous, with a deep brown color. It has equally deep flavors of chocolate syrup, Kahlua, and espresso, along with a palpable level of alcohol and a savory umami-like note. It finishes dry and roasted with a fast-fading hop bite.

You’ve got to give them credit though, because it definitely takes balls to brew a beer like that.

[Wynkoop Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout]

American Microbrewery Tour

Dogfish Head Factory

Forbes.com has assembled a list of the ‘Ten Top American Microbreweries Worth A Visit’, and I’d say it’s a pretty good start for anyone looking to create a beer-related bucket list.

The list is as follows:

  • Samuel Adams, Boston
  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, Milton, Deleware
  • Brooklyn Brewery, New York City
  • Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, California
  • Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Oregon
  • Rogue Ales Brewery, Newport, Oregon
  • New Belgium Brewing Company, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Road Dog’s Brewery Tour, Seattle
  • Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, Maine
  • Live Oak Brewing Company, Austin, Texas

If you’re interested in visiting any of these breweries, the article gives a good description of what makes each one unique and why it’s worth a visit, so I recommend you take a look.

[Forbes – Ten Top American Microbreweries Worth A Visit]

Bull & Bush Whole Hop Infusion

Bull & Bell Hop Infusion

Bull & Bush is a Pub and Brewery out of Denver, Colorado that’s taking beer in a brand new direction: Tableside Whole Hop Infusion.

Beer drinkers first select from five different hops:

  • Cascade Hops – An aroma variety, used to contribute aroma to beer. Notes of spice, citrus and grapefruit rind.
  • Crystal Hops – An aroma hop, with notes of white fruit, coconut and banana. Super tropical.
  • Chinook Hops – Used for adding bitterness to beer. Notes of herbs with a smoky, spicy, piney character.
  • Nugget Hops – Used for bittering, but also can have an intense herbal, foresty aroma.
  • Northern Brewer Hops – An English variety used for both aromatizing and bittering. Pine foresty, humusy aromas.

When the beer arrives (any house beer can be infused) it’s poured into a french press, along with the selected hop. Then, after the desired amout of ‘steep’ time, the beer is poured into a regular glass and enjoyed.

According to Erik Peterson, Minister of Progress at Bull & Bush,

Brewers have been dry hopping beers for ages to achieve various desired affects, but the process is time consuming and can be very expensive. We thought Whole Hop Infusion would be a great way to allow beer fans to do some of their own experimenting. It has also turned out to be a great educational experience for people who want to learn more about the beer making process. They get to see, feel, smell and taste actual hop cones, possibly for the first time.

If it works, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this trend get adopted by breweries and brew pubs across the country as they seek to cater to the ever expanding palette of beer drinkers everywhere.

[Bull & Bush – Whole Hop Infusion]

Image Brew Brands Their Own Brewski

Image Brew

Apparently branded beer is the new black, with Arnold and Threadless both releasing their own brews in the past few months.

Image Brewski

Continuing that trend is Image Brew, a film and video production company out of Denver, Colorado that brewed a beer called Image Brewski as part of their 2011 marketing and branding efforts.

Sure, it might be trendy, but who’s complaining about the brewing of more beer?

[Image Brew – Have A Beer With Us!]