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Uniter, not a divider

Wagon Ryed
Wynkoop Brewing Company in conjunction with Denver off the Wagon- Denver, CO
Dry Stout
5.99% ABV

Beer brings people together. A toast, a round, a brew. A year ago Denver Off the Wagon was born, a collaborative effort among a number of local bloggers with one thing in common: a shared love for drinking. The craft beer scene, much like the blogging scene, is rapidly growing. Yet even with the increase in both attention and volume they remain small communities. And so, Wynkoop Brewing Company assisted the good people behind Denver Off the Wagon in crafting a first anniversary brew: Wagon Ryed.

This dry stout, brewed with toasted caraway, is thick and very dark brown-almost black. The toasted malts offer a warm flavor but it’s dry, not overly sweet or heavy. It lives up to the promise of rye, being reminiscent of the darkly spicy flavors of rye bread.

But on the night of Denver Off the Wagon’s self-proclaimed “Birthday Bacchanalia” it was hard to say whether the beer or the company drew more attention. (Cute) Brewers, (witty) bloggers, and (drunk, not at work of course!) bartenders, oh my! There were many old friends along with any number of new introductions. As one local blogger put it, “We’re uniting people.” In the end, it’s as much about the people you drink with as it is the beer you drink.

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A Little Birthday Salvation

February 3, 2012
Russian River Salvation
Russian River Brewing Company-Santa Rosa, CA
Belgian strong dark ale

9% ABV

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Sal.va.tion, n 1. Deliverance from the power or penalty of sin; redemption

2. The agent or means that brings about such deliverance

For most, beer may not be synonymous with “salvation”. But in our opinion, Russian River Brewing Company got it right. When you are about to get blitzed by a snowstorm of epic proportion (at least, that was the forecast) there is only one way to wait it out. Clothed in layers, armed with cameras, and wearing loads of eye makeup, we braved the snow. We were ready to celebrate the birthday of 1/2 of the Denver Darlings team and neither snow nor sleet nor blustereing winds would keep us from a glass of something delicious. Our reward was a strong dark ale, Salvation. It was strong, yes, but not heavy. It poured a cloudy dark amber with a very slight head. The aroma was all of the sweet nuances of honey and stone fruits, very “plummy”. The first sip was clean with the same notes of plums, apricots, and honey. There was a lingering bitterness, but not overwhelmingly so.
We paired it with a snack of salty cured meats and crisp chips, the sweetness of the beer balanced the saltiness of the food. It was a great snack but we could just as easily see this beer paired with a stone fruit salad or a fantastic cheese course.