The Beer Diaries is a series of documentaries where craft beer extraordinaire Greg Zeschuk profiles some of the biggest, unique craft breweries around the nation, and yesterday Examiner had the chance to get an inside peek at what is coming from the Colorado Episodes.
The three episodes we were treated to took in-depth looks at New Belgium Brewing, Upslope Brewery and Funkwerks, all of which are located in Colorado.
With New Belgium, we got the chance to hear more about the company's Belgium origins and what things influenced people like Kim Jordan and others, when they first started the brewery. To this day, the brewery still does collaborations with breweries overseas.
Not only that, but with the success that New Belgium has seen, they have decided to also open up a new brewery in Asheville, NC. This new location will help the brewery reach more people on the east coast and in countries overseas.
Much like the two other breweries we will talk about, New Belgium does a hefty amount of seasonal beers, especially when it comes to their Lips of Faith series. They are without a doubt different beers, but they provide such a wonderful contrast and imagination to what you normally think about when it comes to beer.
Next, Upslope Brewery was profiled and we got the chance to see how this place got its start. An Argentinian brewer, Dany, fatefully met up with American home brewer Matt and from there they were able to pursue their passions of starting up their own brewery.
Prior to coming out to Colorado, Dany was the head of the world's southernmost brewery located in Ushuaia, Argentina. Dany talked about how some of his customers were boaters that went all the way down to Antarctica from Argentina. Nothing like boatin' and brewin'.
For those who did not know, Upslope Brewery opened up their second location this past summer in Flatiron Park, which is in Boulder, CO. This was where the majority of the Upslope interview took place and it really is a magnificent upgrade for the brewery.
Finally, we were able to find out more about the Fort Collins brewery called Funkwerks. The name for this brewery was thought up by founders Brad and Gordon. They purposefully chose this name so it would be different than what most breweries call themselves.
The two of them met when they were going to the Siebel Institute in Chicago. This happens to be one of the best places any aspiring brewer can go to learn about craft brewing. From there, the rest is history, as they say.
This brewery is known for its Saisons beers as well as some of the more interesting, unique brews they have in their tap room up in Fort Collins. The brewery has really grown a lot since its inception, much like the other two we've discussed.
Taking a trip to anywhere in Colorado will most likely find you within the proximity of a craft brewer or two or three. With over 160 breweries in Colorado, it's a wonderful place to experience the heart and soul of what craft brewing is.
The Beer Diaries brings a wonderful look at some of the most popular craft breweries in Colorado and the episodes are detailed in a very interesting way. You may be wondering where you can find out more about the backgrounds of these breweries and how they got their starts.
Well, The Beer Diaries is the perfect solution, you will find out more that you didn't know about craft brewing along with so much more.