Today’s Beer of the Month Club Review comes from Gourmet Monthly Club’s “Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club.” The two beer selections — Planet Porter and Hazed & Infused — are from the Boulder Beer Company in Colorado.
Beer Club Review
Many a good thing comes from Boulder, Colorado–especially when you consider its size. There’s the Bhakti Chai mix that add luxurious silky-sweetness to our mugs. Boulder is the HQ for Celestial Seasonings, churning out out favorite tea packet standbys. There’s Chocolove, wrapping up delectable, creative chocolate bars with love poems. And then there’s Boulder Beer Company pouring us high-quality classics.
Colorado is now recognized as a leader in the microbrewing industry with a new operation seemingly popping up on a monthly basis, a governor who established a microbrewery himself, and Denver serving as the location for the Great American Beer Festival.
Boulder Beer Company was way ahead of the pack; they opened their doors in 1979 before beer drinkers knew their Chinooks from their Cascades. The brewery was established by two local professors who kept their operation on a small farm that also served as a residence for goats. Now, the full-scale brewery includes a 50-barrel brewing system, brewpub, and restaurant.
The Planet Porter featured in the Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club is the company’s original brew. Dark as the country night sky, tinges of chocolate and coffee twinkle through on the tongue. I served several friends the Porter and they all pronounced it amongst the lightest in body and mouthfeel they’d ever had. It manages to boast a nice maltiness without being heavy in any way.
If you don’t sip it whilst stargazing, I highly recommend incorporating it into your next dessert. I whisked a quarter cup into melted chocolate and butter destined to become deliciously moist pumpkin swirl brownies.
Hazed & Infused Ale
The Hazed & Infused amber brew imbues your mouth with a bright, citrusy beer drinking experience. It’s pure too–no filtration here–meaning your beer will pour a little opaque and feel satiny. The H&I is also dry-hopped, meaning hops are added after the cooking process to continue to squeeze just a little bit more hoppy flavor into the beer during fermentation. At 5% and considering the mild bitterness, this is very approachable, mellow ale to introduce to your ale-wary friends.
The Bottom Line
Boulder Beer Company is definitely a brewery to add to your buying repertoire. They’ve been serving up classics since well before I was born that make a great addition to any dinner, afternoon or party.
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