Fewer things make me happier than enjoying a good brew with good people. That’s what craft beer is all about.
The Crafty Ladies sure get some special treatment from breweries every month. Breweries tend to bring out the latest, freshest beer available, or rare hard-to find bottles out of a cellar, or as it happened with Fate’s presentation: BOTH! Mike, Jeff and Hannah all did a fantastic job educating us about their beers and bringing us a round of very special brews to try.
We started off our event with one of my Fate favorites, the Watermelon Kolsch!
This was the first beer I ever had from Fate’s lineup (now almost 2 years ago) and it is still one of my favorite brews they make! It was great to see so many of our ladies enjoying this brew as many of them had never had it. (What? I know. They were missing out!) This beer is only available April through August, for now. If you want to try this beer, and if you do find their 4-packs on the shelves – I’d snag it before it’s gone for the season!
Next up was a brew that I know Jeff is really proud of, and he should be, as it’s a Tequila Barrel Aged Gose. A beer brewed using a triple decoction process,. But, what’s a Gose beer you say?! Don’t worry, I’ll explain.
More and more breweries have been picking up on barrel aging and making a lot more sour beers. There is a big movement towards sours in the market place, but most breweries are producing these beers using a popular, Brettanomyces yeast. However, Jeff’s Gose beer offers a completely different strategy for brewing something sour, with a regular ale yeast. The “Goze” beer style can be dated all the way back to the 16th century originating out of Goslar, Germany. Gose, so respectfully named, is a top-fermented beer that uses at least 50% malted wheat in it’s grain bill. It spontaneously fermented without the addition of yeast, and boom! a new style was born. The end product includes notes of lemon tartness, herbal characteristics and a hint of saltiness.
Jeff (head brewer) and Mike (owner) spent considerable amount of time in Germany before they opened FATE exploring German beer styles together. I think this beer showcases a bit of their adventure and I like that! It think it it’s a prime example of Jeff’s ability as a brewer to take an old, original style, and bring it into modern day light, with the complexity and originality that only Tequila barrel aging could offer. In this case, virgin ARTA Tequila barrels. (Heck yea!) I’ve had the chance to try this beer at different stages throughout the year, and this last time I tried it with the Crafty Ladies, I really felt like the beer was finished! Beautiful flavors of vanilla, sweet agave and woody oak balanced with a simple, tart wheat mouthfeel.
The third beer we got to try was equally complex and includes ingredients form around the world – Bourbon Barrel Aged Veroandi – Anniversary Ale.
This beer is also a very old brewing style brought to new light. The Veroandi, a New World Burton Anniversary Ale, combines New Zealand and Australian hops and two different barrel fermenting programs that are blended back into the beer you’ll taste in the bottle!
This beer was brewed with half Australian and half New Zealand hops. Some of the beer ferments in fresh oak barrels, some in tequila barrels and it gets carefully blended by the brewer to finish in stainless steel. The downeast hops bring wonderful tropical fruit flavor and aroma to this beer. And among about a handful of others, uses Nelson Sauvin in it’s hop lineup. (Yum!)
Showing off more barrel fermented brews, our next beer was their Bourbon Barrel Aged Atropos. A sweet and caramely, Imperial IPA, Atropos is the first, ever, bourbon barrel beer Fate came up with!
Somehow, in the midst of this 90 to 100 IBU brew, I was still able to pick up on hints of coconut, pineapple and sweet caramel flavors. This special beer spends its fermentation time in Breckenridge Bourbon Barrels for about 4-5 months. Not a brew for the shy of heart, but the Crafty Ladies were digging it!
As only Mike could put it, this last beer brings us our final tasting of this “journey of wood” with FATE – Bourbon Barrel Aged Clotho. (Yes, at this point, the entire room started giggling! ..but we digress!)
This is a Cascadian Dark Ale with hints of coffee, sour cherry’s but is rounded out with a delicate, creamy tartness. This brew went so fast, I couldn’t even get a picture of it! But, of course I can’t leave you all hangin’ – so I snapped a selfie with the FATE bunch! Ha!
Well, this wraps up my last event with the Crafty Ladies and the amazing crew that is behind Fate. I hope you give their beers a try when you see them and if you can, go try the amazing food they have their brewpub, too! You can check out more info about them, the brews, food and more on their website, HERE! Or visit them at:
FATE BREWING COMPANY
1600 38th St, Boulder, CO 80301
That’s it for now. Oh, and don’t forget….DRINK YOUR FATE!