Kannah Creek Brewing Co. takes part in simultaneous cook

Head brewer Matt Simpson checks the boil of the wort as he brews saison, a farmhouse ale, during a simultaneous brew Thursday at Kannah Creek Brewing Co. Six breweries across the state brewed the saison using the same ingredients from the same places on the same day.



Pete Jeffryes prepares a refractometer to measure the amount of sugar in the wort as the Kannah Creek brewers participate in a simultaneous brew of saison on Thursday. Six breweries across the state are brewing the same farmhouse ale, using the same ingredients from the same places to see what the effect is of their differences in brewing methods.



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Who’s making beer?

Six Colorado breweries launched the state’s first simultaneous collaboration brew on Thursday. The following breweries were involved in the event:

■ Strange Craft Beer Co., Denver

■ Echo Brewing Co., Frederick

■ Pikes Peak Brewing Co., Monument

■ Very Nice Brewing Co., Nederland

■ Butcherknife Brewing Co., Steamboat Springs

■ Kannah Creek Brewing Co., Grand Junction



An important part of the microbrewery business is getting the word out about how good the product is.

There’s a lot more to the artisan craft than many realize, according to Pete Jeffryes, a member of the family that owns Kannah Creek and Edgewater breweries.

That’s one reason last week’s simultaneous brew was so interesting, Jeffryes said.

Six breweries across the state on Thursday morning concocted a beer christened the Simultaneous Saison at each of their respective locations.

Saison is a kind of Hefeweizen with great flavor accents for summer, Kannah Creek brewer Matt Simpson said.

By midday, the steamy aroma of boiled barley was billowing out of the brew room, right past Simpson, who stood perspiring in shirtsleeves and shorts ringed with sweat.

He stood at a monitoring point between two vats that usually enjoyed a temperature of around 102 degrees.

He uses a refractometer and a Ph tester to determine the proper levels for sugars and acids in the clear, golden liquid.

Everything was going according to plan. Simpson said his version of the saison will stand out thanks to water from Kannah Creek, one of the city’s major water sources.

“Kannah Creek water is the best for brewing beer, especially Hefeweizen,” Simpson said.

The state is home to nearly 230 established breweries, according to the Colorado Brewers Guild. More than 10 percent of the nation’s craft breweries can be found in Colorado.

All the ingredients used by the breweries to make the Saison were the same. All are Colorado-grown, including pale and crystal malts from Colorado Malting Co. in Alamosa, Nugget hops from Misty Mountain Hop Farm in Olathe, Chinook hops from High Wire Hops in Paonia and fresh honey from BeeYond the Hive, Colorado’s oldest beekeeping operation, in Salida, Simpson said.

All brewers followed the same recipe. Any variation in taste detected when the beers are sampled will be the result of differences in equipment and water quality, Simpson said.

Tim Myers, owner of Strange Craft Beer Co. in Denver, was the driving force behind the simultaneous brew, said Katlin Birdsall, a Kannah Creek spokeswoman.

“I hope each brewery will finish it however they wish, to give it their own personal signature,” Myers said.

All six of the Simultaneous Saisons will be on tap at the 18th annual Colorado Brewers Rendezvous in Salida on July 12. For more information about the festival, visit coloradobeer.org.


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