Not so corny: Brewery releases Olathe lager
Not often associated as a beer ingredient, Olathe sweet corn makes its lager debut in the latest offering from Colorado-based AC Golden Brewing Co.: limited edition Olathe lager.
The handcrafted beer, released exclusively to select western Colorado stores and restaurants last week, features Olathe sweet corn, Charles Two-Row Winter Malt Barley and Crystal and Nugget hops from Misty Mountain Hop Farm.
All three crops were grown within one mile of each other in Olathe, said Cody Butters, a district manager for AC Golden who oversees the western half of the state.
The idea to exclusively use Olathe sweet corn, barley and hops came from two Olathe farmers, who contacted AC Golden, arguably most famous for its Colorado Native lager, about crafting this beer.
The result is a crisp, golden lager with a hint of sweetness from corn.
“Corn is used as an adjunct,” Butters said. “It adds nice color and good flavor, but beer is primarily made of water, yeast, hops and barley.”
AC Golden produced just 1,440 750-milliliter (25.4 fluid ounces) bottles of Olathe lager now on sale at five Grand Junction-area liquor stores (Clifton Liquors, Coronado Liquor Mart, Country Club Liquors, Fisher’s Liquor Barn and Andy’s Liquor Mart) and five Montrose-area liquor stores (The Liquor Store, House of Spirits, Corks Fine Wines and Spirits, West Main Liquor, and Koyote Liquor) at $3.99 each.
In addition, Olathe lager will be served, for a limited time, at Old Chicago in Grand Junction, CB’s Tavern in Delta, Red Barn Restaurant & Lounge and RnR Sportsbar, both in Montrose, and RJ’s Steakhouse in Cedaredge.
Butters said she isn’t sure if Olathe lager will be crafted again. It depends on the farmers’ interest in again sharing their harvests and if people like it.
“Their interest in doing it was a cool (way) to use the raw materials within one mile of each other in Olathe,” Butters said. “It’s a pretty cool idea to build upon Golden’s interest in local support of agriculture.”
The Olathe lager dark-glass bottle bears this label: “Olathe: Proudly Brewed With Olathe Hops, Corn & Barley.”