GOLDEN, Colo. — Barrels & Bottles Brewery celebrated their 300th brew in May with a little help from their friends. Former head brewers Shaun Salyards (head brewer of Red Truck Brewing in Fort Collins, CO) and Cory Carvatt (head brewer of Little Machine in Denver, CO) returned to the brewery to team up with current head brewer Greg Moore and craft Dusty Bottoms, a special Berliner Weisse using tamarind, a sweet and sour fruit indigenous to the tropics of Africa. The brewery will release Dusty Bottoms on Thursday, June 21 at 11am with plans to release a tequila barrel-aged variant of the beer later this year for their 5th anniversary in September.
“The plan is to use the acidity of the tamarind to provide the tartness that is traditionally in a Berliner Weisse,” explains Moore. “That being said, if the non-barrel aged version lacks the desired tartness we may decide to sour it in the barrel… There’s a lot up in the air with this beer but it’s exciting to still be experimenting after 300 brews.”
After five years and 300 brews, Barrels & Bottles has seen its fair share of experimentation and challenges along the way. “On our first brew, we clogged everything with the hops.” reminisces original head brewer Shaun Salyards. “I was here until nearly 3:00 in the morning cleaning everything and figuring out how things worked and Zach George (Barrels & Bottles Co-Owner) was right there with me the whole time. It’s great to work in a place where the owners care.”
“This place is small but we’ve made it work,” Moore adds. “It’s come a long way in the past 300 brews.”
About Barrels & Bottles Brewery
Zach and Abby George opened Barrels & Bottles on 12th Street in downtown Golden in October 2013. The brewpub has 27 beer taps, 24 wines on tap, and a slushie machine for serving its infamous wine slushies. Barrels & Bottles also serves farm-fresh food menu with cheese platters, baguettes, and various beer-friendly small plates. The brewpub was named Golden Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year in 2014. Find Barrels & Bottles online at barrelsbottles.com.