Lone Tree, CO – Since the inception of the Great American Beer Festival 33 years ago, the “American-Style Lager or Light Lager” category has been dominated by macro-breweries. That was until 2015 when Lone Tree Brewing Company took silver for its Summer Siesta and Sycamore Brewing (Charlotte, NC) took bronze for its Southern Girl Lager.
“Both of our breweries immediately did the natural thing and celebrated heavily, and after a few well earned beers we reached out to each other to say congratulations,” says Sycamore Brewing owner, Justin Brigham. “We found that our breweries are really co-minded and in a pretty special small world moment, we realized that we have mutual friends in Colorado.”
Now, the two breweries have teamed up for a collaboration brew that will debut at the third annual Collaboration Fest on March 19 at Sports Authority Field.￼
The celebration collaboration is an India Pale Lager, with a batch brewed at both Lone Tree and Sycamore. Each brewery tailored its IPL recipe to include unique ingredients specific to their location – both breweries immediately ruled out marijuana and tobacco. Lone Tree used malted sunflower seeds from Colorado in its brew, according to head brewer Josh West.
“We named this collaboration beer “Breakthrough IPL” to recognize the first time ever in the history of GABF that micro breweries won the majority of the medals in the American Lager category,” says West. “We were honored to have the opportunity to create another exceptional lager with Sycamore Brewing Company and can’t wait to have craft beer fans try this new brew!”
About Lone Tree Brewing Company:
Lone Tree Brewing Company is a European-style craft brewery and tasting room located in Lone Tree, Colorado near Park Meadows Mall. Opening Lone Tree Brewing Company in 2011 meant much more to its owners than just serving beer. To them the brewery is about creating a community atmosphere where people who share their excitement in the science, experimentation, and development of a handcrafted beer can feel right at home.