Naughty Marilyn, Blood Orange, + More!

“Crystal Springs Brewing Company is the culmination of a dream that began almost 10 years ago – really over 20 years ago. In 1988, my son suggested to me that we brew beer. Home brewing had been legalized in 1979 (Jimmy Carter signed the bill in 1978), but it wasn’t necessarily legal in every state, if it violated state law. I’m not sure when it became legal to brew in Colorado, but the GABF (Great American Beer Festival) began in 1981, so it may have been right away. Regardless, my son and I began our adventure. There weren’t any home brew stores around at the time, but we were able to buy ingredients from “Colonel John.” We bought a copy of Charlie Papazian’s book (still have that original copy), got the ingredients we needed and brewed from a recipe in his book – I think it was Rocky Raccoon. We were blown away when the beer turned out to be not only drinkable, but also quite good. We were hooked! I’ve been brewing ever since and so has my son. About 10 years ago, I started thinking about starting my own brewery. At that time, it seemed like an impossibility, but my wife, Kristy, continually encouraged me and we began a journey to make it a reality. While it took some time to make it happen, it all became a reality on May 13, 2010.”

Come try a real tasty feel-good story! Our Thirsty Thursday tasting kicks off at 5 and ends at 7. Cheers!

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Golden in color, Marilyn is a complex and powerful ale, yet delicate with rounded flavors and big, billowy, white head. It is fruity and somewhat hoppy, but hop flavor and aroma is fairly low. Marilyn is brewed with a Belgian yeast strain that gives it some nice citrusy qualities and a slight spiciness, while still being rounded in flavor. The finish is somewhat dry. It is an easy drinking craft beer, but with an ABV of over 9% ABV, “watch out for Marilyn!”
Thirteen is our Third Anniversary beer. Each year we will produce a diffrent style for our anniversary, but it will always be called “13.” Why? Well this is the first time we have offered a special beer for our anniversary, but it is actually our third anniversary – our first third anniversary. We’ll give you a different reason for calling it 13 next year. This year’s version is an India Pale Ale using a very unique combination of hops in stunning proportions. Be sure to check out the aroma before you take that first sip. Each year we will offer something different – something that strikes our fancy. My son’s good friend, Joe, was the inspiration for this year’s anniversary beer. Joe used a very interesting hop, Nelson Sauvin, to make a beer recently. I got to try it on my last trip to California. One sniff and I was hooked – this year’s anniversary beer is a salute to Nelson Sauvin and to Joe. Thanks Joe!

Clear rosey crayola orange hue under a thin white sticky cap. Bright fresh blood orange pulp and strong citrusy sweetness that’s like hard candy. Brisk flavor that’s blood orangey and zesty and fleshy, but also crackery and semidry and with a lingering orange soda/light cracker Lager malty flavor. -RateBeer Review
Can poured a clear yellow with a small lasting white head. Aromas of bread, lemon zest, grapefruit zest and light earthiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of bread, grapefruit and light pine with a crisp dry lingering bitter finish.  -RateBeer Review

See you Thursday!

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