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Saturday, November 6, 2010

AC Golden Brewing - Colorado Native Lager

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Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
Colorado Native Lager
AC Golden Brewing
12th and Ford Streets
Golden, CO USA
Est. 2008
Brain Damage Quotient = 5.5 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 12.0 (3 oz. sample)

Postmortem Brew Review
Amber color with orange hues.
Fresh hop aroma with grapefruit like citrus. Bread-like malt.
Slight off-white head that is one finger high and lasts.
Good amount of streaked lacing.
Tastes like it smells, hops and malts intermingle nicely.
Fair amount of smooth carbonation.
Medium to light bodied.

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
This blog post was done live at the first ever Beer Blogger's Conference, held in Boulder Colorado. 108 bloggers were in attendance, from over five hundred identified blogs. Luminaries of the craft beer world also attended to serve as presenters and keynote speakers for the event. A "speed round" of blogging was held by 12 brewers, each bringing an exemplary brew to blog. 12 beers, 12 blogging tables and 60 minutes were allotted in a fun, free-for-all session. 

Round #6

A little "skunk works" from the MillerCoors company, AC Golden has become a bit of a proving ground for creating new brands within the MillerCoors family. Don't be put off by that prospect. When you are a large corporation you can provide resources for doing something different.  That's just what's going on here.  AC Golden is allowed the latitude to go outside the box of standard yellow lager and experiment.

Jeff Cornell
Head Brewer, Jeff Cornell was serving us information about the brewery's operation, along with the beer.  This is a far better than average lager style from a brewery using some tried and true mash tanks from Germany. Look at their website to see the craft equipment.  It is impressive. Lagers are some of the hardest to get right and too many folks are dismissive toward the style.  But when they are done right, they can satisfy your thirst for flavor. And this is a very tidy lager.

It is only available in the state of Colorado, so try some the next time you are there and see for yourself. I'm sure you will be impressed with the big effort from this small brewery. It's a win for MillerCoors, a win for craft beer and a win for the consumer.

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