Largely lost in all the hubub last week over the grand opening of Bristol Brewing’s Ivywild Elementary site was the fact the brewery has three great new brews for sale in bottles.
Friday saw the release of the simply-titled Bristol’s Wit, a citrusy and acidic take on the unfiltered wit style. Orange and coriander are all over this refreshing summer beer, which bristles with spices and probably packs your daily USDA value of vitamin C. Look for it on tap at the brewery ant in 22-ounce bottles.
The grand opening party continued Saturday with the release of the Cheyenne Canon Pinon Nut Ale, winner of a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2009. Like the city park that bears its name, this beer is full of pine nuts, from the smell to the malty, nutty finish that made me yearn to be sipping it among the ponderosa pines. It’s also available on tap at the brewery and in 22-ounce bottles at liquor stores. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Cheyenne Canon, which recently used donations from Bristol to build a new visitors center at Helen Hunt Falls.
And finally, I got a sneak preview of their Red Baron Octoberfest, a rich, hearty beer in the classic Vienna style of German brewing. Brown and toasty, it has a rich finish that sticks with you, and may still be with me when the leaves begin to change colors when it’s released next month. Look for it in six-packs and on tap at the brewery.