It’s not often I write about the release of a new beer. The breweries of the Pikes Peak region crank out so many new beers, I could never keep up.
But you need to try the Give! Black Lager, which is being released Wednesday by Bristol Brewing Co., part of a bold new experiment in beer philanthropy.
The beer will only be available at the brewery, 1604 South Cascade Ave., and four Old Chicago locations in Colorado Springs. It was brewed as part of the Give! campaign, sponsored by the Pikes Peak Community Foundation and a certain competing weekly newspaper that shall remain nameless. The campaign raises money for 59 area nonprofits.
Each time you buy a pint, you’ll be given a ballot listing those nonprofits, and $2 from the purchase will go directly to the one you select. It’s one of four Community Ales Bristol brews each year to help nonprofits.
“This is a great opportunity to make our Community Ales work even harder, because not just one, but 59 nonprofits will have the chance to benefit,” said brewery owner Mike Bristol. “We especially appreciate Old Chicago coming on board to support the cause. It’s a unique beer style and a tasty beer, so we’re hoping a lot of people will help out by enjoying a pint or two.”
I was able to procure a sneak preview of the beer, and found it to be quite pleasant. A German-style schwarzbier, it’s a light dark beer, with a pleasing mild roastiness and a malty taste that made me think of autumn along the Rhine. At 5.5 percent alcohol, it’s tame enough that you can enjoy a few without having to bid auf wiedersehen to the rest of your day.