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Flashback is Boulder’s take on the dark IPA trend, and was first brewed to celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2009. A light brown/reddish amber ale that’s been amped up on a big-ass dose of American hops, it offers up citric and piney hop aromas atop sweet and toasty caramel malt notes with a touch of toffee and chocolate. It opens on the palate with an assertive hop bitterness followed by a variety of classic brown ale notes. Look for a mild to moderate sweetness reminiscent of brown sugar, with notes of toasted bread and cocoa powder – all topped with big hops lending an earthy pine and citric character that lasts well into the lingering finish along with a toasty, almost nutty, grain-like note. Congrats on 33 years of making great beer, Boulder. Cheers!
Boulder Beer Company became Colorado’s first microbrewery when it was founded in 1979, blazing a trail for all of the other great breweries that have sprung up across the state in succeeding years. Founded by two Colorado University professors, David Hummer and Stick Ware, the brewery was originally situated on a small farm outside Boulder. Their single barrel brewing system was famously forced to share space with the resident goats! (The brewery itself notes that “When a company is founded by guys named ‘Hummer’ and ‘Stick’ in a goatshed, you know it’s gonna be crazy.”) Within five years, Boulder Beer’s following had grown dramatically and they had outgrown the capacity of the farm, so a proper brewery building was built in Boulder to house their expanding business.
The company went public in 1980, but in 1990 it came into the private ownership of Gina Day and Diane Greenlee who brought on brewmaster David Zuckerman from Portland, Oregon’s well-regarded Bridgeport Brewing Company. Various upgrades were implemented throughout the brewery, including the transformation of their diminutive tasting room into a full-scale brewpub and restaurant. Boasting a 50-barrel brewing system, the brewery can produce upwards of 43,000 barrels of beer each year. In 1993 the company changed its name to Rockies Brewing Company, but they embraced their roots in 2005, switching it back to Boulder Beer Company. It was also in that year that they introduced their annual “Goatshed Revival” beer festival, an outdoor summer celebration that is equal parts company birthday party and charity fundraiser, and celebrates their very humble origins among the nation’s first craft breweries, and their contributions as one of the most influential breweries in Colorado’s rich brewing culture.
To learn more about the brewery, the brewpub, and scheduled tours, call 303-444-8448 or check out their web site at www.boulderbeer.com.
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