This Week in Cerveza: Brewers Get Crafty with Mexican Lager and Sour Suds

May 2011

Corona Light is legal in Colorado. Brewing & Distilling Analytical Services has tested the widespread beverage and says it has the necessary volume and weight to qualify it as "heavy enough" for restaurants and bars under a crazy state law—despite the efforts of convenience stores and grocers to declare a monopoly on the light stuff (Cafe Society).

Craft drinkers may scoff at such swill, but their favorite brewers are increasingly creating more highbrow cousins of the Mexican lager. Odell Brewing celebrated the release of its Vecino brew yesterday during an early Cinco de Mayo party with el Museo de las Tres Colonias, the cultural institution that honors the Latino heritage of the neighborhoods where three of Fort Collins' major craft breweries are located (Coloradoan). Vecino (Spanish for "neighbor") has good company in Ska's Mexican Logger, Upslope's Top Rope, Vine Street's Chupacabra, and the whole of Del Norte's offerings (Cafe Society). 

Meanwhile, at Euclid Hall, taps are flowing with Good Glory, a Belgian-style sour ale that brand-new Crooked Stave Brewery has debuted exclusively to pair with the beer hall's spring menu (Denver Off the Wagon). Over at Boulder's Twisted Pine, brewers say taps aren't hearty enough for its Ghostface Killah, which is made with fiery bhut joloklia peppers and has been cleared to use its Wu-Tang-inspired appellation (Cafe Society).