Tivoli Brewing Company + Bacon Social House = Peachy Keen Brunch Beer

What happens when a brewery and a pork-centric restaurant create a beer? Brunchtime magic, that’s what. At a morning-friendly 4.5 percent ABV, Peachy Keen is a rich ale bursting with stone-fruit flavors, thanks to the 180 pounds of Palisade peaches that went into the tank.
Find It: At Bacon Social House’s two locations

Goldspot Brewing Company + Laws Whiskey House + Bonacquisti Wine Company = Dopplebock

For the Regis neighborhood brewery’s fifth anniversary this month, Kelissa Hieber, Goldspot’s head brewer, worked with Laws and Bonacquisti on a special three-way project: First, Laws aged its three-year-old bourbon in Bonacquisti’s Cabernet barrels for at least 18 months; then, Hieber put a malt-forward dopplebock into the same barrels for four months. The result is a rich lager with notes of blackberries, raisins, caramel, and vanilla.
Find It: At Goldspot’s taproom in late February

Bruz Beers + Brewed Food = Le Renne & La Reine

Bruz’s lead brewer, Dave Olson, and Brewed Food (a local test kitchen/culinary laboratory) chef Jensen Cummings are the ultimate fermentation nerds. Here, they got geeky exploring how two different sets of “good bugs” (the yeast strains that jump-start fermentation) would affect one base beer: They fermented half of a batch of a wheat-, oat-, and malted-barley-base beer with a Norwegian kveik farmhouse yeast and the other half with a blend of Belgian saison strains. The kveik yeast created a juicy, American IPA–esque brew (Le Renne) with notes of orange marmalade, while the saison bugs resulted in a delicate, ultradry beer (La Reine) with spicy strawberry flavors and a haylike aroma.
Find Them: At Bruz Beers’ two taprooms

Denise Mickelsen
Denise Mickelsen

Denise Mickelsen is 5280’s former food editor. She oversaw all of 5280’s food-related coverage from October 2016 to March 2021.

Patricia Kaowthumrong
Patricia Kaowthumrong

Patricia joined the 5280 staff in July 2019 and is thrilled to be overseeing all of 5280 Magazine’s dining coverage. Follow her food reporting adventures on Instagram @whatispattyeating.