Making America Great Again might be the agenda in Washington, D.C., but locally, La Cumbre Brewing Company is focusing on making IPA clear again.
La Cumbre has teamed up with Comrade Brewing Co. of Denver to create its latest beer, Make IPA Clear Again. La Cumbre will be releasing four seasonal cans in March. They are Make IPA Clear Again, Helles Lager, Blackberry Briar and one that La Cumbre president and founder Jeff Erway is keeping close to his chest for now.
Make IPA Clear Again is a “big, fruity IPA without jumping on the haze train,” according to the Comrade Brewing website. It is hopped with Citra, Simcoe and Ekuanot in the boil and double dry-hopped with Mosaic, Centennial and Waimea. Helles is a traditional German pale lager, and the Blackberry Briar is a kettle sour ale made with blackberries.
“I’m friends with the brewer and the owner of Comrade (Brewing Co.),” Erway said. “I feel that they’re making the best hop forward beers in Colorado, and both of our breweries are pretty well-known for making classic West Coast-style IPAs, and we both toyed here and there with the newer East Coast hazy approach to IPAs, but it’s funny; we were kind of tongue-in-cheek poking fun at ourselves for making several beers that were not in any way clear. I just hope, beyond hope, that we get this beer really clear, but I’m pretty confident.”
The seasonal can releases will be available at La Cumbre’s brewery at 3313 Girard NE, but La Cumbre will soon be selling and releasing its beers at its new taproom on the West Side. The 2,400-square-foot taproom will be at the southeast corner of Coors and Montaño NW. It will feature a large patio, facing east, that will allow patrons to enjoy a good view of the Sandia Mountains.