Author Archives: Chad

Cellar Reserve 2013 Membership (SOLD OUT)

By | October 22, 2012

UPDATE: Memberships are all sold out for 2013 It’s that time of the year again! We have officially started selling our Cellar Reserve membership for the 2013 year. Like last year, the membership will include 10 different Barrel-aged Sour beers (each bottle release includes (2) 375 ml bottles per release, with additional purchases available if [...]

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GABF gone WILD

By | October 2, 2012

No Holding back! Planning on visiting any Colorado breweries during GABF week? I would make sure you get out to come visit us in our taproom at the Barrel Cellar. Starting Monday We’ll be extending our hours for the week and tapping a new barrel-aged sour beer each day at 12 noon. We’ll be open [...]

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Denver Barrel Cellar Opening

By | September 3, 2012

65hl foeder in Napa

For the past two months we have been quietly readying the Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar, located just north of Denver’s Highlands neighborhood at 1441 W. 46th Ave. Unit 19. On Wednesday September 5th at 2pm we will officially open our doors for the first time welcoming guests into our small intimate tasting room. The Barrel [...]

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Wild Wild Brett Rouge Takes It Home

By | May 10, 2012

WWBR Bronze WBC 2012

We are fresh back from the 2012 Craft Brewers Conference held in San Diego, California. This year was a World Beer Cup year with the competition being held every two years. As we have only been making beers for a short time this was our first chance to enter our beers into any type of [...]

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Cellar Reserve Memberships

By | December 15, 2011

Cellar Reserve header bw

Greetings friends, fans and craft beer enthusiasts! With the details in place and the website infrastructure hopefully taken care of, we are pleased to announce the inaugural formation of Crooked Stave’s Cellar Reserve Membership. We mentioned previously that we had been working on the details to our annual membership and after putting a lot of [...]

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DRAFT Magazine’s Top 25 Beers of 2011

By | November 27, 2011

Top 25 Beers 2011

DRAFT Magazine recently published it’s annual list of the top 25 beers of 2011 in their November/December issue. To our surprise Wild Wild Brett Rouge was selected as one of their top 25 beers of 2011. We were extremely honored to be listed amongst so many other great breweries and their beers. Below is the [...]

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New Brew Thursday featuring Crooked Stave

By | November 16, 2011

Crooked Stave New Brew Thursday

A few weeks back we were featured in an episode of New Brew Thursday. Stephen, Dr. Bill, Matt and the whole crew were out visiting for GABF and stopped in to pay us a visit. It’s a pretty in-depth interview covering many aspects of Crooked Stave and barrel-aged beers. Sit back, pour yourself a glass [...]

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Serious Eats.. and Drinks

By | November 4, 2011

We were fortunate enough to be showcased in a recent article by Serious Eats on their drinks blog. Their write up and review titled: Getting Wild with Two Brett Beers from Crooked Stave is of Pure Guava Petite Sour and Wild Wild Brett Rouge, the first two beers we released in bottles. We are always [...]

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Pure Guava Petite Sour

By | August 2, 2011

Pure Guava Petite Sour label

This is a beer that will tickle the senses..and is best summed up by our friend Nathan Zeender of Desjardin Brewing baroque beer: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a style of artistic expression that is marked generally by use of complex forms, bold ornamentation, and the juxtaposition of contrasting elements often conveying [...]

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We’ve Been Busy

By | July 27, 2011

…This blog, which is meant to be a way for us to be able to keep everyone reading updated on our happenings, has been seriously neglected. What can I say? We’ve been busy…very busy! From here on out I plan to be better about posting updates. So much has happened over the past three months [...]

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Euclid Hall Taps Proprietary Beer from Crooked Stave

By | May 3, 2011

Starting today at 4pm Euclid Hall Bar and Kitchen will be tapping Good Glory a beer we brewed exclusively for the restaurant. It was a really fun project, working together with some of the beer experts at Euclid Hall, specifically Ryan Conklin who was instrumental in setting up the collaboration, working on recipe development and [...]

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Our Newest Member of the Family

By | March 16, 2011

25hl foeder

Slightly animist title for this post, but it is truly deserving given our first major equipment purchase is a 25hl foeder, or large oak fermenter. Maybe not the most sound decision by most breweries standards.. Then again, Crooked Stave is not the conventional brewery so to us it’s the best first piece of equipment that [...]

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A Sneak Peak at What’s to Come

By | March 5, 2011

Wow! It’s about time I got around to up dating this blog to reflect where Crooked Stave is at this time. With three batches now in barrels souring, it’s time to get a 4th batch brewed and fermenting. This has been difficult due to working around brewing schedules and being a one man show. Now [...]

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Batch #3, L’Brett d’Or

By | March 5, 2011

Chad checking the sight glass

With the previous batch transfered into barrels, I cleaned the fermenter and readied the brewhouse for batch #3. The following morning of February 16th I mashed in for the golden base beer which will over time become L’Brett d’Or. This beer is our Golden Sour, but with a twist. It is a 100% Brettanomyces primary [...]

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Super Saison Friends League

By | March 5, 2011

Chad with Barrels

On February 11th a big group of Colorado brewers got together for a collaborative brew called Buddha Nuvo to be released on April 16th at the 2011 Saison Festival held at Trinity Brewing in Colorado Springs. This years batch draws on the experience of many and is a unique collaborative effort. The idea behind the [...]

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Add Barrel Cooper to the List of Titles

By | March 4, 2011

Cooper's Hammer and Hoop Driver

Historically oak casks were a critical part of daily life. They stored everything from dry goods to liquid goods and were used extensively for shipping. Coopers were an important part of the community, and skilled craftsman who’s trade took years to perfect. Nowadays oak casks are no longer widely used, they are mostly for aging [...]

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Batch #2, Inception of the Barrel Inoculant

By | March 4, 2011

Barrel filling batch #2

With the barrels in house and readied for beer, we decided to produce a batch that could condition all the barrels with our house sour cultures. The idea was that we brew a beer that finishes with a higher amount of unfermented sugars after fermentation giving a good environment for all the various souring critters [...]

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The Barrel Cellar Takes Life

By | March 4, 2011

Chad standing in the barrel cellar

Over the past couple of months we’ve slowly amassed a considerable collection of oak barrels. We had two big hauls of Red and White wine barrels which came in from Napa during the month of January. The recent additions to our barrel cellar has since brought the total count up to 50 barrels, giving us [...]

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Batch #1 Wild Wild Brett

By | January 10, 2011

Primary in Barrel

On January 10, 2011 we brewed our inaugural batch of beer. The idea behind our first batch was to produce a beer primary fermented with 100% Brettanomyces yeasts. We thought why not take it a bit further and have the fermentation occur completely in used red wine oak barrels with a few strains of Brettanomyces [...]

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Oak Barrels for Beer, not para plantas

By | January 7, 2011

Full Barrel Load

The Photo above gives a little indication of the barrel load we hauled from Denver to Fort Collins at the end of December. In all we loaded up 13 red wine barrels on the trailer and 4 into the vehicle while still managing to find room for eight barrel racks. I then made the glorious [...]

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It Takes Malt to Brew

By | December 28, 2010

As we get closer to brewing our first couple of batches, ordering of raw materials such as malt, hops and spices as well as barrels and some small equipment has consumed most of my time. So many suppliers and new customer application sheets already filled out and still more to be done. The holidays have [...]

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Colorado State Alcohol Beverage License

By | December 18, 2010

Now things are really starting to pick up for us. On the heels of receiving our first oak barrels, we now have one of the two licenses we need in order to start brewing batches of Crooked Stave beers. In very timely fashion, I showed up on Friday to find a piece of mail had [...]

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First Oak Barrels Arrive

By | December 16, 2010

The Seven Makers Mark Barrels

As the weeks go on we are getting closer to our first anticipated brew day. While we don’t yet know exactly when it will be, we have been going over the recipes and contacting suppliers for raw materials. We have just purchased our first oak barrels, seven Makers Mark Bourbon Barrels. The barrels came from [...]

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Brewery Permits Submitted

By | November 19, 2010

Starting any new business involves lots of planning and filing of documents. During the first week of November we filed all of the necessary state and federal documents to operate as a business entity in Colorado. That was only the first step. In order to produce and sell beer there is a whole other application [...]

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Midwest Beer Galore

By | November 11, 2010

New Glarus Copper Kettles

I’m freshly back from the week long trip which took me through Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan visiting a total of 11 breweries. I’ve had some time to digest my notes and think about the conversations I had with the numerous brewers throughout the trip. By far the greatest experience was visiting with Dan Carey of [...]

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Festival of Barrel-aged Beer

By | November 3, 2010

Festival of Barrel-aged Beers

I’m off to Chicago for a week with fellow AC Golden brewer and friend Troy Casey. More accurately we’re flying into Chicago, immediately picking up our rental car and driving out to New Glarus, Wisconsin to meet with Dan Carey. We’ll be returning to Chicago just in time to judge for the Festival of Barrel-aged [...]

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Crooked Stave is Official

By | November 1, 2010

Articles of Organization

Today we completed the first steps in becoming a brewery in Denver, Colorado. We received our documents which formally register Crooked Stave LLC as an entity in the state of Colorado. We signed and completed our Operating Agreement as well as receiving our Federal Employer Identification Number and filing our Federal Entity Classification. This was a big first step [...]

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The Culminating Inception

By | November 1, 2010

This is the beginning of Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project. We are an artisan brewery in planning that is based in Denver, Colorado. Who are we? Well actually, we are just one person… For those of you who don’t already know me from the Brettanomyces Project let me introduce myself, I am Chad Yakobson and [...]

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