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Never Summer Ale brewed by the Boulder Beer Company - Boulder, CO
Never Summer Ale brewed by the Boulder Beer Company
Never Summer Ale
is an aggressive winter seasonal. This winter ale is a deep ruby red in
color and is assertively hopped and brewed with dark caramel malt.
Specifically brewed for the drinking town with a skiing problem. In 2004, it
won the gold medal ath the World Beer Cup.
Malt: British Dark Caramel Malt and U.S. 2-Row Barley
Hops: Nugget, Willamette, Cascade and Top Secret Brewmaster's Spice
Original Gravity: 15.2
Alcohol by Volume 5.94%
Beer Review from Beer Advocate:
Appearance: rich mahogany hue with a clear body. Head is a thick finger of
frothy ivory foam, demonstrating pretty good retention and a nice lace. I like
Smell: malty aroma with a nutty, biscuity character. There's also some crystal
malt aroma thrown in; overall, well-composed, but just not among my favorite
Taste: caramelly malt flavor with just a hint of the biscuit found in the aroma.
I find the flavor much more appealing than the aroma; it is sweet and heady,
with just a touch of toasty character. Good stuff.
Mouthfeel: medium body with an unexpectedly good level of carbonation.
Creaminess on this beer is quite nice, and complements the style well.
Overall: I am somewhat surprised. Winter warmers are not always my favorite
beers, but this brew has found a niche within my palate. I'd definitely quaff
Boulder Beer Company History
The Boulder Beer Company was Colorado's first microbrew and the forty-third
licensed brewery in the United States. It was founded on September 25, 1979 by
David Hummer, Alvin Nelson, and Randolf Ware. Ware and Hummer were physics
professors at the University of Colorado at Boulder and home brewers. When the
laws surrounding home brewing were relaxed, the brewery originally started on a
farm in a "goatshack.
The Boulder Beer Company was originally known as the Boulder Brewing Company and
went public in 1980, raising over $1.7 million. A decade later, in 1990, the
company changed its name to Boulder Beer Company when Gina Day took the company
private. In 1993 the company again renamed itself as the "Rockies Brewing
Company." In 2002, the Rockies Brewing Company entered into a strategic
agreement with Rock Bottom Breweries allowing Rock Bottom to brew and sell their
Singletrack Ale. In 2005, the company again changed it name back to the Boulder
The Boulder Beer Company is also known for being civic minded. In 2008, it
became a sponsoring partner in Boulder's "10 for a Change Challenge," a program
designed to reduce energy consumption by 10% via eco-friendly improvements for
increased energy efficiency. In addition to being a sponsor for the challenge,
the Pub is already PACE Certified (Partners for a Clean Environment) using
bio-diesel fuel, recycled/compostable "to go" containers, and recycling. The
brewery uses 100% recycled 6-pack carriers and non-petroleum based inks.
Every year, the Boulder Beer Company participates in "Beer 4 Boobs," a
nationwide charity program raising money for the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer
Foundation. They also host an annual "Goatshed Revival" Beer Festival in honor
of their first brewery that was in a shed shared by goats. Part of the planning
of the revival is a homebrew competition wherein homebrewer compete to have the
Boulder Beer Company brew and distribute their homebrew. Proceeds from the
Goatshed Revival are donated to the Community Food Share, a non-profit
organization feeding the community's poor.