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West Flanders Brewing creates beer for Broncos' AFC Championship

West Flanders Brewing creates beer for Broncos' AFC Championship tussle in Boulder, CO   

This week's Single Keg Series beer is a unique "AFC Champion Style Ale" we call Brett on the Broncos. It's our Obfuscation Trippel blended with a special batch of our Angry Monk Belgian-style golden ale that was fermented with a Brettanomyces yeast from Belgium 's famed Lambic region. This bold, foretelling beer was also dry-hopped with locally grown Cascade hops (from Oelsner Hop Farm in Niwot , CO ) for an extra bite on its finale.  It goes on tap January 16 at 5 PM.

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Like the Denver Broncos offense, it's a winning, gloriously golden wonder deep with unstoppable flavors and wild and thrilling excitement. (Sorry Peyton, this is no light beer.)

"The Brettanomyces yeast adds some wonderful and very appropriate barnyard notes and aromas of horse blankets," notes West Flanders head brewer Brian Lutz. "And unlike Tom Brady or Bill Belichick, there's nothing winey about the beer and we didn't cheat to make it."

To avoid anyone videotaping and stealing our methods for creating Brett on the Broncos, we crafted the beer with the utmost secrecy in our brewpub.

Savvy, exceptional and rich with horsepower, Brett on the Broncos features a hearty kick of approximately 7.2% ABV. It goes great with a broad array of our West Flanders Brewing fare.

Note: this beer is much too strong of a match for New England-style chowder or Boston-baked beans.

The Story of West Flanders Brewing

In 2009, Mark and Chris Heinritz meet longtime restaurateur Barry Wolfman. After quickly becoming friends, the three made several attempts to buy existing restaurants but nothing materialized. At the same time Brian could barely get his tie off quick enough to get back to a slew of home brewing projects. He was and still is continually working on creative and audacious beers while dreaming about the day he could again share his creations with the world.

Then the opportunity that had been 16 years in the making finally came. Brian was contacted by Dave Welker, who owned the building at 1125 Pearl Street. Welker is an avid home brewer, one of the top beer judges in the country and one of the founding fathers of the Great American Beer Festival. Knowing the building would be vacated reignited all the unfulfilled dreams from Red Fish. It was the perfect second act in a better location and with the addition of decades of collective experience.
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Barry Wolfman joined as a partner and GM. Brian was the obvious choice for Brewmaster and immediately started fine tuning recipes and making new test batches. Through a nine step interview process the only missing piece was found; Executive Chef Anthony Hessel. Tony was brought on board because of his understanding of how to pair food with beer to create entirely new flavor combinations. Together Brian and Tony created an unbelievable beer lineup with a beer-centric food culture and menu.

West Flanders is the fulfillment of 16 years of dreaming and planning to build a brewpub that celebrates both community and beer. The world, as beer drinkers, has also evolved for the past 16 years after that first batch of Angry Monk. Now the craft beer community is finally ready for dynamics and intrigue of Brian Lutzs brewing creativity. To quote Brian, make sure your seat belt is buckled because we are about to go on one hell of a ride!

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