Porter brewed by West Flanders Brewing in Boulder, Colorado
of Colorado's history making new laws today, West Flanders Brewing
of is releasing Recreational
Smoke. A homegrown, fully legal, American-style porter, Recreational
Smoke is enhanced with beechwood smoked malts from Bamburg, Germany.
These specialty grains are paired with an array of other baked and
toasted malts to create a unique beer with notes of chocolate,
brownies, and satisfying smoked flavors throughout. All rolled up in
a heady beer with a mellow 6% ABV.
“Since we opened last year,” says head brewer Brian Lutz, “many of
our customers have told us they wanted to be able to enjoy
Recreational Smoke here at our brewpub. In light of recent events,
we decided the time was right for us to make that happen.”
The beer is on sale at West Flanders Brewing for just 30 cents per
ounce. West Flanders customers are allowed to purchase up to 16
ounces of the beer at a time inside the brewpub. Customers can take
the beer home in quantities of 64 ounces in West Flanders Brewing’s
You must be 21 years or older to purchase Recreational Smoke.
Out-of-state visitors can legally purchase West Flanders’
“But if you’re traveling here by plane to enjoy it,” note West
Flanders co-founder Mark Heinritz adds, “be aware that Recreational
Smoke is not permitted on the property at Denver International
Airport. Possession of it there can get you into serious trouble.”
“We also want to remind our customers,” Heinritz says, “that it’s
still illegal to consume Recreational Smoke in public here in
Boulder or anywhere else in Colorado.”
As it always does, West Flanders serves a wide array of delicious
edibles (from Chef Tony Hessel) for those who partake of
Recreational Smoke and the brewpub’s other exceptional beers.
Thank you for any coverage you can do on this historic beer. I'm
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Information on this beer and all of West Flanders Brewing's beers,
food and events can be found at www.wfbrews.com .
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.
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 Lutz’s brewing
creativity. To quote Brian, “make sure your seat belt is buckled
because we are about to go on one hell of a ride!”