This year and next, top hops
Featuring Troy Casey of Casey Brewing
To pick Colorado’s top craft beers and breweries in 2016, the Denver Post surveyed more than two dozen brewers and experts to reflect on the year in beer and look forward to 2017.
The first installment in the 6th annual Beer in Review series features Troy Casey, the owner and founder of Casey Brewing and Blending in Glenwood Springs.
Casey specializes in oldworld brewing methods to produce oak-fermented wild and sour beers, often with local fruit. The rare and unique beers hold a cult status in Colorado and draw legions of craft beer fans to the brewery for special tours and tastings.
Here are Troy Casey’s picks for 2016:
Favorite Colorado beer of the year: Crooked Stave’s Brewers Select #1, one of the best IPAs I had this year. Amazing hop aroma and flavor, it’s hard to believe they could make a clean beer taste this great on their first try. Favorite Colorado brewery of the year: Comrade Brewing Company. Their tasting room is super inviting and their staff is incredibly nice. Anytime I go in, they always have a new IPA they’re working on. Worth a visit for sure. Favorite new Colorado brewery: Bierstadt Lagerhaus Its incredibly authentic German-style lager beer is out of this world. Colorado brewery to watch in 2017: Capitol Creek Brewery in Basalt. This is a selfish pick since this soon-to-open brewpub is in walking distance from my house. The brewer, Jerod Day, has worked all over our valley and will now be taking the reins for the first time. Can’t wait to see what deliciousness he comes up with. Most notable craft beer trend in 2016: More small breweries are continuing to sell to the big boys. These brewery owners were seeing the writing on the wall that it’s hard to grow as fast as some breweries could 10 years ago and figured it was easier to sell. The big breweries can scale these breweries with the snap of a finger. Everyone wins — well, except the consumer. The illusion of choice. Craft beer trend to watch in 2017: Breweries contracting for hops based on growth they’re never going to see this year. There will be a major hop surplus when these breweries start to dump their hops on the open market. The smaller breweries like us will have no problem getting these designer hops in 2017.