Summer is in full swing, and we are lucky enough in Laramie to have two great breweries in town: Altitude and The Library. Besides the usual favorites at each pub, the current seasonal beers on tap celebrate everything you’d expect from a summer beer, highlighting wheats, local ingredients like honey and chilis, and crisp, bright flavors. Here’s what’s on tap this week:
Mexican Chili Ale: a light golden ale brewed with a variety of hot peppers (jalapeno, Serrano, Anaheim, and habanero) resulting in a medium-hot beverage in a frosty glass. This won the Silver in the North American Beer Awards in 2009.
Cougar Belgian Grand Cru: This is brewed in collaboration with Laramie Home Brew Club members Nathan Flemming and Jessie Sevire. It’s a cloudy, Belgian-style wheat with strong flavors of orange and coriander, reminiscent of Blue Moon.
Summer Ale: an English style bitter that’s mildly hoppy with faint honey flavor.
Grizzly Whisperer IPA: a popular standard at Altitude, this is an American style pale ale with a strong hop flavor.
Old Venerable Imperial Double Wheat: Hold on to your hats—this one’s 9.5% ABV, the highest on tap right now. This is conditioned with wild flowers from the mountains and has hints of melon and citrus. Altitude calls it “a very assertive and high alcohol wheat wine.”
At the Library:
Keller Kölsch: A golden colored, light German Ale brewed with Wheat, Munich and Pilsner malts.
Devil’s Tower Honey Ale: a light, mildly hopped pale ale is brewed with Devil’s Tower Honey from Sundance. This won Best in Show at Old West Brewfest in 2009.
Rattlesnake Rye Pale Ale: The Libray says, “By using an exact amount of rye, a grain seldom found in micro-brewed beers, the RyePA acquires its signature taste. Made with four varieties of US Pacific Northwest hops and a generous amount of specialty malts, this beer offers a complex malt/hop flavor that is both aggressive and well balanced.”
Nitro Big Nose Bitter: This English-style bitter actually goes down quite smooth, thanks in part to the process of combining it with nitrogen inducing a subtle creaminess.
Nitro Steamboat Oatmeal Stout : roasted flavor with a hint of chocolate in the finish. A large amount of rolled oats enhances this stout’s body and nitrogen head creaminess.
Pryopysm Porter: A thick, rich chocolate/rye porter inspired by the Greek god Priapus. This is a beer for the dark beer lovers in your life.
Seasonals on tap also include their ever-popular Milk Stout and the amber Steam Beer.