23 August 2013

WILK Friday BeerBuzz - 23 Aug 2013 - Crazy Mountain Lava Lake Wit & Mountain Livin’ Pale Ale w/Kevin Selvy

We love reaching west and exploring new breweries on the WILK Friday BeerBuzz.  There’s something special about Mountain Living that has always attracted me, so I love featuring (and visiting) Colorado breweries.

Today we were very excited to feature Vail Valley Colorado’s Crazy Mountain Brewery on the show…and what better way to do it than to “talk beer” with Brewmaster, co-founder and CEO Kevin Selvy.  Kevin started out as many brewers do, with an out-of-control homebrewing hobby.  Kevin soon transitioned that into a job at Anchor Brewing in San Francisco and it was in that very tasting room where Kevin met wife Marisa and the idea to open a Crazy Mountain Brewery was hatched.

Crazy Mountain opened it’s doors in 2010 becoming the first production brewery in Vail Valley, CO and they’ve quickly progressed to feature a lineup of core beers, as well as specialty and seasonal ales.  Crazy Mountain also features a variety of packing that includes not only kegs & bottles, but the perfect package for active living….cans.

It was a lot of fun getting the latest news on Crazy Mountain from Kevin and catching up on what they’ve been brewing.  You also have to love a brewery that officially lists “Doobie” the DOG as their CFO (as well as Isha & Luna doggies on staff).  With a lineup like that, of course their tasting room is dog-friendly too.
We didn’t forget to taste some Crazy Mountain beer today and Kevin was nice enough to send us some Lava Lake Wit.  This classic Belgian Wit uses a unique malt lineup that includes rolled oats & un-malted wheat.  Add in Coriander, Chamomile, Curacao orange peel and grains of paradise, and a really unique yeast strain and you have a great brew.  At 5.2% it’s perfect for summer, and in the 12oz can package it works well year round.
We also sampled the classic Crazy Mountain Mountain Livin’ Pale Ale.  This beer features a very hop-forward and fruit-forward flavor with the Simcoe & Citra hops on-board.  Once I heard two of my favorite hop varieties are in this beer, I knew this would be a favorite…and it was right.  This beer comes in at 5.7% ABV and it’s also loaded into the perfect Mountain Linin’ package….12oz cans.

We had a great time talking beer with Kevin today, and while they are not in PA just yet, you can find Crazy Mountain in parts of NY and other neighboring states so stay tuned.

Thank you to Kevin Selvy from Crazy Mountain Brewing, Nancy, John & Kyle for yet another

fun Friday.

The Friday BeerBuzz…bringing good beers and good people together. As always you can check out the video on-line at the WILK Friday BeerBuzz page by clicking HERE.

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