Steamworks taps Spruce Goose Ale for Capitol Christmas Tree Welcome On Nov 9th

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    Jason Founder (8,083) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
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    DURANGO, CO – Spruce Goose Ale returns this holiday as a seasonal beer at Steamworks Brewing Co. This year, the craft brew will be tapped in honor of the 70 plus foot Colorado Engelmann Spruce from Meeker, Colorado that passes through Durango on its way to Washington D.C. to proudly stand as the U.S. Capitol’s Christmas Tree. Literally brewed with fresh spruce tips harvested in the San Juan Mountains, the beer has become a winter favorite for craft beer aficionados.

    A modern-day version of the spruce beer once brewed and rationed to Colonial Troops by General George Washington during the Revolutionary War, Steamworks’ Spruce Goose is a darker beer that offers complex earthy flavors. Sporting an ABV of 9 percent, the Spruce Goose received a bronze medal in the 2009 Australian International Beer Competition.

    According to The Beer Enthusiast at Draft magazine, who rated the beer a 93, the Spruce Goose Ale “…is a wonderful introduction to the spice… when you try Spruce Goose, don’t be surprised if it doesn’t seem much like beer. Your nose will be greeted by wafts of malt, followed closely by the unmistakable aroma of new growth spruce tips… an enjoyable toffee-like malt flavor lingers on the tongue, finishing this beer off nicely.”

    Steamworks Co-Founder Kris Oyler credits Steamworks Brew Master and Certified Cicerone® Ken Martin with utilizing the young spruce tips and perfecting the time-honored recipe for contemporary palettes. It’s also the perfect brew to honor and toast Colorado’s contribution of a lovely Spruce tree to our country’s capitol. The beer will be poured at Sorrel Sky Gallery, 828 Main Avenue, Durango, on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, during the celebration of the tree’s welcome party for the Capitol Christmas Tree celebration.

    “We have found that, much like wine, the ‘terroir’ where we harvest the spruce tips and the current climate conditions matter in the beer, making the Spruce Goose varietal,” said Martin. “A dry spring this year led to smaller, more delicate tips, making the beer more delicate and accentuating the dark caramel flavors from the premium malts.”

    The limited release Spruce Goose Ale is available only at Steamworks Brewing Co. in 750 ml. bottles, as well as on-tap. Steamworks Brewing Co., open 11 a.m. to closing seven days a week, is located at 801 E. Second. Ave., Durango (970.259.9200). For further information, visit

    Learn more about the Capitol Christmas Tree and its journey from Meeker, Colo. to the lawn of the United States Capitol at and Durango’s festivities at

    Durango’s Craft Brewers:
    Napa Valley boasts top wines, while Durango toasts with sensational local microbrews. Self-proclaimed as the “Napa Valley of Beer” and “City of Brewerly Love,” Durango, with a population of approximately 16,000, is home to four microbreweries/brewpubs. Durango breweries took their place on the map in 1988 when Carver Brewing Company began brewing operations, becoming Colorado’s 2nd post-prohibition brew pub. Durango Brewing Company started in 1990 and was one of the first microbreweries in the state. SKA Brewing Company opened in 1995 and Steamworks Brewing Company began operations in 1996.

    Due to the readily available “first use” water, Durango is ideal for brewing beer. “Beer is 98 percent water so the quality of the water has a huge impact on the quality and flavor profile of a beer. Durango’s water is soft and ideal for brewing.” said Kris Oyler Steamworks co-founder. “Folks live in or move to Durango for its uniqueness and they generally are looking for something different, including the beer they enjoy. They prefer a well made, fresh, locally crafted beer.” Information on Durango craft brewers:

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