Weldwerks (2019)

Discussion in 'Mountain' started by Knobs303, Jan 1, 2019.

  1. Knobs303

    Knobs303 Aspirant (262) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado

    New Year, New Weldwerks thread for 2019.
     
    #1 Knobs303, Jan 1, 2019
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  2. Wasatch

    Wasatch Poo-Bah (6,024) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado
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    I wish they would distribute further west.

    Cheers!
     
  3. Knobs303

    Knobs303 Aspirant (262) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado

    I agree. I wish I could find some of their beers as far West as Boulder. I think some of their stuff does make it to Hazels, but I don’t spend too much time in there. :wink:
     
  4. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,306) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    They are showing up on south metro shelves. Picked up triple double and DDHJB recently. The canned stouts and a few achromatics have made their way down, but not my cup of tea.
     
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  5. FarmerTed

    FarmerTed Aspirant (241) May 31, 2011 Colorado

    Not my cup of Swiss Miss, either.
     
  6. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,306) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    That can be Neil's next venture. Who am I kidding, @Tarheel4985 has probably already brewed it. With double drymallow additions.
     
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  7. Dicers

    Dicers Poo-Bah (1,721) Sep 2, 2012 Colorado
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    That's basically what Alpine Chateau is
     
  8. Dan_K

    Dan_K Zealot (502) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado
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    I wonder what the plans for 2019 are? If I had to guess, I'd say more releases for the barrel program, and a bunch of new beers but not 120 or whatever they got up to last year.
     
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  9. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,306) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    I thought that number had to be the highest number of new beers from a brewery in 2018. I was sadly mistaken.
     
  10. Dan_K

    Dan_K Zealot (502) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado
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    Yes, other half put out 150 new beers last year. Most were IPAs with different hop combinations.
     
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  11. Knobs303

    Knobs303 Aspirant (262) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado

    I would venture to say, as a non brewer, what WeldWerks accomplished is far more difficult than the 150, or so, beers Other Half put out in 2018.
     
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  12. rmpic82

    rmpic82 Aspirant (238) Jan 27, 2017 Kansas
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    Tend to agree - I’d also say that there’s nothing more exciting as a consumer than having something new AND interesting rotating through. Doesn’t need to be 100+ in a year, but beer exploration is wickedly cool. Love the thought and effort these guys and gals put into their brews.
     
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  13. Dan_K

    Dan_K Zealot (502) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado
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    Well, I don't know. Sure, probably 100 of them were IPAs, but they also ventured out into different fruited sours, they started making Stouts, and did a bunch of collabs.

    But I would say that Weldwerks has a bit more "Range" in styles and beers within those styles.
    Like, stouts from 6% to 15%, Barrel aged and not, milk stouts, coffee stouts, Imperial Stouts. Adjuncted and "pure" Medianoche variants. Different barrels. All the different Achromatic variants. And that's just "dark beers".
     
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  14. RKP1967

    RKP1967 Aspirant (245) Sep 26, 2010 Virginia

    It hardly seems fair for someone who lives in Colorado to favorably compare a Colorado brewery to a Brooklyn brewery that doesn't even distribute.
     
  15. Knobs303

    Knobs303 Aspirant (262) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado

    It hardly seems fair for someone who lives in Virginia to negatively compare a Colorado centric comment without context. You know what they say about opinions.....:sunglasses: :beer:
     
  16. FarmerTed

    FarmerTed Aspirant (241) May 31, 2011 Colorado

    Holy shit, fuck other half.
     
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  17. Knobs303

    Knobs303 Aspirant (262) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado

    Well said. Not sure why I couldn’t have made my comments as succinctly and as eloquently as yours. :wink: :beer:
     
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  18. southdenverhoo

    southdenverhoo Disciple (367) Aug 13, 2004 Colorado

    i do wish they could keep retailers stocked up on Juicy Bits, but I get that there are capacity issues and other priorities at work.

    (grateful for what we DO get; please don't doxx me, identify where I work, and cut my boss off! "No Bits for you!")
     
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  19. Wasatch

    Wasatch Poo-Bah (6,024) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado
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    I heard they might be distributing to the Western Slope. Any truth to this?

    Cheers!
     
  20. rikarmstrong

    rikarmstrong Initiate (80) May 14, 2015 Colorado
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    I've seen December Juicy Bits 4-packs "turding" on shelves in a number of north Denver stores. Some even have it on sale. I realize it's tougher to find down south though.
     
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  21. RKP1967

    RKP1967 Aspirant (245) Sep 26, 2010 Virginia

    Reading comprehension, dude. I didn't say anything negative about Weldwerks.
     
  22. Knobs303

    Knobs303 Aspirant (262) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado

    Do you need a new hobby? Why don’t you stick with threads in the Delmarva region. The comparison was made by another poster, my comment was a simple observation that compared total number of unique beers produced in a calendar year, by two different breweries. Furthermore, why would it matter if said Brewery distributes or not? Meanwhile, back to WeldWerks beer related comments. :sunglasses: :beer:
     
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  23. Schmittymack

    Schmittymack Zealot (514) Sep 3, 2008 Colorado
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    I (still) don't understand the rave for Weldwerks. Yes, it's decent but I've definitely had better from other CO breweries. Hell, I'd even drink anything that, say, Storm Peak, Strange, Avery, and a few others) does over Weldwerks. I know it's all opinionated and everyone's palate is different (I still enjoy Bristol but everyone else seems to think they suck anymore) but.....

    Bring on the hate! LMAO
     
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  24. FarmerTed

    FarmerTed Aspirant (241) May 31, 2011 Colorado

    I can't argue with you. I liked their pilsner, but the format and price was wanting. Their goses/sours are good. Hazy ipa's do nothing for me, and I am not a fan of super sweet and syrupy stouts, so I haven't liked any I've had from them (probably just 2 or 3, but I've seen enough). I also have zero desire to drink any beers brewed with eggs, spaghetti-'s, or Swiss Miss. I guess I'm an outlier, too.
     
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  25. Knobs303

    Knobs303 Aspirant (262) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado

    I’m kinda in between. I like their variety and I’ve enjoyed myself ever time I’ve visited. I don’t think I’ve had a bad beer from them, but I tend to play it safe and drink styles I’m more familiar with at WeldWerks. I hear what you guys are saying about super sweet Stouts, but a 5oz option is pretty nice to try something, instead of having to get a 10oz pour, or so, and end up paying more and not enjoying the last few ounces.
     
  26. stevefenster

    stevefenster Initiate (105) Mar 29, 2016 Colorado
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    Lol
     
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  27. rmpic82

    rmpic82 Aspirant (238) Jan 27, 2017 Kansas
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    Plenty of Medianoche variants (and especially regular) that are a far cry from the J Wake sweet stouts. Huge, roasty, malty. They do great with berliners and other styles, too.

    I can see how someone who’s looking for a clean and simple Pils might not fully appreciate WeldWerks. One doesn’t need 100+ unique and interesting beers in a yr to check that box.
     
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  28. Dan_K

    Dan_K Zealot (502) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado
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    Well I have a trading partner that lives near Brooklyn and visits other half 30-40 times per year. I get near monthly shipments of Other Half cans. I also go to Weldwerks a lot.

    Believe me when I say that Weldwerks has much more range than other half. Yes both breweries make a lot of IPAs that are just different combinations of the same 10 hops.

    I'm not saying OH is bad- they make good to great stuff. But producing 150 new beers, 100+ of which are IPAs, doesn't seem like quite the adventurous feat that WW undertook this year.
     
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  29. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,584) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    How many of WW's beers were basically the same but with a different flavoring adjunct tossed in?
     
  30. Knobs303

    Knobs303 Aspirant (262) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado

    Very well said. That was essentially what I was attempting to say earlier. I even prefaced my comments as, ‘A nonbrewer.’ Your insight was well timed and your comments were valid. On a slightly different note, the ‘distribution’ footprint of Other Half, because they do self-distribute, is massive. Millions of people have relatively easy access to the beers they package and on draft. WeldWerks, on the other hand, no pun intended, is far less ‘available’ outside their tap room. They have been upping their distribution over the past few years, but I live just down the road from WeldWerks and I rarely see it outside of Hazels in Boulder.
     
  31. Knobs303

    Knobs303 Aspirant (262) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado

    Not sure. I’m sure @Tarheel4985 has some sort of spreadsheet breakdown, or something. :sunglasses: :beer:
     
  32. Dicers

    Dicers Poo-Bah (1,721) Sep 2, 2012 Colorado
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    you're probably right Spaghetti Gose and Peanut Butter Cup Medianoche did taste like they may be the same base beer :wink:
     
  33. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,584) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    2 down, 99 to go.
     
  34. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Devotee (445) Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    They having the invitational again this year...
    Thinking bout checking it out.

    Thoughts from those that attended last year?
     
  35. Dicers

    Dicers Poo-Bah (1,721) Sep 2, 2012 Colorado
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    Best first time festival I've ever been to and immediately in the upper echelon of festivals (FOBAB, FWI, WakeFest, etc) Beers were great, lines were manageable (Bokkereyder, BAA, and maybe another one or two not withstanding). Only complaints were not enough water stations and the fact that food was completely segregated from the venue (no drink outside, no food inside)
     
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  36. JakeT469

    JakeT469 Aspirant (277) Jan 13, 2012 Colorado

    I’ll echo some points from above. Very well run fest for a first time and definitely ranks up there for one of the best fests I’ve ever been to. The quality of breweries/beers that were there was second to none. With the exception of a handful of beers/breweries that drew longer lines, there wasn’t a wait for 95% of the breweries. They sold the perfect amount of tickets for the size of the venue. Never felt cramped at all. I’ll have to disagree with @Dicers abiut the water situation. I thought there were more than enough water stations throughout the venue. There was never a line for water. The food trucks were outside of the venue which I thought was just fine. You could grab food before the fest started to get a solid base going or you could eat during the fest if you wanted to take a break. I should also mention that WW had about 10-12 different Noches pouring and there was never a line for any of them, can’t go wrong with that. Well worth the $100 price tag if you ask me.
     
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  37. Dicers

    Dicers Poo-Bah (1,721) Sep 2, 2012 Colorado
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    Dump stations for water and water on the far side of the room would have been nice, the amount of water was fine. Also I think the price tag was never in question for the quality. Difference of opinion on whether or not you shuold be able to munch with a drink, but not a deal breaker by any means
     
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  38. latifundija

    latifundija Initiate (60) Dec 11, 2010 Croatia (Hrvatska)

    Is anyone going to Invitational fest from Denver?

    I have to figure out how to get to the festival and back to Denver on Saturday 22nd. Heard there was a shuttle bus, but looks like its already full. Anyone willing to split the taxi? Other suggestions are welcome of course.
     
  39. stevefenster

    stevefenster Initiate (105) Mar 29, 2016 Colorado
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    We split a hotel four ways.... probably cheaper than a taxi both ways and we don’t have to worry about trying to find one willing to take us that far.
     
  40. latifundija

    latifundija Initiate (60) Dec 11, 2010 Croatia (Hrvatska)

    Ah yes, however I'm coming from Croatia and will be staying in Denver at my friends house. So spending the night at Greeley would mean 2 extra days of car rental, hotel cost and explaining my significant she has to spend the day in Greeley instead Denver (she's not attending the festival). So it's bit more complicated for me.

    Will you be going there from Denver? Even one way ride would be helpful if I don't find anything better.
     
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