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Thursday, August 9th 2012

Lava Lake Wit
(Crazy Mountain Brewing Company)

Today we finish off the initial trio of canned releases from one of our favorite little breweries out in Colorado. Crazy Mountain has done a great job showcasing the place they call home on their cans and all three have fantastic designs. Its not all just looks however as the beers that come inside are all top notch as well. We're excited to crack open this Belgian-style Witbier on a hot and humid night as it should provide some very necessary refreshment. Cheers! 

From the Crazy Mountain site:

"This Ale is our take on a classic Belgian Wit Beer. To make this beer unique, we add un-malted wheat, rolled oats, two varieties of classic European hops, chamomile, curacao orange peel, coriander, grains of paradise, and a rare yeast strain from the Old Country. This is a beer that can be enjoyed year-round, whether on the slopes on a beautiful bluebird day, or lazily fly fishing in Lava Lake."

Here we go...

Pour - soft yellow, light straw-colored in appearance with a wispy white head that streaks down the inside of the glass. 

Aroma - lemons and limes, sugar, chamomile, along with hints of lemongrass and something else that I can't quite make out - perhaps its that rare yeast strain?

Taste - the first sip had me thinking "Sleepy Time"! This definitely has some subtle reminders of a cup of iced chamomile tea with lemon - if people actually drank something like that. A little zing and a little spice comes out of this rather light, yet very thirst quenching brew. Really enjoyable beer on a hot summer night. 

Overall - light and refreshing - what more could you want! Lava Lake Wit has a unique flavor that is all its own and truly makes it great. The spices and the chamomile really bring something special out of this beer. Definitely worth picking up some of these for any trip to any lake.

Note - If you're wondering where, or what, exactly Lava Lake is the Crazy Mountain website tells us that...

"Lava Lake is a hidden little gem off of Highway 131 on the drive to Steamboat Springs from Vail. This idyllic swimming hole is the first place Doobie, the chocolate brewery labrador, learned how to swim."

1% of all proceeds from sales of Lava Lake Wit are donated to the Eagle River Watershed Council  


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Lava Lake Wit
Style: Witbier
Brewery: Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Edwards, Colorado  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: Kent Goldings, Saaz
ABV: 5.2%
IBUs: 15
Date: August 9th, 2012

Posted by Russ

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