Altitudes Pilot Brewery – Assistant Brewer, Jared Long

Brewing – first and foremost – is a science.  It is a craft honed through empirical observations and repeated procedure.  Brewing is not just about coming up with ideas, but being able to translate those ideas into a set of ingredients and procedures that will lead to the initial idea being realized.   Over the past several weeks, I have … Read More

Altitude’s Biggest Brewery Party Ever!

Join us on Saturday, May 4th when we will be celebrating beer ALL DAY. Pilot Brew LaunchWe’re tapping the inaugural brews fresh off of our new brewing system beginning at 11 a.m. New brews will be tapped all day! Mexican Chili Ale Tapping PartyThis time, it’s here to stay! Celebrate with us as Mexican Chili Ale becomes a permanent beer … Read More

Beer Training Class!

Nathan, our Brewmaster, is offering a Beer Training class to test and strengthen your “Beer IQ!” He will share some of his knowledge of principles of food & beer pairing and there will be beer drinking as he takes you through vertical and horizontal beer comparisons utilizing popular craft beer brand samples with our beer samples. This class will take … Read More

The Food and Beer Friendship

I am preparing for a presentation about beer and cheese pairings at the Big Beers Belgian and Barley Wines in Vail. This has been hard work involving drinking several brands from Altitude and from other breweries alongside several cheeses crafted by artisan cheese mongers. I want to share two of my pairing principals. First, the purpose is to enhance your culinary experience. Pairing itself, successful … Read More

Tumblewheat Takes Silver at Great American Beer Festival

Altitude’s commitment to quality was once again recognized at the largest commercial beer competition in the world, The Great American Beer Festival. Tumblewheat once again won a silver medal in the American Wheat With Yeast category, meaning Altitude was among only 3% of the breweries participating who could say we won back to back (2011-2012) with the same brand. Another … Read More

ACRES Pumpkin Ale – Brewing Collaboration

This week Altitude is teamed up with ACRES for the much anticipated production of ACRES Pumpkin Ale. ACRES stands for Agricultural Community Resoucres for Everyday Sustainability often just called the UW student farm. Mike Curran and I had a few conversations over a pint and decided to collaborate and brew a locally grown pumpkin ale. So far we have harvested … Read More

Brewing Collaborations

This summer Altitude participated in three brewing collaborations. Brewers gathering together to brew is nothing new, but this new wave of collaboration beers is changing the American craft beer scene in very good ways. In the same way that genetic diversity is needed for physical health, ideological diversity is needed for mental health. When we  gather together to brew one … Read More

Distinguishing Ourselves From the Most Base Elements of the Alcohol Industry.

Three beer festivals in three weeks with another around the corner. One question that always comes up at festivals is, “Which of your beers has the most alcohol in it?” It is important to address this question for two reasons. One, nothing is intrinsically better about a beer because it is higher in alcohol than another. In fact, someone could lie about the ABV of … Read More

North American Beer Awards

Beginning Tuesday evening, I joined the forces of 80-some professional beer judges in the collaborative effort to award gold, silver and bronze medals in internationally recognized categories at the North American Beer Awards. We were split into groups of 6 and presented with blind samples from a field of well over 1300 professional entries. In the last 60 hours I … Read More

Wyoming Beer Fest Season!

This blog is appropriately being launched at the beginning of the Wyoming beer fest season. This time of year provides ample opportunities for locals and tourists alike to travel to towns across and sample brews from this state and surrounding regions. In the next two weeks, Altitude will be pouring Tumblewheat and Chili Ale in Jackson, WY on Memorial Day weekend. … Read More