Saturday, May 23, 2015

Pic(k) of the Week: Beer & Cliffs

Beer & cliffs

Now, this was how to enjoy a good beer.

First, there was a quarter-sized-hailing thunderstorm. Then, cool sunshine. The time seemed right for an IPA, at the Palisade Brewing Company, in its courtyard, with the Book Cliffs as dramatic backdrop.

Palisade, Colorado.
22 May 2015.

Off Belay IPA

This is our India Pale Ale standard. A light body that allows three American hop varieties to demand your attention — a three pronged hop profile with bitter, floral and citrus notes. Off Belay is a perfect introduction for a newcomer to the world of the IPA, as well as a gold standard for the hop enthusiast.

7% ABV
64 IBU
Centennial, Chinook, Simcoe
2-row pale, dextrin, crystal

"How long has the brewery been here," I asked the bartender. "Over nine years," she told me, "but back then, it was called the Palisade Brewery." "What's it called now, I asked." "Palisade Brewing Company." Uh, okay!

Palisade's population is 2,300. That Friday afternoon, maybe 2% of the entire town (plus two) was at the brewery and winery and distillery (and, ahem, dispensary). All along the same block. Most outdoors. All legal 'craft.'


  • The name of the beer, Off Belay, comes from rock-climbing lexicon: "Belay: to attach (a rope) to something so that it is secure; to attach a secure rope to (a person) for safety."

  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of personal photos, usually posted on Saturdays, often (as is the case today) with a good fermentable as a subject.
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