Maple Bacon Rauchbier

The first smoked beer I ever had was Alaskan’s Smoked Porter. I remember going gaga over it, remarking several times how much it tasted like smoked salmon. I later learned that it didn’t actually taste like salmon, but the alder wood that is typically used for smoking salmon is the same wood used for smoking the malt of the porter, and my mind made an taste association. Since then, I’ve tried to buy the annual edition of that beer every…

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Gobsmackin’ English IPA

Although I’ve never been to England (in fact, I’ve never left North America, something I intend to change soon), I’ve wanted to brew an English IPA for some time. I’ve always been a fan of English hops, especially East Kent Goldings, and the delicate and delicious flavors they provide. My favorite English example of the style is probably Bengal Lancer by Fullers, and my favorite domestic example is probably anything from our friends down the street, Hogshead. If anything, it’s…

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Keep Colorado LocALE Wet Hop Pale Ale

Pretty…. One of the things that helped me get deep into craft beer when I moved to Colorado was the variety of different beers I found at some of my local liquor stores. I was always impressed that I could find a brewery I had never heard of before, and try a beer from an old favorite that I never had the chance to try before. The selections that were available to me helped me slide down into the rabbit…

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Fresh Nugz Wet Hop IPA

    Fresh Nugz in various stages As I believe I’ve stated before, I love fall, and I especially love fall beers. I also like hops. I mean, our slogan is “Hop On!” after all (even though the slogan doesn’t just apply to hops themselves but more applies to inviting others to join you). But we do enjoy hops and hoppy beers here at Joyride. I try my best to not just brew hoppy beers and to cater to the…

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Fall is here…TD Brown and Scarecrow Pumpkin Ales

  Can you guess which one is which? It may still technically be summer for another 2 weeks or so, but it is looks a lot like autumn inside the brewery right now. Last week we released Touchdown Brown and earlier this week we released our Autumn Seasonal, Scarecrow Pumpkin Ae. Both of these beers were brewed last year, so they’re not “new” per se, but they are new for this calendar year. And since I haven’t written a blog…

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Steamin’ Willie Beamen California Common

I personally think that my love of California Commons and San Francisco go hand in hand. After finishing college, I went on a road trip with a good friend along the west coast and into the mountains. At the end of the trip, I had decided that I was going to move from Chicago to either Denver or San Francisco. I ended up getting a job offer in Denver, and the rest is history. But if I had received an…

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Joyride Taster Glass - Hop On!

Bee’s Knees Honey Belgian Tripel

  As a Colorado native, I’ve had my fair share of exposure to the craft beer scene, but it wasn’t until about 2007 that I really fell in love with beer. I had started working for a corporate restaurant that had a surprisingly large bottle selection, the majority of which were authentic Belgian beers. I still remember the first Belgian I ever tried, a dark strong by the name of Nostradamus, and turning to my phone after the very first…

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Straight Outta Hopton First Anniversary Triple IPA

  Brewers Nathan and Gina celebrating the release of Straight Outta Hopton with Dave at 7:30am on 7/16/15. It’s so cliché but I remember one year ago like it was yesterday. We had barely completed the finishing touches to the tap room when the clock hit noon, and it was time to open the brewery to the public for the first time. To say emotions were running high would be putting it pretty mildly, it was a blend of giddy…

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Black Razz Blonde Returns!

  Growing up in the Chicago area, it was always the highlight of the summer to go visit my grandparents at their house in northern Wisconsin. When we were younger, my grandpa would take my brother and I down snowmobile and logging trails and look for wild berries. We’d come back with a couple of small buckets and mostly put those berries in our cereal the next few days. While we would also pick some blueberries, the blackberries and raspberries…

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Aufspringen German IPA

  Ahhh, German beer. There’s just something about the thought of it that conjures up so many vivid images. Men in lederhosen and alpine hats, women in Dirndl dresses holding steins half the size of them, a polka band in the background while the smoke from grilled sausages gently wisps through the air. Maybe I’m just thinking about Oktoberfest. Hmmm… In either case, the Germans make some of the finest beer in the land. It is always crisp, clean, expertly…

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Joyride Brewing Company is a small craft brewery in Edgewater, CO, across the street from the banks of Sloan’s Lake. The brewery opened for business on July 16, 2014. We have a 10 barrel brewhouse with ten serving tanks and 11 fermenters. Our downstairs taproom is around 1600 sq ft and can hold about 95 people. Our upstairs rooftop patio is around 2400 sq ft and can hold an additional 150 people. Please join us and enjoy the majestic views of the lake with some of the finest beer in town.