Holiday Season 2023 – Day 17 – Brewhouse One from Boulevard Brewing

We head to the Midwest and Boulevard Brewing for their holiday Brewhouse One offering….

“Barrel-aged for 11 months in Tomcat Gin barrels, then rested on fresh juniper berries for 3 months, this quintessential holiday ale features crisp holiday spices with clean spruce essence. In addition to the pine and juniper, the wintry spice character is abundant, with hints of allspice, clove, and stonefruit esters, with light berry notes on the finish. All in all, at 9% ABV, it’s the perfect beer to bring to a party!”

Mixed Barrels

I have gotten very used to buying singles and when I go to a new beer store that is tilted to buying 4-packs and 6-packs, I get a little ticked off that I will have to place a bet on a beer that may not be to my liking, then be stuck with the rest. Boulevard is with me it seems with their BLVR+D sixer…

…(3) different barrel aged beers with (3) different base style beers. Find a friend and you can easily share this 6-pack.

#7 includes 2 not just 1

Boulevard Brewing started their collaboration series with Hair of the Dog and recently combo’d with fellow Duvelian Firestone Walker. Now for the first time they are brewing with two brewers.

Collaboration 7 will hit the higher priced section of the beer shop shelves come August. It is a collaboration with the Georgia based Creature Comforts and Arizona Wilderness from well, Arizona.

Here is a list of what is inside each bottle: peach puree, lemon zest and riesling with Nelson Sauvin, Lemondrop and Hallertau Blanc hops. Sonoran White Wheat, Missouri wheat, honey malt and corn grits. Aged on new oak. Then topped off with champagne yeast.

Boulevard Collaboration 7 will be available in 12 ounce bottles and draft.

Once it Leaves the Brewery

When a keg leaves a brewery and is loaded onto a delivery truck, it cannot be pampered like it was when it was inside the building. And since craft beer is based, in large part, on being crafted and crafted well, what happens once the truck starts rumbling away from the brewery cold box is very important.

Unfortunately, the brewery is probably too small or too busy to keep track of each keg, can and bottle and can’t ensure that a keg is connected to a clean line or that product doesn’t sit on a shelf (lookin’ at you BevMo!).

Which is why I am heartened to see that that a business like Craft Quality Solutions is starting. Helmed by Neil Witte a nearly 20 year veteran of Boulevard Brewing they plan to audit and service all three tiers of the distribution.

You can read more about it on the ever excellent Good Beer Hunting and remember to tell beer sellers if they have beer on the shelf that shouldn’t be there. Enlightened customers are the best defense until more people like Witte are up and running across the country.

Sean Suggests for June 2016

Let’s go with fruit this month but not fruited IPA’s. Beers where fruit is a + addition and not a marketing trick. In addition to these beers, don’t forget to buy a bottle of the Unity 2016 IPA too!

Bootlegger’s/ Lemongrass Wit 5.5% ABV
“Our summer seasonal release, Lemongrass White, is the perfect beer to relax with during the long summer days. This refreshing beer is balanced with bright citrus notes from the lemongrass, bitter orange peel, and coriander.”

Boulevard/ Tropical Pale 5.9% ABV
“Inspired by our collaboration with Florida’s famed Cigar City Brewing, Tropical Pale Ale marries our passion for balanced pale ales with the bright refreshing flavors of grapefruit and passion fruit accented by juicy, citrusy hops. Pack your bags and bring your taste buds.”

Telegraph/ Gypsy Ale 8.0% ABV
“Inspired by the exuberance of the Romani Gypsy culture. Telegraph Gypsy Ale celebrates the restless and adventurous spirit in all of us. We brewed it with rye, unmalted wheat, and locally grown plums. Then we fermented it with Brettanomyces while listening to traditional Gypsy tunes. It’s wild, it’s unique, it’s delicious. So go ahead, stray from that well-trodden ground you are following, grab a bottle, and dance along a crooked path.”

Firestone Boulevard

Screen Shot 2016-03-06 at 8.41.06 PM
It was really only a matter of time before Boulevard Brewing added Firestone Walker to their collaboration series of beers. Them being cousins and all.

Collaboration No. 6 will build on the blending know-how of Firestone Walker with a brewing dream team of Matt and Boulevard Brewmaster Steven Pauwels will be pulling beer from Boulevard’s stockpile and then will “brew, ferment and age Firestone Walker beers at Boulevard in Kansas City using recipes created by Matt and his team in Paso Robles to complete the final blend.”

More concrete information on the beers included in the blend will come later.

The beer is slated for a July release, will be available on draft and in 750ml bottles throughout Boulevard’s distribution network.

Holiday Ale # 2 – Snow & Tell

Two on the list is the punny named beer from Boulevard.

“A perfect winter beer for curling up by the fireplace, this malt blanket features prominent toffee and caramel notes with just a hint of smoked malt. A subtle spiciness is provided by hopping with Magnum, Chinook and Styrian Goldings.”

Get Away and Brew

Are you a homebrewer or a brewer fan geek?  Well, here is an opportunity for the well-heeled….

“….brew with some of the world’s best master brewers over two days at the rustic, yet luxurious Devil’s Thumb Ranch:

Matt Brynildson, Master Brewer at Firestone Walker
Steven Pauwels, Master Brewer at Boulevard Brewing
Andy Parker, Master Brewer at Avery Brewing
And one more mystery brewer who will be announced soon

Not only will you be brewing and hanging with these brewing greats, Craft Beer & Brewing will ferment and bottle these beers and send you a handful of bombers to enjoy. Just think! You’ll have the ultimate collaboration beers to share with your friends.

Two nights of luxury lodging at the spectacular Devils Thumb Ranch, delicious lunches and dinners at the ranch on Sunday and Monday, round-trip transportation from downtown Denver or Denver International Airport (at specific times only), craft beer at designated events, all the brewing supplies you’ll need, two Cooking with Beer Seminars and all taxes and gratuities are included in this memorable experience.”

Intrigued?  Check out the LINK for more info.


Verdugo Boulevard

Not the actual boulevard but Boulevard beer at the Verdugo who hosted a special  tasting on Saturday directly after a similar soiree at Sunset Beer Co.

I have been absent from the Glassell Park bar for too long and with a bright sunny day on their back patio beckoning, I sipped on three different beers from the Midwest brewery making a new push into L.A.


I started with the Lemon Ginger Radler which was very refreshing.  The ginger was hinted at in good balance.  This was my favorite on the afternoon.  Easy drinking is an understatement.

The Pop-Up Session IPA was fine.  But in comparison to my gold standard of Easy Jack, it faltered.  I want a certain brightness and crispness that I didn’t quite get from this one.

My other hop choice was the Heavy Lifting IPA.  Like the Pop-Up, it was fine.  Not the highest praise, but it didn’t lift itself out of the pack of IPA’s.


Now that L.A. is a destination for out of state breweries, which beers will make their mark?  After this afternoon, my vote is for the Radler.

Review – Reboot White IPA from Boulevard Brewing


Apropos to start 2014 with a reboot.  I mean Hollywood does it all the time.  Every time with younger actors.  This reboot is a re-release of the white IPA collaboration that Boulevard Brewing did with Deschutes Brewery and is now part of the Smokestack Series.  It pours a light orange.  Good crisp carbonation bite at first which fades into the familiar Belgian notes of clove and earth.  (At least for me)  The hops aren’t a big presence here so those looking for bitterness will only get a bit which are mostly in use to balance the Belgian side of the flavor ledger.  Not bad.  Smooth as it warms.  I think that I prefer the first iteration of this beer, if forced to make a choice on a dessert island.


I am excited to find some new TV shows to watch in 2014 and the one that is now on the top of my wishlist after Sherlock is another BBC import, Orphan Black.  I missed this one when it was airing but thanks to streaming and downloading, I have a 2nd chance to catch it.