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5.18.2020

Beer is the most important discovery mankind has ever made. I am being very serious.

Beer is the oldest type of fermented beverage/alcohol and has spanned centuries of ingredients, cultures and technology. Beer was the flashpoint for many of mankind’s greatest achievements. In prehistory, many scholars believe the discovery of beer is what spurred ancient hunter-gatherers to settle down and start farming. The oldest known farming sites in ancient Mesopotamia have been proven to have granaries and malt houses for making the stuff. The earliest known form of the written word was a beer recipe- something so important to remember and pass down to generations that we developed a new way of communicating. Even some of the earliest known math equations are ancient Sumerian tablets, keeping track of beer stores and beer rations. I would argue (with not much substantiating evidence) that the wheel was invented so beer could be safely transported in their large, fragile clay amphora in ancient times. 

Fast forward to modern times and it’s crazy to think about how humans quest to make better beer has spurred some of our most advanced technological marvels. Refrigeration was developed by Germans so they could produce lager year round. The first major adopters of the technology in the US was Anheuser Busch and the meat packing industry whose investments in this early tech paved the way for the modern refrigerator. Even Louis Pasteur discovered pasteurization because he was wondering what caused beer to sour. This little discovery, born of our never ending quest to make better beer, ended up revolutionizing medicine, ushering in the modern era of microbiology and antibiotics and vaccines. Today, the beer industry remains a major investor in technologies. Just four years ago in our own state of Colorado, the very first autonomous delivery in the world was a load of beer shipped from Budweisers facility in FoCo to Colorado Springs. Ball Corp, the company that makes aluminum beer cans is so good at designing lightweight, highly pressure tolerant containers that they now build the components used to manufacture satellites, send rockets to the moon and put drones on Mars and beyond. Those innovations in material science all started with Coors investing in trying to make a better beer container.

Everything said here can be backed up and proven, minus the claim about the wheel. So yes, I truly believe beer is the most significant discovery mankind has ever made as it has been the prelude to some of the most important advances in society, economics, mathematics, medicine, transportation and supply chain management on which our modern world runs. Because we work at CSA, we get to sell the best versions of the most important discovery in history. We sell truth, art and culture in the form of technologically advanced, quaffable wallops. We are the keepers of society and this is why the beer we sell is considered essential.
So next time you make a toast, how ’bout raising that glass to the glass itself?… Thanks, Beer!

@prairieales

Prairie Artisan Ales

They’re back! Happy day when we see a new shipment of goodies from our friends over in Oklahoma City! On this shipment, we are lucky to be receiving ‘Merica, their Single Malt, Single Hopped American Saison! This Smash beer is made with floor-malted, hand-raked pilsner malt and the one and only Nelson Sauvin. The last time we got this beer was 5 years ago, and it’s now in cans so get it while you can! We also have restocks of many of Prairies other awesome items like Blueberry Boyfriend, Phantasmagoria, Vape Tricks and Standard!

Blackberry Farm Brewery

Some of the most tried-and-true producers in the United States of beautiful, classic expressions, Blackberry Farm is finally back in stock! Yes, everyone loves their classic saison (it has won multiple international gold medals for the style) but as they continue to adapt and expand, BBFarm is not scared of expanding on their respected pedigree. Goat Hill is a wonderful expression of an American made Kolsch. Crisp, bright and expressive, this is sure to be a summer favorite. This week also marks the first shipment of their new core- Mountain Lager. Mountain Lager is a tried and true Vienna Lager built on the cornerstone of Weyermann Malts and a noble hopping of Styrian Aurora and Czech Saaz. Only a few cases this time around!

@kurescraftbeverageco

Kure’s Craft Beverage Company

Ready-to-drink cocktails are becoming a top category in 2020 and for good reason. Historically RTD cocktails were made with synthetic tasting low quality ingredients. Not anymore. Kure’s aims to change your perspective on what a single serve canned cocktail is by using only the finest ingredients. Orange Cream Vodka Pop is made with REAL whole vanilla beans, fresh orange juice, carbonated water and Colorado-made vodka. Easy drinking and smooth this 7% delight is packed with flavor. Expect an explosion of refreshing orange, balanced by a creamy dash of vanilla and the perfect vodka boost. This cocktail is reminiscent of an orange creamsicle and tastes like a high-end freshly made libation. Perfect for you Memorial Day plans and a great option for Breakfast and Brunch. Just like their Ginger Beer, it’ll help cure that hangover! Serve cold and pour over ice for maximum effect.

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Weekly Release 4.20.20

It’s a BIG week over here at CSA. 

As a small, family-owned and operated, independent distributor, we take pride in the work we do as it is truly a labor of love. Our small company has been adapting best we can to these crazy times and it’s weeks like this that keep the fires burning and keep us plugged into what’s happening with our friends around the country…
Most all of our supplier partnerships started behind tables at festivals, conversations on beer blogs or at industry conferences and events. We enjoy working with the family of artisanal producers we’ve built over the years and always look forward to not only sharing a beer with them, but getting their wares to Colorado.

Yes, Colorado makes some amazing beers, but we find it important to keep connections with our colleagues around the country and world so we can stay up to date with all the happenings in our rich world of libations. We see these releases as a way to stay connected and informed. It provides a window outside of Colorado to see what big waves are being made in Maine, Vermont, Iowa, Illinois, California, Oregon, Washington and so many other states that are world-class beer producers. It also helps out the friends we’ve made in the industry by providing them with a little bit of a lifeline during these tough times.


As always, we appreciate the support of our community both here in Colorado and in the rest of the United States. Without that community at home and abroad, we wouldn’t be here today, doing what we love so much!
Thank you!

@tworoadsbrewing

Two Roads Brewing Company

Leave it to the dynamic team at Two Roads to keep new, exciting things coming down the line! Always on trend with their releases and on point with their execution, the crew at Two Roads has a few new things to tickle our fancies. The first two releases are full time SKUs and will be available moving forward: Wee Demon Low-Cal IPand a continuation of their H2Roads lineup finally makes it into an H2Roads Variety 12-pack with a new flavor to boot!

 Wee Demon Low-Cal IPA is a beer that’s light on calories and bursting with flavor. Designed to be a full-bodied IPA experience with only a fraction of the caloric content, Wee Demon could not have come sooner! Sitting at home for two weeks now, people are starting to look for healthier options without sacrificing flavor or body… this is it! 

It’s also great that Two Roads released H2Roads Variety 12-packs as well! With the addition of a new flavor, this twelve pack packs real fruit into a low-calorie seltzer that includes three each of four flavors: Cranberry LimeGrapefruitRaspberry and now Black Cherry!

Don’t drink seltzer made from lab-extracted “natural flavors.” Eat whole foods and drink whole fruits with H2Roads

The third and final release for this week is Hay-Z-Boy, the first IPA in their limited release rotation for 2020. Hay-Z-Boy fits perfectly into that post-modern IPA category as it is a little sweet, a little hazy and falls right in the middle of that tropical/citrus/earthy flavor profile. It’s what the people want, so they should have it! Let them drink haze!

@tworoadsbrewing
H2Roads Variety Pack 2/12/12oz CNSeltzerCherry, Cran Lime, Grapefruit, Raspberry4.5%
Two Roads Hay Z Boy 6/4/16oz CNNE IPATropical, Citrusy and Earthy profile7.0%
Two Roads Wee Demon Low-Cal IPA 4/6/12oz CNLow Cal IPA95 cal, aromatic IPA w/ citrusy notes3.8%
@lawsonsfinest

Lawsons Finest Liquids

We are so excited for our shipments of Lawson’s Finest Liquids every time we get them! We have fresh Sip of Sunshine and Super Session that will be delivered throughout the state this week.

These will sell out fast, as always!

Lawson’s Sip of Sunshine 6/4/16oz CNImperial IPAJuicy tropical fruit, floral aromas & hop flavor.8.0%
Lawson’s Super Session 4/6/12oz CNSession IPAlight/refresh beer -low abv w/ full hop character4.8%
@mikerphonebrewing

Mikerphone Brewery

Okay, here is a super sexy release. Probably one of the most sought after, well-known special releases we’ve had in quite some time, Smells Like Bean Spirit has a cult-like following among beer nerds.

Mikerphone Smells Like Bean Spirit: Hazelnut 6/4/16oz CNImperial StoutBreakfast stout w/ maple syrup, coffee and hazelnut10.0%
@untitledartbev

Untitled Art

It’s been quite some time since our friends at Untitled Art sent us some beer, but we are stoked about this drop. Two Milkshake IPA’s and a Peach Sour are just what we need in times like these! These are perfect for porches and sunshine.

Untitled Art DH Peach Sour 6/4/16oz CNSour AleDDH kettle sour ale6.0%
Untitled Art Strawberry Milkshake IPA 6/4/16oz CNMilkshake IPASuper haze w/ obscene amts of vanilla & lactose7.0%
Untitled Art Tangerine Milkshake IPA 6/4/16oz CMilkshake IPAMilkshake IPA w/ tangerine puree8.0%
@untitledartbev

Fremont Brewing

Say what? Lush IPA now in 4 pack 16oz cans? Sure is! Lush IPA was one of the first beers to ever feature Lupulin Hop Powder and it has gained quite the reputation since its inception way back in 2017. We can go on and on about what we love about this beer from the consistency of the liquid to the beauty of the printed slick can. Fortunately enough, nothing has changed with its move to 16oz cans and for that we thank them. This format is extremely limited and there are only 60 cases for the entire state. 

Fremont Lush 6/4/16oz CNIPAWest meets East in this crisp juicy ipa7.0%

Une Annee Brewery

If you have never had a Une Annee Fruited Sour, you are really missing out! The fruit is what shines in the Le Seul series. These beers are perfect for the consumer that loves a little bit of beer in their fruit.

Une Annee Maya 6/4/16oz CNBelgian IPADry hopped IPA with a Belgian Yeast7.6%
Une Annee Le Seul IX (Strawberry) 12/2/16oz CNSourWild ale with strawberries, glowing red hue6.5%
Une Annee Le Seul XIV (Blueberry) 12/2/16oz CNSourAmerican Wild Ale w/ Blueberries6.5%
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Weekly Release 4.6.20

Here at CSA we are dedicated to bringing Colorado delicious, artisanal brews. We focus on quality at every step of our operation and distribution.

We will be implementing a “Weekly Release” through this blog feature on our website to present you with our new releases. Due to our present circumstances (COVID-19), we decided to open up our releases direct to the consumer.

PLEASE NOTE: Not all products are available in all territories at the onset of each week. This list is to act as a guide as to what we expect to be available pending freight delays, retailer purchases, routing schedules, etc… lots of moving pieces here, but we wanted to get you the best information we can. Pricing is not given as it is up to your independent retailer to set. 

We hope you enjoy reading through some of these intros and descriptions! As we are a specialty distributor, you may need to request your local, independent retailer to bring on specific products.

Schilling Ciders

You’d better believe it! Schillng has released two new products that really hit the mark- two low-cal, easy-drinking, apple-based booze packs that are flavorful, bold and refreshing!

Local Legend works off the same base as Excelsior, using a blend of heirloom bittersharp apples from France and England, then ferments it down to semi-dry to make for an easy-drinking, low-calorie cider option that still weighs in at a decent ABV.

On top of Local Legend, the innovative folks over at Schilling decided to try their hand in the seltzer category with their new release: Waveline. Instead of using beet sugar or maltose, they used apple juice! When have you ever had an apple-based seltzer?? What’s more, Waveline has added electrolytes to help keep your body performing throughout the day! With only 80 calories in each can, a fruit-based alcohol and added electrolytes, this seltzer from Schilling is sure to be a winner this summer…

Schilling Emerald City 4/6/12oz CNFruited PerryPear cider made with blackberries6.7%
Schilling Excelsior 4/6/375ml CNImperial CiderBittersharp apples; semi-sweet acid8.5%
Schilling Grapefruit 4/6/12oz CNCiderw/Grapefruit6.0%
Schilling Local Legend 4/6/12oz CNCiderBittersharp apples, low sugar, low-cal4.5%
Schilling London Dry Cider 4/6/12oz CNCiderenglish style dry6.5%
Schilling Variety Pack 2/12/12oz CNCider Mix PackMix it up0.0%
Waveline Seltzer Variety Pack 2/12/12oz CNCider Mix PackBlood Orange, Huckleberry Lime & Pineapple Coconut4.5%
Aloha Friday!

Downeast Ciders

Is every day Friday? Lately it seems that way, but we must assure you, it is not… For all of those days that need to be made into a Friday, Downeast has you covered with their Aloha Friday!

A fresh pineapple infused cider that drinks more like a mimosa than a cider, this unfiltered, unhinged fruit-forward tropical cider is just what the doctor ordered! We also have more Grapefruit in house! These two fruit-forward ciders are perfect for the springtime- whether you’re crunching through spring snow or waltzing through a spring bloom, these ciders are delicious and a perfect pairing for this time of year!

Downeast Cider Aloha Friday 2/9/12oz CNFruited CiderPineapple packed cider… very mimosa-esque6.2%
Downeast Cider Aloha Friday 6/4/12oz CNFruited CiderPineapple packed cider… very mimosa-esque6.2%
Downeast Cider Grapefruit Blend 6/4/12oz CNFruited CiderFresh, juciy grapefruit6.2%
Downeast Cider Double Blend 6/4/12oz CNImperial CiderHigher ABV, same unfiltered taste7.3%
Downeast Cider Mixed Pack 2/9/12oz CNVariety PackDbl Blend, Original Blend & White Blend0.0%

Twelve Percent Imports

Here’s a mixed bag of goods… and not in the hit-or-miss way, either. Twelve Percent Imports curates well-known, envelope-pushing breweries in their portfolio with a twist of flare in each of their partners.

Stillwater Artisinal, Evil Twin and Omnipollo are the mainstays of the 12% book, but newcomers like Nightmare, Fat Orange Cat, Public Access, Abomination and Decadent have kept this book of brands relevant as consumers preferences shift to haze-juice-bros and sticky-stout-sweet-toothers alike. There’s so much to explore in these cans, so I guess we’ll just have to dive right in…

Abomination Brewing Urayuli 6/4/16oz CNPale AleHopped with Galaxy, Citra, and Mosaic6.3%
Abomination Bro Beer 6/4/16oz CNSession IPAGalaxy-Hopped Session IPA4.7%
Abomination Creatures Revenge DIPA 6/4/16oz CNHazy DIPAFlaked Oat + unmalt wheat= ffluff7.0%
Decadent Ales Chocolate Milk Stout 6/4/16oz CNDIPABrewed w/ milk sugar and cocoa nibs7.3%
Decadent Ales NY Maple Coffee Porter 6/4/16oz CNImperial PorterCold Brewed coffee and maple syrup9.5%
Decadent Ales NY Smores IPA 6/4/16oz CNHazy DIPAAll Mosaic DDH w/ mallow and graham cracker8.6%
Evil Twin Even More Coco Jesus 6/4/16 oz CNImperial Stoutbrewed with Coconut & Maple Syrup12.0%
Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break 6/4/16oz CNImperial PorterCanned Biscotti. Sweet Tooth all the way Home11.5%
Evil Twin Maple BA Immune to Good Advice 12/22oz NRImperial Oat StoutBlis Maple syrup; BA in maple bbls10.7%
Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail 6/4/12oz CNImperial IPAImperial Imperialized IPA13.0%
Evil Twin Molotov LITE 6/4/16oz CNDouble IPADouble IPA8.5%
Fat Orange Cat Remove The Beer From Ocean 6/4/16oz CNHazy IPAEureka & Mosaic. Diggity dank berries.7.5%
Nightmare Brewing Crucifixion 6/4/16oz CNDIPABrewed with Sacramental Bread, hopped w/Vic Secret10.6%
Nightmare Parilla 6/4/16oz CNImperial StoutChilean bluberries. Ethiopian coffee. 16MF%!!!!!!!16.2%
Off Color Apex 6/4/16oz CNSaisonSaison6.5%
Omnipollo Double Moa 6/4/16oz CNSour AleLemon Curd Sour Ale brewed with Lemon & Lactose Su6.0%
Omnipollo Nebuchadnezzar 6/4/16oz CNDouble IPAHighest ranked IPA in Europe8.5%
Public Access Outer Reality 6/4/16oz CNIPADDH IPA w/Columbus,Mosiac,El Dorado,Simcoe&Comet7.0%
Public Access Reason in Disguise 6/4/61oz CNHazy IPADH w/ citra, galaxy, comet7.0%
Stillwater Extra Dry 6/4/16oz CNSaisonFermented w/Sake Yeast4.2%
Stillwater Insetto 6/4/12oz CNSour AleDry hopped & w/ plums5.0%
Stillwater Remember Me 6/4/16oz CNHazy DIPADDH DIPA hopped with Nelson & Citra8.0%
Stillwater/Aslin Recess 6/4/16oz CNSour AleMosaic Dry-Hopped Raspberry Sour Ale5.5%

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Sabro Exploratory DIPA is done for the season to make way for our next dope IPA release. We changed it up a bit with a balanced adjunct-IPA. Mandarin Dream takes Mandarin citrus zest, the choicest hop blend and a dash of vanilla.

The beer is then double-dry hopped with Citra and Mandarin Bavaria to accentuate the adjuncts and give it an aromatic boost. A full-bodied yet extremely balanced beer with flavors of tropical fruit, citrus zest, and creamy vanilla.

CS Amplitude IPA 6/4/16oz CNIPAHazy, juicy, tropical, crushable6.0%
CS CO WildSage 4/6/355ml CNSaisonFloral aroma, soft herbal notes, crisp Brett bite7.0%
CS Coconut Coffee Imperial Stout 6/4/16oz CNStoutImperial Stout with toasted coconut and coffee9.5%
CS Crooked Stave IPA 4/6/355ml CNAmerican IPAFresh, Juicy, Tropical, Balanced6.0%
CS Get the Funk Out 12/750ml NRLambicLambic inspired sour ale. GABF Gold Winner5.7%
CS L’Brett d’Apricot 12/375ml NRSour Golden Ale Aged on FruitGolden sour ale aged in oak w/ Colorado apricots5.0%
CS Mandarin Dream IPA 4/6/355ml CNIPAJuicy IPA w/ vanilla and mandarin orange6.0%
CS Peachy Sour 4/6/355ml CNSourOak sour w/ peaches, lactose and crystal hops4.5%
CS Petite Sour Peach 12/375 ml NRPetite Fruit SourMixed fermentation, oak aged w/ PalisadeCO peaches4.5%
CS Petite Sour Raspberry 12/375ml NRPetite Fruit SourMixed fermentation, aged in oak w/ WA raspberries6.0%
CS Sour Rose 4/6/355ml CNPetite Fruit SourWild ale aged in oak barrels on fruit skins4.5%
CS St Bretta 4/6/355ml CNBrettanomyces citrus saisonArtisan Ale Brewed With Citrus, Oak Foeders6.0%
CS Von Pilsner 4/6/355ml CNKeller PilsnerCrisp, Refreshing, Bright, Traditional5.0%

Ecliptic Brewing

Cosmos Coconut Vanilla Hazy IPA started off as a one-off release never to be brewed again but received such high praise that Ecliptic decided to bring it back.

“Lose yourself in the Cosmos while discovering multiple dimensions of this Hazy IPA. Together, aromatic notes of vanilla and coconut work harmoniously to reveal a flavor that reaches well beyond the universe.” This beer is deceivingly smooth and crushable at 8.0% ABV. 

Ecliptic Carina Peach Sour 12/500mL NRSour Golden AleAged on Peaches.6.0%
Ecliptic Cosmos Coconut Vanilla Hazy IPA 12/500mlHazy IPAHazy IPA with Coconut and Vanilla8.0%
Ecliptic Flamingo Planet Guava Blonde 4/6/12oz CNFruited BlondeEasy drinking and lightly hopped blonde brewed wit5.5%
Ecliptic Phaser Hazy IPA 4/6/12oz CNNE IPACitra, Azacca, Mosaic, Motueka, Calypso6.5%
Ecliptic Tucana Tangerine Sour 12/500ml NRSourEasy drinking sour with Oregon Tangerines4.8%