The Bull & Bush, a big winner in 2012, will tap 42 of its beers in honor of the World Beer Cup
The victors at the World Beer Cup in 2012.
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The first award was thrilling -- and a big relief. The second was a welcome surprise. The third and fourth, well, those were just icing on the cake. Two years ago, the crew from the Bull & Bush went to San Diego and came back with four medals from the prestigious World Beer Cup -- a biennial competition held by the Brewers Association.
This week, the WBC and the associated Craft Brewers Conference is in Denver for the first time, and although Bull & Bush co-owner Erik Peterson would love to collect some more hardware, he's more interested in being a good host this round.
As such, the brewpub plans to have 42 Bull & Bush beers, including multiple vintages of some, available at the same time on its new tap system.
"When we make a beer, we pull off a few kegs and put them in our keg library. We keep a pretty big vintage selection, and there are definitely a few highlights," Peterson says. "Since this is the first big event in Denver since we got our new draft system, we're excited to showcase it. It's like the Ferrari of draft systems."
Prior to the new system, which was installed at the end of January, Bull & Bush had 22 taps and would set up temporary "jockey" boxes during big events.
This year Bull & Bush entered four beers into the World Beer Cup: Man Beer, the Tower ESB, Big Ben Brown and the Legend of the Liquid Brain, an imperial stout that head brewer Gabe Molina aged for eighteen months in bourbon barrels.
That last beer was recently released in bottles around town, and sold out fast. Peterson says it should age well, however, considering that one of the beers Bull & Bush won a medal for two years ago was Release the Hounds, a 1999 barleywine. The brewpub also took home medals for the Tower ESB, Man Beer and Turnip the Beets.
"There are so many beers now, to win any award is a great feeling," Peterson says.
Most of all of those beers should be on tap this week. Here is a partial list.
Bull & Bush Hail Brau Hefeweizen
Bull & Bush Happy Hop Pilsner
Bull & Bush Killer Kolsch
Bull & Bush Paas Beer 2012
Bull & Bush Paas Beer 2013
Bull & Bush Paas Beer 2014
Bull & Bush Saison de Suitcase 2013
Bull & Bush Minister's Mild
Bull & Bush Governor's Bitter
Bull & Bush Chinook Lager
Bull & Bush Allgood Amber Ale
Bull & Bush Don't Mock Mai Bock 2013
Bull & Bush The Justice IPA
Bull & Bush Snarky Devil
Bull & Bush Marriage Golden 2011
Bull & Bush Marriage Golden 2012
Bull & Bush Marriage Golden 2013
Bull & Bush The Tower E.S.B.
Bull & Bush MAN BEER
Bull & Bush MAN MAN
Bull & Bush HOP SLAP
Bull & Bush Kobee's Irish Red
Bull & Bush Fyfe's Highland Ale
Bull & Bush Punk Up e Yams 2012
Bull & Bush YULE FUEL
Bull & Bush Red Dawn
Bull & Bush Release e Hounds Barley Wine 2012
Bull & Bush Release e Hounds Barley Wine 2013
Bull & Bush Release e Hounds Barley Wine 2014
Bull & Bush Big Ben Brown Ale
Bull & Bush Tank Town Brown Ale
Bull & Bush Ice Cream Clone Stout
Bull & Bush Stonehenge Stout
Bull & Bush The Legend of the Liquid Brain Imperial Stout 2005
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