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Vine Street Pub taps its first beer, Number One, for American Craft Beer Week

Brian Hutchinson brews the first batch of beer at Vine Street Pub.
Brian Hutchinson brews the first batch of beer at Vine Street Pub.
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The Vine Street Pub & Brewery will release its first-ever beer brewed on location in Denver today as part of American Craft Beer Week (get all your ACBW info here). Number One, a Belgian-style Trippel made with Golden Naked Oats and Belgian candy sugar, was brewed in early April. The beer, at 9 percent ABV, will be tapped at 4:20 p.m.

After four years, Vine Street finally got its brewing license on April 4 and brewed Number One the following week; Vine Street also started selling beer to go that day.

On Thursday, Vine Street and its sister locations in Boulder -- the Mountain Sun and the Southern Sun -- will tap Fruit Cake, a Belgian Strong Dark Ale brewed with dried mission figs and Turkish apricots. The 9.2 percent ABV beer was aged in rum barrels for three months; it will be released at 4:20 p.m., also as part of ACBW.

And on Friday, the three pubs will tap the first batch of 2012 Prime Time Pilsner, a pre-Prohibition-style pilsner brewed with flaked maize and Hallertau and Saaz hops. This one "is a light- to medium-bodied lager with with an assertive floral and spicy hop character," the brewery says. It will be tapped at opening.

Vine Street's new brewery is located in a 3,500-square-foot space behind the dining room. It can crank out 5,000 barrels of beer a year (at capacity), about 50 percent more than its sibling locations combined. That capacity will also allow Mountain Sun to offer kegs of its beers to outside accounts on a regular basis for the first time.

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