Batch 19, the pre-Prohibition Coors beer, is coming to Denver

Batch 19, a Coors-made lager that is brewed based on a recently rediscovered pre-Prohibition recipe, is finally coming home to Colorado.

The recipe for the beer was discovered in an old log book at the Golden brewery in 2004, after a small flood in the basement. The book -- and the recipe -- pre-dated Prohibition, which banned booze in the United States in 1919.

The beer will be on tap at a few Denver-area bars and restaurants beginning next month, says Tom Ryan, a spokesman for Tenth and Blake, a Denver-based MillerCoors division that focuses on specialty and craft-style beers. Before this, it had only been on draft in Milwaukee, Chicago, Washington, D.C., San Jose and San Francisco.

Coors had used the the above cities as a test market for the beer beginning in May 2010; Denver is the first spot city to get Batch 19 since then.

It uses a "rare combination of hops," including Hersbrucker and Strisslespalt, the brewery says on its Facebook page. "We are aware of no brewer in America who uses this combination today." Batch 19 has 26 IBUs and weighs in at 5.5 alcohol by volume.

Although Coors is still finalizing the list of place where Batch 19 will available in Denver, it will likely debut on tap at the Old Capitol Grill in Golden.

Tenth and Blake, which was formed last year, oversees A.C. Golden Brewing and Blue Moon Brewing @ the Sandlot, both located in Colorado, and also manages other brands like Blue Moon, Leinenkugel's, Henry Weinhard's, George Killian's, Pilsner Urquell and Peroni.

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