On July 21, Comrade and Bull & Bush will tap different versions of a series of upcoming collaborations between the two southeast Denver breweries that will culminate with the Bull & Bush's fiftieth-anniversary weekend on August 6 and 7. At Comrade, you can try the brewery's flagship Super Power IPA alongside Super Bush, a version of the beer that was made at Bull & Bush. And at the Bull & Bush, you can try its famed Man Beer English-style IPA alongside Rad Man, a version of Man Beer brewed at Comrade.
Confusing? Maybe a bit, but definitely worth the effort, especially since this is the first time in Erik Peterson's memory that Bull & Bush has teamed up with another brewery on a beer.
Lin adds that he's excited, too, and looking forward to "seeing how the same beer differs when produced on different equipment."
The breweries are also working on an aging project: There is Man Beer resting in a pair of sherry barrels, and Super Power is being aged in a pair of Cognac barrels.
"We would love to do more collabs in the future," Peterson says. "We had a great time with the Comrade boys."
Day one of the anniversary party at the Bull & Bush Brewery, 4700 Cherry Creek South Drive, is August 6. It will include a block party from 4 p.m. to close, with special tappings, an outdoor beer tent, food and the Whisky Wagon. An 8 p.m. concert with DeVotchKa is sold out.
Day two (August 7) includes another block party from noon to close with the beer tent, live DJs, a whole-hog barbecue with chef Justin Brunson from River Bear Meats, and an 8 p.m. concert with Dragondeer (tickets for that show are still available).