Rocky Mountain Brewery brews dessert in a glass

On Monday, we displayed a pictorial summary of everything that was edible at the Great American Beer Festival.

If mediocre barbecue and carbs weren't your thing, though, there was another option: Make continuous circles in the line for the bakery series by Rocky Mountain Brewery, a microbrewery and bar that opened a few years ago in Colorado Springs -- and drink your dinner. Or, uh, your dessert.

The crew behind the table, which included the brewer, a tall string bean of a man who was clad in a homemade "I made the Da Yoopers" Hanes undershirt, was pushing the Da Yoopers, a bright-red beer reminiscent of liquid cherry pie, with sweet, tart fruit and a yeastiness that resembled liquefied crust. Equally mindblowingly delicious, though, were the Tatonka Blueberry Cobbler and Eat a Peach, each beer a mouthful of its respective fruit.

The crowds were all over it, too, sipping their one-ounce pours and returning to the table immediately. And after a couple of trips through the line, our homebrewing friend hung his head in despair, saying, "I made a fruit beer once. I was pretty proud of it, too. But it didn't taste anything like this."

It may not have been actual food, but it sure beat a pretzel necklace.

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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
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