Beer Man

The Wynkoop digs into Harvest Week with local beers

EatDenver's Harvest Week, taking place now through Friday, celebrates Colorado's local bounty, and it doesn't get any more local than Andy Brown's back yard. Brown, the head brewer for the Wynkoop Brewing Company, has whipped up a couple of kegs of the pub's Wixa Weiss aged with crushed apricots from a tree at his north Denver home.

But the Wynkoop will also celebrate by the state on Thursday with Belgorado Harvest Ale, a beer made using 100 percent Colorado ingredients. The hops -- used 48 hours after Brown picked them himself -- are from the Misty Mountain Hops in Montrose, while the barley was grown in the San Luis Valley, says Wynkoop spokesman Marty Jones.

The Belgian-style yeast was also propagated by a Colorado company, while a handful of herbs were grown in the state.

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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