The Wynkoop made Collective Hoppiness with the help of 210 homebrewers (video)

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Back in November, the

Wynkoop Brewing Company

hosted a membership rally for the Boulder-based National Homebrewers Association -- a rally that turned into a giant brewing session: each of the 210 AHA members in attendance pitched a cupful of hops into a boiling brew kettle, making a beer that will be known as Collective Hoppiness.

It's a fitting title, says Wynkoop spokesman Marty Jones, since the beer was continuously and collectively brewed as the AHA members dumped their hops in over a ninety minute period - beginning with Wynkoop brewer Brad Landman.

Collective Hoppiness will be tapped tomorrow, December 10, at 11 a.m. Here are the deets on the beer, according to the Wynkoop:

The draft-only beer is a delicious, cola-colored imperial ale that's hoppy from start to finish, its unctuous hops balanced by deep malt flavors and a hint of cocoa.

It was built with hefty amounts of premium two-row malt, a dose of chocolate malt, small amounts of rye and aromatic malts, flaked oats, and five kinds of hops (Summit, Cascade, Sorachi Ace, Amarillo and Columbus) added throughout the brewing process.

Collective Hoppiness was fermented with a hard-working English ale yeast and finished at 8.5% ABV and 90+ IBUs.

AHA members who show their membership card get a free AHA-logo pint glass if they buy the beer.

Follow Westword's Beer Man on Twitter at @ColoBeerMan
and on Facebook at Colo BeerMan.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.