In 2009, Neil Fisher began home brewing with friends in his garage. Fisher’s driveway held a lot of friends’ cars during those homebrewing days, and they all drank a lot of those homebrewed beers. Then Fisher threw down the gauntlet. He announced to his buds that if he medaled at the homebrew competition attached to the 2014 Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines festival, which was held at the time in Vail, Colorado, then he would consider opening a brewery. He won two medals. Eleven months later he poured his first beer at his WeldWerks Brewing in Greeley, Colorado. His hefeweizen was turn heads before he brewed Juicy Bits, a hazy, juicy IPA that still is considered one of the best beers in Colorado. Today, Fisher and crew brew 300-plus beers in their downtown Greeley 15 bbl, 3-vessel steam brewhouse. Since Peaks & Pints received another shipment of WeldWerks beer, we thought it’s time to offer an in-house beer flight of Fisher’s handywork — a flight we’re call Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: WeldWerks.
Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: WeldWerks
WeldWerks made this pastry sour by adding milk sugar to their kettle-soured Berliner base, then fermenting it with more than 500 pounds of peach puree. After fermentation, they age the finished beer with graham cracker and vanilla to give it their signature pie character. Last, they add a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg to top off the pie flavor.
WeldWerks flagship IPA features a huge citrus and tropical fruit hop character from the Mosaic, Citra, and El Dorado hops and softer, smoother mouthfeel from the adjusted water chemistry, higher protein malts, and lower attenuation. The result is a beer reminiscent of citrus juice with extra pulp, thus the name Juicy Bits.
Hopsteiner Breeding Program in Yakima latest experimental hop HS17701, renamed Alora, is best known for its unique oil composition. Unlike most hop varietals that contain the “big 8” oil groups — Pinene, Myrcene, Limonene, Linalool, Caryophyllene, Farnesene, Humulene, and Geraniol — Alora contains Selinene, a sesquiterpene rarely found in hops. This rare chemical trait found in Alora contributes distinct citrus character directly into finished beer and can be found in fruits such as Calamondin oranges and yuzu fruit. WeldWerks grabbed their flagship Juicy Bits hazy IPA and double dry hopped it with Alora, plus Citra, Mosaic, and El Dorado for big oily hop flavors of lemon peel, kiwi, pine, and honeydew.
A collaboration with BlackStack Brewing from St. Paul, Minnesota, this imperial hazy IPA is brewed with Citra, Mosaic, El Dorado, Galaxy and Nectaron hops for strong tropical fruit hit to the nose. There’s orange citrus and pineapple, but then a predominately tropical and juicy flavor in the middle of honeydew and green melon. On the tongue, expect flavors of ripe orange, pineapple, tropical peach, sweet and tropical green melon, and honeydew with an orange and peach finish.
A collaboration with Casey Brewing & Blending in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, this imperial hazy IPA is brewed with Nelson Sauvin and a ton of Citra hops over just enough malt character and creaminess to balance the massive hop load. The result is a delicious, hoppy, tangy, creamy IPA with tropical and pear notes.