"We're extremely excited about these custom-made Elitch Gardens beers and our partnership with Wynkoop Brewing Company," says Rod Rankin, General Manager for Elitch Gardens. "We wanted to boost the variety and excitement level of our beer offerings at the park—and we have a feeling our guests will love the new beer selections."
Elitch Gardens Orchard Wheat is a 4.8% ABV unfiltered American-style wheat made with pale malt, malted wheat, German Saphir hops, kaffir lime leaf and a small dose of natural peach flavor.
It's a complex, ultra-refreshing wheat beer with hints of citrus and fruit in a creamy bodied, perfect-for-summer beer.
Elitch Gardens Fire Roasted Amber is made with pale and crystal malts, US and UK hops, roasted-in-house Anaheim and ancho chiles, and a dose of smoked Serrano peppers. It's fermented with an English Ale yeast and is a very drinkable 5.2% ABV.
Akin to a maltier, slightly spicier version of Wynkoop's famed Patty's Chile Beer, Fire Roasted Amber features a fresh-roasted pepper aroma and hints of pepper heat, blended with caramel and malt flavors.
"We put a lot of thought into these beers with the Elitch staff," says Wynkoop head brewer Andy Brown. "Our collective goal was to create unique beers that were exciting to the park's craft beer fans, but fitting for adventurous mainstream drinkers looking for thrills in the beer garden."
How did this project come about? The Elitch A-Team came to us with a genuine desire to boost the small-batch side of its beer list. They also understood how our hometown craft beer helped them strengthen their ties with the community. We were very impressed by that.
Plus, in a town brimming with lovers of local craft beer these creations are a wonderful way for Elitch Gardens to add joy to a day at the park. And this makes for a great partnership, since both of our enterprises have a long history of making people happy in Denver.
And how can you bumper cars and goose-bumping beer for top-notch summer fun?
Stop by our place or Elitch Gardens for a round or two when you get a
chance. -- MJ
(For the press release on this amusing beer project go here.