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Bomber of the Week: Collaboration Not Litigation Ale
March 23, 2014
In honor of this past weekend’s Collaboration Festival here in Denver, I find it appropriate to review a bomber that shows the generally cooperative spirit held among craft breweries throughout the country. This bomber is a prime example of how two groups working together instead of lawyering up and getting douchy about a potential conflict can make something amazing. This would be true of most industries and even individuals but the fruits of the particular collaboration in this example happen to be a really amazing beer experience.
This brew is the result of Avery Brewing in Boulder, CO and Russian River Brewing in Santa Rosa, CA combining their commonly named “Salvation” beers into one big sexy brew. I could go into detail on how they came to this virtuous decision but rather than try to retell someone else’s story I’ll defer to the great explanation posted on the Avery website (link is at the bottom of this post; like the toy at the bottom of a cereal box you’ve got to get through this whole post first). As both of the beers that are the foundation of this bomber are focused on a Belgian style this allows for allot of common ground on which to build this blended goodness.
One of the most noticeable aspects of this beer is the variation of fruity qualities that are experienced. After being allowed to breath for a few moments in your Belgian beer challis (and yes, you need to drink this from a challis or wine glass like any Belgian beer; It makes the beer taste better and you get to class it up all fancy like) the aroma is reminiscent of good pipe tobacco with a complimenting raisin like taste towards the front of the pallet. These are qualities brought by Russian River’s contribution to the beer, which compliment the lighter apricot like tones that anyone who has had Avery’s Salvation will immediately recognize. The Avery contribution doesn’t end there, as the lighter sugary tastes from their version of salvation also linger in the back of the pallet.
There is a nod of respect to be given to both Avery and Russian River for succeeding so fully in this collaboration. I strongly recommend this bomber, or either of its parent beers for that matter, for anyone looking to expand their beer drinking and enjoy something slightly more complex.
Origin of the Bomber: http://averybrewing.com/our-ales/collaboration-not-litigation-ale/
Brew Ratings: (Listed on a scale of 1-5 penguins: 1=lightest 5=strongest. Why penguins? Because 'Merica, that's why)