Things have gone so well that the brewery near Buckley Air Force Base has already upgraded its brewing equipment a full year earlier than owner and brewer David Levesque had hoped. We sat down with David to talk about his time maintaining nuclear missiles in the Air Force, brewing “big” beers, $2 PBR pitchers and the future of the craft beer scene.
Aurora’s breweries teamed up to brew a special beer under the direction of The Fermentologists home brew club. The Aurora Strong Ale will release at Dry Dock Brewing Co., Dad & Dude’s Breweria, Launch Pad Brewery, Two22 Brew, Ursula Brewery, Copper Kettle Brewing Co., and Mu Brewery.
A food truck and live music is also on schedule for the party, which starts at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 9.
David’s wife, Erin, said the Key Lime Saison was a huge hit at last week’s Rails and Ales festival in the San Luis Valley, after which Launch Pad was voted the top brewery there.
The team at Ursula aren’t the only Aurora beer lovers celebrating this weekend. Dry Dock Brewing Co. and their sister shop, The Brew Hut, are celebrating the brewery supply shop’s 21st anniversary.
Hoberer said she is working on a few pilot beers at home right now, too, and if they turn out well she hopes to try them out at Mu.
“Sharing a stage with so many amazing Pilsner brewers that I infinitely admire is such an incredible feeling and is a great testament to the hard work of our whole team,” he said.
Levesque said this is only the second contest for Launch Pad and he expects the competition to be fierce.
“I never thought I’d make beers like that,” Nathan Flatland said this week, pointing a frosty pint of his new Pina Colada Sour.