Every year for the last 19 years Mountain Sun has celebrated February with Stout Month. This year, is no exception. The 20th anniversary of the rollicking celebration of stout brews, complete with the oddly amazing Chop Month competition is not to be missed. Stout Month 2013 will pay homage to the historical and diverse beer style known as Stout; 50 different house and guest stouts will be poured throughout the month, with at least 10 stouts pouring at all times at each of the three pubs. Mountain Sun brews more varieties of stout than any other brewery in Colorado.
Again this year, the winner of the Stout Month Homebrew Competition will have the honor of brewing their own beer on the Mountain Sun brew house system to be released at all three pubs during February’s festivities.
Two decades of craft-brewing Mountain Sun stouts will be marked with the releases of the first-ever Bourbon Barrel-aged Mountain Sun stouts. These beers are aging away as we speak in reclaimed charred-oak whiskey barrels, ready to be tapped every Tuesday during February.
- 2/5/2013 – Mountain Sun Nihilist Russian Imperial Stout aged in Maker’s Mark Bourbon Barrels.
- 2/12/2013 –Mountain Sun Oatimus Prime Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels.
- 2/19/2013 – A The brand new BOB, an Imperial Milk Stout aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels, will be released solely as a barrel-aged product as we have never served it before barrel aging.
- 2/26/2013 – Our GABF Silver Award winning Addiction Imperial Coffee Stout aged in Maker’s Mark Bourbon barrels.
Chop Month occurs simultaneously to Stout Month. All Mountain Sun customers and employees are encouraged to grow out their facial hair to new “mutton chop” lengths. The month of drinking dark brews culminates with The Chop Competition. The man (or woman) with the best facial hair takes home ¼ barrel keg of Mountain Sun beer, two organic pork chops and is crowned King of the Chop for one year. Every year, our customer’s sheer commitment to facial hair in the name of beer never ceases to amaze us. We expect nothing but original specimens in 2013.
With the ever-growing popularity of craft beer, it’s refreshing to hear of breweries that are bucking the norm. That is certainly true of Mountain Sun; making a distinct choice not to bottle, we believe drinking a beer should be an experience. Sitting in one of our pubs with friends, reveling in the strangely amazing facial hair that surrounds you, and drinking one of the most interesting stouts you have ever had is the antithesis of this. We believe experimentation is key: our brewers have free reign to be as creative as they would like. This attitude has produced some of our most popular brews, such as the Imperial Coffee Stout and Oatmeal Stout, and is the reason we produce more beers in a year (between 60-75) than almost any other brewpub our size.