Crooked Stave Von Pilsner

Denver is one of the best beer cities, at least according to most writers. Unfortunately, Val and I were not big fans of the city. The food was alright, not great and since we’re not big fans of the smell of pot, it’s definitely not a city for us. But, I’m glad we got the chance to go to GABF so I could cross that off of my bucket list.

ABV: 5%

Style: Kellerbier/Zwickelbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Combining our brewery’s super soft water, traditional floor malted barley and the finest German hops, this unfiltered keller pilsner is crushable. Brewed as a traditional European pilsner, this is what pilsner tastes like pouring from the wooden vats used to make lager for centuries.”

Random: While we were in Denver, we visited the Crooked Stave taproom which was packed, given that it was GABF week. But, it was in a cool building with a lot of different stores. I wish we had more areas like that in Jersey or Philly.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was clear and straw yellow in color. There was some carbonation visible. The nose had a slight funk to it along with grass and the expected noble hops. The taste was much of the same. It was more grassy than funky, but still had a nice noble hop characteristic to it. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick and grassy finish. I thought this was a solid pils that paired well with food.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Crooked Stave Hop Savant – Centennial

Crooked Stave puts out some absolutely outstanding beers. Whenever I go to New York and see some on the shelves, they come home with me. I still hope that they improve their website, but I guess I shouldn’t complain since their beers are outstanding.


ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to, “A stave is a narrow length of wood with a slightly bevelled edge to form the sides of barrels, tanks and pipelines, originally handmade by coopers. They have been used in the construction of large holding tanks and penstocks at hydro power developments.”

Random: The more I try beers with Centennial hops, the more I enjoy them.

The beer poured with a three and a half finger, white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass, but a large crown on top of the body. The body was slightly hazy and bright yellow. There was moderate carbonation. The nose started with notes of dank pine and quickly went into lots of funk with a slight tartness. The taste was very floral and then the same dank pine. It had a lot of tropical notes with pineapple and mango. The funk was present as well, but it gave it a perfect tartness. It had a certain white wine grape characteristic as well. The body was on the medium side of thick with lots of carbonation. It had a quick finish with funk and pine. The bottle was expensive at $10.99, which came to $.92 per ounce. This beer was excellent and had so much depth. I would definitely have this again, it was just outstanding.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Crooked Stave Progenitor

One of the podcasts that I listen to recorded all of the salons from Savor 2015. They’re really interesting and makes me want to go to the event even more. So far, I’ve listened to one on wood aging and one on cooking with hops. The next one is about the “farm to bottle” movement. Tonight’s selection is from a brewery that puts out very good stuff using lots of wild yeast, so I guess that could be considered “farm to bottle.” I had the “noir” version of this in July. You can check out that review here.


ABV: 6.2%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: This was first released in February of 2015.

Random: You can see Angel in the background, curious about the beer I opened.

When I popped this bottle open, it started slowly gushing. I managed to pour it before it exploded all over. When I finally got it into a glass, it had a three finger, white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, lemon yellow color with no visible carbonation because of the haziness. The nose had some tart white vinegar, lemon candy and mild horse blanket. The taste started with tart, white vinegar. Lemon flesh and pith came through next along with bready yeast. There was a white wine characteristic to it with lacto as well. I didn’t pick up as much horse blanket in the taste as the nose. There was a light wood note as well, like a toasted wood. The body was on the thinner side with light carbonation. It had a lengthy tart finish with lacto and lemon candy. A bottle of this was $12.99 ($1.01 per ounce), which is definitely not cheap, and it’s also not distributed to New Jersey. I really enjoyed the complexity of this beer. Every sip that I took, I found a new dimension of flavor. This is a must have beer if you enjoy sours.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Crooked Stave Wild Sage Mountain Saison

It’s the first day of December, which means that I really need to get on my Christmas shopping. This is a beer that I picked up from Half Time, and I’m always excited to try Crooked Stave stuff.


ABV: 7.2%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to, “Salvia officinalis (sage, also called garden sage, or common sage) is a perennial, evergreen subshrub, with woody stems, grayish leaves, and blue to purplish flowers. It is a member of the family Lamiaceae and is native to the Mediterranean region, though it has naturalized in many places throughout the world. It has a long history of medicinal and culinary use, and in modern times as an ornamental garden plant. The common name ‘sage’ is also used for a number of related and unrelated species.”

Random: Sage grew relatively well in my garden this year.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing n the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with some visible yeast remnants and moderate carbonation. The nose was incredibly fragrant. The sage came through the most and gave it this really pleasant herbal note. White pepper and lemon came through too. The taste was very similar to the nose, but had much more yeast characteristic to it. It had lemon and white pepper as well. The sage was present, but took a back seat to the yeast and bready notes. The body was light with high carbonation. It had a long finish with white pepper and lemon. This was $8.99 for the bottle, which was $.71 per ounce, which is on the pricier side, as Crooked Stave bottles normally are. I enjoyed this beer, don’t get me wrong, but I really wish it had that same sage note that was apparent on the nose.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Crooked Stave Progenitor Noir

Crooked Stave puts out some awesome stuff. I love funky beers and this brewery doesn’t disappoint. What was disappointing was that I could not find any information about this beer on their website. If you’re a beer dork like me, you like to see what the brewery thinks about the beer in terms of flavor profile as well as information about ingredients and brewing. I think most breweries do a decent job of this. With craft beer getting bigger, I imagine more people will be looking for this type of information. But, when you’re Crooked Stave, I guess you can get away with almost anything.

progenitor noir

ABV: 6.8%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: In 2013, Crooked Stave got four more oak foeders.

Random: I think the names on Diet Coke bottles are dumb.

This beer poured with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation. The nose was unique with notes of tomato, lime and wood. Wet hay and grass were also present. The taste was quite tart with lime and lime zest. Oak and vanilla came through next with pineapple and mango. It had a touch grass with horse blanket and funk. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation. It had a long and tart finish. I picked this up for $12.99 at Half Time ($1.08 per ounce), and it wasn’t a cheap beer, but it was unique, bright and outstanding. I would highly recommend this one, even with the hefty price tag.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Crooked Stave Surette Provision Saison

Happy July 4th! I actually slept in for a little bit, which was nice, given the fact that I worked over twelve hours yesterday. The other half and I are hanging out on the couch, waiting for our breakfast pizza to finish up. She picked this brew up for me in New York. Let’s see how it went.


ABV: 6.2%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “What an exciting start to 2013! In January we received four more oak foeders that are each roughly 60 hectoliters, bringing our total number of foeders to eight! We realize that many people are unfamiliar with the term ‘foeder,’ so we wanted to provide a simple background on these beauties for you to better understand a critical element in Crooked Stave’s fermentation and blending process. Furthermore, we have received a lot of inquiries as to what we are going to be doing with these four foeders. The first foeder will be designated to a beer called St. Bretta, a continuation of our Wild Wild Brett Orange, and it will have different citrus fruits added depending on the season and availability. Our second foeder will house a beer by the name of HopSavant, a continuation of our Wild Wild Brett Green, and we will use different hops in each batch depending on what we think would compliment the beer best…starting to see a pattern??? The last two foeders will be used for the base blend of Vieille Artisanal Saison and Surette Provision Saison. Ultimately, with the addition of these four foeders we are able to increase our production significantly and get a Crooked Stave beer in your glass (or cellar) more often!”

Random: My basil plant is looking much better due to the rain that we got in the last two days.

This brew poured with a two and a half finger, white head that dissipated quickly. It didn’t leave any lacing on the glass, but left a white crown on top of the cloudy, dark orange body. There was moderate carbonation on it with dark brown detritus floating in it. The nose had some vinegar tart notes along with lightly toasted oak and Brett. The taste started with really intense Brett notes and horse blanket, vinegar and vanilla from the oak. After a few sips, I also got lemon peel and white wine grapes. There was also a bready, yeasty characteristic as well. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. It had a long, tart finish with Brett and vanilla. This beer was definitely flavorful and really complex. It you’re into Brett, you’ll definitely enjoy this one. I would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Crooked Stave Origins

It’s Sunday morning. It looks like it’s beautiful out, and best of all, I don’t have to go to work. Here’s a brew I had a few nights ago that I picked up at The Foodery. I was in the mood for a sour, so let’s see how it went.


ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Origins is our hommage to the history of barrel-aging and those who have influenced us along the way. This Burgundy Sour Ale is made up of two blends, the first sitting in French Oak barrels for two years, and the second for one and a half years.”

Random: The meow is wide awake, staring at the birds through the plate glass window. Maybe he thinks he can get them through the window?

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated rather quickly and didn’t leave much lacing on the glass. The body was a dark mahogany color that was clear with medium carbonation present. The nose was really pungent. I got big notes of tart cherries and light oak at the end, but the tartness was more intense than anything else. On first sip, the tartness hit up front with some cherries, as in the nose. After a few sips, I got some green apple notes coupled with warming oak and vanilla. A touch of cranberry came through as well. The tartness was very intense and not for the faint of heart. The body was medium thickness and had a lot of carbonation which helped cut through some of the tartness. The finish was pretty lengthy and had a significant oak presence. Although this beer had a hefty price tag, it was quite outstanding, especially if you are a fan of sours. If so, definitely seek this one out.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0