Want to win $100 in beer money and the glory of Boulder City fame?
Well, Boulder Dam Brewing Co. taps its sixth anniversary ale this month, and the BC watering hole is again putting on a contest to name the annual brew.
The winning hophead is privileged with the first pour of the celebratory beer, takes home a $100 gift certificate and has the pleasure of their name being printed on the venue’s beer menu (brewer Todd Cook says his anniversary brews usually last around three weeks).
The tradition began in 2010, and past winners have been all over the creative map. “Dam Brewtal” (2012) was pretty straightforward—this was a beer with punch to it. “Arch Gravity” (2011) referred to the arch-gravity structure of the nearby dam, but the double entendre let you know you’d be drinking some seriously strong stuff (beers with high ABV percentages are defined as “high-gravity”). Lastly, 2010’s “2 By 4” referenced the two grains, four hops and oak barrel conditioning that were employed during the brewing process.
This year’s anniversary ale is a strong India Pale Ale, clocking in at 8 percent ABV and 100-plus IBU (a beer’s bitterness scale) and light to medium amber in color. As for the ingredients, Cook says he used three different varieties of hops (Summit, Centennial and Cascade) and three types of 2-row malts (Munich, Caramel, Crystal).
Sounds delicious, right? You’ll have to wait until February 16 for the brewery’s annual AnniBREWsary Bash to taste it. The brewery will be accepting submissions through February 11, and entries can be emailed to BoulderDamBrewing@hotmail.com, posted on Boulder Dam Brewing’s Facebook page or submitted in person at the Boulder City brewpub.