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BOOCH & BEER: GET READY TO RAISE A GLASS OF ORGANIC GOODNESS IN BOULDER

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HILLARY BENNETTS

JUL 14, 2020

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IMAGE VIA @ROWDYMERMAIDKOMBUCHA | INSTAGRAM

There’s one thing we know for sure: we love our local beer. And perhaps just as much, we love beer’s less-boozy relative, kombucha.

Another truth: we’re lucky to have a town full of brewers who care a whole lot about what they put into our bellies and who aren’t afraid to try new things. That’s exactly why we’re seeing some cool changes and new ideas being crafted up for all of us to enjoy. Get ready to raise a glass of organic goodness to some tasty new collabs.

ORGANIC OR BUST

The fresh herbs and plants that fill Rowdy Mermaid’s caffeine-free and probiotic-filled concoctions have made it a local favorite. And now, the booch maker has kicked up its quality — they’ve transitioned to a certified organic brew. However, it isn’t a process that can happen overnight, which is why it was missing from shelves for a few weeks in spring 2018. But they’re not the only Boulder bubbly beverage committing to organic operations.

Boulder is also home to Asher Brewing. Owner Chris Asher is a CU grad and former brewmaster at RedFish. During his time there, he earned several awards for his brews at the Great American Beer Festival. After a year of planning and research, he opened his own brewery and achieved organic certification, making it the first entirely organic brewery in the state of Colorado.

FERMENT ALL THE THINGS

And now, another trend is emerging. Because when you have organic beer and organic booch, why not combine them?! It’s Boulder’s take on the radler (usually a mix of beer and fruit soda), and it’s officially a thing. You may not see it as a regular on Asher’s menu yet, but they’ve been known to host some radler-themed events. And with a whole lotta craft beer and local booch happening around here, we expect some more creative collabs to come.

Check out Rowdy Mermaid at their tasting room at the Rayback, or at a bunch of grocery stores, coffee shops, bars, and restaurants around Denver and Boulder. Asher’s brewery and taproom sits near the Boulder-Gunbarrel border and is open daily from 2pm–12am. You can also find their organic brews in bars and restaurants around Colorado, and we suggest that you discover them for yourselves.

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