- Matthew Schniper
Coincidentally, we feel a bit captive after we’ve failed to notice the $40 price tag when ordering a Casey Brewing and Blending cherry oak barrel-aged brew, out of Glenwood Springs. It’s already in front of us with glassware, the top popped, before we look closer to see this line on the menu: “6.0% ABV. (2016)... 40.00/750ml.” Yeah, our bad, though I could have gone for a $ in there instead of the extra 0s, as somehow on initial look our eyes glazed over it. (I blame the distractingly cool atmosphere.) So we’re determined to relish these sips like last meals on death row. After two years of cellaring, the nose leads off with barnyard/zoo aromas, including horse urine. Funk — yeah. But once our olfactory senses push past that, we’re rewarded with an almost mead-like (but less sweet), semi-tart saison, dark rosé colored, with a dry, wine-like finish. No doubt, it’s a sophisticated sip, but no, I wouldn’t pay 40 rations again for it. Next time I’m in this slammer, it’ll be a $7.50 La Cumbre Brewing Co. Elevated IPA or something of its ilk for this prisoner.