Good friends can come from unlikely circumstances. In seventeen years, no microbrewery has won a medal in the Great American Beer Festival for an American Lager... until this past September... when not one but two breweries won the silver and the bronze – Lone Tree Brewing in Colorado and Sycamore Brewing, respectively. (Coors Banquet won Gold.) Both of our breweries immediately did the natural thing and celebrated heavily, and after a few well earned beers, we reached out to each other to say congratulations.
We found that our breweries are really co-minded and in a pretty special small world moment, we realized that we have mutual friends in Colorado. Working together on a collaboration seemed like a natural fit from our first chat. Since then we have been steadily working together to release two India Pale Lagers (IPLs) using a special ingredient from Colorado in the first and a unique ingredient from North Carolina in the second.
Our brewing teams have been hammering out the first recipe and a really fantastic India Pale Lager should be in our tanks in a few short weeks, with a second not far behind it. In the meantime, however, both our breweries have something else in the works. A friendly Super Bowl wager!
With the Carolina Panthers playing the Denver Broncos, we have some serious home team pride on the line! The agreement is that the brewery whose team loses will have to dress in the other team's colors and photograph themselves drowning the sorrows of the loss with Coors Banquet beer. Further, the loser will donate money to a charity that supports rescue and care efforts towards the other team's mascot (horse rescue in CO, wildcat rescue in NC).
Wager or no wager, we could not be more excited for Super Bowl Sunday, and now Sycamore has a whole new level of commitment to the big game! We cannot wait to see the Lone Tree crew dressed in Panthers blue! KEEP POUNDING!