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Beyond The Mountain brewery to host inaugural Icculus Day


November 6, 2019

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Icculus, The Learned waiting to quench the thirst of Boulder County's beer lovers.

Beyond The Mountain Brewing Co. in Gunbarrel is one of Boulder County's many awesome breweries just steps from our backyards. Some years ago, two home brew fanatics and lifelong friends, Morgan Way and Chuck Hixon, set their sites on starting a brewery focused on tasty, inventive craft beer and live music. Fans of both, Way and Hix honed their skills at a variety of breweries around Boulder and Denver, until they each felt ready to take the plunge.

After a successful start in 2017, Beyond The Mountain Brewing Co. continues to add more members to its dedicated, suds-loving following. Their beer is equal parts quirky, creative, and worthy of a second round. Way and Hixon keep four year-round beers on tap, supplemented by one-off concoctions and seasonal favorites. Way, the head brewer at Beyond The Mountain, described his passion for all things beer, "I wanted to become a professional brewer because making beer is a great combination of science and creativity. From developing a recipe to pouring a pint, brewing utilizes my chemistry background, problem solving skills, and my passion for creating a product for others to enjoy."

The brewery's current features include interesting options like Basil Saison and Colorado Hipster Beer - the latter being a unique concoction of a brut IPA with strawberry puree. In addition, Beyond the Mountain Brewing Co. wants its guests to feel equally as good about supporting the community as they do drinking the local brewery's beers, which is why $1 from every pint of Colorado Hipster Beer goes to support Take Note Colorado. This aptly named charity is focused on outfitting children from underserved communities with musical instruments and the skills needed to play.

Hixon explained the perfect balance between music and beer at Beyond The Mountain, "While many breweries are involved in live music, I think we have reached a new level of combining the two worlds. You can feel the relationship the second you walk in. From our live music, band collaboration brews, live streams, and ticket and poster collection, we fully commit to bringing beer and music together."

This Nov. 9, Beyond The Mountain will host its first ever Icculus Day celebration. This special event celebrates the brewery's anniversary along with the release of Icculus The Learned - a Russian Imperial Stout unlike any other. The beer was first brewed in commemoration of Beyond's 1st anniversary but now the brewery will release it yearly as its limited winter offering. Icculus, The Learned is a balanced blend of molasses, honey, and malts that reflect a smooth, rich body, bolstered by a chocolatey-roasted flavor.

Beyond The Mountain will also offer a very limited barrel aged Icculus, The Learned on tap and for purchase. The beer's name sake comes from a famous figure in various Phish songs. In keeping true to its roots, Beyond The Mountain will host Phour Point 0, our state's best Phish cover band, from 6 - 9 pm. The event kicks off at noon but arrive on time as Icculus will only be available while supplies last.


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