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Beer Month In Colorado: Celebrating The State's Unorthodox Brews

First Posted: 09/01/10 07:33 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:30 PM ET

September is indisputably the prime month for beer in Colorado. Between the Great American Beer Festival and the Denver Beer Fest, the state will be teeming with some of the world's boldest, most original beers.

In order to celebrate the onset of what figures to be another great year of September beer festivities, we thought we'd take a look at some of the most unique local brews.

Craft breweries from around the state have made use of some surprising ingredients--many local, some more exotic--to produce some truly unique beers.

We've highlighted a few of the most creative brews below:

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Steamworks Brewing in Durango brews "Spruce Goose" with fresh spruce (yes, as in the tree). They explain, "Beers made with spruce or other types of pine were brought to Scotland by the Vikings who brewed ales and spice with fresh spruce shoots to prevent scurvy on sailing voyages. Spruce beer was also drunk before battle as it was thought to bring out one’s animal instincts. Spruce Goose, our modern-day version of the Viking’s beer, is a darker brew with complex earthy flavors throughout."
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