Batch 19 provides history in a beer glass

AC Golden Brewing Company re-releases pre-prohibition style brew

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Adolph Coors is likely smiling down at Colorado beer drinkers as they sip on his Batch 19 brew.

It makes brewers “feel good seeing people enjoy something they created,” said David Coors, president of AC Golden Brewing Company. “We decided (Batch 19) was too good not to share with the rest of beer community.”

Mid-January, AC Golden Brewing Company re-released its Batch 19 beer — a brew with a hoppy taste balanced by a subtle caramel maltiness.

“There’s been some pent-up demand for it since 2015,” Coors said. “People are ecstatic to have it back.”

Batch 19 was available for about five years beginning in 2010. However, prior to that, nobody had been able to enjoy the beer since Adolph Coors, founder of the Coors Brewery in Golden in 1873, was brewing it back in 1913.

“It’s a nod to an era,” said David Coors, who is the great-great-grandson of Adolph Coors. “This is a style of beer you would find in Colorado prior to prohibition.”

This year’s re-launch of the beer commemorates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 18th amendment that prohibited alcohol.

The recipe was discovered in Adolph Coors’ handwritten logbook, kept under “lock and key” in the Coors Brewery’s archives, David Coors said. It is made with a rare combination of noble hops and two malts, giving it a biscuit-like aroma with spicy, herbal notes and a deep golden color that’s naturally filtered and unpasteurized.

For now, Batch 19 is only available in Colorado at select establishments, and only on tap.

“I really like the history of the beer,” said Mike Hoffman, a Golden resident and patron of Miners Saloon, a Gold Rush-inspired food-and-beverage venue in downtown Golden. “And it pairs nicely with the (restaurant’s) spiced candied bacon.”

The appetizer is made of bacon, bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup and Aleppo pepper.

Miners Saloon takes pride in pairing rustic cuisine with rustic beer, said Noah Heaney, co-owner of Miners Saloon. In addition, Batch 19 has a lower alcohol content — 5.5 percent ABV — than most beers, Heaney said, so it makes a perfect lunch beer.

But, agreeing with Hoffman, Heaney believes the best part about Batch 19 is the history.

“We’re serving up a little piece of history,” Heaney said, “here in Golden, where it began.”

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