New Year Round Beers Announced



The time has finally come! We are releasing 4-packs of 8 Second Kölsch starting February 10th, and Apis IV will be available year-round in Colorado starting February 17th. “We are really excited to have 8 Second Kölsch in 4-packs,” says Sales Generalissimo Xandy Bustamante, “We have had it in the works since March of last year and finally have the production capabilities to release it statewide.”

ImageWe are very excited to be bringing on our award-winning Apis IV, A Belgian honey quadrupel, on as our first year-round 750ml Black Series release.

“Apis IV is our most requested product by consumers and we thought it would be the perfect beer to release as our first year-round Black Series release.” Bustamante exclaims.

8 Second Kölsch will be available across Colorado starting February 10th, while Apis IV will be available year-round in 750mls starting the week of February 17th.  Year-round Texas availability of Apis IV will start sometime thereafter.

8 Second Kölsch is ranked in the top 40 Kölsch’s in the world on the mobile beer rating website, while Apis IV has won three medals for excellence since its first release in 2012 and received a 92/100 by both Beer Advocate Magazine and Draft Magazine.

Elevation Coming to Texas

Hi Elevation Beer Fans!

In case you haven’t heard the word, we are coming to the great state of Texas! All we are waiting on is out TABC (Texas Alcohol Beverage Control) Label Approval and we will be able to send our delicious beer to the Lonestar State.  Here is our latest press release for some more info on the launch:

November 20th, 2013 Poncha Springs, Colorado-  Elevation Beer Company and Favorite Brands LLC of Dallas, Texas are teaming up to bring Elevation’s Black and Double Black Series of specialty and barrel aged beers to Texas.
“We are extremely excited to bring our beers to the great state of Texas.’ Says Elevation Co-founder and Sales Generalissimo Xandy Bustamante. ‘Texas has a great community of craft brewers and craft-beer centric retailers and restaurants and we are excited to bring our beers down to Texas’ thirsty craft beer fans.”
Favorite Brands will start distributing limited amounts of Elevation’s seasonal Black and Double Black Series in 750ml bottles and draft to Dallas, Forth Worth, Austin, and Houston as soon as Elevation receives label approval.  The first beers to roll out will include Elevation’s award-winning Apis IV; their Downpour a fresh hop Extra IPA; and Fanboy, a virgin oak-aged double IPA.
“The Favorite Brands team is absolutely geeked out, and excited to start our partnership with Elevation Beer Company.  They know their beer, from a great Berliner Weisse, to my personal favorite, their Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout, Oil Man.” Says Greg LaMantia, Jr, owner of Favorite Brands. “Truth be told I hope the words ‘limited amounts’, turns out to be short lived as we expect them to be well received and in high demand.  When you get good beer, and good brands you want to run with it, and Elevation has plenty of both.”
Texas will be Elevation’s first out of state market since opening in May of 2012 in Poncha Springs, Colorado.  In less than 18 months of operation, Elevation has won 6 medals for excellence and has 5 beers rated 90+ on the consumer beer rating website 
Elevation will kick off its launch in Texas with a series of beer tastings and events, so make sure and check out their website and Facebook page for more information and exact dates and times.
About Elevation
Elevation Beer Co. is an artisan microbrewery located in Poncha Springs, Colorado, just minutes from Salida, Monarch Ski Area, Arkansas River Headwaters, and fifteen 14,000-foot peaks.  Elevation specializes in brewing large adventurous beers for the craft beer fanatic, while trying to elevate the perception of what beer can be.

Pick us up on the Front Range!



Our fall season has brought about some exciting developments from a great GABF week to the second major expansion at our brewery headquarters. Along these same lines, we’ve been pushing to grow our presence along the Front Range so you can pick up some Downpour, Fanboy and your other Elevation favorites at a local retailer. Click the Elevation – Retail Locator 2013 link to find some Elevation near you!

It’s been an exciting year for Elevation Beer Company, but it’s not over yet!


Thanks to the support of our fans, we will undertake our second expansion within 18 months through the purchase of two 60bbl tanks and the addition of a grain silo. Head Brewer and Co-founder Christian Koch comments, “The new tanks will add another 23% capacity to the brewery, bringing us up to 315bbls of fermentation capacity and allowing us to brew upwards of 3500 barrels in 2014. The addition of a grain silo will also take off almost 800 pounds of lifting per batch for our brewers, giving them a much needed break.”

We are projecting to produce 2500 barrels by year’s end, which is an increase in production of a whopping 263% over last year. “We definitely could have sold more if we had the beer,” Koch says, “we have been running at full capacity ever since we completed our first expansion.”

The additional tanks will allow for expanded draft distribution and 16.9oz four packs of Elevation’s Second Kölsch to be released, a goal the brewery has had since April. “With a 5-week lagering period, our Kölsch is very labor intensive and the two new tanks will be used almost exclusively for our 8 Second Kölsch,” Koch notes, “it would most likely be our top seller if we could simply brew enough of it.”

Since opening in May of 2012, Elevation has garnered five medals of excellence from international and national beer competitions, has received over 90+ rating on five of its beers, and was the largest brewery to open in Colorado in 2012 in terms of production.

 “It has been a crazy 18 months for us so far,” Koch comments, “we are so excited to be able to make the type of beers we love and share them with other beer geeks like us.” 

Interested in joining a fast-growing, craft-beer loving team? You are in luck because we’re hiring a brewer! Click on the Brewer Job Description and Application Details to learn how to apply!

2013 Fall Seaonals

It’s that time of year . . . .the leaves change, fans gear up for football games, and beer lovers head to the store to grab their favorite fall seasonals before the shelves are empty. It’s no surprise that locals have their shoes by the door in preparation for the release of Elevation Beer Company’s fall seasonal selections: Downpour and Apis IV.

Inspired from Colorado’s thunderous showers, Downpour is a Fresh Hop Extra IPA with a bitterness from Colorado Fresh Hops and the warming of a big malt backbone. This beer is perfectly balanced for the warmth of summer sun and the coolness of fall rain. The perfect balance between caramel malt flavors and grapefruit, pine and earthy hops; Downpour fills your glass as a dark copper pour with a white fluffy head.  Recommended pairings for this delightful brew include blue cheese, chicken curry and chili rellenos.


A long-standing favorite, the Belgian Honey Quadrupel Apis IV, will be returning with locally harvested caramelized honey from Salida, Colorado. Since it’s first release last summer, Apis IV has garnered several awards including  2nd place in Beverage World’s Top 2013 U.S. Beers, a Bronze at the 2013 US Open Beer Championship, and a 92 rating in both Draft Magazine and Beer Advocate Magazine.


“There will be opportunities to try the new releases at the Great American Beer Festival,” says Sales Generalissimo Xandy Bustamante, “All three beers are extremely unique and represent some of our best brewing to date.”