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Chrysalis Barrel Aged Beers are inspired by time honored Belgian traditions, using locally grown ingredients and aged in oak barrels.
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Who are we and what are we planning?

Hello Friends and Beer Lovers! Some of you know me and if you don't I'm Shawn Larson, along with my partners Adam Gall and Frederick Zimmer we are in the planning and building phase of Chrysalis Barrel Aged Beer. We all have extremely diverse backgrounds. Currently I am a professional hard cider maker with 7 years experience and will be brewing, aging and blending our beer. Adam owns a backcountry hunting guide service with access to land and is growing the barley for our beer. Frederick is a professional contractor focusing on new home construction and will be using his skills to build the brewery and tasting room. One of the things we all have in common is our love for Belgian style beers. We are planning on brewing Belgian inspired origin beers using old world methods and time honored traditions, locally grown and sourced ingredients and barrel aging. Our beer will showcase amazing ingredients from the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains as well as highlight the unique terroir of the North Fork Valley.  

Where are we? 

The Brewery will be located in Paonia Colorado, a town steeped in community values and historic traditions. Along with ranching and coal mining Paonia has continuously proven itself to be a major hub of agriculture in the state of Colorado.  We have the highest percentage of organic farms and orchards per capita in the state of Colorado. Besides growing our own barley we will rely heavily on the surrounding orchards and farms to source the best ingredients available to create an "Origin Beer" which will be unique and unlike any other beer in the state.  Our beers and flavors will start from the ground up right here in the North Fork Valley.  

How did we get here?

I have been dreaming of this project since I read Michael Jackson’s Great Beers of Belgium book in 2009. Frederick and I have had many conversations about making this dream a reality but when Adam came to us asking about growing barley for beer brewing we knew this could be our shot. Currently we have our Federal Brewers License and are working on our state application now.  We have a location, 150 oak barrels, our own barley waiting to be malted, and among the three of us we have the skills and motivation to make some amazing beer.

What is the money for?

The warehouse space we our planning on using for the brewery will need some basic infrastructure upgrades necessary to operate a brewery. Plumbing, floor repairs and proper drains, electrical work, the installation of a bathroom and the construction of the tasting room. With the money we receive from the Kickstarter campaign we can get started with the remodel which will lead to getting beer into barrels, then into bottles and ultimately to you. We have an amazing plan, a great head start and realistic goal of opening the tasting room the first week of April 2018.

 

Risks and challenges

I heard the quote "luck is the residue of design" when I was a senior in high school. I have always valued that statement, if you put in the effort and have a solid plan things generally work out. We are planning on aging all of our beers in oak barrels for a minimum of three months and will have some beer in barrels as long as three years. This plan has a few risks which include some beers taking longer than expected and possibly a barrel or two going bad here or there. These risks are expected in the brewing community especially with extensive barrel aging programs. However, there are a few keys to a successful barrel aging program: 1st volume, if one barrel goes bad you have a back up. 2nd having the patience to release product when the beer is ready and not rushing the process. 3rd having a strict commitment to quality by only bottling the best of the best barrels. I feel with 7 years of making award winning hard ciders I have gained invaluable skills plus we have envisioned a solid plan which will help to guide Chrysalis in making amazing beers. I think the luck thing will take care of itself.

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    Show off some Chrysalis pride with a Sticker, a button and the 1st time you visit the tasting room a 12 oz pour will be waiting for you. Plus a firm handshake for helping a friend chase a dream!

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    Get your hands on a bottle of our inaugural release in a 750ml bottle, plus a Belgian style tulip glass adorned with our logo, also a sticker, button and firm hand shake!

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    Not only do you score one of our limited edition inaugural releases in a 750ml bottle, you also get your choice of one more future release in a 750ml bottle, 2 Belgian style tulip glasses adorned with our logo, also a sticker, button and firm hand shake and high five!

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    Name Your Barrel Club

    Most Breweries slap an ambiguous number on their barrels, well at Chrysalis each and every barrel will have a proper name, Yours! Not only will you receive one of our limited edition inaugural releases in a 750ml bottle, you also get your choice of one more future release in a 750ml bottle, 2 Belgian style tulip glasses adorned with our logo, a sticker, a button and a firm hand shake! Plus every time the contents of your barrel is bottled your name will be highlighted on the label.

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    His and Hers or Yours and Yours or Hers and Hers or His and His! Everything the Barrel club has just add an extra barrel, get one for a significant other, brother, mother, lover or whom ever! Cheers to sharing!

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    Get your name on a barrel and not only will you receive one of our limited edition inaugural releases in a 750ml bottle, you also get 4 more future 750ml releases, 2 of our Belgian style tulip glasses adorned with our logo, a sticker, a button and firm hand shake! Plus every time the contents of your barrel is bottled your name will be highlighted on the label. Bottle releases to be allotted as available and fulfilled by April 2019.

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    Get your name on a Barrel and Not only will you receive one of our limited edition inaugural releases in a 750ml bottle, you also get 9 more future 750ml releases, 2 of our Belgian style tulip glasses adorned with our logo, a sticker, a button and firm hand shake! Plus every time the contents of your barrel is bottled your name will be highlighted on the label. Bottle releases to be allotted as available and fulfilled no later than July 2019.

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    You are entitled to a private unlimited barrel tasting, local farm to table tapas and brewery tour for you and up to 9 guests. You and each of your guests will also receive one 750 ml bottle of your choice and one Belgian style tulip glass adorned with our logo! Your name will be on the barrel, plus every time the contents of your barrel is bottled your name will be highlighted on the label. When your barrel is ready to be retired your name will be transferred to a new barrel, you will be honored for life!

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    The ultimate reward! Your first glass is on us every day for the rest of your life. Plus you’re entitled to one private Farm to Table dinner inside the brewery for you and up to 19 guests. A complete 5 course catered dinner fully paired with limited edition Chrysalis bottle releases. Unlimited tastings and brewery tour for all guests. You and your guests will also receive one 750 ml bottle of your choice and one Belgian style tulip glass adorned with our logo! Your name on a barrel and every time the contents of your barrel is bottled your name will be highlighted on the label. When your barrel is ready to be retired your name will be transferred to a new barrel, you will be honored for life!

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