BREW NEWS: Launch Pad at World Beer Cup, new brews at Dry Dock and Copper Kettle

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AURORA | More than 1,400 brewers from about five dozen countries are having their beers tasted, judged and, of course, enjoyed, this week at the World Beer Cup in Philadelphia.

And among those brewers in town for the competition and Craft Brewers Conference is David Levesque of Launch Pad Brewery in Aurora.

The almost-year-old brewery near Buckley Air Force Base brought their Liberator tart cherry saison, L3S Lavender Lemon Saison, Trinitite Belgian Trippel and Soyuz Russian imperial stout.

Levesque said this is only the second contest for Launch Pad and he expects the competition to be fierce.

But whether they come back to Colorado with a medal or not isn’t really the point, he said. Instead, he is really looking forward to getting comments from world-renowned judges about how he can improve his lineup of brews.

“If we are able to take a medal, it would be kind of crazy being so new and so small,” he said.

Also this week at Launch Pad, a new cream ale pinot noir hybrid is on tap. Levesque said the experimental beer, which doesn’t have an official name yet, is their cream ale with pinot grape juice mixed into the fermenter.

They also have their new Moonraker IPA, which he said has sulfur notes and an earthiness that makes it taste almost like an India pale lager.

Comrade Brewing Co. also sent four beers to the World Beer Cup: Superpower IPA, Honeyman IPA, Milkstout, and Yellow Fever Jalapeño.

Dry Dock Brewing Co. unveiled their Grapefruit Double IPA this week, a fruity twist on their popular double IPA that they say is ideal for summer. Bombers of the brew are available at North Dock, where it’s also on draft, and will be available at South Dock this weekend. Find it in local stores next week.

At Copper Kettle Brewing Co., May is saison month and the beer makers there are releasing a new fruit saison each wee. It started this week with a Cherry Saison, which is tart and sweet with a little spicy finish. Later this month they unveil blueberry, watermelon and apricot versions.