City Star Beers

Mainstays, Specialties and Barrel Aged


Golden Lager brewed with German noble hops and German lager yeast. Light in body and color, crisp and refreshing.
5% ABV | 19 IBU

American red ale dry hopped with Idaho 7 hops imparting a burst of citrus, pine and tropical fruit flavors. Named for Sim Jefferes, a Berthoud pioneer who operated the City Star Barn livery stable and built the Jefferes Auto Company in 1915 (our building today). Sim also had a prescription for medicinal whiskey.
6.5% ABV | 45 IBU

American IPA brewed with a handful of elusive USA hops: Columbus, Simcoe, Amarillo, Mosaic and dry hopped with Citra hops.
6.5% ABV | 79 IBU

Smooth English style brown ale with a subtle roasted aroma and hints of caramel and toffee. 2013 Great American Beer Festival gold (English Brown Ale category). 2013 US Open Beer Championships gold (English Brown Ale category).
5.5% ABV | 17 IBU

American Stout. Dark roasted malt lend this beer a dark color, dark chocolate and coffee flavors with a sweet finish. 2015 Great American Beer Festival® – Bronze, 2015 Colorado State Fair – Silver, 2014 US Open Beer Championship – Gold.
6% ABV | 17 IBU


Pineapple IPAA big hazy IPA dry hopped with azaca hops to impart pleasant mix of tropical fruits kissed with citrus. On the palate it’s particularly spicy, with mango, pineapple and some pine and tangerine, taking you someplace warmer.

Aces and Eights –  Imperial Red Ale featuring a new hop each year. This beer is big and resinous, lace up your boots and get ready. Aces and Eights were the cards reportedly held by Old West gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok when he was murdered at the poker table. This seasonal ale pays homage to our building’s history: during its 100 years the City Star Barn allegedly changed hands twice during local poker games.

Luckpenny – 2020 Luckpenny is a Belgian farmhouse ale fermented with tangerine, imparting a sweet tang flavor.

Malt Menage – Black IPA – A menage is a group of people living in one house. In this collaboration brew we brought three craft malters together: Root Shoot Malting, Red Shed Malting, and Gallatin Valley Malt Co. The dark color and roasting malts are accompanied by classic American Columbus and Centennial hops to add an earthy, spicy bitterness rounded out with a Loral dry hop to add a slightly floral citrus finish

Strawberry Blonde – Golden ale fermented with fresh pureed strawberries. Refreshing and approachable seasonal with a tasteful hint of strawberry and pink hue.

Equinox Pale Ale – American Pale Ale dry hopped with Ekuanot Hops (formerly known as Equinox hops)

Dead or Alive – This outlaw of an imperial IPA was brewed with five hop additions at 90, 60, 30, 15 & 0 minutes, in addition to dry hopping. The hop bill includes Centennial, Columbus, Warrior, Vic Secret and El Dorado hops, imparting extreme hop bitterness and delicious fruit flavors. The malt backbone lends this beer an amber hue and nicely balances the onslaught of hops.

Attaboy Saison – Session Belgian farmhouse ale.

Calamity Jane – City Star ladies collaboration for International Women’s Day.

Raspberry Saison – Belgian saison with rye and aged on pressed raspberries from Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Salud – In honor of our 7 year anniversary, City Star employees collaborated to formulate and brew their own beer just for the occasion. The result is a watermelon, habanero, lime, sea salt wheat. The crew originally narrowed their recipe down to a watermelon wheat ….and what makes watermelon tastier? Tajín! With this inspiration the beer was brewed with fresh lime zest and sea salt. Habanero peppers were added along with watermelon pureé during fermentation, adding a very subtle spice on the finish.

Galaxy Pale Ale – American Pale Ale dry hopped with galaxy hops, imparting tropical fruit and citrus notes.

Chili The Kid – American Pale Ale infused with Sandia Hot chilis lending mild heat and a nice chili aroma and flavor.

Harley’s Honey Wheat – American wheat brewed with wildflower honey, orange peel and coriander. This brew is named after Harley, spokesdog against puppy mills.

Blood Orange Hibiscus Saison – Belgian rye saison infused with blood oranges and hibiscus flowers.

Bet Yer Boots Brut IPA – A champagne-like beer with delicious hop flavor, low bitterness and an extremely dry finish. Bear Too Brut was brewed with El Dorado, Amarillo, and Citra hops (whirlpool additions), and then dry hopped with Mosaic hops… a cocktail of tropical hops aroma and flavor to compliment the dry finish.

Tangerine Dream Pale Ale – Easy drinking pale ale featuring the fruit forward hops of Amarillo, Centennial and Citra then infused with juicy tangerines

Happy Mango IPA – American IPA dry hopped with Citra hops and finished with pureed mango.

Salty Lime Kolsch – American Kölsch brewed with sea salt and finished with lime puree. 4.8% ABV

City Star Okoberfest – Festbier Lager brewed with German malt and noble hops. Moderate, elegant malt flavor and light hop character. Golden-copper hue. Easy drinking fall seasonal. Lederhosen optional.

Homegrown IPA – IPA wet hopped with fresh Centennial hops grown in the City Star beer garden.

Country Pumpkin – Harvest ale brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, nutmeg and natural maple.

Soldier’s Stout – Chocolate coconut macaroon stout to honor SPC Gabriel Conde in support of the Berthoud VFW

One in a Melon IPA – American IPA finished with cantaloupe from Rocky Ford, CO

Raspberry Bandit – Bandit Brown ale fermented on real raspberries from Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The raspberries impart a garnet color and tart flavor to the beer.

Norse Exceptional IPA – Hazy IPA brewed with a Norwegian Farmhouse yeast strain (aka Kveik) and dry hopped with Galaxy hops.

Deadwood –  Barrel aged Imperial Red aged 10 months in Deerhammer Whiskey barrels then blended with ESB before conditioning to achieve a balanced flavor and alluring aroma.

Widow Maker – Imperial Oatmeal Stout. Rich, dark fruit flavor.


Release: 2/14/2020
Sour raspberry barrel aged dark ale, a blend of raspberry brown ale aged and soured 16 months in Spirit Hound rum barrels (which previously aged Buccaneer, Hellbilly and Wild Bill) and imperial stout aged and soured 4 years in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels.

Release: 12/7/2019
Barrel aged Imperial Red aged 10 months in Deerhammer Whiskey barrels then blended with ESB before conditioning to achieve a balanced flavor and alluring aroma.

Release: 8/19/2017
Availability: sold out
Deadwood is an imperial red ale aged 4 months in Spirit Hound Distillers whiskey oak barrels. Held by candlelight, this beer is deep garnet in color. The Idaho 7 hops in the base beer impart apricot and tropical fruit notes to the aroma, while plum and dried cherry flavors from the whiskey barrels mingle on the tongue. The beer finishes with sweet whiskey notes and a mild lingering heat.

Release: 12/21/2019
A colossal Imperial Stout boasts a big, bold and complex flavor profile of dark roasted malt, chocolate and dark fruit. Smooth, rich and ready to sip and savor.

Release: 11/15/19
Availability: on tap, bottles

Sour barrel aged beer fermented with strawberries and local Berthoud grown rhubarb.

Release: 8/10/19
Availability: bottles

Sour chili golden lager aged in tequila barrels.

Vintage: 2019
Availability: bottles
Including original Scoundrel and 3 variants: raspberry, medium roast coffee, and Madagascar vanilla

Vintage: 2017 (sold out)
Vintage: 2015 (sold out)

Sour barrel-aged brown ale aged in oak Cabernet wine barrels for two years, intentionally soured with a blend of lactobacillus and pediococcus bacteria.

Release: 5/25/2019
Availability: bottles

Brown ale aged in a Richardo’s rum barrel is a special collaboration with our friends behind Richardo’s

Release: 5/4/2019
Availability: bottles
Sour Pomegranate Kölsch aged in oak barrels for one year.

Release: 2/14/2019
Availability: sold out
The 2019 vintage of Scarlet is a blend of sour stout aged in oak barrels for 2 years, sour imperial stout aged in oak barrels for 2.5 years, Michigan Montmorency cherries. Soured with lactobacillus and pediococcus bacteria as well as brettanomyces yeast. The beer has a velvety smooth mouthfeel. Luscious waves of cocoa roll along the tongue, and the cherry sweetness rounds out the sour flavor profile.

Release: 2/14/2018
Availability: sold out
Sour stout aged 9 months in oak barrels finished with cherries. Soured with lactobacillus and pediococcus bacteria as well as brettanomyces yeast. A blend of Bing, Lambert, Van, and Royal Anne sweet cherries were added to this beer… approximately 50lbs of cherry per barrel. The beer has a velvety smooth mouthfeel. Luscious waves of cocoa roll along the tongue, and the cherry sweetness rounds out the sour flavor profile.

Release: 12/8/2018
Availability: sold out
American Stout aged 22 months in Spirit Hound whisky barrels.

Release: 9/19/2018
Availability: sold out
Pale ale infused with Sandia hot chilis aged 4 months in tequila oak barrels. Chili flavor, mild spice, subtle smokey mezcal flavor.

Release: 9/15/2018
Availability: sold out
Sour strong ale aged 20 months in oak barrels. Soured with a blend of lactobacillus and pediococcus bacteria creating a remarkably tart beer with a hint of honey and a lingering trace of the bouquet of spices from the barrels’ prior inhabitant (Hellbilly). As complex as its namesake, Wild Bill finishes at 12.2% abv.

Release: 7/21/2018
Availability: sold out
Brown Ale aged 1 year in KJ Wood Distillers whiskey oak barrels, finished with dark and light sweet cherries and Mexican vanilla.

Release: 5/4/2018
Availability: sold out
Golden Lager aged 16 months in Spirit Hound Distillers whisky oak barrels that previously aged Wood Belly Imperial IPA. An approachable lager with delicate oak and whisky notes along with a lingering hint of its predecessor, Wood Belly

Release: 3/31/2018
Availability: sold out
Saison aged 11 months in chardonnay barrels and 2 months with tangerine and soursop. Palomino has a light body and dances with gold color. A zesty fruit profile from the tangerine and soursop are present, while a slight tartness and wild funky flavor balances the beer. The finish is pleasantly sweet and dry.

Vintage: 2017 (sold out)
Vintage: 2015 (sold out)

American Strong Ale brewed with wildflower honey and aged in oak rum barrels. A flavor profile that is malt forward with notes of caramel, toffee, raisin, vanilla, and of course honey.

Release: 5/4/2017
Availability: sold out
Brown ale aged 3 months in KJ Wood Distillers whiskey oak barrels.

Release 4/29/17
Availability: sold out

The next release in City Star Brewing’s Barrel Aged Beer Series is Belle, a sour oatmeal pale ale aged 2 years in whiskey oak barrels and aged 3 months with golden passion fruit. Careful, you might just lose your horses while drinking this brew (historic reference, anyone?). 6.6% ABV

Release: 2/18/2017
Availability: sold out
Belgian Rye Saison, aged 10 months in Berthoud Blue Mountain Vineyards oak wine barrels.

Release: 12/10/16
Availability: sold out
Imperial IPA aged 7 months in Spirit Hound Distillers whiskey oak barrels, double dry hopped with Amarillo, Mosaic and Citra hops.

Release: 10/1/16
Availability: sold out
Sour pumpkin ale aged 10 months in rum barrels.

Release: 7/30/16
Availability: sold out
Sour honey wheat aged 1 year in Tequila oak barrels.

Release: 4/9/16
Availability: sold out
Sour Belgian rye pale ale aged in rum oak barrels 17 months with Palisade peaches.

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