Arizona Beer Week, February 19-26, 2011, is billed as a "A week of events throughout Arizona that feature craft beers from near and far." This is the inaugural year for the series of events which seeks to emulate the success of other craft beer weeks put on by other cities such as San Francisco, Philadelphia and San Diego. Arizona Beer Week will be a celebration of all of the breweries in the state and not strictly be Phoenix-focused. Beer week begins on February 19th with the 11th Annual Strong Beer Fest.
Homebrewers unOfficially Close Out the Week
The brewouts are open to the public. This will be an opportunity for people that enjoyed craft beer events during the week, to understand the brewing process and see that beer can be simply made by everyday people. ASH is also planning two other beer events during beer week.
A collaboration beer for AZBW was also announced. Unlike the Motley Brew rye based IPA collaboration made last sping, this will be a collaborative recipe. Each brewery will have the same base ingredients and relative targets for gravity, IBUs, color and a target style. The resultant brews will vary due to differences in water treatment, yeast strain and he process each brewery employs. It's hoped that the variation will be an opportunity to educate the public about the brewing process and there should a few opportunities to taste these beers side-by-side.
Although the precise recipe and constraints are being decided upon, the style will be a Double Red. From the BA Style Guidelines:
Imperial or Double Red AleThe recipe will be available for homebrewers to make their own versions of the beer. We expect that area homebrew stores will carry both all-grain and extract kits. The Arizona Society of Homebrewers will be sure to have a dozen or so versions brewed by release day as they gear up for a national conference to be held in San Diego.
Imperial or Double Red Ales have intense hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. Alcohol content is also very high and of notable character. They range from deep amber to dark copper in color and may exhibit a small amount of chill haze at cold temperatures The style may use any variety of hops. Though the hop character is intense it’s balanced with complex alcohol flavors, moderate to high fruity esters and medium to high caramel malt character. Imperial or Double Red Ales have a full body. Diacetyl should not be perceived.
Original Gravity (ºPlato) 1.080-1.100 (19.5-23.5 ºPlato)
Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (ºPlato) 1.020-1.028 (5-7 ºPlato)
Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 6.3-8.4% (7.9-10.5%)
Bitterness (IBU) 55-85
Color SRM (EBC) 10-15 (20-30 EBC)
Existing commercial examples available in the valley that come to mind are California's Port Brewing's Shark Attack and Bear Republic Double Rocket. Seasonally, Sun Up had Rex's Crimson during Valentines Day. Oak Creek Brewing has a King Crimson Imperial Red, that was until recently only seen in the brewhouse. These days it's made some regular appearances at Taste of Tops and a few other beer bars.
EDIT: King Crimson Imperial Red is listed as on tap since Dec, 4th at Papago Brewing.