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Three years ago, Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project dismantled its Cellar Reserve program — one of the first such craft-beer membership programs in Colorado — because of production constraints and other growing pains. The move gave the brewery more freedom, but also alienated a significant number of its original supporters. This week, Crooked Stave announced that it will revive the program at the beginning of 2018 thanks to expansion at its production facility on 46th Avenue, known as the Barrel Cellar.

“As a modern artisan brewery, we have always focused on quality, striving to progressively blend science and art through creativity and following our passion. The reintroduction of the Cellar Reserve lets us get back to our roots of experimentation and small batch blends,” Crooked Stave owner Chad Yakobson says in a statement.

The Cellar Reserve program will release a minimum of six brands once a quarter that members will be able to buy online. Some of the bottles are: Nightmare on Brett Sour Cherry Double, barrel-aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels; L’Brett d’Apricot, aged in sauvignon blanc barrels; Persica, aged in calvados barrels; and Private Reserve Mama Bears Sour Cherry Pie, aged in port barrels. Crooked Stave will also add new beers like Member Berries, a golden sour ale aged in oak with wine grapes grown in Colorado.

Memberships are $100 and go on sale December 14. In addition to access to bottles like the ones above (which will cost $24-$38), participants get two select 750-mL cork-and-cage bottles and a custom glass, a 10 percent discount in the Crooked Stave taproom at the Source, and first option to renew membership each year.

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