LONE TREE, CO— In 2021, Lone Tree Brewing produced its highest annual volume of beer yet, expanded its market across Colorado, and earned a prestigious Great American Beer Festival® award, among many other company milestones. Here is their Year in Review.
Lone Tree produced more than 4,000 barrels of beer last year, making 2021 the single best sales year that the company has had to date.
For the very first time, Lone Tree canned its annual batch of Oktoberfest. The popularity of this German-style seasonal lager will bring it back in cans in 2022.
Sales & Distribution
Lone Tree announced a new distribution partnership with Ska Distributing that brought its canned beers to the Southwest corner of the state— including Durango, Telluride, Ridgway, and Ouray. Lone Tree continues to sell beer through distribution partners Western Distributing on Colorado’s Front Range and along I‑70, and in Kansas through Worldwide Beverage Group.
Lone Tree hired Doug Fenske, formerly of Bonfire Brewing, to manage sales along the I‑70 corridor and continue to grow the company’s presence in Colorado’s mountain region. In 2021, Mexican Lager’s outside sales grew the largest, followed by Red Ale, GABF winner Peach Pale Ale, and IPA.
One of Lone Tree’s time-honored recipes and first canned beers, Peach Pale Ale, earned a bronze medal in the American Fruit Beer category at the 2021 Great American Beer Festival.
Community and Events
Amid the ongoing pandemic, Lone Tree was proud to continue to host charitable and community events throughout the year, raising funds for several different foundations and supporting many others. They donated more than $10,000 and copious beers toward non profit efforts, including Drink for Pink, The Honor Bell Foundation, and the first annual Douglas County School District Bridge Transition Program car show.
Over the course of the year, Lone Tree also hosted three local craft markets featuring more than 30 local craft vendors. They also helped facilitate both Lone Tree’s Bike to Work Day and Lone Tree’s Day of Service.
In November, the community showed up to show the Lone Tree brewers their ping pong skills. Winners were paid in beer. They came back in December when Lone Tree celebrated its 10th anniversary with a weekend of special tappings. The company published a summary of its decade in business here, including 4,000,000 cans produced, 27,675 barrels of beer brewed, 1,705,476 pounds of grain brewed, and 36,000 pounds of hops used. Read the full report here.
Lone Tree is moving into 2022 with a host of seasonal spring brews and a few new beers, too.
Returning beers include Vanilla Caramel Amber in the colder months, Pineapple Sour to ring in spring and summer, and Oktoberfest to celebrate the season with a malty German amber lager. The new Hefeweizen and Pilsner beers are a few of the upcoming options Lone Tree is debuting in 2022. See the full 2022 beer calendar here.
Look for Lone Tree’s annual traditions such as the infamous one-day release of Hop Zombie, and some new ones, including the next rendition of the Douglas County School District Bridge Transition Program car show to go live at lonetreebrewing.com and on Facebook in coming weeks and months.