BRU Becomes BRU handbuilt ales and eats
Chef Ian Clark
is about to realize a dream. Working for the Big Red F
restaurant group for the last 10 years, he went from line cook to sous chef to executive chef. That longtime passion for cooking led him to homebrewing, which in turn became BRU
, his brewing operation that he opened out of a garage last year in Boulder.
Still working as a chef, it's no surprise that the ultimate goal would be to combine these passions for food and drink under one roof. So today he has announced the future opening of his own place, BRU handbuilt ales and eats
This, as chef Ian says, "will be my true expression of craft. We will have 12 handbuilt ales on tap (one being a rotating chef's tap where I'll collaborate with other local chefs to further bring food and beer together). Everything will be handbuilt, from scratch, just like our beer. Most dishes will come out of the wood-oven to create a beautiful depth of flavor. I'm still dreaming and testing, re-writing, and recreating the menu, but for now dishes will include items like Wood-Oven Pizza and Housemade Goat Milk Ricotta with roasted almonds and spiced honey."
BRU handbuilt ales and eats
will be located at 5290 Arapahoe St. in Boulder. He hopes to be open by late spring.
Oskar Blues Posts Phenomenal Growth in 2012
The 2012 sales numbers are in for Oskar Blues
, and they are nothing short of amazing. The Longmont-based brewery celebrated its 10-year "Canniversary" in 2012. The first craft brewery in the country to brew and can its now famous Dale's Pale Ale
the brewery continued its explosive growth posting a 52 percent increase in sales/depletions and 49 percent increase in revenue in 2012.
Oskar Blues poured more than $4 million into its Longmont facility in 2012. They added 14 200-barrel fermenters and two 400-barrel bright beer tanks which took the brewery from producing 59,000 barrels of beer in 2011 to 85,750 bbls in 2012. The Tasty Weasel taproom also added a new patio and more production space.
With more beer to sell, Oskar Blues was able to enter new markets, including Chicago, Ohio, Northern Kentucky and founder Dale Katechis' home state of Alabama. A new canning line was installed at the Colorado brewery, capable of filling 300 cans per minute. This allowed the company to introduce 16oz cans of Deviant Dale's IPA
and G'Knight Imperial Red IPA
while being the first American brewery to offer beer drinkers a 19.2oz. Imperial Pint can.
Oskar Blues also joins Sierra-Nevada
and New Belgium
breweries in testing the waters of North Carolina. In December of 2012, Oskar Blues began brewing at its new brewery and taproom in Brevard, NC. The brewery plans to include a separate restaurant and live music venue in the small town as well. The addition of the 30,000 sq. foot Brevard brewery will expand overall brewing capacity to nearly 130,000 barrels in 2013 and allow the brewery to enter additional markets.
Think you'd like to work at Oskar Blues? The company does their part to help keep employees happy and healthy, with an "In the Core" workout program 3 times a week with a personal trainer, massage twice a week and Yoga once a week.The outdoor centric company also hosts a running club and group bike rides throughout the year.In 2012, Oskar Blues instituted a 6% matching 401K program and provided employees 100% health care coverage, offerings that earned them the Denver Post "Top Workplaces Award".
Says founder Dale Katechis"We continue to have as much fun as we CAN to enjoy this ride". I am proud of our team as we celebrated the 10th anniversary of Dale's Pale Ale and we look to include Pisgah, NC singletrack as part of the Oskar Blues backyard."The fun includes two award winning Colorado restaurant locations (Grill & Brew, Home Made Liquids & Solids), Bonewagon food truck, Hops & Heifers Farm, REEB Cycles www.reebcycles.com (Outside Magazine's Top 9 Mountain Bikes of Spring 2012) and the upcoming March opening of CHUBurger www.CHUBurger.com in Longmont, CO.
Renegade Brewing Adds 2nd Location
Renegade Brewing Company in Denver is a great example of what is happening in Colorado's craft beer world today. Open for only a year and a half, owners Khara and Brian O'Connell have already expanded their taproom, added a patio, increased their brewing capacity substantially, canned and bottled their beer, and now are opening a second location.
Whew! Makes me tired just writing about it. If you've ever owned a small retail business, you know how much work goes into just getting the doors open to start with, getting up and running, and maintaining a satisfied clientele.
But Renegade is on a roll, and now planning to open the Renegade Publick House, a pub and restaurant in the University of Denver neighborhood that will take Renegade Brewing Company's beers to a new location in South Denver. The new pub will be located at 2043 S. University Blvd, just north of the intersection of University and Evans. The new 2000 square foot space will host 20 craft beers on tap. As for the selection, Renegade will hold 5-8 of the taps at any given time. These beers will be some of the favorites that people know from the brewery at 925 W 9th Ave, as well as some specialties that will only be offered at the Publik House. The remaining taps will rotate through a wide variety of craft beer styles and craft breweries. There are no parameters that will define the guest tap beers other than they will be excellent examples of their style and a superb representation of craft beer. A wide selection of canned and bottled beers will also be available including the beers that Renegade offers in cans.
They are planning to open the Publick House in mid-March 2013 if all goes well, and are keeping the food simple with gourmet pizzas and salads. Renegade is working with Esinem Designs to create the new bar area, and plans to utilize design elements to highlight the role of academia in the neighborhood.
All in a year and a half. Wow. Another example of the amazing growth we are witnessing in Colorado craft beer. Go Renegade.
Black Bottle Brewery Opens Saturday
Sean and Erin Nook are finally ready to blow the doors open to their new Black Bottle Brewery
in Fort Collins this Saturday, 12/1/12. After all the hard work, Sean is feeling crazed, but happy. "Yeah, it's finally happening!" was his comment.
Black Bottle Brewery is a brewpub, and plans to offer all kinds of amazing food, served ala carte, as well as pizzas. How does crab mac 'n cheese, pork wings, waffle fries smothered in green chile sound? Not only that, but Black Bottle Brewery has 40 taps, 4 of which to start will showcase Black Bottle brews, the other 36 will be a "beer snob's" pick. You won't find a brewery's "flagship" beer on tap here. This beery array will feature the special, the exotic, the hard-to-find, from breweries all over the world. Did we mention that Black Bottle Brewery also offers a great selection of wine, and a full-service bar? Hungry and thirsty yet? Well, get over to Black Bottle Brewery in Fort Collins this weekend and help them celebrate in style.
The Black Bottle brews you can find this weekend on tap:
Rumskey Brett Wine
, a sour aged in a multipurpose barrel
Bitches Get Stitches
, an imperial rye stout aged in Makers Mark barrels, cut with Brettanomyces
Black Bacchus, their Recession Proof Porter aged in pinot noir barrrels
Doors open at 11am Saturday, Dec. 1st. Go Black Bottle!
Brewery Rickoli Opens In Wheat Ridge
opens on the Colorado craft beer scene today as the first craft brewery in Wheat Ridge. Rickoli is Rick Abitbol, who, with his wife Jacqua, are ready to serve up their hand-crafted beers to the folks of Wheat Ridge and the greater Denver area.
Rick has over 10 years experience as a professional brewer up and down the Front Range, and can't wait to finally be pouring his own beer. His system is small, 1/2 barrel to be exact, and he knows that he will be brewing often. "It's really an efficient system", says Rick, "I've got it to where I can turn batches around quickly". The list below shows he's been putting it to good use. Here is the opening list of beers available today. Looks like Wheat Ridge will be well-served.
Grand Opening starts at 4pm.
Social Lubricant Scotch Ale
This is a traditional Scotch ale. Golden Promise malt with a touch of roast barley, boiled extensively to concentrate the caramel flavors with just the stingiest amount of English hops! 7% abv
Rickoli's Totally EYE-P-A
Pale malt and a touch of Munich malt combine to provide a clean and sturdy base for the intense hop flavor and aroma in this beer. At 7.5% abv, This beer falls in line with the new wave of IPA beers on the market. Apollo and Columbus hops. Rick describes this beer as his "Desert Island beer"
The Black Pliny
This is a very intense imperial black IPA! Extreme hop nose and flavor supported by just a kiss of dark malt that gives a subtle smoke in the profile. 10%abv.
Rickoli's Aldo Red
This is a very flavorful derivation of a German beer style called ALTBIER. A little fuller boded than the German version, this beer has the depth of flavor of an Irish Red, but finishes cleaner. This beer is 5.5%abv and uses Munich, Vienna, and Pilsner malt with a little noble hop to give it
Rickoli's Hearty Rye Stout
This is a hearty rye stout that satisfies the soul! Roast and coffee notes are combined with rye spiciness and full body sweetness of the malt to cradle the gentle American hop flavor this beer takes advantage of. 6.5%abv
Bull & Bush Kitchen Is OPEN AGAIN!
After three long months of construction, the massive kitchen overhaul at Glendale's Bull & Bush is complete and the food is being served up hot. As they say at their website,
It's official. The Great Kitchen Remodel of 2012 has finally come to an end. All your favorite Bull & Bush Brewery menu items are now available. Once we've gotten settled in to the new digs, we'll throw a grand opening party that is not to be missed. For now, come on in and catch up on all the green chili we have deprived you of for the last two months! Thanks for your patience and we are looking forward to feeding all your smiling faces again!
The original kitchen cranked out delicious food for over 40 years with hardly a day off, and was ready for a little time off and an upgrade. The brewhouse is next on the list of expansions at Bull & Bush, which will add capacity and in-house packaging operations at their iconic family restaurant location.
Stay tuned for more info, and for God's sake if you haven't been to Bull & Bush, now is the time to go. If you've been waiting for the kitchen to re-open, now is the time to go. If you're looking for a truly remarkable lineup of great craft beers,
now is definitely the time to go to Bull & Bush.
Strange Brewing Bottles Award-Winning Barleywine
Strange Brewing Company
in Denver won a bronze medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival
for their Dr. StrangeLove Barleywine
. They are now brewing enough to bottle bombers of the barleywine, ready to sell just in time for the holidays. The bombers will only be for sale at the tasting room.
Elevation Beer Co. Big Ski Giveaway
Elevation Beer Company
is kicking off winter and their upcoming beer releases with a custom Ski Giveaway at select restaurants and liquor stores in Colorado, according to a recent press release.
"We are so excited to be teaming up with Fortitude Skis
to kick off the ski season in style," says Elevation's Marketing Director and Co-founder Sheila Bustamante, "Fortitude Skis is a small Colorado company that prides itself on crafting the highest quality products, much like ourselves."
The skis are Fortitude's Propellers
, a top of the line All Mountain ski, made with custom Elevation graphics. The skis will be given away at a series of tasting and beer events across Chaffee, Summit, and Boulder counties this winter at some of the best Apres-ski locations in the state, including Monarch Mountain's Sidewinder Saloon
and Breckenridge's Northside Pizza
The Ski Giveaway is celebrating Elevation's launch of two new beers this December, Oil Man
a Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, and an unannounced top secret release in their Black Series. Elevation is also releasing their First Cast IPA
and Little Mo' Porter
in 16oz bottles across the High Country giving fans of Elevations Blue Series a chance to enjoy them at home.
A total of 8 pairs of Elevation/Fortitude Skis will be raffled off across the state, and the raffle events will also include gear from Native Eyewear (Denver, Colorado) as well as other great Elevation giveaways, beginning with a ski season launch party
at the brewery on Friday, Nov. 16th.
For more information on where and when Elevation will be raffling off the skis check out their Facebook page
or their website
Monument Beer Week at Pikes Peak Brewing
Pikes Peak Brewing Co.
has created Monument Beer Week
, which runs from Oct.20-Oct 27th. There are events every evening that can be found on our Events Page
Monument Beer Week is a celebration of the craft and culture of beer. Some very special events include a Rare Beer Tasting on Monday, Oct 22 to celebrate the opening of the new Barrel Room.
You must see the list of beers being offered:
Scaldis Prestige De Nuits-Brasserie Dubuisson
Bam Noire-Jolly Pumpkin
Signal de Botrange-Elevation Beer Co.
Double DBA-Firestone Walker
Oak Aged Yeti-Great Divide
Monks Cafe-Brewery Van Steenberge
Petrus Oud Bruin-Brewery Van Steenberge
Petrus Aged Pale Ale-Brewery Van Steenberge
Batch #1-Crooked Stave
Curetta Reserva-Crooked Stave
Duchesse De Bourgogen-Brouwerij Verhaeghe
La Trappe-Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven
Le Capitaine-Trinity Brewery
Oude Tart-The Bruery
Paradox Beer Co.
River North Brewery
There are also beer dinners, a Ladies Only beer and dessert pairing, and a Grand Release party on Thursday, Oct 25th for Paradox Beer Co. from Woodland Park. Pikes Peak Brewing has also partnered with the Sundance Mountain Lodge for a special Monument Beer Week package. For $89 a night you get a room within walking distance of most events and a 1L growler with the beer of your choice-what a deal! Make reservations at 719-481-6000, and be sure to ask for the Monument Beer Week package.
Check out all the events
More... Colorado Breweries Opening???
Yes friends, it just keeps getting better. We have more brewery openings to report, with soon-to-be's nipping at their heels. So here we go.
Black Shirt Brewing Co.
After having Black Shirt Brewing on the map for the last 2 editions, we can finally say that they are open...almost. October 13th, the last day of GABF, brothers Branden and Chad Miller, and Chad's wife Carissa will be opening up the red door for real, and offering their incredible red ales to the public in the RiNo art district in Denver.
Paradox Beer Co.
in Woodland Park has begun releasing their beer to the public. Brian Horton and Jeff Aragon, previously the brewers at BierWerks in Woodland Park and Trinidad Brewing before that, have a new project. "Fermentation Projects" is how they identify their different beers, brewed and then treated differently in fermentation, all aged in oak barrels and bottle conditioned. "Wayward beers, Barrel bound" is how they describe it. Watch for these beers in your favorite liquor store or watering hole.
West Flanders Brewing Co.
has opened in the old BJ's Restaurant & Brewery location at 1125 Pearl St. in Boulder. The owners are restaurant veterans Mark and Chris Heinritz who have owned The Sink
in Boulder since 1992, and were founders of the Redfish New Orleans Brewhouse. Mark and Chris are joined by longtime restaurateur Barry Wolfman as the operating partner, and award-winning brewmaster Brian Lutz, previous brewmaster at Left Hand Brewing Company, Redfish and Oskar Blues.
Wild Woods Brewery
is a nano-brewery recently opened in Boulder. Their focus is on creating handcrafted beers inspired by the outdoors. The beers begin with recognizable styles and are brewed to highlight elements of the wilderness. Jake and Erin Evans are brewery owners, who have hiked and camped their whole lives, and have been perfecting their recipes on an all-grain professional brewing system in their basement. They are joined by Charlie and Kristen Rilling who are family and part owners of the business, share similar passions, and have helped bring this concept to life.
And the breweries not far behind?
in Parker, Very Nice Brewing
in Nederland, Copper Club Brewing
in Fruita, Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew
in Denver, Rickoli's Brewery
in Wheat Ridge, Verboten Brewing
in Loveland, J. Wells Brewery in Boulder
, and this isn't even all of them folks! Keep your ear to the ground.
Two Rascals Brewing Opens Today In Montrose
Dan Leonardi and Brandon Frey are two rascals that couldn't be happier. Today their dreams come to fruition, as Two Rascals Brewing Co.
opens in Montrose.
We've talked about Brandon and Dan before, as they are both wildland firefighters for the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and put in a busy season this year, fighting fire in Colorado and in other states.
But their dream for years, as friends and homebrewers, has been to open a brewery. Together they took Tom Hennessey's week-long Frankenbrew course at Colorado Boy
, and have a square mashtun built from an old milk tank to prove it.
The beers they'll have to offer today include a scottish Ale, an IPA, and a wheat. Next week they will add an amber and a stout to the lineup. Hours of operation will be Mon-Sun, 4pm-9pm.
Stop in and visit these two rascals in Montrose.
Elevation Beer Rises To The Challenge
After just 4 months in business, Elevation Beer Co.
in Poncha Springs needs to expand. Elevation was planning on producing between 500-700 barrels of beer in its first seven months of operation, but due to overwhelming demand the brewery is looking to break at least 1100 barrels in its first year. Not bad for being open such a short time.
The expansion will add two 60-barrel fermenters and one 30-barrel fermenter which will more than double their brewing capacity. The expansion plans also include the addition of a fully automated bottling line.
Head brewer Christian Koch says "This expansion will allow us to brew around 4,000 barrels a year and to keep up with our local demand and our demand for our barrel-aged and specialty beers across Colorado's Front Range." Elevation has already ramped up production on its next two releases; Downpour, a hoptastic Double India Red Ale, and Oil Man, an Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels from Breckenridge Distilling.
"Downpour should hit Denver in mid-October, and will replace our Apis IV in the Black Series" says Christian, 'While Oil Man will be available come mid-November and will replace Signal de Botrange in our Double Black Series. We are very excited about these beers as they already are tasting pretty fantastic."
With the increase in production and the expansion Elevation will look to have over 100 oak barrels for aging beer in their facility by the end of January, making their barrel room one of the larger in the state.
"This expansion will allow us to keep making big beers like Signal de Botrange, Oil Man, and Downpour," says Carlin Walsh, GM and one of the co-founders of the brewery. "We are excited to be one more example of what happens when people decide to drink locally and choose to support their local craft breweries."
Colorado Mountain Brewery Opens At The Roundhouse
Friday, Sept. 7th marked Opening Day for the new location of Colorado Mountain Brewery
in the historic roundhouse at the corner of 21st St. and Highway 24 in Colorado Springs.
The huge stone roundhouse was completed in 1888, to house the steam engines of the Colorado Midland Railway
. Today the large arched doorways remain, and the brewery has strived to preserve the feeling of the original building, including a huge mural of the historic roundhouse recreated from a rare 1890's photo.
The brewhouse tanks are encased behind glass on 2 levels. A long, curved bar faced with stone spans the main level dining area, offering 30 taps to tempt the craft beer drinker, including brewmaster Andy Bradley's creations. Wood-fired pizza and an additional wood grill along with a full service kitchen provide lots of great choices for diners. The new brewery also offers patio dining with an 8 foot open fireplace. It's a great spot to catch the sun setting over Pikes Peak.
This new location is a "must" visit, being able to sit and sip a beer in the historic roundhouse by one of several fireplaces, or out on the patio and imagine those trains moving through, maybe heading up to Cripple Creek to pick up a load of gold ore. It's a good feeling that this piece of local history is still standing, and has new life.
West Flanders Brewing Co. Set To Open Sept.24
West Flanders Brewing Company
will be opening on September 24 in the old BJ's Restaurant & Brewery location at 1125 Pearl St. in Boulder.
From press release, Aug.29th, 2012:
The owners are restaurant veterans Mark and Chris Heinritz who have owned The Sink
in Boulder since 1992, and were founders of the Redfish New Orleans Brewhouse, which was tremendously popular in Boulder in the mid-to-late 90s, and whose beer and food-centric menu was one of the first of its kind. Mark and Chris are joined by longtime restaurateur Barry Wolfman who will be the operating partner.
They are also joined by award-winning brewmaster Brian Lutz, previous brewmaster at Left Hand Brewing Company, Redfish and Oskar Blues. Lutz is known for his audacious beers with creative flavor profiles, and for being instrumental in helping Oskar Blues become the first craft brewery to can their beer (Dale's Pale Ale).
West Flanders will be the fulfillment of decades of dreaming and planning to build a brewpub that celebrates both community and beer. "When we heard that BJ's would be vacated, it reignited all the unfulfilled dreams from the Redfish days,"said Mark Heinritz. "It's the perfect second act, but in a better location-and with the addition of decades of collective experience."
"The world's beer drinkers have also been evolving since that first batch of Angry Monk I made," says Lutz. "Now the craft beer community is finally ready for beers with complex flavor that are as dynamic as they are intriguing. Make sure your seat belt is buckled, because we are about to go on one hell of a ride!"
Jamie Lucas was a natural choice as executive chef. He had an innate understanding of how to pair food with beer to create entirely new flavor combinations. Together Lutz and chef Lucas have created a never before seen beer-centric menu that will surprise and delight beer and food lovers alike.
West Flanders Brewing Company will be open 7 days a week, from 11am-1am, serving lunch, dinner, and late night snacks.
Three Barrel Brewing Cranks It Up
Lots of exciting new from our friends at Three Barrel Brewing
in Del Norte. They've built a new taproom, complete with a new wood-fired pizza oven cranking out calzones, pizzetta (a Napolitano-style pizza baked at a high temp), stromboli, all made from scratch with fresh ingredients. They are serving lunch & dinner Tuesday through Sunday, and the taproom is open for beer 7 days a week.
They are ramping up their beer production too. According to brewer Will Kreutzer, they are now bottling bombers, and plans are to offer a mixed 6-pack of sour beers. This is exciting for sour beer fans, because owner/ head brewer John Bricker has been quietly building a reputation for his Belgian Series of sour beers. They plan to have several sours on tap at the brewery.
Right now the Beer Keg Depot in Alamosa has bombers to sell, including Hop Trash IPA, Trashy Blonde, Burnt Toast American Brown and Black Copter Stout. More deliveries will be coming soon to Pagosa Springs, Durango, Salida, Buena Vista and Denver.
All great reasons to stop in at Three Barrel Brewing
when you're headed that way to check it all out. They're just a block off of highway 160 on the scenic route of Southern Colorado, on the way to the Continental Divide, Wolf Creek Pass, Pagosa Springs and Durango.
Fate Brewing Co. Coming To Boulder
From Press Release, 8/22/12
In the fall of 2012, Fate Brewing Company
will open its 7,000 square-foot restaurant and brewery at 1600 38th Street, Suite 100 in Boulder, Colorado. The building was home to local landmark Jose Muldoon's for over twenty years, and is currently undergoing extensive interior and exterior renovations.
"The name summed it up for me," explained Mike Lawinski, founder of Fate Brewing Company. "Craft beer is the perfect accompaniment to life's adventures, and is something that can bring people together from all walks of life. A meeting or a celebration over a beer often leads to great ideas - ideas that some may call fate."
Fate will be a full-service restaurant and a full production brewery. "We will produce five core beers, as well as numerous special releases, including specialty brews, seasonal releases and partnered efforts. We will not only serve our own beer, but will appreciate others, with 30 tap lines
." explained Lawinski. The restaurant will seat around 230 guests inside and an additional 90 seats outside, with the bar offering seating for 30. In addition to pouring pints in its 400 square-foot bar with adjoining outdoor seating, the company plans to produce and distribute beer to liquor stores, restaurants and bars throughout Colorado.
Founder Mike Lawinski has wide-ranging knowledge in the restaurant and craft beer industry. He began his restaurant career with Big Red F ten years ago, and most recently was the Operations Manager for West End Tavern and Centro Latin Kitchen on Pearl Street.
Elevation Beer Comes To Front Range
Elevation Beer Company
, the new artisan brewery in Poncha Springs, is partnering with Elite Brands of Colorado to bring Elevation Beer to the Front Range. In a press release from Elevation, Co-founder and National Sales Manager Xandy Bustamante
says "Elite will allow us to get our specialty and barrel-aged beers in the hands of our fellow beer geeks across Colorado's Front Range."
The deal will start August 10th with the introduction of Elevation's Apis IV
, a Belgian Style Quadrupel brewed with Honey and Signal De Botrange
, a Chardonnay barrel-aged Farmhouse Ale. Elevation plans to release up to eight beers a year with Elite, four in their Black Series of specialty beers and four in their Double Black Series of barrel-aged beers.
Ask your favorite craft beer liquor store if they plan to bring in some Elevation beer. You'll be glad you did!
Copper Kettle Honors Aurora Shooting Victims
Copper Kettle Brewing
will honor the victims of the recent Aurora theatre shooting with the event "A Night To Remember".
From their Event Page
Join us on Thursday, August 2nd from 3-10 PM as we raise a pint in honor of Brew Club Member #28, Alex Teves who was shot and killed at the Aurora theater Friday, July 20th.
100% of beer sales will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House, per his family request. 50% of food sales will be donated as well. The Monocle Band will be out to show their respects through their music.
We will remember all of the victims that night and pay tribute to their honor and heroic measures that they took that night.
Raise a pint, raise your spirits and let's raise some money! To all of those affected by the shooting, our hearts go out to you and Alex will forever be in our hearts at Copper Kettle.
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Turns 2 Today!
Come celebrate Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
2nd anniversary today in Loveland. Two years ago they opened their doors, and to celebrate are offering buy 1 get 1 on all pints today only.
Kevin Baity Kraft Beers 1 Year Anniversary
Kevin Baity Kraft Beers in Colorado Springs has officially been pouring their keg conditioned beers for one year. And to celebrate they will be pouring two new firkins; an Amber Ale and an ESB. Make sure to stop by tomorrow, July 6th, to get a taste of the two new brews, and tell them congratulations on their anniversary. They'll be pouring from 4:00pm-9:30pm.
Also be on the lookout in the future for a new location for Kraft Beer. They're in the works to move to a more spacious location with a patio and a view.
Kevin Baity's Kraft Beer
3668 E. Bijou St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Bootstrap Brewing Opens Wednesday, 6/20/12
Leslie & Steve Kaczeus open the doors at Bootstrap Brewing
tomorrow, in Niwot.
After many years as a homebrewer (award-winning), Steve is ready to offer his beer to the public. He is assisted by Dave Mentos, previously from the Pumphouse brewery, and his wife Leslie. The beers they will be serving tomorrow are:
-1956 Golden Ale
-Backfire Chili Beer
-IPA batch #1
The pouring starts at 3pm, and will go to 8ish.
Regular hours of operation will be M-Th 3pm-8pm, F-Sun 12pm-8pm.
Check out Colorado's newest brewery in Niwot!
Bootstrap Brewing Company
6778 North 79th St
Niwot, CO 80503
Denver Beer Co. Hosts Hop Swap
Denver Beer Co
. will host the second annual neighborhood "Hop Swap". On May 31, Denver Beer Co. will hand out traditional American Cascade hop plants for Denverites to grow in their own backyards. The certified organic hop starters from Fort Collins' Summit Plant Labs
are well suited to grow in Colorado's Front Range climate.
Once the hops mature in the fall, Hop Swap participants will bring their hop harvest back to the brewery where they will be used in a true "local" brew. Hop Swap farmers will have the opportunity to help Denver Beer Co. brewers craft a traditional American Pale Ale made with their own hops.
Denver Beer Co. invites anyone with a small plot of land, vertical space, and a love of craft beer to participate in the Hop Swap.
WHERE & WHEN: Thursday May 31, 2012
5:00pm till the hops run out
Denver Beer Co.
1695 Platte St
Denver, CO 80220
350 hop plants will be handed out on a first come first served basis on May 31st.
Caution: Brewing Co. Opens Taproom Friday
This Friday, 5/18/12, Caution: Brewing Co.
will open their brand new taproom next to their existing brewery. After knocking down the wall between the brewery and the new space, Caution owners Danny Wang and Betty Fey go from being a production-only brewery to having a place to share all of their creations with their growing number of fans.
Come check them out this Friday. They will open at 4pm and go until close. Regular hours for the taproom will be Fri 5pm-9pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-6pm. Caution: Brewing is located at 12445 E. 39th Ave. in Denver.
Crabtree Brewing's New Spot In Greeley
Jeff and Stephanie Crabtree have had quite a year. Crabtree Brewing
in Greeley has been doing alright. Awards won in 2011 include a GABF gold medal
for their Berliner Weisse
, a GABF silver medal
for their oatmeal stout
, a gold medal for Syzygy Barrel-aged Black IPA
at the State Fair, Gold in the Braggot category at 2012 Mazer Cup International
, and most recently Crabtree won silver for their Menage a Trois Braggot at the 2012 World Beer Cup
...You get the idea. They're brewing some great beer.
Crabtree Brewing also took advantage of the new Mobile Canning Company
this last year to can their oatmeal stout, and their Eclipse Black IPA, as reported here on our website
. The medal winning went hand-in-hand with an increase in production, which meant trying to cram more production and storage tanks into an already tight space. As Jeff Crabtree said, "Mrs. Crabtree (Stephanie) said that either we find a new space, or we shut down the taproom". After looking at dozens of properties, the Crabtrees have found a new home for Crabtree Brewing on a 3 acre property that previously housed a natural foods store at 2961 29th St in Greeley. With 4300 square feet of office space that can be converted, 85 parking spots covered with big trees, the new Crabtree Brewing space will have a 2100 square foot tasting room. No more rubbing elbows here. A large Beer Garden is also planned under those huge trees, Honey Locusts to be exact. "It's going to be amazing", said Jeff.
Phase 1 of the big move is to relocate the tasting room to the new property. The goal is July 1st for the new tasting room to open. Phase 1B is to relocate their barrel project, Phase 2 will be the completion of all this, including moving their small packaging line, and Phase 3 will be moving the brewery itself, which probably won't be completed until the beginning of 2013.
Jeff Crabtree had several meetings with the City of Greeley who actually changed their zoning to allow Crabtree to move to their new location. Previously, a brewery in Greeley could only be in an industrial area. Jeff described city officials as finally "opening their eyes" to what is happening in the craft beer industry. "The city of Greeley saw 3 new breweries in Loveland, they saw what's happening in Fort Collins, and said "Why can't we grow this industry in Greeley? The city is coming around, finding out how to make Greeley attractive to these businesses."
So come summer, Greeley residents can look forward to a new Crabtree tasting room, with a beer garden for suds-sipping under big shade trees. Ahh, summer...
Oskar Blues Plans New Location In NC
According to a recent press release, Oskar Blues
has announced plans for a restaurant/music venue and brewery location just off the bike path to Bracken Mountain in the small downtown of Brevard, N.C
. The brewery plans to have the new live music venue and brewery up and running by December 2012. Oskar Blues Brewery is the third major craft brewery to announce plans to expand into Western North Carolina in the past year, according to a recent article in the Asheville, N.C. newspaper Citizen-Times
. They follow Sierra Nevada, which is building near the Asheville Regional Airport, and New Belgium, which is coming to Asheville's River Arts District.
Says Dale Katechis, founder of Oskar Blues, "I've left a bike in Brevard for years as we've been coming here to ride mountain bikes and check out our buddies Mountain Song Music Festival
. This place rings true with the same eclectic mountain charm that inspired Oskar Blues to put Dale's Pale Ale in a can back in the day in Lyons, CO. Brevard and Lyons share a small town main street tone mingled with live music and an energy emerging from the surrounding hills." Dale and his wife are originally from Alabama, so having a location back east is not such a stretch.
Oskar Blues, one of the fastest growing breweries in the country, sells over 35 percent of their beer east of the big muddy river, making for a great opportunity to look into a local location in that area. They have secured a contract on a 30,000 square foot brewery space along with a 6,000 square foot restaurant/music venue location in downtown Brevard. "We've looked at the options of growing our Colorado based brewing to the next level and thought the idea of opening another small, intimate restaurant and brewery on a grassroots level sounds like a lot more fun." says Dale. "With that much beer traveling east of the Mississippi it allows us to invest in another small town that shares our passions and recoup the investment as we contribute to the community and streamline our shipping costs amongst other things."
Oskar Blues has worked hard to keep that hands-on feel with small Colorado projects like their Hops & Heifers Farm, that provides homegrown beef, pork and vegetables to their restaurants, and handmade mountain bikes with REEB Cycles as the brewery & restaurants have been blessed with growth. "It's important to us to keep that trailside comradery amongst each other and the community." said Katechis.
2 Brewery Grand Openings This Weekend
Hold on to your hats, folks, the new breweries just keep coming. This weekend will see the Grand Opening of Big Choice Brewing
in Broomfield, and City Star Brewing
Big Choice owners Tyler Ruse and Nathaniel Miller are ready to bring more fresh beer to Broomfield. City Star Brewing is the brainchild of John Day and Whitney Taylor, in a building that 100 years ago was the City Star Barn Livery Stable.
We've already seen Great Storm Brewing
open in March, and Echo Brewing
opened their doors less than 2 weeks ago. And if that's not enough to wet your whistle, just a few weeks away will be Elevation Beer's Grand Opening
on May 19th in Poncha Springs. There are still more to come, so keep watching for updates. We can't give it all away just yet.
For details on the Grand Openings for Big Choice and City Star, check our Events Calendar
Renegade Brewing Expanding
Renegade Brewing Company
, located at 925 W 9th Ave in Denver, has only been in operation for 10 months, and has already seen a tremendous response to their beers. With an expectation to produce 1200 barrels of beer in their second year of operation they are well past initial business projections. To keep up with production Renegade will be increasing capacity by 65%. Hellfire Welding
, a Colorado based manufacturer will be supplying the tanks for the expansion. "We are very proud to support a Colorado based small business through our expansion", stated Brian O'Connell
, owner and head brewer of Renegade. "We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from the community and we are excited to be able to pass that on to another Colorado business".
Beer will continued to be sold through the taproom and to limited draft accounts, however, the main focus in the coming year will be on canning their beers. The first canned offering, Ryeteous
, a rye IPA, will be sold in 16 oz cans and is expected to hit shelves in early June. for more info on Renegade, see our feature story
TRVE Brewing Starts A Growler Cult
Here's a cool idea coming from TRVE Brewing Co
., one of our new Colorado breweries located on Broadway in Denver, getting ready to open soon. Owner Nick Nunns has started a "growler cult", pre-selling a limited supply of 32 oz growlers that you can be sure of always getting filled for a mere $7.00, no matter what beer you are requesting. Not only that, the first 5 fills are free! Hows that for a deal?
Nick explains further:"We have to be honest with you: our three barrel system is pretty small relative to some of the other breweries out there. It's so small that if we were to offer growler fills for everyone all the time it'd be pretty likely that we'd be unable to keep all our tap lines flowing. We're pretty sure that would be a lot less fun since we'd have less opportunites to hang out with you. As a result, for our first year we're offering a limited number of memberships to our Growler Cvlt.
By becoming a Cvlt member, you're joining an elite legion of beer lovers who will be able to get a growler fill at any time. As if this isn't pretty rad already, we're also giving you a fixed price for fills, regardless of the beer we put in there for ya. That price? $7. Yup. Ten more ounces than a bomber for a buck less than you'd pay at the liquor store. A pretty damn good deal. On top of all that, we're even gonna fill it the first five times for you for free.
If you don't become a Cvlt member, you'll still be able to get growlers filled once in a while, but it's all gonna depend on how stocked up we are.
A year long membership in the Cvlt will only run you $50. A second growler can be bought for an additional $25. We'll be selling 266 growlers total."
Sounds like a deal!
For more info, check their facebook
Echo Brewing Set To Open In Frederick
Twin brothers Dennis and Daniel Richards
are getting set to open their new brewery, Echo Brewing Co.
on Saturday, April 14th in Frederick, CO. The brothers both previously held jobs in the tech industry, and both eventually lost their jobs to outsourcing. Long time homebrewers, their job losses gave the Richards the shove they needed to turn their dream of brewing for a living into reality.
Their path led them to the mountain town of Ridgway, into the brewhouse and classroom of Tom Hennessy
, owner and brewmaster of Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery
. Tom has had a long successful career in the brewing industry, and now, besides running his "wee small pub", teaches a week-long immersion course "to prepare someone to open their own brewery and not spend a fortune". His class covers everything from brewing science to bookkeeping, to sourcing equipment and hiring staff. The brothers felt that the course really helped them pull it all together. Said Dennis "Tom has become a great mentor and friend, and we took a lot away from that course."
The brothers decided on Frederick, having grown up in the area, and really feel that it needs a brewery. "We have lots of friends and beer lovers in the Frederick- Erie - Firestone - Dacono area that are looking forward to us opening", said Dennis. "Right now there really is no local brewery close by, and you have to go to Longmont."
Daniel and Dennis have a 7 bbl system, and with a 1200 sq. ft. tasting room, there should be lots of room to relax with a brew. They plan to offer a wide range of beers, with at least 8 on tap. "Daniel and I like the hoppy beers," said Dennis, "but we plan to offer a good variety. The beers will change." This will include an ESB, an IPA, a Kolsch, Irish Red, a Munich Helles, Double Black IPA, and a Milk Stout, to name a few. They plan to focus on the taproom at first, and make sure it is well supplied. Then they are planning to be in a few local restaurants, with the possibility of canning later on.
All exciting news for the town of Frederick and beyond. So get out there, beer drinkers, and support Colorado's newest craft brewery!
Great Storm Brewing To Open In Colorado Springs
Jeff and Lynn Jacobs are ready to open the doors of Great Storm Brewing
on Saturday, March 24th in Colorado Springs. Great Storm is a small, nano-size craft brewery, the newest one to open in the Springs.
From their press release: "With eight beers on tap, ranging from a light, lemony witbier, to a hearty oatmeal-rum-raisin stout, the taproom features ales across the suds spectrum.
Brewer and co-owner Jeff Jacobs aims for what he calls "a marriage of the traditional and rebellious" with his offerings. An engineer by day and brewer, well.. later in the day, Jacobs will rotate special seasonal brews along with a daily line-up of his fresh, hand-crafted favorites.
The brewery, located on North Nevada between Austin Bluffs and Fillmore, will be a mom and pop operation run by Jacobs and his wife Lynn. The pair hope to foster a true neighborhood and community spirit in the taproom, hearkening back to pre-Prohibition days when small breweries could be found on nearly every corner."
Hours of operation will be W-Th 11am - 9pm, and F-Sat 11am-10pm. They are featuring an Opening Day Special on March 24:
$1 off pints from 6-8pm
Free pizza and munchies from 6pm with beer purchase. (While the chow lasts.)
They are conveniently located off the Templeton Gap bike trail, and offer free Wi-Fi.
Check out Colorado Springs' newest brewery! For more info call the brewery at 719-266-4200.
The brewery is located at 204 Mount View Ln #3 in Colorado Springs 80907
Pike's Peak Brewing Celebrates St. Patrick's Day
Celebrate the week of St. Patrick's Day at Pikes Peak Brewing
with their "Celtic Countdown"
, March 14: Irish Beer Mini-Festival 5p (Boulevard Irish Red, Smithwicks, Strange Irish Stout, Moylans Dragoons Irish Stout - on nitro, and McSorley's Irish Pale Ale)
, March 15: Irish Trivia 8-9p
, March 16: Leprechaun Costume Contest 8p
, March 17: St. Patrick's Day Festivities:
10am-12noon; Kegs, Eggs & Blarney Scones plus
an incredible guest bagpiper
* RSVP and $20 gets you a beautiful breakfast, glass of juice, and a souvenir glass full of your choice of beer or beermosa. Bring your glass back that night for one half price beer!
* $25 for breakfast at the door
10a Release of the new PPBC Irish Stout
5:30p-6p Irish Folk Dancers
7p-10p Live Music Saturday with West Emerson
AC Golden Brewing Co. Releases IPL
IPL is an India Pale Lager
, and AC Golden Brewing Co.
in Golden, the creator of this beer, is releasing it exclusively at Old Chicago Restaurants
throughout Colorado, according to a recent press release. Old Chicago restaurants will feature it during their St. Patrick's Day Mini Beer Tour, February 22 through March 18.
According to Glenn Knippenberg, president and co-founder of AC golden, "We felt that, even though the IPA category is crowded, there was room for a beer with the hoppy goodness of an IPA but without the fruity esters that ale yeasts create". "Using lager yeast instead of ale yeast allows the delicate hop characters to shine through as only a lager can do. Our brewers jokingly call it our hop delivery vehicle."
The result is reportedly a beer with a huge hop aroma and a long-lasting billowy head. The beer has a slight haze from being unfiltered. It is a dry and drinkable brew with a surprisingly clean finish. AC Golden's IPL contains 3.3 pounds of hops per barrel - Cascade, Centennial, Chinook and Simcoe - with one of those pounds being in the dry hop.
At 6.8% ABV and 75 IBU's, the beer certainly sounds like something worth trying. Something new for all the hop head IPA lovers to check out perhaps?
Black Bottle Will Be Newest Brewery In Fort Collins
Sean Nook is a passionate guy. And he loves to brew beer. Born and raised in Fort Collins, he will soon have the opportunity to share his passion for brewing beer with his hometown crowd. He is founder/owner of the soon to open Black Bottle Brewery
in Fort Collins.
Sean and his wife Erin really want to give Fort Collins something they feel is lacking right now. Black Bottle will brew their own beer, but he is planning on a total of 40 taps, only 12 of which will be his beer. They will offer food, but not what you would expect from a typical brewpub. "If you want a big burger and a plate of fries, don't come to us", said Sean. "Our idea is to offer small plates, tapas style. We want a community place for people to come and share some food and drink. With a tapas place, you talk, you eat, you drink, and when you leave, you are satisfied, not stuffed".
Sean wants to take that community feeling into the brewing arena as well. "For the last 7 years, all I've done is teach people to brew." He doesn't want that to stop, and plans to offer a community brewing program that he calls the "Random Hero". The object is to involve different local groups to come in and brew with him on his pilot system. "I really want to involve more people in the brewing process", he said.
And when it comes to brewing, Sean doesn't like to follow specific guidelines. Black Bottle will be different by being simple. "Yeast is the most important ingredient in beer", said Sean. "I want to show the complexity of simpler ingredients. Over the years, I have backed away from crazy." He also wants to offer something he calls "sloppy seconds", a second running of beer from the same mash. "You do your big beer, say an IPA or a stout. Then you brew back to back a second beer using the same mash, picking up all those residual sugars". It gives you more of a session beer.
So it looks like lots to look forward to from the new brewery in Fort Collins. They will be located at 1605 South College Ave. in Fort Collins. But you'll have to wait until this summer for their opening to taste what Black Bottle Brewery has to offer. As always, we will keep you posted.
Changes Brewing At BierWerks
Jeff Aragon and Brian Horton are no longer the brewers at BierWerks
in Woodland Park. Jeff told us today that they have left the brewery and are pursuing other things. "It was an ill-fated partnership" Jeff said. He also said that he and Brian brewed enough beer to last several months. BierWerks may put in some more taps to offer guest beers. We will soon let you know more about what Jeff and Brian do next.
Broomfield Gets Big Choice Brewing Co.
Tyler Ruse and Nathaniel Miller have been friends for 15 years, more or less. They both went to CU, and served in the National Guard together. The last 5 years or so, they have been "geeking out" on home brewing. Friends for many years, they decided to take their love of the brew to the next step - opening a brewery, of course. (They are from Colorado, after all).
"We decided a year ago to look into the idea of opening our own brewery. We figured, if we could find the right location, the money, if the stars aligned, we would do it". Well, apparently the stars lined up just right, because lo and behold, Big Choice Brewing
will open their doors in Broomfield on Friday, April 13th.
Tyler's background is in journalism. He currently works in book publishing, and Nathaniel's is in, you guessed it, engineering. (Are engineers genetically pre-disposed to become brewers?) Nathaniel has used those skills to "re-purpose" a used dairy tank and build their own 7 bbl brew kettle. Both Tyler and Nathaniel took Tom Hennessey's week-long immersion course up at Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery
last fall. Tom literally teaches the nuts and bolts of brewing, from the brewing process to bookkeeping and business operations, to yes, building a mash tun out of a used dairy tank.
The guys wanted to find a location close to Boulder. They both grew up in the area, and cut their craft beer teeth in Boulder microbreweries. "We felt like being located along the US 36 corridor is a good place to be", said Tyler. "We will be the first small, independent brewery in Broomfield". And that should give local beer drinkers a "Big Choice" for sure.
Check out Big Choice Brewing
at their Grand Opening, Friday, April 13th.
They are located at 7270 West 118th Place in Broomfield. You can find details on their facebook page.
River North Brewery New In Denver
The excitement of a new brewery opening never gets old to us. Jess and Matt Hess are keeping that feeling rolling in Denver, with the opening of River North Brewery
, in part of the building previously occupied by Flying Dog Brewery
on Blake Street. Matt, the brewer, has been a long-time homebrewer, is an engineer, and also holds an MBA. The couple originally hails from Kansas, and came to Colorado a few years ago because of an employment opportunity for Jess. "We are so happy to be here", said Matt. "This was always our destination, we were just looking for an excuse".
Matt has installed a 15bbl system. His fermenters are full, and the Grand Opening is set for Feb 18-19, 2012
. Regular hours will be Thurs 3pm-9pm, F-Sat 3pm-10pm, Sun 3pm-9pm. The beers they are starting out with are:
, which is a Belgian Wit.
Never a dull moment for Denver beer drinkers. The breweries just keep coming. As Matt said "We are just so excited to join the Denver craft beer scene".
Grand Lake Brewing Expands Distribution
Karen and Richard Wood are pretty excited these days. They are also very busy. Karen and Richard are the owners of Grand Lake Brewing Co.
, and the company has been picked up by CR Goodman Distributors. That means that you will soon be able to find Grand Lake beer in more stores up in the mountains, along the front range, and on the western slope.
"We're thrilled", said Karen. "Cr Goodman will make it possible for lots more folks to find our beer. Now, we just have to produce more beer, so we have upped our production".
Sounds like a good problem to have, and a common one among Colorado brewers lately. Look for Grand Lake beer to come soon to your favorite liquor store.
Holy Hops Batman! Look What Bull & Bush Is Doing Now!
Bull & Bush Pub & Brewery
in Denver is using a French Press to infuse your choice of several hops varieties into your choice of a house brew. What a cool idea! Nicely reported by Jonathan Shikes in Westword
Co-owner Erik Peterson
has named the french press the "Hop Inciter 3000". it sounds like a great way to learn more about the different characteristics of hops, and how they affect the flavor of your beer.
Breck Breaks Thru Roof to Brew More
Terry Usry with Breckenridge Brewery passes along news of expansion activities at their main brewing facility on Kalamath Street in Denver.
He tells us today:
"As phase 1 of our 2012 expansion plan, Breckenridge Brewery installed two 300-barrel fermenters (shown in picture) yesterday and one 200-barrel Brite tank today. Four more 300-barrel fermenters are coming in March.
All three new tanks were made by Paul Mueller Company in Springfield, Missouri. Each of the 2 fermenters installed yesterday is about 40 feet tall, 10 feet in diameter, and weighs about 10,000 lbs.
The four scheduled to come at the end of March should be on-line and in production in early April. We've built a new room on the south side of our brewery at 471 Kalamath Street, Denver, to accommodate the six new fermenters.
Today we installed the 200-barrel Brite tank into our filtration/packaging area. We had to lift one of our existing 100-barrel Brite tanks from this area through a hole in roof in the middle of our building in order to properly place the new Brite tank, again through the roof. We're moving the 100-barrel tank into another space in the packaging area.
This expansion, like many others going on right now at craft breweries across the US, is representative of the marvelous growth of the craft beer market. Cheers to good beer!"
Thanks, Terry. We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Keep up the good work!
Elevation Beer On Higher Ground
Elevation Beer certainly is on higher ground. At an elevation of 7465 feet, located in historic Poncha Springs, Elevation Beer Company
will soon join the group of new breweries to open in Colorado in 2012. A collaboration between 4 friends, Sheila and Xandy(Alexander) Bustamante, Carlin Walsh, and Christian Cook, the concept took shape for them over the past 2 years. "We'd get together and talk about it all the time, at a barbeque, over beers", said Xandy. "We finally got to the point where we decided to go for it".
Elevation Beer Company plans to focus on barrel-aged big beers
. The beer will be sold out of their tasting room, at bars and restaurants around Chafee and Lake counties, and in cork and caged 750ml bottles across Colorado. They're working with a 15bbl system, and plan to have 8 taps in the Tasting Room. The beers will be seasonal, and they will be released in different series. There will be a double black diamond and black diamond series, all barrel-aged, for the "expert-advanced" beer drinkers, and a blue square series, which won't be quite so extreme. They also plan to offer lots of cask beer, or what Xandy refers to as their "Firkin Fleet", because "It's what we like to drink".
There is some experience in this group. Xandy has worked on the distribution side of beer, and interned at the Brewer's Association. Carlin Walsh comes in as the General Manager, currently finishing his MBA, and Christian Cook is the brewer, spending the previous year and a half brewing at Tommyknocker Brewery in Idaho Springs. Sheila will tackle the marketing end of things. She has a marketing degree, as well as lots of experience in events promotions.
Why Poncha Springs
? Says Xandy, "Sheila and Carlin grew up in this area. We all love it here. We're on the way to Monarch, close to the Hot Springs. We wanted it to be here." The town of Poncha Springs calls itself, the "Crossroads of the Rockies", nearby to 14 mountain peaks above 14,000 feet.
The brewery is coming together quickly for Elevation Beer. They receive their equipment within the week, and will have the system installed and the first brew day on February 6th if all goes according to plan. They received their license in just 21 working days. That has to be some kind of record, and it has them all pushing harder to make it happen quickly. They hope to have the tasting room open by May, which means more lovely beer flowing in the high country.
The Town Of Fruita Gets A Brewery
The second location for Suds Brothers Brewery
is about to open in Fruita, CO. The original location, owned by Fred and Terri Martinez, is in Evanston, Wyoming. For this new location, Fred and Terri joined together with Jerry and Rochelle Tufly as partners. All 4 owners live in Fruita, and are excited to get the brewery open. "People in town are excited about it, and so are we", says Fred Martinez.
The town of Fruita itself has become popular over the last 15 to 20 years or so as a mountain bike mecca. The town of Fruita swells with people each year attending the Annual New Belgium Brewery Fruita Fat Tire Festival, and the 18 Hrs of Fruita
bike race. All that bike riding makes a person thirsty.
The brewery, at 127 E. Aspen in Fruita, was previously Boneyard Brewery, and Fruita Brewing Company before that. Still, to turn the old location into the new Suds Brothers was a lot of work. "We basically started over, gutting the place, from new floor drains on up" said Martinez, "taking longer than we expected. We have a beautiful 15 bbl brewing system." The brewer is Nate Sitteruld, the brewer for the Fruita and the Evanston location. They plan to start off with a variety of ales, from a Pale Ale to a Porter. As soon as the beer is ready, they will open their doors. They are hoping to be able to open by Superbowl Sunday. Stay tuned and we will let you know.
Avalanche Beers Begin To Flow
Take a guess where the newest brewery to open in Colorado is located. No it's not Denver, not Boulder, not Loveland, Longmont, or Colorado Springs (At least not today). No, it's Avalanche Brewing Company
in the small mountain town of Silverton, CO. Avalanche Brewing Company is the new name for the Avalanche Cafe, a coffee shop/cafe that has been in Silverton since 1992. This new reincarnation of the cafe was brought about by Austin Lashley
. Austin's parents are the current owners of the cafe. When the previous guy running the place skipped out on his lease, his parents were ready to shut the place down. When they contacted Austin, who was up in Alaska at the time, he said "I couldn't let that happen."
Austin's background is in beer. He lived in Durango and worked at Ska Brewing. He then ended up in Alaska, working at several small breweries and a brewery supply store. He loved the Avalanche Cafe, and when he decided to come back to run it, he was determined to brew beer there too. The last 10 months have been spent working to make that happen. He's had lots of help, including from Tom Hennessey
of Colorado Boy
in Ridgway who helped secure some of Austin's equipment. "Tom was looking for an old-fashioned hand pull espresso machine. We happened to have one in storage. So I took it up to Tom, hung around a few days, and took his Frankenbrew class."
Avalanche Brewing has a 7 bbl system, with 4 conditioning tanks. They released their first beer on New Years Eve, their Pride of the West Porter (named for the Silverton bar that burned last April) . Eventually they plan to have 4 to 6 beers on tap at any one time. Other beers coming up will be a belgian White-Out Wit, and Artillery Pale Ale.
When asked about Silverton Brewery located a few blocks away, Austin said "Silverton is more focused on production. We are not. We just want to brew fresh beer for the people around here. And people that we talked to seemed pretty excited to have another place to drink good beer." So now residents and visitors to Silverton will have more great craft beer to choose from. Lucky them.
Trinity Brewing is Getting Bigger
Trinity Brewing is adding more capacity to their brewing capabilities, going from a 4 barrel to a 12 barrel system. They've already added new serving tanks in anticipation of the increase of brew. And the 12 barrel system should be installed sometime in March. Owner Jason Yester already has new beers planned for the new equipment. Their Double IPA Slap Your Mammy will get it's own permanent tap handle at the bar. In the past Slap Your Mammy was only available a few times a year.
Yester will also be introducing two brand new beers to their line up. Chi Belgian Pilsner, what they're calling a 'New Lager' and Saison Man, a Belgian Saison.
They will also increase their bottle availability and distribution.
Lone Tree Brewing Opens Thursday, 12-8-11
Owners Jason Wiedmaier
and John Winter
are ready to open their doors and pour their beer. Thursday, Dec. 8th at 4pm, Lone Tree Brewing
will be the newest brewery to open in
Colorado. Jason and John first met at The Brew Hut
homebrew and wine-making supply store in Aurora, where Jason was working. John said that he came in often for "supplies and advice". The two realized over, what else, drinking some beers, that they shared a similar passion for brewing and wanted to replicate what they had each experienced in Europe, a small, family-friendly brewery where they could produce small batch diverse beers to share with the community. Hence Lone Tree Brewing was born.
According to John, the process of opening the brewery has gone relatively smoothly. "The city of Lone Tree has been absolutely stupendous" he said. "And any issues we had were due more to just an education process that needed to occur, rather than anyone trying to put up roadblocks".
Lone Tree Brewing is working with a 7 bbl system, and has a full line of beers ready to tap when they open tomorrow. The beers are:
Puddle Jumper Pale Ale
Mountain Mama Helles
Toots Full-Bodied Oatmeal Stout
Normal hours of operation will be:
M-Th: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri: 12:00 pm-10:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am-10:00 pm
Sun:11:00 am-8:00 pm
Welcome to the newest Colorado brewery!
Falcon Brewing Bids Farewell
Falcon Brewing Company
in Parker closed their doors Sept, 13, 2011, three days shy of their 3rd anniversary. Owners Jason and Gina Deese started in 2008 with partners, but Jason is in the military and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009, then transferred to Arkansas in 2010. The brewery stopped brewing their own beer for awhile, serving other draft and bottled beer. Eventually they had another brewer come in and brew beer for them, but the whole operation become too difficult to run from afar, so they closed their doors.
The Deeses wish to thank all their loyal employees and guests. To read their farewell message, click here
Moonlight Pizza Pouring Their Beer
Today at 3pm, Moonlight Pizza
in Salida started pouring their own beer. There are 2 beers available now, including the "Moon Lite", a Cream Ale that will always cost you a mere $2.50. More beers will be on tap by the weekend. Stay tuned for more details.
*11/17/11 An update on this story: We just spoke with Scott Bouldin, owner and now brewer at Moonlight Pizza. Scott has been a homebrewer for about 21/2 years, and decided to combine his passion for brewing with his passion for pizza. He has 4 beers on tap now, including an IPA, a wheat, and an amber. His goal is to have from 5 to 7 beers on tap at any one time. "We are very excited about this", said Scott. "The response to our beers so far has been tremendous."
And for all of us, it just means more good craft beer to drink in Salida. Get on out and drink some!
Avery Brewing Plans Expansion
With sales up 71% last year Avery Brewing knew it was time to start thinking about expanding from it's existing brewing site, where they have run out of space to put anymore tanks to keep up with demand. Rumors than began swirling that they may leave Boulder completely, due to the fact that the industrial zoning codes — where breweries, wineries, and distilleries are required to establish their production facilities — don't allow for the production of food and some inciting land and tax incentives from neighboring cities.
But this week Brewmaster, Matt "Truck" Thrall, told Colorado Craft Beer Radio that Avery is "under contract for land" in Boulder. They are hoping to build a 30,000 square foot brewery, 5,000 square foot restaurant, 1,500 square foot gift shop, and 36,000 square feet of office space.
Although they are still in negotiations to buy the land at 4910 and 4920 Nautilus Court, and the industrial zoning laws have yet to be overturned, they seem to have hit another hitch in the plan; a nearby day school is objecting the planned brewery. Their concerns will have to be taken into account when city planners do the site review for Avery's expansion proposal.
The city planners did recently recommend to the Boulder city council that the industrial zoning laws be amended to allow for food production.
For more on the zoning laws and the parent's concern's for students at Boulder Country Day School check out Boulder Daily Camera
Avery Brewing Company
is currently located at 5757 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder, CO.
Grand Opening For Royal Gorge Brewing
It's like coming home for brewmaster Jeff Lockhart. No, wait, it is
coming home. Jeff is back in his old digs as brewmaster of Royal Gorge Brewing
in Canon City, which was previously McClellan's brewpub that closed over a year ago. Jeff was the brewer at McClellan's, then left to oversee brewing at the new Ouray Brewery
. But his family was still in Canon City, where his wife is a teacher, so when Beth and Colby Katchmar reopened the McClellan's spot as Royal Gorge Brewing, Jeff was happy to come back and brew for them. "It's a good thing", says Jeff. "It took a long time to clear everything with the feds, but here we are."
The smell of beer brewing is present once again on Main Street in Canon City. The Katchmars, owners of Pizza Madness at 509 Main St., are excited about their new Royal Gorge Brewing Company just a few doors away. "The Brewery has great food, and we're just really excited to finally be brewing our own beer." This Thursday, November 3, is their Grand Opening
, and they will be launching their first 4 beers.
Jeff's IPA is designed around Australian Galaxy hops. "They have more of a tropical fruity, floral essence", says Jeff. "Hints of mango and passion fruit." He's using a Belgian yeast for this beer, and for quite a few of his ales. He feels like it's a good way to go with these new beers, and that the Canon City drinkers will appreciate it.
The Kolsch is an easy drinking German Blonde Ale. It's clean and crisp like a lager.
English Style Brown Ale
This brown ale is mildly bitter, and is made with the Belgian yeast also. It has lots of warm brown malt roastiness, more of a mocha character than coffee.
Rye Pale Ale
Again brewed with the Belgian yeast strain, this pale ale has lots of hop content. The style is along the lines of an American Pale Ale, very clean. The big hop flavors are supplied by Northern Brewer's hops, Magnum, and Centennial Hops. Rye is 25% of the grain bill, and provides a strong presence with a crisp, clean finish.
Jeff is also brewing up a winter seasonal ale. A big brown that he calls his Gingerbread Ale
Royal Gorge Brewing Company in Canyon City. More great beer to sample in Colorado. Such a chore.
Arvada Beer Co. Opens Their Doors
Owners Kelly and Cary Floyd couldn't be happier. After years of planning, and signing a lease on a historic building in Olde Town Arvada nearly a year ago, the Floyds are finally realizing their dream of opening Arvada Beer Co. To be sure, they have had their share of issues to overcome in opening the first craft brewery in Arvada*, but now say that they just want to focus on how good this feels. "We are excited to be part of this community in Arvada" says Kelly. "We have received tremendous support from local groups, like the Chamber of Commerce, the AEDA(Arvada Economic Development Association), and the Historical Association. We feel like it really is about all of us here in Historic Olde Town. The businesses here are really trying to establish Olde Town as a hip, family-oriented place to visit." *(To clarify, the Cheshire Cat, now Yak & Yeti was the first brewpub in Arvada. Arvada Beer is the first brewery that is not a brewpub. Brewpubs and breweries have different regulations that they must comply with under the law)
The opening of this brewery for Kelly and Cary included renovating an old historic building, on the corner of Wadsworth and Grandview, and upgrading systems to handle a brewery. This building housed, among other things, a Pool Hall in the early days, hence the name of their porter, Pool House Porter. The names of their beers all point to some historical fact about Arvada's history. Louis Ralston made the first gold discovery in Colorado in 1850. His discovery was in what is now known as Arvada, CO. Ralston's Golden Lager is their flagship beer. The beginning tap list at Arvada Beer:
An IPA on tap (soon to be called Goldline IPA)
Olde Town Brown
Ralston's Golden Ale
Pool House Porter
Mexican Lager (not yet named)
The Floyds started as homebrewers, and Kelly is one of only a handful of professional women brewers in Colorado. They have racked up quite a few awards for their beer, including several recently at the Foamfest at the Colorado State Fair. They have hired as their head brewer Dennis O'Harrow, who will do most of the brewing. Dennis won a gold medal in the Pro-Am Competition at GABF. So there is good reason to anticipate tasting some quality suds from these brewers. The hours of operation will be:
Grand Opening Friday, Oct.28, 11am-11pm
Head to Arvada this weekend, and see what Colorado's newest brewery has to offer.
Telluride Brewing Co. Celebrates
Telluride Brewing Company
opened Friday, Oct 14th, to a happy group of thirsty beer drinker's, ready to support Colorado's newest brewery. Co-owner/Brewmaster Chris Fish says "It feels really good. Finally, the construction is over, and we're getting in the groove."
Getting in the groove for co-owners Chris Fish and Tommy Thatcher means finally brewing beer. The brewery is located in Lawson Hill, about 3 miles outside of Telluride. However, the tasting room for Telluride Brewing is in The Llama restaurant at 100 West Colorado Ave. in the town of Telluride. Here they will eventually have 12 beers on tap, and you can take full advantage of The Llama's new menu, which offers everything from kicked-up burgers to sushi.
Telluride Brewing has a 15 bbl system, with a max production of 25,000 bbls per year possible. On opening day they had 2 beers, Rye # 1
, which is an American Pale Ale, and Redfish Ale
, an American-Style Red. Next, they will be dialing in Rye # 2
, which will become Bridal Veil Pale Ale
, the first beer that they plan to put into a 12 oz. can. They purchased a used manual canning line from the old Steamworks location in Broomfield, and want to go into production immediately. "The plan is to self-distribute from Montrose to Durango", said Fish. But to find their beer right now? You can purchase a pint at The Llama in Telluride, or visit the brewery to fill up a growler to go. While at the brewery, you can purchase a pint glass and they can pour you some samples. But at this time they cannot use their brewery space as a taproom because of some issues with the city of Telluride. They hope to eventually get this ironed out, so that their beer can be displayed via a "wall of taps", and customers can view the crafting process firsthand as an internal part of their brewery space. Congrats to these guys, and much success!
Monument Beer Week At Pikes Peak Brewing
The first ever Monument Beer Week
starts Monday, Oct 17 and runs through Sunday, Oct 23. This has been organized by Pikes Peak Brewing Co.
, the new brewery that opened last May in Monument, CO.
Owners Dan York and Chris Wright are going all out to provide some fun beer events, so get up to Pikes Peak Brewing and check this out:
Mon: Beer Chef Contest: Bring in your best dish made using beer for great prizes
Tues: Beer and Cheese pairing
Wed: Beer Cocktail Night with 303 Distillery and Black Forest Meadery
Thurs: Beer Academy
Fri: Mini IPA Fest - Return of the Elephant Rock IIPA, plus other great IPAs from around Colorado
Sat: Oktoberfest - Polka Band, German Food, and release of the Oktoberfest beer
Pikes Peak Brewing Supports Native Trout
The Cheyenne Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited (CMCTU)
, in partnership with Monument, CO based Pikes Peak Brewing Company, are scheduled to release Bear Creek Porter
; a craft beer brewed to promote the protection of Colorado's State Fish; the threatened Greenback Cutthroat Trout and its habitats in the Pikes Peak Region.
"We are excited to partner with Pikes Peak Brewing Company
to promote the protection of the Greenback Cutthroat Trout." Said CMCTU's President, Erik Heikkenen. "The Greenback is 1 of 4 native trout species historical found in Colorado. We're trying to raise and broaden public awareness of this threatened native species found right here in the Pikes Peak Region."
Members of the Cheyenne Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited along with the owners of the Pikes Peak Brewing Co, hiked to Bear Creek to collect a gallon of water from the trout's natural habitat. This water was added to the boil when making the beer. "Brewing this beer illustrates the connection between beer, the community, and the beautiful Colorado environment" said Chris Wright, Co-founder and brewer at the Pikes Peak Brewing Co. "Pikes Peak is honored to play a part in the protection of this native Colorado fish, and through purchasing the beer our patrons can contribute as well", said Dan York, Co-founder of the Pikes Peak Brewing Co. "As part of the proceeds from the sale of Bear Creek Porter
will be donated to help protect the Greenbacks and their habitats."
A Bear Creek Porter launch and release party is scheduled for; Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 5:00pm at the brewery's tasting room at 1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr., Monument, CO. Trout Unlimited members and the general public are all invited to the launch celebration.
Founded in 1959, Trout Unlimited is the nation's oldest and largest coldwater fisheries conservation organization, boasting over 140,000 members from coast to coast. The Cheyenne Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited, organized in 1986, strives to conserve, protect, and restore Colorado's cold-water fisheries and their watersheds. Visit www.cmctu.org to learn more about membership, volunteer opportunities and cold-water conservation.
The Pikes Peak Brewing Company is an award winning brewery and tasting room located in beautiful Monument, CO. Come out and support the native Greenback Cutthroat Trout by buying a pint or a growler of Bear Creek Porter!
Bristol Brewing Autumn Seasonals
Last week Bristol Brewing Co.
in Colorado Springs released their Octoberfest
, described as a clean, smooth and traditional German Octoberfest lager with a slightly sweet, roasty malt character and a crisp, dry finish.
Tuesday, Sept. 13th, at 5:00pm, Bristol will celebrate the release of their annual Local 5 Ale
, (brewed and bottled with the help of actual firemen)! This malty, easy-drinking ESB is part of their Community Ale series. 100% of the profits will go to the Colorado Springs Firefighters Local 5, who use the money to host the families of fallen fire fighters who visit us each September for the national Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial
services in Memorial Park. In addition to the great beer and complimentary snacks from Blue Sage Catering, the Local 5 buddies will be in the house, visiting with folks and offering free fire truck rides for families.
The Community Ales series is Bristol Brewing's way of releasing seasonal beers that also benefit local non-profit groups. They donate 100% of the profits from the featured Community Ale to that particular group that it was created for. Local 5 will be on tap soon, then look for Venetucci Pumpkin Ale
coming up, a wildly popular beer that disappears off the shelves and out of the brewery quickly. The profits from this beer go to support the Venetucci Farm, which, over the last six decades has given away literally millions of pumpkins to school children all across the Springs. Just before he died, Nick Venetucci made plans to donate the farm to the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, that it might be preserved forever as a rich community resource. And, yes, so that hundreds of children wouldn't go empty-handed each fall.
Drinking these delicious beers is a great way to support your community, as well as a lovely way to satisfy your palate. Visit Bristol Brewing and soak some up.
FCB 1 Year Anniversary at New Location
Fort Collins Brewery is celebrating their 1 Year Anniversary at their new location. The brewery moved last year into their current location at 1020 East Lincoln Ave. Here's the press release explaining all the fun:
Fort Collins Brewery is thrilled to announce our 1-year anniversary at our new location, just a stone's throw away from Old Town.
In an effort to share our excitement with you, we are throwing an anniversary party at the brewery on August 27th from 1-8pm and hope that you will bring your friends, family or just your self to help us commemorate this special occasion.
We have something to please and excite all your senses. Our LIVE local music lineup includes The Better than Bacon Brothers, Edgewater Juke, and The Breaktones jamming outside on the patio.
Wet your whistle with one of our 3 specialty beers outside on tap, including our brand new brew "For the Love of Peach"! Indulge your taste buds with scrumptious samplings from our on-site restaurant Gravity Ten Twenty, a first for Northern Colorado breweries.
Then, to help you work it all off, we'll have fun games for the whole family to enjoy.
We take pride in our past, present and future and want to share it with all of our Fort Collins friends. Come check out our unique Growler filler in action, 1 of 9 in North America, with Specials on our anniversary Siphons and fills!
Make sure to bring the kids so they can try our homemade cherry root beer, brewed specially for those under 21 or those who still like to have fun. ;)
We still can't believe it's already been 7 exciting years since we first opened our (then much smaller) doors to craft beer loving Fort Collins. While we are proud of where we've come from, we are even more excited about where the brewery is headed so please join us rain or shine for a darn good time.
For any further questions or to request additional information regarding this event please visit our website
or call Kim at 970-472-1499 ext#16
Zenia's Buddha Nuvo Review
Carol White and I recently reviewed Buddha Nuvo, a collaborative brew born from the great beer minds of Rockyard Brewing's Jim Stinson, and Trinity Brewing's Jason Yester. Colorado brewers from New Belgium, Ska, Funkwerks, Crooked Stave, AC Golden, Elk Mountain, Strange, Black Fox, Pumphouse Brewery and Rock Bottom all gathered to brew a one-of-a-kind Belgian-style saison.
I often find saisons to have too many things going on at once for me to really enjoy them. Often I find they are too over spiced for me to really enjoy drinking a whole pint. But the Buddha Nuvo is unlike any saison I have tried before. In fact, it was unlike any beer I have imbibed before. In short, this beer rocked my beer world.
The beer pours with a lovely golden sunshine color, with just the slightest bit of haze. The first sip immediately reminded me of a very dry, crisp chardonnay with just a hint of astringency and bitterness at the back of the palate. I also got aromatic hints of chardonnay in the nose, so obviously the chardonnay barrels the beer was aged in did a very fine job of imparting their goodness to the beer.
There was no alcohol burn, and hardly any alcohol taste, which made it very light and refreshing. Not a light beer, but a beer that is light. I think a lot of this comes from the mouthfeel of the beer. Instead of the often yeasty bread feel to me it was more like biting into a crisp apple. As I continued to drink I started to get more hints of the honey in the nose, but try as I might I was unable to taste or smell any pumpkin, not even a hint and for a beer made with 175 pounds of it; you'd think it would be more pronounced.
It's the carbonation of this beer that makes it most unique to me. It pours more like a sparkling wine or a hard cider than a beer. Instead of a thick foamy head, it pours a very light — almost soda-pop-like head with lots of bubbles that quickly dissipate. I wanted to put my ear to the glass to see if I could hear any fizziness as the carbonation settled out a bit, but it was too loud at the bar for that.
Buddha Nuvo had a somewhat different appearance in my glass compared to Carol's glass. Carol's beer held it's head a bit longer than mine, and hers also showed some lacing, where as mine did not hold it's head, and I had no lacing on the glass. This may have been a result of the difference in cleanliness in each of our glasses.
The question you may have now is whether or not the beer is worth it's hefty $40 price tag. I would say yes-ish. Since I split my bottle with a friend that helped a little bit with the cost. Do I have buyers regret? Absolutely not. This beer is so unique I am thrilled I had a chance to taste it. It's a bit of a splurge, but worth it to get your beer-geekiness on.
The Buddha Nuvo, not unlike Buddha himself, has brought me to enlightenment. Beer still surprises me, and probably will always surprise me, and it's these fantastically unique beers like Buddha Nuvo, that keep me coming back for more.
New Beers From New Breweries
A sampling of what awaits you from some of Colorado's newest breweries:
Renegade Brewing, Denver
Hit Me: Renegade's take on a red ale. Malty with notes of burnt sugar like and Irish red, but hopped up. Hit Me again barkeep! 5.6% ABV
Another Thrill: Love a good thrill? Well, find your next one in a beer glass. This imperial baltic porter will make your taste buds dance. 10% ABV
Sunday Morning: You'll probably want a growler of this at the ready when you grab the morning paper. American Strong Ale brewed with a healthy dose of locally roasted coffee beans. 6.8% ABV
Pateros Creek, Fort Collins
Car 21: A throwback to younger days, Car 21 is named after the locally famous Birney Safety Car Trolley that still runs in Fort Collins today. The younger brother of an ESB made with all English hops, malt and yeast, Car 21 has a sharp but spicy hop bitterness up front that finishes caramelly with toffee undertones. Enjoy this session style ale and then hop the original Car 21 for a look into Fort Collins' past! 4.5% ABV, 28 IBU, 1.047 OG,
English Best Bitter
Copper Kettle, Denver
Mexican Chocolate Stout: A rich black ale with dark roasted malt flavors blended with bittersweet chocolate, Mexican Mulato, and Guajillo chili peppers, and cinnamon. Inspired by a 500 year old Aztec recipe for Mexican hot chocolate. 7.0% ABV-50 IBU
Black IPA: A dark version of a British classic. Dark roasted grains and toffee amd bitter chocolate flavors with a medium-sweet body to balance the hop bitterness of the IPA. Dry hopped with golding hops to add a gentle British character. 7.6% ABV-68 IBU
Denver Beer Co, Denver
Saison: This Saison is brewed with Cambodian black pepper, lemon grass, and rose hips.
Lone Tree Brewing Opening Autumn 2011
Business partners John Winter and Jason Wiedmaier are preparing to launch Lone Tree Brewing Company
this fall in the Parkway Point building at 8222 Park Meadows Drive, across the street from Furniture Row in Lone Tree, Colorado.
"The Lone Tree Brewing Company mission is to create a neighborhood gathering place where everyone feels right at home," says Head Brewer and Co-owner Jason Wiedmaier. Lone Tree Brewing will provide the public with small batches of hand craft beer produced in their seven barrel brewing system, featuring six flagship beers and a couple of small batch rotating taps.
The beers will be sold on premise in a tasting room. Patrons will be able to order sample flights, allowing them to sample a variety of brews, or regular pints. The brews will also be available at a small number of local restaurants and liquor stores.
Wiedmaier, a high school German teacher whose interest in beer was heightened by a trip to Germany, is a long-time homebrewer who honed his skills working at The Brew Hut homebrew supply store in Aurora. He has won several awards in homebrew competitions over the last few years. Winter also spent a lot of time in Germany working in the aviation industry. The two met at Dry Dock Brewing. Winter has been seriously brewing for more than three years now. But, it has always been much more than a hobby for him as he took his research to new heights, completing the "Concise Course in Brewing Technology" from the Siebel Institute of Technology to further his brewing knowledge. Together, they intend to create a comfortable community atmosphere where friends will meet over a pint.
Watch for updates on the Lone Tree Brewing opening this fall.
Aspen Brewing Soon To Can
Aspen Brewing Company
is yet another example of how the craft brewing industry in Colorado is blossoming. Aspen Brewing started with 2 college buds, Duncan Clauss and Brad Veltman, getting turned on to the craft beer scene while in school at the University of Colorado in Boulder. They started as homebrewers, and both were determined after earning their degrees to move to Aspen and make Aspen Brewing Company a reality.
This they did, starting with a 7 bbl system, and as their popularity grew, realized that they couldn't keep up with demand. This last year they moved from their original location on Mill St. to East Hopkins in Aspen, and have moved their production facility to the Aspen Airport Business Center. They have moved up to a 20 bbl brewing system, and have been installing a new canning line designed by Wild Goose Engineering in Boulder, the same company that designed a line for Upslope Brewing, Eddyline, and Breckenridge/Wynkoop, among others. Aspen Brewing's canning line will be able to can approximately 1 case per minute. "We can't wait to get it up and running", said Brad Veltman, co-owner. "It's all taken longer than expected, but by this fall we will be putting out cans of This Season's Blonde Ale
and our Independence IPA
So look for Aspen Brewing's new cans up in the high country this fall, and hopefully here on the Front Range soon after.
Bristol Brewing Releases Their Belgian B6000
In honor of their 6000th batch of beer brewed, Bristol Brewing
is releasing B6000, a Belgian Dubbel. The description from Bristol: "It has a malt bill that bears a similarity to that of Laughing Lab, the beer that started it all. The yeast is a specially selected Belgian strain. We added a dark Belgian candy sugar, of the variety used virtually everywhere in Belgium, but not even available in the US until a few years ago. We brewed, as is common in the low country, in an open fermenter; the same vessel, as it happens, that Mike opened the brewery with in 1994.
So it is with both nostalgia and a vast sense of pride that we introduce the B6000, available only in 750 mL bottles, bottle conditioned, and hand corked, caged and labeled. It is, to use the Belgians' term, "digestible", meaning the mouthfeel and body are bright and fine, quaffable and not cloying or overtly alcoholic, despite its 8% ABV. The slightly spicy flavors evoke raisin, rum and caramel, and it finishes with a dry, expressive carbonation."
The beer will be released Tuesday, August 2nd in the Bristol Brewing Tasting Room at 5pm. Blue Sage Catering will provide some classic Belgian food pairings to enjoy alongside the new brew.
Colorado Mountain Brewery 1 Year Anniversary!
Come celebrate at Colorado Mountain Brewery
this weekend as they celebrate their 1 year anniversary.
Thursday: Summer Concert Series; Featuring Whiskey Tango @ 7:00PM
Friday & Saturday: All day food and drink specials!!!
Sunday: Anniversary Brown Ale $3 drafts, only 10 Gallons, get it while it lasts!!!
Denver Beer Company Ready To Pour
Charlie Berger and Patrick Crawford, owner/brewers of Denver Beer Company
are ready to open their doors and start pouring beer! The opening celebration is Friday, August 12, from 7:00pm - 11:30pm. With an exciting line-up of beers, they plan to have an official ribbon cutting ceremony at 7:00 pm, though the doors will be open at noon that day.
Charlie and Patrick have been working on converting an auto body shop along the Platte river into a new brewing space since early last winter. Their brewing equipment came from an old Hops brewery that closed in Connecticut. It's a 7 bbl system which, as Charlie says, hits the "sweet spot". "It's just big enough so that we can supply the brewery and not be struggling every day to keep beers on tap, as well as allowing us to get our beer into a few select beer bars."
These two brewers met in college, at Colgate University in New York, and connected again out here in Denver. Charlie was working in the craft beer industry, his last stint being at Wynkoop, and Patrick was a long-time homebrewer. They started brewing together, and decided the brewery was something that they needed to do. Their concept is all about having a community place for people to meet and share good beer. It will be a seasonal, constantly changing menu of brews to keep it fresh and innovative. Here's their list of beers on tap at the opening:
, Graham Cracker Porter
, Kaffir Lime Wheat
, Gear Up IPA
, Rye Twenty Five
, Confluence Pale Ale
, and Summer Stout
. When those beers run out, look for new ones to take their place. They're also serving giant German pretzels to go with that beer. All of that should be enough to get you moving to check out yet the latest new brewery to open in Denver this year. They are located at 1695 Platte St. in Denver. Soak it up beer fans!
Pikes Peak Brewing Releases Big IPA
Pikes Peak Brewing Company
in Monument has released their new Elephant Rock IPA. Described as a "massive" IPA, the hops bill lists 5 varieties of hops: Centennial, Cascade, North Brewer, Columbus, and Magnum. The IBU is 76. The flavor is big and bold, an abv of 8.8%, with notes of citrus and pine. Get on up to Monument and taste some!
New Belgium's New Winter Seasonal
New Belgium has announced that their current winter seasonal, 2 Below, will be replaced with a new seasonal beer, Snow Day.
The Winter Ale will be available from November-January.
New Belgium's Bryan Simpson says "We're looking at giving seasonals a two year run. It's such a good opportunity to develop and place new beers that we want to keep the program dynamic."
The description on the beer label reads: "With three feet of powder closing the roads, a brewery is not a bad place to get snowed in. Given the unanticipated hall pass of a snow day, our brewers decided to experiment. Hmm...what about this dark caramel roasted Midnight Wheat braced with a serious load of Styrian Goldings, Centennial and Cascade hops? Shovel it in. What a deliciously unexpected way to spend a SNOW DAY!"
6th Annual Boulder Country Brews Cruise
The wildly popular Boulder County Brews Cruise is back for round 6! Founding breweries Avery Brewing Company, Boulder Beer Company, Left Hand Brewing Company and Oskar Blues Brewery will be the stops on this year's tour. The "Perfect Six Pack Tour" cracks open on Wednesday, September 28th, one day before the start of the Great American Beer Festival at the Colorado Convention Center.
For just $60, Brews Cruisers get a seat on the bus, free samples at each stop, a light breakfast, lunch, a commemorative "Perfect Six Pack Tour" 32oz Stainless Steel Water bottle from Liberty Bottleworks and 15% off all beer and merchandise at each brewery.
The 2011 Boulder County Brews Cruise bus departs from the Colorado Convention Center (at 14th Street and Stout Street) at 8:00 AM on the morning of September 28th. The Brews Cruise returns to the Convention center around 4:00 PM.
Please contact Aly Dratch, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any additional questions.
Breckenridge Brewery is Booming
Craft beer just keeps getting bigger. Breckenridge Brewery has recently announced a growth of 39% in production for the first half of 2011. In two decades Breckenridge Brewery has gone from a 3,000-barrels-a-year brewpub to producing 30,000-barrels-a-year. They've also made recent investments in infrastructure, including an automated canning line, and two new 300-barrel fermenters, that are sure to increase their growth even more.
The press release: (source is beernews.org)
(Denver, CO) - Breckenridge Brewery of Colorado, LLC, announces momentous production growth of 39% in the first half of 2011 over the same period last year. Production of all brands is up - across main line, seasonal and small batch offerings.
Outstanding performers (based on year over year barrels through June) are:
SummerBright - up 118%
Agave Wheat - up 88%
Vanilla Porter - up 78%
Sampler Packs - up 59%
Lucky U - up 76%
471 IPA - up 67%
"We've invested more than ever in sales, production, and marketing in the last 18 months, and we're seeing real results" says Todd Usry, Brewery Director and Brewmaster. "We expanded in the northeast this year, but we're growing our existing markets as well."
"We've seen a 35% increase in sales in Denver this year...that's on top of double-digit growth in 2010," says Scott Whitley, President of Coors Distributing Company, Breckenridge's distributor for Denver, Colorado and surrounding areas. "Breckenridge will continue to grow this year, and it's well-balanced portfolio of beers positions the brewery to keep growing at a steady pace for a long, long time. We are excited to have Breckenridge in our portfolio and to represent Breckenridge's brands in its home market."
Other traditionally strong markets for the brewery, like Texas, Ohio, and Illinois, are up over 50%. Todd Thibault, Director of Marketing for the brewery, has focused the marketing strategy on organic growth as much as new market growth. 'Our recent series of short spoof commercials (found by searching "Breckenridge Brewery pokes fun" on www.youtube.com) were a ton of fun and got some attention. Those ads tied in nicely with our growing social media efforts, which are certainly contributing to our organic growth."
The L. Knife and Sons Companies distribute into Breckenridge Brewery's recently added northeast territory. "We are excited to be partnering with the Breckenridge team," says Michael Brazel, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for The L. Knife and Sons Companies. "From the outset, the level of commitment and cooperation from the brewery has been as solid as we've experienced. As a result, our retail execution and sales results have exceeded our ambitious expectations. With that said, we still feel there remain enormous opportunities ahead for continued growth."
To help manage its growth, the brewery is investing in infrastructure this summer and fall.
In partnership with Wynkoop Brewing Company, Breckenridge Brewery purchased the first automated canning line from Wild Goose Engineering of Boulder, Colorado. The new line, the first of its kind from a U.S. manufacturer, will dramatically boost the production of canned beer for both companies. Within weeks Breckenridge Brewery will begin shipping Avalanche Ale, Lucky U, and SummerBright cans in volume. On the horizon is a boost in availability of Wynkoop's Rail Yard Ale and Silverback Pale Ale in cans.
Two new 300-barrel fermenters are scheduled to be installed later this month. An additional three 300-barrel fermenters are scheduled to be installed in October. The additional capacity, along with a ramped-up 7-day-a-week brewing schedule, will add 37,500 barrels to Breckenridge Brewery's production capability.
"With these additions to our brewery, we can keep growing at an accelerated rate and still meet demand in our markets," says Usry.
Breckenridge Brewery was founded in 1990 in Breckenridge, Colorado. In the past two decades Breckenridge Brewery has grown from a small 3,000-barrels-a-year brewpub to one of the most successful craft beer and restaurant companies in the nation. It now handcrafts well over 30,000 barrels of fresh beer annually and owns and operates five brewpubs and ales houses in the state of Colorado.
Bristol Brewing's Buses at The Brewery
Bristol Brewing Co.
hosts their 4th annual Buses At The Brewery event on Saturday, July 30th, from 12pm-5pm. Join the fun as scores of vintage VW bus enthusiasts converge on the back lot of the brewery. They block it off to make room for cherry VW split window vans, live bands, food and of course, lots of cold, hand-crafted brews. It's good, clean, retro fun for the whole family!
40 Beers in 40 Days
Bull and Bush Pub & Brewery is celebrating their 40 years in business in a big way. Starting July 15 the brewery will tap a new beer everyday for the next 40 days. That's right, 40 beers in 40 days. And these won't just be any old beers, they will include rare beers from other Colorado breweries and around the world as well as a plethora from Bull and Bush . For the completely awesome looking list check out Denver off the Wagon
Identical twin brothers Dean and Dale Peterson started Bull and Bush in 1971 in the Glendale area of Denver. They quickly developed a following, and settled into the status of neighborhood pub. In 1997 the pub became a brewery with their first batch of beer brewed on New Years Day. Bull and Bush has remained a family business, now run by Dale's sons David and Erik. For the complete and fascinating history check out their website
Sweet 16 For Twisted Pine!
Happy Birthday Twisted Pine! Twisted Pine Brewing will celebrate their 16th Anniversary on July 16th from 2-7pm. And the celebration is sure to be a good one. For $25 attendees get 10 5oz beers, a commemorative anniversary mug, brats and hamburgers, live music, and a special release of Bough Breaker Barleywine.
The Bough Breaker Barleywine is Twisted Pine's special 16th anniversary beer. According to Bob Baile, brewery owner, "We've worked hard to get where we are and as we continue to grow we're able to brew and bottle more and more unique and original beers, Bough Break being the next of this series." Bough Breaker pours a deep, rich red color with aromas of citrus hops, dark fruit and light toffee. While delectable to drink the day it's bottled, Bough Breaker will only become more enchanting with aging and cellaring. The beer is hopped to 120 IBUs with Amarillo hops.
There will also be plenty of other beer to drink as the event will feature over 20 specialty beers including an array of seasonal and aged varieties. Even the grilled food will be ale-infused.
And it truly is a sweet 16 for Baile. "We've come a long way since 1995, but we will always follow the practices of community support and involvement this company was founded on. After all, it is our values, culture, staff and ingenuity in brewing that had brought us here today and will sustain us in the future. On our sweet 16, I raise a glass to these tenets and say, 'what else can I ask for?'"
Twisted Pine is located at 3201 Walnut St. Boulder, CO. Tickets are $25 an can be purchased at the Twisted Pine Ale house or online
FCB Imperial India Wheat Ale!
Fort Collins Brewery
continues their "Know Your Brewer" series with brewer Paul Nissen and an Imperial India Wheat Ale!
From the brewery -
FCB brewer Paul Nissen didn't think he would end up in Fort Collins creating unique beers for people across the country to enjoy, but plans changed as now he has created an Imperial India Wheat Ale to call his own.
The Iowa native attended the University of Iowa to pursue a degree in engineering. Paul's path changed and he found himself in Fort Collins searching for something to spark his passion and creativity. During his initial stint in Fort Collins Paul fostered his love of cooking with a newfound passion for brewing beer.
After meeting a local brewer and learning how he got into the industry, Paul dropped everything and moved to Sunderland, England in spring 2009 to attend brewer's school where he was able to fine-tune his craft. While across the pond, Paul enrolled in traditional brewing courses that offered him hands-on experience in creating balanced and unique beers.
Working in microbreweries around England offered him a once in a lifetime opportunity to gain inside knowledge about the craft beer industry while uncovering a talent for creating new and exciting beers. "I love that I get to use my creativity everyday and not be trapped behind a desk," says Paul.
The third installment in the four-part "Know Your Brewer" Incredible Hop Series, Imperial India Wheat Ale, will be available July 22nd. This cross between a double-IPA and an American wheat beer derives its unique flavor. Centennial and Cascade hops impart refreshing orange and grapefruit notes and with a Malt bill that consists of 50% wheat to create a pleasantly light body and bready flavor. The beer pours a pale gold with a slight haze and a rocky white head. The nose is bursting with North American Hops, very citrusy and slightly pungent. The flavor is very hoppy, yet still balanced. The finish is dry, with a lingering lemon bitterness.
Supplies of this brew are very limited; 22 oz bombers will be available for a limited time in select markets. Join Paul in the FCB Tap Room July 22nd for a one-on-one about beer, brewing, and beer culture. This FREE event is the third in the "Know Your Brewer" series featured in correlation with the Incredible Hop Series.
The Incredible Hop: Imperial Wheat Ale 9.6% ABV, 50 IBU, 9 SRM.
Canned Beer is Growing Taller
Ever since Dale Katechis of Oskar Blues started the canned beer revolution back in 2002 the popularity of canning craft beer has grown not only in Colorado, but across the nation. And the movement's about to get bigger, Four-ounces bigger that is.
Craft beer tallboys, sixteen-ounce cans as opposed to the standard twelve-ounce cans, will soon be arriving in a cooler near you. New Belgium Brewing is the latest brewery to announce plans to begin canning some of their beers in tallboys. They are expanding their overall canning abilities to around thirty percent of their total output with a new system that is currently under construction. Right now their canning line fills sixty cans per minute, the new system will allow for 360 cans per minute. You can find New Belgium's Fat Tire, Sunshine Wheat, and Ranger IPA beers in twelve-ounce cans right now. They say they have yet to decide which of their other beers they will can on the new system.
And you don't have to be a big brewery to put your beers in big cans. Dolores River Brewery has been canning all their beers in tallboys since January 2011. They have five beers: a Mild, Pale, ESB, Stout and DPA. The nine year old brewery limits the sales of the tallboy four-packs to the brewery and a select few retailers in Montezuma County.
In late July or early August Eddyline Restaurant and Brewery will be the next Colorado craft brewer to present their beers in tallboys. The brewery is a getting a new canning line from Wild Goose Engineering, a company based in Boulder, CO. Wild Goose has delivered canning lines to Upslope Brewing, Breckenridge Brewing and also plans to deliver one to Aspen Brewing.
The canning line at Eddlyine will fill thirty cans a minute and will eventually provide the canned beers to the Arkansas River Valley, Denver, and Colorado Springs areas.
Kevin Baity Kraft Beer Opening July 1st
Kevin Baity Kraft Beer
is set to be the newest craft brewery to open in Colorado Springs. Kevin is planning to open for business at 5pm on July 1st. His is a small operation, and will begin with limited hours. He will begin by opening Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 4pm-8pm. This opening weekend, however, he will also be open on Saturday from 5pm-10pm.
As far as beers, Kevin will start off with a porter, a wheat, a pale ale, and a light lager. He also has a lager on tap flavored with lavender flowers. There will be specialty beers released periodically. He will be filling growlers for beer to go, and kegs are also available.
All of his beers are cask conditioned, unfiltered beers.
Kevin Baity Kraft Beer
is located at 3668 E. Bijou St. in Colorado Springs. He's on the north side of the street. Turn in at the Kirby vacuum sign.
Pikes Peak Brewing Grand Opening Bash
Saturday, June 25, Pikes Peak Brewing Co. in Monument will host their Grand Opening Celebration! Open from 11am-11pm, the party goes all day, with brats on the patio, Happy Hour all day long, prizes, and live music from 7pm-10pm. For directions, check out their website
Denver's Renegade Brewing Set To Open 6/26/11
Renegade: an individual who rejects lawful or conventional behavior, according to Webster's Dictionary. Renegade Brewing
is set to open their doors this Sunday, 6/26/11 and become Denver's newest craft brewery. Located in the arts district of Denver, owners Brian and Khara O'Connell want to bring "inspired, hand-crafted ales to Denver, each with a little bit different twist". So the name Renegade makes perfect sense.
Brian and Khara are long-time homebrewers, huge craft beer lovers, who want to push the creative envelope on what craft beer can be. They describe their beers as "offensively delicious", and can't wait to open their doors to the neighborhood and share their beers.
They have brought along brewer Rick Abitbol on this journey. Rick was most recently head brewer at the Rock Bottom Brewery in Park Meadows. He's excited about the new venture, and what Renegade is bringing to the Denver craft beer scene. "I'm having a great time here" says Rick. "We're going to be brewing all kinds of beer".
They will have 8 taps to start with. Opening day they plan to have 3 house beers on tap:
- A rye IPA, crisp malt with a touch of caramel and a generous helping of rye, hops, hops and more hops. This Rye IPA is 7% ABV and 100+ IBU's.
- a crisp blonde ale coming in at 5.5% ABV
- Mexican style amber with an uncommon yeast strain for added flavor and just a hint of roasted chili peppers. 5.5% ABV.
They will also have "a few small offerings". What this means is that Renegade will run a program where they bring in homebrewers to brew their own special recipes on their 10 gallon pilot system. According to Brian, this will keep things fresh, and bring in new ideas. Besides, he points out, "In a smaller batch you can sometimes afford to do things you wouldn't necessarily do on a big 15 bbl system. You can add ingredients you might not be able to afford on a big scale and tweak the recipe in different ways." As homebrewers, that community involvement means a lot to Brian and Khara.
Brian's professional background is as a research analyst for the University of Colorado. "My background was definitely helpful in coming up with a business plan. I went at everything in a very logical and methodical way. As I kept learning, I finally decided that this is something that we could do."
Plans for Renegade Brewing's 15 bbl system include getting some draft accounts right away. Long term plans will include canning and getting their beer into liquor stores. The party starts at 2pm on Sunday afternoon, June 26th, and goes until 9pm. Their hours of operation will be:
Monday - closed
T - Th 2pm-9pm
F - Sat 2pm - 10pm
So be a Renegade, and check out Denver's newest craft brewery!
Pateros Creek Opens, Ft. Collins' Newest Brewery
Steve Jones, owner/brewer of Pateros Creek Brewing
in Fort Collins, has a big smile on his face. His brewery opened on Saturday, June 11. "It was great, down to the last minute, but great" chuckled Steve, citing a few details about last minute inspections and issues in finishing the patio in time. "We had a good crowd show on Saturday, and more people showed up on Sunday". The taproom finished, the beer brewed and flowing, Pateros Creek Brewing becomes the tenth brewery operating in Fort Collins. (We are including Crooked Stave, which brews out of Funkwerks)
It's a family affair at Pateros Creek. Steve Jones is the brewer. Bob Jones, Steve's dad, is the business manager and in charge of sales. Cathy Jones, Steve's wife, is in charge of marketing and running the taproom. Pateros Creek is said by local historians to be the original name of the Cache La Poudre River that runs through the city of Fort Collins.
Their Philosophy? "We want to create easy drinking session ales - the kind of beer you want to share with friends, sitting out on a patio on a sunny Colorado afternoon." Sounds good to us. This line-up looks to have something for everyone.
Cache La Porter
- chocolaty, easy drinking,subtle roasted balance
Old Town Ale
- light bodied, lower in hops
- A rye pale ale, the rye giving it a spicier, drier finish than other pale ales
- A raspberry & cherry ale
- a vanilla porter
Hours of operation are: Tues - Thurs 12pm-7pm, F-Sat 12pm-9pm, Sun 12pm-5pm.
So check out their nice patio, and sip some of Fort Collins' newest brews.
Del Norte Brewing Keeps Growing
Last October we wrote about brewery expansions across the state, one of which was Del Norte Brewing
. Del Norte is a Denver-based brewery that specializes in Mexican-style lagers. They started out several years ago as a small operation, and are experiencing tremendous growth. In October they were adding 10 new 20 barrel fermenters. According to co-owner Joe Fox, 3 of those will now be swapped out for 40 barrel fermenters.
Lots of beer required because they are in several new states. Del Norte beer can now be found in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas, Wyoming, and even Alaska. "It's been exciting, and we're tired", laughs Joe. "We also have a new beer coming out. It's kind of a Bohemian Pilsner derivative, a little bit darker, light amber color." The beer has yet to be named, but is available at their tasting room to sample, which is open Friday afternoons 3:30pm-7ish.
They also just had a bit of good news from the North American Brewers Awards held this last weekend. This competition is sponsored by the North American Brewer's Association in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Cinco
won gold in the Latin American Tropical Lager category, and Orale
won a bronze. These will add to the cadre of medals their beers have won so far. Joe was recently asked "How many gold medals does a beer need to win?" "I said as many as we can get-we'll take 'em."
Pikes Peak Brewing Opens In Monument
Pikes Peak Brewing Company
opened in Monument Friday, May 27th with a bang. What was supposed to be a "soft" opening soon turned into something more, as word got out in the community, and people came to check out the new spot, and sample some suds.
"It was great" said co-owner Dan York. "Lots of nice people drinking lots of great beer". Dan and his partner Chris Wright have been working on opening their brand new brewery since the end of last summer. The timing was right to get open with 4 of their beers on tap by Memorial Day weekend. They are also carrying 4 guest taps of local breweries, including BierWerks, Bristol Brewing, Rocky Mountain, and Trinity. Their Grand Opening is scheduled for June 25.
Their house beers are Devil's Head Red
, Summit House Stout
, Gold Rush
, a Belgian Golden Blonde, and America the Pale and Beautiful
, an American Pale Ale. Thursday, June 2, they will release Rocky Wheat
, and soon to be released The Brits Are Here
, a British Mild.
So stop by and visit Pikes Peak Brewing in Monument. They love the saying "Everyone needs something to believe in, and I believe I'll have another beer". Oh, the joys of living in Colorado.
Bristol Brewing Wows the Women
Pairing a wide variety of craft beer with the right foods can be a tricky endeavor. It's not as easy as saying "White wine with seafood or lighter meats, red wine with steaks or heavier pastas".
Craft beer has many characteristics of taste and smell that can hit people's palates differently. Finding the right balance between food and drink that can highlight both requires knowledge and talent.
The lucky ladies that attended the Bristol Brewing
Women's Beer and Food Pairing got to experience this first hand. In celebration of American Craft Beer Week, Bristol hosted a women's only beer and food pairing on Tuesday, May 17th. Thanks to Laura Long, Bristol's Beerocrat, and Chef/owner Gregg Soukup of Blue Sage Catering
, the dozen or so women attending were treated to a lovely evening indeed. Laura's knowledge of the subtleties of how to taste beer, how the different elements of beer hit the palate, and especially her familiarity with Bristol's lineup are wonderful. That alongside Chef Soukup's delicious cuisine made for a memorable evening.
We were served four courses, each paired with 2 to 3 of Bristol's beers. We started by tasting a sampling of Bristol's beers that are lighter on the palate, more malt up front - less hops, that wouldn't leave too much on the tongue. These included Laughing Lab
, Beehive Honey Wheat
, and a belgian wit Edge City Wit Bier
(Hadn't tried this before, light and refreshing). These were paired with a meat course that included sliced chicken breast, sausage and a lamb/beef kabob. All were served with a variety of sauces including a cranberry-chipotle sauce on the chicken and a sweet honey mustard mayo.
As we were led through the courses, Laura would talk about the beers offered, what we might notice, and were encouraged to discover what we thought worked well together. Chef Soukup added his explanations of what we were tasting and how it worked with the beer.
A ceviche course was 2nd, served with the Edge City Wit Bier
, Mass Transit Ale
and Yellow Kite Pilsner
. Delightful how the crisp clean finish of the pilsner cut through the richness of the seafood. The third course was a lovely puff pastry filled with asparagus and mushrooms that worked well with the Compass IPA
and Red Rocket Pale Ale
. Delicious chocolate cake with Smokebrush Porter
and finally rich blue cheese, cherries and candied cashews with Old No. 23 Barleywine
left us happy, to say the least.
Have we made you hungry yet? Don't miss the chance to share in a great food and beer pairing, especially if it's at Bristol Brewing! Happy American Craft Beer Week to all!
Celebrate American Craft Beer Week!
It's great to be a beer drinker in Colorado, and especially this next week! Check out our events page for lots of fun places to go, cool things to do to show your support for American Craft Beer.
New Craft Beer Eateries
In the Fort Collins area, visit Gravity Ten Twenty
, the new restaurant opening May 12 at the Fort Collins Brewery
. Their desire is to apply a real "field to fork" approach to the Northern Colorado Culinary Scene. They plan to do this by purchasing as many of their ingredients from local Colorado sources as possible.
Their mantra is fresh, local, truly inspired dishes to showcase Colorado Cuisine. They plan to feature their full line-up of beers in the restaurant, as well as wine and spirits. Hours are Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm, closed Sunday for now.
Las Oasis Latin Grill
plans to open the 1st week of June in the space previously occupied by the Boulder Draft House, at 2027 13th St. in Boulder. Owner George Hanna, previous owner of Oasis Brewery, has recruited manager Josiah Richmond and brewer Mike Kasian from the Boulder Draft House.
"The menu will be upscale Oaxacan themed, very authentic", said manager Richmond. The chef Michael Barry has been traveling back and forth to Oaxaca, sampling chiles, preparing recipes.
Brewer Mike Kasian plans to have at least 5 beers on tap, several Mexican themed lagers and ales as well as an IPA and a Pale Ale. They are also distilling their own Blue Agave, which they are very excited about. Call 303-955-7085 for more details, or check their facebook page.
And speaking of new brewpubs, Royal Gorge Brewing
has opened their doors in the space vacated by McClellan's Grill and Brewing Company in Canon City. They are currently wading through the paperwork to receive their brewing license, but until then are serving other Colorado Craft beers on tap, including beer from Bristol Brewing, Tommyknocker, and New Belgium. Their menu features a variety of sandwiches, burgers, steaks, and killer appetizers. Hours are Sun - Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-12pm.
Beer Bill Gets Big Boot in State House
In a one-sided vote, Colorado House representatives voted down House Bill 1284 yesterday, a bill that would have allowed grocery and convenience stores to sell full-strength beer in their stores.
Instead, a 46-17 vote denied Rep. Larry Liston another opportunity to advance a cause he has championed for at least three years. During discussions, he offered several amendments to curry favor with legislators opposed to his bill. After being voted down, Liston vowed that the issue was not done and that his next step may be petitioning the issue into voters' hands.
John Schroyer from the CSpgs Gazette does a nice, succinct wrap of the vote.
But for a fascinating step-by-step look at your legislature in action, be sure to check out Laura Long's blow-by-blow account on the @Bristol_Beer Twitter page.
Tim Hoover recaps the craziness in his Denver Post story (http://blogs.denverpost.com/thespot/2011/04/11/bill-to-expand-beer-sales-fizzles-in-house/27483/
There is more to come, however. Senate Bill 194 is still due for future discussion on the Senate floor. It would allow most convenience stores to sell beer above 3.2 ABV, and permit bars and restaurants to sell beer below 3.2 ABV.
C-Store Bill Advances to Colo. Senate
While the US Congress wants to defend your neighborhood craft brewer (see story below), the Colorado Legislature has loaded another barrel of the gun aimed at protecting the interests of convenience stores while shooting down those of liquor stores and craft brewers.
Colorado Senate Bill 194 passed through the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee yesterday, in a 4-2 vote, and will pass on to the next phase: discussion on the Senate floor. SB 194, sponsored by Sen. Betty Boyd, aims to rework laws that will allow c-stores less than 5000 square feet in size to sell beer above 3.2% ABW, and allow restaurants and liquor stores to sell beer below 3.2% ABW.
Similarly-focused Colorado House Bill 1194, which includes grocery stores in the mix, too, passed through committee last week and will be heard by the full House, but exactly when is still uncertain.
Both bills, interestingly, share the same title, "Concerning the regulation of alchohol beverages", and if either one is passed will benefit one business (c-stores/grocers) at the expense of others (liquor store and brewery owners).
It is notable that the two bills in Colorado's Legislature that threaten to blow holes in the guts of Colorado brewers and beer lovers, are in stark contrast to the two US Congress bills that help both brewers and consumers.
Support your local brewer, for God's sake, and tell your elected officials: Stop punishing beer makers and beer drinkers, and get back to real work!
U.S. Senate Bill Would Help Small Brewers
Bill S.534 proposed in the U.S. Senate by Senators John Kerry(D-Mass) and Mike Crado(R-Idaho) would reduce the small brewer tax rate on the first 60,000 barrels by 50 percent(from $7.00 to $3.50 per barrel). It would also institute a new rate of $16.00/barrel on beer production above 60,000 barrels up to 2 million barrels. This announcement came from the Brewer's Association
today, the not-for-profit trade group that represents the majority of U.S. breweries.
In a statement, Senator Kerry stated that"Small brewers have been growing and creating jobs ever since the craft beer revolution began. Today there are over 40 small breweries in Massachusetts and 1,700 across the country, and this bill will help ensure that these small businesses keep people on the payroll and create jobs even during tight economic times."
The House has a similar companion bill, H.R. 1236, The Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act, that would also enact a graduated excise tax rate for small brewers. Check out the full press release
for more information.
Hick's Got Some 'Splaining To Do
We all know that politics can be very ugly, and bring out the worst in people. Throw alcohol into the mix, and who knows where things might lead.
The Denver Post reports today
(nice job, Tim) that e-mails they have poured over between newly-elected Colorado Governor (and former Wynkoop brewer) John Hickenlooper's staff and brewing industry reps seem a bit - well, unseemly.
Of course, we, too are shocked - SHOCKED - that politics is being conducted, right here in this very state. Immediately someone will wonder if there's something going on here.
There is. It's called Good Government, where elected officials communicate with their staffs, the regulators who enforce laws, legislators who make the laws, and the rest of us who must live with the consequences.
It's also called Participation, where those who are most affected by ill-conceived laws get to stand up and have a voice. The c-store and grocery store lobby behind the SB83/HB1284/SB194 efforts will continue to characterize all this as "interventionist" and "croneyism", but only because the end result hasn't been to their liking (yet).
Special-interest meddling aimed at punishing brewers and consumers is just wrong. Lots of people spent time trying to make sense of the regs cooked up in response to SB83, and the e-mails are an interesting look at the way government operates to make poorly-crafted laws actually work. It turned out the best solution was to forget them, move on and free up time to do MORE IMPORTANT WORK.
Sure, Hick used to be a brewer. So what? He was a founder at Wynkoop Brewing in LoDo, long before he was elected Denver Mayor and then Colorado Governor. Hickenlooper sold his brewery business interests before he became mayor, and has had no say in their operations for at least 8 years. He used his experience and business knowledge to improve government.
What's wrong with doing the right thing, huh?
UPDATE: Beer Bill Heads to House
Proposed regulations that would allow grocery and convenience stores in Colorado to sell full-strength beer passed through committee hearings yesterday, paving the way for debate soon on the floor of the Colorado House chamber.
The House Economic and Business Development committee heard testimony for seven hours on the issue before voting 7-6 to forward the bill, with new amendments, on to the legislature for further consideration.
Dozens of people spoke out in favor of and opposed to the bill. HB1284 would eliminate the regulatory distinctions between fermented malt beverages and malt liquor. 3.2 beer would be swept away, and replaced with 'real beer', ushering in (according to the bill's sponsor and chief cheerleader, Rep. Larry Liston) a new age in "customer convenience".
It's no surprise that the convenience stores and grocers support the bill. They've been squawking that they were losing sales to Colorado liquor stores since July 2008, when laws were changed to allow Sunday liquor sales.
But Tim Hoover of The Denver Post reports in an excellent article
that support from other groups was surprising, including grocery store workers and UFCW7 who say the new regs will mean job security and growth for their ranks.
Opposition to the proposed changes is coming from Colorado craft brewers and liquor store owners, who will see sales lost to big-beer producers and out-of-state corporations if the law passes.
Liston tacked on two amendments to his bill in an apparent effort to appease liquor store owners and further muddy the regs: one provision allowing them to sell some non-perishable food items, and another add-on that would permit ownership of multiple liquor stores, less than 5000 square feet in size.
This will be first time that a significant change to state liquor and beer codes will be debated by the full House assembly, and passage is far from certain. You can read more here about the story
, and we will keep you posted on this developing and important issue.
Legislature Targets 3.2 Beer - AGAIN!
Larry Liston, Colorado State legislator from Colorado Springs, just can't quit. After numerous unsuccessful attempts in the past three years to change Colorado's beer laws, he's trying again.
He's introduced a new late-session bill that reportedly will eliminate the distinction between 3.2 beer and "full-strength" beers in state liquor codes, and allow a licensed beer seller to choose what kind of beer it would like to sell to consumers.
Rep. Liston sure does get involved a lot in beer laws, especially for a guy who doesn't drink. He co-authored an alcohol-strength certification amendment to another bill last year - SB 83 - that was recently shot down by Department of Revenue Director Roxy Huber, who issued an emergency order repealing it on March 4. Ed Sealover does a great job explaining this complicated story in the Denver Business Journal
But it will undoubtedly get more interesting, as Tim Hoover of the Denver Post reports
that another potential change to beer laws may be presented to the legislature by Sen. Betty Boyd, who is considering a bill in addition to Rep Liston's proposal.
We"re working on a longer story about all this - stay tuned.
RMMS 2011: In Case You Missed It
Attending the Rocky Mountain Microbrewing Symposium is like immersing yourself for a day into the world of beer. This was the 16th year for the symposium that is given at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. The symposium brings leaders in the brewing industry together to discuss various topics that are important to brewers. It's attended by brewers in the Rocky Mountain region, professional as well as home brewers. Oh, and did I mention beer? More on that later.
The Rocky Mountain Microbrewing Symposium was founded by the Center for Biotechnology & Bioinformatics at UCCS, which is a non-profit designed to spur commercial development of biotechnology and biomedical technology. It was founded by Dr. James Matoon, a professor of Microbiology and Genetics, who taught and lectured around the world, ending up teaching and retiring here at UCCS. He passed away this last year on Christmas Eve, 2010. A moment of silence was held at the beginning of the symposium in his honor. Dr. Matoon was instrumental in pushing forward research in yeast genetics and fermentation science.
There were 121 participants this year, ready to listen and learn, and of course, taste some beer.
The first to speak was Bryan Pearson from the Brewing Science Institute. He gave a presentation on Lager Yeast and Fermentation. Since lagers have different requirements than ales, he touched on some of the specifics, including how lager yeast grows, temperature requirements for fermentation, how to use Krausening. (Krausening?)
Steve Breezely, Production Manager for Avery Brewing Company, was up next. Steve explained the Avery philosophy, "We can make it all", and the idea that, as with the growing popularity of IPA's, "The drinkers were there, they just didn't know it yet". Brew it, and they will drink. Avery Brewing is known for brewing big beers, pushing the limits with experimentation, barrel aging, and ABV's. They don't believe a brewery needs to limit themselves to one style. We got to taste some Avery beers, including The Beast, a Belgian Grand Cru coming in at 14.9% ABV that had some deep complex flavors. Well rounded and delicious, it reminded me of sipping an aged port. Also we tasted Dihos Dactylon, soon to be released, that is a Barrel-aged Sour aged in Cabernet Sauvignon Barrels. As Breezely said "I want to have that diversity in our beers". Yum.
Next Dr. Frank Stonaker from CSU's Hopyard project spoke to us about what's happening with hop production in Colorado, and its future. In 2004, CSU planted 14 varieties of hops at research centers near Ft. Collins and near Hotchkiss. There were many varieties that did well, which is good for local microbreweries that want to use Colorado grown hops. There is a strong market here for "local" and "organic", which should continue to push the cultivation of hops in our state, despite some initial high costs of getting a hops farm started.
After lunch and beer sampling, the Keynote Speaker address was given by John Bryant, President of Oskar Blues Brewery. He talked about sustainability in the craft beer industry, and how important the independence of Colorado craft breweries is. John spoke about his career in the brewing industry in the Pacific Northwest, and his experience time after time with a brewery growing bigger, losing focus, and "losing their passion". He discussed their efforts at Oskar Blues to create a sustainable business by focusing on 3 things: 1) People 2) Beer 3) Family. He discussed the importance of keeping your passion alive and having a clear strategic plan. Oh, and did I mention drinking beer?
Chad Yakobson, owner/brewer of Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project in Denver spoke next. Let's just say that this man knows his yeast. First studying wine-making in New Zealand, Chad switched his focus to brewing, and completed a master thesis on the characteristics of Brettanomyces and their use in brewing. Now, for those of you who don't know, Brettanomyces are a variety of yeasts known for their role in production of lambic and sour ales, and are used increasingly in the craft beer industry. Chad reported on his research with this yeast and different methods used. Enough said. Mostly because I can hardly pronounce anything else from his talk.
After a much appreciated beer break, we got to listen to Tom Hennessy, a well respected figure in the craft beer world. Tom is the current owner of Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery in Ridgway. He started out as the founder of the Il Vicino chain and went on to open Palisade Brewery, before opening Colorado Boy. He discussed his Frankenbrew system, which details how to put together a brewing system for under $20,000, and his easy to follow steps to opening a brewery on a budget.
We also got to hear from Bob Wall of Colorado Malting Company. Bob and his partners built their own equipment and started malting their barley in 2008. A cool story of starting small and building what they needed. "We didn't need engineers because we had farmers".
Finally, Randy Flores who started San Juan Hop Farms talked about his recent efforts in representing various Colorado hop farms, and trying to get their hops directly into the craft brewers' hands. The GABF may have a separate entry this year for a Fresh Hops beer.
Enjoying the camaraderie, making connections, discussing common concerns, and just having a hell of a good time are all good reasons to attend RMMS. Oh, and did I mention the beer?
White House Serves Homebrew For Superbowl
The White House served up their own homebrew, as one of the beers offered for their Superbowl party, according to Obama Foodarama
, a blog of record about White House food initiatives. The beer, White House Honey Ale, was brewed by one of the White House chefs on homebrew equipment purchased by the Obamas. The ale reportedly used 1 lb. of honey from the White House bee hive, which is located next to Mrs. Obama's South Lawn kitchen garden.
Other beer served was ordered in from Hinterland Brewery of Green Bay, Wisconsin: their Pale Ale, Amber Ale, and Luna Stout. Pennsylvania also contributed, with beer from Yuengling Brewery in Pottsville, PA, the oldest brewery in the country. Scott Smith, owner of East End Brewing Company in Pittsburgh really wanted his beers to be served at the White House Superbowl shindig. He started a media campaign through Twitter and Facebook, trying to get the White House to bring in his beer. He went so far as to enlist the help of invitee PA senator Bob Casey to bring along some growlers to the White House, but the senator declined, citing White House security measures for liquids that come into the White House.
Its nice to know that there is an awareness in the White House about homebrewing, and that they bothered to bring in regional beers from both states represented in the Superbowl. It makes you wonder what beer would have been brought in if the Broncos had been in the game. So many choices...