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The Denver Christkindl Market
- September 03, 2014 -
Something for Everyone!

The Christkindl Market includes vendors from Germany and other countries, as well as local artisans, offering high-quality, handcrafted gifts such as traditional hand-carved wooden figurines, handmade candles and ornaments. Traditional German food will tempt your taste buds.

Sip on warm Glühwein (hot spiced wine) as well as Paulaner beer as you listen to traditional Christmas carols and live German music. Entry is free and the entire family is invited to enjoy this great tradition!

It takes place 21 Nov through 23 Dec, Sun - Thu 11am - 7pm, Fri/Sat 11am - 9pm

See different events and activities on their website
Firefighter Appreciation Week 2014
- August 19, 2014 -
Straight from their website

In 2014 Firefighter Appreciation Week will be observed in Colorado from August 17th – 23rd. Coloradans from across the state will celebrate firefighters and their families who support and sustain them during the week long tribute which will once again culminate with thousands of residents showing up to participate in the family friendly Fight Fire With Beer Festival which will take place on Saturday, August 23rd at Sculpture Park in downtown Denver. At the festival, Governor John Hickenlooper will award the winners of the prestigious Fight Fire With Beer - Governor's Cup competition.

In response to the success of Firefighter Appreciation Week which was created in Colorado, efforts are now underway to draft legislation to create National Firefighter Appreciation Week in the United States.

See different events and activities on their website
Win a free trip to the Great American Beer Festival!
- August 11, 2014 -
What could be better than sampling among more than 3,000 beers from over 700 breweries over three days? How about doing it for free?!

Every year thousands of thirsty homebrewers and craft beer enthusiasts descend upon Denver, Colo. to sample the largest selection of commercial beer in the world at the Great American Beer Festival ® (GABF). It's a chance to try beer that isn't distributed in your neighborhood, to run into your favorite pro brewers and to talk beer with a few thousand of your closest friends.

This year, we want to send you and a guest on one heckuva trip to the GABF!

How to Enter

Entering is as easy as being an AHA member! Here are the details:

Join the AHA or renew your membership between August 1 – August 31
Use coupon code GABF14 when checking out to enter into the random drawing
AHA Lifetime Members are automatically entered

About the Prize Package

The lucky AHA member who wins will receive:

Two tickets to each session of the 2014 GABF
Airfare (reimbursable up to $700)
Hotel stay for two for three nights


Check their website
GABF 2014 Opportunity
- August 01, 2014 -
It Happened Again! But Do Not Worry!

The Great American Beer Festival general admission tickets when on sale on July 30, 2014 at 10am MDT. By 10:32:05 there were no tickets left. Although it was not as quick as last year's 18 minutes and change, it was still really fast. The technology world was fast at work for the craft beer folks to purchase their tickets.

If you did not get the opportunity to snag your own tickets do not worry. Keep checking Beer Drinker's Guide to Colorado for your chance to win your own!

The Great American Beer Festival is a three-day annual event hosted by the Brewers Association, held in Denver, Colorado, in mid to late September or early October. This year it is October October 2-4, 2014. There will be over 700 breweries with 130 from Colorado

Check back frequently on our website
Fermentations is Moving in Colorado Springs
- July 31, 2014 -
They are moving but not far!

Change is good! Fermentations is moving to a new, larger location. Beginning August 1, 2014 their new store will be at Vickers and Academy. Their phone number, email address and website address will remain the same.

Stop by 5765 North Academy in Colorado Springs and check out their bigger area.

Fermentations is a home winemaking center, offering ingredients, wine & beer kits, supplies and equipment for novice and experienced home winemakers and homebrewers. They also offer soft drink supplies.

In addition to offering retail sales, they will teach you how to make wine & beer you can share with others with pride. They began their winemaking hobby as a social event for couples, and have continued to enjoy creating exceptional wines with their friends.

They have the best selection of winemaking kits in Colorado Springs with over 130 types of wine ingredient kits to choose from, including a full range of Winexpert Eclipse Series kits.

For the full details, visit their website
You Do Not Want to Miss These Dates
- July 22, 2014 -
Do Not Miss Out on This!

The Great American Beer Festival is approaching quickly. Tickets for the event go just as fast! Last year the tickets sold out in 20 minutes. Save the dates are in and here they are!

Tickets for the members only of American Homebrewers Association and the Brewers Association go on sale at 10am MDT on July 29, 2014.

General Admission tickets go on sale July 30, 2014 at 10am MDT

If you would like to get your tickets on July 29, 2014 you can join the American Homebrewers Association by July 20, 2014 at 12am.

The GABF will take place at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver October 2-4, 2014.

The Great American Beer Festival is the premier U.S. beer festival and competition.

Each year, GABF represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served, in a public tasting event plus a private competition. GABF brings together the brewers and diverse beers that make the U.S. the world's greatest brewing nation.

GABF was founded in 1982, and has been growing and evolving along with the American craft brewing industry ever since.

For the full details, visit their website
Great American Beer Festival
- July 11, 2014 -
Do Not Miss Out on This!

The Great American Beer Festival is approaching quickly. Tickets for the event go just as fast! Last year the tickets sold out in 20 minutes. Save the dates are in and here they are!

Tickets for the members only of American Homebrewers Association and the Brewers Association go on sale at 10am MDT on July 29, 2014.

General Admission tickets go on sale July 30, 2014 at 10am MDT

If you would like to get your tickets on July 29, 2014 you can join the American Homebrewers Association by July 20, 2014 at 12am.

The GABF will take place at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver October 2-4, 2014.

The Great American Beer Festival is the premier U.S. beer festival and competition.

Each year, GABF represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served, in a public tasting event plus a private competition. GABF brings together the brewers and diverse beers that make the U.S. the world's greatest brewing nation.

GABF was founded in 1982, and has been growing and evolving along with the American craft brewing industry ever since.

For the full details, visit their website
A Re-Imagined Broadmoor West
- May 16, 2014 -
Don't Miss Out on the New Broadmoor West!

Broadmoor owner Philip Anschutz's wife Nancy will christen a re-imagined Broadmoor West with the crack of a champagne bottle, much like the way Julie Penrose did when her husband Spencer Penrose opened the resort's main building in 1918.

What do the words taste, tower, retreat and play all have in common? The Broadmoore-West is the answer.

Broadmoor West welcomes a brand new Adam D. Tihany-designed Italian restaurant. Set on the western edge of Cheyenne Lake, Ristorante del Lago will serve authentic regional Italian cuisine alongside a robust Italian wine list.

They added three stories with a total of 31 guest rooms, including four penthouse suites. Each one its own reason to explore and stay in the new Broadmoor West.

They redesigned and expanded the guest rooms with all-new, five-fixture marble baths and an updated look reflecting their signature Broadmoor luxury and comfort.

PLAY AT THE BROADMOOR is their new restaurant with activity center now open on the lobby level. Complete with dining and a six-lane bowling alley, it's perfect for a family fun night out or some friendly colleague competition.

Broadmoor West

Full Article
FDA and Spent Grain from Brewers
- May 13, 2014 -
From Brewbound

Recent press releases discuss the FDA and the spent grain that comes from after the brewers are done brewing their beer. It has been donated or sold for hundreds of years and now the FDA is raising concerns.

Following is some text of the letter that Senators Collins and King, along with a bipartisan group of eleven of their colleagues, sent to the FDA.

We recognize the importance of food safety, but ask that the agency consider the economic effect of its effort to include so-called "spent grains" produced by brewers within the scope of the rule.

During the process of making beer, brewers heat grains to extract sugars, proteins, and other nutrients. These spent grains are a byproduct of this process and serve no useful purpose for the brewer. Since at least the Middle Ages, brewers have donated or sold (often for very little money) these spent grains to farmers, who may use them as feed for livestock. A recent study indicates that nearly 90 percent of spent grains produced by craft brewers is used for animal feed.

The Proposed Rule would effectively end this centuries-old practice. The cost of compliance with the rule would effectively prohibit brewers from providing spent grains to farmers for animal feed. These include costs to identify potential food safety hazards, estimate how likely they are to occur, predict how severe the effects would be, identify and implement preventative controls, monitor spent grains for any hazards, and develop a written recall plan. Inevitably, limiting a source of free, or nearly free, animal feed will mean additional costs for the farmers who use spent grains.


Rep. Carol Shea-Porter

"Local breweries, distilleries, and farmers around our district and around the country have engaged in this mutually beneficial relationship for hundreds of years," Shea-Porter said in a statement. "Even President George Washington saw the benefits of feeding nutritious spent grains to his own livestock, providing Mount Vernon with feed for 150 pigs and 30 cows. It's imperative that the FDA's rules remain focused in their scope, and do not attempt to solve food safety problems that do not exist."

Below are the full articles and locations to read more. Everyone should be kept up to speed with what is going on with the FDA and spent grain from breweries.

Sens. Collins, King full article

Rep. Carol Shea-Porter article

FDA to Revise Spent Grain Proposal
Bacon & Brews Fest Needs Your Help
- May 12, 2014 -
Bacon & Brews Fest 2014 needs a location in August

They desperately need help on finding a privately owned place to host our 2014 Bacon and Brews Fest this year. It will be the 6th or 16th of August. It is a benefit for Craig s Hospital and an annual event.

The location needs to be in the Denver area. It can be any type of business, as long as they can pack in 300 or so people. There will be a few bands, local craft brews and bacon.

If you are able to help or have any questions please call Maria @ 303-325-4707

Last Years Event
1st Ever Colorado Springs Craft Week
- April 24, 2014 -
A week of events throughout Colorado Springs celebrating our many local craft businesses

From tap takeovers to festivals and dinners, Colorado Springs Craft Week is going to be off the charts with beer, coffee, food and more! There will be pairings, opening parties and closing parties for the week, and you do not want to miss any of it.

If you can not make it to an event everyday that is okay, try a day or two or an event or three. Show support to the crafters in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region.

There will be different events every day from April 26, 2014 to May 4, 2014. There are also preweek events starting Thursday April 24, 2014 and Friday April 25, 2014.

Some events may require a ticket to be purchased so make sure you check out the list of all the events so you do not miss out. This way you can plan your schedule for the week.

Focus on the Beer also had a summary of some events you do not want to miss out on.
2014 Craft Brewers Conference Commemorative Beer
- April 04, 2014 -
Centennial Pale Ale Commemorative Beer

Straight from the Colorado Brewers Guild

The 2014 CBC Commemorative Beer is an innovative collaborative project involving 145 Colorado Brewers Guild member brewers. For months, Colorado brewers have been developing dozens of ideas for this special brew. The official 2014 CBC beer will be called Centennial Pale Ale in connection with Colorado being known as the Centennial State.

The Centennial Pale Ale is the first American craft beer to use the Ball Corporation's new Dynamark™ Variable Printing Technology. The variable print technology will create a collection of cans that will spell "CBC Colorado 2014" when aligned with the full collection of cans available to CBC attendees. In addition to the Dynamark™ Variable Printing Technology the Centennial Pale Ale demonstrates the innovative nature of Colorado's craft beer culture by being the first ever CBC collaboration beer to be packaged in a can, a 19.2 oz. single serve can that was introduced to the US market in 2013.

Centennial Pale Ale:

- Colorado is known as the Centennial State.
- First ever CBC Collaboration brew with 100% ingredients from the host state. Brewed with Colorado ingredients including Colorado grown Centennial Hops.
- The Centennial Pale Ale demonstrates the innovative nature of Colorado's craft beer culture by being the first ever CBC collaboration beer to be packaged in a can.
- The beer will be packaged in 19.2 ounce single serve cans, first introduced in 2013 by Ball Corporation.
- The Centennial Pale Ale will be the first American craft beer to use the Ball Corporation's new Dynamark™ Variable Printing Technology.
- Centennial Pale Ale was brewed and canned at Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont, Colorado on Monday, February 24 @ 10:00 am.

Sponsors and Partners:

Beer Ingredients: All ingredients and supplies were donated by the following companies:

Colorado Malting Company – Malt
Colorado Hop Yard – Hops
Rising Sun Hop Farms – Hops
High Wire Hops – Hops
Todd Hopps – Hops
Oskar Blues Hops and Heifers Farm – Hops
New Belgium Brewing – Hops
The Brewing Science Institute - Yeast
Ball Corporation – 19.2 ounce cans and Dynamark™ Variable Printing Technology
Oskar Blues Brewery – Host Brewery
Strange Brewery – Brewed test batches on pilot system

Find Centennial Pale Ale During the Craft Brewers Conference Week in Denver:

Wednesday April 9th - Star Bar – CANARCHY
Friday April 11th – Fresh Craft – Extrava CANza
Saturday April 12th – Star Bar - CBC Encore

On Draft & Cans at:

Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Taproom
Falling Rock Taphouse
Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House
Hyatt Regency

All 145 Colorado Brewers Guild member brewers were invited to the brew day on February 24th, 2014 at Oskar Blues Brewery.


Check out the story.

Check out the the conference
Don't Miss What Regis University is Brewing Up!
- April 02, 2014 -
Regis University is going to offer a Certificate in Applied Craft Brewing

Straight from Denver Post First Drafts, Eric Gorski, and Regis University

Already one of the nation's leaders in the number of craft breweries and breweries per capita, Colorado is taking steps toward becoming an important center for educating the people who tend the tanks and balance the books.

Regis University in Denver will announce Wednesday the launch of the region's first certificate in applied craft brewing, offering adult learners a chance to learn the science and business of brewing in a nine-month program of night courses at the north Denver campus starting this fall.


Check out the story.

Check out the prerequisite courses
Governor's Mansion will debut a craft-beer draft system
- March 21, 2014 -
John Hickenlooper will debut a craft-beer draft system at the Governor's Mansion.

Straight from Denver Westword Blogs

The Governor has done it again! Rotating tap handles in the parlor and a possible small test brewery in the basement.

The Colorado Governor's Mansion has seen its share of keggers over the decades, thanks to the learning experiences and youthful indiscretions of several gubernatorial offspring.

But the 106-year-old-mansion hasn't had its own draft-beer system -- until now.

Tonight, during a private party feting the state's $826 million craft-brewing industry, Governor John Hickenlooper will unveil the mansion's new three-handle bar -- located in the parlor on the first floor -- which will serve a rotating selection of craft beers


Check out the story.
Bed, Breakfast + Beer
- March 11, 2014 -
Purple Mountain Bed & Breakfast offers a unique idea!

Daily Craft Beer Tastings are offered complementary for guests of the Purple Mountain Bed & Breakfast + Studio Day Spa in Crested Butte, Colorado. Each day, the B&B offers a tasting hour to share craft beers from all over Colorado. Each month one, or two, microbreweries are featured.

Left Hand Brewing Company will be the featured microbrewery from March 1- April 15, 2014 every afternoon complimentary to Purple Mountain guests.

Owner, Christopher Haver, has a passion for brewing beer and discovering the ever-expanding market of craft breweries with our clientele. In addition to the Left Hand beer of the day, Purple Mountain Bed & Breakfast will be offering two additional Colorado craft beers on tap, as we feel it is the perfect way to unwind and enjoy the balance of any afternoon.

Check out the link to get more information and book your BB+B!
Green Man Taproom and Beer Garden Opens!
- February 28, 2014 -
VIP/Green Man Founders Soft Open is on Friday February 28, 2014. Come and join the new taphouse that is located at 320 S. Weber St., Colorado Springs for their VIP and Green Man Founders Soft Open. They are going to have a ton of beers for you to try out and enjoy!

Not sure what a Green Man Founder is? Check out their website to obtain more information.

Not a Green Man Founder? Well that is okay because they are still taking applications for Founder! Visit this link to become a Founder.

The General Public Soft Open is Saturday March 1, 2014.

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