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Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines 15th Anniversary Saturday January 10th 2015

 

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Sometimes you have to pinch yourself and say your dreaming! Well, this was another one of those times where we found ourselves with our 4th invite to Big Beers in Vail! Yep, Laura Lodge was kind enough to have us back for 3 days of crazy fun. If you’ve never been to Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines – we suggest you put it on your bucket list. From educational seminars to insanely thought out beer dinners to a grand tasting that is TRULY grand. Big Beers has it all! Throw in the Vail Casade for lodging and the beauty of Vail Valley and you get blown away. Laura and Bill Lodge took great care again and invited us to the Epic/Sam Adams Beer Dinner. We also did Beer Yoga, skied, sat in the bar and met countless beer heroes. It gets better every year! We just wish we were able to take more and better photos.

Thibault and Stacy sat in for the show and we talked to a ton of people. In hour caught up with New Belgium Brewing‘s Brewmaster Peter Bouckaert and Sensory Specialist Lauren Salazar, John Carlson of the Colorado Brewers Guild, Dogfish Head‘s Sam Galagione, and Ska Brewing‘s co-owner and founder Dave Thibodeau.

In hour two we led off with Boston Beer Company Brewmaster Jennifer Glanville. We then caught up with Renegade Brewing‘s Laura Vande Zande, Caution Brewing‘s Danny and Betty Wang and Epic Brewing‘s head brewer Jordan Schupbach.

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Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcasts: December 27 2014 and January 3 2015

 Saturday January 3, 2015 Spruce Tap House, Mockery Brewing and Black Shirt Brewing

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Nicol Winkler sat in with Turk in studio today! Packed show as usual! We started off with Luke and Danielle Harrison of Satellite Bar and their newly opened spot at 24th and Blake called the Spruce Tap House. He’s rocking some amazing smoked meats and craft beer at Spruce Tap House. We then were joined by Zach and Rachel Rabun from Mockery Brewing at 35th and Delgany. They have some really amazing beers including an Oaked Southern Hemisphere Black Pale Ale. In hour two we were joined by Branden Miller of Black Shirt Brewing Company and Gabriel Dohrn of Denver Film Company and Now Playing which airs on Colorado Public Television. These two have melted craft beer and great local music into one sweet concept. We also checked in with Breckenridge Brewery‘s Todd Thibault.

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Saturday December 27, 2014 Arvada Beer Company

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We closed out the year at our home away-from-home Arvada Beer Company. Cary and Kelly Floyd sat in the whole show as did Todd Thibault. We talked about all their malty winter brews available now, their mug club membership and much more. We were also joined by Odyssey Beerwerks‘ Chris Hill, Very Nice Brewing‘s Jeffrey Green, and the Brewer’s Association‘s Tommy Cunningham. We can’t thank the Floyds and their staff enough for the support through the years!

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Colorado Craft Beer Show Podcasts December 6th, 13th and 20th

Saturday December 20th Beer in Review 2014

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Nicol Winler AKA The Thirsty German and Steve Kurowski of the Colorado Brewers Guild sat in the whole show as we went through the year in beer in Colorado. We talked best beers of the beer, best new breweries, trends, what to look for in 2015 and we also sampled some very fine Holiday brews. We also had a chat with Shay Wasson and Savannah Wilt form Via Baci Modern Italian Bistro in for their votes. Of course Breckenridge Brewery‘s Todd Thibault weighed in as well.

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Saturday December 13th Epic Brewing Company 

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We were stoked to be invited out to Epic Brewing Company for their holiday party with Saint Nick and a cookie and beer pairing. Firestone Walker‘s Elizabeth Isenbart co hosted with us. We were joined by Epic Tap Room Manager Jennie Richau, Beer Ambassador Eric Matelski, and owner and founder Dave Cole. Todd Thibault jumped in to talk about Bourbon barrel Aged Imperial 72 and Christmas Ale from Breckeridge Brewery. Other guests included Santa Claus and the cookie makers Kristi Peltz, Zeni Whitall, Bonnie Skells and Chelsea Magin. Kristi Pelts won with her Utah Sage Saison Lemon Bars. Get tickets for their Annual Holiday Brunch with Big Kiwi’s Gourmet Eats. Justin Hugill of Big Kiwi also jumped on to give us details. All cookies were tremendous and we can’t thank the Epic gang enough for having us come in for their Christmas party!

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Saturday December 6th at Lone Tree Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary Party

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Lone Tree Brewing Company was so kind to invite us out for their 3rd Anniversary Party as they released some very big news. Stacy Turk sat in for co hosting duties today! John Winter and Jason Wiedmaier joined us to talk about some really massive growth plans. We are very excited to see them gain an additional 3,600 square feet, a fully automatic Cask canning line, a new 20 barrel brewhouse and a fourth can which will be Hoptree Double IPA. The canning line is in, the brewhouse is on the way, and the Hoptree cans should be ready to roll by summer. All this allowing Lone Tree to triple their production. This is really great news. They also say they are toying with some sour beers that can be kept away from their brew system in their new space behind the taproom. Cheers for a big 2015 coming up for Lone Tree Brewing Company! Guests included owners John and Jason Winter, brewers Josh West and Jerry Siote. We also talked to Tap Room Manager Amber Davis-Sato and Sales Manager Bridgette Geiger.

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Colorado Craft Beer Show Podcasts November 15th, 22nd and 29th 2014

Saturday November 15th 2014 High Plains Tap House 1 Year Anniversary

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We have a great new sponsor in High Plains Tap House and we were super stoked when they asked us to come out and hang for their 1 year anniversary party. The kindest receptions we’ve ever had as you will see below! Stacy Turk sat in today and co hosted. Guests included Nate and Laura Fleming who own and operate High Plains, Joel Scally from Odyssey Beerwerks , Mike Cugini and Ben Christianson from Rockyard American Grill and Brewery and Zack Christofferson and Brian Blainey from Chain Reaction Brewing. We HIGHLY suggest you come out and see these folks when you get a chance in Littleton at Wadsworth and Chatfield. A nice wide variety of craft beers from around the world, a delightful food menu, an 80 inch TV and some of the nicest folks you will meet! Get down and say hello!

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Saturday November 22nd 2014 with the Blue Spruce Brewing and Brewery Rickoli Gangs

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Turk hosted alone in studio today as he has been quite forgetful lately and went to work without securing a co host. But no worries as we had some great guests come in to hang out. In Hour One we had in Rick and Tim Kane from Blue Spruce Brewing Company in Centennial at Colorado Blvd and County Line Rd. Rick and Tim are a father son team who along with mom Theresa run a very cool brewery and Mazatlan Style kitchen to boot. We talked about a collaboration beer they did with seven other C-470 area breweries that will be tapped at all the locations on December 5th. It’s called Bock C-470. We also sampled some fine fall brews they are rocking right now. In Hour Two we sat down with Rick and Jaqua Abitbol as well as Todd Williamson from Brewery Rickoli in Wheatridge at 43rd and Wadsworth. We talked about his hook up with Sam Adam’s Brewing the American Dream program, making gluten-free beers and about his beers which have some pretty darn cool names. Had a really great time in studio with these guys and gal so very thankful they came in. Support your local Centennial and Wheatridge brewery folks!

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Saturday November 29th 2014 Chain Reaction Brewing for the Despondents vs Stacy Turk Beer

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Yep, it finally came down to this one! Stacy and John Turk have been homebrewing for a handful of years so when Zack Christofferson from Chain Reaction Brewing approached them both to do separate beers professionally at Chain Reaction, we had to make a big deal out of it. So we though it might be cool to have Stacy take on the Beer Despondents Todd Thibault, Mike Nelson and Turk. Stacy and the Chain Reax crew made a Caramel Apple Brown while the Despondents went with a Chocolate Cream Porter. We had a contest to see what beer was better as we tapped it today. The winner was decided by a judging panel made up of Brewtally Insane‘s Mark Robinson, The Thirsty German Nicol Winkler, author and beer journalist Emily Hutto and Nate Fleming from High Plains Tap House. One dollar for each sale went to their respective charities. Stacy went with The Gathering Place and the Despondents went with Life Is Better RescueThe losing beer makers have to match the totals for sale of that beer. So it came down to it with Nate and Nicol voting for the Stacy and Mark and Emily voting for the Despondents. The folks on hand had to split the votes and did so favoring Stacy’s Caramel Apple Brown. During the show we had on Tim Myers from Strange Craft Beer Company, Thibault, Nelson, Stacy, Zack and Chad Christofferson, Klaus Schiefelbbin and the entire judging panel. What a very fun event and we WILL do this again. BIG up thanks to the Christofferson family and the Chain Reax crew for hosting us. This was a very good time.

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Brewcasts October 25, November 1 and 8

 

Saturday October 25th 2014 Arvada Beer Company 3 Year Anniversary

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Cary and Kelly Floyd co hosted with Turk from Arvada Beer Company as we wrap up October and 3 years of beers! They had some barrel aged and new malty high ABV monsters on tap. Can’t thank these folks enough for their support through the years. We also did Brew News You Can Use for the week. Guests included Mason Embree from Dad & Dude’s Breweria in Aurora and Arvada Beer’s biggest fan Clint White. Dad & Dude’s is now canning three different brews for your drinking pleasure. They also have their 3rd year anniversary coming up next week.

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Saturday November 1 2014 Colorado Keg House

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Man were we lucky to broadcast from The Colorado Keg House smack dab in the middle of a Widespread Panic run at First Bank Center. Todd Thibault from Breckenridge Brewery made the trip up to co host. We spent hour one with Jerod Hutchison who along with Jason Wiley own and operate the CO Keg House. They are at 8001 Arista Place in Broomfield just a few yards away from the First Bank Center. They carry 75 taps of nuthin’ but Colorado beers and they really go out of their way to support the smaller guys in the state. The tap list is always changing so you never know what you’ll get but if you can’t find something in the 75 taps, there may be no help for you. We also talked to Michael Memsic and Drew Owen from Sanitas Brewing in Boulder. They are doing some very cool stuff and putting some of them in cans. Again big thanks to the CO Keg House crew. You need to step in and see what they have to offer to the ever growing craft beer scene.

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Saturday November 8 2014

Tebo from Breckenridge Brewery and Turk hosted in studio today and talked about beer and chocolate and food pairing. In hour one we had in chocolatier Sarah Amorese from Piece, Love & Chocolate and Dr. Nicole Garneau who is the Director of the Genetics of Taste Lab at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. They have a big event coming up on December 10th at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science that incorporates beer and chocolate pairings and some very cool science about how it works. Sarah is also throwing an event at West Flanders Brewing in Aurora on November 13th. Tickets to both events can be found HERE. This was very educational and cool at the same time! In hour two, Mike Long from Chef N Brew Festival and Culinary Director at Argyll Whiskey Beer John Broening jumped in to talk about the 3rd year of Chef N Brew which is coming up on Thursday November 20th at the Exdo Events Center in RiNo. It’s really amazing to hear chefs talk about how they come up with dishes to pair with craft beer. We closed the show with Brew News You Can Use.

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Podcasts for October 4, 11 and 18 2014

 

 

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Saturday October 4th 2014 GREAT AMERICAN BEER FEST

For the 4th consecutive year we broadcasted inside the halls of the convention center for Great American Beer Festival. Todd Thibault and Stacy Turk sat in the whole show as we relayed Colorado winners as they were announced. In all, 40 medals were taken by the home state. We also had some cool guests on including Great Divide‘s Tannea Musselman, Draft Magazine‘s Evan Hughes, Dry Dock‘s Jeremiah Kornegay and the BA‘s Julia Herz. Congrats to all the winners at this year’s GABF.

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Saturday October 11th 2014 Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar’s Refreshment for a Cause

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David Parry of Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar co hosted as we raised money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Several breweries donated beer for this event with all the proceeds going directly to St. Jude’s. We had some very cool guests stop in as well including Grist Brewing‘s Rob Kevwitch, Renegade Brewing‘s Keith Decker and Ashley Sain from St. Jude’s. We also talked a bit about the potential ballot initiative on full strength beers in grocery and c stores.

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Saturday October 18th 2014 with Platt Park Brewing and Coda Brewing

Nicol Winkler and Turk were in studio this week with some very special guests who just won GABF medals. In Hour One we sat down with GM and Owner Colby Rankin and Head Brewer Greg Matthews of Platt Park Brewing Company. They grabbed a silver at GABF with their Gump’s Vienna Lager. They are brewing up some amazing beers on South Pearl Street. We also hit up Tebo from Breckenridge Brewery as they transition from Autumn Ale to the Christmas Ale. In Hour Two we jumped in with Head Brewer and Co Owner at Coda Brewing Company Luke Smith. Coda grabbed silver with their Sleepyhead Imperial Passionfruit Kolsh. He has an amazing background and story and is also brewing some phenomenal beers in Aurora.  We also did a healthy Brew News You Can Use Segment.

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Podcasts for 8-23, 8-30, 9-6 and 9-27 2014

 

8-23-2014 Great Central City Beer Fest

Boulder Beer’s Chicken Dan and Turk made beer radio magic from one of the coolest beer fests in the state! The Great Central City Beer Festival. This was year three of the event and it keeps getting bigger and better. Over 25 breweries on hand in historic Central City. There’s a lot more than just beer too. Great food, a cemetary crawl, historic gun battle re enactments, and much more. Want to thank the Central City Business Admin for having us out again! Guests included Joe Behm of the Central City Business Admin, Marty JonesArvada Beer Co‘s Cary Floyd, Dillon Dam Brewery head brewer Mike Bennett, Breckenridge Brewery‘s Todd Thibault, Barrels & Bottles Brewery’s  Abby George, Dave Thomas from Dostal Alley Brewing and former Central City Mayor Buddy Schmaltz.

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8-30-2014 Freshcraft 4th Anniversary

Jason, Aaron and Lucas Forgy kind enough to invite Turk and Nicol Winkler (AKA the Thirsty German) out for Freshcraft‘s 4th Anniversary Party! They were breaking out some crazy rare beers for this all while serving up some BBQ Iowa style. Freshcraft is a place where you can not only find a stellar lineup of brews with rare ones popping their head up all the time but a place that is well known for their amazing cuisine. They do beer dinners quarterly that will drop your jaw. Or try a beer cocktail! Lunch specials and happy hour deals galore. We LOVE Freshcraft. Jamie Gulick joined us for a few segments talking about Freshcraft, their food, women in beer, and the new concept the Forgy’s are working on in the Highlands called Block and Larder. Tebo jumped on talking Breckenridge Brewery and Fall beers and events! Arlo Grammatica from Ska breifly joined us to talk new releases and their 19th anniversary party. Wade Norris jumped on to talk about Green Beer Fest and his run for state office. Nicol, Turk and Adam Lenfest also discussed the use of the word “Denver” in a brewery’s name. Denver Beer Co and Denver Pearl Brewing are having a little battle. Thanks to our host Jamie, the Forgy’s and everyone at Freshcraft for the great time!

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9-6-2014 Studio with Renegade’s Laura Vande Zande with guests from Living the Dream and Kokopelli

Renegade Brewing‘s Laura Vande Zande joined Turk to co host the show in studio today. She’s putting on a big show called Offensively Delicious during GABF week that mixes comedy and beer. They will have national and local comedians plus some rookie brewery workers taking their shot at stand up. In hour one we talked with Jason Bell the brewmaster at Living the Dream Brewing which just opened in Highlands Ranch at Santa Fe and Highlands Ranch Parkway. Him and his partners are living the dream while making great beers! We also chatted with Tebo from Breckenridge Brewery. He’s been on a wild Mountain Tour! In Hour two the Kokopelli Beer Company gang jumped in! We had founder and owner Christine Wares and Katie Schroepfer in studio. Also want to thank Danica Smith for bringing Kokopelli Beer all the way down from Westminster! They have a really cool story and make some really great and diverse beers! We also did Mobile Canning’s Brew News You Can Use.

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No Podcasts from 9-13 or 9-20. We were not on the air due to Turk’s dad’s passing and a pre empting for CU Football

9-27-2014 Arvada Beer Company

Felt good to be back at our home away form home Arvada Beer Company as Cary and Kelly Floyd sat in the whole show with Turk! In hour one we talked about GABF events and happenings, new beers at Arvada Beer, their 3rd anniversary party coming up October 25th which we will broadcast from and a lot more. Tebo also jumped in and almost seemed to be in a jolly spirit even though GABF is about to fall on top of him! In hour two Marty Jones came on to talk about his new venture the Brew Night Show which should take place once every two months at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret. It’s a variety show with music, comedy and beer banter. He will also feature some very cool guests including Charlie Papazian who will be at the premier during GABF on Wednesday. Information is HERE! He also made a very hard-hitting political to air for his show and we have a preview for you! Follow this LINK. We closed out with Brew News You Can Use and a conversation with Columbine Label Company’s Bernadette Ortiz who is such an awesome sponsor and provided us with some GABF ticket giveaways. We’ll see you back at Arvada Beer on October 25th.

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Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast: Saturday August 16th 2014

 

Daniel Ekker from Argonaut Wine & Liquor and  The Thirsty German Nicol Winkler hosted the show! Turk was getting crazy at Edfest in Edwards. In hour one Ashleigh Carter who used to brew at Dry Dock and Prost came on to update us on her and Bill eye’s new venture Bierstadt Lagerhaus which will open at 29th and Blake here next year. They were also joined by Breckenridge Brewery’s Todd Thibault who was at the Conifer Mountain BBQ Challenge in Conifer. In hour two the gang did Brew News you Can Use and talked with Chase Doelling who is the CEO of Craft Boom and the “CraftedHere” App. Craft Boom makes technology solutions for the craft industries. Big thanks to our guests and Daniel and Nicol for holding down the fort!

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Colorado Craft Show Brewcast: Saturday August 9th 2014 at Station 26 Brewing Company

 

 

 

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Chris Black from Falling Rock Taphouse co hosted with Turk from Station 26 Brewing Company at 38th and Pontiac in east Denver. We had a really great crowd out who got to taste some of the best new brews crafted locally! Justin Baccary and Devin Chapnick sat in for the first hour and told us the story behind the brewery, their beers and their beautiful brewhouse. Going down the line there is not a single bad beer being poured here. Really enjoyed the Tangerine Cream Ale they had on.In hour two Wayne Waananen and jumped in with us as well as Devin. Wayne has a very long brewing history and it shines through with his knowledge and brewing. We also talked about their firkin Thursday program and Bluegrass Brunch Sundays. Trust Chris Black and myself when we say you need to get in here! We also talked about Falling Rock Taphouse which has their anniversary coming up and they are already getting prepped for GABF! More Brew News you Can Use and a check in with Tebo as well. Thanks to Mike Nelson, Beth Walter,Randall, Sandy, Sean, Jaye and the amazing crew at station 26 for hosting us!

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Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast: Saturday August 2nd 2014

 

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We were in studio for the show today for the first time in a long time! In hour one we had the Jellyman Kjell Wygant and The Fez Greg Fetzer from Rockyard American Grill and Brewery. We talked about their new Mix 12 pack which is now out in the market as well as sampled their Dog House Red which is a barrel-aged and bretted Red Ale. Very tasty and get some while you can. We also talked about their upcoming festival on August 23rd Rendezvous at the Rock. Lots of breweries and a traveling trophy will be awarded. We also caught up with Tebo from Breckenridge Brewery who is smack dab in the middle of a Mountain Tour. In hour two Laura and Nate Fleming from High Plains Tap House jumped in with us to talk about what they are doing there on the Northeast corner of Wadsworth and Chatfield in Littleton. You need to get in and visit this beer lovers paradise in the south metro! We also did Mobile canning’s Brew News You Can Use and discussed how to tell a brewer or brewery that their beers actually need work. Is it detrimental to the craft movement if we always say that beer is “good”?

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