Daniel Ekker

Craft Beer Show Podcasts April 11, 18 and 25 and May 2 2015

Saturday May 2nd 2015 South Denver Beer Fest

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Can’t thank Mike and Dan from Beer Craving enough for having us for the 3rd consecutive year at the South Denver Beer Fest at Clement Park in Littleton. Over 80 breweries and 200 beers to choose from, this festival really has it all with live music, food, spirits and other great vendors come together to really kick off the beer festival season. This year Nate Fleming from High Plains Tap House  sat in with me. Ha a little technical difficulties to start but we got rolling with our first interview with Jeff Mendel who is a partner at Left Hand Brewing as well as sits on the board for the Forward Steps Foundation. They are putting together a fundraiser for theior program which raises money that will support former foster youth enrolled at Community College of Denver get degrees. It will be at Amato’s Ale House on Thursday May 28th from 5:30 to 9:00 and you can get tickets here. We then talked to Tebo about their new IPA, Summerbright Ale, the new digs and much more. We fit in as many guests as we could after that and talked to Lone Tree Brewing‘s Bridgette Geiger, Locavore Beer Work‘s Andy Nelson, Sanitas’ Drew Owens, Peak to Peak Tap Room‘s Gordon McKennon, 38 State Brewing‘s Mike Keating, Breck Brew‘s Todd Usry and Destihl Brewing‘s Aaron Chadwick. Also in hour two was some Brew News You Can Use! We had a blast at this festival and really nudge you to make sure you are there next year!

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Saturday April 25th 2015

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It had to eventually happen… The man, the myth, the legend Mike Nelson (Beer Despondent Number 2) co hosted with Turk today in studio. And he did a stellar job too. We led off the show with Will Carlson from Beerporium who has some unfortunate news as he has been diagnosed with an incurable blood cancer called Multiple Myeloma. Some breweries and the Knights of Columbus have teamed together for a fundraiser being called Tasters for Life which will take place on Saturday May 16th from 1-7 pm at the Knights of Columbus at 1555 Grant St. Please take some time to stop by on this date and support a guy who has done a ton for the Colorado Craft Beer Community. We then got our weekly update from Todd Thibault from Breckenridge Brewery. In hour two we had in Goldspot Brewing Company‘s  Matt Hughes (head brewer) and Ryan Abernathy (Tap Room Manager) and Jesse Brookstein from Call to Arms Brewing Company. Had fun sampling Goldspot’s stuff and talking about their brewery at 4970 Lowell Blvd near Regis University. Jesse and Call to Arms plan to open later this summer at 46th and Tennyson in the Sunnyside neighborhood. Jesse comes from Avery Brewing and their is a lot of anticipation for these guys to open. And of course a nice dose of Brew News You Can Use!

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Saturday April 18th 2015

Argonaut Wine & Liquor‘s Daniel Ekker filled in for Turk who was in Portland for the CBC. This was a big show with a ton going on. The awesome Marty Jones was Daniel’s co host. Marty has been the brain behind some of the best marketing ideas for breweries in the state including Oskar Blues, Great Divide and the Wynkoop. Guests in hour one were Taylor Rees, Austin Wiley and Darren Boyd who just opened up Spangalang Brewery at 27th and Welton in an old DMV building.  These guys all came from Great Divide so you know they will come out with great beers right out of the gate! In Hour two Ron Vaughn from Argonaut Wine & Liquor jumped in to talk about the ever-important Keep Colorado Local Campaign which is fighting the full strength beer in grocery stores initiative.  This is a very important issue for your local breweries so please take a look at what they are saying. Wayne Anderson from Spirit Hound Distillers in Longmont also jumped in to talk about his spirits and their stance on the Keep Colorado Local Campaign. Of course we talked to Tebo from Breckenridge Brewery and did Brew News You Can Use as well.

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Saturday April 11th 2015

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Turk and Nate Fleming from High Plains Tap House hosted the show today in studio. In Hour one we caught up with Chris Phelps (Co-Owner / Brewer) and Dave Barron (Co-Owner / Sales) from Saint Patrick’s Brewing CompanyThese guys specialize in crafting lagers and have made over 80 different kinds including traditional, experimental and reinventing ales as lagered beers. They just opened their new taproom and brewery at Littleton Blvd and Santa Fe! We also caught up with our man Todd Thibault from Breckenridge Brewery. In hour two Andrew Curtis joined the fun. He is the metro sales rep for Pug Ryan’s Brewing Company in Dillon. They’ve been brewing traditional ales and lagers in Dillon since 1997. Head brewer Dave Simmons makes some amazing lagers including a dunkel, helles and pilsner. A recent expansion has them hitting it hard lately. We also did a healthy Brew News You Can Use segment brought to you by Mobile Canning.

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March 2015 Brewcasts

Saturday March 28th 2015

Nicol Winkler (AKA The Thirsty German) and Daniel Ekker from Argonaut Wine & Liquor filled in while Turk was pouring beers in Asheville NC.  In Hour one they talked to special guests from Joyride Brewing Company: owner Dave Bergen and brewer Nathan Lincoln. They are rocking out amazing beers with a real cool taproom at 25th and Sheridan in Edgewater. Great to finally get these guys in. We also chatted with Todd Tebo from Breckenridge Brewery. In hour two owner David Lin and head brewer Marks Lanham from Comrade Brewing Company joined the fray. They have been turning heads with their Superpower IPA. Marks is former head brewer at Grand Teton, Boneyard and Barley Browns and really knows how to work with hops. David comes from Dry Dock Brewing Company. We also had on the line Terry Martin who is a local homebrewer who is helping a local non-profit organize a home brew tasting event in Denver on April 24.  Salus World helps with mental health issues in war torn regions, like Malaysia. She’s looking for local homebrewers to donate 2.5 gallons (or so) of up to 2 styles of their beer. Basically, they’ll be pouring their beer for a good cause, helping to raise awareness of the non-profit. The event is in RiNo, at the Posner Center, on April 24. Contact her at this email: tgmartin000@gmail.com. Two winners will be selected, a judges choice and a people’s choice. Winners will have the opportunity to win a gift certificate to a local homebrew shop. We also gave you a healthy dose of Brew News You Can Use.

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Saturday March 21st 2015
Nicol Winkler and Turk had the honor to broadcast from the 2nd Annual Collaboration Festival. This time around it was at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium. This fest pits local Colorado Brewers Guild Members who have collaborated on a beer from in or out of state to make a beer specifically for this festival. There were over 70 beers for festy goers to get in on. Imbibe Denver and the CBG do a stellar job on this event. We talked to several guests including Breckenridge Brewery‘s Todd Thibault, Strange Craft Beer‘s Tim Myers, Wit’s End Brewing‘s Scott Witsoe, Telluride Brewing‘s Tommy Thatcher, Imbibe‘s Keanen Stoner, Black Sky Brewery‘s Harry Smith, Chain Reaction Brewing‘s Zach Cristofferson and the Colorado Brewers Guild‘s John Carlson. Of course we did a nice Brew News You Can Use segment!
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Saturday March 14th 2015
 This week we headed back to Nederland and Very Nice Brewing Company for a special broadcast during Frozen Dead Guy Days. Owner and Head Brewer Jeffrey Green sat in the whole show and hosted with Turk. There’s no doubt why they call this place Very Nice because Jeffrey and his wife Susan and staff are some of the nicest folks you will ever meet. They are also bringing great beers to one of the coolest towns on earth. We talked about their collaboration brew with Justin Tilotta and Kai Witkiewicz of Twisted Pine Brewing Company. This was a Cherry Midnight Wheat Saison. We also talked to Jason DeBellis who is a CU student making a documentary about Colorado Beer Culture. Check out his kickstarter at HTTP://KCK.ST.1CD6DHR. Other guests included Breckenridge Brewery‘s Todd Thibault, Strange Craft Beer‘s Tim Myers, Großen Bart Brewery‘s Shad Chancey, Brewers Association‘s Tommy Cunningham and author Dan Rabin who penned Colorado Breweries.
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Saturday March 7th 2015
Turk and Nicol Winkler (AKA The Thirsty German) hosted from the studio today with a pretty much all lady show. In hour one we had on Ska Brewing‘s Jodie Whealy and Wynkoop‘s Bess Dougherty. These two dreamed up a collab between their two breweries and one of their favorite bands Reel Big Fish. They all got together to make Reel Big Stout! They had some release parties we talked about and talked about Wynkoop and Ska in general. We also hit up Breckenridge Brewery’s Todd Thibault. In hour two we were joined by Summer Stewart of Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar. She is responsible for filling 264 taps around the metro. We talked about a lot of things coming up at Parry’s including their opening at 120th and I25 in Northglenn. We also did a real healthy Brew News You Can Use segment.
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Beer Show Brewcasts: January 31st, February 7th, and February 14th 2015

 

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Adam Dunbar who is the Mountain West District Manager for Green Flash Brewing sat in and co hosted with Turk this week. We talked new Green Flash releases including a single hop series and about their brand new barrel aging and funktifying facility. In hour one we had on Matthew Fuerst who owns and operated Grandma’s House. This is a collective brewery where he brews his own and allows other brewery-in-planning folks to use his system and tap for the public. Of course he has Bingo nights, rocking chairs and cross stitched logos. He is doing a really cool thing there at Mexico and Broadway in Denver. In hour two we finally had Alan Simons who is the head brewer at Backcountry Brewery in Frisco. They recently had a rebranding effort. He makes a killer double IPA you need to try and they are tinkering with sour beers too. Make this a stop for you next time you are in or near Summit County. We also caught you up to date on front range beer news brougt to you by Mobile Canning.

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SATURDAY FEBRUARY 7th 2015

Turk and Daniel Ekker from Argonaut Wine & Liquor hosted in studio today! Big news this week was the Budweiser Superbowl ad. We got guest reax! In hour one we had back in John Fiorilli who is head of brewing operations for the Mountain Sun‘s string of breweries and pubs. February is Stout Month and Mountain Sun has been doing this for 22 years. John has prepared over 600 kegs of stout deliciousness to tap. Check the list of events HERE! We also hit on all things Mountain Sun. In hour two Scott Witsoe and Pat McNerney jumped in from Wit’s End Brewing. Scott announced that Pat is the new head brewer which will free Scott up for more outside account sales and execution of their 600 percent expansion going from a 1 barrel brewery to a 7 barrel one. We sampled several of their beers and talked about what’s next for this hot brewery. They of course won medals last year at GABF and World Beer Cup for the Jean-Claude Van Blonde. Great things coming for this brewery! Tebo jumped in to talk about his craft beer bar of the week and to hit us up on happenings at Breckenridge Brewery. Also a healthy dose of Brew News You Can Use from Mobile Canning.

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SATURDAY JANUARY 31st 2015

Nicol Winkler (AKA the Thirsty German) and Turk hosted in studio this week. News of the week was AB/Inbev buying Elysian Brewing. We got reaction from our guests. In hour one we talked to Aubrey Hall of Hall Brewing Company. He has a killer brewery he handbuilt in Parker. They also have a taproom on Main St. in Parker as well. We talked about his brews, a possible rebranding and much more. In hour two the twins Daniel and Dennis Richards from Echo Brewing Company in Frederick and Erie jumped in. These guys have turned in a lot of medals in just a couple years of professional brewing. You really should check out their brewpub in downtown Erie! They are now canning and bottling some bombers too. We also did our weekly with Breck Brew’s Todd Thibault and rolled out Mobile Canning’s Brew News You Can Use.

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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 Beer Show Brewcast: Saturday May 17th 2014 Strange Craft Beer Co’s 4th Anniversary!

 

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Big show from Strange Craft Beer Company for their 4th anniversary and to wrap up American Craft Beer Week. Argonaut Wine & Liquor’s Daniel Ekker co hosted as Tim Myers and Todd Thibault of Breck Brew sat in most of the show. We also chatted with Strange do-it-all superhero Jules Hoekstra. They have 4 amazing collaborations on tap right now as well as 12 others. Get Strange with these folks as soon as you can! Tim and the gang are some of the best folks you will ever meet! We also heard form Tim’s wife Marni who is also very instrumental in the daily going ons at Strange. Danny Wang of CAUTION Brewing Company also jumped on as they were celebrating their 2nd anniversary! There was a big ‘ol Brew News You Can Use segment as well! Big thanks to the Strange crew and to Taste of the Phillipines for the grub!

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Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast: Saturday April 5th 2014

 

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Daniel Ekker from Argonaut Wine & Liquor was our special co host this week! We had Will Boggs and Chris Dutton from Front Range Brewing Company in studio most of the show! They are set up at 400 W. South Boulder Rd in Lafayatte Colorado. Since opeing in 2013 these guys are making some really phenomenal beers including some crazy barrel aged brews. We got their story, talked about their beers, the anniversary party coming up and about the spent grain debate in the Senate. Todd Thibault from Breckenridge Brewery also joined us as usual!

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We also talked to Tom Acitelli who authored the book The Audacity of Hops: the History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution.  This is a must have for you craft beer fanatics looking for something to add to your library! A Truly fascinating historical book with interviews of many of the movers and shakers in the biz!

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Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast: Saturday March 15th 2014

 

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Turk was out so Nicol Winkler (The Thirsty German) and Daniel Ekker from Argonaut Wine & Liquor were in! They had a real great show with some very cool guests! Sarah and James Howatt jumped in studio. They recently opened up Former Future Brewing Company and are doing amazing things in the Antique District of South Broadway. Get in and try some of their beers at 1290 S. Broadway. Thibault also jumped on for an update from Breckenridge Brewery. Firestone Walker‘s Rocky Mountain Sales Rep Elizabeth Kagan joined the show for an update on all the rarities that you will see from them over CBC week. Also Chris “Gubna” Katechis was also back on the air here to give an update from Austin and on Oskar Blues. What a stellar lineup! The gang also threw out a ton of Brew News You Can Use and got you set up for Colorado Craft Beer Week and the Craft Brewer’s Conference.

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Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast Saturday February 22nd 2014

 

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Daniel Ekker from Argonaut Wine & Liquor and Nicol Winkler (AKA The Thirsty German) hosted while Turk was away working his butt off at a three day Bluegrass and Beer Fest in Avon. We know! Poor Turk. Big thanks to Daniel and Nicol for holding the Fort down! Our guests included Leshner Del Rosario from The Orange Crunch Food Truck to talk about the Breweries and Foodies event, Breckenridge Brewery‘s Todd Thibault and Ryan Workman and Moose Koons from Peach Street Distillers. Moose talked about Peach Street and and the big DSTILL event in Denver March 10-16! Tebo and Ryan talked about their new brews and all things Breck! Give Nicol and Daniel a hand for doing a great job!

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Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast: Saturday December 7th 2013 Lone Tree Brewing Company 2nd Anniversary Party

We had the honor of broadcasting at the home of some great friends this brisk Saturday! Lone Tree Brewing Company has long been a supporter of what we do at the beer show and we were stoked when they asked us to come down to do the show on their 2nd Birthday! Daniel Ekker from Argonaut Wine & Liquor co hosted with Turk as we talked to the gang behind LTBC! John, Jason, Bridgette, Greg, Amber and Josh came on with us and talked about two amazing years and about their future. If you have not been in to Lone Tree Brewing Company, we would love if you did at some point! They make beers to style but have fun as well as we had a Snickerdoodle and a Twix beer! Thanks and much love to the crew at Lone Tree Brewing!

Todd Thibault joined us from Breckenridge Brewery as he was just hanging out having a beer with Senator Mark Udall. Bernadette Ortiz from Columbine Label Company also jumped on as Lone Tree uses them to make their beer labels!

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Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast: 11-9-2013 Ekker in with Grimm Brothers Brewhouse

Daniel Ekker from Argonaut Wine & Liquor filled in for Turk on the show! He brought in Aaron Heaton and Don Chapman from Grimm Brothers Brewhouse. These guys are churning out some amazing old and new world German beers up in Loveland! We talked all about Grimm Bros as well as checked in with Breckenridge Brewery’s Todd Thibault, Tyson Ratering from the Burgundian Brewing Company who is set to open in The Highlands.  We also threw out Brew News You Can Use and had a lively Pliny the Elder debate!

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