The Brewers Association reported official craft beer statistics for 2011 this week. Volume share for craft beer grew from 4.97% to 5.68%. The 11.5 million barrels produced is an increase of 13.2% from 2010. Dollar share grew from 7.6% to 9.1%. The $8.7 billion of craft beer sold is a 15% increase from 2010. The official number of breweries for 2011 is 1,989, an 11% increase over 2010. 250 breweries opened and 37 breweries closed in 2011. Compared to 152 and 63, respectively in 2010. And finally – The craft beer industry employed “approximately” 103,585 people in 2011.
Best of Westword out this week! Congrats to the winners in the beer industry: Best New Brewery – Denver Beer Company / Best Brewpub – Mountain Sun / Best Taproom – Oskar Blues’ Tasty Weasel / Best Neighborhood Brewery – Renegade / Best Bottled Beer List – The Cheeky Monk / Best Draft Beer List – Falling Rock / Best Brewery for Neighbors – Copper Kettle / Best Taproom for Food Trucks – Great Divide / Best Tap Room for Wings – Dry Dock / Best Place to Pair Beer and Food – Euclid Hall / Best New Beer Idea – Bull & Bush / and Best New Beer Idea to Go – Wit’s End
After 4 hard years of work The Vine Street Pub will start brewing beers tomorrow for the first time. With a capacity of 5000 barrelsVine Stwill take over making 8 of their standards which will in turn free up space at the other locales for more experimentation. Congrats Mountain Sun andBine StreetPub and Brewery!
Avery brewing company changing the name of their Meph Addict coffee stout to Tweak after a refusal by the TTB for label approval after its named was deemed to close to a drug reference.
If you are one of the dozen or so remaining homebrewers who have not yet started their own brewery, Ska Brewing is looking for YOU to participate in their 2012 GABF Pro-Am Homebrew Competition. Registration is open now. All beer entries must be received by Ska Brewing between April 23 and May 9. The competition is also a preliminary for the 2012 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) Pro-Am category, and will be an AHA/BJCP-certified competition. The winning brewer will be invited to Ska Brewing in Durango, Coloradoto help brew a commercial batch of their beer for release this fall as part of Ska’s limited-release “Local Series.” The winner will also be entered in the Pro-Am category of the 2012 GABF. Go to www.skabrewing.com for more info.
Hops and Pie will have a dozen barrel or oak-aged beers on tap for tomorrow’s Littlest Big Beer fest. Some of the beers include Dogfish Burton Baton, Upslope Barrel-Aged Foreign Stout, Odell Bourbon Barrel Stout, Firestone 15, Boulevard Rye on Rye, Left Hand Widdershins and Boulder Beer’s barrel-aged orange and cocoa porter, among others. There will also be a Dry Dock beer on the hand pump. Flights and single pours are available. Begins at 2 o clock.
Odell Brewing welcomes the return of its seasonal Double Pilsner today with a party in the brewery’sFort Collinstap room. In addition to beer, there will be a food, back yard games, and live music by the Gin Mill Gypsies from 4 to 6 p.m. It will be sold in liquor stores in four-packs.
If you thought the Easter Bunny was the only thing that hopped in April, you haven’t heard about IPApril at the Rackhouse Pub. They’re celebrating the hop flower throughout the month of April by featuring ten different Double IPAs from our great state. If you love hoppy beers, swing by in April to sample some of the best Double IPAs thatColoradohas to offer. That’s a block north of Alameda on Santa fe
From Dave Butler at Fermentedly Challenged Denver will get another brewery in the Fall of 2013. Look for Halcyon Brewing Company at www.halcyonbrewing.com
From The Denver Post: The operators of Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place, at 2027 13th St. in downtown Boulder, have finalized their federal paperwork to operate Shine Brewing Co. Triplets Jill, Jen and Jessica Emich opened Shine three months ago, and also purchased the brewing equipment in the back of the restaurant — which previously was home to Los Oasis, the Boulder Draft House and RedFish. The Emichs are working with former Los Oasis and RedFish brewmaster Mike Kasian, combining his experience with their interest in experimenting should result in some unique brews, she said. Shine Brewing marks its grand opening this weekend and will have six beers: Trilogy IPA, Pohoda Pilsner, Down Dog Imperial Red, Shine Pale Ale, Sanitas Imperial Stout and a yet-to-be-named gluten-free beer. Visit em today as they are open for biz or check em out online at shineboulder.com
BristolBeer Dinner! The Wooden Table in Greenwood Village invites you to a Bristolicious Night and celebrate the art of pairing food with beer. It’s on Tuesday April 24th at the Wooden Table at Orchard and University. Starts at 6 pm! Tickets are 50 bucks plus tax and gratuity. For tickets call the Wooden Table at 303-730-2152 or just drop in at the NE corner of Orchard and University
New release form the Artisan Ale Project at Twisted Pine Brewing in Boulder. On April 7 welcome in West Bound Braggot. The Twisted rendition began with malted barley, orange blossom honey and Citra hops, before the brewers shifted into adventure mode and added Tasmanian pepper berries and Buddha’s Hand to the kettle. Then for the finishing strokes this unique ale was fermented with a Belgian saison yeast. The label for West Bound Braggot features the painting “Running Wild” by Boulder artist Lael Har. Join the release party next Saturday from 4-8 at Twisted Pine inBoulder.
Grimms Brothers Brewhouse in Lovelandhaving a Ante Up for the Cure fundraiser in the fight against blood cancer. Today in the taproom. Also on Wednesday April 11th they will release Riffraff Dunkelweisen. And they will be at the Taste of Loveland pouring beers on April 12th. These guys make phenomenal beers!
Some great new beers coming up at Yak and Yeti in Arvada! Bacon Maple Soda – the breakfast drink made according to the German Swineheitsgebot. will be released on Wed April 4th at 4PM And by Easter look for these: *West Coast Glutton DIPA / Oaked Himalayan IPA /GF Apple Ale – a gluten-free ale made with nearly 50% apple cider and 50% Sorghum.
On Sunday, April 15th Upslope Brewing in Boulderis hosting their first brewery held beer dinner! Centro Latin Kitchen’s executive chef, Ian Clark, set up a killer five course meal to be paired with Upslope beers. The event will kick off at 5:30pm with an hour welcoming reception in the brewery while we serve Top Rope and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are on sale in the tap room and at Centro for $50. All guests will receive a commemorative Belgian-style Upslope and Centro logo glass. Seats are limited! www.upslopebrewing.com
According to the forums at BeerAdvocate, Floodstage Ale Works is back brewing beer once again and have a Helles and Porter now available at their site. Stop in and try one. Located at:170 S. Main Street in Brighton.