Saturday December 20th Beer in Review 2014
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.
Saturday December 13th Epic Brewing Company
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!
Saturday December 6th at Lone Tree Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary Party
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.
Back to the studio today for a pretty awesome show! Joining Turk as co host was Elizabeth Kagan from Firestone Walker. We talked about some new Firestone beers and their involvement with Old Chicago where they are doing a mini tap takeover for the next month. Also in studio was Daniel Imdieke who is the Manager of Beer Operations at Old Chicago. We talked about Old C’s commitment to craft beer and some of the programs they run throughout the year. Did you know there is 24 Old Chicago locations in Colorado? We also chatted with Tebo from Breckenridge Brewery about their Comic Con beer and all things Breck. In hour two Brad Page from Colorado Cider Company jumped on to fill us in on the big AHA rally they are hosting next weekend. That’s the first time a cidery has hosted an AHA rally. We talked about the history of ciders and how it is really taking off again.
As always a blast to broadcast from Arvada Beer Company!
In Hour One we threw out a ton of Brew News You Can Use and also had Firestone Walker Rocky Mountain Rep Elizabeth Kagan in with us to talk about their lineup, head brewer Matt Brynildson and about the latest Sucaba Barleywine release. We also chatted with Breck Brew’s Todd Thibault who was wrapping up Arizona Beer Week.
In Hour Two we talked to Cary and Kelly from ABC about new beers, brew classes, an expansion and some canned beers barring approval from the TTB. We also had Steve Kuftinec, Co-Owner, President and VP of Sales at Salt Lake City’s Uinta Brewing on the phone with us. Their Colorado rep Bill Evenson joined us in person with some samples as well. We talked about Uinta’s greening efforts, their lineup, the upcoming canning project and much more. They are celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year!
Very honored to be able to broadcast from the 13th Annual Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival again this year from the beautiful Cascade Resort and Spa in Vail! Want to give a huge thanks to Laura Lodge, Bill Lodge, Kirsten Texler, IT guru Chad and our awesome engineer Erik Hood for making this happen for us! And also a big thanks to the Antlers at Vail for putting us up! One of our favorite festivals of the year, Big Beers knows how to do it right with a weekend full of seminars, beer dinners, workshops, discussions, a homebrew competition and also some of the greatest and rarest beers you will find all year! Another highlight of this fest is that all the biggest names in beer come out! We tried to fit in as many as we could in two hours!
In Hour Two we hit up Todd Thibault from Breckenridge Brewery, Time Myers from Strange, Tomme Arthur from Lost Abbey, Kevin Crompton and Kyle Rossman from Epic Brewing, Matt Brynildson of Firestone Walker, Chad Yakobson of Crooked Stave and Omar Ansari from Surly Brewing.
We met so many great people and sampled so many great brews! Our only regret is not being able to talk to more of these folks. We could have done a 24 hour show! Can’t wait til next year!
Another road show at Arvada Beer Company! We talked to owner and brewer Cary Floyd about his new beers on tap and about their women’s only homebrew competition. Steve Kurowski from the Colorado Brewer’s Guild also joined in to talk about the new study they did with the University of Colorado on economic impact from the craft brewing industry on our state. This segment added 446 million into the economy in 2011. Pretty amazing numbers. We also talked to Scott Kerkmans who organizes Colorado Beer Week which is coming up starting May 12th. Nicol Winkler and Lindsay McNicholas from the Crafty Ladies also jumped on with us! They discussed the Crafty Ladies, the opening Colorado Beer Week event at Highland Tap and Burger on May 12th and an event they are putting together with Firestone Walker and Left Hand on May 14th. We also talked with Tebo from Breckenridge Brewery and Daniell Ekker from Argonaut Wine & Liquor. A jam packed show here!
From Dave Butler at Fermentedly Challenged: There’s news of a new brewing coming to Denverand they are in the process of raising capital to get their operations off the ground. Gardiner Hammond (owner) is looking for people interested in helping to fund a new brewing operation. They have a new website in the works at www.alpinedogbrewery.com and also a Kickstarter fundraising web page. He’s trying to raise around $40,000 and open by the end of this summer 2012 or early fall in time for the Great American Beer Festival. They are targeting a Capital Hill orHighlands area location.
J. Wilson, a Prescott, Iowawriter, homebrewer, beer judge and beer blogger, is Wynkoop Brewing Company’s 2012 Beerdrinker of the Year.Wilsonwon the title at the Beerdrinker of the Year National Finals, held Saturday, February 25 at Wynkoop Brewing Company,Colorado’s first brewpub.Wilson’s astute beer knowledge, beer ambassadorship (from a town of just 283 people) and a 2011 beer & water fast helped him win the contest. Wilson outlasted Warren Monteiro (a New York City freelance writer, beer traveler, homebrewer and beer journalist) and Greg Nowatzki, (a Las Vegas, Nevada accountant, home brewer and beer judge) to win the crown. In 2011Wilsonfasted for 46 days on just water and a dopplebock he brewed with a Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant inWest Des Moines. His experience became a book, Diary of a Part-Time Monk, and landed him national attention. (Just hours afterWilsonwas picked as the 2012 winner, an opinion pieceWilsonpenned about his unique fast ran on CNN.com.) Wilson wins free beer for life at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, $250 worth of beer at his local beer bar (El Bait Shop in Des Moines, Iowa) and clothing proclaiming him the 2012 Beerdrinker of the Year. He’ll have his name engraved on Wynkoop’s Beerdrinker of the Year trophy, and will brew a special batch of beer with Andy Brown that will be served at next year’s Beerdrinker of the Year event.
New Belgium Brewing announced that it is adding two fully electric plug-in Nissan Leafs to its local delivery fleet and making its on-site electrical charging stations open and free to the public. The two vehicles will be used for local sales support. “We chose to move into the electric vehicle realm because electric vehicles have the potential to be zero-emissions whereas gasoline and diesel cars do not,” said New Belgium sustainability specialist Katie Wallace said for a company press release. “Even charging a car on a coal grid emits fewer greenhouse gasses than an average gasoline-powered engine.” On average, plug-in vehicles are 33% more efficient than conventional combustion engines and perform on par with hybrid vehicles for fuel efficiency. Few charging stations currently exist along theFront Range, so New Belgium has worked with Schneider Electric to implement two stations on-site and will allow free charges to the public. Electric vehicle drivers can fill up for free during New Belgium’s tasting hours (10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday) by checking in at the reception desk. In addition to the fully electric Leaf vehicles, New Belgium is contracting with Kenworth to replace its entire local delivery truck fleet with hybrid vehicles starting this spring.
From Shikes at the Westword: When the Cheeky Monk opened in 2007, not many people thought a restaurant specializing in Belgian beer and food would last on Colfax Avenue. Nearly five years later, the spot is thriving, and its owners James and Tina Pachorek will add their own brewery, Three Saints, next door this fall. In the meantime, though, James is adding at least a dozen new tap lines behind the bar, bringing the total to 52, and is in the midst of doubling the size of his bottled beer list from around 65 to 75 selections to upwards of 150 — an astounding number that could make the Cheeky Monk’s bottle menu the largest one in the city. Read the rest of the story here http://blogs.westword.com/cafesociety/2012/03/the_cheeky_monk_doubles_its_bo.php
The Beer Institute released new data that show that value of beer sales in restaurants rose more than 9 percent in 2011 totaling about $23.6 billion in sales. With restaurants responsible for nearly 24 percent of total beer sales in 2011, they represented the largest share of the on-premise sales last year. Beer retail sales in restaurants jumped from $21.6 billion in 2010 to nearly $23.6 billion in 2011. Overall, beer sales rose more than 2 percent in 2011, surpassing $98 billion in total retail sales, highlighting beer’s continued strength within the alcohol beverage sector. According to market research company Nielsen, the increase in sales revenue can be attributed to the high-end beer business. The sale of imports, crafts and above-premium beers sold off-premise was up nearly 3 percent. According to the latest Beer Serves America study, the beer industry directly and indirectly supports approximately 1.8 million American jobs including those at our nation’s 547,000 beer-selling retail establishments.
Some great stuff going on at Copper Kettle Brewing Company at 1338 S. Valentia St.in Denver! A Battleof the Bitters release party Saturday March 3rd from 6-10! The ESB and British Best Bitter both on Cask! On Friday March 9th the release of their first American Amber Ale which is a perfect balance between maltiness and hoppiness. Release form 3-9 pm and OG Burgers will be serving food from 5-9. Try a fresh grass fed burger! And a pre St. Paddy’s Day bash on Friday March 16th. They will tap their Dry Irish Stout and have live Celtic music from Indigent Row from 7-9 pm. Also food from 5-9. www.copperkettledenver.com
The smallest brewery in Colorado, Dad & Dude’s Breweria getting an expansion via a new 55 gallon brewing set up. Don’t worry, they’ll still be the smallest brewery in the state. Coming soon, they will post a Poll to ask what brews they should keep on tap as their main “staples”.
Star Bar will host a Firestone Walker tap takeoveron Saturday March 3rd beginning at 6 p.m. that includes DBA, Pale 31,Walker’s Reserve, Velvet Merlin, Double Jack and the very rare Velvet Merkin, which is the Merlin aged in bourbon barrels. There will also be bottles of Sucaba.
CrazyMountainBrewing has received TTB approval for a new label for their SnowCat Coffee Stout. This brew will be packaged into 22oz bomber bottles and distributed at all their current accounts. This 5.9% ABV dark brew is blended with real coffee for extra flavor.
Crooked Stave, soon to be based out of Denver, updated us on their barrel aged ale program and their migration from Fort Collins to Denver. Crooked Stave transferred 3 oak barrels of Blackberry Petite Sour last week and readying the beer for bottling this week. Blackberry Petite Sour is their first barrel-aged sour beer that they will be releasing and has spent a considerable amount of time maturing in our Barrel Cellar.. It is also the first beer they plan to release through our 2012 Cellar Reserve program. Blackberry Petite Sour being the first we’ll have 9 other releases throughout the year of small batch barrel-aged beers and some cool merch to throw on top of that. They plan to close sales of the Cellar Reserve Membership at the end of the month, so for anyone still interested grab it now!”
On March 3rd Twisted Pine Brewing Company will release Sacred Spice, the third beer in its Artisan Ale Series. Fans of Twisted Pine and craft beer in general have received the endeavor – which pairs a distinctive new brew with a different local artist each month – with open arms, eyes and mouths. In its first two months the popular project has gained attention statewide and the brewery hopes to build on that success with March’s offering. Sacred Spice is an Imperial Porter invigorated with traditional masala chai spices skillfully blended by Boulder-based Sanctuary Chai. The enchanting ale carries the delightful scent and flavor of dark, roasted barley as well as the provocative aroma of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and other spices used for centuries to embolden Eastern teas. However, much like the brewery’s heralded Big Shot Espresso Stout, Sacred Spice strikes a fine balance whereby the flavors exhibit a seemingly natural harmony so that no taste bud is dominated but rather each one satisfied. The bold, black ale is 10.1% ABV with 33 IBU. Sacred Spice’s label features a piece titled ‘Life is Beautiful’ by local artist Millicent Kang. The release party will double as an art show for Kang, whose works will adorn the Twisted Pine ale house for the entire month of March. The artist will also be on hand to discuss her art and sign bottles for collectors in what has quickly become a celebrated monthly event. Further details can be found at the brewery’s website. A sneak peek of next month’s Artisan Ale can be seen here. Details: Sacred Spice release party – March 3rd, 2012 – 12-9p @ Twisted Pine
From Dave Butler at Fermentedly Challenged: There’s a lot happening at Pikes Peak Brewing this month. On Wednesday, March 14th at 5pm – stop in for the Irish Beer Mini-Festival featuring 5 different Irish beers. On the 15th, test your wits with Irish Trivia from 8-9pm. On Friday, March 16th they’re hosting a Leprechaun Costume Contest at 8pm. Then on St. Patrick’s Day (17th) from 10am to 12pm it’s Kegs, Eggs & Blarney Scones. Listen to bagpipers. $20 in advance gets you a 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 at the door. Try their new PPBC Irish Stout.
On Sunday March 4th Hops & Pie will welcome Salt Lake City’s Epic Brewing into the house at 2 p.m. for its monthly Littlest Big Beer Fest. Draft selections include Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout, Sour Apple Saison, Brainless on Peaches, and Smoked and Oaked Belgian Strong Ale; flights and single pours available. There will also be bottles of Hopulent IPA and Copper Cone Pale Ale
On Wednesday, March 7th, Grimm Brothers will release their new Czech Style Pilsner. According to the brewery: “This clean crisp Czech Pilsner is brewed with German Pilsner malt and Saaz hops, giving it a clean crisp malt back accentuated by the floral hop aromas and flavors of the hops. This is a perfect beer to bring in the spring.”
On Saturday March 10th Denver Beer Company throws down Big Easy-style from noon to 4 p.m. with a crawfish boil. Tickets are $25 and include two beers, crawfish and all the fixings. The brewery points out that beads, beers, andles bon temps are guaranteed. Call the brewery at 303-433-2739 to reserve limited spots in the beer garden.
Utah may be looking for a few good drinkers!!! In a state where drinking is a discouraged pastime, one lawmaker is pushing a bill that would require the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission to include at least two drinking members. The proposal by Democratic state Rep. Brian Doughty doesn’t specify how frequently or heavily one would have to imbibe to qualify. The bill states the resident drinkers must “for at least one year before being appointed and during their term, be consumers” of alcohol. And they’ll have to sign an affidavit attesting to that. The sponsor isn’t looking for alcoholics. He testified that he just wants consumers of the product to have “representation” on the commission.
A bill that passed the Mississippi House on Thursday could lead to the sale of stronger beer.House Bill 1422 would raise the allowable alcohol by weight on beer sold in the state from 5 percent alcohol by weight to 8 percent.Mississippi has the lowest alcohol cap for beer in the country. Advocates say the change say will benefit people who enjoy artisan beer and entrepreneurs who brew craft beer.House members asked whether consumers might become more intoxicated be more likely to have car accidents. Republican Rep. Hank Zuber of Ocean Springs says that because these beers are more expensive, people are likely to drink fewer of them. The bill was held for the possibility of more debate. It eventually would need to go to the Senate.
Sunoco Inc. is expanding its Craft Beer Exchange program to 13 APlus convenience store locations inSouth Carolina. First launched inBuffalo,New York, last summer, the program offers a rotating selection of up to a dozen draft beers available for purchase in 64-ounce growlers, as well as a variety of six-pack, 22-ounce bomber and 12-ounce bottle options. Featured brews include craft offerings from Allagash, Abita, Dogfish Head, Victory and New Belgium, among others. The new Craft Beer Exchange programs will roll out inSouth Carolina’sBerkeley,Charlestonand Dorchester counties, joining an existing 40 locations in APlus stores throughoutNew YorkState.