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.
Saturday October 11th 2014 Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar’s Refreshment for a Cause
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.
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.
For the third straight year, we had the honor of broadcasting live from inside the halls of the Colorado Convention Center for the Great American Beer Festival. What an amazing production this has become with over 580 breweries and 4,500 plus beers. Stacy Turk was the special co host this week!
In Hour One, we led off with Marty Jones who is now carrying the torch for Mission Brewing, Wasatch and Squatters Beers, Colorado Cider Company and much more. The man is a wealth of beer knowledge! We then talked to founding partner of Squatters Beers Peter Cole and Greg Schirf who founded Wasatch Beers. They have combined ventures and became the Utah Brewers Cooperative. We also caught up with Todd Thibault who has really mad his way around town this week to take it all in!
In Hour Two we led with off Greg Koch of Stone Brewing Company! 17 years of amazing beers and stories from this beer hero! We talked about some new beers they will be putting out, the hotel he is planning on, the Europe brewery, the charities that will benefit when he shaves his beard, and the 6 month sabbatical he will be taking! We also talked to Julia Herz of the Brewer’s Association about the festival and some of the winners that were just announced. Colorado did very well! We closed out the show with the guys from Rockyard American Grill and Brewing Company. They won Bronze for their Redhawk Ale in the Scottish Style Ale category. Jim Stinson, Kjell Wygant and Derek Mitchell jumped on with us and also talked about their whiskey barrel aged stout they packaged to help with flood relief assistance.
We are already counting down for next year’s GABF! Congrats to all the Colorado breweries who took home medals and to the other folks who didn’t medal but should have! We live in THE state of Craft Beer and we are very fortunate!
We closed out the year at our home away from home: Arvada Beer Company.
Kelly and Cary Floyd subbed for the Gubna!
In Hour One we threw out some Brew News You Can Use, talked about the year in Colorado beer and caught up on what’s new at Arvada Beer. We all gave our votes for best beer and brewery of 2012! We also talked to Adam Draeger from Yak and Yeti Restaurant and Brewpub. He has some pretty sweet beers coming out including his porter series. We closed out the hour with our other beer despondent, Mr. Mike Nelson!
On Hour Two we had a very cool discussion with Brewers Association Craft Beer Program Director Julia Herz. In mid-December the BA released a statement called Craft VS Crafty. The release talks about the line that has been blurred betwen what is craft beer and what is not. The BA wanted to remind folks that if a large brewer has a controlling share of a smaller producing brewery, the brewer is, by definition, not craft. They are calling for transparency in brand ownership and for information to be clearly presented in a way that allows beer drinkers to make an informed choice about who brewed the beer they are drinking. Read the statement HERE. Julia Herz is also publisher of CraftBeer.com. She is a BJCP beer judge, award-winning homebrewer, a Certified Cicerone and leader of American Craft Beer Week. Her areas of expertise include: Resources and education on craft beer, general statistics on the craft brewer segment, beer styles and trends plus craft beer and food pairing. In her role at the Brewers Association she serves as an advocate for and educator about U.S. craft brewers, and is a spokesperson for the Association.Connie called in at the end of the show to tell us a little bit about a new Golden brewery that will be opening up called Cannonball Creek Brewing Company.
We were very honored to be the only broadcast crew inside the halls of Great American Beer Festival! As the medal ceremony was wrapping up we had several guests on!
In Hour One we led off with a little scene set from the 31st annual GABF! We were then joined by General Manager at the Publican in Chicago Katie Syracopoulos. We also talked with Adam Trattler from Backcountry Brewery in Frisco. We then were joined by a very overworked Todd Thibault from Breckenridge Brewery. He gave us the lowdown on what it’s like to be involved in dozens of events and having to get beer practically everywhere during GABF week. We closed out the hour with John Winter from Lone Tree Brewing Company!
In Hour Two folks started pouring out of the awards ceremony. We announced some of those winners and Andrew Emerton from New Belgium Brewing jumped on. They won two medals! Brewers Association Craft Beer Program Director Julia Herz also joined us to talk about some of the medal winners and about 31 years of GABF! Strange Brewing Company co owner Tim Myers also joined us right after learning they had won a Bronze for their Dr. Strangelove Barleywine! Next up was Andy Brown and Marty Jones from the Wynkoop to talk about their Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout. Our next guests were Brad Lincoln and Gordon Schuck from Funkwerks who grabbed gold medals with their Belgian Style Strong and their Saison. But that was just the beginning, as they also received the Small Brewery of the Year Award! Upslope also won a silver medal in the American Style Brown category and head brewer Alex Violette joined us. We closed out the show with Ska President Dave Thibodeau who was a skunked as far as medals and was a little sour! We love him dearly though!