Saturday May 2nd 2015 South Denver Beer Fest
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!
Saturday April 25th 2015
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!
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.
Saturday April 11th 2015
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 Company. These 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.
We had the honor to broadcast at Illegal Pete’s at 270 S. Broadway and what a show this was! Illegal Pete’s Marketing Guru and All Around Good Guy Virgil Dickerson co hosted with Turk. We had many special guests. First up was Amanda Seastrom from Niman Ranch who supplies their pork and beef and they do it in a humanely and sustainable way! We then talked to Mike Nelson a little bit who basically announced he was running for city council. Tebo was next up from Breckenridge Brewery to talk about several items. Still not too late to get their Christmas Ale but do it fast! Aaron Thomas Collins from the great local band A Tom Collins then joined us to talk about his band, touring and the new album Sticke and Poke. Next up were brewers Alex Violette and Sam Screwbie from Upslope Brewing Company. They talked about the collaboration beer they did with Illegal Pete’s, the Christmas Ale and the re release of Foreign Style Stout. Comedian Adam Cayton-Holland was next. He is part of the Grawlix which you can catch at Funny Or Die, he does a ton of stand up around town as well as other places nationwide. He has a hilarious podcast too called My Dining Room Table. Check out his website HERE. Last up was a legend in the music biz! Patterson Hood from the Drive-By Truckers jumped on as did Bart Dahl from 7S Management. Can’t thank Bart enough for this interview as well as Virgil for bringing in such amazing guests! We also want to thank an amazing crowd for showing up including Turk’s mom Deb, Linda, Sned, The Hurley’s, Johnny G, Adam Lenfest, Nicol Winkler, Jim Bullington, David Sirota and Bryce and Casey from Atlas Valley Wine & Spirits!
Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast: Breckenridge Brewery 23rd Anniversary Hootenanny Saturday July 13, 2013
We broadcasted live from Breckenridge Brewery‘s 23rd Anniversary Hootenanny! Justin Lloyd from Star Bar co hosted with Turk. What a great party they threw at 471 Kalamath. Closed the street down, live music, great BBQ and of course some awesome Breck brews including small batch ones. Guests included: Todd Thibault and Matt Eldridge and Sarah Cokelar from Breck. Matt talked about a collaboration they did with Leftover Salmon and some local artists. Be looking out in the 12 pack summer samplers. We also talked to Brewmaster and Director of Brewing Operations Todd Usry. They are working on some new beers and updated us on the new brewery in Littleton. Other guests included Tim Myers of Strange Brewing live from the Brewer’s Rendezvous, PJ Huberman from Denver off the Wagon and Beer Despondents Mike Nelson and Trent Pope.
Big thanks to Todd Thibault, Todd & Terri Usry, Sarah Cokelar, Matty, Matt Eldridge and the entire Breck crew for a great time and being wonderful sponsors of the beer show!
We broadcasted live from Strange Brewing Company for the culmination of their 3rd Anniversary party and to wrap up American Craft Beer Week. Co owner and head brewer Tim Myers was the guest co host with Turk. We talked about their amazing three years of growth, the wide range of brews they make and the Dr. Strangelove Barleywine which won a bronze medal at last year’s GABF and was just bottled and now on sale in the taproom!
We also talked to Tebo from Breckenridge Brewery who was in Arizona for the AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Fest. Renegade Brewing‘s Laura Vande Zande jumped on to discuss the all new Renegade Publik House. Beer Despondent Mike Nelson gave us the update on his beer travels and we were joined by Harry Smith and Lila Mackey who are opening up Black Sky Brewery at 490 Santa Fe in the Arts District. Harry has brewed at Breckenridge the last 12 years and Lila has been with Strange since the beginning.
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.