New Belgium Brewing

Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast New Belgium Brewing 11-17-2012

The Gubna and Turk broadcasted live from the Cache La Feudor Room at New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins! We want to thank all the folks at NBB who made this happen! Our special guest in the program were media relations guru Bryan Simpson, social media guru and blogger Michael Bussman, assistant brewmaster Grady Hull and sensory specialist and wood beer manager Lauren Salazar. We talked everything New Belgium including their 21 year history, the new Asheville brewery, the Tour de Fat, their videocasts, the Lips of Faith series, new releases, sour beers and they schooled us on why there is no need to cellar their beers! It was an amazing day at the brewery! We also talked to our beer despondent Todd Thibault from Breckenridge Brewery!

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Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast 31st Annual Great American Beer Festival 10-13-2012

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!

 

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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!

 

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Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast 9-8-2012 New Belgium Tour de Fat

A really fun show here as we were invited to broadcast inside the grounds of New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat stop in Denver at City Park. We talked to several New Belgium guests including Sales Manager Matt Jones, VIP Manager Andrew Lemley, Tour de Fat Impresario Matt Kowal, Spokesperson Bryan Simpson and Liquid Center Manager Annie Franz. What an awesome event these guys put on in small and large cities across America. As Matt Jones said, “Let Your Freak Flags Fly!”

We also had our usual check in with our Beer Despondent Todd Thibault from Breckenridge Brewery. He was live in Durango for Ska Brewing’s 17 year anniversary party. We also took care of all the fine sponsors of this show and threw out a ton of brew news items for your pleasure.

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Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast 7-14-12 Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar New Belgium Tap Takeover

A great time had by all at Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar‘s New Belgium Brewing Tap Takeover!

In Hour 1 we talked to Parry’s owner and all around workaholic David Parry. We also grabbed Thibault who was live from the Breckenridge Brewfest. We also chatted with Dave Butler from Fermentedly Challenged who was live from the 3rd Annual Beer Bloggers Conference in Indianapolis.

 

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In Hour 2 we spent a half hour with Matt Jones and Andrew Emerton from New Belgium Brewing. We talked about their sour program, La Folie, their new beer Red Hoptober and some new Lips of Faith to be hitting stores soon. We closed out the show with Parry’s beer stud Greg Brill and GM Melanie Whitcomb. You need to get into Parry’s and check out their constantly rotating 50 tap handles. Their shop in Castle Rock about to go to 50 taps as well!

 

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Colorado Brew News You Can Use

A ton of St Patrick’s Day parties going on:

The Cheeky Monk Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day  at The Cheeky Monk’s Colfax or Westminster location! It’s an all Saints celebration with specials on Saint Beers plus an all Saints paddle  for $12 Also for $6 grab a St. Feuillien (Tripel, Blond or Printemps)  For more info follow the Cheeky Monk on Facebook  or visit The Cheeky Monk.COM 

The Royal Hilltop on the North East Corner of Hampden and TowerAlso celebrating St Paddy’s Day  with 5 Dollar Boulevard Irish Ambers, Rogue Irish Lagers & and Left hand Milk Stout Enjoy with their special Corn Beef & Cabbage!

Arvada Beer Company at 5600 Old Wads in Olde Town Arvada – Just in time for St. Patricks Day weekend, they released two Irish Style beers. O’Harrows Irish Stout, a Dry Irish Stout served on Nitro, and Flannigan’s Irish Red now flowing.

Asher Brewing Company –located at 4699 Nautilus Court just west of Jay road on 63rd Ave. Come spend your St Patrick’s Day with Asher Brewing! The Zimmermans and Jababa will be playing and Heirloom food truck will be serving food. Organic beer, music and great food! They  will be opening at 2:00 and music starts at 3:30.

Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora – The Irish Red and Irish Dry Stout on tap in honor of St Patrick’s day this year! Head on over  next Friday or Saturday! Denver’s premier traditional Irish pipe band, Michael Collins Pipes & Drums will be playing on Friday at 6pm.

Freshcraft at1530 Blake St. – Opened early and a great place to hang just a block east of the parade madness. A lot of great stouts on tap!!!

Grimm Bros Brewery in Loveland release their newest dry stout amed Bearskin. The St. Patrick’s Day activities include an Irish dance lesson and performance, and catered Irish pub fare (made with favorite Grimm beers) including: banger and cabbage sandwiches, corned beef stew made with Bearskin Stout, and Little Red Cap Ale Chicken Sandwiches. Food prices range from $5-$9.

Denver Off the Wagon throwing down at 8 PM at Star Bar! Join the Wagon & Star Bar crew!.  Fat Daddy’s BBQ arrived at 11AM to keep your tummy happy and live music with the Kentucky Street Parlor Pickers begins at 2PM and continues with Midlife Crisis at 6PM to keep your ears happy. The beer and good Irish cheer will be flowing like the River Shannon!  Come try Seamroy Red, the collaboration Star Bar did with the Rackhouse Pub andOdell Brewing. A continually hopped Irish Red.  And continually delicious, I might add. Local stouts and other brews will be in heavy supply. And the special early release of Colette from Great Divide!

At Upslope in Boulder: In true Irish fashion they will be tapping a keg of their Foreign Style Stout aged in Whiskey barrels for four months!  A tap room favorite, The Wolftones, will be playing some great Irish tunes starting at 4:30pm and local food truck, Verde, will be offering corned beef and cabbage tacos.

Crabtree Brewing inGreeley – Wear your green and kick your St. Patrick’s Day off right with a green beer at the brewery this Saturday!! Get $1 off that pint by showing us your best Irish Jig for 30 seconds! Videos of your jig will be put on our YouTube page where our fans will vote for the best one!! The winner will receive an amazing prize to be announced later! Stop in between 12pm the 4pm to enter the contest.

Falling Rock at 19th and Blake – The patio will be open, and the cash only beer booth out front will have $6 pints of Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks, Murphy’s Irish Red and Murphy’s Stout. There will also be $6 shots of Strannahan’s Colorado Whiskey at the cash only booth. Don’t worry, there is an ATM inside the bar if you need it. Also they will have their St. Pat’s lunch special of corned buffalo and cabbage available as soon as it’s tender. This is a FRTH tradition you don’t want to miss. Please, do not ask for green beer. They like their beers to taste like beer, not food coloring.

New Beer Releases: Thanks to Dave Butler at Fermentedly Challenged!

Great Divide’s return of  Colette, the Chocolate Oak Aged and 18th Anniversary. All three seasonals will return April 1st and each offer something delightful and different. Colette, a farmhouse ale, is a GABF silver medal winner and crowd favorite. It’s light, dry notes pair perfectly with the setting sun. Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti is one iteration of their Yeti Imperial Stout. It’s brewed with cocoa nibs and cayenne pepper to give it a little extra something. Lastly, their 18th Anniversary Ale is a perennial celebration of doing business. This wood-aged Double IPA is a real palate pleaser.

Pateros Creek Brewing’s Stalwart Ale. It’s their Stimulator pale ale infused with Szechuan Peppercorns and Grains of Paradise. Also it’s green. Stop in today starting at noon for a taste.

Funkwerk’s latest beer Brett Dream. Available now at the brewery and soon on shelves.

Lone Tree just released their Marienplatz Pilsner. This is a German lager brew made with Noble hops to add a spicy note.

Also from Dave Butler! Six more breweries just got added to the list of new businesses intending to open up. Coming this year or next:  Atom Brewing (Erie), Bayfield Brewing Company (Bayfield), Beer By Design Brewery (Brighton), Prairie Winds Brewing Company (Deer Trail), Shine Restaurant and Gathering (Boulder), and Kokopelli Beer Company (Westminster).

Estes Park Brewery will not host the  Rocky Mountain Brewfest this year! There is rumor that others may take up the reigns and put on an event at the Estes Park fairgrounds around July 28th. Estes Park Brewery plans to resume their fest in late June of 2013.

New Belgium Brewing will start distributing to Michigan in late August. This will bring New Belgium’s distribution to 29 states and theDistrict of Columbia. NBB has inked deals with 22Michigan distributors to carry its beer.

Lefthand Brewing’s Smokejumper Smoked Imperial Porter making a comeback after a 3 year shelving. Check out the video here 

Chef Ian Clark of Centro LatinKitchen & Refreshment Palace has been an avid part of the Boulderdining scene for over 12 years.  His commitment and passion in the kitchen have earned him recognition locally and nationally including a feature on the Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats and being named “Denver’s Best Restaurants” by 5280 Magazine.  Chef Ian’s kitchen craft has awakened our palates to his soulfully delicious Latin cuisine for over five years and now he’ll begin to share his same thoughtful technique and passion with his handbuilt ales. With this he found success, confirming that he could open a small nano brewery called BRU, handbuilt ales in his garage.  BRU will begin offering beers crafted on Chef’s Ian half-barrel system starting in April. For details in future weeks please visit www.bruboulder.com and follow the progress at www.facebook.com/bruboulder.

 

From Shikes at the Westword:  In June, Hugo’s Colorado Beer & Spirits will open in Capitol Hill, selling primarily craft brews and spirits cooked up in Colorado. Owner Joe-Michael Wright, had planned on selling only craft beer at the store, but decided to include spirits when he saw how many new small distilleries were opening. Eventually, he says, he may look to sell some Colorado-made wines.  He’ll carry a smaller selection of craft beers from out-of-state, as well. The store is located in the former Nicolo’s Chicago Style Pizza at 1205 East 13th Avenue. As a nod to who got it all started, he will carry Coors Original.

In Colorado Springs Great Storm Brewing opens up their doors today to serve beer and pretzels. Owner Lynn Jacobs  and her husband and head brewer Jeff  holding the grand opening and will feature $1 off pints from 6 to 8 p.m., paired with free food while it lasts. After that, it’ll offer strictly pretzel service with brews. Jeff has prepared eight house beers for his taps, including his oatmeal-rum-raisin stout. The brewery will be open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Find em onNorth Nevada between Austin Bluffs and Fillmore.

On the heels of a very successful first year for volunteer hop growers, AC Golden Brewing Company is providing drinkers with another chance to grow hops for inclusion in its Colorado Native Lager. Those who sign up will receive two Chinook rhizomes from AC Golden, along with planting, growing and harvesting information. Any harvested hops can be dropped off at Colorado Native Hop Drop parties around the state in the fall. The Chinooks will then be added to a Colorado Native brew. To sign up, just ‘like’ Colorado Native Lager on its Facebook page. Then click on the Hop Growers Submission Tab posted on the left and fill it out. On April 10, Chinook hop rhizomes will be mailed out to volunteers, along with planting and growing instructions. Since Colorado Native uses only Colorado ingredients, only hops grown in Colorado can be added to the brew. http://www.facebook.com/ColoradoNativeLager

According to the Denver Post, A couple of months ago, some new heavy duty equipment arrived at the Denver Beer Co.: two new stainless steel seven-barrel fermenter.  But a little more quietly, Charlie Berger and friends have been gathering a collection of wood barrels for some small-batch experimentation. A 93-gallon cognac barrel arrived from France, still holding a couple gallons of the sweet liquor, Berger said. The brewers filled that with a barleywine that is still aging on its first fill. Two Wild Turkey barrels are full of Russian Imperial Stout. A French chardonnay barrel holds a Belgian pale ale. And a red wine barrel is on its second fill. The first was a dry stout, the second sounds like dessert – a Belgian imperial stout with chocolate and Western Slope cherries. “We are hoping after the first go-around in these barrels, to get get going on sours,” Berger said. “These right now are definitely more going to focus on the woody characteristics.” Read more here http://blogs.denverpost.com/beer/2012/03/09/barrelaging-denver-beer/2917/

On Thursday March 22 from  9AM – 1PM, the Children’s Hospital Bloodmobile will be outside Wynkoop Brewing for their first blood drive. Donate a pint of blood and get a coupon for a pint of Wynkoop beer. A pint for a pint. Advance sign up is required by emailing christine@wynkoop.com or calling 303-297-9999.

Gene Simmons is parlaying his love for music into a new restaurant and entertainment venture called Rock & Brews. The concept captures the excitement of live concerts in an authentically themed backstage environment including Rock & Brews. They will serve rock musicians’ favorite foods and highlight an ever-changing, award-winning craft beer selection with hundreds of artisanal breweries featured from around the world. The first Rock & Brews is scheduled to open inEl Segundo,Calif., on April 3. Several others are in the works in theLos Angelesarea, including one atLos AngelesInternationalAirport, as well as locations inDenver;Atlanta;Maui,Hawaii;Tokyo; andLos Cabos,Mexico.

Mississippi is finally making some headway with their antiquated beer laws.  Three bills that will make for a better beer situation in the state passed the state senate.  Next stop, the house.

The bills are:

Senate Bill 2878 – Allows the alcohol by weight to be raised from 5% to 8%.

Senate Bill 2370 – Allows beer with greater than 5 percent alcohol by weight to be brewed. The beer could also be sold over Mississippi state lines.

Senate Bill 2600 – Allows breweries to provide samples of the beer.

A bill that would make crucial changes toWisconsin’s homebrew law has passed the Legislature. The bill now moves to Gov. Scott Walker’s desk. It would allow home brewers to make and share beer or wine outside their home. Current state law prohibits home brewers from transporting any beer or wine they make. It technically makes tasting events and competitions illegal. Several amendments were added to the original bill, including clarification that a state municipality can regulate a tasting event or competition. The change satisfies critics who say the original version ignored state regulations on alcohol distribution.

The Georgia state senate has approved legislation that if past could be a big benefit for the state’s brewpubs.  The bill will double the amount of barrels a brewpub can sell from 5,000 to 10,000.  In addition, it will raise the limit of barrels that the brewpub can sell to distributors from a mere 500 to 5,000.    A huge bonus for brewpubs looking to sell outside their 4 walls.House Bill 472 passed without any opposition.  Next stop for the bill is the Rules committee.

Beer & Cheese this month on March 27th at 6:30pm in the Great Divide Tap Room. It’s $24/person and you’ll have a selection of artisan cheese paired with Great Divide beers. Email info@greatdivide.com to RSVP.

 

Brew News You Can Use March 3rd 2012

Special thanks to Jonathan Shikes at Westword and Dave Butler from Fermentedly Challenged for the hard work they do on a week to week basis collecting Colorado Beer News!

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.