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Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast August 4th 2012

The Gubna and Daniel Ekker from Argonaut Wine & Liquor hosted this week. Special in studio guests were Garret Frase from the Tasty Weasel in Longmont and Justin Lloyd from downtown Denver’s Star Bar.

In hour one we discussed the GABF ticket fiasco as well as other brew news. Todd Thibault form Breckenridge Brewery jumped on from the Big Denver Barbecue Block Party. He also went over all the other festivals in the state this weekend. Turk also called in from Seal Beach California. He spent a lot of his vacation sampling what California has to offer in beer! We also talked about September 29th’s Fall Beer Classic.

 

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In Hour two we talked to Justin about the Star Bar and some events he has coming up. We also rapped with Garret who runs the Tasty Weasel who just underwent an expansion and has been named the hottest place to be on a Saturday Night by Rolling Stone Magazine.

 

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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.