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Colorado Brewers Guild Announces Hop The Vote

The Colorado Brewers Guild has announced Hop the Vote to debut at this year’s Great American Beer Festival (GABF). The program will pit Colorado’s State Senators against Colorado’s House Representatives in a showdown to see who can make the best beer. The Senators created their beer yesterday under the watchful eyes of Dry Dock Brewing, while the House members will create their beer on Friday with the team at Denver Beer Co.

In just a few weeks, GABF attendees will have the opportunity to meet the teams, sample the beers and vote for their favorite over the course of the 3-day festival. We’ve sent Greg out to attend both brew session and interview the teams, so stop back soon for additional details.

Colorado Brewers Guild Launches Hop the Vote Program 

Brewing competition between legislators to take place during Great American Beer Festival 

DENVER – Today the Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) announced a new program, Hop the Vote. This program is a spirited but friendly brewing competition held between the Colorado State House of Representatives and Colorado State Senators. Voting will take place during all sessions at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) from October 2 through October 4.

“The Colorado Brewers Guild works side-by-side with our state leaders on a daily basis on public policy for the industry” said Steve Kurowski, marketing director at the CBG. “Hop the Vote gives us the chance to show the Colorado community how and why we work together.”

To prepare for the competition, each team will host a brew day at a local Denver brewery next week. Each team has both Democrat and Republican representatives, many of whom are up for re-election this November.  Read more »

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Weekend Beer Buzz 08/28/2014

Just a quick one this week. It’s a nice, long, holiday weekend and we’re going Phishin’.

Here’s the scoop.

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Station 26 will tap a firkin of Euro Pale Ale with lemon and ginger on Thursday at 4 PM. They’ll be joined by Farm to Truck. And for you Phish fans, they’ll host a pre-party before the shows at Dick’s on Fri, Sat & Sun. Station 26 Brewing Co. is located at: 7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80207.

  • Menu Update, Crooked Stave at The Source, Denver, CO

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Crooked Stave at The Source is located at: 3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216.

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Lone Tree Brewing Company is located at: 8200 Park Meadows Dr, Suite 8222, Lone Tree, CO 80124.

Friday, August 29th, 2014

The Tasty Weasel’s hosting Black Fidy Friday, which will feature a 3-year vertical of that inky black, delicious Ten FIDY. LOVE IT!

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Stop by to try ’12, ’13 and ’14 FIDY along with Rum Barrel Aged Ten FIDY and Maker’s Mark Barrel Aged Ten FIDY. If you’re nice, maybe they’ll even fill a crowler for you to-go. The Tasty Weasel is located at: 1800 Pike Rd Unit B, Longmont, CO 80501.  Read more »

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Dry Dock Launches New Signature Series Beers

Last week, we saw Dry Dock launch their newest Signature Series beer in 22 oz. bombers. Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout joined Bligh’s Barleywine as the second Dry Dock Signature Series beer and is quickly becoming a favorite among Colorado’s craft beer fans.

Earlier today, Dry Dock announced their plans to add 5 additional beers to the Series before the end of 2014. Bligh’s will return, along with 4 new beers – Double Brown, Hazelnut Double Brown, Double Vanilla Porter and Double Coffee Porter.  All were aged in Whiskey Barrels. Scroll down to read the full press release and details on each beer.

Dry Dock Brewing Co. Releases Signature Series Imperial Stout; Five More Barrel-Aged Beers To Come

AURORA, CO— This week, Dry Dock Brewing Co. released the Signature Series Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout in 22 oz. bombers. The 2014 Signature Series release of the Imperial Stout is the first of this year’s Signature Series, a collection of small-batch, barrel-aged imperial and double beers. It is the first time this whiskey barrel-aged Imperial Stout has been available outside of the taproom.

The Signature Series Imperial Stout was first brewed by Dry Dock Brewing’s Director of Brewing Operations Doug Hyndman for the annual brewers’ Ho Ho Ho Slapdown brewing contest in 2012. It took second place in the contest, but everyone loved it so much that it gained a spot in Dry Dock’s seasonal tap lineup.

The Imperial Stout, along with the rest of the Signature Series beers, will be available on tap and in bottles in Dry Dock’s tasting room. Less than 200 cases of bombers will be distributed throughout the state of Colorado.

Next to be released in the Signature Series are the Double Brown Ale and Hazelnut Double Brown, followed by the Double Vanilla Porter and Double Coffee Porter, and finally the Bligh’s Barleywine Ale. All of these Signature Series beers were aged in whiskey barrels. There are complete descriptions of all six beers below.  Read more »

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9th Annual Falling Rock Fresh Hop Festival Announced

The Lovibond Series is coming to a close, but the awesome team from the Colorado Brewers Guild and Imbibe may have saved the best for last. They’re closing out the series with the 9th Annual Falling Rock Fresh Hop Festival. 20+ breweries have already signed up for the event, which is set for the afternoon of Saturday, September 27th.

Grab your tickets and get ready for a tasty day at Falling Rock sipping on a variety of sticky, floral, wet-hopped brews.

You’ll find all the details you need below in today’s press release.

Hope to see you there!

The Creators of Collaboration Festival and Sesh Fest Present the 9th Annual Falling Rock Fresh Hop Festival

Final Lovibond event of the year to highlight the hop harvest season

DENVER – Aug. 26, 2014 – Earlier this year the Colorado Brewers Guild and Imbibe Events announced the Lovibond Series. Each beer festival in this series focuses on a specific aspect of the brewing industry. The final installment of the series, the Falling Rock Fresh Hop Festival, will take place on Saturday, September 27 at Falling Rock Tap House (1919 Blake Street, Denver CO 80202) from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“Hop harvesting is an annual labor of love for many within the craft beer industry,” said Steve Kurowski of the Colorado Brewers Guild. “Fresh hop beers are exciting and unique. Fresh hop beers tend to be pale ales and IPAs, but there can also be a lot of variation with the fresh hop style.”

Fresh hopped beers are defined as beers made with hops within 24 hours of being harvested. Hops play a vital role in the brewing process. Each hop flower contains lupulin, a sticky substance that is secreted when boiled. Lupulin contains essential oils, bitter acids and resins that contribute to bitterness, flavor and aroma of the beer. Hops also help preserve beer’s freshness.

Falling Rock Tap House has hosted the Fresh Hop Festival for nine years now. This year they have decided to partner up with the Colorado Brewers Guild and Imbibe Events to expand the festival. This event will showcase beers from Colorado and the West Coast. Brewers will be producing fresh hop IPAs, pale ales, brown ales, Belgians and stouts.  Read more »

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Stealthy Black Project Drives Former Future Wild

There is a magic to open fermentation.  You leave your potential beer completely dependent on prevailing winds and the general goodwill of the local flora.  It is a risky proposition with no sure outcome, but as with all great risks, when it turns out right the rewards are even greater.  The Black Project is a new exploration of spontaneous fermentation by the fine folks down at Former Future Brewing.  Chief Beer Officer James Howat is quick to note that this series of beers is separate in concept and branding from Former Future.  Because of the uncertain nature and timeframes involved with spontaneous fermentation, these beers will be released “when they are ready”.  No definite time tables, the beers will choose their own time for release.  Luckily, we managed to find our way under the radar to the stealthy release of the first in the series, Flyby.

From the initial press release with its partially redacted text to the actual event itself, this beer release has captured the feel of a covert operation.  I arrive at the brewery to find the shutters down and a closed sign on the door.  Through the glass of the door, I see movement inside.  Something is definitely afoot but it isn’t exposed to the light of day.  Slowly, people begin to trickle in around me, forming a nice and orderly line.  These people know what’s going on.  Pleasant conversation passes the time and then, without fanfare, the doors open and we are ushered inside.

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Each entrant was presented with a t-shirt commemorating the Black Project and two drink tickets, the first for any of the fine array of house beers and the second for a pour of the main event, the spontaneously fermented Flyby that will be tapped at 7pm.  Within 15 minutes of opening, every seat in the house is filled with happy patrons sipping on their appetizer beers awaiting the main course.  I had the wonderful Golden Feather, a light sour reminiscent of a Berlinerweisse.  It’s tasty and slightly tart, drinking like a great refreshing summer beer.

However, the clock rolls around to seven and finally the moment everyone has been anticipating arrives.  Read more »


Delicious Deviations At Rendezvous At The Rock

Over the weekend, Mrs. Insane and I made the trip down South to Rockyard Brewing in Castle Rock to attend the 2nd Annual Rendezvous at the Rock. These late-Summer, outdoor beer festivals are THE place to be on the weekends. The Colorado weather’s been nearly perfect and it’s the time of year to get out and play before Fall begins to creep in.

The afternoon was filled with live bluegrass by the Barrel House String Band, stunning views of the Rocky Mountains, opportunities to make friends with some awesome goats and of course sample a whole bunch of delightful and delicious craft beers.


A new twist to this year’s Rendezvous was the addition of the Deviation award, where each brewery entered a one-off beer and festival attendees were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite. The traveling trophy is a stainess steel didgeridoo signed by Xavier Rudd. With offerings like Dry Dock’s newly bottled Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, Paradox’s refreshing Skully Peach Sour and CAUTION’s tasty Earl Grey Mild, there was certainly some stiff competition for winning the trophy and bragging rights for the next 12 months. Ska took home the prize this year though, thanks to their Barrel-Aged Orange Cream Stout.




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Hyperlocal Boulder Craft Beer Festival Makes An Inaugural Splash

Downtown Boulder is no stranger to hosting festivals with an array of activities year round but this is the first of hopefully many Boulder Craft Beer Festivals put on by the organization.  What sets this festival apart from the dozen others you might have attended this summer is how locally focused it is.  All 20 breweries are based in Boulder county.  The brewery farthest from the festival site was only 15 miles away (Left Hand) with the closest based a mere 2 blocks up the street (Walnut Brewery).  This pride showed in both the patrons and the brewers, it was like they gathered all their regulars with all their favorite local breweries in one spot for a nice afternoon of drinking and conversing.  There was an overarching feeling of community at the event with small groups mingling with larger groups, everyone gathered together by the beer but enjoying the company as much as the libations. 

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Our picks of the day would have to be the outstanding Anniver-soury from Odd13 and the Tsar Bomba Russian Imperial Stout from Gravity Brewing.  The Anniver-soury is a deliciously tart mango beverage that was soured for four days in the kettle with 50 pounds of mangos added to the 10 barrel batch.  The beer was then finished with brettanomyces claussenii for just the right balance of fruit flavor and twang.  Two thumbs up! Gravity Brewing was proud owner of the longest line waiting for pours with good reason.  Their Tsar Bomba was decadently rich and smooth with notes of coffee, chocolate and molasses.  A check of their current taproom listing shows them pouring a version of this aged in Breckenridge Bourbon Barrels, we only imagine that would push this great beer even further into realms of excellence.  Check out their upcoming 2nd anniversary party on September 6th from noon til 10pm! 

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A special shout out for most enthusiastic brewery goes to the crew from J.Wells Brewery.  Their infectious attitude and cool duds added to the party atmosphere.

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In addition to all the wonderful beer, there was an array of games for play including two cornhole sets and a beer pong table set up by the folks from Liquor MartRead more »

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Zwanze Day 2014 Update

Just a quick update from Cantillon’s Jean Van Roy on the 2014 Zwanze Day beer. We’re only a few weeks away. Who’s excited?!?!

Here you go, straight from the Cantillon website:

Dear Zwanze enthusiasts,

Some of you have already had the opportunity to taste Iris Grand Cru aged 3 years in a 400-litre cask. This product was sold without having been blended with a younger beer and so there was no possibility of secondary fermentation. As a result, Iris Grand Cru is a non-sparkling beer and it is meant to be drunk like cereal wine. Without cold hopping, its fragrances tend more towards the characteristic acidity of a spontaneous fermentation product associated with a slight caramel taste.

In other news, my eldest son, Florian, turned 18 on 3 May. To duly celebrate his transition to adulthood, and as the worthy son of a lambic brewer, Flo received a rather original birthday gift: an entire cask filled with “Cuvée Florian”.

Admittedly, finding the name was easy, but it was another matter to come up with the actual beer we were going to produce on this occasion. When I first tasted the Iris Grand Cru, I immediately thought that adding a touch of fruitiness to the caramel accent could be very complementary. And since my son’s favourite beer is kriek, I based myself on a mix of these two products to create his birthday present.

As my goal was not to create some kind of kriek clone, I reduced the amount of fruit by 40% in this blend with the Iris Grand Cru. After all, the core idea was to contribute fruitiness and mellowness to the base beer, not recreate a beer that tasted like sour cherries. Although cold-hopping with the same quantities used for “traditional” Iris would probably have masked the blend’s very subtle fragrances, I still wanted to add a touch of bitterness to this birthday present and decided to opt for a small dose of superb and very delicate Bramling Cross hops. The linger on the palate is very complex while the fruity fragrances of the hops play a subtle role without throwing off balance the beer’s range of flavours and bouquet.

For this Zwanze 2014 I had originally planned on using the spontaneous fermentation stout brewed at the beginning of 2013, but despite the fact that this beer is already very good I have the feeling that another year of maturing in a cask will give it more delicateness and character. In light of this we needed another beer to replace our “wild” stout so as to be able to organise our Zwanze Day, and as you will undoubtedly have understood by now, the success of “Cuvée Florian” meant that it did not take very long for us to make a decision.

I did ask the kid if he was OK with me making a new version of his birthday present, and since this was not a problem for him, it was only logical to call this Zwanze 2014 “Cuvée Florian”!

Happy birthday, son!

Jean Van Roy

Lambic Brewer and Blender

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Weekend Beer Buzz 08/21/2014

Another week, another two new breweries. Crazy times.

Here’s the rundown kids. Look for our man Greg doing work over at the inaugural Boulder Craft Beer Fest, watch for Scott who’ll probably be chasing around delivery trucks dropping off the first releases from New Holland and Southern Tier, while Mrs. Insane and I head South for the Rendezvous at the Rock. It’s what we do. Get out this weekend and share a beer with us.

Let’s do it.


Thursday, August 21th, 2014

Last week we share New Holland’s plans to expand their distribution into Colorado. On Thursday, you’ll have the opportunity to meet some of the New Holland team and sample Mad Hatter IPA, Dragon’s Milk Stout and Ichabod Pumpkin Ale at Freshcraft.

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Familiarize yourself with the New Holland lineup and enjoy this great addition to the market. Tappings begin at 8 PM. Freshcraft is located at: 1530 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.

  • Opening, Zwei Brüder Brewing, Fort Collins, CO

Zwei Brüder Brewing opened their doors this week up in Fort Collins.

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The new brewery’s founded by two brothers offering up German favorites and unique small batch creations. Zwei Brüder Brewing is located at: 4612 S Mason St, Fort Collins, CO 80525.

  • Pyrite Tapping, The Old Mine, Erie, CO

The Old Mine launched Pyrite earlier this week. Pyrite’s a 10.5% ABV Imperial Cider that was aged for 7 months in Breckenridge Bourbon Barrels.

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“It’s like the apples went to Bourbon Heaven then returned to earth for us to enjoy.” Stop by The Old Mine to check out their outstanding selection of ciders and guest beers. The Old Mine is located at: 500 Briggs St, Erie, CO 80516.

Here’s the latest lineup from BSB. Click image to enlarge.

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Please note that the Guava Red Saison is nearly gone, so giddy up! Black Shirt Brewing is located at: 3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205.  303-993-2799.

  • Firkin Tapping, Comrade Brewing, Denver, CO

Comrade will tap a firkin of Double Dry-Hopped Session IPA on Thursday. This one’s been hopped up with Hull Melon hops from Germany, which are known to impart a fruity aroma. Comrade Brewing is located at: 7667 E Iliff Ave, Suite F, Denver, CO 80231.

Yak & Yeti just tapped their Imperial Barrel-Aged Saison (aged in Leopold Bros. Whiskey Barrels), along with Cinapple, a 5.1% ABV cinnamon infused apple ale. Head back to Yak & Yeti on Saturday, 8/23 at 3 PM for the release of Lavender-Warrior Imperial Saison, a 10.5% ABV Imperial Belgian Farmhouse-style beer infused with lavender.

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The new brew’s a  collaboration with the Shelly Blais Yoga Studio (who hosts Yak & Yeti’s monthly Poses and Pints on the first Sunday of each month from 11-noon). Yak & Yeti is located at: 7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO 80002.  303-431-9000.

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Lone Tree Brewing Company is located at: 8200 Park Meadows Dr, Suite 8222, Lone Tree, CO 80124.

Friday, August 22th, 2014

Snowbank Brewing will have their Grand Opening in Fort Collins this weekend. Here’s a few of the beers to watch for.

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Picture from Snowbank Brewing.

Inclination IPA – bright tropical nose full of pineapple and grapefruit, flavors of sweet caramel and lemon zest with a spicy, resiny bite and gentle, lingering citrus bitterness.

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New Holland Brewing Comes To Colorado

Late last week, we learned of New Holland Brewing’s plans to begin distributing to the Colorado market. As we expect the first shipment of beers to begin showing up on shelves any day now, here’s a quick look at some of the beers you might run into out there, with descriptions and pairing suggestions from New Holland Brewing.

Locals will have the opportunity to get better acquainted with the beers and meet some of the New Holland team during their visit to Colorado this week. Star Bar will play host on Wednesday, August 20th from 6 – 8 PM. The following night, Thursday, August 21st, they team will head to Freshcraft for a visit from 8 – 10 PM. Freshcraft tappings include Mad Hatter IPA, Dragon’s Milk Stout and Ichabod Pumpkin Ale.

Now, meet a few of the beers.

Mad Hatter IPA – 5.8% ABV, 55 IBU’s

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“Dry-hopped for a distinctive, floral hop aroma; subtly balanced with delicious malt notes.”
Pairings: spicy dishes, greens and aged cheese.

The Poet Oatmeal Stout – 5.2% ABV, 37 IBU’s

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“Oats bring a creaminess and soft mouth-feel to rich, roasty malt character.”
Pairings: mushrooms, beef, blooming, soft-ripened cheeses and chocolate.

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