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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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New Holland Announces Colorado Distribution Plans

Late last week on our Facebook Page, we posted an exciting announcement about New Holland Brewing and their plans to begin distributing to Colorado. Here’s a copy of the press release, plus details on a pair of events taking place at Star Bar and Freshcraft in Denver later this week.

New Holland Announces Distribution in Four New Markets

Holland, Michigan-based craft brewery and artisan distiller, New Holland Brewing Co. has announced plans to distribute their products to four new markets across the great plains and into the Rocky Mountains beginning mid-August. Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa will soon be a part of the brewery’s now 24-state territory for beer and 17-state territory for spirits, including Washington D.C. To celebrate, New Holland will be hosting a handful of events in each state in August and September to kick off their launch in Central U.S.

“We are inspired by our mission to contribute flavorful choices to the passionate and thirsty craft drinkers,” stated Fred Bueltmann, VP of Brand and Lifestyle.  “We feel connected to these markets for so many reasons, and have heard the call of demand for our beers and spirits. It’s clear there is a strong and growing craft scene, with passionate and dedicated people moving it forward”

New Holland has tapped several respected companies as their distributors for the new territories. CR Goodman in Colorado, Quality Brands of Omaha and Double Eagle in Lincoln, Nebraska, Worldwide Wine and Spirits in Kansas, and Glazer’s of Iowa. “It is amazing to see the remarkable level of service in the craft distribution game,” stated Bueltmann.  “We have come a long way as an industry and we are impressed and excited to work with our new partners.”

New Holland will release their Year Round series of craft beer (Mad Hatter IPA, Sundog Amber Ale, Full Circle Kolsch, Monkey King Saison, The Poet Oatmeal Stout and Dragon’s Milk Barrel-Aged Stout) and many of their spirits (Knickerbocker Gin, Hatter Royale Hopped Whiskey and Clockwork Orange Liqueur), as well as several seasonal offerings, with their popular but allocated Beer Barrel Bourbon to follow as production allows. Additionally, the New Holland and Carhartt collaboration brew – The Carhartt Woodsman – will be launched in mid-September.

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River North Brings Back Rum Barrel Quandary

River North’s bringing back their tasty Rum Barrel Quandary on Saturday, August 23rd. The brewery will host a release party for bottle sales and will also have a limited amount of last year’s release flowing from the taps. Scroll down for more details.

River North Rum Barrel Quandary Returns

River North Brewery announced today it will re-release Rum Barrel Quandary, the brewery’s quadruple ale aged in fresh rum barrels. The second batch will debut this Saturday, August 23rd at 1pm at River North’s taproom.

Both draft pours and bombers-to-go will be available at the release party, and the brewery will also have a limited amount of last year’s vintage on tap.

Sweet, spicy and decadent, Rum Barrel Quandary balances the sweet malts of a Belgian-style dark ale with the sharp kick of new world spirits. At 10.2% ABV, River North recommends you enjoy a bottle amongst friends over a good meal.

“High quality rum barrels can be hard to come by when you’re based in Colorado,” Head Brewer Matt Hess said. “I can’t say for sure whether we’ll be able to release this beer every year, but if we can find the barrels, we’ll keep brewing it.”

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Art & Ale Brew Festival Continues To Impress

This past Friday, the 11th Annual Art & Ale Festival came to The Wildlife Experience in Parker. The event brought together craft beer, wine, spirits, food, music and more for a memorable night at the museum.

Despite the threat of rain, the weather held up, leaving comfortable temperatures for those outside. It was the perfect evening to take in an ice carving demonstration while sampling artisan cheeses or throw a little corn hole while sipping on a cold brew.


The various booths were spread around the museum’s outer grounds, along with the Grand Hall and hallways throughout the building. We spent nearly 3 hours sipping, munching and dancing the night away.





And when we needed a short break from all the drinking and dancing, the exhibit halls provided us the perfect place to slip away, catch our breath and even learn some fun wildlife facts along the way.

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What The Funk!? Tickets On Sale Friday 08/15/14

The third installment of Crooked Stave’s What The Funk!? festival has been announced for Thursday, October 2nd, during GABF week. The festival features a world-class collection of wild, sour, barrel-aged and other funkified brews. This is NOT to be missed. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale Friday, August 15th at 10 AM MST. Tickets are $80 each and worth every penny. WTF!? will once again be held at Denver’s EXDO Event Center, the same venue used during April’s WTF!?

Here’s the full scoop from the event organizers:

The third installment of What the Funk!? is right around the corner. On Thursday, October 2, 2014 we will be presenting barrel-aged, sour and funky beers from many of our friends around the world.  The breweries will be showcased at the Exdo event center from 6 to 10pm. Tickets will go on sale August 15th, 2014 at 10am MST. We hope to see you there!

A little taste, with more to come:

10 Barrel
AC Golden
Ale Apothecary
Casey Blending & Brewing
Crooked Stave
De Garde
Firestone Walker
Green Bench
Great Divide
Jester King
Jolly Pumpkin
Lost Abbey
Side Project
The Bruery
The Commons
The Rare Barrel
Wicked Weed

and many more Friends from
Shelton Bothers & Twelve Percent 


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Zwanze Day 2014 Locations Announced

Brasserie Cantillon posted a Zwanze Day update to their Facebook page this morning. The Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar will once again represent Colorado during this awesome celebration. Hope to see you there on September, 20th. Here’s the complete announcement:

Dear Zwanzeurs, here is the list of the bars where the Zwanze Day 2014 will take place on 20/09/2014. We are happy to welcome 2 new countries : Australia and Germany ! We will update the locations for Japan and British Columbia asap.


- Alewife Queens — Long Island City, New York
- Apex – Portland, Oregon
- Armsby Abbey — Worcester, Massachusetts
- Avenue Pub — New Orleans, Louisiana
- Bagby Beer – Oceanside, California
- Beachwood BBQ — Seal Beach, California
- Bier Station – Kansas City, Missouri
- Birch Bar — Norfolk, Virginia
- ChurchKey — Washington, D.C.
- Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar — Denver, Colorado
- Hill Farmstead Brewery — Greensboro, Vermont
- Holy Grale — Louisville, Kentucky
- Jester King Brewery — Austin, Texas
- Lord Hobo – Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Mikkeller Bar SF — San Francisco, California
- Monk’s Café — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Novare Res Bier Café — Portland, Maine
- REAL a Gastropub – Honolulu, Hawai’i
- Redlight, Redlight — Orlando, Florida
- Russian River Brewing — Santa Rosa, California
- Schera’s – Elkader, Iowa
- Spuyten Duyvil — Brooklyn, New York
- West Lakeview Liquors — Chicago, Illinois


- Dieu du Ciel — Montréal, Québec
- barVolo — Toronto, Ontario
- One location in British Columbia still to come


- Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà — Rome
- The Dome — Nembro
- Sherwood Pub — Nicorvo
- The Drunken Duck — Quinto Vicentino
- Ristopub Margherita — Quartu Sant’Elena
- Ottavonano – Atripalda


- Moeder Lambic Fontainas — Brussels
- Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles — Brussels
- Mi-Orge Mi-Houblon – Arlon
- Rose Red — Brugge


- Belgian Beer Café — Melbourne


- 2 locations still to come


- Nøgne Ø – Grimstad


- Pikkulitu — Helsinki


- Olbutikken — Copenhagen


- Café Herman — Berlin


- De Bierkoning — Amsterdam


- Akkurat — Stockholm


- Masia Agullons – Sant Joan de Mediona


- La Fine Mousse — Paris
- La Capsule — Lille


- The Dove Broadway Market — London
- Kernel Brewery — Bermondsey
- Six° North — Aberdeen


- Erzbierschof – Liebefeld


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Weekend Beer Buzz 08/14/2014

There’s a crazy one heading our way. Two new breweries! A fantastic beer fest, offering much more than just great beer. Details on the next What The Funk!? festival. A killer Beer Hunter’s Report. The return of Funk’n Wild and much more. Check it out!

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

This week’s firkin release at Station 26 Brewing Co. is called Red X. This one’s a malty German Red with cascara (fruit from the coffee bean) from Denver’s Corvus Coffee. Tapping set for 4 PM. Station 26 Brewing Co. is located at: 7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80207.

Upslope Brewing will tap a Gruit on Thursday evening. This hop-less concoction has been made with Oregon grape root, skullcap, chamomile, linden, tulsi basil, elderberry, cinnamon, black pepper, coriander, yarrow flower & hawthorn berry. Rebecca’s Herbal Apothecary & Supply will be on hand for guests to sample and learn about herbs. Tapping set for 6 PM. Uplsope’s Lee Hill Taproom is located at: 1501 Lee Hill Rd N20, Boulder, CO 80304.

Copper Kettle’s monthly beer & cheese pairing returns this Thursday evening.  4 cheeses, 4 beers, fresh bread and fruit for just $20, get on it.  These pairings are awesome and will give you a better understanding of how to better pair beer with cheese (and other foods for that matter).

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This monthly event is led by Copper Kettle staff and one of the cheesemongers from The Truffle Cheese Shop.  7:00 – 8:30 PM, reserve your tickets HERE. Copper Kettle Brewing Company is located at: 1338 S Valentia St, #100, Denver, CO 80247.

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Tickets to October’s What The Funk!? go on sale this Friday at 10 AM MST. The third installment of the What The Funk!? festival will be held on Thursday, October 2nd, during GABF week, featuring wild, sour, barrel-aged and all sorts of funkified brews. This is NOT to be missed.

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The brewery list so far includes Ale Apothecary, Jester King, Cascade, The Rare Barrel, De Garde and many, many more. Tickets are $80 and worth every penny. WTF!? will be held at Denver’s EXDO Event Center on Thursday, October 2nd from 6 – 10 PM. Our coverage of the most recent WTF!? can be found HERE.

UPDATE: Sold Out!

The 11th Annual Art & Ale brew festival returns to The Wildlife Experience in Parker on Friday evening. Head out for a night under the stars with a fine craft brew. In addition to some tasty craft brews, you’ll also enjoy cocktails, wine and food from local restaurants.

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You’ll also be given opportunities to create your own art, explore the exhibit halls, dance to live music and more. This is a fantastic brew fest and one we highly recommend all of our readers attend. Tickets are just $40 ($45 at the door – if available). Click HERE for tickets and additional details. The Wildlife Experience is located at: 10035 Peoria St, Parker, CO 80134.  Read more »

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Summer Seasonals From Elevation Beer Company

While other breweries seem to be caught up in a race to be the first to push pumpkin beers on us (ease up guys, it’s 90 degrees in early-August…), Elevation realizes Fall is still 6 weeks away. Thank You Elevation!

They’re getting ready to bring back a pair of popular Summer seasonals with their Wild Flowers Imperial Saison and Fanboy Barrel-Aged Double IPA. Scroll down for a refresher on these two tasty brews and grab a few from your favorite liquor store in the coming weeks.

Elevation Beer Company® to Release Next Round of Seasonals in August

Poncha Springs, Colorado-  Elevation Beer Company® is set to release its next seasonals in its Black Series and Double Black Series of Seasonal specialty and barrel-aged beers.

Elevation will release its Wild Flowers Imperial Saison in the Black Series, while Fanboy it’s virgin oak barrel-aged Double IPA will be released in its Double Black Series.

“We changed up Wild Flowers this year, using a different Saison yeast strain, says head brewer and Elevation Co-founder Christian Koch, “This resulted in a drier finish, which has made the beer a tad more traditional to the style.”

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Elevation was rewarded for this slight change in recipe with a Gold Medal for Wild Flowers in the Saison/Farmhouse Category earlier this month at the US Open Beer Championship.  Marking this their fourth medal in that contest over the past two years.

Elevation is also re-releasing Fanboy, which was aged this year in a combination of first and second use Virgin Oak barrels custom-made for the brewery.  Read more »

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River North Brewery Expands to Kansas City

River North Brewery will break into the Kansas City area in September. The brewery will send all 7 of their year round beers, along with a limited supply of their popular barrel-aged offerings. Find more details on River North’s plan in the press release below.

River North Brewery Expands Distribution to Kansas City with Central States Beverage Company

River North Brewery has announced it will expand distribution into the Kansas City Metro area in September. By partnering with Central States Beverage Company, beer lovers on both sides of the Kansas-Missouri border will have the opportunity to enjoy River North’s acclaimed brews.

River North Founders Matt and Jessica Hess know Kansas City well. Jessica grew up in Missouri, Matt in Kansas.

“Kansas City is the perfect fit for our first expansion outside Colorado,” Jessica said. “Kansas and Missouri are where Matt and I met and discovered our passion for great beer, so it just made sense.”

Kansas City will receive all seven of River North’s year-round brews, including award-winners  River North White, Hoppenberg and J. Marie. In addition, the brewery will send limited amounts of its barrel-aged beers, the rarest and most sought-after bottles it releases.  Read more »

The new Sierra Nevada Mills River location.

Beer Trippin’ In Asheville, NC. Part 2 – Sierra Nevada Beer Camp and More!

Scott’s fresh off his “Beercation” to Asheville, NC, a place he’s now calling “Beer City USA”. He’s typed up a few highlights from his trip to share what makes Asheville a “beer geeks dream”. Enjoy!

Beer Trippin’ In Asheville

A City Deserving Its Designation As Beer City USA

The first two days were a whirlwind of beer debauchery, proving Asheville to be a beer lovers utopia.  Click HERE if you missed Part 1. In Part 2, we’ll conclude with more shenanigans, including a stop at the new Sierra Nevada Mills River location and Beer Camp.

Day 3

The third day was all about the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp taking place at the new Sierra Nevada River Mills location.  It’s absolutely amazing how well run this event was.  No one was allowed to drive up to the brewery, so they provided shuttles to and from 2 locations; downtown Asheville and a nearby parking lot.  The shuttles (buses, really) were not lacking either. There were many lined up waiting to take the revelers to the event.

Lots of buses for Beer Camp.

Lots of buses for Beer Camp.

Driving through the brewery grounds, one can tell that it was no small feat to build this beautiful brewery.  Heavily forested, twisting roads lead up to the brewery; a massive, absolutely eye-catching structure.  The grounds themselves are well manicured with pavers instead of cement and shrubbery lining the lots.

The new Sierra Nevada Mills River location.

The new Sierra Nevada Mills River location.

Entering the festival was a bit overwhelming.  Dozens of beer tents lined the grounds and about a dozen food trucks lined the gardens towards the back of the festival.  A stage with a lively band was at the ready.  All the beers being poured were from the Southeast U.S. region, many of which I had never even heard of before.  A few breweries hadn’t even opened yet and this was their very first event.

The Beer Camp grounds.

The Beer Camp grounds.

The highlight of the festival was definitely the organization, with the camaraderie following closely behind.   Read more »

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