Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast: Saturday July 12th 2014 Breckenridge Brewery 24th Anniversary Hootenanny


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Nicol Winkler (AKA The Thirsty German and Turk were front and center to celebrate 24 years of Breckenridge Brewery! They closed off Kalamath between 4th and 5th in what will be the last anniversary bash at their current location. This was an amazing event with a pig roast, 6 bands, great people and of course, tasty suds. Every band rocked the stages hard and got us all dancing! It was our first time seeing the Magic Beans who were unbelievable. They did a bluegrass rendition of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Tuesday’s Gone!!! During the show we had many a guests including Todd Thibault, Todd Usry and Matt Eldridge from Breck. They gave us the lowdown on 24 years and the plans moving forward into their new brewery on South Santa Fe. We also talked to Brian Bjork from Odell Brewing and Julia Wellington from Copper Kettle about their fundraising event A Night to Remember. Dan Rabin came on to talk about his new book Colorado Breweries.  We even let Gary V on the show with his partner in crime Katie Nierling who also reps for Fort Collins Brewery. This was such a fun day that will never be repicated. Thanks to the breck crew (especially Sarah, Tebo, Usry and Matt), and all the supporters of this trend setting brewery for making this happen.



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Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast: Saturday July 5th 2014 at The Brew on Broadway

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Paul Webster and the gang at The Brew on Broadway, or affectionately known as the BoB had us on out smack dab in the middle of their three-day one year anniversary bash. Todd Thibault from Breckenridge Brewery was the co host! There were some special beers on tap and he just got his beer engine flowing. This place is great as it serves as a coffee shop and brewery. Heck you can even get a beer at 7:30 am on the weekends here. The brews are great, the atmosphere is top notch and just what downtown Englewood needed.  In hour one we chatted with Paul the whole time getting his story and some of his crazy ideas on making beer. I’m talking about good kind of crazy like taking an IPA and rocking it back and forth at room temp for 6 and a half months to replicate the old school IPA’s that made their journey from England to India. We also talked with Luke Franklin from Upslope about a special beer release in 19.2 oz. cans coming up. Think Brown Ale aged in Leopold barrels! Jeffrey Green from The Very Nice Brewing Company came on to talk about what’s up in Nederland! Kieran Nelson also jumped on from Glendale’s Bruises & Brewfest going on on August 16th at Infinity Park. It involves Beer and Rugby! Sweet! Again big thanks to the Websters and crew at the BoB for making us part of their anniversary celebration.



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Colorado Craft Beer Show Saturday June 28th Arvada Beer Company


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Going to Arvada Beer Company is a real treat! It’s like going back to the grandparent’s house when you were a kid. They take care of us like we are their kids! Much love to Kelly and Cary for always asking us back! The Floyd’s sat in all show as we caught up on what is going on at ABC! We also had on Breckenridge Brewery‘s Todd Thibault from the Colorado Brewers Festival. It just happened to be his BDay too. We are getting you ready for their 24th Anniversary Hootenanny on July 12th. Will Carlson also jumped on from Beerporium as he set up shop with his goods. In Hour Two Justin Baccary from Station 26 Brewing jumped on to talk about what he, Wayne Waananen and the crew are up too! We tried a couple of their beers and they are amazing. Get on out to 38th and Pontiac!



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Colorado Craft Beer Show Saturday June 21st 2014 Lone Tree Brewing Company



We broadcasted live from the patio at Lone Tree Brewing Company. Laura Vande Zande from Renegade Brewing Company! Todd Thibault from Breckenridge Brewery also sat in for most of the show! We talked to John Winter, Amber Davis-Sato and Bridgette Geiger from Lone Tree about the new summer beers on tap and ones to be released. We talked about the growing pains of a brewery once you distribute yourself and add cans to the mix. We hit events they are involved with coming up and a whole lot more. We also had on Sean Dugan from Elevation Beer Company to talk about what’s new coming out of their Poncha Springs brewery. We did Mobile Canning’s Brew News You Can Use and threw out what is going on up and down the front range in beer!



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Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast: Boulder Beer 35th Anniversary Saturday June 14th 2014


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Chicken Dan Weitz and Turk hosted from Boulder Beer’s 35th Anniversary at the Brewpub in Boulder! Chicken Dan has been doing manning marketing duties for Boulder Beer for over 12 years. What a treat this was as we got the history of the FIRST microbrewery in Colorado. There’s been a ton of change over the years and we got the skinny. Randolph “Stick” Ware also jumped on for the full second hour. You need to listen to his tale of the “Laughing Beer”. He was one of the original founders back in 1979 along with David Hummer. Big thanks to Chicken Dan, Tess McFadden, David Zuckerman, Jeff Brown, Jessica Graefenhain and the crew for haing us out for this amazing party! There were some amazing beers flowing in the beer garden out back.

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Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast: Highlands Ranch Beer Festival June 7th 2014


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2nd year in a row we broadcasted from the Highlands Ranch Beer Festival. This time around we had between 50 and 60 breweries and about 250 more people. This has sold out the last two years as well as the craft beer revolution is strong in the south metro! The Thirsty German, Nicol Winkler was the special co host for this one! We led off with Jamie Noebel who is the Community Relations Manager for the HRCA. We talked about the fest and about the beneficiary of the funds raised which is the Highlands Ranch Community Scholarship Fund. Next up was Peggy Lyle who is the Event and Entertainment Director for the Downtown Fort Collins Business Administration. They put on the Colorado Brewers Festival in downtown Ft. Collins which this year turns 25 years old. A ton of new added features and events to the fest and they are giving away free beer for a year to a lucky person that registers online for some festival bucks. This is a 3 day event that runs June 27th through June 29th. We then chatted with Todd Thibault from Breckenridge Brewery as he was down in Pagosa Springs for the Blues and Bluegrass Fest. They have some cool events coming up including their 24th anniversary Hottenanny on July 12th.



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In hour two we led off with Jerod Hutchison and Jason Wiley from the Colorado Keg House which is set to open at the end of the month in Broomfield by the First Bank Center.  They will have 75 all Colorado taps and all beers will be just 5 bucks. These guys are going to rock in on the 36 corridor! Next up was Alex Ogrinz who is the event specialist for Upslope Brewing Company. We talked about their new beers, the Get Down and much more. And finally, we nailed down Jodie Whealy form Ska Brewing. This is about as rare as a Yeti sighting. Was an honor to get her on and talk about all things Ska. Their 19th anniversary is coming up in September and should be a blast as always! We closed the show with Brew News You Can Use as there is never a dull moment in the state in great beer! Big thanks to Amanda Arnce for the invite and for putting on such a great festival as well as the amazing staff that made this one seamless! We are grateful to broadcast here each year!



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Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast: Saturday May 31st 2014 Arvada Beer Co


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Back to our home away from home Arvada Beer Company! Cary and Kelly Floyd hosted with me and they have been busy brewing some summer beers! They had a new Saison, Doppelbock and Kolsh on tap as well as the Pomegranate Wheat. They are also getting ready for first Saturdays in Olde Town Arvada and the summer beer festival season. We talked about ABC, new liquor enforcement division rulings and of course threw out a fat Brew News You Can Use segment. we also were joined by Tommy Bibliowicz from 4 Noses Brewing Company. He gave us their story and we tried some of their beers. They are located just west of Wadsworth and 116th Ave in Broomfield! Breckenridge Brewery‘s Todd Thibault jumped on from Burning Can Fest in Lyons! We also welcomed in a new sponsor for the next few weeks with The Downtown Fort Collins Business Administration who throws the Colorado Brewers Festival which this June 28th and 29th they turn 25 years old!



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Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast: Mountain Toad Brewing 1 Year Anniversary May 24th 2014


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The Mountain Toad Brewing Gang was kind enough to invite Turk and Nicol Winkler out to do the show for their one year anniversary! What a great brewery, with great beers, an awesome beer garden and clientele! We talked to the Mountain Toad crew which included Kaylee and Josh Robbins, Brian Vialpando and Thad Briggs! They were releasing some special beers throughout the day and bringing back some old faves. Other guests included Brett Wagner who has been visiting the Toad since day one, Zack Cristofferson from Chain Reaction Brewing who has an opening date on June 21st, and Todd Thibault from Breck who talked about their annual Hootenanny!



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Colorado Craft Beer Show Teams Up With Colorado Brewers Festival



We are proud to announce we have a new sponsor of the show for the next 5 weeks. Welcome in the Downtown Ft. Collins Business Association who puts on the Colorado Brewers Festival in beautiful downtown Ft. Collins.

The Colorado Brewers Festival (COBF) celebrates its 25th festival this year on Saturday, June 28th & Sunday, June 29th, in downtown Fort Collins’ CivicCenter area. The festival hours are 11 AM to 5 PM each day.

The 25th edition of the COBF will present nearly 100 Colorado craft beers from 50+ Colorado breweries. This year’s COBF will include new features that give beer lovers and non-drinkers a chance to visit downtown Fort Collins and “Experience What’s Brewing in Colorado.”

The festival was started in 1990 when Fort Collins brewers Doug Odell (Odell Brewing) and Brad Page (Coopersmith’s Pub & Brewing) approached the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association with the idea of a festival to showcase local brewers. At the time, Fort Collins had just three microbreweries, Colorado’s micros could be counted on two hands, and the world snickered at America’s beer culture. “The Colorado Brewers Festival,” recalls Page, now the founder of Colorado Cider Company, “was the first statewide beer festival. It legitimized our industry.” Today Fort Collins has 14 breweries, Colorado’s brewery total is heading for 300, and the US has become the most advanced brewing nation on earth. “Fort Collins,” Doug Odell says proudly, “is one of the most respected brewing centers in the United States. The Colorado Brewers’ Festival has played a significant role in our city’s beer-centric progress and helped make Colorado one of the nation’s best states for craft beer.”

In a change that reflects the fest’s first years, this year’s COBF will feature free admission. Patrons can enjoy the fest’s entertainment, attractions and activities for no charge.  “There will be no entry fee for the 2014 Colorado Brewers Festival,” says festival director Peggy Lyle. “We’re making it easier for more people and families to come in and enjoy the bands, food and recreational activities we offer beyond beer.” Beer lovers looking to sample the liquid art at the COBF can purchase a $20 Beer Package that includes 10 “Festival Buck” tickets for ten samples of beer. The Beer Packages are available at the festival and online in advance. Buyers of the online Beer Package receive special perks, including a 12-oz commemorative beer-tasting glass and automatic entry in a drawing to win a Year of Beer from Odell Brewing Company. Beer lovers can purchase additional Festival Buck tickets at the event.

Online Beer Packages are on sale now at .  By purchasing a beer pass online, you are also automatically entered to win a “Year of Free Odell Beer”Purchase here.

Each Festival Buck ticket gets attendees a 4-oz sample of the flagship, seasonal and specialty beers on the COBF’s 80 main taps. Tickets can also be redeemed for a 2-oz sample of limited-release and smaller-batch beers in “The Summit,” a new festival area that will showcase hard-to-find and rare beers from Colorado breweries. The Summit is presented by the Colorado Brewers Guild.

The festival grounds will include designated areas themed around iconic Colorado places, and each area will offer unique opportunities. Those opportunities include a zip line and a climbing wall in “The Wilderness” area, Colorado products from vendors in “The Backcountry,” and unique beers and “BeerSchool” education in “The Summit.”

Beer lovers can also attend the All Brewers’ Eve beer dinner on Friday, June 27 from 6-9 PM. There they will taste exclusive Colorado beers while mingling with beer enthusiasts and brewers and enjoying beer & food pairings.

Proceeds from the Colorado Brewers’ Festival help fund year-round downtown Fort Collins activities and programs such as Gallery walks, free concerts, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a gift card program, Santa’s House and the annual holiday lighting celebration.


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Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast: Saturday May 17th 2014 Strange Craft Beer Co’s 4th Anniversary!


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Big show from Strange Craft Beer Company for their 4th anniversary and to wrap up American Craft Beer Week. Argonaut Wine & Liquor’s Daniel Ekker co hosted as Tim Myers and Todd Thibault of Breck Brew sat in most of the show. We also chatted with Strange do-it-all superhero Jules Hoekstra. They have 4 amazing collaborations on tap right now as well as 12 others. Get Strange with these folks as soon as you can! Tim and the gang are some of the best folks you will ever meet! We also heard form Tim’s wife Marni who is also very instrumental in the daily going ons at Strange. Danny Wang of CAUTION Brewing Company also jumped on as they were celebrating their 2nd anniversary! There was a big ‘ol Brew News You Can Use segment as well! Big thanks to the Strange crew and to Taste of the Phillipines for the grub!



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