Brewer’s Association

March 2015 Brewcasts

Saturday March 28th 2015

Nicol Winkler (AKA The Thirsty German) and Daniel Ekker from Argonaut Wine & Liquor filled in while Turk was pouring beers in Asheville NC.  In Hour one they talked to special guests from Joyride Brewing Company: owner Dave Bergen and brewer Nathan Lincoln. They are rocking out amazing beers with a real cool taproom at 25th and Sheridan in Edgewater. Great to finally get these guys in. We also chatted with Todd Tebo from Breckenridge Brewery. In hour two owner David Lin and head brewer Marks Lanham from Comrade Brewing Company joined the fray. They have been turning heads with their Superpower IPA. Marks is former head brewer at Grand Teton, Boneyard and Barley Browns and really knows how to work with hops. David comes from Dry Dock Brewing Company. We also had on the line Terry Martin who is a local homebrewer who is helping a local non-profit organize a home brew tasting event in Denver on April 24.  Salus World helps with mental health issues in war torn regions, like Malaysia. She’s looking for local homebrewers to donate 2.5 gallons (or so) of up to 2 styles of their beer. Basically, they’ll be pouring their beer for a good cause, helping to raise awareness of the non-profit. The event is in RiNo, at the Posner Center, on April 24. Contact her at this email: Two winners will be selected, a judges choice and a people’s choice. Winners will have the opportunity to win a gift certificate to a local homebrew shop. We also gave you a healthy dose of Brew News You Can Use.

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Saturday March 21st 2015
Nicol Winkler and Turk had the honor to broadcast from the 2nd Annual Collaboration Festival. This time around it was at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium. This fest pits local Colorado Brewers Guild Members who have collaborated on a beer from in or out of state to make a beer specifically for this festival. There were over 70 beers for festy goers to get in on. Imbibe Denver and the CBG do a stellar job on this event. We talked to several guests including Breckenridge Brewery‘s Todd Thibault, Strange Craft Beer‘s Tim Myers, Wit’s End Brewing‘s Scott Witsoe, Telluride Brewing‘s Tommy Thatcher, Imbibe‘s Keanen Stoner, Black Sky Brewery‘s Harry Smith, Chain Reaction Brewing‘s Zach Cristofferson and the Colorado Brewers Guild‘s John Carlson. Of course we did a nice Brew News You Can Use segment!
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Saturday March 14th 2015
 This week we headed back to Nederland and Very Nice Brewing Company for a special broadcast during Frozen Dead Guy Days. Owner and Head Brewer Jeffrey Green sat in the whole show and hosted with Turk. There’s no doubt why they call this place Very Nice because Jeffrey and his wife Susan and staff are some of the nicest folks you will ever meet. They are also bringing great beers to one of the coolest towns on earth. We talked about their collaboration brew with Justin Tilotta and Kai Witkiewicz of Twisted Pine Brewing Company. This was a Cherry Midnight Wheat Saison. We also talked to Jason DeBellis who is a CU student making a documentary about Colorado Beer Culture. Check out his kickstarter at HTTP://KCK.ST.1CD6DHR. Other guests included Breckenridge Brewery‘s Todd Thibault, Strange Craft Beer‘s Tim Myers, Großen Bart Brewery‘s Shad Chancey, Brewers Association‘s Tommy Cunningham and author Dan Rabin who penned Colorado Breweries.
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Saturday March 7th 2015
Turk and Nicol Winkler (AKA The Thirsty German) hosted from the studio today with a pretty much all lady show. In hour one we had on Ska Brewing‘s Jodie Whealy and Wynkoop‘s Bess Dougherty. These two dreamed up a collab between their two breweries and one of their favorite bands Reel Big Fish. They all got together to make Reel Big Stout! They had some release parties we talked about and talked about Wynkoop and Ska in general. We also hit up Breckenridge Brewery’s Todd Thibault. In hour two we were joined by Summer Stewart of Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar. She is responsible for filling 264 taps around the metro. We talked about a lot of things coming up at Parry’s including their opening at 120th and I25 in Northglenn. We also did a real healthy Brew News You Can Use segment.
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Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcasts: December 27 2014 and January 3 2015

 Saturday January 3, 2015 Spruce Tap House, Mockery Brewing and Black Shirt Brewing

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Nicol Winkler sat in with Turk in studio today! Packed show as usual! We started off with Luke and Danielle Harrison of Satellite Bar and their newly opened spot at 24th and Blake called the Spruce Tap House. He’s rocking some amazing smoked meats and craft beer at Spruce Tap House. We then were joined by Zach and Rachel Rabun from Mockery Brewing at 35th and Delgany. They have some really amazing beers including an Oaked Southern Hemisphere Black Pale Ale. In hour two we were joined by Branden Miller of Black Shirt Brewing Company and Gabriel Dohrn of Denver Film Company and Now Playing which airs on Colorado Public Television. These two have melted craft beer and great local music into one sweet concept. We also checked in with Breckenridge Brewery‘s Todd Thibault.



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Saturday December 27, 2014 Arvada Beer Company

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We closed out the year at our home away-from-home Arvada Beer Company. Cary and Kelly Floyd sat in the whole show as did Todd Thibault. We talked about all their malty winter brews available now, their mug club membership and much more. We were also joined by Odyssey Beerwerks‘ Chris Hill, Very Nice Brewing‘s Jeffrey Green, and the Brewer’s Association‘s Tommy Cunningham. We can’t thank the Floyds and their staff enough for the support through the years!



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Podcasts for October 4, 11 and 18 2014



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Saturday October 4th 2014 GREAT AMERICAN BEER FEST

For the 4th consecutive year we broadcasted inside the halls of the convention center for Great American Beer Festival. Todd Thibault and Stacy Turk sat in the whole show as we relayed Colorado winners as they were announced. In all, 40 medals were taken by the home state. We also had some cool guests on including Great Divide‘s Tannea Musselman, Draft Magazine‘s Evan Hughes, Dry Dock‘s Jeremiah Kornegay and the BA‘s Julia Herz. Congrats to all the winners at this year’s GABF.



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Saturday October 11th 2014 Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar’s Refreshment for a Cause

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David Parry of Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar co hosted as we raised money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Several breweries donated beer for this event with all the proceeds going directly to St. Jude’s. We had some very cool guests stop in as well including Grist Brewing‘s Rob Kevwitch, Renegade Brewing‘s Keith Decker and Ashley Sain from St. Jude’s. We also talked a bit about the potential ballot initiative on full strength beers in grocery and c stores.



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Saturday October 18th 2014 with Platt Park Brewing and Coda Brewing

Nicol Winkler and Turk were in studio this week with some very special guests who just won GABF medals. In Hour One we sat down with GM and Owner Colby Rankin and Head Brewer Greg Matthews of Platt Park Brewing Company. They grabbed a silver at GABF with their Gump’s Vienna Lager. They are brewing up some amazing beers on South Pearl Street. We also hit up Tebo from Breckenridge Brewery as they transition from Autumn Ale to the Christmas Ale. In Hour Two we jumped in with Head Brewer and Co Owner at Coda Brewing Company Luke Smith. Coda grabbed silver with their Sleepyhead Imperial Passionfruit Kolsh. He has an amazing background and story and is also brewing some phenomenal beers in Aurora.  We also did a healthy Brew News You Can Use Segment.



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Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast: The Very Nice Brewing Company for Frozen Dead Guy Days Saturday March 8th 2014

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Oh man! We got to cross off a destination for a bucket list to do the show! We went live in Nederland for Frozen Dead Guy Days at THE Very Nice Brewing Company! Big thanks to Jeff and Susan Green from VNBC as well as Todd Thibault from Breckenridge Brewery for co hosting! Jeff sat in the entire show telling us about his brewery, Frozen Dead Guys Days and the beautiful town of Nederland. You got to get in and try their 5 mainstays and 4 seasonals they call premier beers! Impressed by all of them! We squeezed in as many guests as possible! Here they are: Zach Nichols from Sanitas Brewing Company, Corey Marshall from Tivoli Brewing Company and Distribution. Nederland Mayor Joe Gierlach, Big Choice Brewing‘s Nathaniel Miller, Very Nice assistant brewer Mike Meduski and the Brewer’s Association‘s Tommy Cunningham.  We had an amazing time, with a feverish crowd on a beautiful day at one of the premier festivals in the nation! It was VERY NICE indeed!



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Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast: Great American Beer Festival 10-12-2013


For the third straight year, we had the honor of broadcasting live from inside the halls of the Colorado Convention Center for the Great American Beer Festival. What an amazing production this has become with over 580 breweries and 4,500 plus beers. Stacy Turk was the special co host this week!

In Hour One, we led off with Marty Jones who is now carrying the torch for Mission Brewing, Wasatch and Squatters Beers, Colorado Cider Company and much more. The man is a wealth of beer knowledge! We then talked to founding partner of Squatters Beers Peter Cole and Greg Schirf who founded Wasatch Beers. They have combined ventures and became the Utah Brewers Cooperative. We also caught up with Todd Thibault who has really mad his way around town this week to take it all in!



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In Hour Two we led with off Greg Koch of Stone Brewing Company! 17 years of amazing beers and stories from this beer hero! We talked about some new beers they will be putting out, the hotel he is planning on, the Europe brewery, the charities that will benefit when he shaves his beard, and the 6 month sabbatical he will be taking! We also talked to Julia Herz of the Brewer’s Association about the festival and some of the winners that were just announced. Colorado did very well! We closed out the show with the guys from Rockyard American Grill and Brewing Company. They won Bronze for their Redhawk Ale in the Scottish Style Ale category. Jim Stinson, Kjell Wygant and Derek Mitchell jumped on with us and also talked about their whiskey barrel aged stout they packaged to help with flood relief assistance.



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We are already counting down for next year’s GABF! Congrats to all the Colorado breweries who took home medals and to the other folks who didn’t medal but should have! We live in THE state of Craft Beer and we are very fortunate!


Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast: Saturday June 15th 2013

This week Argonaut Wine & Liquor’s Daniel Ekker co hosted with Turk. In Hour one we threw out Mobile Canning‘s Brew News You Can Use as well as talked with Kristin and Ryan Scott from Odd 13 Brewing which is set to open at 301 E. Simpson St. in Old Town Lafayette at the beginning of August. They use a superhero theme for their 3 series of beers. They have the Odd Squad, The Legion of Odd and The Sidekicks. Ryan makes some amazing beers including Succubus Belgian Golden Strong and a slightly sour Begian Quad. They run the gamut in styles of beers offered. Was REALLY impressed with their beers. We also talked to Tebo from Breckenridge Brewery about their upcoming 23rd Anniversary Party on July 13th.

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In Hour Two we led off talking with Elysian Brewing’s Dick Cantwell to talk about a book he penned with a lot of help: The Brewers Association’s Guide to Starting Your Own Brewery. This comprehensive guide will help you plan and open a thriving, quality-oriented brewery. It reviews everything that matters, from site selection and branding to regulatory requirements, flooring choices and equipment considerations. Cantwell  covers ingredients, financing, business plans, quality assurance, distribution, wastewater, sustainability practices and more, for prospective brewpub and packaging brewery owners alike. Cantwell walks the reader through the planning and execution required to turn craft brewing dreams into reality. This book is an indispensable resource. We then talked with Ali Benetka who was recently named Renegade Brewing Company‘s head brewer. At 24 years old she is the youngest head brewer in the sate. We talked about what she brings to the table and Renegade’s 2 year anniversary bash being held on Saturday June 29th.

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Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast 12-29-2012 Arvada Beer Co

We closed out the year at our home away from home:  Arvada Beer Company.

Kelly and Cary Floyd subbed for the Gubna!

In Hour One we threw out some Brew News You Can Use, talked about the year in Colorado beer and caught up on what’s new at Arvada Beer. We all gave our votes for best beer and brewery of 2012! We also talked to Adam Draeger from Yak and Yeti Restaurant and Brewpub. He has some pretty sweet beers coming out including his porter series. We closed out the hour with our other beer despondent, Mr. Mike Nelson!



On Hour Two we had a very cool discussion with Brewers Association Craft Beer Program Director Julia Herz. In mid-December the BA released a statement called Craft VS Crafty. The release talks about the line that has been blurred betwen what is craft beer and what is not. The BA wanted to remind folks that if a large brewer has a controlling share of a smaller producing brewery, the brewer is, by definition, not craft. They are calling for transparency in brand ownership and for information to be clearly presented in a way that allows beer drinkers to make an informed choice about who brewed the beer they are drinking. Read the statement HERE.  Julia Herz is also publisher of  She is a BJCP beer judge, award-winning homebrewer, a Certified Cicerone and leader of American Craft Beer Week. Her areas of expertise include: Resources and education on craft beer, general statistics on the craft brewer segment, beer styles and trends plus craft beer and food pairing. In her role at the Brewers Association she serves as an advocate for and educator about U.S. craft brewers, and is a spokesperson for the Association.Connie called in at the end of the show to tell us a little bit about a new Golden brewery that will be opening up called Cannonball Creek Brewing Company.



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!



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!



Colorado Craft Brew News You Can Use Saturday March 31st

The Brewers Association reported official craft beer statistics for 2011 this week. Volume share for craft beer grew from 4.97% to 5.68%. The 11.5 million barrels produced is an increase of 13.2% from 2010. Dollar share grew from 7.6% to 9.1%. The $8.7 billion of craft beer sold is a 15% increase from 2010. The official number of breweries for 2011 is 1,989, an 11% increase over 2010. 250 breweries opened and 37 breweries closed in 2011. Compared to 152 and 63, respectively in 2010. And finally -  The craft beer industry employed “approximately” 103,585 people in 2011.

Best of Westword out this week! Congrats to the winners in the beer industry: Best New Brewery – Denver Beer Company / Best Brewpub – Mountain Sun / Best Taproom – Oskar Blues’ Tasty Weasel / Best Neighborhood Brewery – Renegade / Best Bottled Beer List – The Cheeky Monk / Best Draft Beer List – Falling Rock / Best Brewery for Neighbors – Copper Kettle / Best Taproom for Food Trucks – Great Divide / Best Tap Room for Wings – Dry Dock / Best Place to Pair Beer and Food – Euclid Hall / Best New Beer Idea – Bull & Bush / and Best New Beer Idea to Go – Wit’s End

After 4 hard years of work The Vine Street Pub will start brewing beers tomorrow for the first time. With a capacity of 5000 barrelsVine Stwill take over making 8 of their standards which will in turn free up space at the other locales for more experimentation. Congrats Mountain Sun andBine StreetPub and Brewery!

Avery brewing company changing the name of their Meph Addict coffee stout to Tweak after a refusal by the TTB for label approval after its named was deemed to close to a drug reference.

If you are one of the dozen or so remaining homebrewers who have not yet started their own brewery, Ska Brewing is looking for YOU to participate in their 2012 GABF Pro-Am Homebrew Competition. Registration is open now. All beer entries must be received by Ska Brewing between April 23 and May 9. The competition is also a preliminary for the 2012 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) Pro-Am category, and will be an AHA/BJCP-certified competition. The winning brewer will be invited to Ska Brewing in Durango, Coloradoto help brew a commercial batch of their beer for release this fall as part of Ska’s limited-release “Local Series.” The winner will also be entered in the Pro-Am category of the 2012 GABF. Go to for more info.

Hops and Pie will have a dozen barrel or oak-aged beers on tap for tomorrow’s Littlest Big Beer fest. Some of the beers include Dogfish Burton Baton, Upslope Barrel-Aged Foreign Stout, Odell Bourbon Barrel Stout, Firestone 15, Boulevard Rye on Rye, Left Hand Widdershins and Boulder Beer’s barrel-aged orange and cocoa porter, among others. There will also be a Dry Dock beer on the hand pump. Flights and single pours are available. Begins at 2  o clock.

Odell Brewing welcomes the return of its seasonal Double Pilsner today with a party in the brewery’sFort Collinstap room. In addition to beer, there will be a food, back yard games, and live music by the Gin Mill Gypsies from 4 to 6 p.m.  It will be sold in liquor stores in four-packs.

If you thought the Easter Bunny was the only thing that hopped in April, you haven’t heard about IPApril at the Rackhouse Pub. They’re celebrating the hop flower throughout the month of April by featuring ten different Double IPAs from our great state. If you love hoppy beers, swing by in April to sample some of the best Double IPAs thatColoradohas to offer. That’s a block north of Alameda on Santa fe

From Dave Butler at Fermentedly Challenged Denver will get another brewery in the Fall of 2013. Look for Halcyon Brewing Company at 

From The Denver Post: The operators of Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place, at 2027 13th St. in downtown Boulder, have finalized their federal paperwork to operate Shine Brewing Co. Triplets  Jill, Jen and Jessica Emich opened Shine three months ago, and also purchased the brewing equipment in the back of the restaurant — which previously was home to Los Oasis, the Boulder Draft House and RedFish.  The Emichs are working with former Los Oasis and RedFish brewmaster Mike Kasian, combining his experience with their interest in experimenting should result in some unique brews, she said. Shine Brewing marks its grand opening this weekend and will have six beers: Trilogy IPA, Pohoda Pilsner, Down Dog Imperial Red, Shine Pale Ale, Sanitas Imperial Stout and a yet-to-be-named gluten-free beer. Visit em today as they are open for biz or check em out online at

BristolBeer Dinner! The Wooden Table in Greenwood Village invites you to a Bristolicious Night and celebrate the art of pairing food with beer. It’s on Tuesday April 24th at the Wooden Table at Orchard and University. Starts at 6 pm! Tickets are 50 bucks plus tax and gratuity. For tickets call the Wooden Table at 303-730-2152 or just drop in at the NE corner of Orchard and University

New release form the Artisan Ale Project at Twisted Pine Brewing in Boulder. On April 7 welcome in West Bound Braggot. The Twisted rendition began with malted barley, orange blossom honey and Citra hops, before the brewers shifted into adventure mode and added Tasmanian pepper berries and Buddha’s Hand to the kettle.  Then for the finishing strokes this unique ale was fermented with a Belgian saison yeast. The label for West Bound Braggot features the painting “Running Wild” by Boulder artist Lael Har. Join the release party next Saturday from 4-8 at Twisted Pine inBoulder.

Grimms Brothers Brewhouse in Lovelandhaving a Ante Up for the Cure fundraiser in the fight against blood cancer. Today in the taproom. Also on Wednesday April 11th they will release Riffraff Dunkelweisen. And they will be at the Taste of Loveland pouring beers on April 12th. These guys make phenomenal beers!

Some great new beers coming up at Yak and Yeti in Arvada! Bacon Maple Soda - the breakfast drink made according to the German Swineheitsgebot. will be released on Wed April 4th at 4PM And by Easter look for these: *West Coast Glutton DIPA  /  Oaked Himalayan IPA /GF Apple Ale - a gluten-free ale made with nearly 50% apple cider and 50% Sorghum.

On Sunday, April 15th Upslope Brewing in Boulderis hosting their first brewery held beer dinner!  Centro Latin Kitchen’s executive chef, Ian Clark, set up a killer five course meal to be paired with Upslope beers.  The event will kick off at 5:30pm with an hour welcoming reception in the brewery while we serve Top Rope and hors d’oeuvres.  Tickets are on sale in the tap room and at Centro  for $50.  All guests will receive a commemorative Belgian-style Upslope and Centro logo glass.  Seats are limited!

According to the forums at BeerAdvocate, Floodstage Ale Works is back brewing beer once again and have a Helles and Porter now available at their site. Stop in and try one. Located at:170 S. Main Street in Brighton.