Brian O’Connell

Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast: Hops & Pie Littlest Big Barrel-Aged Beer Fest 3-16-2013

We broadcasted from Hops & Pie for their Littlest Big Beer Fest Barrel- Aged Edition! Maker’s Mark Barrel Aged Odell’s, Great Divide, Oskar Blues, Renegade and River North brews! All 5 of them exceptionally good! We thank everyone who came out and celebrated with us on St. Paddy’s Day!

In Hour One we led off with Mobile Canning‘s Brew News You Can Use then were joined by Nathaniel and Andrea Miller from Big Choice Brewing Company in Broomfield. They are making some unbelievable beers, canning their Disconnected Red, have some new beers coming down the line and a bevy of events they are involved in for Colorado Craft Beer Week. Their big one-year anniversary is also coming up on May 4th. Steve Kurowski from the Colorado Brewer’s Guild then jumped on to talk about Colorado Craft Beer Week. We also chatted with Breckenridge’s Todd Thibault about their upcoming week events. We closed out the show talking with Andrea Miller and head brewer at Big Choice Zack Coleman!



In Hour Two we led off with Brian O’Connell and Laura Vande Zande from our newest sponsors Renegade Brewing Company! They had an unbelievable Maker’s Mark Barrel-Aged Pumpkin Porter called Cherub Rock on tap! We talked about their CCBW events and about the events that led up to them changing the name of Ryeteous Rye Pale Ale to Redacted. We are so stoked to have these guys on board with us! We then talked to Hops & Pie’s Drew Watson. Pretty soon he will be brewing his own beer there at 39th and Tennyson! We then chatted Odell Brewing with Brian Bjork. They made an unbelievable blend to age in their Makers Mark barrel. They blended their Mountain Standard Black IPA with Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout. It was phenomenal! We closed out the hour with beer journalists Ed Sealover and Eric Gorski. Eric heads up the fabulous First Drafts Beer Blog at the Denver Post. Ed Sealover writes for the Denver Business Journal, is the author of Mountain Brew and the Beer Run Blog. He is also the host of a new Beer Show on TV called Colorado Brews which will it’s pilot episode on  Rocky Mountain PBS on April 6th at 9:30 PM.

And in both hours - we passed along as many events for Colorado Craft Beer Week as we could Follow this link to get a full list! CO CRAFT BEER WEEK



Renegade Brewing Company Joins the CCBS Family

Super excited to have a brand new member of the family! Welcome Renegade Brewing Company as a supporter of the show. We have know Brian and Khara O’Connell for a couple years and they have done some amazing things at their digs on 9th Ave between Santa Fe and Kalamath!

Named Best Neighborhood Brewery by the Westword in 2012, Renegade was founded by Brian and Khara O’Connell in the summer of 2011 in the Santa Fe Arts District of Denver. Brian brought his offensively delicious brews, developed in his backyard, to Denverites to encourage social interaction and friendship. Ryeteous, the flagship beer of Renegade, was packaged in cans for the first time in the summer of 2012. They are now canning the 11% ABV Elevation Triple IPA and their 5:00 Afternoon Ale all with Mobile Canning!

They also announced that this year they will open a pub serving pizza salads and craft beer near the University of Denver at 2043 South University Boulevard called the Renegade Publik House. They will have 5 to 8 taps of their own and about 12 to 15 guest taps along with cans and bottles.

We thank the O’Connell’s and the entire crew at Renegade Brewing for their support in the show! Stop by and tell em thanks for us!

Colorado Craft Beer Show December 8, 2012

The boys were back in studio this week with some very cool guests as well as brew news you can use!

In Hour One we had Shad Chancey and Taylor Wise in from Grossenbart Brewery.

They are in the set up stages for a nanobrewery somewhere in the Boulder or Broomfield area. Grossenbart means big beard or big head in German. Each of their beers named after a beard style. We talked to them about their idea, sampled some of their beers and of course talked beards! You might be surprised on what facial hair name you are sporting! We also of course talked to our Beer Despondent Todd Thibault from Breckenridge Brewery. They have a ton of events this season and some new beers. Plus he once again guaranteed us Breck is staying in Colorado.



In Hour Two we brought in Carol White and Mike Laur from the Beer Drinker’s Guide to Colorado. They have their 6th edition maps out which will would make one very fine holiday gift for that beer lover in your family or circle of friends. A map so useful, you’ll wonder how you survived so long without one. It will delight and enthrall you as it helps you find your own little piece of Beer Heaven. From megabrewers to bucketbrewers, our beautiful, full-color map pint-points the hoppiest, happiest, and hippest hangouts on the Colorado Beer Scene. With 168 brewing operations to visit and explore, you’ll never wander again without the wisdom of where to find your next beer. It’s completely revised, updated and brand new for 2012. Our 6th Edition is the best yet, full of detailed information on Colorado breweries, brewpubs, homebrew suppliers, historic watering holes, beer bars, beer styles, colors and tastes.

Carol and Mike are beer detectives and you know their hands are full trying to keep track of all the new and upcoming breweries. BDG2C also releases news stories on opening breweries so make sure you check them out but most importantly grab that craft beer you know a map for the holidays. You can find them in liquor stores, breweries, The Tattered Cover and of course online at the link above.

We then brought in Brian and Khara O’Connel from Renegade Brewing Company. They releases a lot of news this week as they will be canning two more beers: their 5:00 Afternoon Ale and the Elevation Triple IPA. They also plan to open the Renegade Publik House next March in the DU area at Evans and Broadway. They will hold 5-8 taps of their own and 12-15 guest taps. They will also offer gourmet pizzas and salads that accompany the beers they have on tap! Very cool news for Renegade after just 18 month of being open!





Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast 10-6-12 Strange Brewing Company

Another road show this week at Strange Brewing Company to kick of Denver Beer Fest Week! Co owner and brewer Tim Myers sat in almost the entire show! The theme of the show was GABF and metro breweries!

In Hour One we talked to Tim about his expansion, GABF plans and his brews! We were also joined by Steve Kirby of Hogshead Brewery who was celebrating their grand opening. They specialize in English cask conditioned ales and are located at 29th and Utica. We also hooked up with our Beer Despondent Todd Thibault from Breckenridge Brewery as they have a ton of GABF plans. We closed out the hour with Jeremy Gobein from Copper Kettle Brewing Company. Jeremy let us sample his Fresh Hop brew! They also won gold with their Mexican Chocolate Stout last year! They had a ton of releases going on this week! We also got to talk to Tim’s lovely wife Marni and his kids!



In Hour Two we kicked things off Danny Wang from Caution Brewing Company! Danny and his fiance Betty put out some amazing beers and will be on hand at GABF! They had a lot going on this week and will be releasing some special beers! In Segment two we talked with Scott Witsoe from Wit’s End Brewing and Brian O’Connell from Renegade Brewing Company.  Brian brought us in some of the Elevated Wood Wild Turkey Barrel Aged Triple IPA. He’ll be selling it in the taproom starting Tuesday October 9th. He also had a lot going on for GABF week. Scott at Wit’s End just celebrated his one year anniversary and will be throwing down full throttle this week! Also joining us this hour was Jason Wiedmaier from Lone Tree Brewing. All October they will be donating 1 dollar of every pint sold to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. They also underwent an expansion and have some amazing new beers for you to sample. We closed things out with Karen Walker from the Hopped Up Dames. They were on hand celebrating their 2nd anniversary and are looking for new ladies to join their club! Big thanks to Tim, John, Jules, Darryl, Harry, Lila and everybody at Strange for having us out and for splitting time with all these great brewers!