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Craft Beer Show Brewcasts: Saturday February 21st and Saturday February 28th 2015

Saturday February 28th 2015 Chain Reaction and Liquid Mechanics Brewing

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Turk hosted all by his lonesome this week in studio but he was in good company. In hour one we hung with Zack and Chad Christofferson from Chain Reaction Brewing CompanyWe talked about the upcoming Collaboration Fest, their barrel aging, that Superbowl ad and much more. We also checked in with Tebo from Breckenridge Brewery. In Hour two we sat down with Davin Helden, Seth Townsend and Eric Briggs from Liquid Mechanics Brewing in Lafayette. These guys opened about 6 months ago and are rocking out some clasic style clean brews. They are located off of Highway 287 at Baseline and well worth a stop for you. Look for good things form these guys!  We also did Brew News You Can Use brought to you by Mobile Canning.



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Saturday February 21st 2015 with Twisted Pine Brewing and Ratio Beerworks

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Nicol Winkler aka The Thirsty German filled in for Turk who was slacking up in Vail Valley at the Winter Wondergrass Festival. Val Lark from Twisted Pine Brewing Company sat in for the show as did Jason Zumbrunnen and Zach Lowery from Ratio Beerworks. Jason is knocking it out of the park already at Ratio which just opened at 2920 Larimer St. He has prior experience at AC Golden. These guys came out swinging and are killing it already. Val is one of the most fun people you will ever meet and she is the sales rep for Twisted Pine in Denver. Bob Baile and crew have been slamming out crazy good beers in Boulder for nearly 20 years. They won gold in 2014 at the World Beer Cup with their Big Shot Espresso Stout and have another two World Beer Cup medals and 8 GABF medals. Nicol also had her Tebo time and did Brew News You Can Use.



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Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines 15th Anniversary Saturday January 10th 2015


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Sometimes you have to pinch yourself and say your dreaming! Well, this was another one of those times where we found ourselves with our 4th invite to Big Beers in Vail! Yep, Laura Lodge was kind enough to have us back for 3 days of crazy fun. If you’ve never been to Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines - we suggest you put it on your bucket list. From educational seminars to insanely thought out beer dinners to a grand tasting that is TRULY grand. Big Beers has it all! Throw in the Vail Casade for lodging and the beauty of Vail Valley and you get blown away. Laura and Bill Lodge took great care again and invited us to the Epic/Sam Adams Beer Dinner. We also did Beer Yoga, skied, sat in the bar and met countless beer heroes. It gets better every year! We just wish we were able to take more and better photos.

Thibault and Stacy sat in for the show and we talked to a ton of people. In hour caught up with New Belgium Brewing‘s Brewmaster Peter Bouckaert and Sensory Specialist Lauren Salazar, John Carlson of the Colorado Brewers Guild, Dogfish Head‘s Sam Galagione, and Ska Brewing‘s co-owner and founder Dave Thibodeau.

In hour two we led off with Boston Beer Company Brewmaster Jennifer Glanville. We then caught up with Renegade Brewing‘s Laura Vande Zande, Caution Brewing‘s Danny and Betty Wang and Epic Brewing‘s head brewer Jordan Schupbach.



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Brewcasts October 25, November 1 and 8


Saturday October 25th 2014 Arvada Beer Company 3 Year Anniversary

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Cary and Kelly Floyd co hosted with Turk from Arvada Beer Company as we wrap up October and 3 years of beers! They had some barrel aged and new malty high ABV monsters on tap. Can’t thank these folks enough for their support through the years. We also did Brew News You Can Use for the week. Guests included Mason Embree from Dad & Dude’s Breweria in Aurora and Arvada Beer’s biggest fan Clint White. Dad & Dude’s is now canning three different brews for your drinking pleasure. They also have their 3rd year anniversary coming up next week.

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Saturday November 1 2014 Colorado Keg House

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Man were we lucky to broadcast from The Colorado Keg House smack dab in the middle of a Widespread Panic run at First Bank Center. Todd Thibault from Breckenridge Brewery made the trip up to co host. We spent hour one with Jerod Hutchison who along with Jason Wiley own and operate the CO Keg House. They are at 8001 Arista Place in Broomfield just a few yards away from the First Bank Center. They carry 75 taps of nuthin’ but Colorado beers and they really go out of their way to support the smaller guys in the state. The tap list is always changing so you never know what you’ll get but if you can’t find something in the 75 taps, there may be no help for you. We also talked to Michael Memsic and Drew Owen from Sanitas Brewing in Boulder. They are doing some very cool stuff and putting some of them in cans. Again big thanks to the CO Keg House crew. You need to step in and see what they have to offer to the ever growing craft beer scene.

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Saturday November 8 2014

Tebo from Breckenridge Brewery and Turk hosted in studio today and talked about beer and chocolate and food pairing. In hour one we had in chocolatier Sarah Amorese from Piece, Love & Chocolate and Dr. Nicole Garneau who is the Director of the Genetics of Taste Lab at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. They have a big event coming up on December 10th at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science that incorporates beer and chocolate pairings and some very cool science about how it works. Sarah is also throwing an event at West Flanders Brewing in Aurora on November 13th. Tickets to both events can be found HERE. This was very educational and cool at the same time! In hour two, Mike Long from Chef N Brew Festival and Culinary Director at Argyll Whiskey Beer John Broening jumped in to talk about the 3rd year of Chef N Brew which is coming up on Thursday November 20th at the Exdo Events Center in RiNo. It’s really amazing to hear chefs talk about how they come up with dishes to pair with craft beer. We closed the show with Brew News You Can Use.



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Brew News You Can Use March 3rd 2012

Special thanks to Jonathan Shikes at Westword and Dave Butler from Fermentedly Challenged for the hard work they do on a week to week basis collecting Colorado Beer News!

From Dave Butler at Fermentedly Challenged: There’s news of a new brewing coming to Denverand they are in the process of raising capital to get their operations off the ground. Gardiner Hammond (owner) is looking for people interested in helping to fund a new brewing operation. They have a new website in the works at and also a Kickstarter fundraising web page. He’s trying to raise around $40,000 and open by the end of this summer 2012 or early fall in time for the Great American Beer Festival. They are targeting a Capital Hill orHighlands area location.

J. Wilson, a Prescott, Iowawriter, homebrewer, beer judge and beer blogger, is Wynkoop Brewing Company’s 2012 Beerdrinker of the Year.Wilsonwon the title at the Beerdrinker of the Year National Finals, held Saturday, February 25 at Wynkoop Brewing Company,Colorado’s first brewpub.Wilson’s astute beer knowledge, beer ambassadorship (from a town of just 283 people) and a 2011 beer & water fast helped him win the contest. Wilson outlasted Warren Monteiro (a New York City freelance writer, beer traveler, homebrewer and beer journalist) and Greg Nowatzki, (a Las Vegas, Nevada accountant, home brewer and beer judge) to win the crown. In 2011Wilsonfasted for 46 days on just water and a dopplebock he brewed with a Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant inWest Des Moines. His experience became a book, Diary of a Part-Time Monk, and landed him national attention. (Just hours afterWilsonwas picked as the 2012 winner, an opinion pieceWilsonpenned about his unique fast ran on Wilson wins free beer for life at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, $250 worth of beer at his local beer bar (El Bait Shop in Des Moines, Iowa) and clothing proclaiming him the 2012 Beerdrinker of the Year. He’ll have his name engraved on Wynkoop’s Beerdrinker of the Year trophy, and will brew a special batch of beer with Andy Brown that will be served at next year’s Beerdrinker of the Year event.

New Belgium Brewing announced that it is adding two fully electric plug-in Nissan Leafs to its local delivery fleet and making its on-site electrical charging stations open and free to the public. The two vehicles will be used for local sales support. “We chose to move into the electric vehicle realm because electric vehicles have the potential to be zero-emissions whereas gasoline and diesel cars do not,” said New Belgium sustainability specialist Katie Wallace said for a company press release. “Even charging a car on a coal grid emits fewer greenhouse gasses than an average gasoline-powered engine.” On average, plug-in vehicles are 33% more efficient than conventional combustion engines and perform on par with hybrid vehicles for fuel efficiency. Few charging stations currently exist along theFront Range, so New Belgium has worked with Schneider Electric to implement two stations on-site and will allow free charges to the public. Electric vehicle drivers can fill up for free during New Belgium’s tasting hours (10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday) by checking in at the reception desk. In addition to the fully electric Leaf vehicles, New Belgium is contracting with Kenworth to replace its entire local delivery truck fleet with hybrid vehicles starting this spring.

From Shikes at the Westword: When the Cheeky Monk opened in 2007, not many people thought a restaurant specializing in Belgian beer and food would last on Colfax Avenue. Nearly five years later, the spot is thriving, and its owners James and Tina Pachorek will add their own brewery, Three Saints, next door this fall. In the meantime, though, James is adding at least a dozen new tap lines behind the bar, bringing the total to 52, and is in the midst of doubling the size of his bottled beer list from around 65 to 75 selections to upwards of 150 — an astounding number that could make the Cheeky Monk’s bottle menu the largest one in the city. Read the rest of the story here

The Beer Institute released new data that show that value of beer sales in restaurants rose more than 9 percent in 2011 totaling about $23.6 billion in sales. With restaurants responsible for nearly 24 percent of total beer sales in 2011, they represented the largest share of the on-premise sales last year. Beer retail sales in restaurants jumped from $21.6 billion in 2010 to nearly $23.6 billion in 2011. Overall, beer sales rose more than 2 percent in 2011, surpassing $98 billion in total retail sales, highlighting beer’s continued strength within the alcohol beverage sector. According to market research company Nielsen, the increase in sales revenue can be attributed to the high-end beer business. The sale of imports, crafts and above-premium beers sold off-premise was up nearly 3 percent. According to the latest Beer Serves America study, the beer industry directly and indirectly supports approximately 1.8 million American jobs including those at our nation’s 547,000 beer-selling retail establishments.

Some great stuff going on at Copper Kettle Brewing Company at 1338 S. Valentia Denver! A Battleof the Bitters release party Saturday March 3rd from 6-10! The ESB and British Best Bitter both on Cask! On Friday March 9th  the release of their first American Amber Ale which is a perfect balance between maltiness and hoppiness. Release form 3-9 pm and OG Burgers will be serving food from 5-9. Try a fresh grass fed burger! And a pre St. Paddy’s Day bash on Friday March 16th. They will tap their Dry Irish Stout and have live Celtic music from Indigent Row from 7-9 pm. Also food from 5-9.

The smallest brewery in Colorado, Dad & Dude’s Breweria getting an expansion via a new 55 gallon brewing set up. Don’t worry, they’ll still be the smallest brewery in the state. Coming soon, they will post a Poll to ask what brews they should keep on tap as their main “staples”.

Star Bar will host a Firestone Walker tap takeoveron Saturday March 3rd beginning at 6 p.m. that includes DBA, Pale 31,Walker’s Reserve, Velvet Merlin, Double Jack and the very rare Velvet Merkin, which is the Merlin aged in bourbon barrels. There will also be bottles of Sucaba.

CrazyMountainBrewing has received TTB approval for a new label for their SnowCat Coffee Stout. This brew will be packaged into 22oz bomber bottles and distributed at all their current accounts. This 5.9% ABV dark brew is blended with real coffee for extra flavor.

Crooked Stave, soon to be based out of Denver, updated us on their barrel aged ale program and their migration from Fort Collins to Denver. Crooked Stave transferred  3 oak barrels of Blackberry Petite Sour last week and readying the beer for bottling this week. Blackberry Petite Sour is their first barrel-aged sour beer that they will be releasing and has spent a considerable amount of time maturing in our Barrel Cellar.. It is also the first beer they plan to release through our 2012 Cellar Reserve program. Blackberry Petite Sour being the first we’ll have 9 other releases throughout the year of small batch barrel-aged beers and some cool merch to throw on top of that. They plan to close sales of the Cellar Reserve Membership at the end of the month, so for anyone still interested grab it now!”

On March 3rd Twisted Pine Brewing Company will release Sacred Spice, the third beer in its Artisan Ale Series.  Fans of Twisted Pine and craft beer in general have received the endeavor – which pairs a distinctive new brew with a different local artist each month – with open arms, eyes and mouths.  In its first two months the popular project has gained attention statewide and the brewery hopes to build on that success with March’s offering.  Sacred Spice is an Imperial Porter invigorated with traditional masala chai spices skillfully blended by Boulder-based Sanctuary Chai.  The enchanting ale carries the delightful scent and flavor of dark, roasted barley as well as the provocative aroma of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and other spices used for centuries to embolden Eastern teas.  However, much like the brewery’s heralded Big Shot Espresso Stout, Sacred Spice strikes a fine balance whereby the flavors exhibit a seemingly natural harmony so that no taste bud is dominated but rather each one satisfied.  The bold, black ale is 10.1% ABV with 33 IBU.  Sacred Spice’s label features a piece titled ‘Life is Beautiful’ by local artist Millicent Kang.  The release party will double as an art show for Kang, whose works will adorn the Twisted Pine ale house for the entire month of March.  The artist will also be on hand to discuss her art and sign bottles for collectors in what has quickly become a celebrated monthly event.  Further details can be found at the brewery’s website.  A sneak peek of next month’s Artisan Ale can be seen here. Details:  Sacred Spice release party – March 3rd, 2012 – 12-9p @ Twisted Pine  

From Dave Butler at Fermentedly Challenged: There’s a lot happening at Pikes Peak Brewing this month. On Wednesday, March 14th at 5pm - stop in for the Irish Beer Mini-Festival featuring 5 different Irish beers. On the 15th, test your wits with Irish Trivia from 8-9pm. On Friday, March 16th they’re hosting a Leprechaun Costume Contest at 8pm. Then on St. Patrick’s Day (17th) from 10am to 12pm it’s Kegs, Eggs & Blarney Scones. Listen to bagpipers. $20 in advance gets you a breakfast, glass of juice, and a souvenir glass full of your choice of beer or beermosa. Bring your glass back that night for one half price beer! $25 at the door. Try their new PPBC Irish Stout.

On Sunday March 4th Hops & Pie  will welcome Salt Lake City’s Epic Brewing into the house at 2 p.m. for its monthly Littlest Big Beer Fest. Draft selections include Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout, Sour Apple Saison, Brainless on Peaches, and Smoked and Oaked Belgian Strong Ale; flights and single pours available. There will also be bottles of Hopulent IPA and Copper Cone Pale Ale

On Wednesday, March 7th, Grimm Brothers will release their new Czech Style Pilsner. According to the brewery: “This clean crisp Czech Pilsner is brewed with German Pilsner malt and Saaz hops, giving it a clean crisp malt back accentuated by the floral hop aromas and flavors of the hops. This is a perfect beer to bring in the spring.”

On Saturday March 10th Denver Beer Company throws down Big Easy-style from noon to 4 p.m. with a crawfish boil. Tickets are $25 and include two beers, crawfish and all the fixings. The brewery points out that beads, beers, andles bon temps are guaranteed. Call the brewery at 303-433-2739 to reserve limited spots in the beer garden.

Utah may be looking for a few good drinkers!!! In a state where drinking is a discouraged pastime, one lawmaker is pushing a bill that would require the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission to include at least two drinking members. The proposal by Democratic state Rep. Brian Doughty doesn’t specify how frequently or heavily one would have to imbibe to qualify. The bill states the resident drinkers must “for at least one year before being appointed and during their term, be consumers” of alcohol. And they’ll have to sign an affidavit attesting to that. The sponsor isn’t looking for alcoholics. He testified that he just wants consumers of the product to have “representation” on the commission.

A bill that passed the Mississippi House on Thursday could lead to the sale of stronger beer.House Bill 1422 would raise the allowable alcohol by weight on beer sold in the state from 5 percent alcohol by weight to 8 percent.Mississippi has the lowest alcohol cap for beer in the country. Advocates say the change say will benefit people who enjoy artisan beer and entrepreneurs who brew craft beer.House members asked whether consumers might become more intoxicated be more likely to have car accidents. Republican Rep. Hank Zuber of Ocean Springs says that because these beers are more expensive, people are likely to drink fewer of them. The bill was held for the possibility of more debate. It eventually would need to go to the Senate.

Sunoco Inc. is expanding its Craft Beer Exchange program to 13 APlus convenience store locations inSouth Carolina. First launched inBuffalo,New York, last summer, the program offers a rotating selection of up to a dozen draft beers available for purchase in 64-ounce growlers, as well as a variety of six-pack, 22-ounce bomber and 12-ounce bottle options. Featured brews include craft offerings from Allagash, Abita, Dogfish Head, Victory and New Belgium, among others. The new Craft Beer Exchange programs will roll out inSouth Carolina’sBerkeley,Charlestonand Dorchester counties, joining an existing 40 locations in APlus stores throughoutNew YorkState.