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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



The Colorado Craft Beer Show Christmas Gift Guide

1.) The Beer Drinker’s Guide to Colorado:
Updated and Revised! The 6th Edition Colorado Beer Map is packed with all the information you’ll ever need to enjoy the Beer and Scenery of Colorado! Two sided with a map of every brewery in the state and landmarks, proper glassware guide, smell and taste guide much more. And, if that isn’t enough, it’s stuffed full of  Coupons worth over $250 in Free Beer, Glassware, and Discounts on Homebrew Supplies! $13.95
2.) Brew Class at Arvada Beer Company:
On select Sundays, for $25 per person, you get your first pint of beer and a 6 pack of the beer made that day when it is ready ( limited to the first 10 people who sign up) .If you want to just come watch and ask questions, our classes cost $10 each person, which includes your first beer. All Classes start at 9 am with mash in and should end around 3 pm. Must be over 21 to attend class. $25.00
3.) Pitchfork Pinups Colorado Craft Brewers Calendar
The 2013 Colorado Craft Brewers 12 month wall calendar features a different Colorado brewery each month. Through the lens of local photographer Darren Mahuron you get to see the colorful personalities behind each of these innovative and unique breweries that call Colorado home. Travel through the state and visit each of their 2013 “pinups”, learn about their specialty brews, recipes, a brewery farm and a brew school. $14.95
4.) Homebrewing Starter Kit from The Brew Hut
For that beer lover in your world that wants to get into homebrewing, the Brew Hut at Chambers and Hampden in Aurora can get you set up. With different levels of start-up kits ranging from 135 to 295 dollars, they have you covered. We like the Super Ultra Mega Deluxe Equipment Kit! $135.00  to 295.00

5.) 2013 Cellar Reserve Membership from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

This 400 person membership will include 10 different (750 ml bottle) offerings from Barrel aged and sour beer specialists Crooked Stave. You will also get  a few pieces of exclusive Crooked Stave members gear/items including stemmed glassware, first opportunity at all the beers coming out of our Barrel Cellar and a member discount when visiting their taproom. The membership runs from Jan 1st through Dec 31st, 2013  $300.00
6.) Periodic Table of Beer Styles Poster
Self Explanatory but would look great on any beer geeks wall! May We suggest this one from Mostly Posters $8.99
7.) Breckenridge Brewery Christmas Ale Mini Keg
Breckenridge Brewery of Colorado is releasing its annual holiday beer, Christmas Ale, in a new package – the 5-liter/1.32-gallon mini-keg. Yielding ten pints, the festive package is just right for holiday gatherings. May we suggest shopping at Argonaut Wine & Liquor or Atlas Valley Wine & Spirits $17.99
8.) Mountain Brew: A Guide to Colorado’s Breweries
This book tells the story of each of these institutions, detailing their histories, quirks and signature beers. Author Ed Sealover spent two years traveling the state and speaking with brewers to learn what makes each place special, from the world-renowned New Belgium Brewing Company to Silverton Brewery, which is located in a town so isolated that it shuts its taproom down six months out of the year. This book is a perfect companion for beer geeks, tourists or travelers who want to find a one-of-a-kind experience throughout Colorado. It features stories and maps for curious beer drinkers to explore the Napa Valley of beer. $21.99
9.) American Homebrewers Association Membership
Purchasing an AHA membership for the homebrewer or beer enthusiast in your life is easier than ever. Simply purchase and AHA Gift Card online, valid for a one-year US AHA membership, and they’ll send you the AHA Gift Card to give as a present. AHA Gift Cards are activated online by the card holder. It’s no hassle for you and just as easy for him/her. AHA offers the following Membership Benefits:
·         Zymurgy magazine & eZymurgy
·         AHA Member Deals
·         AHA Forum
·         Homebrewopedia
·         AHA Rallies
·         Competition, Event & Book Discounts
$38.00 for 1 year $68.00 for 2 year $97.00 for 3 year and $600 for lifetime
10.) Beer Magazine Subscriptions
Highly suggest getting that friend or loved one a subscription to one or several beer mags. Check out Beer Advocate, Draft Magazine, or Beer Connoisseur, From $4.95