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Podcasts for 8-23, 8-30, 9-6 and 9-27 2014


8-23-2014 Great Central City Beer Fest

Boulder Beer’s Chicken Dan and Turk made beer radio magic from one of the coolest beer fests in the state! The Great Central City Beer Festival. This was year three of the event and it keeps getting bigger and better. Over 25 breweries on hand in historic Central City. There’s a lot more than just beer too. Great food, a cemetary crawl, historic gun battle re enactments, and much more. Want to thank the Central City Business Admin for having us out again! Guests included Joe Behm of the Central City Business Admin, Marty JonesArvada Beer Co‘s Cary Floyd, Dillon Dam Brewery head brewer Mike Bennett, Breckenridge Brewery‘s Todd Thibault, Barrels & Bottles Brewery’s  Abby George, Dave Thomas from Dostal Alley Brewing and former Central City Mayor Buddy Schmaltz.



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8-30-2014 Freshcraft 4th Anniversary

Jason, Aaron and Lucas Forgy kind enough to invite Turk and Nicol Winkler (AKA the Thirsty German) out for Freshcraft‘s 4th Anniversary Party! They were breaking out some crazy rare beers for this all while serving up some BBQ Iowa style. Freshcraft is a place where you can not only find a stellar lineup of brews with rare ones popping their head up all the time but a place that is well known for their amazing cuisine. They do beer dinners quarterly that will drop your jaw. Or try a beer cocktail! Lunch specials and happy hour deals galore. We LOVE Freshcraft. Jamie Gulick joined us for a few segments talking about Freshcraft, their food, women in beer, and the new concept the Forgy’s are working on in the Highlands called Block and Larder. Tebo jumped on talking Breckenridge Brewery and Fall beers and events! Arlo Grammatica from Ska breifly joined us to talk new releases and their 19th anniversary party. Wade Norris jumped on to talk about Green Beer Fest and his run for state office. Nicol, Turk and Adam Lenfest also discussed the use of the word “Denver” in a brewery’s name. Denver Beer Co and Denver Pearl Brewing are having a little battle. Thanks to our host Jamie, the Forgy’s and everyone at Freshcraft for the great time!



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9-6-2014 Studio with Renegade’s Laura Vande Zande with guests from Living the Dream and Kokopelli

Renegade Brewing‘s Laura Vande Zande joined Turk to co host the show in studio today. She’s putting on a big show called Offensively Delicious during GABF week that mixes comedy and beer. They will have national and local comedians plus some rookie brewery workers taking their shot at stand up. In hour one we talked with Jason Bell the brewmaster at Living the Dream Brewing which just opened in Highlands Ranch at Santa Fe and Highlands Ranch Parkway. Him and his partners are living the dream while making great beers! We also chatted with Tebo from Breckenridge Brewery. He’s been on a wild Mountain Tour! In Hour two the Kokopelli Beer Company gang jumped in! We had founder and owner Christine Wares and Katie Schroepfer in studio. Also want to thank Danica Smith for bringing Kokopelli Beer all the way down from Westminster! They have a really cool story and make some really great and diverse beers! We also did Mobile Canning’s Brew News You Can Use.

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No Podcasts from 9-13 or 9-20. We were not on the air due to Turk’s dad’s passing and a pre empting for CU Football

9-27-2014 Arvada Beer Company

Felt good to be back at our home away form home Arvada Beer Company as Cary and Kelly Floyd sat in the whole show with Turk! In hour one we talked about GABF events and happenings, new beers at Arvada Beer, their 3rd anniversary party coming up October 25th which we will broadcast from and a lot more. Tebo also jumped in and almost seemed to be in a jolly spirit even though GABF is about to fall on top of him! In hour two Marty Jones came on to talk about his new venture the Brew Night Show which should take place once every two months at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret. It’s a variety show with music, comedy and beer banter. He will also feature some very cool guests including Charlie Papazian who will be at the premier during GABF on Wednesday. Information is HERE! He also made a very hard-hitting political to air for his show and we have a preview for you! Follow this LINK. We closed out with Brew News You Can Use and a conversation with Columbine Label Company’s Bernadette Ortiz who is such an awesome sponsor and provided us with some GABF ticket giveaways. We’ll see you back at Arvada Beer on October 25th.



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Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast: 14th Annual Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Saturday January 11th, 2014



 Third year in a row we had the honor of broadcasting from Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines at the beautiful Vail Cascade! This was the 14th annual and it was BIG! 137 breweries in a new venue! All the great symposiums, dinners, educational seminars and of course the Grand tasting! Laura and Bill Lodge know what they are doing and it shows! Want to thank Laura and Bill, The Vail Cascade, Holiday Inn Apex West Vail, Elite Brands of Colorado.the cabbie who found my phone, and, of course, all the amazing people who make up the craft beer scene!

We talked to several guests including Todd Thibault and Yeager Sharpe from Breckenridge Brewery, Michelle Maloney from the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, PJ Hoberman from Denver off the Wagon and Imbibe, David Thibodeau and Arlo Grammatica from Ska, Sean Nook from Black Bottle Brewery, Bess Dougherty and Shannon Berner from The Wynkoop, and Gary V.



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Our first stop on the way to Vail! Dillon Dam Brewery! Big thanks to Cory Forster for hosting us and letting us sip some of his amazing medal winning brews! And we had a solid meal to get a nice base going for what was to come! Get the Chicken Fried Chicken here if you haven’t before.

The Fireside Program has become so popular they had to move to an additional venue! Hanging with some great craft beer folks including John & Will from Three Barrel Brewing, the Strange gang, The Caution Folks, Harry from Black Sky, the Echo twins and many more!

Had to get our grub on Friday night! Steve and Leslie from Bootstrap Brewing, Daniel and Dennis from Echo Brewing, Danny & Betty from Caution, Nathaniel, Andrea and the crew from Big Choice and the Kearns family from Stapleton Tap House!

The Cigar and Beer Pairing event at the Vail Cascade. Thanks Paul for putting this on! A lot of fun conversations and happening around this fire on Friday night!

Late night Shenanigans at the Fireside Lounge! Arlo, Tebo and Harry included.

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Stacy and Stephen Pauwels from Boulevard!

Telluride Brewing’s Chris Fish at the Elite Brands Afterparty!

This is how we got through this bottle! Take a slug and pass it around! John Sliter from Elite Brands gets us started!

You don’t even want to know! Late night at the Fireside with Arlo, Todd Usry and Tebo!

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 Beer Show Brewcast 9-1-12 Freshcraft Anny + Ska Brewing

A really fun show here with The Gubna live at Freshcraft‘s 2nd Anniversary Bash and Turk live from Durango at Ska Brewing Company.

Lots of guests and beer banter here. Jason and Lucas Forgy filled us in on two years of serving fine craft beer and wonderful food from 1530 Blake St. in Downtown Denver.

Ska Head Brewer Thomas Larsen and Sales Manager Arlo Grammatica also joined in talking about their upcoming 17 year anniversary bash, new beers coming out from Ska and much more.

Also joining in on the fun was Breckenridge Brewery‘s Todd Thibault live from Pagosa Springs, and Sam Scruby and Luke Franklin from Upslope Brewing who provided a peach firkin at Freshcraft and have some killer new beers out including their GABF gold medal winning Pumpkin Ale.

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Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast 6-9-2012 Burning Can Festival

An awesome time and an awesome show from Oskar Blues’ Burning Can Festival in Lyons!

In Hour 1 our first guest was Ethan from Ska Brewing wearing nothing but a skimpy speedo. Thanks to Stacy for rounding him up. We also talked to Sam Green from Boulder Beer Company, Katie Loughran from Oskar Blues, Stacy Turk who now sponsors the show with her business Professional Brokerage Services, Todd Thibault from Breckenridge who was ragin’ down at the Pagosa Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Chad Melis from Oskar Blues and Dave Butler from Fermentedly Challenged.


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In Hour 2 we continue at Burning Can! Guests this hour included: Tommy Thatcher from Telluride Brewing Company, Oskar Blues Head Brewer Dave Chichura, Josh Fritz from Spearfish South Dakota’s Crow Peak Brewing Company, and Tricia Johnson from High Noon Saloon and Brewery in Leavenworth Kansas. Closing out the show, a special conversation with the one and only Dale Katechis!



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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.

Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast 3-17-12

The Gubna was out for business in Bama. Andy Ehrnmann from Ska Brewing co hosted with Turk. Special guests today were Gardiner Hammond from Alpine Dog Brewing Company and Moose Koons from Peach Street Distillery in Palisade. We talked about Gardiner’s brewery plan which involves some help from the public via Kickstarter. Alpine Dog will be specializing in hoppy beers and Belgians! Moose filled us in on the happenings at Peach Street as they have 18 different spirits! We also talked to Thibault from Breckenridge Brewery and announced a Beer vs Wine lunch at Row 14 Bistro & Wine Bar we are involved with.Tickets will go on sale next Saturday March 24th.Master Sommalier Doug Krenick joined us to talk about the event as well.