The Cheeky Monk

Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast Saturday June 1st 2013

Nick, James, Andy and Boone

Special guests in studio with us this week: Nick Callaway from Loveland Ale Works, David Boone from Prost Brewing Company, Andy Brown from Wynkoop and James Pachorek from The Cheeky Monk, Royal Hilltop and Lost Highway Brewing.

Nick talked about his brewery in downtown Loveland, why he loves brewing stouts so much, his American Sour Ale with Raspberries and about their one year anniversary coming up next month. Boone talked about Prost’s brewing system, their beers and proper pouring of German brews. Andy and James talked about a collaboration brew the Cheeky Monk and Wynkoop did together. It’s a Black Saison called Saison de Colfax and now on tap only at Wynkoop, Cheeky Monk and Royal Hilltop.  Andy also talked about some upcoming brews and James updated us on Lost Highway.

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James and the Lost Highwaymobile!

Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast July 28th 2012

Back to our home away from home at Arvada Beer Company!

In Hour 1 we chatted with Cary Floyd about their new Belgian Strong and about the 9 beers they will be submitting for medals at GABF. We also talked to Tebo from Breckenridge Brewery who joined us live from Kyle’s Brew Fest at Boulder Beer.


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In hour 2 Dave Butler from Fermentedly Challenged  joined us as he brought in some nice brews for us to sample as well including the Crabtree Menage a Trios Braggot. He talked about new breweries coming and in planning for Colorado. Cary Floyd also sat in with Dave and the boys.  Also this hour we broke some news about the Fall Beer Classic. This is on Saturday September 29th downtown. Breweries will bring in their fall seasonal, harvest, or fresh hopped brews where a “best” fall beer will be announced and awarded. Live music and a skins game for charity as well. Nicol Winkler and Adam Lenfest who have been the organizers of this event joined us on tha air for details. We also talked to Greg Brill and Keniey Sonley from Parry’s Pizzeria who were holding a Dogfish Head Special Pouring and are planning a benefit for Alex Sullivan’s family on Thursday August 9th. We closed out the show wih Bristol Brewing’s David Boone who had several events and new brews to talk about.


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Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast 7-21-12

Back to the studio for The Gub and Turk this week! Our special in studio guests were John Way and Whitney Taylor from Berthoud’s City Star Brewing and Brad and Scott Burton and Colin Bridge from Twin Hops Brewing

In hour one we caught up with City Star’s John and Whitney and talked about their 8 beer lineup and about their brewery in the town of Berthoud. They had some very great beers that are well worth the trip! We also caught up with twin bros Brad and Scott Burton and the creative director Colin Bridge from Twin Hops who plan on opening a brewery in Aurora early next year. They are using the Kickstarter program and raising funds for their endeavor. Visit their website above for the link. They only have until July 30th to reach their goal. We also caught up with Thibault from Breckenridge Brewery who joined us live from the Wynkoop’s United Tastes of Belgium Party.


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We led off hour two with a conversation with Kyle Hollingsworth who has collaborated on many beers with Colorado breweries and is the host of Kyle’s Brew Fest which is Saturday July 28th at Boulder Beer Company. He talked about his brews, the festival and about touring with String Cheese Incident and his band the Kyle Hollingsworth Band.  We also rapped with Parry’s Pizzeria’s Greg Brill who is getting ready for a Special Pouring of Dogfish Head with 16 kegs at Parry’s also coming up this Saturday July 28th. We rounded out the show with more conversation with City Star Brewing and Twin Hops Brewing.


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Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast May 5th 2012

Big show today! The Gubna was out in San Diego for the Craft Brewers Conference do Daniel Ekker from Argonaut Wine & Liquor co hosted! Our special in studio guests were Kjell “The Jellyman” Wygant and Chef Herrington from Rockyard American Grill and Brewing Company as well as Chef Ian Clark from Boulder’s newest nanobrewery Bru Handbuilt Ales. We checked in with tthe Gub in San Diego and talked about Oskar Blues’ new brewery in North Carolina, Tebo from Breckenridge Brewery, updated Colorado Beer Week and talked beer and food pairings. An hour is never long enough but we guarantee, we are working on a 2nd hour!





Firkin’ Report April 14th 2012


Argonaut Wine and Liquor at 760 E. Colfax between Washington and Clarkson

It’s the weekend at Argonaut! Get in and say you heard about this special on the beer show and get 1 dollar off Oskar Blues six packs! You can also shop online at Stop in right now for these new smoking deals:

1) Strubbe - Ichtegem’s Grand Cru Flemish Red:    $4.99 for 11 oz bottle

2) Rogue Single Malt Ale:                                  $6.99 for 22oz bottle

3) JW Lees Harvest 2008 (Lagavulin Cask Aged)    $10.49 for 11oz bottle

4) Harviestoun Ola Dubh (Highland Park18 year old cask)    $11.49 for 11oz bottle

They have plenty of free parking at Colfax and Clarkson! Get in and tell em thanks for being a title sponsor of The Colorado Craft Beer Show

Dry Dock Brewing Company at the SW corner of Hampden and Chambers in Aurora:

22 oz. Bombers of Dry Dock’s Apricot Blonde will be available at tasting room for purchase starting Monday, April 16th! Bombers hit local stores last week. They also have on tap a nice summer session beer. Welcome the Heidi Klum - brewed with Pilsner and Vienna malts, Hefeweizen yeast and Liberty and Crystal hops resulting in a clear easy drinking beer with banana aroma and nutmeg phenols that finishes nicely with citrus flavor from the American hops. Coming in at 4.3% ABV and 22 IBU this is one session beer not to be missed

The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Silent Auction at Dry Dock Brewing is coming up on April 28th from 12pm-5pm. Special beer offerings will be on-tap for the event including Second Base Brown Ale which was specially brewed for the event, a Strawberry Hefeweizen firkin and some surprise tappings as well! There will be some fantastic items available to bid on from breweries and businesses aroundColoradoso make sure to be there!

For American Craft Beer Week Dry Dock Brewing will be tapping a different firkin everyday from May 14th thru May 20th. And the best part is… their having their Facebook Fans vote for their favorite firkin and give ideas for new firkins. Go to to join in the firkin fun!

Freshcraft located at 1530 Blake St. in Downtown Denver 

According to Jason Forgy at Freshcraft: The foot long beer brats were a big hit last  Monday, so they’ve decided to keep them going. Here’s the spin:  Starting 2 hours before each Rockiesgame you can get a foot long fresh house made beer brat topped with onions and kraut on an artisan roll for just $7.  They wrap it up so that you can take it to Coors Field.  Plus you’ll get a coupon for a 2 for 1 Upslope Craft Lager draft, valid on game days with Rockiesticket. Also Sign up now for the Freshcraft mailing list and get a free pint. Go to and click on the FREE BEER icon. Freshcraft is iin the heart of downtown lodo. Stop in and see em at1530 Blake Street now!

The Cheeky Monk at Colfax and Pearl, Orchard Town Center in Westminster and at Winter Park!

On Tuesday April 17 – Keep the Glass Night w/Duvel Limited Edition Art Series  – Glass 2 Design by Parra.  7PM at Colfax & Westminster.  $11 Duvel & Glass while supplies last!

On Friday April 20th the Hemp Ale Tapping starting at  4:20 PM at the Colfax location – Enjoy this one of a kind brew from Firestone Walker’s Nectar Ale Brewing.

On Sunday April 22nd  “Earth Day” – join the Cheeky Monk at Colfax orWestminsterfor their Mother Earth Paddle featuring 4 organic craft beers.  Receive a Cheeky bag with the paddle.

On May 8th (a Tuesday) Keep the Glass Night w/Duvel Limited Edition Art Series continues – Glass 3 Design by Eley Kishimoto.  7PM at Colfax & Westminster. Again $11 Duvel & Glass while supplies last!

Arvada Beer Company at 5600 Olde Wads in Olde Town Arvada

Get your butts into Arvada today! They just tapped their new Coal Car Cascadian Ale yesterday! Also  NEXT Friday they are releasing their Sasion de Davis.It’s the Floyd’s first Belgian Style Beer brewed with orange peal and pink peppercorns.

Arvada Beer Co also has 25 hours of Happy hour every week. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 12 to 7 and Saturday from 11 to 3 $1 off al pints. And Yes that includes our broadcast at noon at Arvada Beer on April 28th

Go to for details on the “women” only Pro Am coming up in June. The categories for you lady brewers!  Light Lagers, Pilsners Light Hybrids, English Pales and Scotch Ales. Entrees need to be turned in between June 1st and 15th. Again check our website or for details.

HIGHLAND TAP & BURGER Located at 32nd and Vellejo in LoHi

A couple new craft beers on tap at HTB: Breckenridge’s Agave Wheat and Upslope’s Craft Lager! Stop in for their weekend brunch Saturday and Sundays from 10a-2p featuring a great variety of breakfast items and a make your own bloody mary bar!  Also, during the week, you can stop in for lunch Tuesday through Friday and enjoy their April $10 Lunch sandwich & beer special which is their HTB Chicken Club paired with a Stranger Pale Ale draft!  Of course, you can always enjoy a great happy hour at the Tap Monday through Saturdays from 3:00-6:30 with lots of great food and drink specials.  Ladies, we also want to mention that Crafty Ladies and HTB has a great women’s craft beer club that meets twice a month so be sure to visit them on Facebook at to learn how to sign up for their updates!

Highland Tap & Burger is also hosting the LoHi Music Festival again for the 2nd year in a row - the date will be August 4th.  Stay tuned to their facebook page for more updates:


On Thursday April 19th  the Jonesey’s Oskar Blues Beer Dinner inDenver, 6pm Gubna will be there!

Also next Thursday the Can Can Girls Barrel Aged Beers, 6-8pm, Tasty Weasel inLongmont, buy your tickets online in advance. $10 6 barrel aged brews from Oskar Blues, and a small plate a food pairings.

Next Friday the  Lagunitas Beer Dispensary at Home Made Liquids & Solids inLongmont, at 4:20 pm. Homemade’s will be pouring their flagship IPA on draft, as well as some specialty brews to be determined.

Next Saturday the 21st Funk’n Wild Sour & Wild Beer Club at  Home Made Liquids & Solids inLongmont. They will meet every few months or so. 3-6pm at the upstairs bar. Featuring American craft beers from Funkwerks,RussianRiver, Strange Brewing, Crooked Stave & New Belgium. The “Godfather of (Beer) Funk,” Eric Salazaar from New Belgium, will be attending as the featured speaker. This is FREE!

And on Friday April 27th – mark your calendars for the SkasKar Blues party. HMLS tearing down 30 taps to fill withOB and Ska taps only!!! You cant spell oskar Blues without Ska!

The Royal Hilltop on the North East Corner of Hampden and Tower

Join em from Trivia with Geeks Who Drink every Saturday night at 8 – enjoy beer specials, prizes and more. This week looks to be a great time to join Royal Hilltop on the patio for $5.99 lunch specials or for Happy Hour starting at 3PM.

Strange Brewing Co at the NE Corner of 13th and Zuni

Reminder that Strange Brewing is now open on Sundays. Get in and enjoy a small batch brew of their Fennel Pilsner. Just tapped this week, it sits at an ABV of 5% and 35 IBUs. Also stop in for one barrel Wednesdays. Strange is up at Breckenridge Brew Fest pouring beers. Also remind you to free up your calendars on Saturday May 19th for Strange’s 2nd Anniversary Party! Special brews, food, music and US! We will broadcast from 13th and Zuni from 12-1 pm.

Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast 4-7-2012

Cool show this week! Special guests Chad Yakobsen from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project and Ryan Conklin form Euclid Hall. We talked about Chad’s Brett Project and his move to Denver. Ryan hit on Euclid Hall, being a Certified Cicerone and about next week’s big Beer VS Wine Lunch at Row 14. We also threw out a ton of brew news and our road shows coming up this summer.


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 Brew News You Can Use

A ton of St Patrick’s Day parties going on:

The Cheeky Monk Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day  at The Cheeky Monk’s Colfax or Westminster location! It’s an all Saints celebration with specials on Saint Beers plus an all Saints paddle  for $12 Also for $6 grab a St. Feuillien (Tripel, Blond or Printemps)  For more info follow the Cheeky Monk on Facebook  or visit The Cheeky Monk.COM 

The Royal Hilltop on the North East Corner of Hampden and TowerAlso celebrating St Paddy’s Day  with 5 Dollar Boulevard Irish Ambers, Rogue Irish Lagers & and Left hand Milk Stout Enjoy with their special Corn Beef & Cabbage!

Arvada Beer Company at 5600 Old Wads in Olde Town Arvada - Just in time for St. Patricks Day weekend, they released two Irish Style beers. O’Harrows Irish Stout, a Dry Irish Stout served on Nitro, and Flannigan’s Irish Red now flowing.

Asher Brewing Company –located at 4699 Nautilus Court just west of Jay road on 63rd Ave. Come spend your St Patrick’s Day with Asher Brewing! The Zimmermans and Jababa will be playing and Heirloom food truck will be serving food. Organic beer, music and great food! They  will be opening at 2:00 and music starts at 3:30.

Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora – The Irish Red and Irish Dry Stout on tap in honor of St Patrick’s day this year! Head on over  next Friday or Saturday! Denver’s premier traditional Irish pipe band, Michael Collins Pipes & Drums will be playing on Friday at 6pm.

Freshcraft at1530 Blake St. – Opened early and a great place to hang just a block east of the parade madness. A lot of great stouts on tap!!!

Grimm Bros Brewery in Loveland release their newest dry stout amed Bearskin. The St. Patrick’s Day activities include an Irish dance lesson and performance, and catered Irish pub fare (made with favorite Grimm beers) including: banger and cabbage sandwiches, corned beef stew made with Bearskin Stout, and Little Red Cap Ale Chicken Sandwiches. Food prices range from $5-$9.

Denver Off the Wagon throwing down at 8 PM at Star Bar! Join the Wagon & Star Bar crew!.  Fat Daddy’s BBQ arrived at 11AM to keep your tummy happy and live music with the Kentucky Street Parlor Pickers begins at 2PM and continues with Midlife Crisis at 6PM to keep your ears happy. The beer and good Irish cheer will be flowing like the River Shannon!  Come try Seamroy Red, the collaboration Star Bar did with the Rackhouse Pub andOdell Brewing. A continually hopped Irish Red.  And continually delicious, I might add. Local stouts and other brews will be in heavy supply. And the special early release of Colette from Great Divide!

At Upslope in Boulder: In true Irish fashion they will be tapping a keg of their Foreign Style Stout aged in Whiskey barrels for four months!  A tap room favorite, The Wolftones, will be playing some great Irish tunes starting at 4:30pm and local food truck, Verde, will be offering corned beef and cabbage tacos.

Crabtree Brewing inGreeley – Wear your green and kick your St. Patrick’s Day off right with a green beer at the brewery this Saturday!! Get $1 off that pint by showing us your best Irish Jig for 30 seconds! Videos of your jig will be put on our YouTube page where our fans will vote for the best one!! The winner will receive an amazing prize to be announced later! Stop in between 12pm the 4pm to enter the contest.

Falling Rock at 19th and Blake - The patio will be open, and the cash only beer booth out front will have $6 pints of Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks, Murphy’s Irish Red and Murphy’s Stout. There will also be $6 shots of Strannahan’s Colorado Whiskey at the cash only booth. Don’t worry, there is an ATM inside the bar if you need it. Also they will have their St. Pat’s lunch special of corned buffalo and cabbage available as soon as it’s tender. This is a FRTH tradition you don’t want to miss. Please, do not ask for green beer. They like their beers to taste like beer, not food coloring.

New Beer Releases: Thanks to Dave Butler at Fermentedly Challenged!

Great Divide’s return of  Colette, the Chocolate Oak Aged and 18th Anniversary. All three seasonals will return April 1st and each offer something delightful and different. Colette, a farmhouse ale, is a GABF silver medal winner and crowd favorite. It’s light, dry notes pair perfectly with the setting sun. Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti is one iteration of their Yeti Imperial Stout. It’s brewed with cocoa nibs and cayenne pepper to give it a little extra something. Lastly, their 18th Anniversary Ale is a perennial celebration of doing business. This wood-aged Double IPA is a real palate pleaser.

Pateros Creek Brewing’s Stalwart Ale. It’s their Stimulator pale ale infused with Szechuan Peppercorns and Grains of Paradise. Also it’s green. Stop in today starting at noon for a taste.

Funkwerk’s latest beer Brett Dream. Available now at the brewery and soon on shelves.

Lone Tree just released their Marienplatz Pilsner. This is a German lager brew made with Noble hops to add a spicy note.

Also from Dave Butler! Six more breweries just got added to the list of new businesses intending to open up. Coming this year or next:  Atom Brewing (Erie), Bayfield Brewing Company (Bayfield), Beer By Design Brewery (Brighton), Prairie Winds Brewing Company (Deer Trail), Shine Restaurant and Gathering (Boulder), and Kokopelli Beer Company (Westminster).

Estes Park Brewery will not host the  Rocky Mountain Brewfest this year! There is rumor that others may take up the reigns and put on an event at the Estes Park fairgrounds around July 28th. Estes Park Brewery plans to resume their fest in late June of 2013.

New Belgium Brewing will start distributing to Michigan in late August. This will bring New Belgium’s distribution to 29 states and theDistrict of Columbia. NBB has inked deals with 22Michigan distributors to carry its beer.

Lefthand Brewing’s Smokejumper Smoked Imperial Porter making a comeback after a 3 year shelving. Check out the video here 

Chef Ian Clark of Centro LatinKitchen & Refreshment Palace has been an avid part of the Boulderdining scene for over 12 years.  His commitment and passion in the kitchen have earned him recognition locally and nationally including a feature on the Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats and being named “Denver’s Best Restaurants” by 5280 Magazine.  Chef Ian’s kitchen craft has awakened our palates to his soulfully delicious Latin cuisine for over five years and now he’ll begin to share his same thoughtful technique and passion with his handbuilt ales. With this he found success, confirming that he could open a small nano brewery called BRU, handbuilt ales in his garage.  BRU will begin offering beers crafted on Chef’s Ian half-barrel system starting in April. For details in future weeks please visit and follow the progress at


From Shikes at the Westword:  In June, Hugo’s Colorado Beer & Spirits will open in Capitol Hill, selling primarily craft brews and spirits cooked up in Colorado. Owner Joe-Michael Wright, had planned on selling only craft beer at the store, but decided to include spirits when he saw how many new small distilleries were opening. Eventually, he says, he may look to sell some Colorado-made wines.  He’ll carry a smaller selection of craft beers from out-of-state, as well. The store is located in the former Nicolo’s Chicago Style Pizza at 1205 East 13th Avenue. As a nod to who got it all started, he will carry Coors Original.

In Colorado Springs Great Storm Brewing opens up their doors today to serve beer and pretzels. Owner Lynn Jacobs  and her husband and head brewer Jeff  holding the grand opening and will feature $1 off pints from 6 to 8 p.m., paired with free food while it lasts. After that, it’ll offer strictly pretzel service with brews. Jeff has prepared eight house beers for his taps, including his oatmeal-rum-raisin stout. The brewery will be open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Find em onNorth Nevada between Austin Bluffs and Fillmore.

On the heels of a very successful first year for volunteer hop growers, AC Golden Brewing Company is providing drinkers with another chance to grow hops for inclusion in its Colorado Native Lager. Those who sign up will receive two Chinook rhizomes from AC Golden, along with planting, growing and harvesting information. Any harvested hops can be dropped off at Colorado Native Hop Drop parties around the state in the fall. The Chinooks will then be added to a Colorado Native brew. To sign up, just ‘like’ Colorado Native Lager on its Facebook page. Then click on the Hop Growers Submission Tab posted on the left and fill it out. On April 10, Chinook hop rhizomes will be mailed out to volunteers, along with planting and growing instructions. Since Colorado Native uses only Colorado ingredients, only hops grown in Colorado can be added to the brew.

According to the Denver Post, A couple of months ago, some new heavy duty equipment arrived at the Denver Beer Co.: two new stainless steel seven-barrel fermenter.  But a little more quietly, Charlie Berger and friends have been gathering a collection of wood barrels for some small-batch experimentation. A 93-gallon cognac barrel arrived from France, still holding a couple gallons of the sweet liquor, Berger said. The brewers filled that with a barleywine that is still aging on its first fill. Two Wild Turkey barrels are full of Russian Imperial Stout. A French chardonnay barrel holds a Belgian pale ale. And a red wine barrel is on its second fill. The first was a dry stout, the second sounds like dessert – a Belgian imperial stout with chocolate and Western Slope cherries. “We are hoping after the first go-around in these barrels, to get get going on sours,” Berger said. “These right now are definitely more going to focus on the woody characteristics.” Read more here

On Thursday March 22 from  9AM - 1PM, the Children’s Hospital Bloodmobile will be outside Wynkoop Brewing for their first blood drive. Donate a pint of blood and get a coupon for a pint of Wynkoop beer. A pint for a pint. Advance sign up is required by emailing or calling 303-297-9999.

Gene Simmons is parlaying his love for music into a new restaurant and entertainment venture called Rock & Brews. The concept captures the excitement of live concerts in an authentically themed backstage environment including Rock & Brews. They will serve rock musicians’ favorite foods and highlight an ever-changing, award-winning craft beer selection with hundreds of artisanal breweries featured from around the world. The first Rock & Brews is scheduled to open inEl Segundo,Calif., on April 3. Several others are in the works in theLos Angelesarea, including one atLos AngelesInternationalAirport, as well as locations inDenver;Atlanta;Maui,Hawaii;Tokyo; andLos Cabos,Mexico.

Mississippi is finally making some headway with their antiquated beer laws.  Three bills that will make for a better beer situation in the state passed the state senate.  Next stop, the house.

The bills are:

Senate Bill 2878 – Allows the alcohol by weight to be raised from 5% to 8%.

Senate Bill 2370 – Allows beer with greater than 5 percent alcohol by weight to be brewed. The beer could also be sold over Mississippi state lines.

Senate Bill 2600 – Allows breweries to provide samples of the beer.

A bill that would make crucial changes toWisconsin’s homebrew law has passed the Legislature. The bill now moves to Gov. Scott Walker’s desk. It would allow home brewers to make and share beer or wine outside their home. Current state law prohibits home brewers from transporting any beer or wine they make. It technically makes tasting events and competitions illegal. Several amendments were added to the original bill, including clarification that a state municipality can regulate a tasting event or competition. The change satisfies critics who say the original version ignored state regulations on alcohol distribution.

The Georgia state senate has approved legislation that if past could be a big benefit for the state’s brewpubs.  The bill will double the amount of barrels a brewpub can sell from 5,000 to 10,000.  In addition, it will raise the limit of barrels that the brewpub can sell to distributors from a mere 500 to 5,000.    A huge bonus for brewpubs looking to sell outside their 4 walls.House Bill 472 passed without any opposition.  Next stop for the bill is the Rules committee.

Beer & Cheese this month on March 27th at 6:30pm in the Great Divide Tap Room. It’s $24/person and you’ll have a selection of artisan cheese paired with Great Divide beers. Email to RSVP.


Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast 3-10-2012

Special guests in studio with us today included Xandy Bustamante and Christian Koch from Elevation Beer Company in Poncha Springs. They specialize in barrel aged beers and have a Grand Opening set for May 19th! We also had a bevy of news items in Brew News You Can Use. Tons of new brewery news, releases and beer dinners to catch up with. Tebo from Breckenridge Brewery also joined us from Strong Ale Fest at Avery Brewing in Boulder.



Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast 3-3-2012

Very cool show with Marty Jones from Wynkoop Brewing and Nick Nunns from TRVE Brewing. Marty filled us in on a busy year for Wynkoop Brewing. He also played some fitting tunes for the beer show.  He of course also leads Marty Jones and the Great Unknowns. Nick talked about his new brewery opening up at 227 Broadway in mid-April.