Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast 1-5-2013

The Gubna hosted with Breckenridge Brewery‘s Todd Thibault and Strange Brewing Company’s Tim Myers for the whole show! First show of the new year and the guys threw out a ton of brew news as well as talked about last year in review.  They went over Westword’s Jonathan Shikes’ article on the 10 biggest news stories in beer for 2012. They also talked about the Strange Days Beer  Festival which will be at the Rackhouse Pub on Sunday January 27th. Russell Fruits at Grimm Brothers Brewhouse in Loveland and Chris Rippe from Rackhouse put this together to help Strange raise some money for their legal battle over naming rights of Tim and John’s brewery. Follow this LINK for more information on the breweries that will be pouring beer and how you can help keep Strange Strange!  The boys also talked to Oskar Blues’ Jim Weatherwax who has been hard at work building up the new brewery in Brevard, North Carolina.

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Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast Oskar Blues’ Homemades, Liquids & Solids Funk’n Wild Event

The Gubna and Turk broadcasted from Oskar Blues Homemades, Liquids and Solids for the Funk’n Wild Sour and Wild Ale Club meeting. Just FYI - we had to engineer this one ourselves and had a few issues but most of the show is here!

In Hour One we led off setting the scene and talking a little bit about the potential legal issues Strange Brewing Company is facing with a brew shop in Massassachusetts who wants them to change their name. Read the story here from Shikes at The Westword and go to this support page for Strange and hit like! We also threw out a ton of brew news and let you know what our sponsors are up to. At 12:30 Tebo from Breckenridge Brewery jumped in and told us all their happenings. We also were joined by Ben Christensen and Lou McKercher from Homemades, Liquids and Solids. We closed out the hour with Avery Brewing‘s brewer, barrel herder and presenter of the day Andy Parker. We talked sours and a bit about Avery’s barrel aged releases.




In Hour Two we opened up talking to Great American Beer Festival small brewery of the year Funkwerks. We were joined by Gordon Schuck, Andy Mitchell and Brad Lincoln. They gave us their story, talked about Belgian beers and about their expansion. We then were joined by founder of the Funk’n Wild that meets once a quarter at Homemades, Liquids and Solids. Chandra Ruiz was our special guest and boy does she know here sour and wild ales. There was also a lot more brew news you can use thrown out this hour! Big thanks to the entire Oskar Blues, HLMS, Funkwerks and Funk’n Wild crew for making us a part of this!



Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast Arvada Beer Co. August 25, 2012

The Gubna was in Chicago launching Oskar Blues so Turk hosted with Cary Floyd from Arvada Beer Company and The Westword’s Beer Man Jonathan Shikes!

In hour one, Cary, Shikes and Turk opened things up talking about some brew news. We also had special guests including Justin Vogel from Right Coast Pizza who was celebrating their grand opening this weekend with a mini beer fest. We also sampled some VERY fine new brews from Arvada including the Imperial Russian Stout, the Double IPA, the Coffee Stout and a Scottish Ale! Tebo from Breckenridge Brewery jumped on as well. We also talked to Shikes about GABF, new breweries and much more.



In hour two, we continued talking all things beer this week with Jonathan Shikes. The Gubna joined us live from the Windy City and David Sirota also sat in with us for most the hour!




Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast 3rd Annual Sourfest at Avery Brewing 6-2-2012

A live road show at Avery Brewing Company for their 3rd Annual Sour Fest.

In Hour 1 we talked with Avery Operations Director Steve Breezley about their new 27 million dollar facility and about all things Avery. We were also joined by Tebo from Breckenridge Brewery who had a big announcement about them moving forward with plans to produce more than 60,ooo barrels and stay in Colorado.  We also talked with Chris Rippe from The Rackhouse.


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In Hour 2 we led off talking to Avery Head Brewer Matt “Handtruck” Thrall and Head Barrel Herder Andy “Hollywood” Parker. We talked sours and about their move to the new 96,000 square foot facility. We also talked with Jonathan Shikes from The Westword, Tim Myers from Strange Brewing and Adam Heaton and Don Chapman from Grimm Brothers Brewhouse.


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Want to give a special thanks to Joe and Travis at Avery for taking of us! What a great festival this is!


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 www.skabrewing.com 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 www.halcyonbrewing.com 

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 shineboulder.com

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! www.upslopebrewing.com

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.

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 www.alpinedogbrewery.com 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 CNN.com.) 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  http://blogs.westword.com/cafesociety/2012/03/the_cheeky_monk_doubles_its_bo.php

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 St.in 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.  www.copperkettledenver.com

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.