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Upslope Brewing Company Announces Limited Release Collaboration Beer

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New collaboration beer from Upslope Brewing in conjunction with REEL ROCK Film Tour! Be sure to catch the film and try the beer at the Release Party on Tuesday, August 23rd! (details below)

For the second-straight year, Upslope Brewing Company reveals its collaboration with the REEL ROCK Film Tour

BOULDER, Colorado (August 18, 2016) — Upslope Brewing Company, a nationally-decorated Boulder-based craft brewery, is proud to reveal its limited edition Experimental Hop IPA in collaboration with the REEL ROCK Film Tour.

For the past 11 years, the REEL ROCK Film Tour has defined the standard for climbing films with its annual offering of stunning action and compelling stories to audiences around the globe. REEL ROCK plans to raise the bar once again this year as it kicks off a worldwide tour with stops at over 450 locations across all seven continents.

This collaboration Experimental Hop IPA, available in 19.2-ounce limited release cans—and on draft in Upslope’s tap rooms—is brewed using a brand new hop variety, Idaho Experimental Hop #7. Hopped at over 3 pounds per barrel, this brew balances its pungent hop aroma with a light malt sweetness while boasting big notes of peach, apricot and a unique tea-like character. Pick a new line and savor this limited edition beer on your next adventure.

“’We’re thrilled to be partnering with the REEL ROCK Film Tour once again,” states Upslope Director of Sales and Marketing, Henry Wood. “It’s exciting to produce a limited release beer that coincides with inspiring events within the outdoor community and with a project that pairs so perfectly Upslope’s brand ethos.”

The eleventh-annual REEL ROCK film tour boasts five electric climbing flicks, which showcase a slew of the sport’s most iconic athletes and stories, including: Young Guns, a film featuring two of climbing’s up-and-comers, 15-year-old Ashima Shiraishi and 16-year-old Kai Lightner; Boys in the Bugs, showcasing elite-level crack climbers Will Stanhope and Matt Segal; Brette, which follows aspiring climber Brette Harrington on her global climbing journey; Rad Dad, starring Mike Libecki on his quest to conquer a series of first ascents; and Dodo’s Delight, a film capturing climbers Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll, Ben Ditto and brothers Nico and Oliver Favresse on a journey across the Arctic Circle, scaling unclimbed walls.

Release Party

To celebrate this year’s edition of the REEL ROCK collaboration beer, Upslope will host a party at its Flatiron Park tap room from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016. Attendees will be the first to try the Experimental Hop IPA and enter for the chance to score prizes from Skratch Labs, Nite Ize, Healthy Skoop, Alpine Start Foods, Moosejaw Mountaineering, Boulder Adventure Lodge, Boulder Rock Club, Crimp Chimps and SENDER Films. The first 25 guests after 5:00 pm will receive a free collaboration brew on draft.

RSVP for the REEL ROCK Session IPA release party, here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1759711004252903/

August Beer Events

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August Beer Events! 

Lots to look forward to in Colorado as far as beer events go in August:

Copper Kettle

Avery

Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales / Former Future Brewing

Sesh Fest

Tivoli

Bluegrass & Beer Fest

Gnarly Barley Fest

Odd 13

Living the Dream

Save the Ales

Rendezvous at the Rock

Hops in the Hangar

Colorado Craft Beer Relay

Ed Fest

Boulder Craft Beer Fest

Black Shirt Brewing

Jack’s Benevolent Bash @The POST Brewing

Colorado Cider & Beer Circus

Click here for the full events listing!

Sesh Fest 2016

Photo courtesy of Two Parts website

Photo courtesy of Two Parts website

Session style beers: lower alcohol content (5% or less), yet still full of flavor. They are the perfect accompaniment to summer, when the days are longer and people are spending more time participating in their favorite activities, celebrating life, or simply hanging out with friends and family enjoying each other’s company.

For the last few years, Two Parts and the Colorado Brewers Guild have worked together to bring some of Colorado’s best session beers to one awesome festival: Sesh Fest. This year’s fest is shaping up to be the best yet, with over 30 local breweries participating in Sesh Fest 2016. Want to know more?

Who: From the creators of Collaboration Fest and Fresh Hop Festival, Two Parts and the Colorado Brewers Guild present the third annual Sesh Fest.

What: The 2016 edition of Sesh Fest promises to wrangle dozens of breweries paying homage to session-style beer. This year the festival is moving to a new location and will feature plenty of food, lawn games, and music to complement Colorado craft beer.

Sesh Fest defines session beers as any beer under five percent alcohol by volume with a balance of flavors between hops and malts with a clean, crisp finish all combine to give a beer high drinkability. The real purpose of session beers is to allow a beer lover to have multiple beers in one sitting without feeling the overwhelming effects of alcohol.

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Where: Highland Masonic Events Center (3550 Federal Blvd., Denver CO 80211)

Why: Coloradans love our craft beers big, bold and full of flavor. When temperatures rise, it can be challenging to down three or four 7% ABV beers in an afternoon while enjoying the outdoorsy Colorado lifestyle. Session beers are a great complement to this lifestyle.

Sesh Fest benefits the Colorado Brewers Guild. The Colorado Brewers Guild provides valuable information to the beer-drinking public and the media while also serving to protect the industry and promote positive public policy for Colorado craft brewers.

Tickets are $30 and on sale now at www.seshfest.com.

Participating breweries:
Alpine Dog Brewing Company
Baere Brewing Company
Beryl’s Beer Co.
Black Bottle Brewery
Breckenridge Brewery
Call to Arms Brewing Co.
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Cerebral Brewing
Colorado Cider Company
Dad & Dude’s Breweria
ELEVATION BEER COMPANY
FATE Brewing Company
FERMÆNTRA
Fiction Beer Company
Great Divide Brewing Co
Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery
Mu Brewery
Ratio Beerworks
Sanitas Brewing Company
Something Brewery
Spangalang Brewery
Storm Peak Brewing Company
Strange Craft Beer Company
The Brew on Broadway
The Old Mine
The Post Brewing Company
TRVE Brewing Co.
Upslope Brewing Company
WestFax Brewing Company
Wit’s End Brewing Company
Wonderland Brewing Company
More breweries to come!

Summer at Rock Bottom: Honey Ale plus Beer & Food Pairings

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Summer Honey Ale

Summer is here! It’s time to explore this year’s summer beers. Rock Bottom recently introduced its latest seasonal: Summer Honey Ale. I enjoyed one at the downtown Denver brewery, but this beer isn’t location-specific; it’s available at Rock Bottoms throughout the country. Aside from being a tasty, refreshing summer ale, the brewers at each location sought out and used local honey from their respective areas in the creation of this delicious beer.

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Pairings chart (click to enlarge)

In addition to the launch of Summer Honey Ale, Rock Bottom recently released a beer and food pairing guide to help guests make informed choices when it comes to picking which beer would best go with their meal. Some beers complement flavors, some balance, while others emphasize different components of a dish.

The general guide (above) is a great tool, as it displays which types of beer pair with which foods. There are so many possibilities! And something to keep in mind is that everyone’s palate is different; some may really like a specific pairing while another person doesn’t get the same thing out of it. But it’s so much fun to play around with different combos and discover what works and what doesn’t.

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Suggested pairings (click to enlarge)

While many people wish to use the general guide to come up with their own combinations, those who want something more concrete can opt for one of the specific pairings (above). And the staff is always happy to assist with recommendations too.

Since I am vegetarian I decided to use the general chart to come up with some pairings of my own. On my recent visit I wasn’t hungry enough for a full meal, but an appetizer and a dessert sounded good.

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Love Tractor IPA paired with Jalapeño Pretzel Stix with jalapeño spinach cheese dip

According to the general guide, pretzels are one of the suggested items to pair with a”crisp and refreshing” beer. I decided to go with pretzels–but I chose the Jalapeño Pretzel Stix, so I paired them with an IPA to balance the heat of the jalapeños. Hoppy beers go well with spicy foods, as shown in the guide.

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Salted Caramel Toffee Mason Jar Dessert with a Hall & Mustache Nitro Oatmeal Stout.

After enjoying my appetizer I really wanted the Salted Caramel Toffee for dessert. I had a few options for a “dark & roasty” beer, and I chose the Nitro Oatmeal Stout. Since it was on nitro, it was extremely smooth and creamy, so it complemented the dessert nicely.

When it comes to pairing beer with food, the possibilities are endless. Try out some of Rock Bottom’s suggestions or enjoy creating your own!

Brews & Bites 2016

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The third annual Brews and Bites was held on Saturday, June 25th at the Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion. Brews and Bites is a fundraising event to benefit the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund, and it was an absolutely wonderful time.

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Brews and Bites was held outdoors, and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. Combine a beautiful home and grounds with ideal weather and around 15 different beer & food pairings, and that makes for one outstanding event.

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As you can see from the pictures, the Colorado Chefs Association did a fantastic job creating very photogenic food for the event. Since I am vegetarian I wasn’t able to try all of the pairings, but everything looked and smelled delicious!

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Even though I wasn’t able to eat some of the bites, I did of course get to enjoy lots of great beers from all the Colorado breweries in attendance. My favorites of the night were the Coconut Porter from Broken Compass Brewing Company and Watermelon Hefe from Strange Craft Beer Company.

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Governor Hickenlooper addressed the crowd and then joined the fun, chatting with guests and sampling the beverages and fare.

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With so many amazing breweries and chefs in Colorado, it only seems natural to combine all that talent into a beer & food pairing event to raise funds for a good cause. Brews and Bites was a truly unforgettable evening, and I look forward to seeing what next year’s event brings!

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July Beer Events

Beer Round Up

July Beer Events list is up! 

Featuring events with:

Black Shirt

Great Divide

Strange Craft Beer Company

Fiction Beer Company

Boulder Beer

Breckenridge Brewery

BRU

The POST Brewing

Renegade Brewing

Ska Brewing

Factotum Brewhouse

Twisted Pine

 

And festivals!

Summer Brew Fest

Breck Summer Beer Fest

Breckenridge Brewery’s Hootenanny

Denver’s Biergarten Festival

Colorado Brewers Rendezvous

Kyle’s Brew Fest

Colorado Craft Beer Round Up

Jul-IPA Rooftop Party

 

AND MORE

 

Not Your Father’s Vanilla Cream Ale

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When I was a kid, my favorite beverage was cream soda; I drank it all the time. But as I got older I drank it less and less. As an adult, I don’t even remember the last time I had cream soda. In fact, I kind of forgot about it. And then…I heard about Not Your Father’s Vanilla Cream Ale from Small Town Brewery. And I knew I had to have it.

Not Your Father’s Vanilla Cream Ale tastes just like a classic cream soda: sweet, smooth, delicious. At the first sip it took me back to being young again, only with this cream “soda” you have to be an adult to enjoy it. At 4.1% ABV, it’s a great sessionable ale for summer. You can drink it straight out of the bottle, or over ice. It makes a terrific float too! Just add a scoop of ice cream. But if you want a real treat, check this out this recipe I found at Food.com: Vanilla Dream Floats. Instead of plain vanilla, this recipe calls for cookie dough ice cream! Just sub Vanilla Cream Ale for of regular cream soda. It’s one of the best things ever.

If you like cream soda and you like beer, I recommend giving Vanilla Cream Ale a try!

Do At the Zoo 2016: Recap

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Tamal de poblano – steamed corn masa, roasted poblano rojas, oaxaca cheese, roasted poblano cream sauce and pico de gallo from Tamayo with a Rare Trait IPA from Cerebral Brewing

On Thursday, June 17, I attended Do At the Zoo, the Denver Zoo’s annual fundraiser. Proceeds from this event help support the Zoo and all of its daily operations, including the care and feeding of nearly 4,000 animals. I spent the evening wandering around the zoo looking at animals, sampling bites from over 60 local restaurants, and sipping beer from multiple Colorado breweries. It was fantastic!

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Tempura spring roll with citrus vinaigrette with a Gose, both from Fate Brewing

Food and drink tents were set up all throughout the grounds, and there were lots of tall tables scattered around so guests could set their things down and enjoy the fare before moving on to the next stop. Not only was there a plethora of beer and food, but there were plenty of spirits and wine available too.

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The Drunken Nut Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie from The Long I Pie Shop with a Gose from Fate Brewing

As a vegetarian I usually have to skip a majority of the bites at events such as this. Happily, this was not the case at Do At the Zoo. As you can see from my photos, there was an abundance of vegetarian dishes. And the photos show only a small portion of what I actually consumed. I tried to take as many pictures as possible, but after a while I just wanted to relax and take it all in.

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Avocado Fondue from D Bar with a Gose from Fate Brewing

By the end of the night I had a few favorites: Watermelon Sour from Platt Park Brewing, Banana pudding with salted caramel sauce from Helliemae’s Handcrafted Caramels, and Tamayo’s Tamal de poblano: steamed corn masa, roasted poblano rojas, oaxaca cheese, roasted poblano cream sauce and pico de gallo. There were so many delicious bites; it was a bit overwhelming, but in the best possible way.

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Do At the Zoo was very well done. There was enough space to accommodate all the guests; it was well attended but not overly crowded. The quality, variety, and amount of food and drink was impressive. And of course being able to see the animals made it extra special for me. It was one of the best events I’ve ever attended. For those who want to support a good cause while enjoying three hours of some of Colorado’s best fare and beverages, this is the place to be.

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World’s Largest Tap Takeover at Old Chicago with Sam Adams

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What: World’s Largest Tap Takeover!

When: Saturday, July 9th

Where: Participating Old Chicago locations nationwide

The Details: July 9 is Old Chicago’s official 40th birthday, and they are partnering with Samuel Adams to host the World’s Largest Tap Takeover in 95 restaurants across the country, featuring rare finds such as the coveted Longshot series. Invite your friends and come raise a glass to Old Chicago’s 40th Anniversary! Stay tuned for more exciting updates.

Note to local readers: Old Chicago at 145 Union Blvd, Lakewood, CO is participating in this exciting event!

Great Divide Celebrates 22 Years

be1ad82a-6fb3-48a7-90de-13ecfce0a70dOn Saturday, June 11, Great Divide celebrated its 22nd anniversary with an awesome event at the brewery. I’ve been to several Great Divide anniversaries over the years, both at the original Ballpark brewery as well as the new RiNo location. But I have to say this year’s party was the best yet.

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Note: please forgive my less than stellar quality photos. I forgot my camera and had to resort to using my phone, which doesn’t produce the best pics. Thanks!

Anyone who has been to an event at the RiNo location in the summer knows there are no trees to provide shade on hot days. So I was thrilled with the options they provided to help beat the heat. For one, they decided to open up a portion of the brewery and had some of the pouring stations inside. They also put up a couple of big tents outside to provide some respite from the sun on that 95 degree afternoon. And finally: beer floats!

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There were so many special beers at the party that I don’t even know where to begin. My personal favorite of the day was the Yeti with with Cinnamon, Mexican Cocoa Powder, Chai Spice and Colombian Coffee (which was one of the 4 firkins that were tapped on the hour). I already love Yeti in any form, but this one was phenomenal.

The 22nd Anniversary Dark American Sour was great (as was last year’s sour, which also made an appearance at the event). And both the Barrel Aged Old Ruffian and Port Barrel Aged Old Ruffian were are the top of my list as well.

Great Divide continues to brew creative, innovative beers in addition to the tried & true core beers that have been a staple of beer drinkers for the last 20+ years. And they know how to throw one fantastic party! Congratulations on 22 years, Great Divide!

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