I receive a lot of news/announcements from Colorado breweries, and there isn’t always time to write full blog posts on all of them. So this page is dedicated to sharing new and exciting announcements in a timely manner.
Gilded Goat Brewing Company dives into Spontaneous Fermentation
FORT COLLINS, February 12, 2019 – Gilded Goat Brewing Company becomes the first brewery in Fort Collins to use traditional Belgian methods to create lambic and gueuze style sour beers using a coolship and spontaneous inoculation. Coolships (Dutch/Flemish word is koelschip) are wide and shallow open top stainless vessels that have been used for centuries across Belgium. Their use has experienced a renaissance in craft breweries across America over the last decade. After following a traditional recipe and brewing process, the coolship is filled with hot wort and left exposed to the cold winter air overnight. During this time, as the wort cools, naturally occurring yeast and bacteria float into the open vessel. Once cool, the wort is transferred into oak barrels and left to ferment for up to 3 years before blending. Since these beers rely on local, air-borne microbes for fermentation and locally sourced malts, these beers often have an exclusive terroir.
Head brewer and co-owner Charlie Hoxmeier, who holds a PhD in Microbiology from Colorado State University, wants to make a uniquely Fort Collins beer using these methods while diving into the science behind spontaneous fermentations. According to Hoxmeier, “This town is famous for its beer, which often contains locally sourced ingredients. I want to take that next step and employ spontaneous inoculation to make these styles of beer.” Numerous scientific studies have investigated the microbial species involved in spontaneous fermentations in Belgium. Hoxmeier and Gilded Goat Brewing want to know how the species floating into beer in Colorado compare to the Belgian cultures. In collaboration with the Fermentation Science and Technology program at Colorado State University, genomics specialists at Yale University, and other Colorado brewers using spontaneous inoculation, Hoxmeier and his team will sequence the DNA of these microbes throughout fermentation. “I think our study will uncover some regional differences in microbe populations. We will also be able to compare Colorado lambic beers with traditional lambic beers in a new way, and potentially uncover new species of yeast and bacteria that could be used for other types of brewing and fermentations.
Gilded Goat Brewing Company will add spontaneous fermented beers to their award-winning repertoire, which includes a GABF gold medal winning Bock, a malty German lager, and a long list of traditional and unique beers.
New Belgium’s Next La Folie Grand Reserve is Ready for Enjoyment
“PX” matured in premium Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks, infused with Tahitian Vanilla beans & packaged on nitro
(FORT COLLINS) A love of dessert wines inspiredlatest small batch version of their award-winning sour brown La Folie – . The PX stands for Pedro Ximénez, a white Spanish wine grape varietal grown under intense sun to produce the super sweet, unctuous Pedro Ximénez Sherry with flavors of figs, molasses, roasted nuts and exotic spices.
New Belgium has been making sour beers for over 20 years, launching its wood beer program in 1998 with La Folie. The game-changing sour brown continues to serve as one of New Belgium’s most beloved beers and an inspiration for these small batch Grand Reserve variations.
“When I set out to make Grand Reserve, I feel like I’m taking La Folie to the prom or on an once-in-a-lifetime luxury vacation. It has to be very special,” explained Lauren Woods Limbach, New Belgium’s Wood Cellar Director & Blender. “La Folie is already so brilliant and complex. What I look for is the spaces in between and imagine what we could introduce to fill in those flavor gaps. The dried, stewed fruit of PX Sherry promised to elevate La Folie to a new level.”
New Belgium sourced 20 sought-after sherry barrels, each previously holding PX Sherry, using this good wood to mature La Folie’s dark base beer and New Belgium’s house culture for nine months. Once matured, 400 whole, hand-split Tahitian vanilla beans were infused into the sherry barrel-aged base beer for four months, swirled every day to intensify the combination of vanilla’s sweetness with existing fig, sour plum and cocoa flavors.
“It was an absolute labor of love. We were very meticulous throughout the process, sort of like helicopter parents/brewers. You really only get one shot at it,” Limbach continued, noting the limited availability of fresh sherry casks. “This recipe started in my head about two years ago. It always feels a little magical when the end result matches such high expectations.”
La Folie Grand Reserve: PX was bottled and kegged on a gentle amount of nitrogen, a unique technique unusual for wood-aged sour beers, providing a smooth and velvety mouthfeel that elevates the entire drinking experience. In 2015, New Belgium became the first brewery to release a nitro sour with Oscar Worthy Coffee – a wood-aged sour with whole bean coffee added. In 2018, it released La Folie Grand Reserve: Geisha, which became the first ever nitrogenated beer packaged with a cork & cage finish, a process replicated this year with the release of La Folie Grand Reserve: PX.
La Folie Grand Reserve: PX
Visual: Dark cherry wood red with strong tan/white crème and lacing.
Aroma: Cherries, vanilla, green apples, figs, raisins, berry jam initially with overtones of caramelized sugar, molasses, and dark chocolate.
Flavor: Sweeting initially with a sour middle that sways back to subtle sweetness before finishing with a mouth-watering pucker.
Mouthfeel/Body: Medium to full bodied, finishing with a full and smooth mouthfeel.
La Folie Grand Reserve: PX is 8 percent ABV and available beginning February 9th in 375ml bottles and on draft. It is available for a limited time in select markets in the states of Colorado, North Carolina, California, Hawaii, Missouri, Arizona, Nebraska, Iowa, Texas, Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, Illinois, Idaho, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.
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Seedstock Brewery Claims Third Best Beer of 2018 by Beer Connoisseur as the Only Denver-based Brewery to Grace List
DENVER – January 14, 2019 – Seedstock Brewery’s Dusseldorf Alt was named the third best beer on Beer Connoisseur’s Top 100 Beers of 2018 list, while the brewery’s Oktoberfest was named as the 33rd best beer of 2018. The old-world brewery was the only Denver-based brewery to grace the list, which includes domestic and international breweries.
“From the day we opened our doors, our goal has been to bring our family’s old-world recipes to craft beer drinkers and non-craft beer drinkers alike,” said Seedstock Owner Ron Abbott. “It’s a honor to win two such high accolades for traditional German-style beers. We’re so very humbled and excited to continue to share our recipes with the world.”
In celebration of the honor, Seedstock Brewery will be re-releasing the Dusseldorf Alt on Jan. 25. At 5.0-percent ABV, this German-style beer has a clean, malty aroma with a very slight hint of fruitiness. It is assertive in its hop bitterness and balanced by a clean, bready malt character. The long-lasting, dry finish makes it a very sessionable beer.
According to Beer Connessiour’s Michael Bury review of the Dusseldorf Alt, “It’s a shame that currently you can only get the beer in the immediate Colorado area. However, this supports the notion of patronizing your local brewery, and anyone in the Denver area would be more than satisfied by a visit.”
Seedstock’s Oktoberfest is a traditional Marzen-style that has been served at Oktoberfest celebrations since 1872. The Seedstock Oktoberfest is a malty, amber German-style lager with a rich, toasty and bready flavor. It has a soft bitterness and a clean, dry finish with a 6.1-percent ABV.
Seedstock’s Dusseldorf Atl scored a 97 from reviewers and the Oktoberfest scored a 95. A review of 100-96 is considered “World Class” and 95-91 is considered “Exceptional.”
Ska Brewing Moral Panic is now available at the brewery World Headquarters in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and hits the brewery’s distribution footprint beginning December 7. This Brut IPA is packed with Galaxy and Citra hops giving it a tropical nose, and at only 5.7 percent ABV, this beer is one of the lower ABV Bruts on the market. This is Ska’s first year-round packaged beer to hit all its markets since the release of Rue B. Soho. It might just be Colorado’s first year-round canned Brut IPA, too.
Station 26 303 Lager (pictured above) , the brewing company’s newest canned offering, is now on shelves across Colorado’s Front Range. This craft lager will replace the brewery’s Colorado Cream Ale in its Mixed Twelver and on shelves as the lightest member of Station 26’s canned family.
Ska Brewing Cru D’Etat is now available at the brewery World Headquarters, and across the company’s twelve-state distribution footprint while supplies last. A Belgian specialty ale, Cru d’Etat has a sweet, rum-like flavor and weighs in at 11.5% ABV. This tart and complex ale has aged in an old wine foeder for nearly two years, creating flavors of caramel and raisins with a hint of alcohol heat. This concoction will have you going wild in the streets. Ska releases Cru D’Etat every two years in rotation with Ska Face Barleywine-style Ale that comes out every other year.
Strange Craft Gingerbread Man is concocted with sugar, spice, and hops so nice— an American brown ale packed with all the spices and goodies you’d expect from Grandma’s gingerbread cookie recipe. Notes of cinnamon, ginger, cloves and allspice culminate to create the perfect company on a cold winter night. Gingerbread man will be available on draft and in crowlers to-go at the StrangeWit tasting room while supplies last. Catch the Gingerbread Man before he runs off ’til next year!
Elevation Beer Co. Acide is now available in cans in Colorado and Wyoming. This award-winning, kettle-soured Saison is the original variant of Elevation’s Acide series, which most recently included Peach Acide. Acide is truckin’ for its third year in 6 packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft in both of its distribution states while supplies last.
Ska Brewing Sour Apple Gose is available in cans across its 12-state distribution footprint while supplies last. This sparkling sour ale is great for toasting during the holidays, on New Years Eve, and well into 2019.
Wit’s End Ugly Sweater, a returning favorite, hits the StrangeWit tasting room just in time for the one-year anniversary of cohabitation between the two companies and the 7-year anniversary of Wit’s End Brewing Company. This beer is a Belgian-style brown ale, brewed with roasted pumpkin seeds, palm sugar, and world peace. It pairs best with heinous sweaters, preferably those that light up. Ugly Sweater tapped at Wit’s End’s anniversary celebration on Saturday, December 8.
Woods Boss Brewing Over the River and Through the Woods is a collaboration with Good River Beer Company to benefit the Conservation Colorado and the Colorado Water Trust. Coming in at 5.5% ABV, 28 IBU, this Red/Alt hybrid ale is brewed with restrained amounts of ginger and cloves. Rich pumpernickel and soft rye bread tones create a smooth, clean malt backbone with just the right amount of hints of fresh ginger and fresh cracked whole cloves. Reminiscent of spiced winter ales without being over-spiced, this collaborative ale pairs well with snowed-in firesides or whatever may be at the end of your journey over the river and through the woods.
Woods Boss Brewing Magical Narwhal Candy Cane Unicorn Stout is a chocolatey, toasty, roasty, silky stout dry hopped with pulverized Hammonds Candies Peppermint Candy Canes. Rich creamy chocolate undertones and bright refreshing peppermint candies combine for a smooth and unique take on seasonal beers with a drinkable 5.8% ABV and 35 IBU. Brewed for Two Parts and the holiday season, Magical Narwhal Candy Cane Unicorn will debut Saturday, December 15 at the Denver Beer Festivus celebration.
Monk’s Cottage is a Belgian Dark Strong for which proceeds will benefit nonprofits supporting affordable housing in Asheville, Denver, and Portland, Oregon as part of Thirsty Monk’s Karma Series. This Belgian Strong Ale was brewed with Pilsner malt, floor-malted Dark malt, Munich, and Special Belgian malt that create a deep reddish-brown color and aromas of sweet malt, raisins, plums, banana and pipe tobacco. This beer tastes like rum cake with hints of cocoa powder covered banana and anise. It drinks easier than it’s 8.75% ABV with a warm, malty finish. Now on tap at Thirsty Monk!
Bonfire Brewing Kilt Dropper is a traditional Strong Scotch Ale. This beer underwent an extra-long boil to caramelize the wort, giving it hints of caramel in the aroma. Fermented at 20% lower temperatures than most ales, the beer retains distinct sweet and malty flavors, balanced by the strength of the ABV. A touch of black barley gives the beer most of its color, with Fuggle hops added in very small quantities as well. At 7.5% ABV, good luck keeping your kilt on. Kilt Dropper will be available on draft at Bonfire Brewing during the first week of December while supplies last.
Spice Trade Brewing Red Wine Belgian Dubbel is now available in 22 oz. bottles. Aged for 12 months in red wine barrels with notes of tart red fruit and tamarind, Red Wine Belgian Dubbel is one of three barrel aged releases that Spice Trade bottles annually. It is a great beer to pair with holiday meals and has a mild acidity, tanic backbone, and blend of red fruit notes that work well with any food you would drink red wine with. Red Wine Belgian Dubbel is available at select liquor stores and the brewery’s tasting room while supplies last.
Boulder, Colo. • December 6, 2018 – On Friday, December 7, the American Homebrewers Association® (AHA) celebrates its 40th birthday. Founded in 1978 by Charlie Papazian, the AHA has worked on behalf of the homebrewing community for four decades, serving tens of thousands of members, plus the 1.1 million homebrewers nationwide, with events, publications, resources, and more.
“At a time when most American-made beers were light-tasting lagers, Charlie started a movement that showed people how to brew their own full-flavored beers and cultivate their craft, turning brewing into careers for some and comradery and community for many,” said Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association.
- January 17, 1920: Prohibition begins as the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect, banning the manufacture, sale and transportation of alcohol, including beer made at home.
- December 5, 1933: The 21st Amendment repealed Prohibition, however, the repeal’s legislation mistakenly left out the legalization of home beer making (home wine making was legalized at that time).
- October 14, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed H.R. 1337, creating an exemption from taxation of beer brewed at home for personal or family use.
- December 7, 1978: AHA is formed with the publication of the first issue of Zymurgy® magazine.
- February 1, 1979: Homebrewing becomes legal on a federal level in the U.S.
- May 5, 1979: AHA holds first ever National Homebrew Competition and Gala Homebrewers Ball.
- September 1984: Charlie Papazian publishes The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, widely regarded as the bible for homebrewers.
- May 2, 1988: Representative David Skaggs of Colorado declares May 7th as National Homebrew Day before Congress.
- May 31, 2005: The first year of the famous Great American Beer Festival® Pro-Am competition where AHA members teamed up with professional brewers to scale up their award-winning recipes. The AHA estimates that at least 90 percent of professional brewers began as homebrewers.
- September 1, 2012: The White House reveals its homebrewing recipes. Although many of the nation’s founding fathers were homebrewers, White House Honey Ale is the first beer known to have been brewed in the White House.
- 2013: Alabama and Mississippi legalize homebrewing, officially making homebrew legal in all 50 states.
- December 2016: AHA hosts the first-ever Hill Staff Homebrew Competition.
- 2018: 1.1 million homebrewers produced and estimated 1.4 million barrels of beer, or one percent of total U.S. beer production.
“The AHA helped take homebrewing from outlawed to mainstream,” added Glass. “The homebrewing revolution started by the founding of the AHA and became a catalyst for the explosive growth of today’s craft brewing community. Who could have predicted that Charlie’s simple wooden spoon, ingenuity, and passion would spawn a community of more than one million homebrewers and 7,000 small and independent U.S. craft breweries.”
To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the AHA is offering a 24-hour flash sale on December 7 with a 40 percent discount on digital memberships. View details on the American Homebrewers Association website.
Funkwerks Announces New Winky’s Snack Pack; Winky’s Warehouse
FORT COLLINS, CO — Funkwerks is excited to announce the release of the latest iteration of their Winky’s Snack Pack. The new variety 12-packs include year-round offerings, Saison and Raspberry Provincial, as well as limited releases, Deceit and White— both available exclusively in this variety 12-pack after years of perfecting.
In addition to the new line up of beers, new Winky’s Snack Packs sport refreshed, innovative packaging complete with new graphics, punch out coasters on the sides of the box, limited edition stickers, and discount codes for Winky’s Warehouse.
“We’re so excited about this 12 pack for several reasons,” explains Funkwerks’ Co-Founder, Brad Lincoln. “Deceit and White are two exclusive release beers that we’ve worked on perfecting since the early days of Funkwerks. We also love the idea of interactive packaging, so we incorporated coasters into the 12-pack allowing consumers to punch out the coasters from its side and get a little extra use from the packaging before all the cardboard gets recycled.”
Want even more information about this new offering from Funkwerks? Check out this article by our friend Taylor Laabs at PorchDrinking.com: Fast Facts on Funkwerks’ New Winky’s Snack Pack.
Funkwerks’ interpretation of a Belgian-style golden ale, Deceit is deceptively palatable. The alcohol content is deceptively masked by bold fruit and spice characteristics contributed by our unique Belgian yeast strain. This award-winning beer (2012 GABF® Gold, 2014 World Beer Cup® Silver, 2016 World Beer Cup® Bronze) is full of complexity and bright carbonation leading to a dry finish. 8.5% ABV.
This Belgian-Style Wit is refreshing and crisp. The opaque pale color and creamy white head result from ample amounts of wheat used in the recipe. The addition of raw oats gives a smooth mouthfeel yet finishes dry. This thirst-quenching brew was spiced with orange zest, coriander, and chamomile to build on the character of the Belgian yeast. 4.8% ABV.
ABOUT WINKY’S WAREHOUSE
Funkwerks has been hard at work expanding brewery merchandise this year including apparel, glassware, gift cards, and new bottle openers made locally by taproom regular, Cody Trigg— all found on Winky’s Warehouse, the brewery’s online store. Funkwerks offers free shipping on all orders through Winky’s Warehouse and have distributed a discount code inside each new Winky’s Snack Pack.
Nearly 5 Million Pints for Prostates Crowns for a Cure Headed to Stores Nationwide for Men’s Health Awareness Campaign
More than 50 Breweries Join Effort to Distribute Bottle Caps to Fight Prostate Cancer
Charlotte, N.C. – Pints for Prostates is partnering with more than 50 craft brewers across the United States to use the common, everyday bottle cap to start conversations about a critical men’s issue and encourage guys to take charge of their health.
As part of Crowns for a Cure 2018, Pints for Prostates is distributing 4.8 million bottle caps – known in the beverage trade as crowns – via craft brewers around the country during the fall in a major expansion of the four-year-old program. The crowns feature the Pints for Prostates logo on the outside, with messages under the caps designed to encourage men to learn more about the importance of regular health screenings.
“Crowns for a Cure will start thousands of conversations this fall and encourage guys who might otherwise avoid the topic to talk with their doctors and schedule health screenings,” said Rick Lyke, a prostate cancer survivor who started Pints for Prostates in 2008 after successful treatment for the disease. “We have the support of some great breweries who will put a lifesaving reminder in the hands of men. The craft beer community has been an amazing supporter of Pints for Prostates during the last decade.”
The majority of breweries taking part in the program will distribute 10,000 to 80,000 Pints for Prostates crowns on their beer bottles. Brewers from 25 states will use the caps in bottling runs and distribute the beer to retail accounts starting in September and running through the fall. Deschutes Brewery in Oregon decided to use the Pints for Prostates artwork on a production run of its crowns and will have 2.4 million Crowns for a Cure on its bottles in November.
“What we are able to accomplish really starts and ends with brewers and craft beer fans. What Deschutes and the rest of these breweries are doing is a real statement about how much they care about their fans,” Lyke said. “If Pints for Prostates Crowns for as Cure reaches just one guy who benefits from a prostate health screening, then the effort will be a huge success.”
Pints for Prostates 2018 Crowns for a Cure participating breweries include:
- Alamo Beer Co., San Antonio, Texas
- AleSmith Brewery, San Diego, Calif.
- Barrel of Monks Brewing, Boca Raton, Fla.
- Bayou Teche Brewing, Arnaudville, La.
- Bell’s Brewery, Comstock, Mich.
- Big Sky Brewing, Missoula, Mont.
- Brothers Craft Brewing, Harrisonburg, Va.
- Central Waters Brewing, Amherst, Wisc.
- Coronado Brewing, San Diego, Calif.
- D9 Brewing, Cornelius, N.C.
- Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Ore.
- Devils Backbone Brewing, Lexington, Va.
- Double Barley Brewing, Smithfield, N.C.
- DuClaw Brewing, Baltimore, Md.
- Durty Bull Brewing, Durham, N.C.
- Ecliptic Brewing, Portland, Ore.
- Fish Brewing, Olympia, Wash.
- Flying Fish Brewing, Somerdale, N.J.
- Foothills Brewing, Winston-Salem, N.C.
- Founders Brewing, Grand Rapids, Mich.
- Funky Buddha Brewery, Oakland Park, Fla.
- Garden Path Fermentation, Burlington, Wash.
- Grand Teton Brewing, Victor, Idaho
- Great Basin Brewing, Reno, Nev.
- Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Richmond, Va.
- Heavy Seas Beer, Baltimore, Md.
- Kros Strain Brewing, LaVista, Neb.
- Laughing Dog Brewing, Ponderay, Idaho
- Lazy Magnolia Brewing, Kiln, Miss.
- Left Hand Brewing, Longmont, Colo.
- MKE Brewing, Milwaukee, Wisc.
- Mother Earth Brewing, Kinston, N.C.
- New Holland Brewing, Holland, Mich.
- NoDa Brewing, Charlotte, N.C.
- Olde Hickory Brewery, Hickory, N.C.
- The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Charlotte, N.C.
- Penn Brewery, Pittsburgh, Pa.
- Pike Brewing, Seattle, Wash.
- Postdoc Brewing, Redmond, Wash.
- Prairie Artisan Ales, Krebs, Okla.
- RJ Rockers Brewing, Spartanburg, S.C.
- Rogue Ales, Newport, Ore.
- Schlafly Beer, St. Louis, Mo.
- Southern Tier Brewing, Lakewood, N.Y.
- Thirsty Dog Brewing, Akron, Ohio
- Toppling Goliath Brewing, Decorah, Iowa
- Victory Brewing, Downington, Pa.
- Verboten Brewing, Loveland, Colo.
- VonSeitz Theoreticales, Smithville, Tenn.
- Weyerbacher Brewing, Easton, Pa.
- Wild Ride Brewing, Redmond, Ore.
- Wormtown Brewery, Worcester, Mass.
- Yazoo Brewing, Nashville, Tenn.
- Zipline Brewing, Lincoln, Neb.
Pints for Prostates still has a small number of Crowns for a Cure available for use by commercial brewers. Interested breweries can contact the organization via the pintsforprostates.org website or the group’s Facebook page.
Beer drinkers who spot Pints for Prostates crowns are encouraged to help spread the word by tagging photos on social media with #CrownsforaCure and @pints4prostates, along with the brewery name and location where the bottle caps were found.
Homebrewers who want to take part in Crowns for a Cure can do so by ordering bottle caps from Northern Brewer.
Pints for Prostates is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity and funds raised by the group go towards its awareness mission and help to fund the education and support programs of the Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network, and free prostates cancer screening programs provided by the Prostate Conditions Education Council.
Exciting new beers, like an Orange Peppercorn Saison just in time for fall, and beloved old-favorites, including Oktoberfest, are soon arriving to Fort Collins’ Maxline Brewery!
Tapped last week is the Scottish 80, a type of shilling, which features an impressive ingredient list including English Maris Otter Malt, Light Munich Malt, Crystal 45 Malt, C120 Malt and more. The brilliant red beer with mahogany highlights is slightly smoky with a fruity and honey taste mid-palate, complemented by herbal honeytones, followed by an assertive caramel finish. This beer clocks in at 6.8-percent ABV.
The Orange Peppercorn Saison will be tapped late this month. Reminiscent of fall flavors, this beer has light citrus and peppery spice up front with light, sweet malt on the finish, balanced by fruit throughout. With light body and high carbonation, the saison boasts a biscuity malt and fruity yeast character, and comes in at 6.5-percent ABV.
Coming mid-September is Maxline’s English Mild at 4.6-percent ABV. Aromas from the dark mahogany brown beer include sweet, nutty, cacao flavors with a clean and slightly sweet finish. You’ll be greeted with chocolate, sweet malt, caramel and herbal hops aromas as you enjoy this extremely light, moderately carbonated brew.
Maxline will be bringing back its traditional Oktoberfest next month – just in time for the annual celebration. The toasty, bready and Vienna sweetness aromas complement the malty Munich and light fruit flavors of the 6.0-percent ABV Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is a beautiful deep amber color made with pilsner, vienna, Munich dark, biscuit and caramel malts. The beer will be tapped in September.
The following beers will be available for the event:
OB Dales Pale
Grossen Bart Anker Beard Amber
300 Suns Watermelon Gose
Wibby Built Tough
Left Hand Juicy Goodness
Brewmented Catharina Cranberry-Raspberry Kettle Sour
Dream Job Alert: New Belgium Brewing Seeks College Brand Ambassadors Across the U.S.
Internships are lame. Reppin’ New Belgium on campus isn’t.
(FORT COLLINS) – New Belgium Brewing is all about beer. And bicycles. And sustainability. And a few other things, but mostly really good beer. Behind each world-class beer are world-class people and the brewery is looking to for college students to expand its team.
New Belgium is hiring 14 College Brand Ambassadors for the upcoming 2018-19 school year. Those selected for this program will play a frontline role in increasing New Belgium brand awareness by executing tasting events, promotions and more.
“If you are into mindless busy work, coffee runs, making copies, this opportunity is not for you,” said New Belgium’s Recruiting Manager Justin Cross. “We’re looking for college students who want to do something valuable and impactful while helping to drive value for one of the best independent craft beer brands in the country.”
This new program gives students considering a career in craft a foot in the door and possible fulltime employment upon graduation. Students hired for these positions will begin their beer journey with a training session in Fort Collins to learn the ins and outs of craft beer sales and marketing. Once armed with a beer education, the College Brand Ambassadors will return to their campuses to work alongside local Rangers (the brewery’s name for salespeople) about 15 hours per week.
The students will not be just working for free beer, these are paid positions.
New Belgium will be accepting applications from now until July 20th, 2018. This is a part-time position and is responsible for executing local tasting events, building and maintaining partnerships/relationships and executing promotions. To be considered for one of these positions, successful applicants will attend one of the following institutions of higher learning:
- University of Michigan
- DePaul University
- University of Miami
- Arizona State University
- Southern Methodist University
- San Francisco State University
- Long Beach State
- University of North Carolina
- Atlanta University Center Consortium (Morehouse College/Spelman College/Clark University)
- St. Joseph’s University
- Boston University
- University of Colorado
- Boise State University
- University of Kansas
This position will be working during the 2018-2019 school year.
Responsibilities (but not limited to):
- Provide sampling at accounts and other promotional events to drive sales in local markets
- Sell into set local accounts with assistance of local Ranger, including building and maintaining relationships/partnerships and visibility in marketplace
- Provide excellent customer service and education on NBB beers, culture and business practices
- Engage customers through social media outlets as required, adhering to legal compliance and internal policies
- Understand and maintain legal compliance when serving and selling our beers
- Availability to work flexible hours, up to 15-20 hours/week
Desired Skills/Experience (but not limited to):
- Minimum six (6) months of customer service related work experience
- Must be 21 or older
- Ability to have transportation to event locations
- Exceptional customer service skills and abilities
- General knowledge of brewing and the beer industry
- Knowledge and understanding of local laws/guidelines around identification and service of alcohol and ability to pass TIPS training during orientation
- Exceptional communication skills and ability to speak in front of larges groups
- Ability to deal with difficult situations and resolve matter appropriately and effectively
To apply for any of these opportunities, please visit New Belgium’s. To learn more about the brewery or any of its beers, visit .
DRÄTZ BREWING COMPANY IN LOVELAND OPENING THIS JULY
To Launch Limited Edition RAW Ale Beer
LOVELAND, CO- Committed, Passionate and Inspired to celebrate the art of Craft Beer, Drätz Brewing Company will finally open this July at 965 East 11th St. Loveland, CO.
Specializing in American, German and Belgian style ales and lager, it will serve 8 regular craft beers on tap as well as limited edition experimental specialty and seasonal beers.
These include American Traditionals such as:
• KD Kölsch- A mild German Ale with a light body, pale color and a slightly assertive hop bitterness. A unique style that is fermented with ale yeast but then finished with lagering resulting to an easy drinking pale that finishes crisp and clean. 5% ABV
• Zephaniah Pale Ale- The American version of an English Bitter, Zephaniah is a good balance between malt and hops. It is fruity and estery with some crystal malt providing a bit of residual sweetness. 6.1% ABV
• Quad Hop IPA-American Indian Pale Ale loaded with Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial and Glacier hops added with multiple intervals during the boil and generously dry hopped for a lovely hop aroma. 6.9% ABV
• Ole John IBA- A collision between an American IPA and an American Brown Ale. Ole John IBA gives you the best of both worlds starting off with caramel and chocolate malt characteristics finishing with a generous hop bitterness. 6.8% ABV
• Abraham Oatmeal Stout- With a perfect blend of Munich, Chocolate and Roasted malts, Abraham provides a chocolate-like roasted flavor with the smooth and rich body and mouth feel from adding oats to the mash. 5.6% ABV
Year Round Specialty Beers:
• Elvina Double IPA- A beer that is truly a labor of love. Elvina is a Double Indian Pale Ale that is hopped in multiple intervals to provide a high complexity of hop bitterness, aroma and flavor. 8.7% ABV
• Josias Belgian Dubbel -A strong and dark Belgian-style ale with a malty sweetness and low hop profile. Complex and fairly ohigh alcohol Josias imparts chocolate, dark fruit, and/or burnt caramel qualities as well a truly unique flavor profile provided by touch of star anise. 7.5% ABV
• Dräkken Baltic Porter – A full bodied and smooth porter aged on oak with a sweet malty character and low complex alcohol flavors. With additional complex flavors such as dark fruit, toffee and currant, Dräkken is sure to please. 8.9% ABV
For its Grand Opening, it will be introducing a Limited Edition RAW Pineapple and Rosemary Saison 7.5% ABV. RAW Ale is beer brewed without boiling the wort. Brewing raw leaves all of the proteins in the beer that is ultimately lost during the boiling process. This increases mouth feel and head retention as well as put more focus on the flavor of the grains. The hops are not boiled but added directly to the mash with the grains which provides a mild hop flavor and aroma, perfect for a farmhouse style ale.
The brewery is inspired by the family history of its Founder and CEO Kerry Drake, thus several beers are named after family members starting from Josias Drätz.
Grand Opening Weekend this July will be announced shortly as they are in the final stage of planning and providing fun and exciting weekend with a guest food truck on site, entertainment and of course great beer!
Brewers Publications Presents
Brewing Eclectic IPA: Pushing the Boundaries of India Pale Ale
Boulder, Colo. • April 19, 2018 – India Pale Ale (IPA) is the leading craft beer style in the U.S., and the new release from Brewers Publications™, Brewing Eclectic IPA: Pushing the Boundaries of India Pale Ale by Dick Cantwell, explores the style’s evolution, provides guidance for designing unique beers, and 25 original IPA recipes.
The Brewers Association reports that IPA is now the third most popular style of all beers, following only American lagers and light lagers. IPA has 3.1 percent of the total beer market by volume, 6.4 percent in retail dollar sales, and is between 24 – 33 percent of the craft category.
“There’s no mistaking that we are living in the heyday of IPA,” declares Cantwell. “We’re enjoying a style of beer that would have been deemed undrinkable by its earlier 18th and 19th century consumers. Brewers are using a wide range of ingredients, from cocoa nibs, coffee, fruits, and vegetables, to spices, herbs, and even wood, to push the boundaries of the style.”
Among the most well-respected and experienced craft brewers in the world, Cantwell provides scores of tips and methods for first-time brewers and beer veterans alike to concoct a delectable brew and shares the story of how and why the proliferation of American IPA came to be.
Dick Cantwell co-founded Elysian Brewing Company in 1996, where he served as head brewer until its sale to Anheuser-Busch in 2015. During his tenure, Elysian was named Large Brewpub of the Year three times at the Great American Beer Festival® (1999, 2003 and 2004). In 2004, Cantwell received the Brewers Association’s Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Brewing.
He has written for various beer magazines, authored Barley Wine with Fal Allen (Brewers Publications, 1998), The Brewers Association’s Guide to Starting Your Own Brewery, Second Edition (Brewers Publications, 2013), and Wood & Beer: A Brewer’s Guide (Brewers Publications, 2016) with Peter Bouckaert.
Cantwell, who has served as an international and national beer judge, as well as the Brewers Association’s Quality Ambassador, recently became the director of brewing operations at Magnolia Brewing in San Francisco.
Brewers Publications supports the mission of the Brewers Association by publishing books of enduring value for amateur and professional brewers, as well as titles that promote understanding and appreciation of American craft beer. With over 50 titles to choose from, it’s the leading publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers, homebrewers and beer enthusiasts.
Molly’s Spirits and Aspen Brewing Company Release Molly’s Sip of Colorado for Summer Limited Availability
Six-packs will ring in at just $5.99 – making it the perfect affordable complement to the season
DENVER – May 29, 2018 – Molly’s Spirits and Aspen Brewing Company will be releasing Molly’s Sip of Colorado, a collaboration beer that will be available in June. This is the third collaboration beer from Molly’s Spirits this year, following I Can’t Believe It’s Butter, created for the 2018 Collaboration Fest, and Better Together – both with New Image Brewing.
“We were excited to re-enter the Denver market with a collaboration with an iconic Colorado brand that is well known and respected in its community,” said Aspen Brewing CEO Peter Bassett. “Molly’s and Aspen Brewing Company have prioritized the outdoors and Colorado lifestyle as key components of their brands. Molly’s Sip of Colorado, which draws inspiration from traditional Colorado flavors while providing an extremely affordably priced Colorado craft beer perfect for weekend warriors, demonstrates that love and admiration.”
The beer is a spin on the California Common beer, also called a steam beer, using similar brewing techniques with a high-altitude spin. Molly’s Sip of Colorado celebrates the beauty of Colorado from grain to glass. At 4.56 percent ABV, this crisp and refreshing beer has a subtle and sweet malt backbone that is complemented by notes of floral, pine and mountain fruit from the combination of Palisade and Chinook hops.
The team at Molly’s arrived at $5.99 price point for six-packs to provide the marketplace with a value-driven option for craft beer.
“We want Molly’s Sip of Colorado to be a go-to choice for Denver imbibers to enjoy while hanging out on all the best rooftop patios, lakes and 14ers this summer,” said Jaylee Adams, marketing manager at Molly’s Spirits. “It’s sessionable and affordable enough that it’s a superb choice for any Colorado occasion.”
Molly’s Sip of Colorado will be available in six-pack cans at Molly’s Spirits beginning on June 11. Stay tuned for more details about a Denver release party following the store launch.
SPRING FLEA POPS UP FOR FIRST TIME AT DENVER ROCK DRILL IN RINO APR. 14-15
Largest Spring Flea yet brings together more than 200 local and regional makers, food trucks, and more
- Spring Flea Cocktails:
- The Big Whoop with Jameson Irish Whiskey, peach tea, lemon juice, simple, ginger-citrus bitters
- Spring Slammer with Seagram’s Gin, pear tea, lemon juice, simple, lavender bitters
- El Maestro with Olmeca Altos Plata Tequila, hibiscus tea, lime juice, simple, and pepper-lime bitters
- RiNo Mule with Absolut Vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice
- Jameson Mule with Jameson Irish Whiskey, ginger beer, and lime juice
- The Real Dill Bloody Marys
- Grapefruit Juice Mimosas
- Fleamosa with Great Divide Samurai Ale and OJ or Grapefruit Juice
WHAT:Get your shop, eat and drink on at the the Spring Flea, popping up at a new location in the RiNo/Cole neighborhood at Denver Rock Drill on April 14-15, 2018. The Denver Flea brings together more than 200 local makers and small businesses from Colorado and the Western region, making it the largest Spring Flea to date. Vendors will be selling their goods alongside food trucks and pop-up bars serving Great Divide beer and craft cocktails. Of the 200 vendors, over 40 vendors are new to the Flea.The Spring Flea is open on Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased online and at the door (tickets valid for both days). Children 12 and under are free. Flea goers who purchase a ticket online will receive a FREE subscription to 5280 Magazine. Bonus!The Flea’s new location at the Denver Rock Drill is within walking distance to the 38th and Blake RTD stop, making it easy to get to and from the Flea.Attendees can shop a variety of local Flea alum such as Mountain Standard, Shabby Alpaca, Craft Boner, Moore Collection, Bjorn’s Colorado Honey, Bespoke Provisions, The Real Dill, Hygge Life, Harper Made, and Cultura Chocolate.Vendors new to the Flea this year include Union Stitch, Gobi Straps, Mountain Time Soap, THALKEN, Lily Dawson Designs, Moon Bath and Feast Locally, among many others. A full list of vendors is available at www.denverflea.com/makers.Spring Flea sponsor partners include Alterra, Zeal Optics, 5280 Magazine and Great Divide. The Flea is also partnering with local non-profit organizations including Big Green, a non-profit established by Hugo Matheson and Kimbal Musk, that creates a healthier future for kids through a nationwide network of Learning Gardens and food literacy programs; Culture Haus, the Denver Art Museum’s young philanthropist group that inspires and cultivates the next generation of arts patrons; and RMMFI, a local non-profit community creating economic and social mobility through entrepreneurship.Several of Denver’s trucks will be in attendance including Roll It Up Sushi Truck, Wheels on Fire, Ba-Nom-A-Nom Treat Truck, Baba’s Falafel and La Chiva on Saturday, and Happy Cones Co., Spud Nation, Sunshine Bowls, My Poor Meatball, Hey PB&J and Farm to Truck on Sunday.In addition to food trucks, fashion trucks will also be open at The Flea including The She Operation and Denver Street Boutique.To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit www.denverflea.com.NEW THIS FLEA:
- New location at Denver Rock Drill located at 1717 E. 39th Ave. in the RiNo/Cole neighborhood
- Whoa Pony, an awesome vintage horse trailer photo booth company, will be taking pics for Fleaks.
- Feast Locally will be selling dining membership cards.
- Great Divide will be introducing their newest IPA, Heyday Modern
- More than 40 new Flea vendorsWHERE:Denver Rock DrillWHEN:Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Sunday, April 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jan. 18, 2018: The Post Brewing Company is officially TV Famous! Food Network’s hit show Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives will feature the Colorado brewery and restaurant on Friday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m. The show’s host, Guy Fieri, recently visited The Post Brewing Company in Longmont to film the segment with Chef / Partner Brett “Smitty” Smith. Two of Smitty’s most popular dishes—Colorado-style fried chicken and chicken chicharrones—will be featured in the episode.
All Post Brewing Company locations—in Lafayette, Longmont, Rosedale, and Boulder—will host special viewing parties on February 2 at 6:30p.m. Guests will get the chance to watch the show while enjoying food & drink specials and fun & games. There will be $2 Post cans during the show, as well as I-Spy Post Beer for cool swag.
For more information, please visit: https://www.postbrewing.com/event/food-networks-diners-drive-ins-and-dives/
Jan. 18, 2018: Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub is excited to announce the addition of a new state-of-the-art canning line in its production facility. Set to run for the first time on January 24th, just in time for Can Appreciation Day, the transition from bottles to cans, as well as investment in new equipment including a dissolved oxygen meter, is a continuation of the brewery’s vision to support the mountain town lifestyle in which it serves.
Jan. 15, 2018: Great Divide Brewing will be releasing their first Local Knowledge release of 2018 this Saturday, January 20th at both taprooms starting at 12 p.m. Mexican Chocolate Yeti, which is batch number 10, is brewed with Cholaca liquid cacao. Another variation on the classic Yeti Imperial Stout, Great Divide added a variety of spices, vanilla and coffee to invoke the flavors of a Mexican hot chocolate (traditionally called champurrado). Spiced chocolate drinks have been part of Aztec and Mayan cuisine and culture for centuries, but they have yet to be paired up with a Yeti!
Local Knowledge is Great Divide’s hyper-limited, hyper-local pilot series. These single-batch, pilot brews are exclusively available on draft and in 6-packs at the Great Divide Tap Room and Barrel Bar, and are designed to give you something new to take home each time you visit. Drink, discover, and share your #localknowledge.
Dec. 20, 2017: Rounding out a year of robust beer releases, Upslope Brewing Company is excited to reveal its 2017-18 Oatmeal Stout, as well as a tasty, Mexican Chocolate Milk Stout for fans to enjoy as they ring in the New Year.
Emerging this week, Upslope’s tried-and-true Limited Release Oatmeal Stout is available throughout the winter season. The 5% ABV Oatmeal Stout, brewed with oats, roasted malts and East Kent Golding hops, delivers notes of cocoa, dried fruit and caramel in a smooth, full-bodied, yet sessionable beer.
The Limited Release Oatmeal Stout will be distributed throughout CO, WY, MT, AZ, and NM and is available in Upslope’s Mix Box variety 12-pack or 12-ounce six-packs.
Mexican Chocolate Milk Stout will be offered in 19.2-ounce cans, distributed throughout their footprint. For more information regarding the Mexican Chocolate Milk Stout release, stay tuned to Upslope’s Facebook Page.
Dec. 19, 2017: Photographer Dustin Hall brings the art of photography and brewing together in “Discovering Colorado Breweries,” a 232-page 11×13 coffee table book, featuring photographs of over 70 Colorado craft breweries. Discovering Colorado Breweries will be released on January 20, 2018.
After nearly four years of photographing Colorado craft breweries, Hall along with his wife Marcia decided to take their passion project one step further by creating a photography book of Dustin’s work. Hall wanted to share the story by documenting every little detail on what it takes to run a brewery on a day-to-day basis.
Dec. 11, 2017: Great Divide Brewing will be releasing their newest limited release, Lemongrass Colette, this Saturday December 16th at both taprooms. The addition of spelt adds a layer of spicy complexity to the malt component which provides a nice backdrop for the lemongrass to make a showing. The lemongrass is highly fragrant, but blends well into the beer to provide a refreshing variation on a Great Divide classic. This beer rounds at 7.3% ABV.
Local Knowledge is Great Divide’s hyper-limited, hyper-local pilot series. These single-batch, pilot brews are exclusively available on draft and in 6-packs at the Great Divide Tap Room and Barrel Bar, and are designed to give you something new to take home each time you visit.
Dec. 7, 2017: Great Divide Brewing Company will introduce seven new beers in 2018, including the addition of a new barrel-aged program and the return of a Great Divide classic. New to the lineup are Car Camper Gose, Heyday Modern IPA, Rumble Oak Aged IPA, Vanilla Oak Aged Yeti, and the new Wood Werks Barrel Series including a Belgian-Style Sour, Flemish Sour Brown with Strawberries, and a Barrel Aged Brown Rye Ale.