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On Your Mark, Get Set… Tickets Go on Sale August 1 & 2
Get ready, y’all! The Best Beer Fest in the U.S.* returns to the Mile High City from October 5-7. Choose from four sessions over three days and sample beers from more than 800 U.S. breweries. Here’s what you need to do to prepare: Save Those Date(s)! Member pre-sale: August 1 at 12 noon ET | 11:00 am CT | 10:00 am MT | 9:00 am PT Public sale: August 2 at 12 noon ET | 11:00 am CT | 10:00 am MT | 9:00 am PT Sign in to Ticketmaster in Advance Even those with the nimblest of fingers know that signing in to Ticketmaster before tickets go on sale is key. (Pro tip: don’t waste precious time on password recovery.) Others have swear by using the Ticketmaster app to circumvent finicky browsers. When you score those tickets… it’s quite the adrenaline rush. Be a Current BA/AHA Member Tickets will go on sale for members of the Brewers Association (BA) and American Homebrewers Association (AHA) on August 1 at 10:00 am Mountain Time. Current members will receive a 11-digit personal offer code to use when trying for pre-sale tickets. Look for your email on July 25. Join the BA/AHA and Improve Your Odds In addition to accessing the Members-Only Session on Saturday, you’ll gain access to the pre-sale. You can join the American Homebrewers Association or Brewers Association by July 23, 11:59 p.m. PT to access the pre-sale. Are you on the GABF mailing list? Sign up here. Note: if you’ve opted out of all emails from our related properties, you’ll need to resubscribe to get GABF deets. See you in October! *Yes, literally. GABF has won the USA Today 10Best Reader’s Choice Award for Best Beer Fest for two consecutive years. The post On Your Mark, Get Set… Tickets Go on Sale August 1 & 2 appeared first on Great American Beer Festival. [...]
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The Secret is Out – Black Project Signs Distribution Agreement
For quite a while now, we’ve been working on different ways to get small quantities of beer to Black Project fans in different markets across the United States. Most of the time, when we attend a beer festival or conference, we just ship beer in advance or bring it with us as cargo. Unfortunately, that is not as easy as it used to be, when we were relatively unknown. We have also added even more beer festivals this year. Last year, at BeerAdvocate’s “The Return of Belgian Beer Fest” (now called “Wood and Beer Festival”) we were briefly introduced – via a mutual acquaintance at Mystic Brewing – to Annecca at Shelton Brothers Importers. After pouring her some of our beers and getting to know each other, we began a dialogue regarding distribution. Fast forward a few months later to January – after several emails – and we are excited to announce that we have been invited to join the Shelton Brothers portfolio! For us, this was an easy decision to make. Shelton Brothers is predominantly an importer of many traditional beers from Europe, however they also work with a small group of traditional and quality-minded brewers that are based in U.S. They’re a company that appreciates unique and well-crafted beers and they have a distribution network in place across most of the country that also values and understands these types of beers.By partnering with Shelton Brothers, we will be able to distribute beer to the areas we are traveling to. We will ship the beer needed for the festival and supporting events, and also a bit extra for limited retail distribution in the area at the same time. This makes the most sense for us as it allows us to be able to easily get beer across state lines to various festivals, plus we will finally be able to tell people that we meet at these festivals where they can get a bottle of our beer. Black Project will not be available across the entire Shelton network for now, we simply don’t make enough beer to do that. Instead, we will be working with them and their local distributors to deliver small amounts of our products to select markets on a limited basis. This does not change our local distribution. I want to make a brief note for our local customers: We know that we owe much of our growth and success to your support. We are very much a local company, right down to the yeast used to brew our beers! Please also know that this will not affect the amount of Black Project beer available locally. As more of our barrel cellar expansion comes on line and more beer available, you will always come first. Despite increasing turnouts for our bottle releases, we have and will continue to work to increase bottle allotments. We are still self-distributing in Colorado and we soon hope to be able to make more frequent deliveries to our favorite retail accounts. We are working hard at keeping the tasting room supplied with a wide selection of unique draft beers, including a new and ever-changing selection of bottles from our cellar for on-site consumption. We are sincerely overjoyed to be a part of the Shelton family of breweries and absolutely cannot wait to be able to share our beers with everyone out there who enjoys them. We will announce specific areas where we will be sending beer soon. In the meantime, check the calendar (under “affairs”) on our website to see our current festival and travel plans as many of those locations will see some distribution around the time of our arrival. Thank you, James & Sarah Howat The post The Secret is Out – Black Project Signs Distribution Agreement appeared first on Craft Brewers. [...]
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Three Beers to Try at Collaboration Fest
Tyra Sutak The spirit of collaboration defines the craft beer community, and it will once again take center stage at the Colorado Brewers Guild’s fourth-annual Collaboration Beer Fest when it returns to Denver this weekend. [...]
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The Colorado Brewers Guild Announces Andres Gil Zaldana as  New Executive Director
  Denver – March 20, 2017 – The Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG), representing and advocating for the interests of Colorado craft breweries and brewpubs, announced today that Andres Gil Zaldana has joined the CBG as its executive director. Gil Zaldana joins the CBG from Washington, D.C., with previous experience at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and as an attorney in private practice. His career has focused on helping trade associations and private clients with finance, tax, and regulatory relief. “We’re extremely pleased that Andres has joined the Guild as its new executive director,” said Eric Wallace, chairman of the CBG Board of Directors.  “Andres’ history of advocating for small businesses will be an immediate benefit to us, especially as the Guild works to ensure a business and regulatory climate that benefits all of our members.” Gil Zaldana will work closely with current staff members Steve Kurowski and Shawnee Adelson on CBG’s priorities, including its legislative agenda, events, and opportunities for member engagement and education. The CBG has several upcoming priorities and events scheduled including the 4th annual Collaboration Beer Fest on Saturday, March 25th. Collaboration Fest will feature more than 100 beer projects with more than 180 participating breweries. This festival not only celebrates the spirit of Colorado craft beer, it is the signature event for Colorado Craft Beer Week which takes places from March 18th – March 25th. “I am proud to represent such a dynamic and entrepreneurial industry,” said Gil Zaldana. “You would be hard pressed to find a more collaborative and supportive industry than Colorado craft brewers. I look forward to working with our members and making sure that the Guild continues to protect and support our independent craft brewers.” About the Colorado Brewers Guild  The Colorado Brewers Guild is a non-profit trade association representing Colorado craft breweries and brewpubs. CBG is dedicated to the improvement of business conditions and is an advocate for its members. CBG sponsors a variety of beer events each year designed to increase the awareness and appreciation of Colorado brewed beer. Board members include: Brad Lincoln (Funkwerks Brewing Company), Brian O’Connell (Renegade Brewing Company), Chris Wright (Pikes Peak Brewing Company), Eric Wallace (Left Hand Brewing Company), Kim Jordan (New Belgium Brewing Company), Kristen Muraro (Ska Brewing Company), Matt Cutter (Upslope Brewing Company), Mike Bristol (Bristol Brewing Company). Tim Myers (Strange Brewing Company), Tony Simmons (Pagosa Springs Brewing and Grill), and Wynne Odell (Odell Brewing Company). For more information about the Guild, visit www.coloradobeer.org.   The post The Colorado Brewers Guild Announces Andres Gil Zaldana as New Executive Director appeared first on Craft Brewers. [...]
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Beer Review: Breckenridge Brewery's Nitro Dry Irish Stout
Mike Tish Style: Dry Irish StoutServing Type: 15.2-ounce canABV: 4.8 percentHop Meter (1–10): 2Malt Meter (1–10): 6.5Reviewed: March 2017 [...]
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Sips: Zuni Street Brewing Company
Samantha Harris The Centennial State is home to more than 200 craft breweries, but somehow, we don't complain when another one is added to the mix. Take, for example, the newest addition to Denver's suds scene, Zuni Street Brewing Company, which held its grand opening today.  [...]
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Stem Ciders Goes All Out
Amanda M. Faison There was a time in this country where hard cider was just as popular, if not more so, than beer. Then, in the early 1900s, under Prohibition’s long shadow, most of the orchards growing apples for the spirit were ripped out. It’s been a long time coming but the American cider industry is finally making a comeback—and in Denver, you could say it’s exploding. [...]
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Road Trip: Mountain Tap
Kelly Bastone Pine benches and tables now fill the bays where the Yampa Valley Electric Association’s fleet of service trucks once parked, and a row of shiny fermentation tanks supplies the beers for Mountain Tap, the newest of several brewpubs to have opened in this ski town over the past few years. This one has the requisite fun factor: There’s a loft with boxes of Legos for the kids; a glittering, glass-tiled wood oven for baking pizzas and roasting chickens; and a wall of massive garage doors that blurs the line between indoors and out. [...]
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Coffee, Beer, and Doughnuts at Hotbox Roasters CBD Cafe
Callie Sumlin Most of us Coloradans are well acquainted with the now-iconic Dale’s pale ale and other canned craft beers from Longmont-based Oskar Blues Brewery. What you may not know is that Oskar Blues—one of the state’s largest craft brewers—also dabbles in a slew of other projects, including a line of sodas, a 50-acre farm called Hops & Heifers, a coffee company, and a handful of restaurants. [...]
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Colorado Craft Beer Week 2017 Promises More Events
Festivities to run from March 18 through March 25 DENVER – Feb. 10, 2017 – Colorado Craft Beer Week 2017 will host hundreds of brewery supported events throughout the state from educational panels at neighborhood breweries to the fourth annual Collaboration Fest at the National Western Stock Show Complex. “We are looking to take Colorado Craft Beer Week to the next level,” said Steve Kurowski, director of operations for the Colorado Brewers Guild. “We’ve had Collaboration Fest, Colorado Pint Day, tap takeovers, etc, and while these events are all great on their own, we wanted to make the week bigger, better, and redevelop the programming into something Colorado brewers, retailers, bars, restaurants, and visitors will embrace.” Starting on March 18, craft beer lovers will be able to experience what makes Colorado the state of craft beer with events in more than a dozen cities throughout the state. Each day will feature a different theme, helping to highlight different aspects of the Colorado brewing industry. Saturday, March 18th Featured Event: Western Slope Craft Beer Celebration Join Western Slope based brewers for an afternoon on the lawn at Kannah Creek Brewery. Participating breweries include (list of several breweries). Daily Theme: Tour a Brewery and Meet the Brewer Day Colorado breweries will host tours lead by brewers with special tappings and tastings. These will not be your ordinary brewery tours. #COBeerTour Sunday, March 19th Featured Event: Great Divide Brewing Co. has teamed up with bRUNch Running to host a beer and pancake themed fun run from their Barrel Bar. Registration includes fun run, pancake breakfast, 2 beers, and donation to the Colorado Brewers Guild. Daily Theme: Tour a Brewery and Meet the Brewer Day Colorado breweries will host tours lead by brewers with special tappings and tastings. These will not be your ordinary brewery tours. #COBeerTour Monday, March 20th Daily Theme: Education Craft beer lovers are looking for more and more ways to learn about craft beer. From beer styles and flavors to what makes a brewery work, our communities want to learn more. Breweries will host a variety of educational events in their tasting rooms, neighborhood pub or local liquor store. These events will dive deep into a range of topics. Tuesday, March 21st Daily Theme: Food and Beer Colorado’s food and beer scene is gaining national recognition. Brewers and chefs will be teaming up across the state to host beer dinners, special menus, and pairings. Wednesday, March 22nd Featured Event and Theme: Colorado Pint Day Colorado Pint Day is a celebration of Colorado, The State of Craft Beer. Buy a 14 ounce fresh craft beer at select Colorado breweries on March 22, 2017, and you will be able to keep the glass, the 14er Glass, exclusive made for Colorado Pint Day. $1 from each pint sold will be donated to the Colorado Brewers Guild. Thursday, March 23rd Daily Theme: Tasting Thursday Colorado breweries will host special tasting events in their taprooms and pubs. Expect to taste beers from the cellar, single hop projects and more. Friday, March 24th Daily Theme: Statewide Collaboration Beer Fest Tailgate Beer is better when you drink it with friends. Breweries will host special tappings of their Collaboration Fest beers throughout the state. This will give craft beer lovers throughout the state the chance to experience the vibe of Collaboration Fest. Craft beer bars will host tappings of multiple collaborations, while breweries will offer up their own creations. This day is all about spreading the collaboration message all over the state. Saturday, March 25th Featured Event: Collaboration Beer Fest, Denver, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Now in its fourth year, Collaboration Fest is quickly becoming one of Colorado’s most popular beer festivals. Collaboration Fest showcases the collaborative nature of the craft beer industry. Brewers love to brew beer with friends, and by creating a collaboration they are able to push their own limits and experiment with new styles and techniques. Collaboration Fest highlights the innovative minds within the four boundaries of Colorado, and around the world. The festival will take place from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the National Western Stock Show Complex (4655 Humboldt St., Denver CO 80216) For more information on Colorado Craft Beer Week and to purchase tickets to any events listed above visit coloradobeer.org. About the Colorado Brewers Guild The Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) is a non-profit trade association representing Colorado craft breweries and brewpubs. CBG is dedicated to the improvement of business conditions and is an advocate for its members. CBG sponsors a variety of beer events each year designed to increase the awareness and appreciation of Colorado-brewed beer. Board members include: Brad Lincoln (Funkwerks Brewing Company), Brian O’Connell (Renegade Brewing Company), Chris Wright (Pikes Peak Brewing Company), Eric Wall [...]
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Stout Month Returns
Haley Gray Despite February’s inevitable wintry weather, dark beer enthusiasts are flocking in full force to Mountain Sun’s family of brewpubs for Stout Month. This is the 24th consecutive year that the Boulder-born empire has celebrated the month of February by showcasing its own house-brewed stouts, and since 2012, it has featured brews from other Colorado breweries, too. Every day, a rotating roster is on offer. [...]
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The Secret Ingredient in Avery Brewing Company’s Latest Brew? Human Saliva.
Haley Gray Avery Brewing Company’s Pachamama varietal, on tap solely at its Boulder facility, is unlike any beer I’ve ever tasted. It’s a light, slightly carbonated, floral brew that carries many of the delightful notes of a complex sour—fruity and herbacious elements play with the faintest hint of bitterness—but it doesn’t taste sour in the least. And, also unlike any other beer I’ve ever sipped, it’s made with human saliva. [...]
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Lone Tree Brewing Company: Micro-Canning Success in Colorado
When John Winter opened his Lone Tree Brewing Company in late 2011 (in the brewery’s namesake hometown south of Denver, Colorado), his goal was to open a brewery and tasting room that would stand out in a crowded beer culture. “Colorado has over 300 breweries now,” Winter says, “so for us it’s about creating a unique community atmosphere. We created a place where people feel at home sharing their excitement for the science, experimentation, and development of hand-crafted beer.” When it came time to package his beer in the spring of 2014, Winter put his beer in an innovative craft package that provided the best protection for his beer. “Cans,” Winter says, “were the best way to enter the Colorado market. They gave us the ability to get the freshest product possible to our consumers, with sustained shelf life.” For his canning-gear maker, he chose Cask Brewing Systems. “We did extensive research on canning equipment manufacturers,” he adds, “and we felt the Cask machines were the best for our needs and our demanding quality standards.” Lone Tree’s canned beers quickly took off. “They were a huge hit with our customers,” he says, “far better than we expected. That’s what moved us so quickly from Cask’s SAMS unit to the larger & faster ACS.” After upgrading to Cask’s Automatic Canning System in 2015, Lone Tree added a fourth canned beer and expanded its canning production. In addition to faster speeds, Winter says the ACS also delivered very low levels of oxygen pickup in his cans, less beer loss and more efficient packaging overall. Lone Tree Brewing currently cans its Peachtree Pale Ale, Mountain Mama Helles, Acres O’Green Irish Red and Hoptree Double IPA. “We’ve been able to expand our flagship sales at a much faster rate due to our canning operations,” Winter says. “With extreme competition in the canning sector in Colorado, we’re grateful we’ve been able to grow our brand as fast as we have.” The brewery’s peach ale is a top-seller that accounts for over 35% of Lone Tree’s canned sales, and the brewery’s other canned goods are also enjoying significant sales growth. Lone Tree has averaged 40% annual revenue growth the past two years and this year it doubled the size of its tasting room to accommodate its growing audience. Winter expects that growth to continue. “The market for canned craft beer will continue to increase as consumers demand the highest quality beer in our market,” he says. “With our fully-automated Cask system, we’re confident we can maintain our growth and quality and provide the freshest possible Lone Tree Brewing Company beer to our customers. Maintaining that high quality in our beer, that has played a big role in our growth.” The post Lone Tree Brewing Company: Micro-Canning Success in Colorado appeared first on Craft Brewers. [...]
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