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. [...]
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.”
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Cellar West Artisan Ales, Boulder’s latest beer producer, isn’t your typical craft brewery. Owner and head brewer Zach Thomas—whose resume includes a stint at Redstone Meadery and credit as a co-founder of Sanitas Brewing Company—was ready for something different. [...]
When the Regional's Kevin Grossi approached Tristan Chan of Ratio Beerworks about collaborating on a beer dinner, Chan decided to create an epic experience that guests would remember. [...]
On the cold and snowy afternoon of January 5, the 16th annual Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines festival kicked off slope-side at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge. While the well-respected Summit County event (formerly held in Vail) may not have the notoriety of the Great American Beer Festival, it’s widely considered to be one of Colorado’s best beer fests by industry folks. [...]
Now's the time for rich, dark brews that warm us from the inside out. Look no further than Breckenridge Brewery's newest addition to its nitrogen-charged can lineup: the nitro chocolate orange stout. [...]
On December 1, Cheluna Brewing Company opened inside Aurora’s sprawling Stanley Marketplace. This was a momentous occasion not only for the owners, Javier and Jennifer Perez, but also for the long-awaited Stanley as its second business to officially open to the public (the first was OpenAir Academy preschool). [...]
’Tis the season to gather around the table and celebrate with delicious food—and more importantly—great libations. In the sudsy state of Colorado, craft beer is already a holiday menu staple, but with approximately 300 local craft breweries making exceptional beers, how do you choose which ones to serve? We caught up with Colorado Brewers Guild operations manager and craft beer expert Steve Kurowski for his top picks. [...]
Reports to the CBG Board Chair and Board of Directors. Responsible for the effective conduct of CBG matters. Ensures the CBG mission, vision, and core values are upheld and strategic plans are implemented. Plans, organizes, coordinates, and directs CBG staff, programs, and CBG administrative activities.
External Relationships: Is the face of the Guild.
Serves as the official spokesperson for the association and its related entities.
Represents the Guild before groups such as the Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division, Colorado Legislature, and United States Congress.
Maintains appropriate relationships with other associations, industry, government, public service organizations and Allied Trade Partners to enhance the image of the CBG and attain its objectives.
Directs the efforts of contract lobbyists.
Participates in the CBG Government Affairs Committee. Responsible for implementing and communicating GAC recommendations and CBG Board decisions.
Monitors changes in policy, regulatory, and legislative issues on behalf of CBG members
Defends industry positions and the ability to conduct business.
Advocates for improvements in business operations and maintain access to market.
Proactively and effectively advocates and advances the legislative and regulatory agenda of the GAC and Board at the capitol and relevant regulatory offices.
Serves as the association’s primary contact and spokesperson with the news media, the trade press, and the general public.
Member Relationships: Recruits, retains, educates and advocates for members.
Maintains regular contact with the members of the Guild and its chapters by periodic visitation, regular meetings and personal involvement.
Establishes and supervises an effective program of membership development and retention, and the enhancement of membership services, tools and programs.
Promotion: Promotes the CBG brand.
Develops and maintains a publications program that is informative and responsive to the needs of the membership.
Organizes and conducts an annual technical conference that includes programs and other activities consistent with the objectives of the Guild.
Maintains effective internal and external public relations and communication.
Conducts research necessary to the Guild and informs the Boards of Directors, elected officials and membership as appropriate.
Fundraising: Develops strategies to support a financially healthy organization.
Directs fundraising and event planning efforts.
Pursues applicable grant opportunities.
Creates programs to diversify CBG income beyond the need to primarily charge dues.
Operations: Conducts the effective administration of all organization activities.
Implements the organizational structure for the Guild headquarters and the related staffing structure as approved by the CBG Board.
Maintains regular and personal contact with the CBG Board of Directors and CBG committees.
Serves as a subject matter expert or a resource, developing recommendations on policy for the Board and Board Committees.
Recruits, hires, trains and develops and manages staff; administers an effective personnel program that includes position descriptions, performance standards, performance appraisals and a compensation system.
Establishes administrative policies and procedures for office functions.
Manages CBG finances including the preparation of an annual draft budget for board modification and approval and long-range forecast of needs; presents regular financial reports.
Plans and coordinates meetings of the Board of Directors.
Serves as the registered agent for the association and maintains all applicable corporate records and filings.
Undertakes action to maintain the legal integrity and tax status of the association.
ESSENTIAL JOB REQUIREMENTS
Inspiring leader with a collaborative, people-first, bias-to-action orientation
Creativity and demonstrated success in fundraising
Five years experience in managing organizations and leading people
Approachable, high integrity, trustworthy
Ability to delegate and hold themselves and staff accountable
Experience representing or working within a highly-regulated industry
Excellent written & oral communication skills
Full financial and business acumen
Ability and willingness to travel
Familiar with the legislative and regulatory environment in Colorado and Washington, DC
Enthusiastic about and committed to supporting Colorado craft beer
Experience in the craft beer industry
Licensed to practice law
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary and benefits commensurate with experience
Please send cover letter and resume with “CBG Executive Director” in the subject line to Kjordan@newbelgium.com by 16 January, 2016.
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Support Breast Cancer Awareness at Dry Dock Brewing Company throughout the month of October!
Dry Dock Brewing Co. has partnered with Brewery Bootcamp for a special workout that supports breast cancer research. Head to South Dock on Saturday, October 1 for Brewery Boot Camp for Breast Cancer, a one hour total body workout. Tickets cost $30 per person and all proceeds will be donated to Drink for Pink, a non-profit that raises money for breast cancer research in the state of Colorado.
Visit strengthtrain4life.com to register for this event. Registration includes the workout, your first beer, and a Brewery Bootcamp for Breast Cancer t-shirt. South Dock will tap a specialty pink Tropical Hibiscus Lager on October 1 at noon to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Throughout the month, purchase a pink growler at South Dock, a pink Crowler at North Dock, or a pink disc golf driver and Dry Dock will donate $1 to Drink For Pink.
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Every year the Colorado Tourism Office offers marketing grants to local nonprofits to promote their industries, towns and cities. Last fall, the Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) was a recipient of such grant, providing the organization with resources to develop a video marketing campaign.
“There is a lot of great beer made in Colorado,” said Steve Kurowski, director of operations for the CBG. “These videos show how craft beer incorporates into our communities and daily lives.”
The CBG selected five regions of Colorado to represent the entire state; Denver, Western Slope, Mountain Towns, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins. With more than 350 craft brewery licenses in 94 different cities, selecting the regions was a hard task. The regions that were selected, best represent the diversity of the state.
This project was 100 percent Colorado sourced, and produced with the majority of the talent being brewery employees. Colorado bands contributed the music, and Emily Clark, a good friend of the industry, provides the narrative in each video. These videos were produced by Tom Koliko of Traverse Image
These videos are part of the CBG’s marketing campaign, ‘Colorado, The State of Craft Beer.’ This campaign launched in 2014 with a new logo, merchandise, and new website. This campaign aims to make Colorado the epicenter of American craft brewing.
To view the videos visit coloradobeer.org. All five videos will be live on the homepage of the Colorado Brewers Guild website.
“Beer is embodied into spirit of our state and our passions. It is how we celebrate, reflect, and take time for ourselves. We hope these videos provide an inside look into the hidden gems we have the opportunity to visit daily as Coloradoans, and extend an invitation to other adventurists to visit Colorado, and experience our craft beer community first hand.,” said Kurowski.
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Amanda M. Faison
You know what’s predictable? Arriving at a party with a nice bottle of wine or a six-pack of craft beer. You know what’s a heck of a lot more fun? Showing up with a batched cocktail—one that you mixed at home, funneled into a pretty bottle, and are now handing over to your surprised host. [...]
Mountain towns aren’t typically known for their culinary ambitions. Ridgway (population: about 950), which is located in the San Juans, is bucking that trend: In the past year alone, this little town welcomed a food truck, a late-night cocktail bar, and a fine-dining Asian fusion restaurant. Other local eateries serve global staples such as Thai, Chinese, Mexican, and Costa Rican. Across the town’s eight square blocks—only some of them paved—you’ll find locally brewed beer, on-site coffee roasters, upscale brunch options, farm-to-table fare, and even creative tacos. [...]