303 Craft Beer

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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Opening Alert: Cellar West Brewery
Tyra Sutak 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. [...]
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Don't Miss: Grow to Table Dinner with Ratio Beerworks and the Growhaus
Rachel Trujillo 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. [...]
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Our Five Favorites From the 2017 Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines Festival
Tyra Sutak 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. [...]
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Drink This: Breckenridge Brewery's Nitro Chocolate Orange Stout
Rachel Trujillo 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. [...]
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Opening: Cheluna Brewing Company
Courtney Drake-McDonough 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). [...]
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5 Colorado Beers For Your Holiday Table
Tyra Sutak ’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. [...]
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Job Posting – Executive Director – Colorado Brewers Guild
Basic Functions 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 Time availability Ability and willingness to travel   PREFERRED EXPERIENCE 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.   The post Job Posting – Executive Director – Colorado Brewers Guild appeared first on Craft Brewers. [...]
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Dry Dock Brewing Company
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. The post Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Dry Dock Brewing Company appeared first on Craft Brewers. [...]
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