Fiction Beer is one of two newer Denver breweries to embrace a trend in the craft-beer industry of taking inspiration from literature. [...]
In its 29th year, the 2015 competition surpassed all previous participation records, exceeding last year’s record-setting competition.
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Name and title: My name is David Simmons and I’m the person in charge of the beer at Pug Ryan’s Brewery in Dillon. The title on my business card reads “Problem solver / Problem”
What was your first job in craft beer?
I’d say my first job in craft beer was drinking it and being judgmental.
Did you have a different career path before you worked in craft beer?
I’ve held 17 different different jobs before this one (that I’ve had for 18 yrs) and I really have no idea what I’d be doing otherwise but I’m sure I’d still be drinking craft beer regardless.
What is the favorite part of your job?
There are many aspects of my job that I love- mostly the fact that I get to drink great beer all day… Which is also the most dangerous part.
What is your favorite food and beer paring?
If I’d have to pin-point a favorite food and beer pairing(which is tough because I love so many), I’d have to say it would have been when I was at the Andechs monastery in Germany where I had their schwienhaxen while drinking their Dunkel. OMG! Definitely one of the moments that made me love Lagers the way I do.
When you’re not working, you’re ________.
When I’m not working I’m playing in the high country where I live or chilling in my little Cabin on the hill.
What other Colorado craft brewer are you finding inspiration from recently and why?
It’s easy to find inspiration from many different craft brewers in Colorado because the flood gates are open and brewers are going crazy out there.
What was the last movie you watched?
Last movie I watched was” Star Wars: The force awakens” and it was Fucking awesome!!
What was the last book you read?
Last book was Deen Koontz, “Odd Thomas series conclusion”.
What is your favorite TV show?
Favorite t.v. show is “walking dead”. as you can tell, I like fantasy/ Sci-fi.
Why do you think Colorado is the State Of Craft Beer?
Colorado is the state of craft beer because it’s the perfect match., The mountains, the people, the attitude, the beer. They all feed off each other.
What degree(s) did you earn in college?
A masters degree in the school of hard knocks. taught myself. I don’t listen well.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I love to travel and there are many places I still want to visit. But no matter where I go, I’m always glad to come home to Summit county and that’s how I know I’m still living in the right place.
When was the last time home-brewed?
I’ve never home brewed. Just got thrown into the fire. When I screw up, I screw up big!
What beer(s) are in your fridge right now?
Beers in my fridge- Pug Ryans peacemaker pilsner and hideout Helles. Deschutes Black Butte xxvI. Liefmans Goudenband. Ommegang game of thrones blonde ale. Perennial artisan ales vermillion Barleywine
Tell us one fun fact about yourself most people don’t know.
Fun fact about myself that most people don’t know- I’m not really bald. My hair just migrated to my back
What is your go-to hangover cure?
The best hangover cure is exercise. Sweat out the demons then get back on that pony and ride!!!
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***Every month we will showcase a beer brewed by a Colorado brewery with a scaled down recipe so you can brew on your home system. We will feature all sorts of recipes from popular go-to beers to the one time tasting room successes you wish you could have just one more time. Brew a batch and compare it to what the pro’s brewed.
This month we are featuring Ska Brewing’s Buster Nut Brown Ale. This highly decorated beer has won 4 GABF medals and most recently a bronze in the Brussels Beer Challenge last year. And in 2016, Ska will release Buster Nut in cans for the fist time along with Steel Toe Milk Stout and Decadent Imperial IPA, so make sure to look for a six pack at you local independent liquor store.
Buster Nut Brown Ale
2 row 73%
Munich 20L 7%
Carmel 80L 6%
Red wheat malt 2.5%
Chocolate 4.5% Victory 7%
Northern Brewer: 80 Minute
Willamette: 30 Minute
Cascade: 5 Minute
Procedure: We do a slight Burton on Trent water adjustment and typically will add our ‘Salts’ directly to the barley on its way to be crushed. Strike appropriately to get a mash temp of about 156-158 and hold for 45 minutes. Vorlouf or recirculate the mash for 15 minutes before running off to the kettle. We sparge for about 1 to 1.25 hours. Bring to a boil and wait for hot break before adding first hops. At our altitude we need to boil for 1.5 hours, and follow the hop bill indicated above. At a lower altitude this can be changed but be sure to achieve the indicated IBU’s. Knock out to a clean and sanitized fermenter and pitch a Ringwood yeast strain. We use 1187. Ferment no warmer than 69 F and be sure to give this beer a long and adequate diacetyl rest. We cool in stages after diacetyl rest, going to 55 F for 24 hours then to 45 for 24 hours before we drop any yeast. Diacetyl is not acceptable in this style and given the yeast strain, go above and beyond to get rid of any “butter”. We age for 10-14 days at 45 then will drop temp to 35 before we transfer to the brite tank. Carbonate to 2.48 Vol/co2 and ta-da, Buster!
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Serious amounts of fun. The 2015 Great American Beer Festival was bigger, better and beerier than ever. These photos are all the evidence you need.
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No matter what time of year, special events are always being created to showcase the local brewers. Colorado will play host to over 100 beer festivals in 2016. The largest of all is the Great American Beer Festival where over 600 American craft brewers gather in Denver for one of the worlds largest beer events. Here is a short list of other top notch beer festivals to include on your beer bucket list.
Bristol’s Firkin Rendezvous, Colorado Springs, CO – Every February, Bristol Brewing Company presents the Annual Firkin Rendezvous, a cask ale celebration to benefit the Colorado Brewers Guild. 37 Colorado breweries share cask conditioned ales of goodness. Cask ales are fermented, dry-hopped, conditioned and served in a single cask, the ‘Firkin’ being the British cask size most commonly used.
Collaboration Fest, Denver, CO – Entering into its third year, Collaboration Fest features some of the most creative beer projects throughout the craft beer industry. This year’s festival will feature more than 90 collaborative projects from across the world, where each beer is crafted by at least two, and at times more breweries working together. Per festival guidelines, one brewery must based in Colorado and a member of the Colorado Brewers Guild, while the collaborating partners could be located next door, across the state, across the country, or even over seas. Food and Wine called Collaboration Fest Americas most creative beer event.
The very scenic Lake Dillion Beer Festival.
Lake Dillon Beer Fest, Lake Dillon, CO – It’s what we call the official start to the summer here in Dillon with one of our most popular events. Everything kicks off on Friday night with a concert at the Dillon Amphitheater at 7pm. Then on Saturday, it’s a jam packed day of fun for all. From 1pm-5pm taste beers from over 30 Colorado breweries in one of the most dramatic settings around but be sure to pace yourself as Saturday night’s concert is always a good one.
Colorado Brewers Rendezvous, Salida, CO – One of Colorado’s longest running festivals, the Rendezvous will turn 20 years old this summer and has become favorite among Colorado brewers. Over 75 breweries will be on hand to sample over 300 different beers to 2,000 beer lovers.
Sesh Fest, Denver, CO – We can’t find a real definition for session beers, but Sesh Fest defines them as any beer under 5% ABV with a balance of flavor between hops and malt and a clean, crisp finish all combine to give a beer high drinkability. The real purpose of session beers is to allow all the beer lovers out there (we know there are a ton of us!) to enjoy multiple flavorful beers in one sitting without feeling the overwhelming effects of alcohol.
Colorado Craft Beer Week – Colorado Craft Beer Week is a nine-day celebration of Colorado’s craft brewers, pub and restaurants. Dozens of events will showcase brewers and educate beer lovers about Colorado’s unique craft beer community.
Ska Brewing Co. – Durango, Colorado. Photo Credit Brewtography Project -brewtographyproject.com
Colorado is home to 11 Regional Breweries – Regional breweries are breweries who produce over 15,000 barrels per year. Regional breweries in Colorado are as follows. Avery, Boulder Beer, Breckenridge, Crazy Mountain, Great Divide, Left Hand, New Belgium, Odell, Oskar Blues, Ska, Upslope.
Colorado has over 300 breweries in operations and they accounted for at least $1.15 billion dollars in revenue to Colorado’s economy and account for over 6,000 full time jobs in 2014, according to the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business. According to the Brewers Association, Colorado craft brewers produce 1.67 million barrels of beer per year, or about 13.6 gallons of craft beer per Colorado resident over 21 years old. So, that’s basically a keg for every Colorado adult. See more stats from the Brewers Association about craft beer here. https://www.brewersassociation.org/statistics/by-state/
Hop The Vote, Denver, CO – Hop the Vote is a spirited but friendly brewing competition held between the Colorado State House of Representatives and Colorado State Senators. Brewing will take place this month with voting occurring during the first three sessions at the Great American Beer Festival. The Colorado Brewers Guild introduced Hop the Vote at GABF in 2014. The program was launched to highlight the vital role beer plays in the Colorado economy and the relationship between lawmakers and brewery owners. Last year the Colorado State Senators and Cannonball Creek Brewing won with Senate Shout Out Stout. The team was honored in front of the en [...]