Crafty Ladies Tasting and Tales #6: Spring Beer Dinner with Left Hand and Firestone Walker (5/17/2012)
The Spring Beer Dinner with Crafty Ladies was inspired by “distinctively American style beers.” In honor of Colorado Beer Week, Highland Tap and Burger along with Left Hand Brewing and Firestone Walker Brewing led us through an American beer (and food) feast. This was one of those rare events where spouses, boyfriends, partners, etc. were also invited. So the room was filled with beer loving women, and beer loving men.
Crafty Ladies Brewery Tasting and Tales #5: Deschutes Brewery, Bend, OR (5/8/2012)
Renee Linholm, Deschutes Brewery Market Manager for Colorado and New Mexico, led us on another delicious Crafty Ladies tour. We tasted six beers in all, most familiar to my palette, but there were some great surprises along the way. It seems that everyone knows of at least one of Deschutes’ beers at this point. In fact, when Linholm asked who was familiar with Deschutes, 99% of hands rose to the air, speaking to the great marketing and reception of Deschutes in the Rocky Mountain state. Their flagship beer, the Black Butte Porter, has been a long time favorite of mine. I think it was one of the first beers I tried in college that turned me on to the craft beer revolution.
Linholm and the talented staff at Highland Tap and Burger (HTB) were diligent and thoughtful in their pairings with all the beers. They also brought out some new culinary treats to the Crafty Ladies. Continue reading →
As we all know by now, Colorado is the Napa Valley of Beer. So why wouldn’t we have our own Craft Beer Radio show? In efforts to promote Craft Beer Week (May 12-19) and Crafty Ladies, I jumped on the opportunity to join John Turk, Chris “The Gubna” Katechis, and The Thirsty German on Colorado Craft Beer Radio Saturday, April 28th at Arvada Beer Company. First off, I had a blast. What’s not to like? Drink beer. . . listen to a radio show about beer. . . drink more of ABC’s great beer while talking about beer on the radio.
After talking with “The Gubna,” an Oskar Blues guru, I decided to head northwest to Lyons for the 15th Anniversary celebration Continue reading →
Matt Cutter, owner and founder of Upslope Brewing in Boulder, Colorado started the evening by saying that he had never seen anything like this before, “a sea of women drinking craft beer!” And he was right. The room was filled, yet another sold out night of beer lovin’ women all sipping on cans of the evenings first offering, the Craft Lager. Instead of food accompanying the Craft Lager, Cutter shared the tale of how Upslope came to be exactly four years ago . . . Continue reading →
With another great Crafty Ladies event under my belt, I’m feeling even more at home with this great group of women beer aficionados. Renegade Brewing was our guest for this gathering and the nearly one year-old brewery didn’t disappoint. One of the many benefits of Crafty Ladies is getting to hear first-hand stories about a brewery’s beginning, and being privy to a more intimate look (and tasting) of their beer. Continue reading →
Breckenridge Brewery made an appearance in front of the Crafty Ladies during two February gatherings, the only brewery to return for a second annual visit so far. I attended the session on Monday, February 20th, with a significantly smaller group than the packed room during the Firestone Walker tasting last month. But it was still a very successful evening. I met some great beer aficionados and managed to taste some new beers paired perfectly with food from Highland Tap & Burgers’ exquisite kitchen. Continue reading →