American-Style Beer Dinner

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.

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Deschutes Brewery

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

Craft Beer Radio and Oskar Blues 15th Anniversary

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