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

Upslope Delights

Crafty Ladies Brewery Tasting and Tales # 4: Upslope Brewing                            (April 10th, 2012)

 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

Upslope Beer and Food Pairing Recipes

Food Prepared at the Crafty Ladies’ Upslope Brewing tasting at Highland Tap and Burger

MK’s Sweet Upslope Beer Bread

Makes 1 loaf

Prep: 5 minutes, Bake 55 minutes


3 cups self-rising flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 can Upslope Pale Ale

1/4 cup butter, melted

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Crafty Ladies: Renegade Brewing

From the Tasting Adventures of Lady Lupulin

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 and the Crafty Ladies

From Lady Lupulin

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

Crafty Ladies: Firestone Walker

From the Tasting Adventures of Lady Lupulin:

At Highland Tap and Burger, Firestone Walker’s Colorado-based representative gave us a fun-filled evening with their great brews. We started with the DBA, (Double Barrel Ale), paired with Firestone Walker’s famous beer mustard and pretzels. This was a great start to the evening since the DBA is very unique: it’s the only craft beer in the U.S. fermented in oak barrels. As an English-style pale, DBA won gold at the 2011 GABF for Ordinary/Special Bitter.  Personally, I really liked the DBA; it was a great blend of malts and oakiness.  I usually order the hoppiest beer available, but during a recent visit to Euclid Hall I ordered not one, but two DBA’s. Continue reading