A wide selection of beer, really well organized tasting series, friendly locals, and a knowledgeable beertender and brewmaster, this is Northglenn’s Local! These pictures share the tap room, the atmosphere, and my favorite, the organized beer menu. Certainly not in a thriving metropolis area, but Beer-By-Design is another awesome example of how wonderful it is to have a local spot in every corner of the state.
I knew going into the Oskar Blues Crafty Ladies that I was going to have to pace myself, as Oskar Blues has some incredibly high ABV beers, but when I walked in and was handed a G’Knight (8.7% ABV) as the “starter” beer I really had to watch it. G’Knight is a smooth, yet strong, Imperial Red named for former master of brewing Gordon Knight. Lucas Allen, our Oskar Blues guide for the evening, shared some nice words about Gordon who won three GABF titles from three different breweries in the 1990s. Unfortunately, we lost Gordon too young while fighting a fire near Rocky Mountain National Park in 2002. But his glory lives on with the folks at Oskar Blues and G’Knight.
Oskar Blues is no stranger to Crafty Ladies events, so to mix it up a bit the focus of the evening was around their Hops and Heifers Farm in Longmont. Hops and Heifers is the 50 acre home to 100% Oskar Blues raised Black Angus cattle. The cows feast on the spent grain from brewing, which Allen described as “candy for the cows,” especially the grain from the Ten Fidy. They also have two acres of hops Continue reading
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
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
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