Rocky Mountain Brewing News December 2013/January 2014 : Page 1

WI E BR NG NEW S Awash in Gratitude Breweries and Communities UNITE By Amy Moses Oskar Blues rolls out kegs as the Lyons, Colorado brewery raises money for their community through the Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation. H ome….home on the range. It’s where the buffalo roam and our spirits remain. When we think of our home – present or past – a plethora of emotions often spill out of us like a river over its banks. A home is where we make memories with the ones we love, feel protected from the threats of the outside world, and relax away from the pressures of work. When our home is taken from us – such as stolen by a river outside of its banks, we can never be the same, but a helping hand and the kindness of those dear to us – and those we’ve never met and perhaps never will -can lift our spirits and give us the energy to persevere. Just days into the aftermath of the 500-year flood that shook Colorado up and down the Front Range, our blessed breweries began reaching out to help the affected flood victims in their communi-ties and across the Centennial State. Some of these breweries had been affected themselves; others just knew it was the right thing – the only thing to do. By Jim "Doc" Damon The Left Hand tap room re-opened after the fl ooding in Longmont caused it to temporarily close. PHOTO COURTESY OF LEFT HAND. W A Not So Canned Response One of the hardest-hit communities was Lyons, a town of 2,000 nestled at the confluence of North St. Vrain Creek and South St. Vrain Creek, and home of Oskar Blues Brewery. Chad Melis shares, “Oskar See Awash p.3 Colorado Blues has long been a big part of the social fabric in the town of Lyons and owner Dale Katechis and his team have been extremely concerned for all of their friends, employees, family and fellow business owners in Lyons as they struggle to get back on their feet after the flood.” Knowing they needed to raise money and awareness immediately after the flood, they started the Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation. Visit http:// foundation.oskarblues.com if you’d like to donate. In its first six weeks, the foundation raised $250,000 and at press time had already granted over $200,000 of that to individuals, small businesses and community organizations in the Lyons and Longmont areas. Chad Melis explains, “We are seeing the money work to truly make a differ-ence, but obviously the financial needs are still very significant and we’re on it.” Fate's Head Brewer Jeff Grif fi th enjoys one of his award-winning beers. Above-It’s easy to see why Fate was selected as having one of Colorado’s best outdoor decks. PHOTOS BY JIM M "D "DOC" OC" DAMON DA MON hen the stars line up perfectly, the fates take over; such was the case in 2012 when Fate Brewing in Boulder was conceived. According to owner Mike Lawinsky, "At the time this opportunity presented itself I couldn't have been busier. I was running two restaurants and we were expecting our second child. My real estate agent called me, but I had some reservations about acquiring a space of 7,000 square feet. The people important to me all came together, and everything worked out. Fate brought us together, thus the name." This place has it all -in spades: award-winning beer, great high-class food including award-winning BBQ, a comfortable atmo-sphere, not one -but three outdoor decks, and multiple HDTVs. It’s conveniently located a block from a major highway, but on a thor-oughfare set back from traf fi c noise, creating a nice, relaxing pastoral view. If you like deli-cious food and appreciate excellent beer, this is your place. They’ve been called a "brew-See Boulder p.4 Calendar.................... 2 Alpha King Thai'd Up. 2 Homebrew....................5 Beer Directory.......10-12 Idaho...............6 Utah.................7 Wyoming.........8 Montana..........9 Upper Front Range.........13 Central Peaks..................14 Western Slope.................15 Denver..............................16 Lower Front Range.........17 Four Corners...................18

Awash In Gratitude Breweries And Communities Unite

Amy Moses

Oskar Blues rolls out kegs as the Lyons, Colorado brewery raises money for their
community through the Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation.

Home….home on the range. It’s where the buffalo roam and our spirits remain. When we think of our home – present or past – a plethora of emotions often spill out of us like a river over its banks. A home is where we make memories with the ones we love, feel protected from the threats of the outside world, and relax away from the pressures of work. When our home is taken from us – such as stolen by a river outside of its banks, we can never be the same, but a helping hand and the kindness of those dear to us – and those we’ve never met and perhaps never will - can lift our spirits and give us the energy to persevere.

Just days into the aftermath of the 500-year flood that shook Colorado up and down the Front Range, our blessed breweries began reaching out to help the affected flood victims in their communities and across the Centennial State. Some of these breweries had been affected themselves; others just knew it was the right thing – the only thing to do.

A Not So Canned Response

One of the hardest-hit communities was Lyons, a town of 2,000 nestled at the confluence of North St. Vrain Creek and South St. Vrain Creek, and home of Oskar Blues Brewery. Chad Melis shares, “Oskar Blues has long been a big part of the social fabric in the town of Lyons and owner Dale Katechis and his team have been extremely concerned for all of their friends, employees, family and fellow business owners in Lyons as they struggle to get back on their feet after the flood.”

Knowing they needed to raise money and awareness immediately after the flood, they started the Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation. Visit http:// foundation.oskarblues.com if you’d like to donate. In its first six weeks, the foundation raised $250,000 and at press time had already granted over $200,000 of that to individuals, small businesses and community organizations in the Lyons and Longmont areas. Chad Melis explains, “We are seeing the money work to truly make a difference, but obviously the financial needs are still very significant and we’re on it.”

Involving customers from all of its businesses was a key fundraising strategy for Oskar Blues. Thus, for six weeks this fall, all Oskar Blues locations including Homemade Liquids and Solids, CHUBurger, and the Tasty Weasel tap rooms (Colorado and North Carolina) donated $1 from every Oskar Blues brew purchased to the Foundation. REEB Cycles, Oskar Blues’ bike company, donated $200 from every frame or complete bike sold during the month of October.

Oskar Blues also teamed up with other Colorado breweries, such as Rockyard Brewing in Castle Rock, who offered to donate proceeds of their Whiskey River Stout to the cause. Taking advantage of other partnerships, many Oskar Blues distributors donated certain dollars per case sold during the month of October.

In early October, Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons re-opened foodservice, servicing food from the CHUBurger Food Truck and canned beers on the restaurant’s deck, the first restaurant to re-open in Lyons after the flooding. Katechis explained, “We're working to bring back that sense of community that the floods tried to wash away. We just want to create a place for our friends to gather.”

Left Hand’s Helping Hand

Down the road in Longmont, Marketing Manager Emily Armstrong relays, “Now that it’s all said and done, Left Hand is going to be a-okay. We were miraculously lucky. The water literally came knocking at our door but when it receded, very little damage was done. If anything, our hearts went out to our neighbors who were less fortunate.” Armstrong continues, “With a series of efforts: a text to donate campaign, proceeds from Longmont Oktoberfest, and more, we were able to fundraise.”

Left Hand did lose power for three days and fell slightly behind in their seasonal projects, but did everything possible by working around the clock to catch up. After plenty of elbow grease and cleanup, the brewery was back on its feet and fundraising over $60,000 for flood relief efforts.

If you’re so inclined to donate to Left Hand’s campaign, you can go to http://www.lefthandbrewing.com/blog/shop/donation-to-colorado-flood-relief to donate to the Left Hand Brewing Foundation (LHBF), which is committed to brewing a stronger community where we work, live and play. The LHBF affords Left Hand Brewing, in partnership with the Longmont Community Foundation, the opportunity to respond quickly and efficiently, with a directed act of support, for issues and emergencies important to the Longmont community and beyond.

City Star’s Shining Efforts

Just north of Longmont, in the small town of Berthoud, City Star Brewing co-owner Whitney Taylor reports, “Regarding the flooding specifically, City Star and the town of Berthoud fared really well. Aside from half of our small staff residing in Lyons, City Star was not negatively impacted.”

The Friday after the flooding they held a fundraiser at City Star, donating 50% of their sales and accepting donations from patrons, raising a total of $2,800. The funds were distributed to six regular City Star musicians who lost their homes, Emily Taylor (Whitney’s sister and City Star employee) who lost her home, Grace Place to help affected Berthoud residents (along the Little Thompson River) and also to the Lyons Community Foundation. Whitney shares, “Because of City Star's close ties to Lyons, the support within the Berthoud community for our crew and for Lyons has been overwhelming. It’s little towns taking care of little towns!”

Bravo to Boulder’s Breweries

In Boulder, the flood also caused significant damage. Upslope hosted a flood relief fundraiser for Crest View Elementary School and donated 100% of sales from the day to the rebuilding of this North Boulder school. Closed through the end of September with 85% of the classrooms flooded by Four Mile Creek, Crest View was one of the hardest hit of the Boulder Valley Schools outside of Jamestown.

Boulder Beer Company had five employees who were significantly affected by the recent flooding and One who was rendered homeless; the brewery itself was fortunate enough to not sustain any flood damage.

The brewery’s management team set up an assembly line in the brewhouse on September 20 to prepare dinner for 80 volunteers working at the Boulder Disaster Recovery Center and deliver it to them along with free beer coupons for the pub.

Boulder Beer also donated $1,875 to the United Way Foothills Flood Relief Fund from proceeds from their Anniversary Beer Rave. The Colorado Brewers Guild was to be the recipient of those funds but when asked, graciously agreed to move them to the flood relief instead.

Boulder Beer also partnered with local cycling groups to organize “Cyclists 4 Jamestown” to raise money to help rebuild Jamestown, and participated in the Boulder Jewish Community Center’s flood relief beer festival at Sanitas Brewing in Boulder.

Elsewhere on the Front Range

Up Boulder Canyon lies the liberal mountain town of Nederland, home to Very Nice Brewing. Co-owner Susan Green reported that once the road in Boulder Canyon re-opened, they were back on track with their usual brewery traffic. The small one-year-old brewery created a charity beer, The Hop's Inn Fresh Hopped Pale Ale, from which they donated $1 of each pint sold to the fund, "Rebuild Jamestown."

Another Front Range city impacted during the devastating floods was Fort Collins, home to Pateros Creek Brewing. Co-owner Cathy Jones explains, “Our 8th annual Stevetoberfest was held on September 22, which was the weekend after the flooding. Instead of canceling the event, we decided to turn it into a fundraiser for Larimer County Search and Rescue as well as the Colorado Water Trust.” The event raised $1,350 for recovery efforts.

Colorado’s Team Efforts

Elsewhere in Colorado, other breweries who were miles away from the raging rivers stepped up to help their fellow citizens in need. Even all the way in Pittsburgh, Fat Heads Brewery had a fundraiser for victims of the Colorado floods, raffling off lots of valuable prizes and experiences.

Great Divide named the Foothills Flood Relief Fund of the United Way and the Emergency Family Assistance Association as their tap room’s October non-profit partners. During that time, 100% of the proceeds from the sample-sized pours purchased by patrons in the Denver tap room directly benefited the aforementioned organizations’ flood relief efforts.

The Colorado Brewers Guild will also be hosting a fundraiser before the end of the year in coordination with any Colorado brewery that wants to participate.

In central Colorado, Crazy Mountain Brewing Company stepped up its philanthropic efforts as well, as they hosted a flood relief fundraiser at their tasting room in Edwards and raised $1,000. Claire Plunkett proudly shares, “One of the cornerstone priorities we hold at Crazy Mountain Brewing Company is our commitment to community efforts.”

I think we’d all agree that the breweries mentioned above and their counterparts within the great state of Colorado are all committed to their communities through thick and thin, economic booms and busts, the over 300 days of sunshine Mother Nature provides and the once-in-a-lifetime havoc she can wreak. Even for those of us that survived the floods unscathed, I know we feel blessed by the unwavering support that our breweries, even those affected by the floods, proudly gave and continue to give to our communities.

Remember the movie Fever Pitch, in which Drew Barrymore tells Jimmy Fallon that she knows he loves the Red Sox, but challenges him by asking, “Have the Red Sox ever loved you back?” We can feel confident that if this question was asked of us about our breweries, we could all resoundingly answer, “Yes, our breweries love us back.”

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Boulder's Strictly First Class

Jim "Doc" Damon

When the stars line up perfectly, the fates take over; such was the case in 2012 when Fate Brewing in Boulder was conceived. According to owner Mike Lawinsky, "At the time this opportunity presented itself I couldn't have been busier. I was running two restaurants and we were expecting our second child. My real estate agent called me, but I had some reservations about acquiring a space of 7,000 square feet. The people important to me all came together, and everything worked out. Fate brought us together, thus the name."

This place has it all - in spades: awardwinning beer, great high-class food including award-winning BBQ, a comfortable atmosphere, not one but three outdoor decks, and multiple HDTVs. It’s conveniently located a block from a major highway, but on a thoroughfare set back from traffic noise, creating a nice, relaxing pastoral view. If you like delicious food and appreciate excellent beer, this is your place. They’ve been called a "brew Bistro;" they certainly deserve this unique classification.

This is no shoestring brewpub as the approach is first class all the way. Indoors or out, the dining (and drinking) experience is top-notch. The inside will hold almost 300 including 30 seats at the oval-shaped bar. The decks can accommodate 90 more. All three of the south facing decks are a delightful experience on a nice day, and have been weatherproofed with clear vinyl walls and heaters, designed for use on bad weather days. No wonder they were selected as one of the “10 Best Brewery Patios in Colorado” by the Denver Post.

Open a Brewpub without Beer?

Opening in February of 2013, they lacked the necessary approvals to brew on premises, but they had no beer…what to do? Head brewer Jeff Griffith tapped his friends at seven different area breweries and created collaboration beers with each, all of which were served to the enthusiastic opening crowd. The participating breweries included Twisted Pine, Wild Woods, Boulder Beer, Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place, Crystal Springs, Echo Brewing, and Asher Brewing. Amazingly, for the first two months, Fate Brewing prospered serving guest brews only. By the end of March the brewery was in full operation and has been going strong since.

Don't Forget the Food

Head Chef Tim Berry has put together a menu to be envied by some major restaurants. Whether you are there for lunch, brunch or dinner, you'll find something to enjoy. Here are a few examples: smoked paella, hot smoked BBQ ribs, sausage and linguini, and smaller plates of roasted vegetable bruschetta, mushroom mac n' cheese, caramelized sweet potatoes and salads, and blackened shrimp Caesar. Tim is especially proud to serve fresh, local ingredients, including Colorado Aged Choice Angus Beef from nearby Greeley. It’s free of antibiotics, beta agonists or growth hormones. And there's even a menu just for kids.

Speaking of barbeque, these guys take it seriously, sporting two or three kettles in operation most of the time, cranking out some very tasty ribs. No wonder they won a gold medal for "Best Ribs" and took home the "Best of Show" award at the Lafayette Craft Brew and BBQ Festival in August.

Start with Experience at the Top

Creator Mike Lawinski has extensive experience in both the restaurant and craft beer industry. He began his restaurant career with Big Red F Restaurant Group ten years ago and most recently served as the Operations Manager for West End Tavern and Centro Latin Kitchen in Boulder. There he developed his knowledge and appreciation of beer. He has parlayed his extensive knowledge of both the restaurant business and his passion for beer into this new and amazing brew bistro.

Get an Award Winning Brewer

Head brewer Jeff Griffith was the former head brewer at Golden City Brewery in Golden, Colorado, for several years. There he earned many awards for his craft beer creations, including Stand Up Double IPA, Javapeno Imperial Stout, Evolution IPA, and many others. His unique combination of expertise and innovation made him the ideal choice for this new venture, and flourish he has, winning seven awards in his first three months.

He was a member of the team during the design phase, allowing him to design his ideal brewery. Jeff loves his job, and this opportunity to create new and exciting beers, explore new horizons, and add new wrinkles to familiar styles.

A Look at the Beers

Let’s start with the core beers. Moirai IPA (7.2%) is a big American IPA with a blend of American hops to provide lots of bitterness, flavor and hop aroma. The solid malt backbone balances the citrusy hops with aromas of grapefruit and tangerine. The aftertaste is definitely hoppy but includes some malty sweetness. The 70 IBUs are from Chinook, Cascade, Columbus, Summit and Eldorado hops. It’s also a winner of three medals in 2013.

Liamas Kolsch (5% ABV) is described as light and refreshing with a dry finish and is made from German Pils malt and noble hops. It’s especially rewarding in the summertime and is the winner of a gold medal at the 2013 Denver International Beer Competition.

Parcae Belgian Style Pale Ale (5% ABV and 20 IBUs) is a winner of three separate medals in 2013. This beer is amber colored and well-balanced to allow the hops, fruitiness, and subtle notes of orange peel and banana to come through.

Sudice American Stout (7% ABV and 60 IBUs) is made like a foreign extra stout but with a pretty big dose of American hops. It derives its black color from lots of dark roasted malt, but the flavor is balanced by the generous amount of Summit, Chinook, Cascade and Eldorado hops.

Norns Roggenbier (5% ABV) is a German style rye ale, based on a medieval recipe with a generous portion of rye malt, resulting in a spiciness, some sour notes and a dry finish. The malt bill includes Pilsner, rye, Munich, caramunich, and chocolate.

Seasonals and Special Releases

For Thanksgiving, Grif fith brewed a Pumpkin Harvest Ale, Red Corn Grits Chili Ale, and Cascadian Dark Pumpkin.

For Christmas several holiday beers will be offered including Yule Log (a spiced beer), Tangerine Dark Wit, and two barrel aged beers - a barleywine and an IPA.

OZO Coffee IPA (7% ABV and 70 IBUs) is a unique brew, with tons of hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. Balancing the hops is Ethiopian coffee with its roasty flavor and finish. Ryedorado Strong Pale Ale (7.3% ABV and 90 IBUs) features the spiciness of rye as well as a bunch of Eldorado hops to provide bitterness and flavor and is dry hopped for more aroma. Double Black IPA is a pretty big beer with lots of dark roast malts, combined with a ton of Chinook, Centennial, Crystal, Summit and Eldorado hops.

The Who's Who of Guest Taps

But even if you can't find one of their brews you like, the list of guest taps (30 total) is a virtual who's who of beer including offerings from Avery, Odell, Upslope, Oskar Blues, New Belgium, Prost, Great Divide, Stone, Moylan's, Sierra Nevada, and many others. And if that’s not enough, they also have a full bar, including cocktails and wine.

On the downside, another brewery recently opened in Scottsdale, Arizona, with the same name - Fate Brewing. This has led to some confusion, but has not been resolved. The owners have had some friendly conversation and no lawsuits are pending. According to Lewinsky, "We are trying to build each other up, not trying to tear each other down.”

Looking Ahead

"Our future plans include growing our beer brand," adds Lawinski. Current distribution includes 70 accounts extending down the Front Range to Castle Rock. At the present time they are very close to getting labels approved for distributing their beer in cans. But it looks like the Bourbon barrel aged beers will be their first distributed to area stores (in bombers).

"I wanted to create a space that many demographics could share including families, couples, businessmen, bicyclists, workers and do it well…a place where you can do business and a place where you can develop relationships. We are proud of it."

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