2 Rocky Mountain Brewing News • December/January 2017-18 Rocky Mountain Brewing News December/January 2017-18 Melvin continued from cover Vol. 15, No. 6 Publisher BILL METZGER email@example.com Editor Amy Moses firstname.lastname@example.org State Correspondents Colorado: Denver -Dan Olds email@example.com Central Peaks -Jim Mitchell firstname.lastname@example.org Western Slope/Four Corners James Hutchison email@example.com Front Range -Amy Moses firstname.lastname@example.org Idaho -John Campbell email@example.com Montana -Alan McCormick firstname.lastname@example.org Utah -Brian Manternach email@example.com Wyoming -Ty Martinez firstname.lastname@example.org Columns Art of Homebrewing -Bill Downs email@example.com Webmeister Jamie Magee firstname.lastname@example.org Design/Layout Nathan Scherbak email@example.com Rocky Mountain Brewing News is published bi-monthly, on recycled paper. Over 20,000 copies are distributed in breweries, brew on premises, homebrew supply shops & high variety beer bars and stores throughout the Rocky Mountain region. All material © 2017 by Rocky Mountain Brewing News unless otherwise noted. to teach life skills and increase self-esteem through six weekly themes: patience, persistence, responsibility, courage, respect, and pride. Chill has served more than 20,000 youth since the program began by partnering with social service agencies, mental health agencies, foster care programs, juve-nile justice programs, and schools. The House of Flying Barrels can be found by looking up for the huge light beams circling the sky. The energy of the Great American Beer Festival is suspended in the night air and a flaring brass band playing mod-ern hits to party goers in front of the party warehouse adds to the fun and excitement. Time to Party A brass band gets revelers in the party mood as they enter Melvin Brewing’s House of Flying Barrels shindig. P hoto by C ole b uCkhart , o rijin M edia . Break dancers wowed the crowd at Melvin Brewing’s GABF party. P hoto by C ole b uCkhart , o rijin M edia . OFFICE PHONE 1-800-474-7291 Fax 1-888-665-5007 ADVERTISING Next Issue Advertising Deadline: January 10th (800) 474-7291 A wall of cradled Rocky Mountain Barrel Company wooden barrels guides you to check in while electron-ic beats are synthesizing, bass beats are dropping, and beer cans are cracking open. Party lights are danc-ing across everyone’s faces. Some are dressed in traditional German-style dress, a couple are in flower shirts and bell bottoms, others are in huge wigs, and one is in a shark head mask hunting through the mass of people on the dance floor, Melvin Brewing employees in what looks like “2 x 4 man” pajamas, and another roaming in Sasquatch feet. The beer can pyramid building has started, and the madness of Melvin is beginning to swell and coalesce and it’s getting fun. Ring toss is happening. This isn’t traditional ring toss; this is human ring toss. A person is standing on a pair of cradled wooden barrels and swings off to precisely throw a hula hoop onto their teammate who acts as the stake. An amused crowd gathers to witness and cheer on the hilarious athletes as some fail and others are successful. The ruckus is carrying on while a performance of Salida Circus is happening in the background. A character is dancing on super tall the All-Star IPA Throwdown at the stilts and a Tissu aerialist is perform-Falling Rock Tap House. Thursday ing ninja moves above the heads of was the first day of the Great everyone. All the while prime sound American Beer Festival with a jam-waves pulse through the warehouse. ming party bus. Melvin Brewing par-Dancing with beer cans from Melvin tied until the evening to join Bierstadt Brewing is now the social norm, Lagerhaüs witness the Beer Hall but a few cans from Avery Brewing Brawl with WWE Hall of Fame wres-Company, Firestone Walker Brewing tler Hacksaw Jim Duggan. Friday Company, Four Noses Brewing, and included more party bus action at Odell Brewing Company are occa-the Great American Beer Festival sionally seen on the dance floor. and then the House of Flying Barrels Then it’s as if the needle scratch-party. As the Melvin Brewing slogan es a vinyl record and the party is proclaims, ”If your beer is not mad-brought to a halt. An announcement ness, it’s not beer.” The proof is in the is being made, and the Golden Boyz, a company of break dancers, will give pudding. us a show. Things are elevating as the energy of the b-boys are pop-lock’n, windmill-ing, flipping and twisting in front of a cheering beer thirsty crowd. The madness of it all climaxes as eye candy of entertainment is everywhere. All at one moment the party has the DJ sonically charg-ing cut-a-rug break dancers, an aerialist couple performs death-defying stunts The Beer Can Pyramid fell victim to ruckus. overhead, a circus P hoto by t y M artinez . performer juggles glow-in-the-dark Little does Melvin Brewing know objects, a shark head chews on that the next day, Saturday, they groovy dancers, an artist creates a will be awarded nicely at the Great Melvin Brewing mural, a unicorn-American Beer Festival awards cer-headed dancer breaks it down with emony. They won a gold medal for the Melvin Brewing elephant mascot, Hubert Melvin Pale Ale and a gold and people make a beer can pyramid. for Wet Hop Melvin IPA. They are Melvin Brewing is owning the night also awarded as a 2017 Champion and is riding the wave of beer mad-Brewery for Brewery Group and ness. Dancing and revelry ensues Brewery Group Brewer of the Year. A underneath the Wyoming state flag. movement of beer madness indeed. Melvin Brewing brought the party It’s beyond midnight and while to Denver the Great American Beer the beer can bins have run out, the Festival. The week was wrought with DJ oozes beats of nightly seduction ass-kicking things to do. Monday onto the dance floor to a diminishing brought a grip of Melvin beer on tap crowd of partiers while a Melvin ele-at Backcountry Pizza and Tap House phant continues the body rock. The with other fine liquids. Tuesday may great beer can pyramid had became have been recovery day because an impressive size, but fell victim to Wednesday Melvin Brewing and ruckus and was flattened. There’s Lawson’s Finest Liquids presented always next year.