Rocky Mountain Brewing News December 2010/January 2011 : Page 1

ELK MOUNTAIN BREWING STAMPEDES INTO PARKER By Jim Mitchell Brewer Tom Bell and co-owner Marcia Bell standing in front of the extensive tap selection at Elk Mountain. PHOTO: JIM MITCHELL Prove a Good Match Governor-Elect of the State of Colorado and Wynkoop Brewery founder John Hickenlooper (middle), with Ryan Demmy-Bidwell (left), and the Eric Hennig (right) at an October rally hosted by Steamworks Brewing Co. in Durango. In an election year that saw some of the most rancorous partisanship in recent history, Democrat John Hickenlooper focused on issues and won the governorship of the great beer state of Colorado. Hickenlooper’s suc-cess follows his founding of The Wynkoop Brewing Company in 1988, and a half dozen years as the mayor of Denver. Hickenlooper opened The Wynkoop Brewing Co. in the dilapidated warehouse district of downtown Denver. It was one of the first brewpub in Colorado, a state that boasts over 85 breweries today. Since that opening, the area, called LoDo, has become a bustling commercial success. Hickenlooper also spearheaded brew-See Beer Politics p.2 Beer Roundup .......... 3 Beer Directory ....10-12 Utah ....................... Montana ................. Idaho ...................... Wyoming ................ 4 6 8 9 Western Slope ......... 13 Four Corners ........... 14 Central Peaks .......... 15 Denver ..................... 16 Upper Front Range ...17 Lower Front Range ... 18 Colorado A new brewery has burst onto the scene in Parker, Colorado, just southeast of Denver. Elk Mountain Brewing of fi cially opened its doors in July and imme-diately jumped off to a fast start, grabbing a silver medal at the recent 2010 Colorado State Fair. Tom Bell is the award-winning brewer. He and his wife Marcia are co-owners of Elk Mountain. Your fi rst step inside the brewery gives the feel of a cozy mountain lodge. It is hard to miss the “beetle kill” pine used for the fl oorboards, enormous wooden bar and large log gate separating the brewery from the tasting room. A potbelly stove and massive antler chandelier add to the lodge atmosphere. Before opening the brewery Tom Bell was an avid home brewer for over twenty years. When asked why he decided to create Elk Mountain Brewing, he responded, “I wanted a job I love to do.” Every beer on tap is a testament to his passion for the craft. The brewery’s handcrafted beers are created on site with a seven-barrel system. The fl agship beers, available daily, include the award-winning Ghost Town Brown, Rock-A sli slide Amber, Mine Shaft Ko Kolsch, Puma IPA, Ute Bi Bill Pale Ale, German W Wheat and Oatmeal S Stou t. The brewery also f features seasonal beers a and Tom plans to host “ “Firkin” Thursdays. Tru True craft beer lovers are impressed with the roast in the brown ale, the clean fi nish of the Kolsch, the hop blast of the IPA and the creaminess of the oatmeal stout. The pale ale pres-ents a perfect interplay of malt and hops. The fruity esters of the German wheat are refreshing and the amber ale leaves your palate with the sweetness of caramel. The high demand right out of the chute for Elk Mountain beer has surprised and pleased the brewmaster. “We are in a happy dilemma,” he con fi des. “The brewery is already at maximum production. We just purchased additional brewing equipment.” The near future sees a distribution network including local bars and restaurants. Elk Mountain Brewing has become an exciting new local favorite. With its two pool tables, outdoor patio, four large-screen TVs, free popcorn and informative brewery tours, it is a great addition to the neighborhood. Stop in for a pint and see what the talk is all about.

Prove A Good Match

In an election year that saw some of the most rancorous partisanship in recent history, Democrat John Hickenlooper focused on issues and won the governorship of the great beer state of Colorado. Hickenlooper’s success follows his founding of The Wynkoop Brewing Company in 1988, and a half dozen years as the mayor of Denver.

Hickenlooper opened The Wynkoop Brewing Co. In the dilapidated warehouse district of downtown Denver. It was one of the first brewpub in Colorado, a state that boasts over 85 breweries today. Since that opening, the area, called LoDo, has become a bustling commercial success.

Hickenlooper also spearheaded brew-Pub openings around the U.S. in cities like Buffalo, New York and LaCrosse, Wisconsin. While he has since divested himself of those businesses, several still thrive today, providing beer lovers around the country with good beer.

Hickenlooper entered the race for mayor of Denver in 2003, without ever having run for public office. His win over career politicians was in large part due to voters’ seeing him as someone with an outsiders’ perspective, and a person who possessed business prowess. Hickenlooper won that election by a 2-to-1 margin.

Political observers credit Hickenlooper’s political success to something that is commonplace to the craft brewing scene, a spirit of camaraderie and a willingness to work together.

Read the full article at http://rmbnonline.brewingnews.com/article/Prove+A+Good+Match/571267/54706/article.html.

Stampedes Into Parker

Jim Mitchell

A new brewery has burst onto the scene in Parker, Colorado, just southeast of Denver. Elk Mountain Brewing offi cially opened its doors in July and immediately jumped off to a fast start, grabbing a silver medal at the recent 2010 Colorado State Fair. Tom Bell is the award-winning brewer. He and his wife Marcia are coowners of Elk Mountain.

Your first step inside the brewery gives the feel of a cozy mountain lodge. It is hard to miss the “beetle kill” pine used for the fl oorboards, enormous wooden bar and large log gate separating the brewery from the tasting room. A potbelly stove and massive antler chandelier add to the lodge atmosphere.

Before opening the brewery Tom Bell was an avid home brewer for over twenty years. When asked why he decided to create Elk Mountain Brewing, he responded, “I wanted a job I love to do.” Every beer on tap is a testament to his passion for the craft.The brewery’s handcrafted beers are created on site with a seven-barrel system. The fl agship beers, available daily, include the award-winning Ghost Town Brown, Rockslide Amber, Mine Shaft Kolsch, Puma IPA, Ute Bill Pale Ale, German Wheat and Oatmeal Stout. The brewery also features seasonal beers and Tom plans to host “ Firkin” Thursdays.

True craft beer lovers are impressed with the roast in the brown ale, the clean fi nish of the Kolsch, the hop blast of the IPA and the creaminess of the oatmeal stout. The pale ale presents a perfect interplay of malt and hops. The fruity esters of the German wheat are refreshing and the amber ale leaves your palate with the sweetness of caramel.

The high demand right out of the chute for Elk Mountain beer has surprised and pleased the brewmaster. “We are in a happy dilemma,” he confi des. “The brewery is already at maximum production. We just purchased additional brewing equipment.” The near future sees a distribution network including local bars and restaurants.

Elk Mountain Brewing has become an exciting new local favorite. With its two pool tables, outdoor patio, four large-screen Tvs, free popcorn and informative brewery tours, it is a great addition to the neighborhood. Stop in for a pint and see what the talk is all about.

Read the full article at http://rmbnonline.brewingnews.com/article/Stampedes+Into+Parker/571269/54706/article.html.

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