The Kettle & Stone Brewing Co. starts the year strong by adding additional brewing equipment and expanding its footprint within Boulder County.
The Gunbarrel-based brewery recently began self-distributing two of its beers — Freedom Stout and American Bold Ale, a balanced-yet-aggressive beer that melds big, caramel malt flavors with citrusy hop character — in 22-ounce bombers to 17 liquor stores within the county.
"We added an additional tank, a small bottling system, as well as more steel for our brewhouse," said Eric Huber, co-founder and head brewer. "We are looking forward to the future and further brewery expansion this coming spring."
New Montage variety pack from Odell
Odell Brewing Co.'s new winter/spring Montage Variety pack is no mixed bag. It's all killer, no filler.
Each mixed 12-pack includes bottles of year-round offerings 90 Shilling and Odell IPA, as well as the current seasonal release — in this case, the excellent Runoff Red IPA — and Wolf Picker, a limited-edition beer inspired by the brewery's five-barrel pilot system.
Wolf Picker is an American-style Pale Ale brewed with two experimental hop varieties and named after the equipment commonly used to harvest hops.
"We love to partner with hop growers experimenting with their new and exciting varieties," Brendan McGivney, Odell's head of production, said in a release. "Wolf Picker features ADHA (American Dwarf Hop Association) No. 881 and HBC (Hop Breeding Company) No. 366, which give this beer an intensely complex hop character and aroma filled with notes of lemon, fresh basil and tropical fruit."
Pop the top on a 'Crowler'
Patrons of Oskar Blues' Tasty Weasel Tap Room, the tasting room located in the Longmont-based brewery's production facility, can now order the brewery's draft beer to go in a giant can.
Developed in partnership with Ball Corp., the 32-ounce "Crowler" (can meets growler) is filled with beer, purged of excess air and sealed tight right at the bar.
Designed for single use and recyclable, the Crowler ensures the beer stays fresh until it's consumed, preferably in a single sitting.
Perhaps pick one up at the "Pullin' Out All The Stops" beer dinner at the brewery, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. The event features five tasting stations —- one for each of Oskar Blues' restaurants and one for the brewery — each serving two beers along with food pairings. Live music rounds out the scene. Reservations, $50, are available at eventbrite.com.
Boulder Strong Ale Fest tickets on sale
Tickets for both sessions of the 12th Boulder Strong Ale Fest go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at the Avery tasting room and through a link on the brewery's website.
The event, which features exceptional big beers from craft breweries around the country, each weighing in with at least 8 percent ABV, is scheduled for 5-10 p.m. Feb. 28 and noon-5 p.m. March 1 at Avery Brewing Co. A separate ticket is required for each session.
In honor of National Cheese Lovers Day (and, really, which day isn't?), Left Hand Brewing Co. will host a beer-and-cheese pairing event with Murray's Cheese from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, in the Longmont-based brewery's tasting room.
Tickets, $25, include four, 4-ounce samples of Left Hand beers paired with a variety of Murray's cheese, as well as a Colorado Flood Relief pint glass.
Proceeds will go to the Left Hand Brewing Foundation to benefit Colorado Flood Relief.
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