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About- Kara Loo & Kelissa Hieber

Kara Loo and Kelissa Hieber

Kara Loo and Kelissa Hieber

Kara and Kelissa are new to Denver in 2014. They’re a web developer and forestry service member, respectively, and love brewing, snowboarding, travel, music festivals, and Jake the dog. They feel like the luckiest duo in the world to call the City of Beer home.

Posts By Kara Loo and Kelissa Hieber

Denver Musician and Producer GRiZ Creates Beer with Great Divide Brewing Co.

August 31, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

After partnering with Colorado’s Native Roots dispensary chain to create an award-winning marijuana strain, it’s no surprise Colorado musician GRiZ recently collaborated with Great Divide Brewing Company on another popular libation – craft beer. On Wednesday Aug 30, GRiZ and Great Divide bring you Chasing the Golden Hour, a Colette Farmhouse Ale base that’s been layered with copious amounts of fresh Colorado peaches. Chasing The Golden Hour is also the title of GRiZ’s latest mixtape album release. Both the music and beer are meant to capture the carefree good vibes during a sunset on a perfect summer evening.

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Casey Brewing & Blending | Dry Hopped Funky Blender

August 25, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

When it comes to beer from highly-regarded sour breweries, the tasting process starts with the effort of getting the dang bottle in the first place. Casey Brewing and Blending is a convenient stop in Glenwood Springs if you’re journeying from Denver to anywhere at least two hours west on I-70 (or like us, on a trip to Aspen/Snowmass for the weekend with our parents). We registered a few days in advance for a tour slot ($20 per ticket, including a tasting event) and arrived bright and early on the day of.

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#CBC17 | Craft Brewers Conference Event Preview

April 6, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

It’s finally time for the Craft Brewers Conference! This year’s summit convenes in Washington, D.C. where it was last seen in 2013. We’ve all seen the landscape change a lot in four years, so if your last jaunt through D.C. was in 2013 or even earlier you’re gonna have some new ground to cover! For the latest lay of the land, check out the Brewers Association’s guide to Exploring the D.C. Beer Scene.

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pfriem Family Brewers | Belgian Strong Dark

March 24, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

On a trip to Oregon back in June 2016 we were able to visit so many breweries with really amazingly consistent quality! Most of our time was spent in Portland, but we capped off our trip with a day in Hood River on a coffee barista’s recommendation. The one hour drive thru the Cascade Mountains is absolutely worth it for the views and beer. We spent the day watching kite sailing under a blue sky and visited pFriem Family Brewers for lunch. pFriem has specialized in lots of Belgians and sour varietals since opening in 2012 but offers a very eclectic and well-executed menu as a whole, including tasty pub-style food! Oh, and it’s pronounced “FREE-um,” as a waitress helpfully clarified for us.
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Ratio Beerworks | Loveless Raspberry Dark Sour Saison

February 14, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Image (c)Desiree Duzich, Spoiled Beer Brat Productions

Valentine’s Day marks the release of one of Ratio Beerworks newest beer creations: Loveless Raspberry Dark Sour Saison created to celebrate the Denver brewery’s 2nd Anniversary. We got a sneak peak of this beer at a special early tasting on February 9.

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Exclusive Interview | Looking Ahead to 2017 with WeldWerks Brewing

February 2, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 7 min

Back in January we chatted for a bit with Neil Fisher and Colin Jones of WeldWerks Brewing Company at the Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines festival in Breckenridge, Colorado. The guys were nice enough to step away from their crowded booth and give us a thorough walkthrough of their upcoming 2017 plans, dropping so much exciting news and knowledge on us that we decided to pluck this interview out and do a feature.

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Denver’s Pussy Riot Beer Series Set to Make Statement Inauguration Day 2017

January 4, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

Above: Brewers and supporters gather on January 2nd, 2017, to brew the 3rd installment of “Makin Noise: A Pussy Riot Beer”. From the left: Shel, project supporter, Bess Dougherty of The Grateful Gnome Brewery, Jax, project supporter, Kim of The Guardian Brewing Company, Kate, Betsy and Jen, all from Lady Justice Brewing Company. Read More

Ultimate 6er | 6 Snowboarder-Tested and Approved Cans

December 13, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Major Colorado mountain resorts have been ramping up since serious snow showers started around the week of Thanksgiving, and now Metereologists at OpenSnow.com are predicting snow nearly every day for the first half of December. Ah, yes, the Colorado Rockies are finally getting a good base going after quite a warm fall, and our boards have been tuned, waxed and ready to go for months now. For snowboarders and skiers that are ready to hit the slopes: No matter how early in the morning you’re running out the door to beat I-70 traffic, don’t forget a reliable, refreshing 6er to round out your day!

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Event Recap | Beers Made By Walking 2016

October 17, 2016 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Beers Made By Walking’s sixth go-around did not disappoint attendees at the Denver Nature and Science museum this past Tuesday, Oct. 4. Attendees rolled in at 5:30 p.m. sharp to fill their tasting glasses alongside earthly relics like a sparkling gemstone exhibit and a huge whale skeleton suspended from the rafters. The setting was certainly fitting for the nature theme of the festival, and breweries displayed whimsical adjuncts like pine cones and berries on their respective tables. I felt a buzz just thinking about how the event’s proceeds would be directly benefitting this museum we were standing in.

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Women in Brewing | Bess Dougherty

September 12, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 8 min

Despite her recent announcement that she’ll be leaving Wynkoop, rest assured, “Bess’s Barrel-Aged Beer Babies” will live on! Back in June, PorchDrinking spoke with brewer Bess Dougherty, recording a PorchCast episode in her “happy place,” Wynkoop Brewing Company’s barrel room. Little did we know a mere 12 hours later Bess and the rest of the Wynkoop family would learn that the brewery would begin scaling back operations to eliminate external distribution AND Bess would soon decide to leave her brewing position at Wynkoop for another opportunity. In light of the latest happenings, we sat down to talk women and beer with her and hear about the latest landmarks in her career path.

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Event Preview | Save the Ales 2016

August 11, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Add a dose of environmental philanthropy to your beer sesh at the 6th annual Save the Ales beerfest! The event is coming up on Friday, August 12th and provides attendees access to beer, cider and kombucha samples from nearly 40 local Colorado breweries, plus food and live music. Read More

Women in Brewing | Julia Herz – Brewers Association

August 9, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

As we approach Julia Herz at the CraftBeer.com booth at the Vail Big Beers fest, she’s standing with Executive Chef Adam Dulye, purveying toffee and craft beer samples. Enthusiastically, she encourages us to give the pairing a try and we do so willingly. The confection is a 70% dark chocolate with almonds, toffee and a sweetness level calculated to complement the malt bill of the beer, Baere Brewing Company’s Big Hoppy Brown. It’s a pairing tastier than we even imagined — the delicious hop character of the brown ale comes forward as the rich, malty, nutty sweetness takes a backseat. As we wash down the last of the toffee, we chat with Julia on her long history in the brewing community.

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Ultimate 6er | Summer Sport and Beer Pairings

June 15, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Beer and food pairing is becoming an ever more-relevant skill, and we’ve seen an increasing number of culinary programs now require finely-tuned beer pairing skills just as they do with wine. Outside professional realms, beer pairing skills will help you put a damn tasty and impressive meal on the table, and it’s hard to surpass that satisfaction. So why shouldn’t we possess the same care and consideration when we pair a beer with experience? We’re not here to tell you that beer and outdoor activities go great together. That’s already ridiculously obvious. But carefully selecting your beer by factoring in the day’s physical activities can also be a refined skill, similar to choosing your dish’s boozy soulmate.

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Independence Brewing Company | Austin Amber Ale

May 13, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

ABV 4.9%
Nugget, Delta hops

We must preface this beer with a short story: In October 2014 we flew to Austin for vacation. Upon arrival, we Ubered straight to a lunch spot that was also, coincidentally, a brewery (The ABGB, for those wondering, where the food, beer and hospitality were all awesome). Sitting at the bar, we talked with another patron, John, who works at Independence Brewing Company. John had just recently returned from GABF in Denver, and we all became enthusiastic about our shared love of the Denver beer scene. Out of nowhere, he graciously offered to give us a tour of Independence’s facilities later on. We told him we’d see him there and parted ways, already feeling great about our first impression of Austin. Read More

Council Brewing Co. | Beatitude Mango Tart Saison

March 10, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

ABV: 4.5%

The Beatitude series of Saisons by Council Brewing Company is kind of a thing in San Diego. That is to say that the fruity Saisons pop up in various kegs and bottles throughout the city with a distinct notoriety and a high demand. This beer has existed, to be exact, in Mosaic dry-hopped, Citra dry-hopped, raspberry, apricot, passion fruit, cherry, three berry, pineapple, blueberry and, of course, mango versions, all of which are bottle-conditioned. We discovered the Beatitude Mango fresh on tap when we visited the brewery location.
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Funkwerks | Paisley Belgian-Style Brett Saison

February 12, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

ABV: 7%

Paisley is a beer from Funkwerks’ experimental series, packaged in a bright Paisley-decorated bottle that could have come from Pier 1 Imports rather than the liquor store. We were excited to try our first Funkwerks wild ale and popped it open with some anticipation. The beer poured into the glass a hazy golden orange color with delicate lacing. At first whiff there was a strong barnyard smell that immediately transitioned to tropical flavors including apricot, cherry, and spicy passion fruit aided by the Funkwerks’ house yeast strain. Read More

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. | Otra Vez

February 10, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

ABV: 4.5%

We’d been searching for Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s newest release Otra Vez since we first saw it advertised on Beer Advocate. A Gose with prickly pear and grapefruit sounded like an amazing way to break up the past few months of winter warmers. After contacting liquor stores for weeks we finally were able to track a six pack down. Read More

Women in Brewing | Ali Benetka – Ratio Beerworks

January 5, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Brewing has been a part of the world since the dawn of civilization; some have even claimed that beer has helped influence the evolution of our species. In many eras, brewing was largely a woman’s job. Men began to dominate the field starting in the Renaissance period and even more so during The Industrial Revolution as brewing operations scaled to mass production. Today Colorado is one of the biggest beer states in the country with cities such as Fort Collins, Boulder and Denver offering some of the best beer available. However, men still notoriously hold the title “brewmaster” more often than women. As females in the industry, we felt compelled to highlight some of the talented women who currently make Colorado beer, the paths they took to their currently role in the industry, and the awesome work they are doing on a daily basis.

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