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What We’re Drinking | December 3, 2021

December 3, 2021 |

Welcome to the first Friday of December! Now that we’re smack dab in the middle of the holiday season, it’s time to enjoy some extra special beers. Many of us will be getting together with family and we all know that is much easier when you have a BBA imperial stout. Cheers to everyone celebrating Hanukah right now–may your glass be full and your stouts be barrel aged. This is what we’re drinking. 

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Fantasy Football Recap | Week 12

December 3, 2021 |

Week 12 of the NFL season was once again highlighted by several huge performances from running backs across the league. Leonard Fournette won the day by carrying the ball 17 times for 100 yards while adding 31 yards through the air on seven catches. Oh, and he had a cool four TDs on top of the yardage for a 40+ point week. The Atlanta Falcons do-it-all back Cordarrelle Patterson rushed 16 times for 108 and a pair of scores. Dontrell Hilliard for the Derrick Henry-less Titans had 131 on only a dozen carries with a score, too. Mixon, Taylor (again) and Elijah Mitchell all had days that probably led your team to a W, or to an L if they lined up against you. Either way, that’s how it goes sometimes. Read More

Cerebral Brewing | Mysterious Forces Blend 02

December 3, 2021 |

Occasionally there comes along a complex brew that simultaneously highlights all its components while cohesively combining them in a masterful amalgamation. Cerebral Brewing Mysterious Forces Blend 02 is just such a beer. 

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Colorado Beer Beat | Bi-Weekly Beer Release Guide 12/2

December 2, 2021 |

Welcome to the Colorado Beer Beat, a bi-weekly roundup of all of the new can releases around the state. From Denver to Grand Junction and everywhere in between, we have you covered. Be sure to check back on Thursdays to find out what’s new in the Colorado beer scene.

Well, well, well…here we are in December already. It’s crazy to think that I’ll be telling you about New Years’ Eve releases after our next chat! Luckily for all of us, we still have a few weeks before we’ll really be paying attention to that. But, enough of the New Year’s Eve talk, let’s get to the here and now! If you’re looking for a new Barrel-Aged beer to try, there’s no shortage at all in these new releases. Pick one up this week to keep yourself warm on a chilly evening (or not so chilly evening; the weather is a bit warm after all).

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Boys Are From Märzen Podcast | Sara Kazmer

December 2, 2021 |

In Episode 58 of the “Boys Are From Märzen” podcast, Kindsey Bernhard is joined by Sara Kazmer, co-founder of Elsewhere Brewing.

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The PorchCast | Ep 86 Austin Beerworks & Family Business Beer Company

December 1, 2021 |

In episode 86 of The PorchCast, Korey headed down to Austin, TX for a buffet of incredible beer guests. Korey was joined by our own Pam Catoe who also owns and operates Craft Beer Austin, as well as Sheila Garcia of Austin Beerworks, and Marvis Dixon of Family Business Beer Company who also serves as the Texas ambassador for the Black is Beautiful initiative to talk about the Austin beer scene, as well as the incredible things happening at their breweries.

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Brewery Showcase | DSSOLVR

December 1, 2021 |

DSSOLVR (pronounced “dissolver”) is not a brewery, it is a brand. That brand was built by co-founders, Mike Semenec and Vince Tursi who joined the ranks of Asheville, NC beverage makers in December of 2019. With their eclectic portfolio of genre-bending beers, seltzers and mixed culture ferments, they have made a splash in “Beer City USA” by embracing their tagline, “Brewed until Surreal”. Read More

Cantillon | Kriek 100% Lambic Bio

November 30, 2021 |

Cantillon has been the standard-bearer for the Gueuze and Lambic styles since 1900–before the Theodore Roosevelt administration. In fact, search their brewery on Google Maps and you’ll find it labeled as “Musée Bruxellois de la Gueuze” and to this day each bottle is a seminal exhibit for sour lovers. A bottle of Cantillon is a DeLorean trip back in time and it’s the commitment to preserving the old ways that ensures the quality today. One of the oldest experiments with Lambics was the addition of cherries to the mix and Cantillon’s Kriek 100% Lambic Bio continues to impress into this next millennium.

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Native Land Beer Project | A Celebration of Indigenous Lands

November 29, 2021 |

Bow & Arrow Brewing Co. out of Albuquerque, New Mexico opened in 2016 and is the first Native Women-owned brewing company in the country. Being a part of the .1% of breweries in the U.S. owned by Native Americans, they wanted to use their platform to make a difference in their community.

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Bearded Iris Brewing | Homestyle IPA

November 29, 2021 |

Singularly known as “Nashville’s IPA,” Homestyle by Bearded Iris is exceptionally delicious for nearly any beer palate or occasion.

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Colorado’s Thanksgiving Week & Black Friday Beer Release Roundup

November 24, 2021 |

Each year on Black Friday, millions of Americans shake off their tryptophan-induced comas brought on by the previous evening’s gorge fest, to shop off all their newly acquire calories. For die-hard beer fanatics, however, Black Friday has grown to represent … Read More

Ultimate 6er | Beer Pairings with Advent

November 24, 2021 |

This isn’t your typical Ultimate 6er – we’re getting theological here. Most people think of Advent calendars when they think about pairing beers with Advent. We’re taking a different bent on the term and pairing six beers with the four weeks of Advent in a different way.

Advent begins on November 28 this year, and starts with the “First Sunday of Advent,” continuing with the season of Advent until Christmas Day on December 25. There are always four Sundays in Advent and each week has a different theme according to the Lectionary (readings for a worship service) that is followed most commonly by Catholic, Episcopal and Lutheran denominations of Christianity (though some Presbyterian and Methodist churches do, too). We’ll focus on the Episcopal collects (pronounced COL-lects instead of the typical way), or prayers, of the weeks of Advent because you’ve got an Episcopalian here and as the saying goes, “where three or four Episcopalians are gathered, there’s bound to be a fifth!”

If you’re interested, you can find the collects in all their glory by visiting BCPonline.org.

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Seedstock Brewery’s Past & Current Team Talk Ownership Change

November 23, 2021 |

As the craft beer world continues to adjust to the ever-changing headwinds, several breweries have turned to mergers and acquisitions in order to help fuel growth. But one Denver staple recently experienced a unique ownership change that resulted in the brewery remaining independent and in the hands of long-time friends.

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Kansas City Bier Co. | Winterbock (Dark Doppelbock)

November 22, 2021 |

A chorus of cheers drowned out the announcement, but the result was clear as the Kansas City Bier Co. logo appeared on the screen. Winterbock, their Dark Doppelbock lager, had won a silver medal. A longtime fan favorite, the bier had gained international recognition – a huge achievement for the Kansas City, Missouri, brewery.

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Fantasy Football Recap | Week 10

November 20, 2021 |

Week 10 of the NFL season was a wild ride, to say the least. The craziness started with the Thursday night upset of the Baltimore Ravens losing to the Miami Dolphins by double-digits. Sunday games kept the momentum going when Cam Newton made his Carolina return and secured a 34-10 win over the Arizona Cardinals. The winless Lions tied the Pittsburgh Steelers -somehow- and the Green Bay Packers held Russell Wilson scoreless for the first time in his NFL career. Fantasy matchups stayed as wacky, as some stars burned out and others never even showed up. Read More

Colorado Beer Beat | Bi-Weekly Beer Pre-Black Friday Edition

November 18, 2021 |

Welcome to the Colorado Beer Beat, a bi-weekly roundup of all of the new can releases around the state. From Denver to Grand Junction and everywhere in between, we have you covered. Be sure to check back on Thursdays to find out what’s new in the Colorado beer scene.

Are you already starting to think about what beers you should bring to your Thanksgiving feast or that you need to snag on Black Friday? Well don’t worry, we’ve got all the goods listed down below for you right in one place. No matter what you end up going with, enjoy it with some friends and family (or don’t, I won’t judge), and have a great Thanksgiving weekend.

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Boys Are From Märzen Podcast | Louisville Women in Beer Panel

November 18, 2021 |

Louisville Beer Week, held Oct. 22 through Oct. 29, celebrated all things Louisville beer. One event stood out from the rest, the Women in Beer panel. On Wednesday, Oct. 27, five women took the stage at Logan Street Market to discuss the challenges and triumphs of working in the beer industry.

Kindsey Bernhard was fortunate to be able to be one of those five women and the moderator of the Women in Beer panel. So, in Episode 57 of the “Boys Are From Märzen” podcast, Kindsey is joined by Lori Beck, Kaitlyn Colberg, Leah Dienes and Amelia Pillow.

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Mother Earth Brew Co. | Cali Creamin’ Vanilla Cream Ale

November 18, 2021 |

Have you ever been asked to haul beer for someone because they know you can drive back to them? This was the situation for me just a month ago with Mother Earth Brew Co.‘s flagship beer, Cali Creamin’ Vanilla Cream Ale. I ended up driving back a case for my sister. This wasn’t the first time either.

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Hops & Bacteria | How Brewers Use the Antibacterial Properties of Hops

November 17, 2021 |

“It’s been known for a long time the addition of hops will control the growth of bacteria in beer,” says Matt McCarroll, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and director of the Fermentation Science Institute at Southern Illinois University. While these antibacterial qualities aren’t usually needed in modern brewing, the rise in popularity of mixed-fermentation beers has reawakened interest in this poorly understood property of hops.

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City Built Brewing | Prague Underground Czech Pilsner

November 17, 2021 |

We were recently able to try a Czech Pilsner from City Built Brewing out of Grand Rapids, MI called Prague Underground. We think this beer is brewed true to style and well worth trying out if you enjoy great tasting beer.

The Pilsner is a Lager beer that was originally brewed in 1842 by Bavarian brewer Josef Groll in the town of Pilsen in Bohemia which is now the Czech Republic. Legend has it that beer was brewed in this part of the country as far back as 1307, but the quality of the beer brewed up until the late 1800’s was so inconsistent the locals had dumped barrels of beer to show their disgust! They brought in Josef Groll to implement a new style of beer that focused on local ingredients and paler malts, and as the old saying goes “the rest is history”.

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