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Beer with friends and a new location: a post from Amanda Bristol

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"Greetings from the lap of Pikes Peak! Here at Bristol, we sincerely believe that beer builds community. Just look out onto our Pub patio on a sunny day and you’ll see people of every different stripe sharing the moment: great conversation over a well-made beer. On any given day you might notice strangers getting to know each other over a pint and a rousing game of shuffleboard. Then there’s the local who’s relaxing at a table with out-of-town family members, proudly introducing them to the local beer.

Many, many times my husband Mike and I have heard people say that they met and became fast friends because they got to know each other at our brewery. And why not? One of the best ways to enjoy a beer is with other people.

I would submit that one of the more enjoyable ways to exercise is with other people, and running is no exception. With Rocky Mountain Brew Runs bringing beer and running together in a fabulous social event, how does it get more awesome?

This is a great time to be running to Bristol, as we’re marking our 20th birthday this year, as well as our first full year in our new location at Ivywild School. We’re proud to have rescued this noble building and helped to bring it back to life with the sights, sounds, and aromas of the bakery, the delicatessen, art school, bike shop, and of course our brewery and pub. Yep, come on in for a well-deserved beer or two after your run, explore around, and be part of our community.

And be sure to come back August 30-September 6 for our 20th anniversary week of events, including a VW bus rally, bike parade, beer brunch, beer field day, live music, and the release of our Double Decade Saison. It’s going to be an extravaganza!"

Amanda Bristol of Bristol Brewing

14ers, fresh fruit and beer make for a healthy company!

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Fort Collins, Colo.  
A guest post from Odell Brewing:

Sometimes, there aren’t enough hours in the day to enjoy all of the activities Colorado has to offer. Lucky for us, we work in a place that serves some of the best craft brews in our state, so it is easy to check that off our list. But when we decide to venture outside of the brewery we rely on the Odell Brewing Company Wellness Committee to lead us in the right direction. And yes, that direction typically still involves a beer. 

Since its beginning in 2013, the Wellness Committee has been striving to promote positive living through exercise, healthy eating and overall work-life balance. Committee chair Eli Kolodny said that his interest in the program stemmed from his own personal commitment to health. “I’m a firm believer that your mind follows your body, and the other way around,” he said. “Even if your mind is in peak condition, if you’re not exercising your body there is a break in the chain.”

Kolodny, along with brewery co-founder Corkie Odell and tap room associate Katie Guiffre, plans quarterly “active meet-ups” (that is, local hikes or other excursions) and events like CPR/First Aid training and quarterly fresh produce offerings. He sees the different activities as extensions of the brewery’s message. “It’s important that quality extends beyond the beer we put in the bottle,” he said. “It’s a quality of life for our coworkers.”

This summer, the committee is planning a handful of fourteener hikes for employees to participate in. A small group from the brewery completed Mt. Bierstadt in June, and Guiffre is hoping that others will join in for the next summit. “[We are] getting people who are already doing it into it a little more, and then that rolls over and encourages others to do it as well,” she said. 

And though the local employees reap the benefits of each meet-up, Odell Brewing Company also reaches out to those employees who live outside of Fort Collins. “Our out-of-state co-workers can submit requests for larger reimbursements [for fresh fruits and vegetables] so they can benefit from the fresh produce that we get,” Kolodny explained. “We aren’t going to ship them an orange, but if they want to go buy fresh fruit, we will pay for it.”

While working for a craft brewery is awesome in itself, the Wellness Committee has enjoyed boosting the level of health, fun and fitness among its employees, and hopes to continue planning events to encourage healthy living. “It’s a way to keep people engaged outside of what they’re doing [at the brewery],” Guiffre said. “It’s just something else to look forward to.”

Though the Wellness Committee is all about health, Odell Brewing is still all about beer. That’s why we asked Katie Guiffre to pair Odell brews with some of her favorite summer activities.

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What would you drink after...

Participating in a yoga retreat?

  • Friek

Stand up paddleboarding?

  •  Loose Leaf

Reaching the peak of a fourteener?

  • St. Lupulin

Riding a bicycle?

  • 5 Barrel or Levity

Whitewater rafting?

  • IPA

Cheers to whatever your adventure of choice is!

The ABC's you never learned in school: Polygamy Porter, insights from Homer Simpson and everything you need to know about beer.

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Time to learn the real ABC’s!

Before 3 years ago I would never had called myself a "beer person".  I just didn't like the bitter after-taste I felt most bottled beers had.  Then I had my first microbrew from a local brewery here in Colorado and everything changed.   After we launched Rocky Mountain Brew runs I set out on a journey to learn all I could about beer and the lingo.  Enjoy!

-  Lauren Jones

RMBR co-founder

A:  Ale

Ales are beers fermented with top fermenting yeast. Ales typically are fermented at warmer temperatures than lagers, and are often served warmer. The term ale is sometimes incorrectly associated with alcoholic strength.

B:  Bung Hole

Despite what you think, this is a real term.  Not just slang from an episode of Beavis and Butthead.  The round hole in the side of a cask or older style keg, through which the vessel is filled with beer and then sealed with a bung


C:  Craft Brewery

According to the Brewers Association, an American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional.

  • Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to the rules of alternating proprietorships.

  • Independent: Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by a beverage alcohol industry member that is not itself a craft brewer.

  • Traditional: A brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. Flavored malt beverages (FMBs) are not considered beers.

D:  Drunk

Consumption of too much alcohol.  Often leading to an impaired state where you may:

a).  Dance on the bar-top

b).  Get some late night Taco Bell, eat too many Chalupas and then spend the next day on the toilet

c).  "I love you man, I mean I really, like, love you."

E.   Ethanol

Ethyl alcohol, the colorless primary alcohol constituent of beer.

E.  Fermentation

The chemical conversion of fermentable sugars into approximately equal parts of ethyl alcohol and carbon dioxide gas, through the action of yeast. The two basic methods of fermentation in brewing are top fermentation, which produces ales, and bottom fermentation, which produces lagers.

G.  Growler

A jug- or pail-like container once used to carry draught beer bought by the measure at the local tavern. Growlers are usually ½ gal (64 oz) or 2L (68 oz) in volume and made of glass. Brewpubs often serve growlers to sell beer to-go. Often a customer will pay a deposit on the growler but can bring it back again and again for a re-fill. Growlers to-go are not legal in all U.S. states.

OR   

What you call your husband after he’s gone too long without a bruski

H.  Homebrewing

The art of making beer at home. In the U.S., homebrewing was legalized by President Carter on February 1, 1979, through a bill introduced by California Senator Alan Cranston. The Cranston Bill allows a single person to brew up to 100 gallons of beer annually for personal enjoyment and up to 200 gallons in a household of two persons or more of legal drinking age. Learn more from the American Homebrewers Association.

Who out there is Homebrewing?   What is your favorite brew creation and what did you name it?

I.   International Bitterness units:

A system of indicating the hop bitterness in finished beer.    

J.   “Just Lauren”.  

My name at a recent Hash House Harriers run I attended.  The HHH is an international “drinking club with a running problem”.   After running 4 miles in a tutu and crown chasing a “hare” and following false trails marked by chalk symbols refreshed by beer and shot stops along the way we finished to some more drinking and raunchy songs.  Needless to say, I will be looking for the next HHH run wherever I travel.   

K.     Keg:  

One-half barrel, or 15.5 U. S. gallons. A half keg or, 7.75 U. S. gallons, is referred to as a pony-keg.   I will take one please.  

L.    Lager:

Beers produced with bottom fermenting yeast strains, Saccharomyces uvarum (or carlsbergensis) at colder fermentation temperatures than ales. This cooler environment inhibits the natural production of esters and other byproducts, creating a crisper tasting product.

M.    Martin, as in Dean Martin:

“You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on.”

N.    Noble Hops:

Traditional European hop varieties prized for their characteristic flavor and aroma. Traditionally these are grown only in four small areas in Europe:

  1. Hallertau in Bavaria, Germany

  2. Saaz in Zatec, Czech Republic

  3. Spalt in Spalter, Germany

  4. Tettnang in the Lake Constance region, Germany

Note:  Rocky Mountain Brew runs hosted a brew run at Prost Brewing, a brewery in Denver, CO that specializes in authentic German beers.

O.   Oatmeal Stout:

Oatmeal is added to the mash, which gives a smoothness and creaminess to the stout. It has more restrained flavors and less alcohol than Imperial stout. Samuel Smith makes a benchmark oatmeal stout, with notes of fruit, licorice, chocolate and toffee.

P.    As in “Beer Pong”:  

A game popular on many college campuses. 

AND

Polygamy Porter, “Why have just one”?  Again, this is a real beer!

Q.    As in it’s time for another Quote: 

Here are a couple good ones from Homer,  Homer Simpson:

“Bart, a woman is like beer. They look good, they smell good, and you'd step over your own mother just to get one!"

"All right, brain, I don't like you and you don't like me - so let's just do this and I'll get back to killing you with beer."

"Apu I need a keg and a six pack to hold me until I tap the keg."

R.   Rwanda:

Is known for its Primus Beer; Urwagwa, which is a beer made from fermented banana juice and sorghum flour.   This beer is gluten free and some US microbrewers are starting to use sorghum flour in the creation of local gluten free brews.   The Brew run at Pateros Creek Brewing included their Greyrock Gluten-free Orange Cream Ale, out of all of their traditional beers I sampled on tap that was my favorite! 

S.   “Santa’s Butt”: 

Yes, this is the name of a real brew

T.   Tipsy:  

As in I am slurrring my worrds affer too many burrss

U.   Under the influence:  

Know your limit!  The average 150lb person is considered legally impaired after only 2 drinks (one 12oz glass beer/5oz wine, one shot liquor).   See how much you can safely have HERE.  

V.  How many Varieties of beer are there??   

According to Didyouknow.com, Worldwide, 20,000 brands of beer are brewed in 180 styles, from ales, lagers, pilsner and stouts to bitters, cream ales and iced beers.   However, there are differing opinions on what constitutes as a beer “style”.  It is an open debate!

W.   Water:

 One of the four ingredients in beer. Some beers are made up by as much as 90% water. Globally, some brewing centers became famous for their particular type of beer, and the individual flavors of their beer were strongly influenced by the brewing water’s pH and mineral content. Burton is renowned for its bitter beers because the water is hard (higher PH), Edinburgh for its pale ales, Dortmund for its pale lager, and Plzen for its Pilsner Urquell (soft water lower PH).

NOTE:   Coors was made famous worldwide by its brews made from Rocky Mountain spring water. GO COLORADO!

X.   Xingu:

A native Brazilian Indian beer recipe that is exported from the Amazon region. It is black, somewhat thick, and tastes kind of like a sweet stout and is widely available in many of the largest specialty wine and liquor stores.

Y.    Yeast

During the fermentation process, yeast converts the natural malt sugars into alcohol and carbon dioxide gas. Yeast was first viewed under a microscope in 1680 by the Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek; in 1867, Louis Pasteur discovered that yeast cells lack chlorophyll and that they could develop only in an environment containing both nitrogen and carbon.

Z.   Zappa:

As in Frank Zappa, who said:  “  You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline - it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.”

READ MORE POSTS FROM RMBR AND OUR BREWERY PARTNERS BY CLICKING ON THE LITTLE ARROW AT THE BOTTOM RIGHT

Pikes Peak, food trucks and going local!

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One of the perks of being the organizers for Rocky Mountain Brew Runs is that when we plan the course route for the event we also get to hop into the brewery to try one of the craft brews on tap!

Last week we finalized the Pikes Peak Brewing run route which if it is a clear day will reward you will gorgeous views of the snow-capped Pikes Peak (the breweries namesake, duh!).  

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We usually go for the flight which enables us to sample most of the regular and seasonal or pilot brews on tap.  They had an amazing coffee stout that day which was my favorite (as an admitted coffee-oholic made sense) and Scott really enjoys a good IPA so the Elephant Rock was his.  

One reason we started this event series or as we like to prefer to it as "movement" (literally and figuratively) was to bring together everything Colorado and local to provide a way for people to see, experience and most importantly taste new things.   Thus, with most of our events we are also partnering with local food trucks to bring in amazing fresh food and food concepts. 

At the Pikes Peak Brew run on May 31st for example, the Merken Chile food truck will be out for you to try some amazing Chilean street food.  Several years back Scott and I spent several months backpacking South America and we absolutely fell in love with the street food, especially the empanadas!   We had many adventures on that trip, from running past machine gun laden men and tanks in downtown Lima, Peru to the unique platter served to us on the Bolivian border resembling dog droppings (we never tasted them to find out). Read more about our "running around the world" adventures HERE.

Of course, nothing compares to good old Colorado and no matter where we travel we always dream of our snow-capped peaks and of course the best microbrews in the world!

So let's raise our glasses, forks and "cheers" to the great Colorado craft brews and enterprising food trucks!
By supporting local homegrown businesses and entrepreneurs we can re-invigorate our local economies and taste all our wonderful state has to offer!

Haven't registered for the Pikes Peak Brew run yet?  
Check out the details HERE and register soon!  

- Lauren Jones
RMBR co-founder


Crazy weather, Beer cheese burgers and how to save the cutthroats!

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Can you smell it?  Can you feel it?  Spring is finally here Colorado!  The sun is shining, flower buds are appearing on the trees releasing a sweet aroma and then a freak snowstorm hits!!!

We are so excited to kick off our Rocky Mountain Brew run series at Odell Brewing this coming Sunday, April 13th.  We could not have asked for better weather this week (80 here in Denver) but just like good old Colorado to throw us a curveball; the current forcast calls for temps in the low 40's and possible snow!   

But not to worry because those predictions are often incorrect and even if it is not, come on people, isn't this what we all love about the state?   Sunshine one day, snowstorm the next?

Needless to say, we expect and hope that all of you will lace up those running shoes and prepare yourselves to get out and run or walk in whatever Colorado decides to throw at us on Sunday.  

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We are excited about the course which winds along the beautiful Poudre River trail and of course the venue; our post party will be in the famous Odell backyard!  

When we went into scope out the course we tried out a couple of the seasonal pilot beers they have on tap.   Our favorite was the Cutthroat Porter,  rich in flavor and body we could taste the hints of chocoalte and coffee brewed into this small batch.   This brew was named after the Colorado native Cutthroat fish, it's population currently threatened. 

Take a look at the current pilot beers they have on tap to start planning which ones you will try out HERE. 

We are also excited to announce The Goodness food truck will be serving their well, really good food at the event.  Our vote is for the Beer Cheese Burger, you can't go wrong with any item that starts off with the word "beer" now can you?

If you haven't registered for this event yet, what are you waiting for?  There are only a handful of spots left so check out event info and register HERE.