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Month: May 2016

Prost Brewing Opens Taproom in Old Town Fort Collins

Ahh… the old country. If you’re feeling nostalgic about Germany, or have yet to visit the Vaterland of Beer, Prost Brewing is as close as you can get. Lucky us, there are now two locations here in Colorado, so no passport needed! The Denver-based brewery and taproom is off I-25 on the city’s west side, and their new Fort Collins taproom in old town is expected to open in early May. Prost means ‘cheers’ in German, and after a couple of sips, you’ll be saying that a lot. So many authentic German-style beers to choose from, so where to...

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The Beer Connect

Chris Young, founder of The Beer Connect, is changing the way we buy beer, by taking the place of traditional beer distributorships. “The Beer Connect is a game changing, high-quality, full service, digital self-distribution platform and marketplace for all things craft beer.” Said Young. He launched his project in late 2015, and since then has been on the trajectory of ground breaking success. Though the idea of purchasing liquor online is not entirely new, his platform serves micro and nano breweries by utilizing the mail service to distribute beer. Recently The Beer Connect earned ALPHA status at Collision Conference, the fastest growing tech conference in the world.  The event boasts many high profile players in the tech industry and serves as a an outlet for young tech companies. The ALPHA program gives recognition to start-up technology companies that show potential to disrupt the status quo in any given industry. Think Uber and the taxicab service. “Craft beer selection is very limited due to distribution and shelf space constraints. Add in the fact that the quality of a beer can be compromised due to improper storage; the beer is no longer how the brewer intended” Young points out. The Beer Connect changes these major problems by simply connecting breweries, their beer, and the consumer. The Beer Connect offers to consumers a seemingly endless selection of great craft and rare beers...

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Beer Review: Boulder Beer’s Emergent White IPA

The white IPA is one of ten official IPA styles according to the 2015 BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program). Often characterized as fruitier and lighter than an American IPA, Boulder Beer’s is spot on. At first smell – hops! With a straw to pale gold color it has a dry mouthfeel and little carbonation. Mild malty taste and ends with a crisp orange finish. At 6.1% ABV, it’s no slouch either. Super dry, it can be used as an aperitif to get those digestive juices going. Try pairing with sweet and saucy bar-b-que...

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Beer Review: Upslope Brewing – Belgian Pale Ale

Upslope’s first ever GABF winner (2009 bronze), is a goodie. It presents a beautiful golden color and clear appearance. The Trappist yeast hits you smack on the nose. Not too hoppy, but has a pleasing flavorful tartness, which will quench your thirst. Offers a smooth and balanced mouthfeel. Slight toasty flavor, but definitely more fruit forward. A dry finish, with a spicy coriander edge that remains long afterwards. A high 7.5% ABV, above the standard for this style, so be careful before knocking back too many. Try with grilled lemon chicken and asparagus....

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May Issue 2016: Garden in the Glass

Our May issue focused on the ingredients that make up beer. Garden in the Glass: Hops- The Spice. Ironically, hops were used to help preserve beers while they made the trek from the motherland to troops in India.. Ehem IPA’s. We now know that hops have very little long term preserving power, but they do stabilize beer in the short term and ward off unwanted bacteria that would love to find itself eating away at the sugary beverage. In today’s hop-obsessed world, they are used to balance out malt characteristics, enhance aroma, add bitterness, and contribute tropical, citrus, floral,...

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