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Real Ale Real Love Firkin Festival March 4th 3:30pm

Today is the day! At 3:30pm Loveland’s own firkin festival, Real Ale Real Love, will be held at Grimm Brothers Taproom. The festival is an ode to the firkin, and a showcase of “real ales,” and is hosted by Loveland based breweries, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse and Verboten Brewing. A firkin, is a small (1/4bbl) storage vessel often used for storing beer. A real ale, is the beer kept in a firkin. It is “real” because the beer is stored without the use of CO2 pressure, and is only naturally carbonated. Real ales are in essence a throwback to times...

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Mainline Beer Pairing Dinner w/ Black Bottle Brewery

Every few months or so The Mainline Alehouse, in Old Town Fort Collins, hosts a beer pairing dinner with a local brewery. Past paired dinners have included Funkwerks Brewing, Jessup Farms, Odell brewing and others. On Friday February 10, 2017, the alehouse hosted a dinner with Black Bottle Brewery (BBB). BBB is a Ft. Collins brewery located on the South West corner of Prospect and College. They have received many accolades over the past few years. Most notably, in 2015 the brewery was awarded a Great American Beer Festival bronze medal for their “Friar Chuck” German Kolsch and most...

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Chocolate and Beer Pairing with Nuance Chocolate

It is rare these days for any one person to find themselves on the forefront of exploration and discovery. But sometimes, like maybe when the planets properly align – or something, one can find themselves standing on the edge of what has been accomplished and what has yet to be discovered. For The Pint, that moment recently presented itself in the form of a chocolate and beer pairing. We had a double date with destiny and Old Town Fort Collins based bean-to-bar chocolate shop, Nuance Chocolate. Nuance Chocolate, was founded just over a year ago by Toby Gadd and...

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Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines Festival 2017 Recap

As per standard operating procedure, all was a whirlwind at this year’s 2017 Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines festival, which for the first time was held at Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center in Breckenridge. As one might imagine, the confluence of hundreds of brewers and breweries, brought together for a weekend-long mountain beer festival – a big beer festival nonetheless, could only lead to a certain level of, shall we say, elevated mindset. From January 5-7, beer enthusiasts were invited to take part in a series of beer-minded events, seminars, pairings, and even beer and yoga. All of...

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Greeley’s Real Ale Festival – November 5th 2016

Remember, remember The 5th of November Of gunpowder treason and plot. I can think of no reason Why the Gunpowder Treason Should ever be forgot. This 5th of November, the five Greeley breweries are teaming up with two Loveland breweries to bring together Greeley’s first ever Real Ale Festival. Spurred by Jeff Crabtree, owner of Crabtree Brewing, the Real Ale Festival has been formulated to shake the foundations of Greeley’s experience of craft beer. Crabtree stated, “I wanted to organize something that would bring the Greeley brewers together and expand Greeley’s craft beer experience.” Unlike Guy Fawkes, the breweries...

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