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Author: Michael J. Casey

Time For Something Wheat: Brix Taphouse and Brewery teams up with Bull & Bush Brewery for a specialty brew

  When it comes to beer, it’s not what you know it’s whom you know and Troy Milburn of Brix Taphouse and Brewery knows the right people. In addition to brewing, Milburn is the founder of Vulcan Fabrications and he’s had a hand in both building breweries and supplying existing ones with much-needed hardware. Process piping is what the Bull & Bush Brewery in Glendale needed and process piping is what they got — that and a long friendship that is soon to produce a special beer. “We just kind of wanted to show support for Troy and opening...

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Drink yourself warm: Dispatches from Golden’s UllrGrass Fest

It takes a fair amount of moxie to hold an outdoor event in Golden, Colorado on the last weekend of January, but that is exactly what the UllrGrass Festival has in spades. According to the thermostat, the temperature didn’t climb above 50 and it was considerably less if you were standing in the shade, but no one really cared. Nor did the ice-cold glasses of beer bother them any. That is because beer has that dastardly little devil lurking in every last sud, alcohol, and that lovely warming agent makes standing outside under the threat of wind and snow...

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Under new management: 1933 Brewing to close for a metamorphosis

When owner Cody Pisacka opened the doors to his craft brewery in March 2014, he designed the concept around the ratification of the 21st Amendment on December 5, 1933, the repeal of Prohibition. Since opening, 1933 Brewing has carved out their niche in the Fort Collins craft brewery scene with well-made standards — IPAs, lagers, stouts and the like — and a popular Chili Beer — loaded with Serrano and Anaheim peppers — but on December 31, 2016, 1933 Brewing will be closing its doors and undergoing a metamorphosis. Pisacka has sold the brewery to Zach Wilson, 1933’s head brewer and Laura Sickles, the brewery’s marketing coordinator. “Zach and I have been working on our own business plan for a long time, even before we met each other actually,” Sickles tells The Pint. “We’ve both had this passion to own our own brewery and we have our own concept in mind. And so the opportunity arose with our current owner and just everything kind of fit into place.” Wilson and Sickles are also engaged, which makes the turnover more of a family affair. “We thought we would start our dream here since we know the equipment here,” Sickles says. “The space is perfect for what we need.” What shape Sickles and Wilson’s brewery will take is not yet clear. Though the two have been planning the change for a...

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