Last Friday the Snowbank Brewing team was invited down to Denver to check out Tivoli Distribution and the build-out of their upcoming brewery.
We grabbed a selection of brews from the distribution warehouse, talked with the team about territories, reps and ride alongs and then headed over to the brewery location for a tour.
The new brewery is located in the same location where the originally Tivoli Brewing stands.
The building was built in 1864 by Moritz Sigi, who died after a horse carriage accident in 1874, before bringing the brewery to its full fruition. Originally named Sigi’s Brewery, It exchanged hands a few times before being acquired by John Good in 1900, and was renamed Tivoli – a famous amusement park in Copenhagen.
The building currently houses the Tivoli Student Union as well as the student center for a variety of Denver colleges. The original signage for the hop storage and receiving dock still remains.
Established in 1850, erected in 1890.
The original 125bbl copper fermenters remain inside, hanging above the ground floor of the new taproom.
shiny dusty mash tuns and boil kettles sit underneath the huge copper bowls, waiting to be filled with malt.
We got a tour of the brew system and soon-to-be taproom from Corey and the head brewer Dieter (whom I originally met at Angel City Brewery on our distribution team training day two years ago – this industry is so small!!!) and then proceeded to explore the rest of this historic building.
Pipes for the ammonia radiator – a more efficient,
slightly extremely more dangerous version of a glycol chiller.
The vast arches that extend throughout the building.
Absolutely in love with the piping and architecture of these underground tunnels.
The cracked and faded base of the bar that used to operate in the underground level.
The stormy Denver skyline after we reemerged from the dusty, creaky, beautiful building.
My creepy, beer-y bliss.
Last Friday the Snowbank Brewing team was invited down to Denver to check out Tivoli Distribution and the build-out of their upcoming brewery.
Who’s ready for a picture-bomb post with short blurbs? A lot has happened in the last month and once again I’ve failed to blog regularly. If you want to keep up with me follow me on my personal Instagram or on the brewery’s Instagram!
More Snowbank beer photography.
Pint o’ Barley.
One of my favorite regulars, Louie. He enjoys long walks on the beach, candelit dinners, trips to Home Depot and running into one prairie dog hole only to emerge from another over twenty feet away.
I spent a day in Denver with the parental unit visiting breweries…
And attending a kickass Colorado Avalanche game! We won. Obviously.
I’ve found time to sneak away from the brewery here and there to visit other local breweries, and I’ve rediscovered my love for my bike with the 70 degree temps we’ve been having lately.
Avery Brewing recently opened up their new facility which is absolutely stunning!
We spent a wonderfully long afternoon wandering the brewery and sipping some of the specialties on tap.
Our most recent managers meeting was atop a mountain.
The brewdogs were in attendance, of course.
And we rehydrated, as one would expect, with Moon Arete Wheat.
Afternoons and evenings have been spent on the porch, enjoying the lingering light of day…
And sunsets over the mountains.
I found my replacement coffee shop once my beloved Cranknstein closes it’s doors on April 18th. Pardon me while I quietly sob. I’ll write a full post on the new coffee shop later this week!
Our customers are ridiculously talented.
These were created by one half of my favorite couple. Chuck’s famous ceviche! I had seven spoons of these before he announced dinner. And then had another one for my actual dinner since I was so stuffed.
Every so often the Snowbank crew goes out to support our accounts. 47½ Stout at The Moot House in Fort Collins.
We’re repairing our patio so we can soon have beer outside! Obviously, photos don’t count as “outside”.
This kid came to visit for the weekend – one of my buddies from waaaay back at UCSB. I hadn’t seen him in over eight years!
And nine years ago at college. Feeling old starts… NOW!
Early mornings at the brewery are common. I always love watching the sunrise whilst sipping coffee and answering emails.
The brewery has been involved in a ton of collaboration brews in preparation for American Craft Beer Week.
Hanging with Linsey from Horse & Dragon and Kelly from New Belgium.
When great forces combine.
Fresh can straight off the canning line. Because free beer.
It’s always a good day when you’re brewing at New Belgium.
I enjoyed a just-after-sunrise Easter service followed by a long bike ride on the trails and, of course…
I make no promises for when the next post will be. Lesson learned.
Every time I write a new blog post I promise myself that I’ll start writing them more often. And then the brewery comes into play, wraps its oh-so-loving hands around my neck and directs every moment of my life. At the end of a long day of photography, social media posts, tastings/sales calls, event coordination, keg deliveries and running the taproom, all I want to do is collapse into a puddle on the couch with a cup of tea and fall asleep. I miss my little blog! Here’s a long catch-up on all that has happened since that epic sammich, almost a month ago.
After the Budweiser commercial that aired during the Superbowl (not the one with the puppy), the craft beer world was up in arms. We (along with every craft brewery in the US) decided to make a peach pumpkin ale that was worth fussing over, as one should do when it comes to craft beer.
And so Fussy was born – our 47½ Stout infused with Ghana cacao husks and nibs from Nuance Chocolate and conditioned on peaches and pumpkin spices. Brewed the Craft Way.
This specialty keg was kicked insanely fast!
On one of our standard twelve hour days at the brewery, my sis-in-law and I started trying out beer/juice blends which we deemed “Science”. A few weeks later the Solar Panel was debuted as an official offering on the menu – Moon Arete Wheat with a splash of orange tangerine juice.
We brought in one of the newest food trucks to Fort Collins, Austin Taco, and paired their amazing breakfast tacos with the new creation.
The Solar Panels were so popular we ran out of Moon Arete Wheat! We’ve increased our brew schedule exponentially in attempts to combat our quickly depleting brews. It’s so hard being popular.
On one of my only days off this month, I headed down to Denver with my bestie Michelle to wander the street in the 70 degree weather and sample some of the wares around town. Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing. I requested a taster. This was the “sample size” the taproom manager Kevin gave me. To be fair, twelve ounces probably is the best size for a true sample of this epic beer.
But I always come back to Fort Collins for the comforts of home. Loose Leaf paired with Chicken Banh Mi from Umami.
For my birthday, I took the day off and spent it down in Boulder. The Dushanbe Teahouse has been a favorite ever since my first visit last year.
Their rotating menu is ridiculously fresh and creative. Crostini with housemade burrata, pistachio pesto, cherry tomatoes and a balsamic drizzle.
Greek meatballs with feta and tomato reduction.
Of course a birthday wouldn’t be right without a brewery visit! I tried to go to the new Avery, but alas, they weren’t open until the following weekend. We ended up down the street at Asher Brewing for a few samples.
The next day, it was back to work as usual! Umami decided to try out their new sushi rolls and made me fall in love with them all over again.
Valentine’s Day brought four separate chocolate beers, including our most popular to date – S’mores Stout garnished with mini marshmallows.
I decided the following Monday that it was time to go to the grocery store and make my own food for a change, instead of surviving off of food truck leftovers. Avocado toast topped with goat Gouda and chipotle pepper flakes.
Kale salad with roasted butternut squash, blood orange and roasted garlic.
More avocado toast! This breakfast never gets old.
After a few days of my “cleanse”, I discovered there was a new donut cart in town – Donut Lodge. I promptly ordered the maple bacon bar topped with melt-in-your-mouth crispy bacon. I’m easily swayed by food trucks/carts. And bacon…
It paired quite well with our latest batch of Ghana Chocolate Stout.
This past Sunday was our six month anniversary! We celebrated our halfiversary by releasing four specialty beers along with a Solar Panel bar where you could choose your own juice addition. We were absolutely slammed which was incredible, especially considering the insanely snowy weather.
Some of our favorite regulars came to visit – he may look young but his ID claims otherwise…
I got my hair dyed with Snowbank colors to celebrate surviving these past six months! Dedication right there.
I received this wonderful gift from a blog reader-turned-friend when he was in town on business. Thanks, Eric! Painfully sour in such a delicious way! I split this with my brew crew in an attempt not to get heartburn. It didn’t work.
The beer laughed at me as I felt my stomach lining being eaten away by its fantastic fruity acidity. It hurt, but man do I want another bottle!
Yesterday I had to go to the Nuance Chocolate factory to pick up some husks and nibs for tomorrow’s beers. Since I was there, I had to pick up a few of their new single origin bars for myself. Life is so difficult.
The snow is falling yet again this morning. Today will be a long day of slowly navigating the icy streets for the tons of meetings and samplings I have scheduled. I’m already looking forward to melting back into my couch again this evening.
Here’s to promising myself I’ll blog again within the week!
I’ve finally decided upon my only resolution for the new year! I’ll be on a quest to visit every single coffee shop in Fort Collins, and there are many. I haven’t done a full count yet, but once my list is compiled I’ll share with you. Yesterday was a visit to Little Bird Bakeshop which I plan on recapping for you very, very soon. But FIRST!
I had to share this magical pairing I experienced yesterday. Honestly, my life has been changed. After delivering a keg to one of our accounts in the morning, I headed over to The Fox and the Crow, a new cheese shop in Fort Collins, to pick up a keg of ours that they’d just kicked. Since I was there, I decided I should grab some lunch to go. After perusing the menu for a few minutes, I asked the owners what their preference was between the French Kiss – a buttered baguette with thinly sliced ham and brie cheese, or a simple grilled cheese with bacon. They kindly pointed me in the direction of their not-so-simple grilled cheese of the day – French Onion. I just wasn’t prepared to miss out on the bacon, however, so I requested a few slices in addition.
Two soft pieces of bread generously slathered in butter, stuffed with sweet, tender caramelized onions, rich layers of slightly salty cheese and crispy bacon panini-pressed into a melty oblivion. The aromas emanating from this heavenly sandwich swirled around the shop, enrobing me with the ever-so-sweet scent of comfort food with a gourmet twist.
The Snow Squall Black IPA from Snowbank Brewing (also known as my second home) paired perfectly with this meal. Notes of roast enhanced the smoky bacon while the earthy hop bitterness and effervescent carbonation sliced through the richness of the creamy cheese and the sweetness of the caramelized onions balanced out the final resiny bite of the brew. After inhaling this, I was fully prepared to officially start the day. I waddled to the door and turned on the open sign.
If you live in Fort Collins or any surrounding area, get over to The Fox and the Crow and request this perfection of a grilled cheese. And then come see me at Snowbank Brewing to complete the pairing!
I’m alive, but barely!
Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration. I got wiped out Sunday with a fever and lovely lung issues. Therefore, I’ve been banned from the brewery and forced into a few “days off” until 48 hours after my fever subsides. Last night’s peak was 101. Thanks to that, I have time to do a blog recap again, albeit with a foggy brain.
A few weeks ago I trekked back down to Boulder on one of my real days off to pick up some tea from Celestial Seasonings that have seriously come in handy in the last few days.
I have an addiction…
On my days off, I generally like to get out of town and do anything active and new, but there’s something to be said about relaxing at home with a glass of wine and having time to play chef.
Prior to these past few days, it had been months since I’d seen the sunset from inside my own house. And I think it’s time to clean the outside of my windows…
Most of my sunsets are spent at the brewery.
No complaints there, but I have missed my wonderful couches.
We had our staff holiday party two weeks ago (after I’d spent my day off in Broomfield with my bestie) which consisted of a bottle share, tons of food and our wonderful beer tellers.
Plus the president of the Rocky Mountain Beard and Moustache Club. How could you not let that face in for a bottle share?
I went out to brunch with some of my favorite ladies at Snooze in Fort Collins for a quasi day off on a Thursday and enjoyed mimosas, long conversations and painfully delicious pancakes before heading back to the brewery and real life.
Our most popular Nuance Chocolate collaboration beer to date was tapped – S’mores Stout garnished with mini marshmallows. We kicked the keg in an hour and fifteen minutes with this one and will be recreating it for the Real Ale Real Love Firkin Festival in Loveland this Saturday.
I had to drop some stuff off at New Belgium during the work week and decided I should probably stay and enjoy a pint of their new session IPA, Slow Ride with a friend who happened to be there at the same time. Mini breaks in the middle of my weeks help my sanity.
Last Friday night was… interesting… One regular brought us canned bread. I don’t know why…
After the canned bread sampling I decided to take the rest of the night off and sat down and played Cards Against Humanity with the staff, a few of our favorite regulars-turned-friends and experimented with beermosa blends.
Sunday was another day off and I could tell something awful was about to occur, so I got out of the house and took this handsome fella for a walk before the cough really started to set in.
I had a big day planned and I wasn’t about to let the beginnings of the flu ruin it. I headed down to Denver and grabbed lunch at The Ale House – blackened chicken sammich with pepperjack cheese, fried avocado and pineapple salsa. Painfully delicious. Afterwards we headed to the Denver Aquarium that I haven’t been to since I was 13 before driving back up and collapsing into the couch with NyQuil, blankets and a movie.
Now I’m sitting here twiddling my thumbs, trying not to go crazy from being cooped up and answering work emails. Oh, lovely flu. I’ve been trying to force more aspects of quasi-days off into my life since the past few months have revolved around the brewery and nothing but the brewery. Trying to find a balance when starting up a new business is hard, so I’m using these wonderful days of illness to try and get things into perspective and start planning a life outside of work.
Now for more DayQuil shots and pondering. Happy flu season!
Another year in the books! Business at the brewery has been absolutely crazy in a wonderful way. I get home every evening and blissfully collapse into the couch wrapped in a blanket, pint glass in hand (or tea on those epically cold nights) as I watch the temperatures outside dip to -16.
Luckily we have plenty of brews to keep us warm here at the brewery. Here’s a little recap of my year!
Got my bow, which I unfortunately haven’t had time to shoot in the past too many months. Sad face.
First resolution for the year – get back to that. I miss it so!
I learned I don’t have any DNA and basically don’t exist after two failed DNA samples.
Watched my HOUSE begin building!
Beer, beer, beer!
Stupidly cold. Similar to this week, actually!
Some of my beer photography was published in a book!
I flew to California for my birthday to see two of the loves of my life.
I visited all of my favorite breweries.
Well, most of them at least.
I enjoyed California brews while watching the sun set on the ocean. Happy sigh.
I flew back to Colorado and watched my house progress even more.
I hit a unicorn in my car.
Went to Celestial Seasonings with my bestie.
Became obsessed with avocado toast.
Freaked out every day over how much progress was being made on my house!
Beer, beer, beer!
Got lovely gifts from Bhakti Chai.
Flew with Marissa, met Lauren, Heidi and Laura.
…and Kait, Marisa, and many, many more.
More house development and saying goodbye to most of my mountain views.
Bacon grilled cheese, beer and beer studies.
Bhakti Chai brewery tour!
Bhakti Chia Pudding recipe creation.
Craft Brewers’ Convention! Hung out with my buds Dan and Ashley the entire weekend.
Floors and drywall finished in the house!
Watched the wonderful Verboten Brewing win awards at the World Beer Cup!
Moved into my house and enjoyed beer on my back porch.
Didn’t have enough money for food, but found a way to buy beer so I at least had something in my fridge.
Brewed at New Belgium with Snowbank Brewing!
Bought a kitchen table so I could have something to put a beer glass on. Because I still couldn’t afford food…
Brewed at my bro’s house for Big Brew.
Rediscovered my love for green monstas while on my new back porch enjoying the summer view.
Tapped our collaboration brew for Fort Collins Beer Week.
Installed our brew system at Snowbank!
Enjoyed many Loose Leafs from my back porch.
Got attacked by a rogue vacuum.
Made Coconut Glazed Sweet Potatoes!
Made Veggie Hash with Imitation Panda Meat.
And I mean everywhere.
Had our first brew day on our own system with the help of a handsome brewdog.
Made friends with artichokes after a rough beginning.
A very rough beginning.
Rehydrated from biking everywhere with Beer Camp.
Ate way too many artichokes.
Did quality control for four of our (soon to be) eight beers.
Hiked two 14ers in one day.
Swore I’d never hike another 14er in my life as I cared for my torn feet and aching knees.
Braided my hair a lot. Took selfies of it. Cringed looking back on them. Posted them anyway.
Took care of this handsome gentleman while my parental unit toured Europe.
Drank some Zinfandel.
Fell head over heels in love with this handsome gentleman as I do every day.
So much love.
Kayaked around some Colorado lakes.
Had our brewery release party at Cranknstein!
Celebrated the upcoming wedding of my bestie of twenty years.
Opened Snowbank Brewing with one of the most insanely busy days of my life!
Reflected back to crossing the border into Colorado a year earlier to begin such a wonderful life.
The artichokes continue…
The brewery explodes with popularity.
Our social media outlets become extremely popular.
Delicious beer was consumed.
I fell in love with Umami.
I fell in love with The Silver Seed.
I enjoyed even more sunsets on my back porch as the sun began to set earlier every day.
We played with a flame thrower and caramelized 100lbs of pumpkin.
We got even busier and the posting began dwindling. I received a dirndl for all of my dog-watching efforts.
I delivered kegs in said dirndl.
I visited my old brew system in said dirndl.
One of my favorites came from California to visit!
Great America Beer Festival happened!
Wonderful invitation to a beer pairing dinner where the dessert was a chocolate waffle cone smothered in BACON.
Wore two different dresses for my bestie’s wedding!
Got my hair did for said bestie’s wedding day.
Finally got my hair dyed by our brewer’s superbly talented sister after the wedding.
Had our first snow of the season.
Did lots of brewery social media pictures. So.
All brewery. All the time.
And I couldn’t be happier about it.
Oh, look! A penny.
Christmas was spent with my wonderful family.
And my adorable new town was explored.
As we say farewell to 2014, I’m ready to welcome 2015 with open arms and nothing but excitement for whatever this incredible year has in store.
Happy New Year!
Happy Thanksgiving! I started this post yesterday and then got slammed at the brewery, per usual. And it’s been almost a month since I had time to sit down and write a blog!
I had a few days at the beginning of the month where I actually had time to put together meals for the brewery and went on a week long kick of layered salads. It didn’t last long…
We’ve been busy with photo shoots for an upcoming cookbook where our beer is cooked into and paired with dishes from local restaurants. I was the designated beer “frother” for a politer term of what the position was deemed on set. Let your mind go in the gutter on that one. Just this once.
The last few days of autumn colors were enjoyed before all the leaves dropped off the trees.
And this is what I woke up to the next day. It only took me three tries to get up the driveway into my garage that night.
Snowbank had our first employee appreciation day! We spent the day on the town visiting breweries, restaurants and chocolate shops. I’ll be honest, it was weird to have a full day off with everyone. Weird and awesome. Our Snowbank tellers are awesome.
The snow refused to melt for a while, which made for some opportune photo ops.
The first day…
The snow kept piling up.
And after a solid 5 inches it finally started to melt.
Part of the job includes visiting places where we’re on tap and doing quality control. Tough job.
We had to go to Pinball Jones for one of these QC checks.
And were forced to play an hour and a half of arcade bowling.
I’m player number three. This is the only time in my life I have ever, or will ever, win at bowling.
I’ve started taking Sundays off! Since I had a full day off, I decided it was necessary to go to the brewery and pick up some kegs to deliver to new accounts we’ve been selling into. Workaholic.
And on my days off, I obviously visit other breweries. Oskar Blues’ Cyclhops Bike Cantina. And since I was so close, I continued on to the Oskar Blues brewery and shared a flight with my two besties.
And THEN I remembered that Großen Bart Brewery had opened that week and trekked over to try their brews which were all solid, and ended with a growler of Fu Manchu Foreign Stout to share with my brew crew.
And now I have to head out to Vegan Thanksgiving at my bro and sis-in-law’s house (don’t worry, we have the meatitarian Thanksgiving on Sunday), so I leave you with this screenshot I found on The Chive of my old Lonelygirl15 buddy Jackson watching Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep about to make out. You’re welcome.
There used to be a time when I would sit down at the end of the day and write out a blog post, no matter what the time. Lately I’ve been so busy with working that writing a post feels like a luxury.
Plenty of that is my fault, for sure. Those industry nights at a local speakeasy where they give us free dinner could be passed up in exchange for a post, but why would I give up free food? That’s just crazy talk. Here’s a quick little recap of what’s been going on in my life as a workaholic.
Doing beer sales at Black Bottle Brewery where they recently released the Count Chocula beer that created headlines internationally.
Selling beer into a place with over 50 pinball machines. We were given three free games, so of course we had to stay for a bit after sampling. I learned something very important about myself there – I suck at pinball.
Beanies came in!
So did hoodies! I’ve worn both of these items way too often, but I can’t help it! I’m so proud to be part of this brewery.
My best friend got married at a beautiful golf course down in Littleton.
Rehearsal dinner dress. Thank God for girdles!
As soon as I returned from the dinner I threw on my preferred outfit – sweats, sweatshirt, flip flops and paired it with a glass of Malbec.
The bride’s beautiful hairstyle for the big day. I was that girl in the salon telling her, “If you change your mind, I’ve got my car right outside. We can just go!” I don’t think she appreciated my humor at this point.
Waterfall braid and curls for me! My groomsman partner and I Thriller-danced into the reception dinner afterwards. I was too busy enjoying my friend’s happiness and dancing to take any pics at the actual wedding.
Immediately after I went out and got my hair hot pink, purple and teal-ified. Cuz I can still get away with it.
I decided to get healthy after the wedding and began making mason jar layer salads.
The healthy kick didn’t last very long. A new food truck came in with Chicago-style hot dogs topped with mac ‘n cheese and bacon bits. I need to do a quality check with every food truck, obviously. It’s just part of this tough job I have.
Halloween came and went. I worked the taproom and then binged for the next two days on leftover candy.
And this morning we had our first snowflakes! The brew dogs weren’t too pleased about it…
That’s my crazy life lately! Now for another one of those free dinner industry nights…
Are you ready for the snow?
Last week I received a generous invite from owner Jeff at The Laboratory to join them for their first ever beer pairing dinner with New Belgium. Beer and food pairing? Of course I said yes! I’ve been dying to try out The Laboratory since before they opened and this was the perfect excuse to get a head start on my first day off in over 60 days. I feel like I’d earned it.
The menu looked absolutely divine and I couldn’t wait to try everything and see how differently pairings are done in Colorado since my last one was one that I actually hosted in Studio City.
I walked into the spacious restaurant which is located in a walk-in basement-style space decorated with beakers, science experimental displays and glass garage doors.
After securing my seat at a table (allll byyyy myyyyseeeeelf) I was immediately greeted by the owners Angela, Dave and Jeff. We chatted for a bit about the concept of The Laboratory as well as the build out, and then I ordered a sample of the New Belgium Garage Series they had on tap.
LOVE the little beakers they served the beer in!
Chef Don Braddy and New Belgium brewer Tamar Banner introduced the food and the beer and explained exactly why each pairing was created and what to look for with each bite and sip. The first course was a mixture of appetizers – Vegetable ceviche served in a cucumber shell, fresh mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes and basil drizzled with balsamic vinegar on a soft slice of baguette, buffalo sausage and peach compote with spicy red peppers on a soft slice of baguette and oysters on the half shell drizzled with Sriracha, all paired with Blue Paddle Pilsner. This was the second oyster I’ve ever eaten and while I was landlocked in Colorado and slightly fearful of eating seafood so far inland, it was absolutely fresh and sweet with a hint of ocean water and zip of spice. The Czech-style Pilsner quickly calmed the burn from the wide variety of peppers and was a perfect palate cleanser for what was to come.
My absolute favorite dish of the night – Coffeed butternut cup stuffed with duck confit and walnuts, fresh thyme and butter paired with 1554 Black Lager. Perfectly tender butternut squash and the delicate duck confit melted together with each bite while the black lager cut through the richness of the dish and accentuated the hint of coffee. Surprisingly enough, this dish brought out the notes of dark fruit in the beer that I’d never noticed before. Need. More. Now.
Seared scallop, grilled avocado, crab and cream cheese crouton and mango relish paired with La Terroir dry hopped sour. The most interesting pairing in my opinion – while I thought the sour beer would overwhelm the delicateness of the perfectly cooked scallop, it married wonderfully when mixed with the mango relish and cut through the smoky avocado and robust blend of fresh crab and cream cheese. The accent of fried herbs added an earthy, buttery finish to the dish.
Roasted pancetta-wrapped pork tenderloin served with chestnut polenta and spinach, drizzled with pear-cherry gastrique and paired with Trippel. The one pairing I didn’t think worked out quite as well as it could have – tender pork wrapped in crispy pancetta and topped with the sweet gastrique was slightly too robust for the gentle Trippel, or likely should have been plated before the intensity of the La Terroir. No matter, this dish was cooked perfectly and I loved every aspect of it. I boxed half of it since I was about to explode and needed to save space for the dessert.
DESSERT. Salted caramel ice cream served in a chocolate and BACON coated waffle cone topped with brandy and stout sauce and cashew crumbles, paired with Salted Chocolate Belgian Stout. Heaven. The ice cream had a just hint of salt to balance out the sweetness without being overwhelming and the crispy waffle cone was generously coated with candied bacon and sweet caramel sauce and made the focus of the Salted Chocolate Belgian Stout more towards the rich roasty notes rather than the intense sweetness I’d experienced before.
I rolled home stuffed and happy with a handful of leftovers, and can’t wait to head back to The Laboratory for a regular meal and see what other delicious creativity the chef, Don Braddy, can roll out of the kitchen.
We did it! We survived Great American Beer Festival week! And the Oktoberfest week before that, and the week before that…
I’ve been kind of buried in work and haven’t had a chance to update, so I’ll do a little picture purge to recap the last few weeks for you. Dave and I visited Pateros Creek to show our support for Stevetoberfest and wish brewer Steve a happy birthday. We left our mark as is expected.
As everyone knows, Oktoberfests should be celebrated whilst wearing traditional German dirndls. My parental unit just got back from Germany and brought my sis-in-law and myself these so we could celebrate accordingly.
Keg deliveries were made in said dirndl, as is also required when running a startup business.
We went to the second youngest brewery, Zwei Bruder, in southern Fort Collins to try their wares, as well as to say hello to my old brew system from Wolf Creek Brewery which made its way to this new brewery last year!
A Colorado Avalanche preseason game was attended. Not while wearing a dirndl…
I was able to sneak out of the taproom for an hour one day and made it all the way down the street to New Belgium! Snowbank Brewing had TONS of special releases prepared for GABF week. Chocolate Porter with the cacao husks and nibs from our friends over at Nuance Chocolate which just had their first day of operation yesterday!
Coffee Pale – my very own creation that I might be slightly proud of.
The wonderful Susan over at Cranknstein was kind enough to model for our Coffee Pale press release picture.
Green Chile Pale infused with roasted pueblo chiles. Intense chile aroma and a slight heat that hit your throat about a minute after sipping.
We have a lot more collaboration beers coming up that I’m beyond excited about. The local companies we’ve been connected with through this wonderful brewery have become incredible friends.
Last Friday morning I left the brewery in the capable hands of Broox and headed down to Denver for the Samuel Adams Longshot brunch at Marlowe’s. Pumpkin challah french toast, crab cakes, sausages made with elk, rabbit and buffalo, biscuits and gravy…
And of course, beer! We were the first of the public to try Samuel Adam’s new double IPA – Rebel Rouser – a west coast style IIPA that clocks in at 8.4% ABV.
I sat with the crew of The Brew Happy Show out of Portland, who I’d happened to meet up at Snowbank the night before!
After brunch I headed back up to Fort Collins to meet with my wonderful bestie craft beer girl from California.
The beautiful Janelle! She was child-free this time around so she, her hubby Andrew and I hit up the town.
First up was Funkwerks where I had a (GABF gold medal winning!) Raspberry Provencal.
Odell Brewing for tacos and brews.
And of course I had to introduce them to my latest hangout – Social. On all the nights where we close extremely late, we can always count on Social to have their delicious menu waiting for us.
The next morning was GABF! The Snowbank crew filed into the Bellco theatre for the awards ceremony and sat amongst an ocean of Coloradoan breweries with full glasses of beer.
Colorado’s cheers for every win were only one-upped by the Texans sitting a level up. I’ve never been so proud to be a resident of this wonderful state!
After the ceremony we filed into the convention hall and started the important part – drinking great beers and visiting with our friends, both old and new. We even ran into a few Snowbank Brewing t-shirts in the wild! I don’t think I’ll ever get used to seeing those shirts on someone else around town.
And now I must bid you adieu as I venture out on my first day of sales outside the taproom! I GET TO GO OUTSIDE! Like, where the sun is! I might be excited…