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Tivoli Brewing

Last Friday the Snowbank Brewing team was invited down to Denver to check out Tivoli Distribution and the build-out of their upcoming brewery.
a7 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.
a1 The new brewery is located in the same location where the originally Tivoli Brewing stands.
a2 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.
a3 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.
a4 Established in 1850, erected in 1890.
a5 The original 125bbl copper fermenters remain inside, hanging above the ground floor of the new taproom.
a6 New shiny dusty mash tuns and boil kettles sit underneath the huge copper bowls, waiting to be filled with malt.
Screen shot 2015-05-29 at 12.47.26 PM 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.
a8 The basement.
a9 Pipes for the ammonia radiator – a more efficient, slightly extremely more dangerous version of a glycol chiller.
a10 Underground tunnels.
a12 Exhibit A.
a11 Exhibit B.
a13 The vast arches that extend throughout the building.
a14 Absolutely in love with the piping and architecture of these underground tunnels.
a15 The cracked and faded base of the bar that used to operate in the underground level.
a16 The stormy Denver skyline after we reemerged from the dusty, creaky, beautiful building.
a17 My creepy, beer-y bliss.

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March of Brews

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!
EndofDarkNights More Snowbank beer photography.
Grains2 Pint o’ Barley.
am13 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.
am14 I spent a day in Denver with the parental unit visiting breweries…
am15 And attending a kickass Colorado Avalanche game! We won. Obviously.
am16 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.
am18 Avery Brewing recently opened up their new facility which is absolutely stunning!
am19 We spent a wonderfully long afternoon wandering the brewery and sipping some of the specialties on tap.
am21 Our most recent managers meeting was atop a mountain.
am23 The brewdogs were in attendance, of course.
am22 And we rehydrated, as one would expect, with Moon Arete Wheat.
am24 Afternoons and evenings have been spent on the porch, enjoying the lingering light of day…
am17 And sunsets over the mountains.
am25 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!
am26 Our customers are ridiculously talented.
am27 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.
am28 Every so often the Snowbank crew goes out to support our accounts. 47½ Stout at The Moot House in Fort Collins.
am29 We’re repairing our patio so we can soon have beer outside! Obviously, photos don’t count as “outside”.
am30 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!
then And nine years ago at college. Feeling old starts… NOW!
am31 Early mornings at the brewery are common. I always love watching the sunrise whilst sipping coffee and answering emails.
am32 The brewery has been involved in a ton of collaboration brews in preparation for American Craft Beer Week.
am10 Hanging with Linsey from Horse & Dragon and Kelly from New Belgium.
am8 When great forces combine.
AM Fresh can straight off the canning line. Because free beer.
Screen shot 2015-04-08 at 6.09.06 PM It’s always a good day when you’re brewing at New Belgium.
am33 I enjoyed a just-after-sunrise Easter service followed by a long bike ride on the trails and, of course…
am34 Rehydration.

I make no promises for when the next post will be. Lesson learned.

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When Breweries Attack

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.
am 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.
AM1 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.
AM4 This specialty keg was kicked insanely fast!
beermosa 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.
tacos6 We brought in one of the newest food trucks to Fort Collins, Austin Taco, and paired their amazing breakfast tacos with the new creation.
AM5 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.
AM6 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.
AM7 But I always come back to Fort Collins for the comforts of home. Loose Leaf paired with Chicken Banh Mi from Umami.
AM8 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.
AM9 Their rotating menu is ridiculously fresh and creative. Crostini with housemade burrata, pistachio pesto, cherry tomatoes and a balsamic drizzle.
AM10 Greek meatballs with feta and tomato reduction.
AM11 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.
AM14 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.
AM15 Valentine’s Day brought four separate chocolate beers, including our most popular to date – S’mores Stout garnished with mini marshmallows.
AM19 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.
AM20 Kale salad with roasted butternut squash, blood orange and roasted garlic.
AM30 More avocado toast! This breakfast never gets old.
AM26 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…
AM22 It paired quite well with our latest batch of Ghana Chocolate Stout.
Halfiversary 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.
AM25 Some of our favorite regulars came to visit – he may look young but his ID claims otherwise…
AM32 I got my hair dyed with Snowbank colors to celebrate surviving these past six months! Dedication right there.
AM28 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.
AM29 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!
AM31 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.
halfiversary2 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!

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Life as a Workaholic

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.
c1 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.
c2 Doing beer sales at Black Bottle Brewery where they recently released the Count Chocula beer that created headlines internationally.
c4 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.
c15 Beanies came in!
hood 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.
c6 My best friend got married at a beautiful golf course down in Littleton.
c5 Rehearsal dinner dress. Thank God for girdles!
c7 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.
c8 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.
c9 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.
c14 Immediately after I went out and got my hair hot pink, purple and teal-ified. Cuz I can still get away with it.
c11 I decided to get healthy after the wedding and began making mason jar layer salads.
c12 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.
candy Halloween came and went. I worked the taproom and then binged for the next two days on leftover candy.
IMAG0589 And this morning we had our first snowflakes! The brew dogs weren’t too pleased about it…
c3 That’s my crazy life lately! Now for another one of those free dinner industry nights…

Are you ready for the snow?

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Food Trucks and Fancy Brews

Snowbank Brewing has been open for 19 days today! I’m on 21 days of work straight and I couldn’t be happier!
aa0 In addition to managing the taproom an social media, I also get to be the brewery photographer – something that I’ve always loved doing since I began working with Enegren Brewing.
a1 Every morning I post our specials/pairings/events of the day on the brewery Facebook. When this includes food trucks, I need to have samples to ensure that the food and beer I’ve chosen pair well together.
a2 Umami rolled out a new special for us to pair with our Colorado Red – sweet chili pulled pork sliders topped with sweet chili slaw and Sriracha raita. Drool. I’d just had a huge brunch but I ate this anyway. It’s a difficult job, but I’m willing to sacrifice my waistline to do it.
aa1 We had the Silver Seed vegan truck set up outside this past weekend and got to enjoy some of the most flavorful and delicious vegan food I’ve ever had. Definitely the most adorable food truck I’ve ever seen in my life!
aa2 I could be vegan if everything tasted as good as this. No joke. And if someone were to make it for me. That too.
aad1 The Good Life – portobello and cremini mushrooms, arugula, fresh tomato, red onions and some kind of tangy, magical vegan aioli wrapped in ridiculously pillowy focaccia bread, paired with Moon Arete Wheat.
aa5 Barbecue squash tacos with fresh avocado and red cabbage paired with our Silent Snow White IPA. Heaven.
aa3 We also had Chaulkboard Gourmet Express up from Loveland for Friday night. Billy brought out these beef and chicken tacos for us to sample and I ended up getting an order of them. AFTER I ordered and ate an entire green chili Philly cheesesteak.
b6 Not the prettiest, but definitely the most delicious.
sus1 If there aren’t food trucks available, I normally bring in something from the grocery store. California rolls and Bike Trail Pale Ale.
am When I’m not gorging myself silly, I actually do end up getting work done around the taproom. Weekdays are relatively quiet here so I can get all of my office work, spreadsheets and emails done.
am3 I’ve got custody of this kid for a few weeks. I don’t think he’s quite comfortable being the brewery dog yet…
am8 He much prefers a soft couch and fluffy blanket to the cold floor of the taproom.
am6 On Sundays and Mondays we close at 6pm, so for the next month I’ll be able to enjoy the last rays of sun before the season shifts and it starts getting dark early.
Nothing pairs with a fiery sunset like a Colorado Red.
am I initiated The SnowBANK – our buy a friend a beer board! I did one of these for Enegren Brewing in California and it was a hit (John from the Chive ended up buying 40 people pints through that one!), so I was dying to finally start this. Pay it forward!
We’ve had tons of industry folk swing through our little brewery, and they always bring presents. Hop Zealot IPA from Justin at Twisted Pine Brewing.
AND Twisted Wit from Twisted Pine. Ridiculously generous. After a long day at the brewery, our team of four heads over to someone’s house to sample the wares and make a family style dinner.
One of my blog readers-turned-friend, Aaron C., brought this Blackberry Dark Origins on one of our first days. Soooo delicious! I had dreams about this beer that very night.
Eric H. came from California and brought this gem. Thank you so much, Eric! “Contains alcohol”. That’s an understatement. At 19.2%ABV, this delectable beauty packs a wallop. All four of us were in bliss. And I was very grateful to everyone in my group for being willing to share it with me. So selfless.
am4 And now I need to go on a full body cleanse thanks to all of the delicious food trucks that have been stopping by.

Do you have a favorite food truck in your town?

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Nine Days In

We survived our first week!
AM2 It’s been a crazy one full of massive numbers of taster flights and pints served to happy people.
brew1 Dave (Snowbank’s owner and brewer) ended up having to do a double brew over this past weekend to refill all of the Colorado Red that everyone has been downing.
br1 The fermentors are fat and happy, giving off little gassy burps of CO2 as the yeast inside converts the sugary wort into beer.
game2 There have been plenty of rainy days when we were afraid no one would come in, but the game shelf has been in full use during those hail storms.
Rainbow It’s always nice to remember that at the end of every rough day, there’s a pint of beer awaiting us.
SnowCover And we have quite a rainbow of styles to choose from.
Friday Social media has been in full swing and it’s been nice to hear some of the feedback from people who only knew we were here because of our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. (We really need to get some bigger signs outside.)
oohmaamee Umami celebrated Labor Day with us and served up absolutely incredible dishes to pair with each of our beers.
am3 Teriyaki pulled pork sliders…
am5 Ninja bowls with spicy chicken and udon noodles…
am4 And my personal favorite of the day – chicken bahn mi with black rice pilaf. This is, hands down, the best sammich I have ever consumed. And I’ve consumed a lot of sammiches in my day.
am So as our second weekend and first holiday as a brewery wraps up, I look forward to many more days in a row with no break in sight.
bank And I couldn’t be happier with how this blessed life has turned out.

What was the highlight of your long Labor Day weekend?

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Grand Opening Weekend

I don’t think I remember what it’s like to feel rested.
GrandOpening Snowbank Brewing’s grand opening was this past weekend and it was absolutely insane in the best way.
am I got to the taproom early on Friday to set everything up.
am1 Pictures were taken so we could remember what it looked like way back when it was pristine and unused.
am2 Ahh, my beautiful taproom.
am3 Around 10:30am a gorgeous bouquet arrived from the brewer’s grandparents congratulating the brewery on making it all the way to a brand new beginning!
am4 One of Fort Collins’ most popular food trucks, Umami, pulled into the lot and started setting up.
am5 I put my order in for lunch about three hours early after reading this sign. The sweet caramelized onions and roasted beef paired perfectly with our Pawnee Porter, if I do say so myself.
am7 And then the people started flowing through the doors in waves. I shoved my face at any free second, which were few and far between. Within an hour, we were at capacity.
am6 Our first full dishwashing load! A customer begged me to take a selfie in front of it. I happily obliged.
am8 The night wore on with the flow of people never stopping. I don’t think my staff, Broox and Stacy, got any chance to breathe except for the half hour I forced them to go grab lunch from Umami. They absolutely rocked it! We finally closed shop around 11:00pm once the crowds had dwindled (we technically close at 9pm), wiped down tables, swept and mopped. I fell into bed around 1am after throwing our rags in the washer to prep for the next day.
am9 Saturday was quite similar to Friday, except I actually had a few seconds to sip some beer! I spent some quality time with my laptop and BeerAdvocate, Untappd, Foursquare, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook updating all of our location information, claiming our brewery and editing all of the extra beers people had added in. (C’mon people, I added those beers into Untappd last week for easy check-ins!)
am10 Bottlecap BBQ out of Loveland made their way up and served some of the best bread pudding I’ve had in a while. Brioche soaked in our Pawnee Porter, studded with raisins and cinnamon swirls and served hot with whipped cream. And the sliders! 1/2 beef 1/2 bacon sliders from The Boar and Bull in Loveland, topped with pulled pork. I inhaled that slider and remembered I needed a picture only after I looked down at the crumbs. I could’ve died happy.
am16 Plenty of brew tours were given over the span of the weekend. My bro redesigned our brewery control touch screen to welcome us every brew morning.
am17 So freaking cool!
Sunday marked the 1 year anniversary of my crossing the state line to live in Colorado! The Snowbank Brewing crew and I headed next door to Gravity 1020 for a bloody mary celebration.
am19 Ghost Marys, amazing friends and a brand new brewery with some of the kindest, coolest, most eccentric customers I’ve ever met and delicious craft beer.

This is going to be great.

How did you spend your weekend?


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Brewery Life

I definitely should be heading out to the restaurant supply store right now to pick up things for the brewery. And I will as soon as I hit “post”, but first I wanted to give you guys a quick update since I may never ever have a chance to blog again ever. Ever. (I’m kind of kidding…)
GrandOpening The brewery I work at (which I will affectionately refer to as “my brewery” from now on) is having our grand opening on FRIDAY!!! We’ll be open from 12-9pm and Umami will be there all day! See our newspaper article here.
AM1 We started off with a whirlwind of releases to our favorite spots. Here I am with my rats’ nest hair writing our beers up on the board at Cranknstein last Thursday!
AM2 And may I introduce Snowbank Brewing’s owner and brewer – Dave Rosso.
AM3 We brought three kegs with us: Bike Trail Pale, Moon Arete Wheat and Pawnee Porter, and tapped them at 6pm and watched as the crowds grew. (For those who were there, our beer names have been updated. Take note!)
AM4 I seated myself on the comfy couches for a lot of the night to be “social” all by myself updating our social media outlets on the happenings. Snowbank Brewing Facebook, Snowbank Brewing Twitter and Snowbank Brewing Instagram. (That’s a *hint hint* for all of you to follow us).
AM5 The Liquid Poets Society homebrew club members began to filter in. Dave has been a member of LP for years, from which many a brewery has been created.
am13 About an hour in, the first keg blew. Two hours in, the second. We were beyond ecstatic. It was about 9:30pm when we decided we should depart and seek out some food. My bro went to lift the kegs in back and told me there was only a few pints left of porter, so I decided to order one final beer to speed the process.
am14 We killed ALL THREE KEGS! Massive amounts of cheering throughout the crowds ensued and we went for a celebratory dinner at Coopersmith’s down the road before heading home to pass out from exhaustion.
AM6 The next day all of the really fun stuff began. I mopped all of our walls to rid them of the construction dust, vacuumed and mopped the entire taproom and washed our windows.
AM7 I also took one of our kegs of Colorado Red on a road trip to Matador’s – a delicious burrito joint that we are obsessed with. If you want to try some more of our beer before we open on Friday, head to Matador’s ASAP! They think they’ll kill the keg by lunch!
AM9 I took a break from jeans, tank tops and construction dust to attend my bestie’s bridal shower. We spent Sunday afternoon down in Denver celebrating the pending nuptials of this beautiful woman.
AM8 Best friends since age 7, and here we are twenty years later. Holy crap, 20 years??? I feel old now…
AM12 Jeans went back on and I headed back to my new home, the brewery, for photography, cleaning and mass amounts of social media. I’ve never had so many emails in my entire life!
AM11 Luckily, there’s always time at the end of the day to take a deep breath, enjoy the gorgeous Fort Collins summer sunset and thank God for how blessed I truly am.

Who’s coming on Friday? We’re open from noon to 9pm!!


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Snowbank Brewing

Here we go…
am1 The cat’s out of the bag! I’ve alluded to this over the past few months. Actually, I’ve basically showed you in depth over my Twitter and Instagram.
AM6 Brew boots…
AM5 Grain out…
am12 Social media blasts of malt and sight glasses…
am And quality control tastings!
am16 I’m now working for a brand new 15bbl brewery in Fort Collins called Snowbank Brewing! I’ll be the taproom manager and social media manager for this wonderful place, along with anything and everything else that needs to be done – including beer pairings and creating recipes with our amazing brews.
am4 We’ve been in a mad rush getting everything ready for our very first event which is TONIGHT at one of my favorite Old Town spots – Cranknstein.
am5 If you’re in the Fort Collins area around 6pm tonight, stop by and be one of the first to try a few of our brews and meet the brewer!
am2 Remember this beautiful monstrosity from my Instagram? Odell mac ‘n cheese, pulled pork and barbecue sauce wrapped in a waffle cone from Common Link. That wasn’t just for fun. That was research! We’ve booked our first food trucks for our grand opening!
AM58 But…. you’ll have to wait on that date for just a little bit longer! We’ve got some more quality control to do!

And now I ask for all of your help/interest. Like Snowbank Brewing on Facebook and follow our new account on Twitter? I’ll be live Tweeting and Facebook posting from our event tonight. And I’ll love you forever!

Who’s coming to join me at Cranknstein tonight for our tapping party??


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Bhakti Chai Brewery Tour {GIVEAWAY}

I was invited to visit the Bhakti Chai brewery in Longmont last week and jumped at the chance!
am30 I discovered Bhakti Chai a little over a year ago when my bro forced me to have a sip at Cranknstein when I was visiting from California. I instantly fell in the love with the intensely spicy, gingery cup of warm deliciousness.
am6 Ever since then, I’ve been touting my love for the local company and their wonderful drink. I even moved back to Colorado just so I could have more access to it! Well, not really, but it’s been an added bonus.
am31 Since my bro is the one who initiated me into the Bhakti love club, I had to bring him and my sis-in-law along! Ignore the pained looks on our faces – we were actually thrilled to be there, but dang, that sun was bright!
am We arrived at the brewery in the morning and were greeted by the warm scents of mulled spices before we even entered the building. This adorable, colorful table was laid out with a handful of the Bhakti products, most of which I’ve never had the chance to try before!
am1 Our tour guide/marketing genius Allison gave us each one of the bottles to sip while we chatted about the history of the company.
am2 See that coffee blend? That is going to be the very first thing that I run to after Lent is over. Coffee and chai? I can’t wait!
am3 I grabbed the new almond blend. I love that they’re using almond milk now – I’ve never been a huge fan of soy, so this one called to me.
am29 Brook Eddy is the mastermind behind Bhakti Chai. She began making her own blend of spicy chai in her kitchen years ago, and stored it in mason jars to keep in her fridge.
am4 Brook’s creation became incredibly popular with her friends who started snagging these jars from her fridge and leaving a few bucks  in their place. Soon, a local cafe caught on and ordered three gallons of the blend to sell in-house, and Brook’s company was officially open!
am5 Bhakti means devotion through social action, and this company is committed to the empowerment of women and girls.
am6 Their walls are lined with examples of all the different organizations that they support. I love how deeply involved and committed they are with these causes. Allison was thrilled to share all of the work they’ve done.
am7 Then, it was time for the tour! We grabbed our bottles, put on some sexy hairnets and entered the brewery.
am8 This baby is basically a giant Vitamix. They grind all of their ginger into a pulp to feed into the vice.
am9 Nate hard at work. Grindin’ ginger. Sportin’ a beard-net.
am10 All of the pressed ginger is scooped into this vice which squeezes all of the spicy goodness into large buckets for brewing.
am11 Allison informed us that this number has more than doubled. They actually press around 3,500 pounds of fresh, organic ginger every week.
am12 The chai brewery is similar to a beer brewery.
am13 In fact, these tanks used to be the brew system for the now-defunct Oasis Brewing out of Boulder!
am14 Gallons and gallons of ginger juice and organic sugar being prepped to hop into the boil kettle!
am15 I also love their use of organic EVERYTHING!
am16 I forced brewer Jared to take a break and pose for me.
am24 Yes. Yes, they do.
am17 Up until six months ago, Bhakti was hand filling all of their bottles.
am18 Considering how far spread out Bhakti is, this handy bottling line was quite necessary to keep up with demand.
am23 They’re spread out across the states with more accounts being gained every month.
am20 Just a sample of the amount of ginger juice stored up in the walk-in!
am21 They receive their soy and almond milk in these gigantic vats so they can make their ready-to-drink bottles.
am22 And fresh ginger. So. Much. Ginger!
am25 Bhakti Chai is also a certified B Corp – one of about only 1,000 businesses around the world who meet the standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.
am26 Happy magnets! I was able to get one of these to go on my new fridge!
am27 They recently introduced a new, dry Bhakti Chai! Now you can take Bhakti with you when you travel! Since the ginger pulp still has plenty of flavor left in it after going through the press, they decided to dry and pelletize the pulp to put into the new dry tea bags, reducing waste of perfectly good ingredients.
am28 I still have to find some of this ice cream to try! If they start making some almond milk ice cream, I will be their most devoted customer – even more so than I am now!
am19 It was one of the most wonderful smelling and interesting brew tours I’ve been on. A huge thanks to Allison and the entire Bhakti crew for inviting us in!
am32 Since I walked home with some special presents that they spoiled us with, I felt inspired to create a recipe. In the food blogger world, almond milk is in, Bhakti Chai is in, and chia seeds are IN.
am33 Combine the seeds, almond milk and Bhakti Chai…
am34 And WHISK your heart out!
am26 Refrigerate overnight and ta-da!
(Note: If you haven’t had chia pudding, the texture takes some getting used to, but it is deeeee-lish!)

Bhakti Chai Chia Pudding

Serves 2
Prep time 8 hours, 5 minutes
Dietary Vegan
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Serve Cold
Spicy ginger and sweet mango make this healthy, omega-2 packed chia pudding a delicious and satisfying snack.


  • 1/2 cup Bhakti Chai concentrate
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds


  • 1 Small mango (pitted and diced for garnish)


Step 1
In a bowl, combine the chai, almond milk and chia seeds and whisk well.
Step 2
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Step 3
After refrigerating overnight, stir in the diced mango and enjoy!

Aaaaaaand now for yet another giveaway!!! Bhakti Chai has kindly offered up two quarts of their amazing drink for one winner! All you need to do is leave a comment below telling me what your beverage of choice is. It’s that easy! I’ll pick a winner on April 14th! Open to U.S. residents only.
Screen shot 2014-04-06 at 10.46.40 PM Note: Bhakti Chai provided me with product samples for tasting and a brewery tour, and is also furnishing two quarts of chai to the contest winner, but I received no other compensation for this review, nor was I pressured to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.


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