“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” — Benjamin Franklin
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Beer fests brewing in the Berthoud area I
f you enjoy beer festivals, you are living in the right state and the right region. There is literally a beer festival or beer event every weekend of the year here in Colorado, and keeping up with them can be a bit of a chore. We’ve compiled a list of Surveyor Columnist upcoming area beer festivals that should be on your list this spring and early summer. The first event is not a festival, but rather a celebration of beer. ColoHeidi rado Craft Beer Kerr-Schlaefer Week (CCBW) runs March 2129, and is nine days filled with beerrelated events taking place at restaurants, pubs and breweries across the state. The Colorado Brewers Guild has taken over the reins of this of CCBW and there are way too many activities planned to list them all here. Go to ColoradoCraftBeerWeek.com for the entire list of scheduled events.
Hops & Handrails Beer Fest & Rail Jam is March 29 and takes place at Left Hand Brewing in Longmont. This event is in its second year and features 37 breweries, plus a 25-foot-high ski ramp on the Left Hand Brewery property. Sponsored by Winter Park, Burton Snowboards and Christy Sports, you can register to ride your board at this event. Hops & Handrails is from 12 to 6 p.m. with the Rail Jam from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information and to register to ride, go to LefthandBrewing.com. New Brew Fest is exactly that — a brand new festival featuring breweries that are less than five years old. It will take place on Saturday, May 10, at Whistle Stop Park in Niwot from 1 to 5 p.m. The festival will feature 25 new breweries, including City Star Brewing from right here in Berthoud. Live music will be performed by Filthy Children and THUNK, and an after party will be hosted by Bootstrap Brewing from 5 to 10 p.m. The VIP tent, open from 12 to 1 p.m. will have cheese and chocolate sampling, event t-shirts, shuttle transfers and a voucher for beer at the Bootstraps Brewing after party. This festival is brought to you by
Colorado Beer Trail and tickets are available through EventBrite.com. Also in May, it’s American Craft Beer Week, the 12th through the 18th. Like Colorado Craft Beer Week, events will occur throughout the state in conjunction with this American craft beer celebration, and more information can be found at CraftBeer.com. Second Annual Front Range Rally, a beer and food truck festival, takes place Saturday, May 31, in the Loveland Food Shares parking lot at 2600 N. Lincoln Ave. in Loveland. This is a benefit for the Food Bank of Larimer County and features more than 50 breweries and food trucks, plus the bands Monocle and The Railsplitters. The festival takes place from 2 to 7 p.m. with the VIP entry occurring at 1:30. VIPs also have all-day access to a special tent and private restroom facilities. Tickets are available at FrontRangeRally.com or at City Star Brewing and other participating breweries. Colorado Brewers’ Festival (CBF) is the granddaddy of all beer events in Colorado. The event celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. CBF takes place in downtown in Fort Collins on June 28-29. New this year, admission is free, so if you are a designated
driver or just want to enjoy the band lineup, it’s easier than ever. Taster tickets can be bought at various locations around the festival, and there will be a VIP tent where hard-to-find specialty beers will be pouring and appetizers will be served throughout each day. There’s lots of fun in store for the 25th Annual Colorado Brewers’ Festival, and not all has been revealed yet, but keep an eye on DowntownFortCollins.com, as the details are unveiled. Mark your calendars for Hops & Harley, scheduled for June 29 in Fickel Park right here in Berthoud. Last year this wildly successful fundraiser for National Mill Dog Rescue was held at City Star Brewing, but since the event was busting at the seams, they’ve moved it to a larger, outdoor location. Harley, the spokesdog for National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR), and Berthoud resident, will be there to sign “pawtographs” and $1 from every beer sold will go to NMDR, along with the proceeds from the Hops & Harley t-shirts that will be sold at the event. Keep up with this event at CityStarBrewing.com, or by following City Star Brewing, Harley and National Mill Dog Rescue on Facebook.
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Homebrewing an enjoyable, money-saving hobby
o you like beer? I do. In fact, I like it so much I have recently begun brewing my own. And I am not alone; according to the American Homebrewers Association (AHA), there are an estimated 1.2 million home-brewers in the United States. It is a hobby that is rapidly growing in popuSurveyor larity as well; Columnist roughly twothirds of homebrewers in the United States have stated brewing in the last 10 years. While the chemistry behind beer is pretty complex, the actual process of brewing it is relDan atively straightKarpiel forward. Put simply, a specific amount of water at a certain temperature is added to an amount of malted barley (the amount and temperature of the water depends on the amount of grain being used) to create fermentable sugars in the grain. That solution, known as “wort,” is then drained from the grain, transferred to a kettle and boiled while other ingredients, most notably hops, are added for additional flavoring. The boiled wort is then cooled and transferred to a fermentation tank and sealed after yeast is added (or “pitched”) to begin the fermentation process. Over a period of 10-14 days the yeast “eats” the sugars in the wort, emitting ethyl alcohol and carbon dioxide. After fermentation is complete, the beer is transferred from the fermentation tank to bottles, with some added sugar, capped and allowed to carbonate over a one-to-two week period. For a modest initial investment, regular folks like you and me can brew our own beer. The most efficient way to get your homebrew equipment is to buy an all-in-one kit from a homebrew supply store, like Hops and Berries in Fort Collins or High Hops in Windsor, or from an online retailer like NorthernBrewer.com. These kits include just about everything you need to begin brewing — mash/
lauter tuns with valves and false-bottoms, fermentation tanks (called “carbouys”), funnels, hoses, and a digital thermometer. You will need to separately purchase a stainless steel kettle for the boil and a free standing propane burner. The question asked by most beginning home-brewers is whether to do the simpler extract brewing or to jump in with both feet from the start with an all-grain system. Extract brewing is simpler and less costly, but buying the additional equipment for an all-grain system allows more control over your recipe and thus your brew. Basically, the difference between the two is an all grain system which will require you to purchase raw grains and conduct a “mash” — the process where the grains are soaked in water to draw out fermentable sugars. In extract brewing that step is already done and you simply add the extract to water, boil it and throw it in the fermenter. An analogy I once heard explaining the difference between the two was to think of it like the different ways you can make marinara sauce — you can buy a jar of Prego, heat it in a sauce pan and pour it over your pasta or you can buy tomatoes, tomato paste, herbs and vegetables, dice them all up, boil it down and then add it to your pasta. The latter is more complicated and time-consuming but allows far greater control over the final product. The other side of that coin, however, is there are also more chances to screw up. I prefer the all-grain method. The pre-brewing trip to Hops and Berries or High Hops to purchase grains, hops and yeast is one my favorite parts of the whole process. Generally a home-brewer will want about 60 percent of their grains to be a of standard brewer’s grain variety, such as two- or six-row American pale malt. After selecting your base malt, the fun part begins as you get to decide which additional grains you want to use. If you are brewing a dark beer, like a stout or a porter, you will select some dark malts like roasted barley or chocolate malt. If you are brewing an amber ale you will want some amber malt and maybe even
some crystal/caramel malt. The staffs at the brewery supply stores are great resources of information and suggestions for your homebrew, so do not be afraid to ask them for help, as they love discussing beer recipes with their customers. After selecting which malts
you are going to use, known as your “grain bill,” you select hops and other adjuncts for your brew. The amount of choices here are just as, if not more, numerous than for grains. Hops can affect both your brew’s flavor and its aroma, and they come in many varieties. Three factors play into how they impact your brew’s flavor and aroma — what hops are used, how many ounces of them are used, and when they are added to the boil. More hops mean more bitterness, as do hops with higher alphaacid content, and hops added earlier in the boil contribute more bitterness than
hops added later in the boil, which tend to contribute more aroma. Even this very simplistic outline gives you an idea of how many permutations exist when it comes to the use of hops. Basically, anything can be added to your beer. A lot of winter and Christmas beers use spices like cinnamon and nutmeg as adjuncts. Chili beers have hot peppers added (usually during fermentation, not during the boil or mash) to make the beer spicy. You can add oats to make an oatmeal stout or lactose to make a milk stout. Both will affect the flavor of the beer as well as serve as a thickening agent to give the beer more body. Once you have everything — 14 to 18 pounds of grain, three six ounces of hops, a vile of yeast and maybe some adjuncts — and when you make your way to the cash register, you might be surprised to see that everything, added up, costs less than $50. You will brew five gallons of beer (640 fluid ounces), enough to fill 53 or 54 12-ounce bottles, or a little more than two cases. I cannot think of the last time I bought two cases of a quality microbrew for under $50. You live in northern Colorado, which has become akin to the Napa Valley of beer, so join the fun and start home-brewing. Cheers!
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Where to find City Star on tap outside of Berthoud By Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer The Surveyor
We love City Star beers and we know you do to, so that’s why we decided to find out where City Star beer is on tap outside of Berthoud. It turns out that there are quite a few places around Colorado where you can find your hometown Berthoud brew. There are currently 56 locations around the state serving up City Star beer; as far away as Castle Rock and as close as right here in Berthoud. If you are dining in Loveland, City Star has permanent taps in downtown at Next Door Food & Drink and Henry’s Pub. Next Door serves up tapas and delicious entrees such as grilled Colorado lamb and Catalan Seafood Stew. A longtime staple of downtown, Henry’s provides upscale pub fare. The third location that currently has a City Star tap is Wapiti Pub, located at Mariana Buttes Golf Course. City Star is on tap at 19 Fort Collins locations, including beer bars such as Black Bottle Brewery, Crankstein, Forge Publik House, Mayor of
Old Town, The Mainline Alehouse, and Tap & Handle. If upscale food is what you seek, find City Star at Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar and Moot House. They’ve even managed to snag a tap at William Oliver’s Publick House, a whiskey bar tucked into a King Soopers shopping center mall on South Timberline. Berthoud’s hometown brewery has made a good dent in the Denver market, and you can find them at 14 locations, from Freshcraft in LoDo to the Stapleton Tap House on Northfield Boulevard. At Beast + Bottle, City Star’s signature Barnhouse Beast is the only beer this up and coming eatery has on tap. To see the entire list of Denver locations go to citystarbrewing.com/findcitystar. If you’re in Estes Park find City Star at Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ & Taproom. In Frederick they are on tap at another barbeque joint, Georgia Boys Smokehouse. Barrels & Bottles Brewery in Golden has City Star, as does The Tavern at St. Michael’s in Greeley. You can also find them at The Wine & Cheese Restaurant &
Wine Bar in Westminster and Maddie’s Biergarten in Castle Rock. In Boulder County, Lulu’s BBQ and Lucky Pie in Louisville serve City Star, along with Fate Brewing Company and Backcountry Pizza. The Sink, a staple of the University Hill Neighborhood has decided to keep Bandit Brown on a permanent tap. In Longmont, Harold’s Restaurant & Lounge, Dicken’s Tavern and the brand new bicycle shop and taco bar, CyclHOPs on Airport Road all serve City Star. At Old Chicago on Ken Pratt Boulevard in Longmont, Bandit Brown is currently part of the St. Patrick’s Mini Tour, and next month Chili The Kid will be included in the “Cinco de Mayo Mini Tour.” City Star owners, John and Whitney Way, live in Lyons, where their beer is on tap at Pizza Bar 66, Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ and Lyon’s Fork, recently opened after severe flood damage. In town, you will find City Star beers at Mi Cocina and Whistle Stop Tavern and, of course, in the taproom.
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Berthoud’s Best Beer BBQ Sauce from the Soricelli kitchen
ooking for a BBQ sauce that will make your backyard BBQ a hit this Summer? This one of a kind, homemade, beer BBQ sauce will do the trick. It’s simple to make and has an exceptional blend of spicy and sweet with a delicious beer-base. This sauce is perfect for dressing up any grilled or slow cooked meats. Enjoy this beer BBQ sauce with your favorite beer.
Beer can chicken T
his is a really intriguing method for grilling, or roasting, a whole chicken. Years ago, if someone had told me that someday I would be placing a whole chicken on a grill with a half can of beer shoved in its keester, I would probably have had a good chuckle. However, after getting over my initial amusement, I would probably have realized the prospect of a chicken slowly roasting on the grill, while Surveyor at the same Columnist time getting a beer marinate inside, could be a good thing. In case you are interested in attempting this method for grilling a chicken, here are some things to Rudy consider. Hemmann Prepare the grill for indirect heating. If you use a charcoal grill, bank the coals at the sides of the grill before igniting. The chicken will be placed where the coals are not, so that the bird gets no direct heat. This is somewhat easier to accomplish with a gas grill in that the bird can be
Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes Beer BBQ Sauce 1 ¼ cups of your favorite Ale or Stout Beer 1 ½ cups Ketchup ¼ cup Worcestershire Sauce 1 Tbs White Vinegar 1 tsp Liquid Smoke 1 Tbs Chili Powder 3 Tbs Brown Sugar ½ tsp Paprika 2 Cloves of Garlic Minced ½ tsp Red Pepper Flakes
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan. Heat to bubbling on medium-high heat. Reduce to low heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally, until sauce thickens, then remove from heat. Sauce can be preserved in an airtight mason jar or can be immediately used as a sauce for any grilled food, or slow cooker meat, or as a dipping sauce. Yields approximately 3 cups
placed with the grill cool and turned on afterwards. Turn on burners that are not directly under the chicken. If your grill is equipped with a temperature gauge, set the burners to heat to about 350 degrees. To prepare the chicken, have it at room temperature. Remove the neck and giblets from the cavity, if they are present. Open a can of beer. Drink one-third to half of the beer. Place the can (with
the remaining beer — no cheating) on a sturdy surface and set the chicken atop it, inserting the can well into the cavity. The can and chicken legs (drumsticks) should act like a tripod to keep the bird standing at attention. Carefully transfer the bird and beer to the grill. Cover and allow about one hour and 15 minutes to an hour and one half of grilling time. If you prefer, the recipe below
makes a nice rub to coat the bird before placing it on its “throne.” 2 Tblsp. olive oil or other vegetable oil 1 Tblsp. coarse salt 2 Tblsp. chopped fresh thyme leaves or 1 Tbsp dried thyme. Alternatively use an equal quantity of your favorite commercial BBQ spice. 1 Tblsp. black pepper Notes: I have found it is easier to set the bird up in a pie tin than to set it up directly on the BBQ grate. A more ﬂavorful beer will give more ﬂavor to the bird. Bonus recipe. As a bonus I am including a beer batter recipe which can be used for ﬁsh, onion rings, or other vegetables. This batter also works as a sauce for fondue. Beer Batter 1 cup ﬂour 2 Tblsp. garlic powder 2 Tblsp. paprika 2 tsp. salt 2 tsp. ground black pepper 1 egg, beaten 1 (12 oz.) can or bottle beer Combine ﬂour, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Stir egg into dry ingredients. Gradually mix in beer until a thin batter is formed. Dip ﬁsh ﬁllets, onion rings, mushrooms or other vegetables into the batter, then drop into hot (350 to 365 degrees) oil. Items may be removed from hot oil with a slotted spoon.
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