Beer Calendar: New Year, New Beers at River North, Copper Kettle, Baere and Kokopelli

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More women are working in the craft-beer industry.
Barley's Angels Colorado, a networking and social group for both women in the beer industry and consumers, has started a brewery job board as of January 1. Run by two Barley's Angels volunteers, the site, at barleysangelscolorado.com, lists available non-gender-specific jobs and provides a link to the description and application information. A recent newspaper survey "indicated that 34 percent of brewery employees in Boulder County are women and that this number is expected to grow," according to the local chapter of the national Barley's Angels organization. Breweries that want to list positions can send them to barleysangelscolorado@gmail.com.

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Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Fest Speaker Patrick Dawson Picks Five Local Beers to Age

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The Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Fest takes place January 8-11.
Like the beverages it celebrates, the Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival in Vail has gotten deeper and more complex as it has aged. Now in its fifteenth year, the festival, taking place this weekend, will welcome more than 1,500 brewers, industry veterans, beer celebrities, regular beer geeks -- and a handful of ski bums.

Founded by Laura Lodge and her brother, Bill, it was designed to educate attendees about the biggest and boldest beer styles, and it has continued to expand (and sell out). This year, there are thirteen seminars and workshops in addition to three brewmasters' dinners, a homebrew competition and a commercial tasting with more than 300 of the kind of beers that will leave you with a bit of headache the next day.

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Ten Breweries That Plan to Open in Denver in 2015

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The owners of Cerebral Brewing plan to make a splash on Colfax.
Sixteen new breweries opened inside Denver city limits in 2014, a record year that brought the total number of breweries here to 44 -- and that doesn't include beer makers like Joyride Brewing in Edgewater and other nearby suburbs that helped the Mile High City's beer culture bubble over. At the end of 2013, we identified twenty new breweries that planned to open in the next year. This time around, we are looking at half that number on track to open in 2015.

But at least six other breweries are close to finding spaces. In addition, Crooked Stave, Renegade and TRVE will all open new production facilities in town in 2015 (Renegade will add a second taproom at some point), and Great Divide will open a canning facility and taproom at its planned new brewery (scheduled to open in 2016). So, it's not like things are slowing down any time soon. Cheers.

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New Belgium Brews Mary Jane Ale, Becomes Official Winter Park Craft Brewer

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Winter Park Resort
Mary Jane Ale is now brewed by New Belgium.
Winter Park Resort, which turns 75 this year, has struck a deal with the state's largest craft brewer that will guarantee plenty of Mary Jane Ale for the foreseeable future.

As part of the arrangement, New Belgium Brewing will make a certain number of barrels of the beer per year and become "the official craft beer provider of Winter Park and Mary Jane." That means the Fort Collins brewery will be guaranteed a presence at the resort, which is owned by the City of Denver and run by Intrawest Resort Holdings.

See also: Craft breweries and the ski and snowboard industries make fresh tracks together

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General Mills and Black Bottle Brewery in Fort Collins Forge a Sugary Friendship

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Sugar Cookie Toast Crunch like you've never had it before.
Sean Nook is serious about making good beer. But he doesn't take himself too seriously when it comes to marketing or selling it -- which is why his place, Black Bottle Brewery in Fort Collins, takes an irreverent approach to its everyday operations. Last year, for instance, Nook came up with a plan to brew a series of of beers that would use sugary breakfast cereals as key ingredients. Then, based on a now-famous Twitter prank involving a comedian and Pace Picante sauce, he began tagging General Mills in tweets about the cereal -- just to see what, if any, response he would get.

"A lot of people thought we were going to get sued," says Nook, who brewed the first two Cerealiously beers in early 2013 with Golden Grahams and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

See also: Black Bottle Brewery in Fort Collins Will Double in Size and Start Bottling Its Beer

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Beer Calendar: Holiday Tappings at Alpine Dog, Copper Kettle, Lost Highway, Baere

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Most of us can't sing unless we've had a couple of pints, which means that the Fort Collins-area brewers who got together to sing this jingle at Horse & Dragon Brewing may have had a couple. The singing Christmas card was organized by the Colorado Brewers Festival and the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association. James Yearling, beer coordinator for the groups, led the choir. Cheers and happy holidays.

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Beer Calendar: Doughnuts, Eggnog, Peanut Butter and Raspberries Are in Your Beer

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Ken Hamblin
Breweries opened at a rate of 1.5 per day in the United States in 2014. Broomfield's 4 Noses Brewing, which debuted in May, was just one of them.
New breweries opened at a stunning rate of 1.5 per day across the United States in 2014, bringing the total number to more than 3,200 by the end of November, according to the Brewers Association, the Boulder-based trade group that covers the craft-beer industry. And there are another 2,000 breweries currently in planning.

The volume of beer produced also rose by 18 percent over the first half of 2014, led by IPAs, which continue to be the most favored craft=beer style. "According to retail scan data, IPA is up 47 percent by volume and 49 percent by dollar sales, accounting for 21 percent volume share of craft and 23 percent dollar share of off-premise beer sales," the Brewers Association said last week.

And finally, roughly 38 percent of U.S. households bought a craft beer in 2014, up from 29 percent in 2010. And while a lot of those purchases were made by men, women -- in particular, women aged 21-34 -- made up 32 percent of craft-beer volume.

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Breckenridge Brewery Bottles First Large-Scale Barrel-Aged Beer To Honor New Facility

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Construction at the new Breckenridge Brewery.
To celebrate the impending opening of its massive new brewing campus in Littleton -- and all of the square footage and brewing capacity that it will have at its disposal -- Breckenridge Brewery will release its first large-scale barrel-aged bottled beer this month.

Barrel Aged 72 Imperial is Breckenridge's 72 Imperial chocolate cream stout that has been aged in whiskey barrels for six months. It will be packaged in 22-ounce bottles and sold in all 37 states where it distributes.

See also: Breckenridge Brewery's Massive Beer Campus Takes Shape in Littleton

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Beer Calendar: Christmas Tappings, Ugly Sweaters, Birthdays and Cranberries

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Sam Scruby (left) replaced Alex Violette, who is opening a craft brewery in Vietnam.

Last July, we wrote about former Upslope head brewer Alex Violette, who was planning to leave Colorado and start an American-style craft brewery in Vietnam. And according to an Outside magazine story this week about U.S. craft breweries going global, Pasteur Street Brewing will open in Saigon on Christmas day.

"The goal: to build on the upstart, experimental character of American craft beer with unique, high-quality ingredients, including the local fruits rambutan and mangosteen, coffee, jasmine, ginger, and cacao beans," the article reads, before quoting Violette: "I have been able to source many of the parts for the brewery from vendors in Saigon. It took hundreds of kilometers on the motorbike to find the neighborhoods that sold the specific items. It was great to see the excitement of the shop owners when we were finally able to get past our language barriers and find an oddly specific part that I need."

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Zephyr Brewing Opening in River North Tomorrow

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A lot has happened since early 2013, when three Colorado friends -- Brian Wood, Rich Wisniewski and Tyler Shuey -- decided to open a brewery in River North. The neighborhood has grown quickly and now includes eight breweries within walking distance -- while their project, Zephyr Brewing, has suffered through permitting, power and construction delays in the multi-tenant complex where they decided to put their project.

And last December, Shuey passed away. "It was he and I who originally started this," says Wood, who went to elementary school in Aurora with both Wisniewski and Shuey and attended college in Boulder with Shuey as well. "But we decided right away that we couldn't stop, that we wanted to do for him as much as for us. He put in a lot of work."

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