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Free flap jacks, Flap Jack Queen contest, classic cars, breakfast beers and small town love…

City Star’s 3rd Annual Flap Jack Day will be held on Labor Day, Monday, September 4th from 11am-6pm. The event features FREE flap jacks, vintage car show and the Flap Jack Queen contest. In a modern twist, the craft brewery will also offer a flap jack themed breakfast beer flight to serve throughout the day: French Toast Stout, Mochaccino Brown Ale, Apple Turnover Lager, Tart Cherry Saison, and Pineapple IPA. The Hop mobile vintage boutique will be on site this year, offering unique apparel, accessories, and decor specializing in the 40’s-60’s. At 3pm ladies will compete in the Flap Jack Queen Contest to be the first lady to finish 5 flap jacks, complete with a tiara and prizes from local businesses. All donations benefit the Berthoud Historical Society. Attendees should dress to impress as the town steps back into the fabulous 50’s. Learn more at http://berthoudflapjackday.com.

A bit of flap jack history courtesy of the Berthoud Historical Society… from 1948 to 1958 the local Lions Club and Chamber of Commerce hosted a Flap Jack Day in Berthoud Town Park that drew hordes of people to “The Garden Spot.” On the first Flap Jack Day (1948) an estimated 1,000 persons descended on Berthoud to devour 5,000 free pancakes. By 1949, The Berthoud Bulletin announced that 3,700 visitors from 21 states downed a whopping 7,400 flap jacks. Over its eleven-year span, Flap Jack Day grew to include the crowning of a Flap Jack Queen, spike-driving, swimming and diving contests, a baton twirling competition, pet-and-doll parades, a pig catching scramble, a tractor driving challenge. The last Flap Jack Day was held in 1959 when the Chamber of Commerce decided to cancel the event due to the high cost of hosting such a spectacle.

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City Star Brewing Feature Article in Company Week

City Star BrewingCity Star Brewing
by Angela Rose on July 7, 2017, 07:38 am MDT
www.citystarbrewing.com
Berthoud, Colorado
Founded: 2012
Privately owned
Employees: 10
Industry: Brewing & Distilling
Products: Beer

With a big expansion, founders Whitney and John Way see their brewery becoming even more of a fixture in the local community.

“We always joke that Berthoud chose us,” laughs Whitney Way when asked why she and her husband, John, located their brewery in a small Northern Colorado town with less than 6,000 residents. That choice was made when family members purchased a century-old building in the city’s quaint downtown area that had once been home to one of Berthoud’s oldest businesses: City Star Barn.

“They came to us and said, ‘Hey, this is something you guys have always dreamt about,'” Way recalls. “We had the opportunity to rent this great, visible space, so we dove into the application process and self-financed by loading up credit cards for the most part.”

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Over the course of 18 months, the couple completed a full renovation and purchased necessary brewery equipment. “It was a building that some people probably would have just torn down,” she says. “We were lucky to be a part of its renovation. During the build out, we did everything ourselves that we could from painting to woodworking. Our first equipment purchase was an old walk-in cooler from Upslope Brewing Company.”

To this day, they continue to produce beer on their original 3.5-barrel system, brewing each recipe two to four times in a row to fill their 7- and 15-barrel fermentation and bright tanks.

“We brew quite a bit on our mighty little system,” chuckles Way. In 2016, that amounted to 925 barrels of their six popular mainstays and around 40 different seasonals. “We’ve also been ramping up our barrel aging program,” she adds. “We have a lot of fun trying to release two to three unique beers every month. Some we repeat from year to year. Others we repeat but make changes to the recipe. Then there are always beers that we retire so that we can add new seasonals to the list.”

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While they love playing around with new recipes, and are self-distributing kegs to local bars and restaurants, Way doesn’t see their total production number growing anytime soon.

“Our goal has always been to be a taproom-centric brewery,” she explains. “When we started out, we looked up to breweries like Strange Craft Beer Company, Wit’s End Brewing Company, and Copper Kettle Brewing Company. We felt like that would be attainable for us. Then, as we continued to grow and establish relationships with bigger breweries, we learned things that reinforced our decision to choose this model. So, we’ve really been investing in our taproom and local community.”

To that end, the Ways are currently wrapping up a 2,000-square-foot indoor and 1,000-square-foot outdoor expansion. “We bought the land and building to the east of City Star Brewing almost three years ago,” Whitney says. “We always knew that we’d need more taproom space. While we weren’t quite ready to dive in, we didn’t want to miss the opportunity. It has taken us quite a while to renovate it because we’re doing a lot of it ourselves. We were able to get a construction loan about a year ago to help us get through some of the bigger chores, but John has still had his hand in everything from framing to electric work.”

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The pair hopes that the expansion — which includes a rentable barrel room, new bathrooms and spacious outdoor beer garden — will help them continue to establish a foundation as Berthoud’s local gathering place.

“On a weekly basis, we have live music and food trucks,” Way says. “We also love to collaborate with local organizations. We have an annual festival called Hops and Harley that celebrates dogs and craft beer. Flap Jack Day is another big annual event. We also do smaller events throughout the year like local benefits. Our community is really important to us, and we’re always looking for ways to participate in some way or another.”

Favorite beers: “John and I agree on a lot of things,” Way says, “and the beers we like tend to change with the seasons. In the summertime, we’ll drink a lot of refreshing lagers and juicy IPAs. When it’s colder, we especially like malty beers.” She points to the brewery’s bestsellers — Cowboy’s Golden, Bandit Brown and All American IPA — as great representations of the styles they love most.

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Challenges: Way says one of City Star’s current challenges is finding the best way to take advantage of the recent expansion. “We have the awesome new space and we need to harness it,” she added. “It’s a really exciting challenge to have actually.”

Opportunities: Way says there is still a lot of opportunity for expanding their customer base within the immediate area. “It’s a small town, but a growing one as well,” she says.

Needs: “When we first opened, we bought what we could on the budget that we had,” Way says. “We’re now definitely at the point where we need to invest in a grain mill and a keg washer. It would be great to upgrade our brew system as well. We’ve been so focused on the expansion project that it will be nice to be able to refocus some energy and resources into our brewhouse.”

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Original Article Source: https://companyweek.com/company-profile/city-star-brewing/brewing-beverage

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City Star Brewing Releases Deadwood in Bottles: Imperial Red Ale Aged in Whiskey Barrels

The latest in the City Star Zoller Barrel Aged Series will be released in the City Star taproom on Saturday, August 19th: Deadwood is an imperial red ale aged 4 months in Spirit Hound Distillers whiskey oak barrels. Held by candlelight, this beer is deep garnet in color. The Idaho 7 hops in the base beer impart apricot and tropical fruit notes to the aroma, while plum and dried cherry flavors from the whiskey barrels mingle on the tongue. The beer finishes with sweet whiskey notes and a mild lingering heat. “Working with a local distiller such as Spirit Hound is of great advantage to us since are able to receive barrels immediately after they have been emptied. Getting these ‘wet’ barrels at the peak of their freshness and filling them with beer grants us optimal flavor from the barrels.” (City Star Head Brewer, John Way) Lace up your boots and strap on your spurs, ’cause this brew is rowdy like the town it was named for. 11.4% ABV

Less than 500 bottles will be available for sale at $16/22oz bottle (1 case limit), AND Deadwood will be on draft for sampling.

Each bottle is dipped in wax and hand stamped with the City Star Brewing seal. With less than 500 bottles of Deadwood, we don’t expect our supply to stick around.

City Star will be hosting a Deadwood preview event on Thursday, August 17th in the Zoller Barrel House at City Star Brewing from 7-8pm. City Star head brewer, John Way, and a representative from Spirit Hound Distillers will be on site for a meet and greet. Event details can be found here: citystarbrewing.com/deadwood-preview

Deadwood Bottle Release

Deadwood Bottle Release

Deadwood Bottle Release

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City Star Brewing Hosts Hops & Harley 2017

Hops & Harley 2017

A small Colorado brewery with a big heart has stepped up to help an organization that honors the legacy of Harley, the 2015 American Hero Dog and a little Chihuahua with a big dream. Hops and Harley is on June 24th, you won’t want to miss it!

Harley spent 10 years suffering abuse in a small cage in a puppy mill, never knowing the touch of a kind hand … until he was rescued and found a loving home. City Star Brewing, located in Berthoud, Colorado, learned the plight of the puppy mill dogs through Harley. Hops and Harley became a reality, and this year will be its fifth annual.

This dog-friendly, craft beer event is free to attend and designed to not only create awareness about puppy mills, but will also be fun for the entire family. All proceeds from the event go directly to Harley’s Dream to help educate the public about the realities of the commercial dog breeding industry.

Hops and Harley will take place on June 24th in Fickel Park in downtown Berthoud, just 3 blocks west of City Star Brewing. There will be live music featuring Bonnie & the Clydes and Wood Belly Bluegrass Band, a Doggy Doppelgänger contest, Painting & Pints, a wide offering of food trucks, activities for children and dogs, photo booth, puppy mill education, great beer and more! City Star Brewing will be pouring a variety of beers including Harley’s Honey Wheat, and Spirit Hound Distillers from Lyons will have cocktails crafted with their award-winning spirits.

More information about Hops and Harley can be found at: www.hopsandharley.com

Harley’s story is one of rags to riches. During his 5 years of freedom, this tiny Chihuahua raised more than $1,000,000 to set-free and care for puppy mill dogs. He educated and inspired people world-wide, teaching them that they, too, can make a difference. Harley’s Dream was established in 2016 to create awareness and educate the public about the commercial dog breeding industry, also known as puppy mills. They believe that a grassroots approach by large groups of concerned citizens is the most effective way to bring about change. Their focus is to encourage advocacy by providing the tools necessary to educate children and adults alike.

City Star Brewing offers award-winning, small batch ales, hand crafted on a 3.5 barrel brew system in the heart of downtown Berthoud, Colorado. The small town brewery was awarded Gold and Bronze medals at the famous Great American Beer Festival in 2015 and 2013. City Star first opened its doors in 2012 and has since become a destination for craft beer lovers near and far.

Hops & Harley

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City Star Brewing Releases Scoundrel in Bottles: Sour Brown Ale Aged in Cabernet Barrels

Another round of Scoundrel returns to City Star! Our 2017 vintage of this sour barrel-aged brown weighs in at 6.8% ABV and has been hiding out in oak Cabernet wine barrels for two years. Intentionally soured with a blend of lactobacillus and pediococcus bacteria creating a pleasantly sour version of our 2013 Great American Beer Festival gold medal-winning Bandit Brown Ale.
6.8% ABV

500 bottles will be available for sale at $16/22oz bottle (1 case limit), AND Scoundrel will be on draft for sampling.

Each bottle is dipped in wax and hand stamped with the City Star Brewing seal. With only 500 bottles of Scoundrel, we don’t expect our supply to stick around.

Scoundrel Bottle

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City Star Brewing Releases Troubadour in Bottles: Brown Ale Aged in Whiskey Barrels

Troubadour

The latest in City Star’s Barrel Aged Series will be released in the City Star taproom on Saturday, May 6th: Troubadour, a brown ale aged 3 months in KJ Wood Distillers whiskey oak barrels. KJ Wood once was located in Berthoud, but relocated to Ouray, Colorado in recent years. The caramel notes in this beer work rhythmically with the whiskey flavors of the barrels. Subtle and sweet, like a touching verse of your favorite poem. 5.8% ABV

900 bottles will be available for sale at $12/22oz bottle (1 case limit), AND Troubadour will be on draft for sampling.

Each bottle is dipped in wax and hand stamped with the City Star Brewing seal. With only 900 bottles of Troubadour, we don’t expect our supply to stick around.

Troubadour

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City Star Brewing Turns 5: Join us for our Weekend HOOTENANNY!

We’re turning 5 years YOUNG!

We will be celebrating all weekend… here’s the current lineup of events:

THURSDAY, 5/4:
Deputy Membership Registration Opens
– Food Truck: Mile High Lobster Shack 5-8pm
– Live Music: Bonnie & Taylor Sims of Bonnie and the Clydes 7-9:30pm
Zoller Reserve Barrel Tasting–SOLD OUT!
Happy Hour ALL DAY!

FRIDAY, 5/5:
Chili the Kid Beer Release 2pm
– Food Truck: Yolk’n Around 5-8pm
– Live Music: Steepland String Band 7-9:30pm

SATURDAY, 5/6:
Troubadour Bottle Release 12pm
Poppin’ Bottles ALL DAY
– Cupcakes & Toast 6pm
– Live Music: Wood Belly Bluegrass Band 7-9:30pm

SUNDAY, 5/7:
Orange & Summer Hops IPA Firkin Tapping 1pm
– Food Truck: Curbed Hunger 2-7pm
– Challenge of Nonsense to Benefit J.O.S.H. 2-4pm
– Live Music: Daniella Katzir Duo 3-6pm

PLUS giveaways, prizes and more fun throughout the weekend!

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About J.O.S.H (Journey of Strength & Hope Program):
J.O.S.H. is a local, Berthoud non-profit organization that provides an environment where kids can develop confidence, self-esteem and optimism for a bright future.

The J.O.S.H. program imparts strength and purpose to all kids, regardless of background. Members of the program know they belong and feel valued by one another and that their lives truly matter.

These kids will know themselves as Warriors in more ways than the physical, i.e. writing, arts, music, crafts and scholastic.

More info: www.berthoudsurveyor.com

Hootenanny Weekend

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City Star Brewing Releases Belle in Bottles: Sour Pale Ale Aged on Passion Fruit

Bottle Release Date: April 29th, 2017 – Berthoud, Colorado

The next release in City Star Brewing’s Barrel Aged Beer Series is Belle, a sour oatmeal pale ale aged 2 years in whiskey oak barrels and aged 3 months with golden passion fruit. Careful, you might just lose your horses while drinking this brew (historic reference, anyone?). 6.6% ABV

The beer will be released in the City Star Brewing taproom on Saturday, April 29th at 12:00pm. There are approximately 500 bottles available for purchase, $16.00 per 22oz bottle, limit 1 case per person.

Belle - Sour Pale Ale Aged on Passion FruitBelle - Sour Pale Ale Aged on Passion Fruit

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Colorado Ladies Collaborate to Produce Calamity Jane Ale & Spirit…again!

Once again, the women of City Star Brewing and Calamity Jane Juniper HarvestSpirit Hound Distillers teamed up to brew a fresh batch of Calamity Jane. In the spirit of International Women’s Day in March, the gals got together, rolled up their sleeves and brewed a sahti-inspired ale. The week prior, the ladies harvested Rocky Mountain Juniper boughs and berries outside of Lyons, Colorado for the brew. The boughs were used as a lauter (filter) for the mash, and 1 pound of juniper berries were added to the boil. A variety of malted barley and Saaz hops were also added to this beer. The result is a red ale with no hop bitterness, and a pleasant earthy flavor reminiscent of a Spring hike in the Rocky Mountains. The brew rings in at 6.5% ABV and beckons you for another pour.

Two kegs are on their way to Spirit Hound Distillers in Lyons for spirit distillation, soon to be known as Pearl Pistol. Stay tuned for the release of this spirit later this summer!

Calamity Jane Juniper Harvest

Calamity Jane Juniper Harvest

Calamity Jane Brew Day Calamity Jane Brew Day

Calamity Jane Brew Day

All photos courtesy of Emily Sierra Photography.

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City Star Brewing Releases Noontide: Belgian Rye Saison aged in Wine Barrels

NoontideBottle Release Date: February 18th, 2017 – Berthoud, Colorado

The next release in City Star Brewing’s Barrel Aged Beer Series is Noontide, a Belgian Rye Saison, aged 10 months in Berthoud Blue Mountain Vineyards oak wine barrels. Refreshing tart saison featuring citrus and oak flavors. 6.7 ABV%

The beer will be released in the City Star Brewing taproom on Saturday, February 18th at 12:00pm. There are approximately 400 bottles available for purchase, $13.00 per 22oz bottle, limit 1 case per person.