Celebrate Summer’s End with Big Zucch Contest, Vegetable Instruments & Craft Beer

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FSB-Logo---Wheel-BarrelSeptember 14, 2016
Berthoud, Colorado

Calling all musicians, craftsmen, farmers, gardeners, artists and enthusiasts of life:
 City Star Brewing will be hosting the inaugural City Star Farm Stand Band Festival on Saturday, September 24th 11am-5pm in Fickel Park, downtown Berthoud, CO (The Garden Spot).

City Star Farm Stand Band is a celebration of a successful summer harvest on the final day of the Berthoud Farmers Market. The festival features live music by The Prairie Scholars, food trucks, “Big Zucch Contest” (Heaviest Zucchini contest throughout the day),  3D art puzzle installation, antique tractors on display, games for the young at heart, local vendors,  and what could be the most intriguing event of the day… the “Farm Stand Band Talent Show” at 3pm.

A special Chase The Music celebration will be included, dedicated to a Berthoud child. This unique organization helps children battling critical illness by having original music composed and performed for them. Learn more at

100% of the proceeds from Farm Stand Band benefit Berthoud Local, cultivating Berthoud as “The Garden Spot of Colorado”. Berthoud Local supports and encourages a local food culture where people learn first-hand the place of agriculture in our community and the value of healthy food, environment and lifestyles.

For more info please visit City Star Farm Stand Band

Celebrate Flap Jack Day in Berthoud this Labor Day

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Flapjack Queen Court - 1000August 29, 2016
Berthoud, Colorado

Free flapjacks, Flapjack Queen contest, classic cars, breakfast beers and small town love… 

In 1948 the Town of Berthoud created “Flap Jack Day” to be celebrated on Labor Day to bring neighbors together and visitors from afar to enjoy one of the simple pleasures in life…  flapjacks. The annual festivities that brought upwards of 3,000 people to the town was canceled in 1959. City Star Brewing brought this annual tradition back to life in 2015: giving away 1,000 flapjacks, raising $1,000 for the Berthoud Historical Society, and crowning the first Flapjack Queen in 50 year – Caitlin Ascher.

City Star’s 2nd Annual Flap Jack Day will be held on Labor Day, Monday, September 5th 11am-6pm. The event features FREE flapjacks, vintage car show and the Flapjack Queen contest. In a modern twist the craft brewery will offer a flapjack themed breakfast beer flight to serve throughout the day: Coffee Stout, Peach Belgian Pale Ale, Blueberry Golden Ale, and Maple Brown Ale. At 3pm ladies will compete in the Flapjack Queen Contest to be the first lady to finish 5 flapjacks, complete with a tiara and prizes from local businesses. All donations benefit the Berthoud Historical Society. Attendees dress to impress as the town steps back into the fabulous 50’s. Learn more at

A bit of flapjack history courtesty The Berthoud Historical Society… from 1948 to 1958 the local Lions Club and Chamber of Commerce hosted a Flapjack Day in Berthoud Town Park that drew hordes of people to “The Garden Spot.” On the first Flapjack 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 apjacks. Over its eleven-year span, Flapjack Day grew to include the crowning of a Flapjack 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 Flapjack 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.

Colorado Ladies Collaborate to Produce Calamity Jane Ale & Spirit

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Women Brew Beer

August 25, 2016
Berthoud, Colorado 

On International Womens Day, March 8th, women across the world brewed together for the Pink Boots Society’s Big Brew Day, raising the profile of women in the industry and raising the profile of beer to women. The City Star Brewing and Spirit Hound Distillers ladies brewed Calamity Jane, gose inspired ale with pink Himalayan sea salt, coriander and tart cherries at City Star.

In further collaboration the ladies distilled 2 kegs of Calamity Jane at Spirit Hound, producing just under 1 gallon of Calamity Jane Spirit. The finished product weighs in at 90 proof, featuring a floral brandy nose that leads to a taste of roses on the palate. There is  hint of malt and long lingering heat finish. Calamity Jane Spirit is a truly one-of-a-kind, delicate spirit and supply is extremely limited.

The fruits of their labor will be unveiled at the Calamity Jane Release Party at Lyons Fork on Thursday, September 1st 5-8pm. The final keg available of Calamity Jane Ale will be on tap. Due to the very limited supply of Calamity Jane Spirit it will only be available for sale at this event with purchase of a tasting ticket, and it is expected to completely sell out that night.

Release details:
Calamity Jane Release Party
Thursday, September 1st 5-8pm
Lyons Fork, 450 Main St, Lyons, CO
Tasting ticket: $10 at the door – includes 1oz Calamity Jane Spirit and 10oz Calamity Jane Gose Ale, live music, special pairings available, live music, and meet the brewers/distillers

Calamity Jane Brew Day Gals

City Star Brewing Releases Pancho in Bottles: Sour Tequila Barrel Aged Honey Wheat

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Pancho - website-11Revolutionize your taste buds! The latest in City Star’s Barrel Aged Series will be released in the City Star taproom on July 30th. Pancho is a sour honey wheat aged in tequila oak barrels for 1 year; an approachable tart summer sour at 6.4% ABV.

500 22oz bottles will be available for sale at $15/bottle (1 case limit), AND Pancho 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 Pancho available we expect this stockpile to be raided quickly.

Craft Beer Fueled Festival Raises $25,000 for Rescue Dogs in honor of Hero Dog Harley

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Berthoud, CO

City Star Brewing hosted the 4th Annual Hops and Harley Festival on June 25th, a sunny Saturday in Berthoud. Festival goers wandered through the tree filled park, craft beer in one hand and dog leash in the other. Guests enjoyed a round of corn hole and live music, took a run at the dog agility course with their furry friends, joined in yoga, explored the tiny home and vendors, and imbibed dog related beers from 14 Colorado breweries in the Brewery Dogs Tasting Tent.

Over 2,400 gathered at Hops and Harley from Colorado, across the country and as far away as Canada and Scotland. Fans of Harley, a little dog with a big dream, flocked to Berthoud in honor of his legacy and in support of the festival’s mission. 2016 Hops and Harley raised $25,000 for National Mill Dog Rescue. The Colorado Springs based non-profit’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home discarded puppy mill breeding dogs and to educate the general public about the cruel realities of the commercial dog breeding industry.

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Colorado Dog Loving Brewers Serving Dog Inspired Beers Under One Tent

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brewerydogs-for-website-eventJune 7th, 2016
Berthoud, CO

The Brewery Dog Beer Tasting to feature quintessential Dog inspired beers like Avery’s Ellie’s Brown alongside small batch brews crafted just for the event like Horse and Dragon’s Henri’s Wheat Grass Session IPA.

City Star Brewing’s 4th Annual Hops and Harley festival will include the Brewery Dogs Beer Tasting 2-6pm on Saturday, June 25th in Berthoud’s Fickel Park. The Brewery Dogs tent will feature 14 craft breweries pouring beers inspired by their brewery dogs, some with brewery dogs in tow. For example, attendees can sample Copper Kettle’s Charlie’s Golden Strong and meet Charlie, a golden retriever/lab mix rescued by the brewery’s owners.  Participants of this unique and intimate tasting will receive a souvenir glass and 4oz tastes of each beer. Tickets to enter the Brewery Dog Tasting tent are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the event (Hops and Harley is a free event). Tickets can be purchased now at

What is a dog related beer? Brews like City Star’s Harley’s Honey Wheat, Copper Kettle’s Charlie’s Golden Strong and High Hops’ Brown Dog IPA. Some dog loving brewers are even crafting special releases and firkins just for the event.

Participating Brewers and Pour List:
• Avery: Ellie’s Brown
• Barnett and Son: Red Dog Ale
• City Star: Cowboy’s Golden Lager and Harley’s Honey Wheat
• Copper Kettle: Charlie’s Golden Strong
• Crow Hop: Larry’s Nut Brown Imperial Chocolate Brown Ale
• Echo Brewing: Kirby Kolsch
• Grimm Brothers: Pack of Scoundrels
• High Hops: Harley’s Hef
• Horse and Dragon: Sage Adweiss Berliner Weiss and Henri’s Wheat Grass Session IPA
• Liquid Mechanics: Kurly’s Kolsch and Dublin’s Chipotle Chocolate Brown
• Loveland Aleworks
• Snowbank: SchwarzDog Black Lager
• Upslope: Brown Nose Peanut Butter Brown Ale
• Verboten: PB&J Porter

City Star owner and event coordinator Whitney Way speaks to the originality of the event, “The Brewery Dogs Beer Tasting is the first of its kind. The brewers and event staff are excited to present such a unique cross section of beers to guests along with the brewery dogs’ stories. Attendees are going to get a very intimate experience with breweries they know and love and some they’ve never heard of.”

100% of the proceeds from Hops and Harley and the Brewery Dogs Beer Tasting benefit National Mill Dog Rescue, whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home discarded puppy mill breeding dogs and to educate the general public about the cruel realities of the commercial dog breeding industry. Learn more about National Mil Dog Rescue at

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City Star Brewing Hosts Hops and Harley Festival to Raise Awareness about Puppy Mills in honor of Hero Dog Harley

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May 23rd, 2016
Berthoud, CO

Celebrating dogs and craft beer, Hops and Harley festival expects to draw guests to Berthoud, Colorado from as far as Scotland.

City Star Brewing will host the 4th Annual Hops and Harley Festival on June 25th at Fickel Park in downtown Berthoud, Colorado 11am-6pm.  The free community event features live music, craft beer, food trucks, dog agility course, vendors, puppy mill awareness and, new this year, the Brewery Dogs Beer Tasting tent featuring 15 local breweries pouring their dog related beers. 100% of the proceeds from Hops and Harley benefit National Mill Dog Rescue. In 2015 Hops and Harley attracted well over 1,800 people from across the US and raised $14,000 for National Mill Dog Rescue.

Hops and Harley was created in honor of Harley, a little dog with a big dream who has inspired so many people to do great things and fight for the freedom and humane conditions of canines everywhere. Harley passed away earlier this year but his legacy lives on. You can read about Harley’s story at His campaign, “Harley to the Rescue” has raised more than $150,000 for National Mill Dog Rescue to date.

Hops and Harley beneficiary National Mill Dog Rescue has saved more than 10,000 dogs from puppy mills in the last 9 years. Their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home discarded puppy mill breeding dogs and to educate the general public about the cruel realities of the commercial dog breeding industry.  Located near Colorado Springs, they have a network of foster homes all across the Colorado Front Range, and they adopt dogs nationwide.  More information can be found at their website:

Learn more about Hops and Harley at

City Star Brewing to Release “Damsel” a sour Belgian rye pale ale aged in oak rum barrels with Palisade Peaches

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March 28, 2016
Berthoud, Colorado 

Sweep Damsel off her feet! The fourth and latest release in City Star Brewing’s barrel aged beer series is limited to only 441 bottles. Damsel is a sour Belgian rye pale ale aged 15 months in rum oak barrels with Palisade peaches.

Damsel features New Haven Peaches from the Palisade region of Colorado provided by our local Hays Market.  Damsel aged with peaches for 4 months. The resulting brew is complex and intriguing with a bit of mystery on where the flavors will take you next.  This well balanced sour offers some pucker without overwhelming your taste buds. As it warms a delicate peach aroma and subtle sweetness will dances across your palate and leave you eager for the next sip.

Damsel will only be for sale in City Star Brewing’s taproom and will retail for $18 per 22oz bottle. Each bottle is dipped in peach colored wax and hand stamped with the City Star Brewing seal. With only 441 bottles available make sure you sweep your Damsel off her feet while still available!

“With each barrel aged beer release I grow more excited about the possibilities in barrel aging. Our taproom is currently undergoing an expansion that will include a barrel cellar room, allowing us to expand our barrel aging program.” – John Way (Owner, Head Brewer)

City Star Brewing to Release “Buccaneer” Rum Barrel Aged American Strong Ale

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buccaneer-3December 3rd, 2015
Berthoud, CO   

Ahoy:  Buccaneer has crashed ashore in land locked Berthoud, Colorado.  Buccaneer is the third release in City Star Brewing’s barrel aged series and will be available at the City Star taproom in Berthoud, Colorado on Saturday, December 12th at noon.Buccaneer is an American Strong Ale brewed with wildflower honey and aged 9 months in oak rum barrels.  The alcohol by volume for Buccaneer finished at 12.6% with a flavor profile that is malt forward with notes of caramel, toffee, raisin, vanilla, and of course honey.  This strong ale goes down pleasantly smooth in contrast to its abrasive name and will steal away your worries and make your stress walk the plank at the end of a hard day.  (Is that too many pirate references? We don’t think so!)

The rum barrels used in the aging process for Buccaneer are from two different worlds: two rum barrels were acquired from local friends Spirit Hound Distillery in Lyons, CO and two barrels traveled over 3,000 miles from the Flor De Caña Distillery in Nicaragua bringing an exotic twist to this American Strong Ale. The aged beer from all four barrels was blended together to reach the desired flavor.

City Star Brewing co-owner and head brewer John Way says, “We’re happy to release our newest specialty beer for the holiday season.  Buccaneer truly embodies so many qualities that I feel capture what this season is about.  Friendship new and old, coming together, sharing and cheer.  With this beer, we worked with Spirit Hound Distillers who we have had a strong relationship with for years, and we were able to use barrels from the world renown Flor De Caña bringing in some tools from people we’ve never even had the pleasure of meeting in person.   We combined all of our work together and what came out is a beer I think is perfect to share with friends.  We named the beer Buccaneer specifically because of the rum barrels used and dipped the bottles in gold wax so every bottle feels like you’re holding your own special treasure.  Maybe that’s a little cheesy, but I know looking down at a case of these beauties certainly makes me feel like we hit the jackpot.”

Buccaneer will only be for sale in City Star Brewing’s taproom and will retail for $18 per 22oz bottle. With just around 1,000 bottles available make sure you catch your bounty of this rich golden capped treasure before someone else steals it all up.

City Star Brewing Wins Medal at the Great American Beer Festival®

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September 28th, 2015
Berthoud, Colorado

City Star Brewing’s Night Watchman takes a bronze medal home at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival competition. A GABF medal is among the most coveted in the brewing world.

City Star Brewing claimed a bronze medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest national beer competition that recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The top three winners in the competition’s 92 beer categories were announced September 26 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

City Star Brewing was recognized in the robust porter beer-style category for its Night Watchman. The approachable dark porter features dark chocolate and coffee flavors with a sweet finish. Its name is derived from the brewery building’s 100 year history: in the 1920’s a night watchman provided building security. Today the taproom features reclaimed wood from the “night watchman’s quarters” and City Star works closely with the Berthoud Historical Society to preserve the building’s rich history and the Town of Berthoud’s history as well.

“As the field of craft breweries continues to grow, the Great American Beer Festival is increasingly competitive. This prestigious award is truly an honor. Winning two GABF medals in 2013 helped put City Star Brewing on the craft beer map. Winning GABF bronze for Night Watchman further validates the high caliber of our beers.” said John Way, co-owner and head brewer at City Star Brewing.

The 2015 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 242 expert judges from the record number of 6,647 entries, plus 91 Pro-Am entries, received from 1,552 U.S. breweries.
“American brewers continue to create innovative, flavorful high quality beers. That was on full display at this year’s Great American Beer Festival,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “The Great American Beer Festival continues to showcase the best this country’s brewers have to offer, with the competition growing and becoming ever more competitive. Congratulations to all participants and especially this year’s winners.”

For more GABF competition information, including the 2015 winners list and photos, visit View the Brewers Association Press Release at