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

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Once again, the women of City Star Brewing and Spirit 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!

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Calamity Jane Brew Day

All photos courtesy of Emily Sierra Photography.

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

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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.

Tour de brew: City Star Brewing

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Tour de brew: City Star Brewing
A pickin’ and a grinnin’ and a drinkin’ in Berthoud

By Michael J. Casey – January 11, 2017

City Star Brewing
Photo Credit: Susan France
JD Hegan, beer slinger for City Star Brewing.

Let’s hear it for those City Star Workers,” The Stanleytones singer said to a packed house last Saturday night, and the people obliged the man behind the banjo. They were a delightfully pleasant bunch, 50 or so locals who came out on this frigid January evening to listen to some live bluegrass and enjoy a pint or three. One couple even got up and danced, which many people stood by and politely watched, waiting for the exuberant couple to dance their way away from the bathroom door they were blocking.

If this was a bar in Denver, Boulder or even Fort Collins, there is no doubt that an impatient patron would have rudely interrupted the couple’s clogging to relieve themselves, but up here in Berthoud, the people are a little more relaxed and a little more hospitable. And thank goodness for that because it was Saturday night and there wasn’t a seat to be had. The Stanleytones had just gotten warm and no one was clearing out anytime soon. The bartender took pity on us and cleared her dinner from a table in the back and allowed us to take up residence next to the walk-in cooler — which featured a photo of a glaring Christopher Walken with the caption: “Close the Walken!” We were right at home.

As my associate poked her way through City Star’s collection of board games, I procured the brews for the evening: 10 samples of City Star’s offerings: five mainstays — Cowboy’s Golden (5% ABV), Local Yokel pale ale (6%), All American IPA (6.5%), Red Necktar (6.5%) and Bandit Brown (5.5%); and five seasonals — Night Watchman (6%), Raspberry Bandit (6%), Chai Watchman (6%), Mule Kick (9%) and Widowmaker (11.5%).

Red Necktar and Bandit Brown are standouts, but it’s those dark delicious seasonals that make City Star worth the trip. The Night Watchman stout has less heft and more bouquet, which favors dark chocolate and coffee in a delightful aroma that smells a little like a Christmas dessert, while the Chai Watchman ups the ante with cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom and a whole lot of vanilla beans. That’s quite a punch in one glass. Ditto for Mule Kick, a strong ale brewed with Colorado wildflower honey that hybrids the best qualities of beer and wine into one deliciously dark draught.

After we finished our flights and a few rounds of Scruples, we decided to hit the dusty trail, but not before a visit to the facilities. There, in the hallway adjacent to the bar, are a series of historical photographs of Berthoud throughout the years. While we admired a bird’s eye view of the town, a local approached us and asked if we were out-of-towners and gave us a couple of suggestions of which bars to drink at and where we could sleep it off. As she bid us good luck and returned to the stomp and twag of the music, I made a decision right then and there: next time, I’m bringing cowboy boots.

On tap: City Star Brewing. 321 Mountain Ave., Berthoud, 970-532-7827,

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City Star Brewing Releases Wood Belly in Bottles: Imperial IPA Aged in Whiskey Barrels

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December 21st, 2016
Berthoud, ColoradoWood Belly

The latest in City Star’s Barrel Aged Series was released in the taproom this past Saturday: Wood Belly, an imperial IPA aged 7 months in Spirit Hound Distillers whiskey oak barrels and double dry hopped with a blend of Amarillo, Mosaic and Citra hops. The brew features a deep amber hue, and offers a blast of fruity, floral hops that turn into a nice, whiskey oak flavor, and finishes with a pleasant hop bitterness. 10.6% ABV.

The beer was well-received by the audience in the taproom over the weekend.  This beer is priced at $16 for a 22oz bottle (1 case limit).

Movember at City Star Brewing

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Movember at City Star BrewingJoin us for some tasty craft brews in a celebration of fine moustachery and beardedness to raise awareness of men’s health issues.

5pm: Mo Contest…. rock your best mustache (or beard), impress our panel of judges and take home a free growler & special prize package full of goodies!

Live Music 7pm: Three Finger Salute

Food Truck 5-8PM: G Spot Noshery

City Star will donate $1 per beer sold ALL DAY 12-10pm to the Movember Foundation. Learn more about Movember at

Prizes, Giveaways and Photo Booth–flash yo stache!

2016 Categories & Rules:

1. Au Natural – no styling aids, some things just come easy
2. Freestyle Mo – bring on the styling aids
3. Size Matters – grab the yard stick, looking for the longest beard
4. More than a Mo’ – most stylish beard, au natural…or not.
5. Lady Stache – anything goes ladies!
*disclaimer: judges are permitted to modify, combine and add categories as they deem fit, in addition to moving contestants from their category entered to another category.

Must be 21 to enter
Registration: by 5PM, day of event
No fee to enter
No before/after pics required
Judging begins at 5pm

Thank You To Our Sponsors and Partners For Your Support
Rocky Mountain Beard and Moustache Club
The Art of Manliness
Blackland Clothing Company
Bubba’s Fine Foods
Colorado Beard Company
Firehouse Moustache Wax
Reuzel Pomade
Dr. Seth’s Mustache Wax
Woody’s Grooming

Can’t make it to the event this year?
Support Movember online at:
OR you can donate directly to Movember online via Dan Riffells’ Mo Space:

City Star Brews Local Yokel Pale Ale with NoCo Malt and Hops

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Berthoud, Colorado 

It’s fresh, it’s LOCAL, it’s City Star Brewing’s first test batch of Local Yokel! The American Pale Ale will be released in City Star Brewing’s downtown Berthoud taproom on October 22nd. Local Yokel is brewed with locally sourced ingredients: whole leaf dried Chinook and Cascade hops from Colorado Hop Company, grown just north of Fort Collins and barley grown and malted in Loveland at Root Shoot Malting. The easy drinking brew showcases the grain and hop bill with citrus notes and a light bitterness, finishing at 6% and 40 IBU.

Each year City Star Brewing and other Colorado craft breweries brew with Colorado grown fresh hops during the annual harvest. Head brewer John Way takes this local collaboration a step further by sourcing a year’s supply of dried locally grown hops, “Local Yokel will be a hyper local ale, brewed year round. This beer will feature ingredients grown within a 60 mile radius of our Berthoud taproom”. At the heart of the Local Yokel recipe is Root Shoot Malting’s pale malt, barley grown in our backyard and malted at the start-up’s brand new state-of-the-art facility in Loveland, Colorado.

City Star Brewing will be calling all local yokels to offer feedback on the beer so the brewhouse can mash and churn test batches, formulating the ultimate local ale. Comment cards will be distributed during the release to include folks in the decision making process to formulate the finished product.

Local Yokel Test Batch 1 will be released in the City Star taproom on Saturday, October 22nd at 12pm. The G Spot food truck will be serving out front at 5pm, and a local bluegrass duo plays at 7pm.

City Star Brewing Releases Hellbilly in Bottles: Sour Rum Barrel Aged Pumpkin Ale

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Berthoud, Colorado 

The latest in City Star’s Barrel Aged Series will be released in the City Star taproom this Saturday: Hellbilly, a sour harvest ale brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, nutmeg and vanilla and aged 10 months in rum oak barrels. The brew features a deep orange hue, offers a bouquet of spices on the nose, tastes remarkably tart (3.46 pH) with a pumpkin oak finish, 7% ABV.

500 bottles will be available for sale at $18/22oz bottle (1 case limit), AND Hellbilly 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 Hellbilly we don’t expect our supply to stick around.

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

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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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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