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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rootshoot-malting-8October 21, 2016
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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hellbilly-labelSeptember 27th, 2016
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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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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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