City Star Brewing Plans First Bottle Release with Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

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outlawFebruary 24th, 2015

Berthoud, CO

Warning: Outlaw on the Loose! Keep a look out for Outlaw, the first in City Star Brewing’s barrel aged series and the first City Star brew available in bottles. Outlaw will be released at the City Star taproom in Berthoud, Colorado on Saturday, March 7th.

Outlaw weighs in at 13.25% alcohol by volume and has spent 1 year “doing time” in Breckenridge Whiskey barrels waiting for the chance to bust out. While incarcerated Outlaw mellowed nicely and includes flavors of dark chocolate, toffee, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, and of course American whiskey.

Outlaw is a rare limited release (only 970 bottles) specialty beer and the first City Star brew available in bottles.   Each 22oz bottle has been sealed in red wax and individually numbered.  Outlaw will be available for purchase exclusively in City Star Brewing’s taproom starting Saturday, March 7th at 12pm. Bottles will be sold for $18 each (plus tax) with a one case (12 bottles) limit per person.

Catch this Outlaw before it escapes again and put it where it belongs… in your belly.

City Star Brewing co-owner and head brewer John Way says, “We’ve been barrel aging beers since year one and we are excited to have Outlaw be our first bottled beer. The imperial stout base beer used for Outlaw is amazing on its own, and then we introduced this big, delicious brew to age in whiskey oak barrels for one year. The barrels impart a very complex dark chocolate and charred oak body with a very bold whiskey aroma that turned this phenomenal beer into something very special that can be aged for years to come.”

Old City Restaurant Building Added to City Star Brewing – article by Berthoud Surveyor

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The building at 315 Mountain Ave. that recently housed Simply Shabulous was used as the City Restaurant in the 1910s. Cobbler Jake Zoller occupied the building from 1937 to 1983. City Star Brewery recently purchased the building and plans to construct a beer garden in the back. In the 1910s’ photo a line of neatly arranged beer bottles can be seen in the window at the left.
Photo courtesy of Mark French / The Surveyor

Old City Restaurant building added to City Star Brewing
Tales of the Little Thompson
By Mark French
The Berthoud Surveyor

The building at 315 Mountain Ave. that recently housed Simply Shabulous was used as the City Restaurant in the 1910s. Cobbler Jake Zoller occupied the building from 1937 to 1983. City Star Brewery recently purchased the building and plans to construct a beer garden in the back. In the 1910s’ photo a line of neatly arranged beer bottles can be seen in the window at the left.

Another chapter is being added to the book about Jake Zoller’s shoe shop. The small frame building at 315 Mountain Ave. has been a fixture on Berthoud’s main street since the town’s early days. Most recently the home of Chris Gischel’s Simply Shabulous antique shop, the structure will soon become part of John and Whitney Way’s City Star Brewing. The Ways join a long list of attentive owners who have managed to preserve the building’s charm for more than a century.

For many current residents of Berthoud the building is remembered as Jake Zoller’s shoe shop. Zoller, who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident west of Berthoud in 1914, first leased the building in 1927. Following the wreck, local harness-maker Chris “C.P.” Thompson trained Zoller to be a cobbler. Prior to Zoller’s arrival, the structure housed a restaurant, tailor’s shop, photography studio, vulcanizing plant, laundry, and tire store. Zoller operated his shoe repair business in the building from 1927 to 1929 but returned in 1937 and stayed put. In 1983 Zoller closed his shop. He was then 90 years of age.

For years Zoller’s shoe shop was a meeting place for a group of the town’s old-timers who called their daily gatherings the “liar’s club.” Lawrence Davis, Roy Welty, Ernest Newell, Phil Reisbeck and George Motz were among those men who sat around Zoller’s coal stove and swapped tales. When the men brought old photographs to share with their pals, Zoller tacked the pictures to the walls and unofficially founded Berthoud’s first history museum.

For many years it has been said that the building that housed Zoller’s shoe shop was moved up from the Little Thompson river bottom when the town of Berthoud was switched to its current location in the winter of 1883-84. Several small buildings were wheeled to the new town site at that time and the building may have been one of them. Materials seen in the structure, such as log floor joists, certainly support that possibility.

Like many of Berthoud’s old business buildings, additions tacked on to the rear of the structure in the fashion of a classic “shotgun shack” yielded a long string of rooms that served a variety of purposes. Three such rooms at the back of Zoller’s shoe shop were used as the family’s residence for many years. Such arrangements were very common in Berthoud’s small business district in the town’s early days.

Since 1983, when Zoller closed his business, the Nightwinds tack shop, Sharon’s Antiques, Mountain Avenue Pottery, and Simply Shabulous have occupied the building. Some changes have been made to the structure, but the building retains its original low ceilings and wooden floors that bear the traces of century’s foot traffic.

Whatever uses City Star Brewing determines for the building will probably be a departure from the tailors, photographers, rubber-tire repairmen, laundry workers, cobblers and antique dealers that used the building in the past. But then again, that may not be the case. Last week it was reported that an outdoor beer garden is a likely addition to the area behind the building. The photo that accompanies this article shows several beer bottles neatly arranged in the building’s windows when it was used as a café in the 1910s. Who is to say a few beers haven’t already been consumed out back?

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Colorado Distillery & Brewery Team Up to Create a Beer for Colorado Flood Victims

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August 18th, 2014
Lyons, CO

As the one year mark of Colorado’s devastating 100 Year Flood draws near, City Star Brewing and Spirit Hound Distillers are teaming up to release a very special collaboration brew: Flood Hound Ale.Last September the St. Vrain River flooded, devastating the small town of Lyons, Colorado, which included Spirit Hound Distillers. Once flood waters receded and the craft distillery was restored their surviving rum barrel was bottled and Mountain Bum Rum was released. Affectionately dubbed “Flood Rum” by locals, Mountain Bum Rum quickly sold out and the empty barrel made its way to Berthoud, Colorado where City Star Brewing filled it with Red Necktar, an American style red ale.

Though Berthoud escaped the majority of the wrath of Colorado’s 100 Year Flood, the City Star crew felt the effects of the natural disaster. One employee was displaced permanently and five others, including brewery owners John and Whitney Way, were displaced from Lyons for six weeks in the flood’s aftermath. The connection between the two small towns of Berthoud and Lyons is strong, and the choice for Spirit Hound to send their “Flood Rum” barrel to City Star was easy to make.

Flood Hound Ale, the collaboration rum barrel aged ale, was named by Lyons residents on a community Facebook page and will be released in Lyons on September 13th during the Cyclists 4 Lyons and Viva Lyons benefit. City Star Brewing will pour four beers at the event, including Flood Hound Ale, alongside Spirit Hound Distillers and their selection of high quality craft spirits.

City Star Brewing co-owner Whitney Way says, “We are honored to collaborate on Flood Hound Ale with our friends at Spirit Hound Distillers, and even more so to give this beer back to the community of Lyons. This surviving rum barrel is a reminder of the devastating flooding, but also symbolic of Lyons’ amazing sense of community and perseverance. We look forward to pouring this beer in Lyons on September 13th in reflection of the past year and also keeping in mind that there is still a lot of hard work to be done in recovery from this disaster.”

Produced by the Town of Lyons, Oskar Blues’ Cand’aid Foundation, Cyclists 4 Lyons and the Office of Governor Hickenlooper the 9/13 event will be held at Bohn Park in Lyons and benefit the flood relief efforts of Lyons Community Foundation and CAN’d Aid Foundation. The event will include bike rides, kids area, breweries, food trucks, a special appearance by Governor John Hickenlooper and live music, including a featured performance by The Infamous Stringdusters.

Small Colorado Brewery Wins GOLD & BRONZE Medals at the Great American Beer Festival

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banditbrownmedalOctober 14, 2013
Berthoud, CO

City Star Brewing, located in the small town of Berthoud, Colorado, claimed gold and bronze medals at the prestigious 2013 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition.

City Star Brewing claimed gold and bronze medals at the 2013 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 84 beer-style categories were announced October 12 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

City Star Brewing of Berthoud, Colorado was awarded a gold medal in the English Brown Ale beer-style category for its Bandit Brown, smooth brown ale with a subtle roasted aroma and flavor, also awarded 2013 gold medals at the US Open Beer Championship, Colorado State Fair and Denver International Beer Championship. Additionally, City Star Brewing was awarded a bronze medal in the Old Ale or Strong Ale beer-style category for its Mule Kick, strong ale brewed with Wildflower honey.

John Way, City Star owner and brew master had this to say about the wins: “We are so excited to bring home both gold and bronze medals. We know we brew delicious beer, but to receive this recognition among such fierce competition is an unbelievable feeling. There are a lot of great veteran and new breweries across the nation, and we are stoked to be among them. This is a very exciting time for City Star Brewing!”

The 2013 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 201 expert judges from the record number of 4,809 entries received from 745 U.S. breweries.

“The Great American Beer Festival brings together the most stellar brewers from around the country,” said Chris Swersey, competition director. “Taking home a medal at this premier beer competition is truly a symbol of brewing excellence.”

For more GABF competition information, including the 2013 winners list and photos, visit