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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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Tour de brew: City Star Brewing

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, citystarbrewing.com.

Full article available here: http://www.boulderweekly.com/cuisine/drink/tour-de-brew-city-star-brewing/