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City Star doubles size of brewery with barrel room and beer garden article in Berthoud Surveyor

Posted by editor on October 12, 2017
By Shelley Widhalm
The Surveyor

John and Whitney Way of Berthoud, co-owners of the brewery they opened five years ago, expanded the 2,500-square-foot brewery and taproom by adding a barrel room, an additional seating area, and a beer garden in back — as well as another set of restrooms and room for an office.

“We’re a community fixture here,” Whitney said. “It wasn’t long before we realized the seating area and taproom space was smaller than we’d like it to be.”

Three years ago the Ways purchased the building to the east of the main brewery when Chris Gischel, co-owner of Simply Shabulous, temporarily closed her business before reopening it on Massachusetts Avenue in May. The Ways did much of the work to the building, remodeling it to be a separate space connected to the brewery by a large, open doorway.

The additional space meant the brewery could more than triple its seating capacity. Originally there were 50 seats in the taproom. The barrel room adds another 25 seats, the indoor seating area 24, and the beer garden more than 50.

The Ways built the barrel room to have a double purpose, to store oak barrels to age their beers and to provide seating at two long tables. They called the room the Zoller Barrel House to reflect the building’s history — a man named Jake Zoller had owned a shoe shop and had his living quarters in the same space from the 1930s to the 1970s. The building which had multiple purposes, but the shoe shop was the most well-known, had been moved from old Berthoud to another location before being moved to its current location.

“That’s really an iconic building in Berthoud’s streetscape,” said Mark French, president of the Berthoud Historical Society, adding he appreciated how the Ways retained the building’s front facade. “The owners of a local business respect the heritage and understand how important it is to improve it while you repurpose it.”

The room, which spans 1,000 square feet, will serve as a space for private parties and events.

“Having the additional space available provides greater flexibility in the events we can offer and the groups we can accommodate,” Whitney said.

Across from the barrel room is an indoor seating area with a large windows facing out onto the beer garden, essentially a patio with more seating, a stage that will be used for musical entertainment in the warmer months, and a fire pit in the colder months.

“The beer garden is going to be a real draw,” Whitney said. “It will be more of a destination with the outdoor space.”

The Ways commissioned graffiti artist Gamma Acosta of Longmont to paint a mural of a poker scene, entitled “All In at City Star,” on the west side of the beer garden and outside of the main building. Acosta began work in March and is finishing the project.

Opposite the mural along the fence the Ways plan to plant a row of hop vines, providing what John describes as a “green fence.” The Ways may use the hops, which they purchased from a hydroponic hop farm in Fort Collins, to make some of their beers, but that depends on how the plants turn out. “We’ll have to see what the quality is like,” Whitney said, adding the hops will serve a second purpose. “The way the hop vines grow creates shade and ambience. It’s fun to have the ingredients of our beer growing right there. … It’s an enjoyable atmosphere to imbibe in a beer.”

Having the patio is appealing and the main focus of the Way’s expansion project, John said.

“It’s going to be a great, beautiful space to hang out with friends and family and enjoy some great beer,” he added.

John and Whitney opened the beer garden for Labor Day and plan to have the finishing touches completed by the end of the year, though they had wanted to open it two years ago, according to Whitney.

“We’ve learned from the first building,” she said. “We have been able to do more in terms of décor. We know more about … the finishing details not everyone notices but we appreciate.”

The Ways continue to lease the main part of the brewery from Whitney’s parents, Dan and Rudi Taylor, who in 2011 purchased a 10,000-square-foot, 100-year-old building they turned into retail and storage space. They operate two businesses there, Wishful Living and Happy Mango Beads.

The Ways named the brewery after the building’s original use, once the City Star Barn livery stable. The livery stable was torn down and rebuilt in the early 1900s as Jefferes Auto Co., one of the town’s first auto dealerships, before becoming Jefferes Garage and later Dean’s Furniture, a used furniture store in operation for about 30 years.

“We learned that and ran with it,” Whitney said about the brewery’s name, adding she and John created a walking tour of the brewery with a listing of the historical photos of Berthoud hanging throughout that they printed from historical society images.

The Taylors remodeled the entire building, and the Ways focused on their area, spending a year doing the work. They redid the façade, scraped the ceiling to have a rustic look, added new walls and installed a new concrete floor and interior systems. They were able to retain historical aspects of the building, such as the ceiling and interior brick, and constructed tables and the front of the bar out of some of the original structural wood beams and wood flooring. They used some of the windows to serve as chalkboard menus.

“Anytime we could reuse aspects of the building we did,” Whitney said.

To add to the historical feel, the Ways created four tables out of oak barrels that are in the tap room and a barrel chandelier John made out of another barrel. They used corrugated metal along the wall and incorporated wood, metal, brick and concrete elements throughout, using rustic earth tones.

“Anything we could do ourselves, that’s how we made it possible,” Whitney said.

The Ways completed the remodel by the time of the brewery’s grand opening on May 4, 2012.

City Star Brewery is open 2-9 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, 2-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Sunday.

“We put a lot of hard work, time and energy into building and creating the space,” John said. “On Fridays and Saturdays there’s nowhere to sit. We have more seating capacity to hold all the people that come in, so everybody can enjoy City Star’s delicious beer.”

Original article source: http://www.berthoudsurveyor.com/city-star-doubles-size-of-brewery-with-barrel-room-and-beer-garden/

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Gamma Gallery Unveils Mural at City Star Brewing

Gamma Gallery’s latest mural will be unveiled this Thursday at City Star Brewing in downtown Berthoud. “All In at City Star” is a commissioned painting that was created completely free-hand, using only spray cans (no stencils or etching) on the 700 square foot concrete canvas. Gamma will be putting the final touches on his masterpiece throughout the day, and the official unveiling will take place at 5pm. Guests can order a pint of “All In” from the beertenders, Curbed Hunger food truck will be serving on site, and Clandestine Amigo will perform on the beer garden stage at 6pm.

Gamma developed the concept for the mural inspired by City Star’s historic roots and the general brewery vibe, which aims to maintain Berthoud’s history. He has taken inspiration from artifacts unearthed during this year’s taproom expansion and incorporated the wood grain on the concrete wall from wood forms used to construct the building in the early 1900’s. It is an incredible honor to feature Gamma’s work at City Star Brewing.

Gamma Acosta grew up in Longmont, Colorado. Drawing since before he could remember, creativity and problem solving were always on his mind. After graduating from school, Gamma did not pursue art for quite some time; it wasn’t until years later and perfect circumstances that he found a new expression, public art. The world was his painting surface, he discovered, and he had a way with a spray can that took him beyond the hardened parameters of street writing.

Painting large-scale projects of his own design, month after month, his unintended career began to gain speed. Today, he’s working all the time: creating murals inside and out for businesses. Gamma almost exclusively uses spray cans to create the photo-realistic pieces he has become known for. View Gamma’s portfolio online at http://gammagallery.co.

Gamma Gallery

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City Star Brewing Releases Outlaw in Bottles: Imperial Stout Aged in Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey Barrels

For Immediate Release:
City Star Brewing Releases Outlaw in Bottles: Imperial Stout Aged in Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey Barrels

The latest in the City Star Zoller Barrel Aged Series will be released in the City Star taproom on Saturday, October 21st, Outlaw. The 2017 vintage of this imperial stout was aged 14-18 months in Kentucky bourbon whiskey oak barrels and weighs in at 12.75% abv. Flavors of rich chocolate, toffee, dark dried fruit, oak, vanilla and of course American whiskey. A rich and creamy mouthfeel leaves you lingering for another pour.

“This is a very special release for us. Though we began barrel aging beer in 2012, our 2015 vintage of Outlaw was our first bottling of any kind at City Star. It is exciting to see where City Star was at the time of our 2015 release in comparison to this release, as it coincides with the opening of our long awaited beer garden and Zoller Barrel House.” – co-owner Whitney Way.

Bottles will be available for sale at $18/22oz bottle, AND Outlaw will be on draft for samplingEach bottle is dipped in wax and hand stamped with the City Star Brewing seal.

City Star will be hosting an Outlaw Preview in the taproom on Monday, October 2nd to kick off GABF festivities! More details about this event can be found at: citystarbrewing.com/outlaw-preview. For those attending GABF swing by our booth R7 for a limited release of Outlaw during each session. 

Outlaw 2017

Outlaw 2017

Outlaw 2017

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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/

 

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City Star Live Music, November 10-12

Brian JohansonTHURSDAY 11/10 7-9:30PM – BRIAN JOHANSON

Americana singer-songwriter Brian Johanson has played throughout Colorado since 2005 with his former Americana band “Glove Trucker” out of Fort Collins. More recently he has been performing solo shows, playing with and opening for the Matt Skinner Band, John Paul Hodge and No Fences, and Johnny Hickman of Cracker. Brian played on the Songwriter’s stage at Bohemian Nights at New West Fest at the Songwriter’s stage.

Americana
https://www.reverbnation.com/brianjohanson

Aaron McCloskey & Steve ItterlyFRIDAY 11/11 7-9:30PM – AARON McCLOSKEY & STEVE ITTERLY

Massachusetts native Aaron McCloskey first picked up the guitar in college and has rarely put it down since. He began studying jazz, blues, and folk music, but quickly discovered his passion for bluegrass. Aaron graduated from the commercial music program at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, where he honed his bluegrass chops with Joe Carr and Alan Munde.

Aaron maintains a busy schedule playing with “aka Laser Bunny”, “The Rocky Mountain Bluegrass Band”, “Steve Itterly”, “Western Skyline”, “Safe Boating is No Accident”, and “Woodbelly” as well as solo and duo shows. He was featured in the May 2010 issue of “Flatpicking Guitar Magazine” for his work with “Steve Smith and Hard Road”. Aaron lives in Berthoud, Colorado where he can be found hiking, fly-fishing, and teaching guitar at the Swallow Hill Music School in Denver.

Steve Itterly is a Colorado-based singer-songwriter who draws from a deep well of American musical traditions to create distinctively personal music that is timeless without being overly nostalgic.

Hailing from New York, Steve ventured to Boston, Massachusetts, after college where he studied country blues and ragtime guitar with local greats Paul Rishell and Racky Thomas. It wasn’t until he moved to Colorado where he honed his skills and began writing songs of his own, pulling from genres such as country blues, early jazz, western swing, folk, and ragtime.

Steve’s musical journey began in his early teens when his father and brother introduced him to Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and more. He was immediately drawn to the fingerpicking style of Jimmy Page’s “Bron-Yr-Aur” and spent hours with his ear pressed to the record player trying to learn each note. Digging deeper into the roots of this guitar style, Steve began listening to early blues musicians such as Mississippi John Hurt, Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson, Blind Boy Fuller, etc., and he has been hooked ever since.

Blues • Americana

http://aaronmccloskeymusic.com/
http://www.steveitterly.com/

Clay Rose of Gasoline LollipopsSATURDAY 11/12 7-9:30PM – CLAY ROSE of the GASOLINE LOLLIPOPS

Singer-songwriter Clay Rose is the frontman for Gasoline Lollipops – winner of Denver Westword’s 2016 award for Best Country Artist – is a Colorado band that combines the sincerity of dirt-floor folk with the rebelliousness of punk. It’s an all-new incarnation of alt-country that’s both high-energy and heartfelt, like the American highway’s soundtrack.

Clay has been honored to open for some phenomenal national acts recently, including Lucero; Todd Snider & The Hard Working Americans; the Chris Robinson Brotherhood; Robert Earl Keen; Junior Brown and Dale Watson.

folk • punk • alt country • singer-songwriter

https://gasolinelollipops.com