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

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.

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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,

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By in News Comments Off on City Star Brewing Releases Wood Belly in Bottles: Imperial IPA Aged in Whiskey Barrels

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

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).

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Movember at City Star Brewing

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:

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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.


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

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

By in News Comments Off on Colorado Ladies Collaborate to Produce Calamity Jane Ale & Spirit

Colorado Ladies Collaborate to Produce Calamity Jane Ale & Spirit

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

By in News Comments Off on Craft Beer Fueled Festival Raises $25,000 for Rescue Dogs in honor of Hero Dog Harley

Craft Beer Fueled Festival Raises $25,000 for Rescue Dogs in honor of Hero Dog Harley

July 12, 2016hops-harley-watermark-118
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

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

May 23rd, 2016Hops-and-Harley---website
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:

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By in News Comments Off on City Star Brewing to Release “Damsel” a sour Belgian rye pale ale aged in oak rum barrels with Palisade Peaches

City Star Brewing to Release “Damsel” a sour Belgian rye pale ale aged in oak rum barrels with Palisade Peaches

Damsel-labelMarch 28, 2016
Berthoud, Colorado 

Sweep Damsel off her feet! The fourth and latest release in City Star Brewing’s barrel aged beer series is limited to only 441 bottles. Damsel is a sour Belgian rye pale ale aged 15 months in rum oak barrels with Palisade peaches.

Damsel features New Haven Peaches from the Palisade region of Colorado provided by our local Hays Market.  Damsel aged with peaches for 4 months. The resulting brew is complex and intriguing with a bit of mystery on where the flavors will take you next.  This well balanced sour offers some pucker without overwhelming your taste buds. As it warms a delicate peach aroma and subtle sweetness will dances across your palate and leave you eager for the next sip.

Damsel will only be for sale in City Star Brewing’s taproom and will retail for $18 per 22oz bottle. Each bottle is dipped in peach colored wax and hand stamped with the City Star Brewing seal. With only 441 bottles available make sure you sweep your Damsel off her feet while still available!

“With each barrel aged beer release I grow more excited about the possibilities in barrel aging. Our taproom is currently undergoing an expansion that will include a barrel cellar room, allowing us to expand our barrel aging program.” – John Way (Owner, Head Brewer)