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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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Colorado Ladies Collaborate to Produce Calamity Jane Ale & Spirit…again!

Once again, the women of City Star Brewing and Calamity Jane Juniper HarvestSpirit Hound Distillers teamed up to brew a fresh batch of Calamity Jane. In the spirit of International Women’s Day in March, the gals got together, rolled up their sleeves and brewed a sahti-inspired ale. The week prior, the ladies harvested Rocky Mountain Juniper boughs and berries outside of Lyons, Colorado for the brew. The boughs were used as a lauter (filter) for the mash, and 1 pound of juniper berries were added to the boil. A variety of malted barley and Saaz hops were also added to this beer. The result is a red ale with no hop bitterness, and a pleasant earthy flavor reminiscent of a Spring hike in the Rocky Mountains. The brew rings in at 6.5% ABV and beckons you for another pour.

Two kegs are on their way to Spirit Hound Distillers in Lyons for spirit distillation, soon to be known as Pearl Pistol. Stay tuned for the release of this spirit later this summer!

Calamity Jane Juniper Harvest

Calamity Jane Juniper Harvest

Calamity Jane Brew Day Calamity Jane Brew Day

Calamity Jane Brew Day

All photos courtesy of Emily Sierra Photography.

By in News Comments Off on Colorado Distillery & Brewery Team Up to Create a Beer for Colorado Flood Victims

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

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.