July 22nd, 2014 11:22am
New batch of Wuerzburger is in the fermenters! And other great beer news...
I hope this finds you well - and dry!
It's been a crazy July. We've been brewing almost constantly and are slowly catching up. The new fermentation tanks have helped. South Ridge and Summertime are back on the shelves at your favorite stores and we're canning 13 again this Friday, July 18th. We finish brewing another batch of Wuerzburger today, so look for that soon. For those of you who love our chili beer, Solano, the last batch from this year's harvest is going out today and tomorrow.
Last night, Ginger Johnson (Women Enjoying Beer) was kind enough to have me on her weekly BeerRadio show. She's a wonderful host and I sure enjoyed talking with her. Visit http://www.kskq.org/index.php/about-korv/profiles/1405-beer-radio-with-ginger-johnson if you'd like to hear it or any of her other broadcasts - all her shows are archived.
July 18th, join Will from Cured and I for our Third Thursday Cheese and Beer Pairing Class at 5:30. Call 303-665-8888 for reservations. July 19th, we'll be pouring 13 IPA at Jul-IPA sponsored by West End Tavern. See details at:http://www.thewestendtavern.com/beer-and-bourbon/jul-ipa/. Every Friday through August 15th, we have a tap at the Downtown Louisville Street Faire (http://www.downtownlouisvilleco.com/street-faire/). Stop by and see us. July 25th, we'll be pouring at Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Across America (http://m.beercamp.sierranevada.com). July 29th we'll be at the Colorado Music Festival Mash Up (http://www.comusic.org/music-mash-up/).
If you haven't visited our tap room in Louisville (657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E, 303-665-8888 - in the Colorado Tech Center), please stop by. We have 13 taps and our beer tenders are the best! The beers change often and there's always some that are only offered in the brewery.
Emily desperately wants us to make a pumpkin beer this year. What do you think? Let us know. Shoot me an email. If there's something else you'd like to see this fall, let me know that as well.
Tickets go on sale soon for the Great American Beer Festival. We'll be there! Be sure to drop by and say hi.
That's about it for now. I hope this finds you with a fine, Colorado brewed beer in your hand, a smile on your face and a good umbrella over your head.
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July 1st, 2014 10:47pm
Fresh beer for the 4th of July! And a lot of fun events coming up...
I hope you're looking forward to the upcoming weekend – July 4th is always one of my favorite holidays. We'll be closed on the 4th so our employees can enjoy the day with family and friends, but we will be open July 3rd – be sure to stop by a pick up beer for the weekend. We have growlers to go, and lots of beer in cans and bottles (now including 13 IPA in 4-pack 16 oz cans).
We canned 13 IPA for the first time this past Tuesday and it is now in the cooler at many of your favorite liquor stores. We'll be canning more of this wonderful brew in the coming weeks. Thanks Mobile Canning!
On Monday and Tuesday we'll be bottling and kegging more Marilyn and Solano. We've been brewing up a storm and we have 7 of our 8 fermenters full (the eighth will get filled early next week.
We have been having a great time at the Louisville Downtown Street Faire – if you get a chance please stop by and say hello. Every week they have great bands. Last Friday was the March Fourth Marching Band – simply outstanding entertainment. No Street Faire on July 4th, but Los Lobos will at the Faire on July 11th.
July 1st, 15th, and 29th we'll be pouring for the Colorado Music Mash-Up Concert Series at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder – great concerts and lots of wonderful goodies from local restaurants, breweries and wineries.
July 5th we'll be pouring at the Erie Brew Fest
July 16th I'll be Ginger Johnson's (Women Enjoying Beer) guest on KSKQ Beer Radio broadcasting from 5:00 – 6:00.
July 19th from 1 – 5 we’ll be pouring at the West End Tavern’s Jul-IPA at the Millenium Harvest House. Proceeds go to support the Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence. We'll be pouring 13 IPA.
July 25th we'll be participating in Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Across AmericaRocky Mountain Edition.
Our taproom hours are Mon – Thurs 4 – 9, Friday 3-9 and Saturday 1-9. Sundays we are closed but available for private parties and events.
For more information, check out our web site athttp://www.crystalspringsbrewing.com/
That's about it for now. More in two weeks. I hope this finds you with a great Colorado brewed beer in your hands, a smile on your face enjoying family and good friends. Keep smilin'!
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May 12th, 2014 11:31am
I say whoa! because the last week has been so crazy. This next week is going to also be crazy, but so fun! First, our Fourth Anniversary is May 13th. Secondly, it's American Craft Beer Week. So we've decided we should combine the two and celebrate both all week long. What that means is:
All week long, 25% off all Crystal Springs logo apparel.
Monday: New beer release, Louisville Colorado Technical Center Community Night, Prizes, Entertainment by the Cowboy Poet, George Ray Russell at 4:30 PM
Tuesday: New beer release, Trivia Night (with a twist!), Food truck – Fried Pie Momma, AND - Anyone born on the 13th of any month gets a free beer - just show us your ID, Anniversary cake. Plus some surprises Kristy hasn't come up with yet - but if you know her, you know she'll have a lot of fun things!
Wednesday: Marilyn Appreciation Night. $1.00 off all Marilyn to go beer AND the woman this beer was named after, the brewer’s mom (who will turn 90 this summer), will be on hand to autograph bottles and cans from 4 – 6. Both Marilyn and Naughty Marilyn will be on tap. Dessert.
Thursday: New beer release. 20% off your beer for anyone wearing Crystal Springs apparel. Frasca Restaurant beer dinner (To purchase your ticket to this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Friday: New beer release. Food Truck – Lauer Krauts Food Truck. Faculty Friday (faculty and staff – happy hour prices all night) as always.
Saturday: Meet the brewer. Starting at 2:00, Tom will be pouring a different limited selection from his personal cellar every hour. Food Truck TBA.
Knowing my wonderful wife, Kristy, there will be little touches added all week - don't miss a day!
I hope this finds you with a wonderfully crafted, Colorado made beer in your hands, a warm fire, and a snow day tomorrow.
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April 8th, 2014 5:18pm
I am pleased to announce the release of our Wuerzburger Beer - the first in our Original Series. The Original Series seeks to recreate the beers offered by the original Crystal Springs Brewing and Ice Company.
Wuerzburger was first released circa 1903. Our good friend, Rick Sinner, discovered a very detailed write up about Wuerzburger in a 1905 edition of the Daily Camera. From that excellent description, we were able to develop a recipe for this beer - a helles bock. We used all Colorado malt from Colorado Malting Company and hops from Niwot Hop Farm to make our version.
Excerpts from the 1905 Daily Camera article: 'The question "what is Wuerzburger" has been answered. It is the freshest, foamiest, liveliest, pleasantest beer seen in Boulder. Wuerzbuger (pronounce the z as if it were a t.) would be called "hot stuff" were it not that it is always served cold. Wuerzburger is amber colored joy, dimpled loveliness, sweetly delicious nectar from the pure barley of Boulder County.'
We will be releasing it on tap this Saturday, April 12 beginning at 1:00 PM. Later, we will also release it in 22 oz bottles with a label whose design was based upon the original label (attached) by our wonderful graphic designer, Timm Bryson.
Please stop in and try it!
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March 24th, 2014 12:18pm
I hope you are all doing well, enjoying our Colorado "spring" weather and spending some time relaxing with a good Colorado crafted beer - something I cannot do right now......
I am currently in Trondheim, Norway, or rather just outside of Trondheim near Melhus on a jazz exchange with the Trondertun Folkholkeskole. Beer is not something I have easy access to right now, but yesterday I was able to visit a small brewery on the island of Tautra, located in the fjord by Trondheim, Klostergården Håndbryggeri. I met Jørn Gunnarson Anderssen the brewer and son of owner Ståle Anderssen, and he was kind enough to give me a tour of his brewery (about the same size as our brewery). He also gave me a taste of "Sorn," a beer based on ancient traditions from the Stjørdal area in Trøndelag. Trøndelag is the area in which Trondheim is located and the home of the Vikings. Sorn is a beer made from barley the is kilned over wood from the elderberry tree. The malt picks up smoky flavors from the wood. It had a very interesting and wonderful flavor. Jørn was kind enough to give me a bottle to take home. I am hopeful that one day he will be able to visit our brewery.
It is somewhat colder here than in Colorado but absolutely beautiful! We are supposed to get snow tonight and tomorrow - a lot of snow. We will see.
Lots of events coming up (check out our Upcoming Events page atwww.crystalspringsbrewing.com for more information): April 2nd and 16th BrewAsanas will be presenting yoga classes in our upstairs lounge followed with a pint of our hand crafted beer. More information can be found at www.brewasanas.com. April 4th, Hop Barley and the Alerswill hold their April First Friday Out event at Crystal Springs Brewing. If you are an Aler or would be intersted in joining this great homebrew club, come on by. We are open from 4 to 9 PM. April 17th, in conjunction with Will from Cured in Boulder, we will offer the first of our Third Thursday Tastings. Will and I will offer five pairings of our beers with wonderful foods from Cured. Congratulations to Will and Coral who recently had their first child! We will be offering this event the third Thursdayof every month in the upstair lounge. May 10th we will participate in the first ever New Brew Fest in Niwot - more later.
And now for beers! In mid April we will release the first of our "Original" series - a series of beers recreated from the beers the original Crystal Springs Brewing and Ice Company offered. Our first is Wuerzburger Beer, a helles bock made from Colorado malt from the Colorado Malting Company and locally grown hops from Niwot Hop Farm. The beer is currently lagering and will ideally be released on April 13th. We also created a new beer for spring - we are still working on the name, but may have settled on "Kühl" - since I'm not there, I'm actually not sure! But if you stop by and ask for our new spring beer, I'm sure they'll know what you mean. Frankly, I'm not sure what style this is, but it tastes great, is quite light with a hint of something unusual - hard to describe. Let us know what you think.
Summertime Ale is back out and being delivered today, Monday, March 24th. It's 3:30 in Colorado as I write this, so it will be several hours before the stores have it!
We also have a Belgian style tripel on tap in the brewery, which we've named Naughty Marilyn. A tripel strongly resembles a strong golden ale (Marilyn is a golden ale) but is slightly darker (naughtier) and a little fuller bodied, with a soft malt character with a marriage of spicy, fruity and alcohol flavors. Low to moderate phenols are peppery in character. Esters are reminiscent of citrus fruit such as orage or lemon. Alcohols are soft, spicy and it has a low to moderate spicy hop character. You get the picture - a tripel is, in general, "spicier" than a golden ale. So there you have it - "Naughty Marilyn."
Well, I think that's about it for now. I hope this finds you with a finely made Colorado (or perhaps, Norwegian?) beer in your hand, a smile on your face and plans for a spring or summer vacation. Norway might just be the place to go! If you do, be sure to stop by the island of Tautra and say hi to Jørn for me!Cheers, Tom
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March 1st, 2014 3:02pm
Hi There,I hope your enjoying this wonderful warm, cool, freezing cold, Sunny, snowy, foggy weather we're having! Whatever the weather, we've got a beer for you. Lots of upcoming events: March 2 - Riffs in Boulder dinner to support the Boulder High School Jazz Exchange. Both Crystal Springs and Upslope beers will be on tap and all proceeds from the sale of those will go to the program as well as a portion of the food sales. Call (303) 440-6699 for reservations. March 4: Fat Tuesday. Come join us. We'll be having specials, a baby cake, beads and great fun. Open 4-9. March 6: Our first beer dinner with Bistro 4. Come join us at Bistro 4 for seven courses, each paired with Crystal Springs beer: First Course: Baked Crab Stuffed Oyster (1 per person) Second Course: Beet Salad (Napoleon style) Third Course: Wings; Pink Peppercorn or Harry's Habanero (2 wings per person) Intermission: House Frites Fourth Course: Crispy Skin Duck Breast with a Date Chutney and Pomegranate Vinaigrette Fifth Course: Braised Pork Belly with a Parsnip Puree and a Maple Habanero Glaze Sixth Course: Braised Short Rib with Bleu Cheese Whipped Potato and a Demi Glaze Final Course: Chocolate Stout Cake Call Bistro 4 at 303-993-2409 or Crystal Springs at 303-665-8888 for reservations. Tickets are $50 per person (does not include tax or gratuity). Marilyn goes back on tap Monday, 3/3. Today we're brewing the first batch of Wuerzburger Beer, the first of Original Series - recreations of beers that the original Crystal Springs Brewing and Ice Company made. Should be ready sometime in April. Also in April, We will begin our Third Thursday Tasting series featuring five tasty selections from Cured In Boulder paired with five Crystal Springs beers. We will hold these pairings upstairs, so seating will be limited. Wiil, from Cured, and I will talk about the pairings and be on hand to answer questions. $25 per person. Call 303-665-8888 to reserve a seat. May 10: Join us at New Brew Fest - Boulder County. More info at: http://newbrewfestbc.eventbrite.com/ I hope this finds you content and happy with a finely crafted Colorado made beer in your hand and a huge smile in your face. Cheers, Tom
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February 2nd, 2014 12:46pm
I know it may be a little late, but you might enjoy this for the Super Bowl (or any other party):
Chili Beer Dip
1 or 2 jalapeno peppers, diced
4 oz diced green chilis (preferebly ones used to make Solano Chili Beeer, ask us)
1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
1 or 2 cloves garlic, diced
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon fresh, chopped oregano
1 lb cream cheese
6 oz Solano Chili Beer (drink the rest while enjoying the dip!)
1/2 lb shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup of fresh spinach, cooked, drained and chopped
Salt and pepper to taste, if desired
Over medium heat, saute the jalapeno, green chilis, onions and garlic in butter until translucent. Season with cumin, oregano, salt and pepper. Add cream cheese and Solano and bring to a low simmer until cheese is melted. Add spinach and Monterey Jack and stir until completely mixed in. Serve with anything that strikes your fancy - torilla chips, tortillas, chips, veggies, bread and, of course, Solano Chili Beer.
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February 2nd, 2014 9:42am
I hope this finds you happy and enjoying our usual unusual Colorado weather!
The Super Bowl is almost upon us and we will be open for it with two big screen TVs and one rather large projection screen. You'll be able to see the game from anywhere in the tap room, upstairs or down. Mighty Joe's Cruisin' Kitchen will be there with their wonderful cuisine, serving: Black Saddle Beer Butt Chicken Burritos, Yucatan Pulled Pork Sandwich, Classico Flatbread and for the kids, Cheese Panini (grilled sandwich) served with carrots and juice. We will open at 1:00 for all the pre game festivities! Hope to see you there.
The week after the Super Bowl we will have 7 stouts on tap: Black Saddle, Black Saddle Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout Single Cask #s 1, 2, 3 and 4, Roadtrip Stout (a ginger and chocolate stout created by our own Kristin Alexander) and Salted Chocolate Stout (created by CSBC brewer, Colin Woods). PLUS, for a limited time (until it runs out) we will be offering our award winning Black Saddle Port Barrel Aged Stout.
February 13th we'll be hosting an "Anti Valentines Day" party for singles looking to meet other singles. Check out the fliers posted around the tap room for more details.
We have lots of beer soaked roasted chili peppers from making our Solano chili beer and we're thinking of hosting a chili cook off with the requirement that the chills entered must use our Solano chills. Of course, we will provide the chills. More on that later, but email me if you're interested.
We're busy brewing as much as we can and working to get our spring beers ready. On line soon is the first of our "Original Series" - recreations of the original Crystal Springs Brewing beers. First up is Wuerzburger Beer, a helles bock using all Colorado ingredients. We also plan to offer a golden ale and, of course, Summertime Ale will be back again. If you have suggestions, we're certainly open to ideas.
Today is Faculty Friday - all teachers (public, college, retired) will receive Happy Hour prices all day (we're open 4 - 9). Regular Happy Hour is 4 - 6.
Beginning Monday, February 3, 2014, we will be open seven days a week:
Mondays from 4 - 8
Tuesday through Friday from 4 - 9
Saturday from 1 - 8
Sundays from 12 - 6. On Sundays we will offer growler fills from 12 - 6. Look for our weekly menu at http://www.crystalspringsbrewing.com/growlerfillmenu.html.
So, as always, I'm hopeful you are enjoying a well-made, Colorado craft beer, are healthy and surrounded by those you love.
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January 31st, 2014 9:06pm
style="margin: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Helvetica;"> Thinking you're ready to give yourself up to the dark side? Well we are. Starting next week we'll be gradually serving up a variety of offerings from the dark side, starting with all four of our single cask bourbon barrel aged stouts, soon to be joined by our regular Black Saddle, Kristen's Roadtrip, a ginger chocolate stout, Colin's salted chocolate stout and, somewhere in between, we will serve up a couple very limited offerings of our gold medal, John C Hanley award winning Port Barrel aged stout. Come over to the dark side - starting February 3rd.
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January 16th, 2014 11:36am
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January 1st, 2014 6:10pm
I'm hopeful you all had a wonderful holiday season and that 2014 is the best year ever! At Crystal Springs we will be doing everything we can to make 2014 a banner year. We have lots of projects going:
First, the Broncos! The beginning of 2014 promises to be pretty exciting with the Broncos making the playoffs and having an excellent chance at being in the Super Bowl. We will be open for all the Broncos playoff games, beginning with their first game on Sunday, January 12th. Check our website for our plans for the Super Bowl!
And, January 9 - 11, we will be at the Big Beers and Barleywines Festival in Vail, Colorado, pouring our gold medal Black Saddle Port Barrel Aged Stout (slated to be released again in 2015) and Marilyn, our Belgian Golden. If you're up there, please stop by and see us.
Second, we will be releasing the 4th, and last, in our Black Saddle Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout series. We will release that on January 14th - on tap and in 22 oz bottles. In February we will have all four in our single cask series bourbon barrel aged stouts on tap, along with regular Black Saddle and two other stouts (right now slated to be a ginger stout and a chocolate stout). Towards the end of January we will release a cherry lambic.
Third, this month we will brew the first in our series of "Crystal Springs Originals." While we don't have the recipes for any of the original Crystal Springs Brewing and Ice Company's beers (if any of you know of any, please let us know), we do have, from newspaper accounts, labels, etc., an idea as to what some of them might have tasted like. So this year we will be brewing our take on the originals, beginning with Wuerzburger Beer. Wuerzburger was a lager, and from the information we have, it was a helles bock. If all goes well, we will release that beer in March or April. We'll keep you updated on future releases.
For up to the minute information on our doings, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter, or just check our web site often, www.crystalspringsbrewing.com.
I wish you the best for the New Year and hope that we see you often at our taproom in Louisville (657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E). Mostly, I hope you get to enjoy plenty of wonderful, Colorado made craft beer, enjoyed with great friends and family and wish you boatloads of success and happiness!
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December 23rd, 2013 5:26pm
I hope this finds you happy, warm and full of good cheer. Here's what we've got going for the rest of the year:
This week we will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We will be open Thursday and Friday from 4:00-9:00 PM, Saturday from 1:00-8:00 PM and Sunday for the Broncos/Raiders game - Kick-off is 2:25 and we will open at 1:00 for the pre-game festivities. MIghty Joe's Cruisin' Kitchen will be back with their amazing food creations. Cask #3 of our Black Saddle Bourbon Barrel Stout is now available. It was aged in a Cedar Ridge 12 year old bourbon barrel for about 16 months. Mmmmm. In addition to being on tap, we will have it in 22 oz bottles to go. And there's still some bottles of #1 and #2 left. We also have a new shipment of men and women's shirts (long and short sleeve) and really cool hats and beanies.
Next week we will again be closed Monday - Wednesday. We will be open Thursday and Friday from 4:00-9:00 PM, Saturday from 1:00-8:00 PM. And we should have this year's batch of Solano Chili Beer on tap again.
We are working on getting the 4th cask of Black Saddle Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout ready and should have that on tap and in bottles in a couple weeks. In early January we will be offering a Kriek (Belgian style cherry lambic) and in mid to late January we will have all four Black Saddle Bourbon Barrel Aged Stouts, regular Black Saddle and a couple other wonderful stouts on tap, along with many of our regular offerings.
If you need space for a private party please give us a call (303-665-8888).
Many of you have asked us to do growler fills, and we are finally able to oblige. This Friday we will start Back Door Friday Growler Fills from 11 AM - 2 PM. Drop off your own growler on Thursday or bring it in on Friday, or give us a call to order a filled one of ours (32 ounce only). Check our web site for more information and this week's fill menu - www.crystalspringsbrewing.com or give us a call at 303-665-8888.
We hope you all have a wonderful holiday and a very merry Christmas, surrounded by family, friends and loved ones. Sleep late, eat too much, open that special bottle of Colorado crafted beer you've been saving. Thank you for supporting us - it has been wonderful meeting so many of you in person and making our tap room such a fun, inviting place to be. We look forward to seeing you again and wish you the best holiday season ever.
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December 21st, 2013 11:31am
THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22ND: Still looking for gifts for that special someone who loves beer? Come join us Sunday for the BBBBS - Breakfast Burritos, Broncos, Beer & SHOPPING! On Sunday we'll be offering 13% off on all Crystal Springs Logo shirts and hats. And we have lots of beer to go. PLUS, use your Colorado Card and get a free beer with the purchase of a CSBC logo shirt. We'll be opening at 10am for the 11:00 AM kick-off!
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November 14th, 2013 2:57pm
Hope everyone's doing well. Just a quick note to let you know that Mighty Joe's Cruisin' Kitchen (http://mightyjoeskitchen.com/) will be at the brewery this Friday and Saturday from about 3:00 PM on. We'll be open from 4 - 8ish on Friday and Saturday from 1-8ish. We'll be closed on Sunday and Monday, but then next week we will begin opening from 4 PM until 8ish Tuedays through Fridays (4-6 Happy Hour). We will also be open for all the Bronco's games in December - 12/1, 12/8, 12/12, 12/22, 12/29. For Sunday games, we will open 1 hour prior to kickoff. 12/12 we will open at our regular time - 4:00 PM.
Hope you're enjoying this beautiful weather and a great Colorado brewed beer.
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November 9th, 2013 11:30pm
Come join us this Sunday for Broncos football. We'll be open at 1:00. Bring in food or have it delivered. Go Broncos!
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