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WUERZBURGER!

April 8th, 2014 5:18pm

 Hi There,

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!

Cheers, Tom

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Norway, Sorn, Beer

March 24th, 2014 12:18pm

 Hi There!

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 4thHop 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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Big Events in March!

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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Chili Beer Dip

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

Ingredients

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

To Make:

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 News

February 2nd, 2014 9:42am

 Hi There!

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.  

Cheers, Tom

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Come on over to the dark side

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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Tom Wilmes, Daily Camera Beer Guy on Crystal Springs

January 16th, 2014 11:36am

 http://www.dailycamera.com/lifestyles/ci_24872343/crystal-springs-brewing-company-release-new-beers

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Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2014 6:10pm

 Hi,

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!

Cheers, Tom

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End of 2013

December 23rd, 2013 5:26pm

 Hi There,

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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Broncos, Burritos and Shopping

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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Food! Hours. Broncos.

November 14th, 2013 2:57pm

 Hi There,

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.

Cheers, Tom 

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Broncos Football

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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New tappings 11/8/13

November 7th, 2013 5:40pm

We are tapping three new beers this Friday:  Bourbon Barrel Black Saddle - the first in our series of Single Cask Bourbon Barrel Aged Stouts; Angel Wheat, an American wheat beer; and Velvet Shank, a light, refreshing beer, brewed entirely with Brettanomyces, barrel fermented and aged.  Come join us - we'll be opening at 4.  

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Flood!

September 21st, 2013 8:14am

 

HI,

Thank you so much to all the people who have been checking with us to see how we're doing.  Bottom line is that we are doing fine - our house and both breweries are intact with no real damage.  Fortunately, we are on high enough ground that we did not get flooded and luckily, no large boulders came down upon us from the mountainside above.  We did receive major damage to our lane up to the house and it has been a struggle to get in and out - which has impacted our ability to get beer to our customers.  I'm hopeful you will all bear with us in the next couple of weeks.  We have been filling potholes as fast as we can, but the water is still running hard and so this is a continuous effort.  Many of our friends and neighbors are much worse off than we are.  We count ourselves lucky.

The other effect of the flood has been that work on our new location in Louisville has been impacted and we are not going to be able to open by the end of September.  It is probably going to me more like mid October. The flood has caused delays in deliveries, impacted people working on the brewery and caused us to be unable to work on it as much as we'd like.  Rather than try to "push" getting open and risk not doing it well, we would rather delay the opening and do it right.  

GABF:  We did get our competition entries in and it's looking good that we will be able to get all five of our festival beers in on time.  The Brewer's Association has been wonderfully supportive, so I think all is going to work out on that end.  To those of you coming to GABF from other areas of the country and the world - it is highly unlikely that we will be officially open by then, but we'll be very close and we may have one or two nights that we will "quietly" open.  Please call if you are interested in visiting us while you're in town.  

We recently got our hops from Niwot Hop Farm, so as soon as we are caught up in beer production, we are going to make our first batch of Wuerzburger.  Wuerzburger was a beer produced by the original Crystal Springs Brewing Company.  Through the kindness of one of our supporters, we have a bottle, with label, that once held Wuerzburger.  It is currently on display at the Boulder History Museum.  Thanks to our good friend, Rick Sinner, we have an excellent description of the beer - which he found while perusing old copies of the Daily Camera while doing research for his upcoming book on Boulder County history.  From that we were able to formulate a recipe, that we believe will be close to the original.  We will be using all local ingredients to make this beer - malts from Colorado Malting and hops from Niwot Hop Farm.  It's a lager, so don't look for it right away, but I'm hopeful we'll have it out by the end of the year.

Finally, we are very close to being able to brew in the new location.  That will allow us to more than triple our current production.  So excited!

I hope this finds you safe and dry, with an excellent Colorado made beer in your hand.  While we are unable to do anything at this time, we do plan to hold future events to raise funds to help those impacted by this devastating flood.  Together we'll come out of this stronger and better than before.  

All our best to you and yours,

Tom & Kristy 

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Flood!

September 21st, 2013 8:14am

 

HI,

Thank you so much to all the people who have been checking with us to see how we're doing.  Bottom line is that we are doing fine - our house and both breweries are intact with no real damage.  Fortunately, we are on high enough ground that we did not get flooded and luckily, no large boulders came down upon us from the mountainside above.  We did receive major damage to our lane up to the house and it has been a struggle to get in and out - which has impacted our ability to get beer to our customers.  I'm hopeful you will all bear with us in the next couple of weeks.  We have been filling potholes as fast as we can, but the water is still running hard and so this is a continuous effort.  Many of our friends and neighbors are much worse off than we are.  We count ourselves lucky.

The other effect of the flood has been that work on our new location in Louisville has been impacted and we are not going to be able to open by the end of September.  It is probably going to me more like mid October. The flood has caused delays in deliveries, impacted people working on the brewery and caused us to be unable to work on it as much as we'd like.  Rather than try to "push" getting open and risk not doing it well, we would rather delay the opening and do it right.  

GABF:  We did get our competition entries in and it's looking good that we will be able to get all five of our festival beers in on time.  The Brewer's Association has been wonderfully supportive, so I think all is going to work out on that end.  To those of you coming to GABF from other areas of the country and the world - it is highly unlikely that we will be officially open by then, but we'll be very close and we may have one or two nights that we will "quietly" open.  Please call if you are interested in visiting us while you're in town.  

We recently got our hops from Niwot Hop Farm, so as soon as we are caught up in beer production, we are going to make our first batch of Wuerzburger.  Wuerzburger was a beer produced by the original Crystal Springs Brewing Company.  Through the kindness of one of our supporters, we have a bottle, with label, that once held Wuerzburger.  It is currently on display at the Boulder History Museum.  Thanks to our good friend, Rick Sinner, we have an excellent description of the beer - which he found while perusing old copies of the Daily Camera while doing research for his upcoming book on Boulder County history.  From that we were able to formulate a recipe, that we believe will be close to the original.  We will be using all local ingredients to make this beer - malts from Colorado Malting and hops from Niwot Hop Farm.  It's a lager, so don't look for it right away, but I'm hopeful we'll have it out by the end of the year.

Finally, we are very close to being able to brew in the new location.  That will allow us to more than triple our current production.  So excited!

I hope this finds you safe and dry, with an excellent Colorado made beer in your hand.  While we are unable to do anything at this time, we do plan to hold future events to raise funds to help those impacted by this devastating flood.  Together we'll come out of this stronger and better than before.  

All our best to you and yours,

Tom & Kristy 

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