Update from Cory at 2016 GABF!

If you haven’t heard, the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is kind of a big deal.  Just how big?

According to the Guinness Book of World Records®, there is no other place on earth where a beer aficionado can find more beers on tap. Tasting sessions will offer some 60,000 attendees the opportunity to tour America’s brewing landscape, one ounce at a time, with access to almost 4000 different beers from nearly 800 of the nation’s finest breweries. Think you can taste them all?  Not likely, at 1 small ounce each, that would be 250 pints of beer in 3 days!?!  And that is just the tasting portion of the fest. 

GABF is also the biggest Beer Competition in America and this year they’re aiming to judge around 7000 beers.  Since this year’s numbers aren’t quite final yet, here is a look at what happened last year at the 2015 GABF: 6647 Beers were judged by 242 judges from 15 countries.  275 Medals were awarded over 92 categories of beer that covered 145 different, although sometimes similar styles.  The most popular style, American IPA, reached a ridiculous 336 beers competing for just 3 awards. 

Yup, it is getting harder and harder to win an award here.  But, boy, if you do, it can make an immediate impact.  I was bartending and had just started training to brew (hmm, coincidence!?) at the Dillon DAM Brewery when they won their first one back in 2001, Silver for Dam Straight Lager.  Suddenly, due to the time constraints of lagering, Dam Straight demanded 2 of our 4 fermenters and even doubling production didn’t mean we could fill all the requests.  We were getting phone calls and emails from around the country asking for Lager and we weren’t even distributing to half of Colorado.  Then, in Spring of 2002 we won Gold at the World Beer Cup for Sweet George’s Brown, and again, demand sky rocketed and Boom! Brown was what we sold the most kegs and cases of.  

For the Brewers though, GABF is a lot more than winning or not.  You get a firsthand look at new ideas, equipment, processes and possibilities.  You get to sample the hot trends and begin to formulate new seasonals and/or collaborations with other brewers. Have a troublesome mechanical issue at your brewery?  Chances are you’ll stumble in to some other brewer who has been through it and can help point you in the right direction.  And then after the fest hall, Denver is a booming downtown full of breweries, beer bars, great food and live music to enjoy and gather ideas from. 

This year, The Bakers’ Brewery will be pouring 5 beers in the Meet The Brewer area. This section features a lack of volunteers (who may or may not know anything about beer other than which hole it goes in…Just Kidding, most of them are Awesome!!) and is instead fully manned by employees of the breweries.  In addition to our brewers (who also like to drink other people’s brews!) we will have managers, bartenders, servers and investors taking turns running the booth, handing out samples and answering questions. 

Speaking of tasting other brewers’ beers, where does one start when that break finally arrives!?  Well, obviously, the options are endless!  Some folks like to focus, on one style per evening, like seeking out all IPAs or Porters or Sours.  Personally, I like to tour the country a bit.  So many amazing beers are brewed out in California, so that section is always high on my agenda.  I grew up in Minnesota, so I also always make a bit of time for a trip through the mid-north.  Saturday afternoon and evening walk-abouts usually involve seeking out the Award Winners in any styles I entered for comparison and critiquing. 

Well there it is and here we go, the Brewers’ Awards are tomorrow (Saturday)!.  Wish us Luck!!

 

Sincerely, Thanks for reading!  Cheers!!

 

-Cory Forster


Mountain Beer Goes to Denver!

As the final golden leaves rain down, we head to Denver with our beers for another exciting Great American Beer Festival. This year we are located in the Meet the Brewers Pavilion. Be sure to stop by to say hello to one of our beer clan. We are looking forward to seeing our Denver friends, trying new beers and go for the gold with some of our participating beers. Make sure to look us up if you’re wandering around!

GABF Competition Beers

It was definitely a challenge to select our beers that we were going to enter into the competition. While the odds are long, you can’t win unless you play. We tried to pick some interesting categories and ended up with quite a range. The Piña Colada IPA is made with our Elated IPA and is just a wonderful refreshing,fruity, solid beer. The hops really come through so you don’t end up with a sicky-sweet taste but a nice clean finish. Our Barking Dog Brown is entered in the English Dark Mild category. This beer is one of our most popular because it is such an easy beer to drink, low alcohol, malty flavor yet still one of our lightest bodied beers.

The Belgian and Saisons

We entered two of our saisons that we made this spring and summer aptly called our In Bloom Spring Saison and our Summer Summit Sunset Saison. With interesting add ins like hibiscus, mangos and ginger, these are refreshing and flavorful. The saison yeast profiles definitely shine through in a friendly way, not too strong. Our other signature beer is entered into the Belgian Strong Specialty Ale – Winter is Coming. The flavors and aromas are a cornucopia of dark fruits, earthy spices and caramel and chocolate malts.

Come stop by if you get a chance during the festival or later up in the mountains here in Silverthorne! Cheers!


Family Fun at the Bakers’ Brewery

Featured in Mile High Mamas

We are very excited to be featured in the Mile High Mamas blog about a weekend of family fun in Silverthorne, Colorado. Among their many fun activities and great restaurants, the Holden family visited the Bakers’ Brewery and loved us! Special mention included our Barking dog brown as “one of the best browns [he’s] ever had” and “My sloppy joe was among the best I’ve tasted.” We were honored to be selected as a part of their visit.

Family Fun

Did you know that we offer a children’s menu? One of the things we are most proud of about our children’s menu is that we make all of these items from scratch too.  Ok, except for the tortillas. We cut and bread the chicken strips, boil and mash our potatoes, we bake the bread and shred the cheese. We just don’t enjoy frozen, easy-street food. All of our kids meals come with carrot coins and Goldfish which, despite our enthusiasm about the home-made aspect of our food, tend to inspire the most excitement.

The children’s menu includes grilled cheese on home made sourdough. You can order a cheese roll up which is like a quesadilla. We make our mac n cheese from scratch or you can just order butter noodles. One of our favorites is the Kids Bakey Bowl which is a little bowl of mashed potatoes, gravy, cheese with a chicken strip. And of course, we offer chicken strips. All of our kids menu items are $5.95 and of course we give crayons to color on the menu itself.

Here is a collection of photos from Lori Holden’s visit. Lori is the author of the Mile High Mamas. Thanks Lori!

visit to the Baker's Brewery by Mile HIgh Mamas

Includes a photo of our brewery, the Sloppy Joe, our Beer menu at the time, some samples of beer and some malted barley grains.


Beer-iversary – June 6 at 5 PM

Beer-iversary

This is the anniversary since we poured our first beer here at the Bakers’ Brewery! We are simultaneously excited to announce our first Medal: Silver at the North American Brewers Association Beer Awards!

Second at North American Brewers Association

Second at North American Brewers Association

WooHOO!  Excellence indeed! Our Belgian Rebellion was entered in the Belgian Pale Ale Category. Our Belgian Rebeillion is 5.5%ABV and named the Belgian Rebellion in honor of the first and latest Star Wars movies and features a carefully blended complement of fruity and spicy hops to match the natural fruity-spicy character of our house Belgian yeast strain. Tropical fruit notes from Equinox and Tahoma hops are artfully balanced with spicy-peppery Triplepearl hops and a bit of zesty Rye alongside a touch of caramel malt sweetness in this lively but supremely drinkable, orange colored India Pale Ale.

Check out our name on the 2016 Winners List and also some of our fellow Summit Breweries!

Join us Monday night for a beer pairing dinner ($25) paired by our Chef Jeffrey and Brew master Cory. The first fifty beers are free (one per person) starting at 5 PM.


First Anniversary Party!

Woot! WOOT!! We’ve almost made it through a whole year and we have skis AND a snowboard to give away at our One Year Anniversary Party!! Albritton Skis are built in Salida and the Finlandia Snowboard was built by Never Summer Snowboards down in Denver, so they’re both proud to be built right here in Colorado!!

We will be holding TWO drawings at The Bakers’ Brewery on Sunday March 6, 2016.

The First Drawing will be held at approximately 9:17pm. These entries will be filled by a 5 week long promotion where customers collect stamps on their raffle cards and for every 5 beers and/or meals they purchase, they will get one entry. They do not need to be present to win this prize, but will need to pre determine whether they want the skis or the snowboard (simply circle your preference).

The Second Drawing for the remaining item will take place later that night (at approximately 10:29pm) to a Must-Be-Present to win winner.

What Counts for a stamp?

BEER: Any full beer purchase: pint, snifter, sampler flight of 4, Happy Hour, $2 Tuesday are all good to count as one beer. Thus, for $10 worth of $2 beers on a Tuesday night a customer can get a full raffle card and an entry.

DRINKS: Any wine, shot, or mixed cocktail purchase counts. Sodas, coffee, tea etc. do NOT count.

To-Go Beer: Squealer (32oz.) Refill = 1 stamp; Growler Refill = 2 stamps; EcoGrowler Purchase = 1 stamp;
Keg = full card (5 stamps or one entry) but not for tap accounts at other businesses, this is for in house sales.
For Example: An EcoGrowler purchase plus fill is 3 total stamps…have 2 beers here and you’ve got a full entry!!

MEALS: Anything bigger than a side: Apps, soup bowl (but not cup), salads, sammies, entrees. OR, purchase of TWO cookies/brownies etc.

So come in, drink some beers, register for some prizes and get stamps!