Tidbites | Week of July 9, 2015

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Courtesy of Skeye Brewing

NEW LONGMONT BREWERY OPENS

Skeye Brewing is now up and running on the corner of Hover and Nelson Road in Longmont, serving up a variety of beers in a diverse set of styles.

Husband-wife team Chris and Kami Malanowski opened the brewery last month, naming the place after their three pets, Sierra, Kita and Yakone, whose initials spell out “sky” but who also have, allegedly, piercing sky blue eyes.

Animals aside, the beer seems to be seriously interesting. Skeye is currently offering a pale ale, an IPA, a red ale and a porter. A pilsner is in the works and there are plans for more explorative brews in the near future. Thanks to a red wine barrel aging program, Skeye will be dishing out sours, and seasonal beers will include an apple pie beer around Halloween.

Skeye is also hosting bands and events on weekends. The brewery is open 2-9 p.m. on weekdays, and stays open an hour later on Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit www.skeyebrewing.com.

LEARN TO COOK

The Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in South Boulder is offering a variety of home cooking classes this summer, which kicked off this week. The classes vary from learning the basics to specialized meal preparations.

Take for instance the “summer of travel” home cook courses. Over six weeks, students will travel the globe via the kitchen learning new techniques and working with ingredients local to certain areas. The first course is July 15 and highlights foods from the Cote d’Azur, which includes bouillabaisse, ratatouille, tapenade with cocca, chevre omelettes and a tarte tropazienne. Other classes visit tapas fare, the cuisine of Veneto, Indian and Thai food, and it all ends with an Oktoberfest course on Sept. 5 that features bratwurst, sauerkraut, apple strudel, pretzels and spaetzel. Classes are $99 a piece (hey, it’s cheaper than flying to these places).

For more information on the Escoffier classes, visit www.escoffier.edu.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

Twisted Pine Brewing Co. is getting set to celebrate two decades serving up beer in Boulder on Saturday, July 18 with a party on Walnut Street from 2-7 p.m.

The celebration will include live music, life-sized lot games, food trucks and special beer tappings. Twisted Pine will release a commemorative beer that day, “Twenty to Life,” a grand cru that is “a canary-colored Belgo-American ale with a light, bright body and tropical fruit finish.”

Several other small batches will be released that day from Twisted Pine, as well as several reserve batches. Tickets can be purchased to the event for $5 at the Twisted Pine ale house or online at www.twistedpinebrewing.com.

PICKLES AND BEER

Hey, here’s a question: Do you like pickles? If you’re not asking yourself that question every day, then you probably are doing something right.

But if you’re like the rest of us, the pickle question is a daily check-in with our taste buds. The time is nigh for a new pickle experience, and that’s what the folks at Odell Brewing in Fort Collins have done. They’ve managed to take artisan pickles and meld it with beer. Take it away, Odell press release:

“Inspired by Odell Brewing’s Myrcenary Double IPA, these pickles are made with a hopped wort brine. The wort, which is essentially the backbone of the beer, gives the brine its malt and hop character. It is then combined with a variety of ingredients designed to bring out the same flavors and aromas that Myrcenary Double IPA evokes and dry hopped for up to two weeks.”

The pickles will be released on Friday, July 10 at the Odell tap room, and they’ll be available throughout northern Colorado shortly thereafter.