Tidbites | Week of June 20, 2013

Spirit Hound Distillers\' white whiskey
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Boulder has become a mecca of microbreweries, and the University of Colorado Boulder’s Alumni Association and the Boulder History Museum are celebrating this June 21 with “Buffs on Tap: A Taste of Boulder’s Brewing History.”

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception featuring local beer and appetizers. A panel of CU alumni brewers starts at 6 p.m. and will be followed with time to explore the Boulder History Museum’s exhibit “Beer! Boulder’s History On Tap.” Local beer, food and ice cream from local food trucks will be available after the panel, from 6:45 to 8 p.m. Boulder’s Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts will also provide a cooking with beer demonstration.

The local participating breweries are J. Wells Brewery, Bootstrap Brewing, Upslope Brewing, FATE Brewing Company and Twisted Pine Brewing Co. Sweet Cow Ice Cream and the Tasterie Truck will provide food at the event.

Admission is $15 and includes one free drink, museum admission and food. Locally brewed beer will also be available from a cash bar. The event takes place at the Boulder History Museum, at 1206 Euclid Ave. and is open to CU alumni.


If you haven’t gotten your fill of locally brewed beer yet, you’re in luck. The 24th Annual Colorado Brewers’ Festival will bring together more than 40 Colorado breweries with more than 80 beers, offering beer tastings and musical entertainment. The festival will take place from June 21 to June 23 in downtown Fort Collins.

At the festival, the local breweries will feature four-ounce beer samples in five-ounce taster mugs. Full-size, 12-ounce servings of beer will be available at the sponsor beer tent. Beer presentations will also be available at the Beer Tent on LaPorte Avenue at the top of each hour between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

During the festival, Colorado musicians will provide entertainment on the Bohemian Foundation Music Sponsor Main Stage in Washington Park on Saturday and Sunday. The music varies, from bluegrass to global dance music, with Euforquestra and Freddy Jones Band headlining. The line-up also includes Blue Grama, Post Paradise, Bop Skizzum, Nu Classics, Mono Verde and Rocktin Grove.

The festival will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 21, at 301 Maple St. in Fort Collins. General hours are 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets to All Brewers Eve on Friday cost $60. General tickets for admission on Saturday and Sunday cost $22 per day, and VIP tickets for admission on Saturday and Sunday cost $45 per day. Non-drinker or designated driver tickets cost $10 for admission Saturday and Sunday. Samples of “core” brands of beer cost one taster ticket, and samples of “specialty” brands of beer cost two taster tickets. Taster tickets cost $1 each and are good for all food and drink purchases. Funds from the festival support other downtown events throughout the year.


Spirit Hound Distillers has released a new whiskey called White Dog Moonshine.

The Lyons-based distillery makes the whiskey from an all-malt whiskey wash that includes peat-smoked malt. The whiskey is unaged and part of the expanding “white whiskey” category.

“Our customers have been clamoring for whiskey since we opened,” distiller and co-owner Craig Engelhorn says in a press release. “And we won’t compromise or rush our aged spirits. But our unaged spirit is clean and flavorful, and after reducing it to 90 proof I was pleasantly surprised by how good it tasted.”

White Dog Moonshine is available at Spirit Hound Distillers, 4196 Ute Highway (State Road 66). A 375-milliliter bottle costs $25.


Awe-Struck Outdoors combines exercise and healthy eating in its weekly Thursday night bike-to-farm dinners.

The ride begins in downtown Boulder and follows the creek path to 63rd Street Farm. At the farm, the riders will be served a three-course farm dinner. The dinner features wood-fired pizza and fresh vegetables and is paired with a wine tasting from Settembre Cellars and live music. The trip also includes a tour of the farm.

The tours take place at 4:30 p.m. every Thursday. The tour costs $39 per person. Call 303- 807-6634 or make a reservation on Awe-Struck Outdoors’ website (www.awestruckoutdoors.com) to reserve your spot on the guided tour. Bikes are available for rent.

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