Tidbites | Week of Nov. 26, 2015

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Courtesy of CSU

YOU KNOW… LATKES AT THE HARDWARE STORE

In order to get everyone stoked for Hanukkah this year, McGuckin Hardware in Boulder will be dishing out latkes on Nov. 27 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The latkes are made from the recipe of Jim Cohen, executive chef and owner of Empire Lounge and Restaurant and Pizzeria da Lupo. Unfortunately, Cohen suffered a stroke in September, but the annual latke bake will go on, and McGuckin’s is raising money to help him pay for medical and rehabilitation costs. Cohen’s daughter, Hannah, is a McGuckin’s employee and will lead the latke-baking charge.

For more information, visit mcguckin.com or stop by on Friday to get all up in that potato pancake action and then buy a whole bunch of hammers and power sanders.

TRY STUDENT BEER

Up at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, students are taking brewing to the next level. And the young scholars enrolled in CSU’s Brewing Science and Technology class want to share their class projects with you. Good news: it’s beer.

On Thursday, Nov. 19 from 4-6 p.m., head up to the Odell Brewing Co. tap room for the ceremonial tapping (think of it as the best minigraduation ceremony ever) of the Polar Ale – Alt Man Winter. The Polar Ale is a variation on a Düsseldorf Altbier, and was brewed at Odell on Halloween this year with the help of the brewery’s cofounder, Doug Odell.

The students in the class are mostly members of the CSU Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition’s Fermentation Science and Technology program. It’s a mouthful, but if beer production is part of the curriculum, it’s worth it.

“The classes are super-interesting and a lot of fun while also being very difficult and detail-oriented,” said James Macdonald, a fermentation science major in the brewing class, in a press release. “I can tell the instructors have a real passion for educating, and the classes reflect their care.

“Being a homebrewer, I had thought I knew a lot about the brewing process. How wrong I was,” said Macdonald.

For more information on the CSU program, visit chhs.colostate.edu, or stop by Odell and chat up some beer scholars.

BOULDER BEER RELEASE

Speaking of new beer releases, Boulder Beer Company drops its latest brew this month, the Killer Penguin. What say you about the new brew, Boulder Beer?

“This limited, small-batch release is dark garnet red in color with a candied-fruit like aroma and flavor. At 10 percent ABV, Killer Penguin is a big barleywine that comes across very smooth and extremely balanced — the perfect beer to share among friends.”

Terrific. The Killer Penguin will be available in their taproom and at select liquor stores and beer-serving establishments across the state.

HOLIDAY TEATIME

The Hotel Boulderado is getting set to host a series of afternoon teas this holiday season.

A selection of tea will be served out on their mezzanine as live music plays for all tea-sipping patrons. The Boulderado’s traditional English teas will be “served loose-leaf in china pots, accompanied by a delightful array of tea sandwiches, cakes and pastries.”

There will be seatings every 15 minutes from 12-1:45 p.m. Adult tickets are $32, which include tax and gratuity, except for the “Nutcracker Tea” events on Dec. 12 and 13, which tack an additional $10 donation to the Boulder Ballet.

Visit boulderado.com for a full list of dates and live music performances, then call 303-440-2880 for reservations.