A new palace of Pork has opened in Denver’s Highlands Neighborhood. We had the privilege of enjoying a sampling of some of the best items the menu has to offer. Old Major, named after the famed Animal Farm character, is a partnership between Justin Brunson of Masterpiece Delicatessen and Denver Bacon Co, Highland Tap & Burger and Infinite Monkey Theorem. Housed in an old skating rink, the space has tons of character. The menu will boast local meat and produce from a few area farms and feature what they’ve dubbed Refined Farmhouse Cuisine. A portion of the produce will be grown in the front of the building where Infinite Monkeys Theorem makes their wine.
They will also be featuring one of top beer programs in Denver. Ryan Conklin, formerly of Euclid Hall, has been brought aboard to head the beer side of the bar. They will feature 7 draft beers and around 20 bottles that will be rotating often. We’re told to expect lots of one off kegs and some geeky, quirky beers. I enjoyed an Odell Deconstruction, a beer aged in multiple wine barrels and spiked with wild yeast and lacto. I can’t wait to attend a beer dinner here. There is a ton of potential.
The restaurant will also feature wines on tap from Infinite Monkey and a cocktail list put together by Steuben’s vets.
Here is a preview of some of the food they’ll be offering:
One of the best soft pretzels I’ve ever had. I never thought I would say this but this pretzel was on par with, if not better than what I experienced growing up in Philadelphia and on my travels to Bavaria.
The smoked mussels were another highlight of the menu.
If anyone can justify putting a bacon dessert on the menu it’s Old Major.
Roasted Mirliton (Chayote) Squash & Grilled Hothouse Tomato Salad
Big Malty Soaked Pork Loin with Creole mustard,
Twelve of Colorado’s Craft Breweries team up with Twelve of Denver’s Top Chefs in a celebration of Culinary Art and Brewery Magic!
BeerCraving and Chefzoso present:
The Ultimate Beer and Food Festival
-A plethora of local beers
-Watch and sample exquisite appetizers prepared by the region’s best Chefs paired with craft beer
-Sample Local Charcuterie and Cheeses
Join the Competition:
Your Vote Decides Best Pairing of Food and Beer!
Chefs and Brewmasters awarded for :
Most Creative & Best of Show, selected by our local celebrity judges
$39 ticket price includes beer and food
Hosted at The Oriental Theater – 4335 West 44th Avenue Denver, CO 80212
Our Mutual Friend
West Flanders Brewing
Hogs Head Brewery
Elise Wiggins – Panzano
James Mazzio – Studio F
Samir Mohammad – Lala’s Pizzaria and Wine Bar
Chris Cina – Ghost Plate and Tap
Jensen Cummings – Row 14
Victoria Bittori – Crock Spot
The Kitchen Denver
Have you heard about the Catalyst Collaboration Beer? It’s brewed with Colorado ingredients and a blend of the house yeast strains from seven local breweries including Wynkoop, Breckenridge Brewery, Stange Brewing, Renegade Brewing, Denver Beer Co., Wit’s End Brewing, and Copper Kettle. $1 of every pint sold will be donated to Create Denver, a non-profit that represents the Denver Creative Community. The beer is described as a moderately hopped, golden, Extra Pale Ale. It will only be around for a few days at select beer bars in Denver including Wynkoop, Ale House at Amato’s, Blake Street Tavern, Hi-Dive and a few other beer centered locations. It was tapped yesterday so be sure to get some while it lasts.
Caution Brewing Company is a pretty unique brewery in an area that is often referred to as the Napa Valley of Beer. Danny and his fiance Betty bring a very adventurous attitude towards brewing, which in my opinion is always welcome. And we’re not talking about adding some raspberries to the secondary tank of a wheat beer. We’re talking beers infused with the likes of ingredients such as chrysanthemum. In fact, Cautions’ signature brew, Lao Wang Lager, is brewed with Chinese spices Danny’s father handed to him and said he thought they would make a pleasant addition to beer. Truth be told, Danny’s Father is the owner of the esteemed Lao Wang Noodle House on South Federal and is no stranger to flavor. This is the spirit that Caution embodies and the sign on their door says it all. You never know what they’ll be brewing with.
Caution is located just off I-70 and Peoria making it a natural stop to and from the airport for beer enthusiasts.
For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to try any Caution brews around town, get excited, because their tap room is nearing completion. I’ve sworn to secrecy about showing too many details about the tap room but I will tell you they’ve got a great open space and the bar will feature this beautiful beatle killed pine.
Caution is currently brewing on a 5 barrel system. Not just any 5 barrel brew system though. As many of you know, pretty much all brewing equipment will be seen reincarnated at another brewery once it leaves it’s original home. Demand for equipment is so high right now that you couldn’t even buy new tanks if you wanted to. Most of the suppliers of these large stainless steel vessels are back-ordered for almost a year. You may recognize this brewing equipment as the original Odell Brewing Company Brew House. Their signature 5 Barrel Pale Ale is named after this system.
Caution is pumping out some seriously tasty brews on this system and I encourage you to seek them out if you see them on tap.
Can’t wait to see this Cognac barrel in action. Cautions’ Old Ale is destined for this treasure.
Now on to the brew day. The goal of today is to create a Chrysanthemum IPA.
The brewing process at Caution is still very much hands on. Lots of moving parts, heavy lifting and the occasional burn are all to be expected when starting a brewery. The beauty of the new style of brewers emerging is they still very much embrace the homebrewing school of thought. Experimentation in the brewing process is part of every new batch they brew.
It will take this beer anywhere from 2-5 weeks until it’s ready to enjoy. I’ll be keeping a close eye on the progress of this one.
Caution does not currently have scheduled brewery tours. I’m told their Tap Room will be open on May 18th. Keep an eye on their Social Media for official hours.
New study by CU Leeds School of Business details importance of Colorado craft beer to Colorado economy
Boulder, Colo. (April 24, 2012) — The craft brewing industry in Colorado provides an annual $446 million boost to the state’s economy, according to data compiled in a study released today by the University of Colorado in Boulder Business Research Division, for the Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG).
As of March 2012, Colorado had 139 licensed craft brewers totaling $101.8 million in income, and $179.2 million in total employment effect.
“Colorado craft brewing creates a dynamic impact on the Colorado economy,” said John Carlson, CBG Executive Director. “Explosive growth continues to have a huge economic effect on the state, with no sign of slowing down.”
Colorado‘s brewing industry is well-positioned for future growth due to a sound regulatory system, which has a proven track record, fostering the continuing success of independent CBG brewers.
Collectively, Colorado brewers contributed nearly $446 million in output in 2011, with an estimated additional $9 million going to the state with a special beer excise tax. This tax burden is unique toColorado brewers and is in addition to the other taxes all Colorado businesses pay.
The study also revealed that Colorado craft brewers create at least 5,800 Colorado jobs. “Craft brewers are on a double-digit growth trajectory, and the potential for new job creation is expected to climb even higher,” said Carlson.
“With 139 craft breweries and more on the way, we are the envy of the nation when it comes to brewing-up a dynamic beer culture,” said Dave Thibodeau, CBG president and founder of Ska Brewing in Durango. “CBG brewers are the catalyst for creating an electric beer culture, while contributing to entrepreneurial activity, and spurring beer tourism throughout the state.”
The Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) is a non-profit trade association promoting the Colorado craft brewing industry. With 139 Colorado craft breweries and counting, CBG provides information forColorado beer lovers, and promotes Colorado craft breweries by advocating positive public policy for Colorado craft beer. For more information, visit www.coloradobeer.org, or call 303.507.7664 . For interviews with Steve Kurowski, call Kuvy Ax, PR, at 720.329.7327.
Official Press Release:
Renegade Brewing Company, located at 925 W 9th Ave, has been in operation for just 10 months now, but has already seen a tremendous response to their beers. With an expectation to produce 1200 barrels of beer in their second year of operation they are well past initial business projections. To keep up with production Renegade will be increasing capacity by 65%. Hellfire Welding, a Colorado based manufacturer will be supplying the tanks for the expansion. “We are very proud to support a Colorado based small business through our expansion”, stated Brian O’Connell, owner and head brewer of Renegade. “We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from the community and we are excited to be able to pass that on to another Colorado business”.
Beer will continued to be sold through the taproom and to limited draft accounts, however, the main focus in the coming year will be on canning their beers. The first canned offering, Ryeteous, a rye IPA, will be sold in 16 oz cans and is expected to hit shelves in early June.