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International Beer Tasting Shines in Broomfield

A dozen ice trays adorned black tablecloths, aligned on tables against the windows of a modest downstairs meeting room in Broomfield’s Omni Interlocken Resort on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Each tray brimmed with twenty to thirty beers, mostly in bottles, roughly organized into style groups or according to SRM color, getting darker and fuller in a counterclockwise fashion around the room. Some wore commercially-approved labels, other beers bore varying forms of tape (Scotch, duct) with Sharpie writing to identify the contents. The beers hailed from across the United States, Belgium, England, and Australia.

This was the canvas from which 100 lucky patrons were offered the chance to select the 2017 Denver International Beer Competition’s People’s Choice award winners. This public component of the Denver International Beer Competition, organized by Wine County Network (http://www.winecountrynetwork.com/), allowed an elite pool of beer fans to pit their skills and palates beside the panel of BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) judges who were mid-way through the weekend’s formal commercial tasting and ranking exercises elsewhere in the hotel.

Chris Davies, Wine Country Network Director, developed the idea for the intimate People’s Choice segment of the two-day commercial event after realizing many beers submitted for the curated judges’ tasting went unopened after the judges finished their rankings. Offering these excess submissions as stock for a public event would allow everyday beer fans to engage in the broader commercial value of the event for public, brewers, and distributors, he thought. “Many of these beers are not commercially available in all parts of the country, or even Colorado.” said Davies. “The People’s Choice tasting allows brewers to find out what beer drinkers think, along with the technical judging comments.”

Much like the BJCP-certified judging, Davies did not provide the People’s Choice “judges” with brewers tasting notes, recipe, or ingredient lists. Rather, they were left to their most basic and familiar expertise:  their own experiences with and preferences for craft beer styles, aromas, and textures. The goal for the three-hour tasting event was to identify three best-of-show beers from a broad range of styles and categories, including lambic, barley wine, cream ale, IPA, pale ale, stouts (in four subcategories), and wild-fermented sours.

As the citizen attendees gathered, several BJCP judges from the commercial judging also mingled about to offer technical insights. Most ticket-holders stuck to their own intuition though, which is not to say the conversations were not lively. As with the divergent ages of attendees– ranging from 25 to 67– the palate preferences and observed character nuances of the beers they discussed spanned the spectrum. The puckering of some faces, after sipping a wild-fermented Paw Paw sour ale (Upland Brewing), became beaming, eyes-rolling-backward faces after sampling a velvety high-gravity Belgian Strong Golden ale. Some also discussed their preferences for the lighter bodied brews with their earthy, grainy aromas and lager yeast esters, like the Libertas cream ale and Wormtown Punxsutawney Pils and Helles.

Standouts from this writer’s perspective included:
  • ENIAC Moasic IPA by Lucky Envenlope (Seattle, WA), a full mouthfeel, malty IPA with distinctively PacNW floral, fruity hop characters layered throughout;
  • Hellraiser Belgian Golden Strong Ale by Bruz Beers (Denver), a chewy, malty ale with a deceptively light hue and a heavy horse blanket and leather punch, a sit down to drink beer at 11.4% ABV;
  • Sam Adams Double Bock, a hugely malty, warming sojourn into Old World lagering traditions, ripe with burnt characters and velvety on the tongue, containing up to a half pound of malt in the volume breweries for each packaged bottle;
  • Old Silenus, an old ale by Migration Brewing (Portland, OR) with stone fruit richness delivered in a mahogany gem that pours viscous like motor oil and keeps you in your chair; and
  • Coopers, Best Extra Stout out of Australia, a dry stout with nutty characters and a dusty feeling like the outback.
 The official results of both the formal Denver International Beer Competition and the People’s Choice tasting awards are currently pending at http://denverbeercomp.com/
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24 Carrot-A Gem Uncovered

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John Fiorilli: Director of Brewing Operations at Mountain Sun

We attended a dinner at Under the Sun recently where I had the chance to meet John Fiorilli, Director of Brewing Operations at Mountain Sun Pubs & Breweries. The term “Director of Brewing Operations” comes about because John is responsible for overseeing brewing at all five of the Mountain Sun locations. As a group of brewpubs, […]

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New Element to Explore

Boiled down, an ideal dinner or cocktail out has three essential elements: location, product, and atmosphere. The new Element Bistro in Gunbarrel has hit fairly high marks on these goals in its first month. The location is unique– amid the trees and birds above the suburban traffic. The cocktail list is extensive and food menu […]

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The Frothy Five: Beer in Boulder’s Weekly Craft Brewery Events

It’s a clash of the seasons in this week’s Frothy Five brought to you by Beer in Boulder! The mornings have turned crisp but the days are still sunny and warm and, as summer transitions to autumn here in Boulder, we can’t help but get excited for cooler days, sweater weather, football season, and some […]

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Best Coffee Shops in Boulder … From an Outsider’s Viewpoint

We were pleased to receive an email from San Francisco Bay-area food and outdoors blogger Rad Sakalkale of The Snobby Foodie, mentioning a visit to Boulder and asking about guest posting on our site. Below is the result – a take on Boulder coffee shops from an outsider’s viewpoint. Thank you, Rad! ———————————– With hiking and […]

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The Frothy Five: Beer in Boulder’s Weekly Craft Brewery Events

Here in Boulder, we’re in a bit of a seasonal limbo. For many, school is back in session, giving us major fall vibes. At the same time, craft breweries continue to concoct and release delicious, refreshingly fruity summertime brews, but hints of pumpkin and hearty spices are starting to creep closer and closer to taprooms […]

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The Frothy Five: Beer in Boulder’s Weekly Craft Brewery Events

It’s a high-energy week at Boulder County’s craft breweries! In this week’s Frothy Five, presented by Beer in Boulder, we have live music, Pilates, a samba party, and more, all events that will get local craft brewery patrons up, moving, and grooving while they enjoy their favorite Boulder brews. Here are Beer in Boulder’s picks […]

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The Frothy Five: Beer in Boulder’s Weekly Craft Brewery Events

The Olympics are here! The excitement of watching all of the Olympic sports and competitions has us thinking about all of the podium-worthy pints we’re ready to indulge in this coming week, which brings us to the Frothy Five presented by Beer in Boulder! This week, celebrate Boulder County’s medal-winning (and potentially soon-to-be-medal-winning) craft brews […]

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The Frothy Five: Beer in Boulder’s Weekly Craft Brewery Events

What sounds, sights, smells, activities, and tastes instantaneously transport you to a summertime state of mind? This week’s Frothy Five, presented by Beer in Boulder, is a collection of a few of these quintessentially summer sensations. From explosions of refreshing fruity flavors to barbecues to live backyard music and more, Boulder County’s craft breweries are giving […]

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The Frothy Five: Beer In Boulder’s Weekly Craft Brewery Events

Welcome to this week’s Frothy Five presented by Beer in Boulder! Just because we’re into the second half of summer doesn’t mean that there aren’t still plenty of refreshing and outdoor craft beer events ready for you to enjoy here in Boulder County. Whether you’re craving summery treats like ice cream and s’mores or are looking to […]

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The Frothy Five: Beer in Boulder’s Weekly Craft Brewery Events

We’re saying a big happy birthday to multiple Boulder County craft breweries in this week’s Frothy Five presented by Beer in Boulder! From longstanding Boulder staples to new and exciting breweries, every craft brewery anniversary and birthday is a celebration of and testament to the innovative and thriving craft culture of our county. Cheers to many […]

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The Frothy Five: Beer in Boulder’s Weekly Craft Brewery Events

Welcome back from what we hope was a short work week and a holiday weekend full of sunshine, friends, and suds! Boulder County’s breweries haven’t slowed down in the days since the holiday and are continuing to spoil us local craft beer lovers with some unique beer releases and fun, educational events in the coming […]

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The Frothy Five: Beer in Boulder’s Weekly Craft Brewery Events

Welcome to the weekly Frothy Five presented by Beer in Boulder! We’re just about ready to kick off the biggest of the big summer holiday weekends here in Boulder, and we hope you all enjoy a wonderfully fun, relaxing, and safe Fourth of July weekend. With over 60 events, beer releases, and more happening at […]

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The Frothy Five: Beer in Boulder’s Weekly Craft Brewery Events

Cheers to the second edition of the Frothy Five presented by Beer in Boulder! We hope that you’ve been enjoying the summer weather and all the refreshing craft wheat beers, lagers, and saisons that have accompanied it. This week plays host to a variety of beer releases, street fairs, and live music to brighten your […]

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Blackbelly Butcher: A Contemporary Take on Old World Butchery

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The Frothy Five: Beer in Boulder’s Weekly Craft Brewery Events

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4 CO breweries + East Coast IPA + Juicy goodness + Haze = Robot Librarian

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Over the Moon for Under the Sun

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Quick Buzz: Boulder County Craft Beer Pours May – June

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Left Hand Brewing – Not Just Another Beer Fest

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How to Boulder your way through BrüFrou: Craft Beer + Culinary Pairing Event

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Redstone Meadery delivers ‘Mead for the Masses’ for past 15 years

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Quintessential Wine Tasting Event – This Friday at the Boulderado

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Boulder’s West End Tavern delivers big, bold flavors on BBQ & Bourbon

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Countdown to Collaboration Fest

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CineCHEF: An Upscale Take on Dinner and a Movie

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Hops + Handrails: Most Epic Beer Pairing Ever

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Pros and Cons of Drinking Local

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The relentlessly unpredictable world of barrel aging with Avery’s Andy Parker

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Earning Your Beer: Fitness & Craft Beer in Boulder County

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Ball Aerospace engineer fights the battle of the fizz so you don’t have to

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Next Stop: Roadhouse Boulder Depot

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GoodBird Kitchen serves “Supreme Casual” at Longmont location

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Boulder County Year in Beer Review

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Wild Woods Brewery: A Nature-Inspired Craft Beer Story

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BRU Boulder Beer Dinner pushes all boundaries with ‘Brewed Food’ meal

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Second Time’s a Charm: Lafayette’s Front Range Brewing improves beers, food menu

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Denver International Wine Festival: A Must-Do!

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Breckenridge Christmas Ale Gift

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Finkel & Garf (Gunbarrel) teach us how to ‘Play’ with our beer

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Exploring Californian Wines Al Fresco with HANNA Winery & Vineyards

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A conversation with Crystal Springs’ Doc Shredder in Louisville

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EDB Spirit Awards of GABF 2015 – Now with BEER GEEKS!

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Boulder breweries dominate at GABF Pro-Am Competition

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Lafayette’s Liquid Mechanics’ CEO talks GABF medal and more

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Longmont’s Left Hand claims 3 of 8 GABF medals in Boulder County

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Fresh Thymes: Eating With Power!

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Celebrate Your Inner Geek at Boulder’s First Rum Distillery

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The Kitchen Next Door for Wine?

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