Wednesday, May 15th 2013
Oskar Blues Burning Can Beer Festival is Back on June 1st
OSKAR BLUES BURNING CAN BEER FESTIVAL GROWS WITH
LYONS OUTDOOR GAMES AND COLORADO BREWERS GUILD
Lyons, Colorado – The Oskar Blues Burning Can Beer Fest is back (June 1st) for the second year as part of the Lyons Outdoor Games (5/31 to 6/2) to bring you everything craft beer in a CAN offers: fresh, earth-friendly beer in a portable container that takes you to your next soul-saving outdoor adventure.
Oskar Blues Brewery invites all beer lovers to celebrate the REVOLUTION of big-flavored craft beers served up in cans in their hometown of Lyons, CO. Set amidst the backdrop of beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park in Bohn Park on June 1st, 2013, Burning Can adds a national craft beer influence to the world class events of the Lyons Outdoor Games (May 31st to June 2nd).
Last year Burning Can Beer Fest joined Lyons Outdoor Games and raised $18,000 for beneficiaries while exposing over 2,300 people to canned craft beer, some of which is not for sale in Colorado. Burning Can offers samples (4pm to 7pm, VIP 3pm to 7pm) of canned craft beer from 35+ innovative canning craft breweries from across the country in the middle of live music by Chain Station, food trucks, Lyons Outdoor Games 5K, Rugby, and the BMX/Mountain Bike dirt-jump & best trick bike competition (followed by DJ Chronz) as world class kayakers are running the river.
The Lyons Outdoor Games kick off Friday Night (May 31st) with a FREE live concert featuring New Orleans' Dumpstaphunk and local band Interstate Stash Express set to the backdrop of Bohn Park. Now in its 12th year, the multi-sport competition of Lyons Outdoor Games has grown into a world-class celebration of mountain sports drawing heavy hitters from the outdoor industry over three days from May 31st to June 2nd.
“The Lyons Outdoor Games attract world-class athletes but also offer many opportunities for beginner and intermediate athletes to learn and develop skills under the downhome, grassroots feel of Lyons, CO.” says Dave Cosgrove, Lyons Park and Recreation Director. The South Saint Vrain creek is the definition of steep, manky, roadside class V+ for boaters in Colorado and has become the stage for the renowned Adam Barron Memorial Creek race.
What would a CANNED beer festival at an outdoor-sports celebration be without RECYCLING? Ball Corporation, Novelis Inc. and Alcoa Inc. have stepped up to focus on recycling initiatives. All money raised from Lyons Outdoor Games recycled cans will be donated to American Whitewater. American Whitewater is a national non-profit organization with a mission “to conserve and restore America's whitewater resources and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely.” Canned craft beer has many benefits including defending beer from the damages of sunlight, an air-tight seal that allows less oxygen into the beer creating a fresher tasting beverage. Not only are cans good for the beer, they are also good for the environment. Aluminum cans are infinitely recyclable and are lighter to ship, reducing the ecological impact. Last, but not least, you can take CANNED beers where your next soul-saving adventure takes you….including places where glass isn’t allowed and where you need to “pack it in, pack it out.”
All proceeds from the 2013 Burning Can event go to the Lyons Department of Parks and Recreation and the Colorado Brewers Guild, two groups that embody the soul of Oskar Blues. The Colorado Brewers Guild is a key player in the continued growth and celebration of Colorado’s craft beer industry. Lyons Outdoor Games is a tribute to the outdoor sports that helped inspire Oskar Blues to can Dale’s Pale Ale over ten years ago.
For a full list of events at the 2013 Lyons Outdoor Games visit: www.lyonsoutdoorgames.com. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of for 4pm to 7pm event. $35 VIP Tickets are available for an early 3pm entrance and come with a commemorative Burning Can glass, no day of purchase available. Receive $5 off of the day-of ticket price if you ride your bike to the festival as Bicycle Longmont will be providing bike valet. Tickets are available at: www.burningcan.com
LODGING - There is ample camping at Bohn Park and Meadow Park in Lyons and More information about lodging is available athttp://lyonsoutdoorgames.com/camping/
TRANSPORTATION – The Oskar Blues trolley will run from Longmont to Lyons all weekend, stay tuned at http://www.oskarblues.com/tunes/lyons-outdoor-games/burning-can-2013-trolley-schedule for a schedule and pick up info. RTD buses run from Boulder & Longmont to Lyons all weekend as well. http://lyonsoutdoorgames.com/lodging-transportation/
SPONSORS of Burning Can Beer Festival are:
PRESENTING RECYCLING SPONSORS: Ball Corporation, Novelis Inc., Alcoa Inc.
SUPPORTING SPONSORS: Boulder Business Products, Go West, Westword, Draft Magazine, Mobile Canning, Wild Goose Canning, High Country Beverage.
CANNING BREWERIES ATTENDING (Some not available in CO):
- Bootstrap Brewing
- Breckenridge Brewery
- Eddyline Brewing
- NOLA Brewing Co
- Crazy Mountain Brewery
- Aspen Brewing Co
- Bonfire Brewing
- Big Choice Brewing
- Moab Brewery
- Dry Dock Brewing
- Crystal Springs Brewing
- Telluride Brewing Co
- Sierra Nevada Brewing
- Asher Brewing C0
- Sun King Brewing
- Ska Brewing Co
- Renegade Brewing Co
- Pateros Creek Brewing
- Twisted Pine Brewing
- High Noon Saloon & Brewery
- New Belgium Brewing Co
- Golden Road Brewing
- Maui Brewing Co
- Left Hand Brewing Co
- Boulder Beer Co
- Avery Brewing Co
- Upslope Brewing Co
- Great River Brewing
- Santa Fe Brewing
- San Tan Brewing
- 21st Amendment
- Uinta Brewing Co
- Sam Adams Brewing Co
- Kona Brewing Co
- Redhook Brewery
and yours truly, Oskar Blues.
ABOUT OSKAR BLUES BREWERY
ABOUT LYONS OUTDOOR GAMES
ABOUT COLORADO BREWERS GUILD
ABOUT AMERICAN WHITEWATER
Founded in 1954, American Whitewater is a national non-profit organization with a mission “to conserve and restore America's whitewater resources and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely.” American Whitewater is a membership organization representing a broad diversity of individual whitewater enthusiasts, river conservationists, and more than 100 local paddling club affiliates across America. The organization is the primary advocate for the preservation and protection of whitewater rivers throughout the United States, and connects the interests of human-powered recreational river users with ecological and science-based data to achieve the goals within its mission. http://www.americanwhitewater.org/
ABOUT HUMAN MOVEMENT
Posted by Russ
Saturday, May 11th 2013
3rd Annual AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival Winners Announced
Chandler, Arizona - In a special ceremony held earlier today, and streamed live online, the winners were announced in the competition part of the 3rd Annual Ameri"CAN" Canned Beer Festival hosted by SanTan Brewing Company. A total of over 170 beers representing ten different state were judged, 60+ more than last year, by over 40 certified beer judges. Below you'll find the nine different categories which were judged and their respective winners. CANgratulations are certainly in order! The beer festival portion of the event will be held next Saturday, May 18th and will see more than 60 different craft breweries sharing over 200 different beers. Cheers!
GOLD - ESB Special Ale (Ska Brewing Company)
SILVER - Lumberyard Red Ale (Lumberyard Brewing Company)
BRONZE - WYLD (Uinta Brewing Company)
GOLD - Bottom Up (Revolution Brewing Company)
SILVER - 312 (Goose Island Beer Company)
BRONZE - El Hefe Speaks (DC Brau)
GOLD - Zonker Stout (Snake River Brewery)
SILVER - Eugene Porter (Revolution Brewing Company)
BRONZE - Buffalo Sweat (Tallgrass Brewing Company)
GOLD - Sunset Amber (Grand Canyon Brewing Company)
SILVER - Pub Ale (Tallgrass Brewing Company)
BRONZE - G'KNIGHT (Oskar Blues Brewery)
GOLD - Sunbru (Four Peaks Brewery)
SILVER - Freestyle Pils (Santa Fe Brewing Company)
BRONZE - True Blonde (Ska Brewing Company)
GOLD - Hell or High Watermelon (21st Amendment Brewery)
SILVER - CoCoNut PorTeR (Maui Brewing Company)
BRONZE - Rosa Hibiscus Ale (Revolution Brewing Company)
GOLD - Cherny Bock (Bohemian Brewery)
SILVER - Black IPA (Santa Fe Brewing Company)
BRONZE - A Little Crazy (Revolution Brewing Company)
GOLD - Hop Notch (Uinta Brewing Company)
SILVER - Wolf Among Weeds (Golden Road Brewery)
BRONZE - Ethos (Tallgrass Brewing Company)
Posted by Russ
Labels: Canned Beer Festivals
Saturday, May 11th 2013
Glutenberg American Pale Ale
(Brasseurs Sans Gluten)
The Glutenberg brand of gluten-free beers is produced by Canadian brewery Brasseurs Sans Gluten (BSG). The Montreal-based brewery began operatins only last July but has received a number of accolades for their gluten-free beers. Their American Pale Ale won a Silver medal at last year's World Beer Cup held in San Diego.
From the Glutenberg site:
"Most likely the first gluten-free beer in the world that presents such a hopped character, our American Pale Ale is the true flagship of Glutenberg beers. Its citrus and caramel notes, coupled with a mild bitter finish, come together in perfect harmony."
Here we go...
Pour - dark honey, golden to auburn in appearance with a solid inch of foamy white head on top. Looks good coming out of the can and the head sticks around nicely.
Aroma - pleasant floral hop aroma with some caramel and molasses notes. Definitely smells on par with the style.
Taste - wow. This tastes like an American Pale Ale! The malt backbone is there with a nice subtle citrus and floral hop flavor. Slightly dry in the finish with a very noticeable hop kick and a bit of a peppery, spicy flavor. Not going to lie, we're pretty impressed by this gluten-free offering. It's refreshing, blanced, and quite tasty.
Overall - it is not easy to make beer without gluten and those that do make gluten-free beer are also challenged by the fact that most folks who like beer are expecting a certain flavor. We are happy to say that this is a very good American Pale Ale, with or without the gluten. Great hop presence, balanced, and leaves some pucker on your lips in the finish. Well done! If you're gluten intolerant you'll want to give this one a try! We'll have to seek out the others they make and put them to the test as well.
Note - BSG is the second brewer to make gluten-free beer pacakged in a can. The other being Nevada's Joseph James Brewing Company which released their Fox Tail Gluten Free Beer in cans in 2011.
Glutenberg currently cans three gluten-free beers, a Blonde Ale, an American Pale Ale, and a Red Ale. They are currently distributed only in Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont.
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