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MAR
15

Westword - Fifteen Beers to Seek Out at Collaboration Fest on March 25

Westword - Fifteen Beers to Seek Out at Collaboration Fest on March 25

By Jonathan Shikes

With 112 beers on the menu, it's going to be extremely difficult for the giddy attendees of the fourth annual Collaboration Fest to know where to begin. This year's version of the event, which takes place Saturday, March 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the National Western Complex, is the biggest ever, bringing together 188 different breweries that teamed up in pairs, trios and even bigger groups to create one-off brews. Each beer was created specifically for Collab Fest, and most of them won't ever be seen again.

The depth and breadth of styles and techniques is truly outstanding this time around, which is why it's fun to seek out a wide variety of beers. Thankfully, the organizers of the festival, the Colorado Brewers Guild and Two Parts, have created a complete list online of all the beers, so you can study up before the big event. From that list, I selected fifteen beers that I am going to seek out first — some because of the breweries involved, some because of the unusual styles or ingredients, and some simply for the whimsy of the collaboration.

Collaboration Fest tickets, $60 to $85 are still available at collaborationfest.com.

Obstructed View
Various Boulder County breweries

Calling themselves the Masshole Brewers Transplant Alliance, or MBTA, this group of brewers decided to make a hoppy wheat beer to honor their home state of Massachusetts. The Alliance consists of 12Degree Brewing, Asher Brewing, Bootstrap Brewing, Gunbarrel Brewing and Sanitas Brewing along with Boulder-based beer writer Dan Rabin. Obstructed View was inspired by the Boston Red Sox and "dedicated to anyone who has ever sat directly behind a post at Fenway, the world's greatest (and least user-friendly) ball pahk," the brewers says. "Obstructed View is wicked session-able and packs a may-jah dose of tropical and citrusy late-addition hops, including loads of Meridian, an intriguing new hop variety. This beer is perfect for an afternoon in the bleechahs yelling at knuckleheads."

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FEB
22

Your Boulder - Meet Gunbarrel Brewing Company

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There are over 40 craft breweries in Boulder County, each with their own unique backstory, identity, and personality. Local craft beer enthusiasts here in and around Boulder will have yet another exciting brewery to frequent in just a few months when Gunbarrel Brewing Company, which will feature a broad range of intriguing and audacious ales, opens this year.

Gunbarrel Brewing Company's opening will be the culmination of years of planning by husband and wife team Jamie and Marie Fox. According to Jamie and Marie, owning and operating a brewery is something that they always aspired to do during their eventual retirement. With Jamie's long background in homebrewing and Marie's experience in marketing and hospitality, it was a long simmering idea always at the back of their minds. After Jamie completed his post doctoral work in neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder just a few years ago, the duo found themselves in a transitional period and asked themselves why they should wait to make the idea a reality. Why shouldn't they pursue it in the immediate future. Thus, tangible steps towards making Gunbarrel Brewing Company a reality began.

Currently under construction, the new brewery will feature a 3,200 square foot taproom along with an outdoor space. With the goal of providing a fun, relaxing environment to hang out and sample beers in on the weekend or enjoy a pint at after a day of work, the space will include games, feature regular live music, and aspire to have a cozy, community-driven feel.

Of course, the main attraction at Gunbarrel Brewing Company will be their exciting selection of varied brews.

"We make a broad range of beers and focus on what we like to drink," says Marie. "This could be affected by the seasons, the weather, our moods, really anything. Each beer has a story behind it, and we aren't afraid to play with our recipes and experiment."

A particularly unique portion of Gunbarrel Brewing Company's beers are their historical and rare ales, all with a modern Gunbarrel twist and interpretation. Additional exciting players in the Gunbarrel beer line-up include Bogan, an Australian sparkling style ale that is currently only being brewed by Gunbarrel Brewing Company here in the states. Fizzy, fruity, and crisp, it's a beer like you've never tried before. Fresh Baked is their signature stout, full of flavor and including the enhancing ingredients of vanilla, apples, nutmeg, and cinnamon. There is Cherrish, a German rye beer brewed with organic cherries, Rosemerry, an herbaceous pale ale, Begbie Scottish ale, and many more unique beers to look forward to sampling. From experimenting with fruits to finding a new slant to any given style, Gunbarrel's brews are a reflection of the founders' own adventurous tastes.

Upon its opening, Gunbarrel Brewing Company will also strive to be an educational space for those interested in craft beer, where anyone can visit to learn about beer history, ingredients, and more. From a consistent monthly education series to the Found Fruit Project in which, during harvest season, organic local fruit that would otherwise go uneaten is used by the brewers to develop beers around, Jamie and Marie Fox have a wealth of surprises and hospitality in store for Boulder's craft beer patrons.

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FEB
20

Indiegogo Thank YOU!!

phew! The last 42 days have blown by! Today, we close a chapter on the process for opening our brewery as our Indiegogo Campaign comes to an end. Thank you so much for getting involved and supporting us. We filmed this fun video to share all of the awesome stuff we have in store for the taproom. Soon, we won't have to pretend!

Indiegogo Thank You! from Gunbarrel Brewing Company on Vimeo.

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FEB
11

Left Hand Valley Courier - Gunbarrel Brewing Company to open soon

By: Jesse Murphy

Gunbarrel Brewing Company will soon be opening a 20,000 square foot location at 7088 Winchester Circle.

Husband and wife owners Jamie and Marie Fox have had this plan in place for years, and it will will finally be coming to fruition.

"We have been planning and working on opening a brewery here in Gunbarrel for the last three years," Marie said. "We've always wanted to open a brewery, and we thought 'why not do it now?' Instead of waiting for retirement or something."

Jamie, who has a background in neuroscience, and Marie, who worked previously in marketing-related fields, have been home brewing beers for around 17 years.

"We don't specialize in any one type of beer," Marie said. "We make the things that we like to drink, that varies based on the weather and our mood, as it does with many people. So we will keep a varied tap list."

They also have a good working dynamic.

"Jamie manages all of the brewing operations and planning," Marie said. "I have a marketing and hospitality background, so I do everything for the tap room and all of that. It's kind of like yin and yang."

Being many years in the works, it was more of a case of finding the perfect location.

"We knew for sure we wanted it to be in Gunbarrel because we live here," Marie said. "We wanted to bring more of a place to go out to in town. It was to create something where there are games, live music, nice outdoor space — a fun place to go and chill out after work or on the weekends."

"It took us awhile to find a place to do this. So we had to be patient. But we have found a great building. We have 20,000 square feet. About 3,200 of that will be for the tap room, and then we'll also have a very large outdoor space."

That outdoor space will also be filled with games, and the location has plenty of parking.

They have a wide variety of beers that will come out of their 10-barrel brewhouse. Some of the more popular brews include Dirty Habit, a double IPA, Philosopher's Daughter, a dark beer with tones of cherries, and other rare brews from around the world.

The brewery currently has an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to finish off what needs to be done.

But donors won't just give, they will get something in return.

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FEB
03

Building permits are IN!!

After over four months of waiting, we finally recieved our construction permits from the City of Boulder! Time to swing some hammers!!

Building Permits are IN! from Gunbarrel Brewing Company on Vimeo.

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JAN
23

Westword - After a Quiet Year, Boulder's New-Brewery Scene Gets Busier

By: Jonathan Shikes

Boulder's new-brewery scene was quiet for the majority of 2016. While existing powerhouses like Avery Brewing, Twisted Pine, Boulder Beer and Upslope all made news, no new breweries opened their doors during the first eleven months of the year. The most recent had been Vision Quest Brewery, which kicked things off in east Boulder in December 2015.

The scene picked up at the end of 2016, however, with the debut of Kettle & Spoke Brewery on December 2 and Cellar West Artisan Ales a few weeks later. This year, there will be at least two more brewery openings — that of Gunbarrel Brewing, at 7088 Winchester Circle, and Beyond the Mountain Brewing, at 6035 Longbow Drive. (A plan from Upslope Brewing to open an 11,000-square-foot brewery and restaurant at 34th Street and Valmont Road has been delayed at least until 2018 and perhaps longer.)

But the pace of new brewery openings in Boulder as compared to openings in other Colorado cities is still pretty slow, especially for a town that helped define Colorado's craft-brewing scene over the past four decades.

The reason for that is "obvious," says Marie Fox, who plans to open Gunbarrel Brewing with her husband, Jamie, this spring. "The barrier to entry in Boulder is very high. Real estate is exceedingly expensive, and there is very little of it." The city requires breweries to be located in areas that are zoned for industrial uses, and there aren't many empty buildings in those areas. The Foxes searched for three years to find a big enough space that also had parking and room for an outdoor patio.

They got what they wanted, though: Gunbarrel will be in a 20,000-square-foot warehouse close to where the Foxes live, and they are putting in a 3,200-square-foot taproom with plenty of seating and games, along with a patio. The rest of the space will be reserved for a ten-barrel brewhouse and canning and bottling equipment — with lots and lots of room to grow.

"Every brewer we have ever met said, 'Space, space space — you can't have enough of it.' So we listened to them," Marie says. Jamie, who has extensive home-brewing experience and an education in Brewing Technology from the world-renowned Seibel Institute, plans to make a wide variety of beers, including barrel-aged varieties as well as sour and wild ales.

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JAN
18

CraftBeer.com - Gunbarrel Brewing Company Coming to Boulder this Spring.

Boulder, Colorado: Gunbarrel Brewing Company is under construction and set to open this spring at 7088 Winchester Circle in Boulder. The Brewery is owned by Gunbarrel locals Jamie Fox and his wife Marie. The Brewery specializes in a wide variety of beer styles employing both traditional and innovative brewing techniques."We produce a rainbow of beers from deeply flavorful stouts, to our heady double IPA Dirty Habit," explains Jamie. "Queen City Saison is fermented with a very special yeast strain, unique to our brewery."

Jamie Fox is a homebrewing veteran, with an education in Brewing Technology from the world-renowned Seibel Institute. Over the course of the past 16 years, he has developed a substantial catalog of well-tested beer recipes.

To pair with the varied beer selection, Gunbarrel Brewing Company's taproom will express a laid back "come one, come all" vibe. The Brewery's spacious 3,200 sq ft taproom will feature food trucks, live performances, and beer-centric educational events. "It's time to go out in Gunbarrel," says Marie. "We are seeking to create a lively place for people to kick-back, enjoy our beer and listen to some great live music or play a game of pool or darts with friends." The inviting beer garden with festive lights strewn above community tables and cornhole sets, will also feature a grassy open space. The flexible taproom layout will play host to private events such as community gatherings, corporate events, receptions and parties.

"The taproom is such a critical part of who we are," explains Marie. "It's the heartbeat of our brewery." The couple is raising funds via an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign in order to really bring the taproom to life. "Opening a 20,000-square foot brewery in Boulder is no small task. Our $27k goal is what we'll need to put finishing touches on our taproom and really make it special" says Jamie. In exchange for contributions, backers select from a selection of merchandise, gift cards and Mug Clubs.

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JAN
17

Boulder Daily Camera - Veteran Boulder brewing team opening Gunbarrel tap room

January 17, 2017

By:Shay Castle

To brew a good beer, you need resources: hops, tanks, a bit of cash. You need the collective knowledge of a thousand-year-old community: the best methods, the best yeast and flavors.

And you need time.

Assuming the same three ingredients are needed for a good brewery, then Boulder County is in for something special when Gunbarrel Brewing Co. opens this spring.

Husband-and-wife team Jamie and Marie Fox are currently building out a 20,000-square-foot brewery and taproom at 7088 Winchester Circle. It's been a long time in the making, Marie said.

"We've been building this for three years. A lot of people already know about us."

Jamie, the brewer, has been testing his concoctions for 16 years among craft beer royalty as members of home brew group Hop Barley and the Alers, founded by Charlie Papazian.

Papazian also founded the Boulder-based Brewers Association and The Great American Beer Festival.

"We felt if we could satisfy these people, there would be other people who would like what we do," Marie said.

Although the brewery's operations will be self-funded by the Fox's, an Indigogo campaign is underway to help with the cost of improving the physical space.

The couple plans to fill the large space with plenty of comfortable seating, games, a gift shop and room for a band.

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JAN
16

Gunbarrel Gazette - Gunbarrel Brewing Announces Beer Lineup, Fundraising for Spring Opening

Gunbarrel Brewing Signs Lease, Plans Opening 

January 15, 2017

By: Jeffrey Steen

Though word is already out about the launch of Gunbarrel Brewing in 2017, there's more to report: The new 3,200-square-foot taproom and neighborhood gathering space will open its doors this spring with a healthy helping of beer styles, both traditional and innovative. 

Among the early offerings will be a double IPA, a saison made with a unique yeast strain, several stouts, and various other styles. Jamie Fox, head brewer and co-owner of Gunbarrel Brewing, boasts 16 years of beer-making experience, which means his beers are likely to be big hits on day one.

Onsite, beer-o-philes can expect live music, food trucks, pool, darts, and an outdoor beer garden strung with lights and dotted with comfy tables and cornhole. The space will be flexible enough for a casual afternoon or evening beer, or for private parties and celebrations. 

In order to make this dream a reality, Co-Owners Marie and Jamie Fox have launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign with a goal of $27,000. That money will be used for finishing touches and "personalization" of the taproom. In return, contributors will receive various merchandise, gift cards, and Mug Club perks—the latter being a monthly 16oz beer for life. 

Gunbarrel Brewing is located at 7088 Winchester Circle just off Lookout Road on the south side of the Gunbarrel Tech Center. For more information about the brewery, visit gunbarrelbrewing.com. To contribute to the brewery's Indiegogo campaign, visit igg.me/at/gunbarrelbrewing. Stay tuned to GG for more information and photos as the opening nears!

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JAN
09

Indiegogo Announcement

Opening a 20,000 sq foot brewery in Boulder is no small task.  Our $27k goal is what we'll need to put finishing touches on our taproom and really bring it to life and make it special. We value your contributions and are showing our thanks with a slew of awesome rewards. If you'd like to make a monetary donation without receiving a tangible perk, please click the pink "BACK IT" button above. Your reward for a donation includes our undying gratitude and splendiferous high-fives!

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JAN
05

Porchdrinking.com - Colorado Brewery Openings for January, February & March 2017

January 5, 2017

By: Brian Phipps

The northeast region of Boulder is getting a real treat. Gunbarrel Brewing boasts a 3,200 square foot taproom as well as an outdoor beer garden. The facility, in total, encompasses 20,000 square feet including parking and plenty of space for special events.

Gunbarrel Brewing Company is owned by Jamie and Marie Fox. Jamie is a homebrewing veteran and he received his education in Brewing Technology from the world-renowned Seibel Institute, as well as a Ph.D. in neuroscience. Jamie said, "We look forward to offering distinctive and innovative flavors to compliment what is already being offered in the area."

Also, Gunbarrel Brewing Company will feature an on-site laboratory. "I will employ laboratory testing and strong quality-control mechanisms from day one," explains Jamie, "to ensure we are presenting our patrons with the best quality beer possible."

In the beginning, Gunbarrel Brewing's beer lineup includes:

  • Dirty Habit: a hazy double IPA that packs a wallop of aroma hops to balance out 102 IBU and 8.5% abv.
  • Queen City Saison: an exclusive, rare yeast strain and explodes with pepper, hay and hints of orange on a nutty spelt base.
  • Philosopher's Daughter: a dark farmhouse ale loaded with cherries and intriguing notes brought on by brettanomyces.
  • Milo of Croton: a luscious foreign extra stout boasts a full bodied warmth encompassing strong notes of coffee, chocolate and stone fruit.
  • More will be announced as the opening draws near.

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DEC
22

ring… ring… it’s the TTB

three cheers! Christmas came just a little early this year! Watch out 2017, we're coming for ya!

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NOV
07

Boulderopolis - Gunbarrel Brewing Co. aims for early 2017 opening

October 20, 2016

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BOULDER — The founders of Gunbarrel Brewing Co., Jamie Fox and his wife, Marie, have signed a lease on a 20,000-square-foot facility in the Gunbarrel area of Boulder for their self-funded brewery. The Foxes plan to have Gunbarrel Brewing Co. up and running during the first quarter of 2017 at 7088 Winchester Circle, north of Lookout Road and west of North 71st Street. The company will offer a wide variety of beer styles employing both traditional and innovative brewing techniques. "We craft innovative beers expressing an extensive range of flavors that are delicate, funky or bold, inspired by ancient and modern styles," said Jamie Fox, who is the company's head brewer. The facility will have a 10-barrel brewhouse built by JV Northwest of Canby, Ore., and a one-barrel pilot system that will be used for experimentation, research and development. The facility will include a large taproom and a beer garden. The brewery will host food trucks, live performances and beer-centric educational events. The couple has acquired the bulk of their equipment over the course of the past three years while searching for a location for the brewery. "We took our time to find a permanent location that would provide a really welcoming environment for our guests and coworkers, someplace they would truly enjoy spending time in," Marie Fox said. The facility will allow for future growth and space for implementation of their barrel and wild ale programs. "We recognize that there are quite a few breweries in the area," Jamie Fox said. 

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OCT
22

Gunbarrel Gazette - Gunbarrel Brewing Plans Opening

Gunbarrel Brewing Signs Lease, Plans Opening 

October 22, 2016

By: Jeffrey Steen

It's been around in name for a while, but only recently did Gunbarrel Brewing acquire a permanent location: 7088 Winchester Circle (near Vindication Brewing). After a few months of preparation, the brewery will open to the public in the first quarter of 2017. Owned by husband-and-wife team Jamie and Marie Fox, Gunbarrel Brewing will offer what Jamie calls "a range of [beers] that are delicate, funky, or bold … inspired by ancient and modern styles." The facility with house a 10-barrel brew system, as well as a one-barrel pilot system design for research, experimentation, and development.

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OCT
22

BizWest - Gunbarrel Brewing Opening

by Doug Storum on October 20, 2016

BOULDER — The founders of Gunbarrel Brewing Co., Jamie Fox and his wife, Marie, have signed a lease on a 20,000-square-foot facility in the Gunbarrel area of Boulder for their self-funded brewery. The Foxes plan to have Gunbarrel Brewing Co. up and running during the first quarter of 2017 at 7088 Winchester Circle, north of Lookout Road and west of North 71st Street. The company will offer a wide variety of beer styles employing both traditional and innovative brewing techniques.

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OCT
22

CraftBeer.com - Gunbarrel Brewing Company Opening

Boulder, Colorado: The founders of Gunbarrel Brewing Company, Jamie Fox and his wife Marie announce they have signed a lease on an apx. 20,000 square foot facility at 7088 Winchester Circle in the Gunbarrel area of Boulder for their self-funded brewery.

Gunbarrel Brewing Company will offer a wide variety of beer styles employing both traditional and innovative brewing techniques. "We craft innovative beers expressing an extensive range of flavors that are delicate, funky or bold, inspired by ancient and modern styles," explains Jamie Fox "Some of our beers will refresh you after an afternoon of hiking, while others enlighten your pallet with adventurous and unexpected flavors."

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OCT
19

Gunbarrel Brewing Company Coming to Boulder, Colorado in 2017!

Boulder couple inks lease on 20,000 square foot brewery facility in Gunbarrel.

Boulder, Colorado: The founders of Gunbarrel Brewing Company, Jamie Fox and his wife Marie announce they have signed a lease on an apx. 20,000 square foot facility at 7088 Winchester Circle in the Gunbarrel area of Boulder for their self-funded brewery.

Gunbarrel Brewing Company will offer a wide variety of beer styles employing both traditional and innovative brewing techniques. "We craft innovative beers expressing an extensive range of flavors that are delicate, funky or bold, inspired by ancient and modern styles," explains Jamie Fox "Some of our beers will refresh you after an afternoon of hiking, while others enlighten your pallet with adventurous and unexpected flavors."

They will install a 10-barrel brewhouse built by JV Northwest of Canby, Oregon, as well as a 1-barrel pilot system which will be used for experimentation, research, and development.The couple has acquired the bulk of their equipment over the course of the past three years while searching for the perfect location for the brewery."We took our time to find a permanent location that would provide a really welcoming environment for our guests and coworkers, someplace they would truly enjoy spending time in," says Marie. The sizeable new facility will allow for future growth and plenty of space for implementation of their barrel and wild ale programs.

Owner, Jamie Fox will bring audacious new flavors and ancient styles to the taps as head brewer. "We recognize that there are quite a few breweries in the area. We are humbled to locate our facilities among some of the finest breweries in the market. But there are also a lot of craft beer drinkers who crave variety. We look forward to offering distinctive and innovative flavors to compliment what is already being offered in the area," says Jamie. He is a homebrewing veteran, with an education in Brewing Technology from the world-renowned Seibel Institute. Over the course of the past 16 years, he has developed a substantial catalog of well-tested beer recipes.Jamie's Ph.D. in neuroscience and decades of laboratory experience provide him with a unique perspective on the brewing process. He maintains a strong focus on quality control and a disciplined approach to experimentation with ingredients, coaxing both nuanced and bold flavors into his brews."I will employ laboratory testing and quality-control mechanisms from day one," explains Jamie "to ensure we are presenting our patrons with the best quality beer possible."

The Brewery will play host to food trucks, live performances, and beer-centric educational events. "We are so pumped about the positive feedback we're receiving," Marie explained. "Gunbarrel is our home. It is such a vibrant, tight-knit place, and we couldn't be more excited to create a lively spot for our community and our beer to come together." The new facility will feature a large taproom, games, beer garden, and boasts substantial off-street parking.

The new Gunbarrel Brewing Company building at 7088 Winchester Circle. is located just north of Lookout Rd., on the south side of the entrance to Gunbarrel Tech Center off of North 71'st Street, very close to Foothills Pkwy & Hwy 52.

Gunbarrel Brewing Company is scheduled to open in Boulder during the first quarter of 2017. Check out their website at http://www.gunbarrelbrewing.com and follow them on social media to stay updated on their progress.

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OCT
17

Gunbarrel Brewing Company Location Announcement

are you ready for this!?

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OCT
02

Denver Post - Gunbarrel Brewing Company

    We were honored to be included in today's Denver Post article on the state of craft beer, and the 35th Anniversary of the Great American Beer Festival. We couldn't be more excited for the year to come!

 

Denver’s Great American Beer Festival turns 35 as craft beer settles into maturity

Some question whether the bubble will burst for the multibillion-dollar craft brewing industry
By | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.PUBLISHED: October 2, 2016 at 11:00 am | UPDATED: October 4, 2016 at 11:16 am

The Great American Beer Festival will kick off its 35th year this week with a record number of craft breweries pouring, a record number of beers vying for awards, and a capacity crowd of attendees sipping samples. It’s a trend that’s become almost old hat for this sub-sector of the U.S. beer industry. But the 2016 storyline in craft beer is a tale far more complex than a ballooning of breweries to above 4,600 and a bevy of questions about a bubble burst. The industry has matured, growth trajectories have narrowed, competition has become more fierce, multibillion-dollar market-movers have joined the fray, and business plans have evolved in their sophistication. Craft beer is all grown up. Nationwide, the small, traditional and independent breweries generated $22.3 billion in retail beer sales last year, according to the Brewers Association, the Boulder-based craft beer trade association that hosts the GABF.

 

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SEP
07

So, all of THIS! just happened!

Now to swing hammers & patiently wait for approvals. Have a beer, friends. We are on our way!
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