2nd Annual RHBC Brewery Bus Tour - Reserve Your Spot Today!

The 2nd Annual RHBC Brewery Bus Tour will be happening in September. 

We have booked a 32 passenger bus to take everybody to select breweries in the Boulder/Longmont area.  The bus will tentatively leave around 11:00 am and will return by 9:00 pm.  An offical itinerary will follow soon.

The charge for the bus is $25 per person and is initially open to paying members only.

Any tickets that are not sold by August 16 will be open to non-members to make sure that we sell out. Tickets for non-members will be $35 each.

The actual cost of the trip per person is quite a bit higher than the $25 per person we are charging members - the club is subsidizing the difference (about $15 per person).  This is your annual member dues at work, so please take advantage of it!

A link to purchase your tickets is provided in the first comment below (you will need to log in to see comments).  There are only 32 total for sale, and based on the response from the last meeting, they are going to go fast.  

Billy Beeson Rolls His Way Into the Sam Adams Longshot Semis!!!

Samuel Adams LongshotBest of Luck to our own Billy Beeson as he advances as one of nine national semi finalists for the Samuel Adams Longshot 2014 Homebrew Competition! Billy bested thousands of other entries to rise to the top 9 semi-finalists in the country with his epic Java Lava (Vietnamese Coffee Sweet Stout). If Billy wins he will have his likeness plastered on bottles of Sam Adams version of his beer which would be distributed nationwide.

If you see Billy congratulate him on this huge accomplishment and wish him the best of luck in the semi-finals!

Good Luck Billy!!!

2014 Buddy Brew Teams Chosen!!! (Now Get Brewing!)

Buddy BrewAfter weeks of careful deliberation, the white smoke has risen from the Vatican chimney and the 2014 Buddy Brew teams have been chosen!

Please find your buddy brew partner below and start working on any recipe you would like to brew which contains less than 5% alcohol.

Good luck to everyone, but most importantly, have fun and use this as an opportunity to teach each other something about making better beer. Look for an email to follow with everyone's email information so you can make initial contact (because I didn't want everyone'e email blasted all over the interwebs).

2014 Buddy Brew Teams:

  • Shawn Keller - Jim Denier
  • Greg Topay - Michael Bade
  • Scott Lamm - Doug Thiel
  • Mike Bostwick - Mark Jeffries
  • George Delena - Jeff Gilbertson
  • Matt Lawlor - Kjell Wygant
  • Mike Roth - Andy Honker
  • David Marsh - Brian Pramov
  • Rob Kausch - Bryan Keas
  • Scott Douris - Chris Huser
  • Ken Anderson - Geoff Humphrey
  • James/Jasmine Devalois - Billy Beeson
  • Josh Given - Matt Linnenberger
  • Peter Baggus - Eric Seufert

GABF Beer Geeks Needed!

homer beer

Do you like beer?  Do you brew beer?  Are you knowledgeable about beer?  Do you like researching and sharing your knowledge about beer?  Well this opportunity may be for you!  If you would like to volunteer to "work" at least two shifts of the 2014 GABF as a beer geek, you will get a free pass to one session of the 2015 GABF.  See more details below:

GABF Beer Geek Volunteers Needed

The GABF Denver Hoppers pouring team needs volunteers for the 2014 festival October 2-4.  We are in need of knowledgeable home brewers (“Beer Geeks”) to provide information to patrons when the brewers are not present.

In past years Beer Geeks were recruited and staffed by individual pouring teams (such as mine).  That will continue, but in addition there will now be a separate team of beer geeks, managed by Matt Rawling, that will rotate among all of the islands providing support where needed.   I still have the option of staffing my own beer geeks on my team, which I intend on doing.   You have the option of either volunteering for my team of for Matt's team.

On my team you would be able to focus on a moderate number of breweries enabling you to research them and become knowledgeable on their beers.  I don't know how Matt will arrange his team, but you would possibly be responsible for more breweries but you would also get to experience more of the festival.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Volunteer Requirements

There are four shifts, one on Thursday and Friday & two on Saturday, and you must work at least two shifts.  Working three shifts earns you a comp ticket to the 2015 festival, four earn two comps.

The Rock Hoppers are Not the 2014 Ace of Clubs

HPD logoYes, unfortunately despite a valiant effort by several homebrewers, the Rock Hopper came up shy of winning the Ace of Clubs award for 2014.  But hey, what good is putting funny slogans on the trophy if nobody else gets to read them right?  Anyway, several Rock Hoppers continued to define how homebrewing is supposed to be done and walked away with some ribbons for their efforts, in fact, the Rock Hoppers came away with as many ribbons as the Ace of Clubs winning homebrew club and only lost due to judging and stewarding points.  Congrats to the following Rock Hoppers:

Jason Kruegel:

  • 3rd Pilsner,  “Purple Dog Pilsner”
  • 4th Dark Lager,  “Eat My Schwarz”

Kelly Kruegel:

  • 3rd Bock, “Arctic Chi”
  • 3rd Belgian and French Ale, “Monk with a Woody”
  • 3rd Belgian Strong Ale, “CoopSauce”

Matthew Linnenburger:

  • 3rd Light Hybrid Beer, “Summer Days”
  • 2nd Amber Hybrid Beer, “Alternate Universe”

Bryan Keas:

  • 2nd English Pale Ale, “Bryan’s Bitter”
  • 1st Fruit Beer, “Blue Balls”

Keas Takes BOS and New Belgium ProAm at 2014 Liquid Poetry Slam!

A big congrats to our own Bryan Keas for his BOS win and his ProAm selection at this year's Liquid Poetry Slam.

Bryan will brew his Hoppy Ending hopped up red ale at New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins later this summer!

Nice work, B.

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