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Monster Pub Crawl, Release of Wallace, WeeHeavy

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Fort Collins, Colo. — The Fort Collins Brewery, along with Gravity 1020 Modern Tavern is excited to announce the kick-off of the first edition of the Malt Monster Bomber Series, Wallace WeeHeavy, with a Monster Pub Crawl Saturday, April 19th starting at 11 a.m.

The Monster Pub Crawl, where Crawlers are encouraged to dress as their favorite Monster, is open to the public and free to participate, excluding beer. The Pub Crawl will start at Gravity 1020 at 11 a.m. with a Photo Booth event. Crawlers will also pick up their bingo cards from Gravity 1020 before heading down to the four other participating bars.

The Mayor of Fort Collins will host a Malt Monster Costume contest at 2:30 p.m. Cranknstein and Tap N Handle will provide Wallace, WeeHeavy giveaways including pint glasses and t-shirts on a first come, first serve basis. The Forge Publick House will host a Kick the Malt Monster Keg event. FCB, along with the participating bars will be giving away an additional prize to the winners of the costume contest, kick the keg event and to the participants that receive the stickered pint glass and t-shirt.

Crawlers that go to all five locations and get their bingo cards stamped can turn those cards into FCB within a month for one FCB pint and they get to keep the pint glass.

“Seeing groups of monsters celebrating the release of Wallace at different places throughout the day is going to be awesome to see, and we’re excited to kick-off the new Malt Monster series in such a fun and local way,” said FCB’s Marketing and PR Coordinator, Kaylee Kulich.

Wallace, WeeHeavy is an intense, malty brew that put the FCB system to the test. A six-hour boil gives the first of the Malt Monster series a deep rich caramel complexity with a slight nuttiness and hints of roast, complimented with a clean, smooth, warming quality that provides balance.

ABV: 9.8%
IBU: 57
SRM: 21

The Malt Monster is an artisanal bomber series of limited release high-alcohol beers. Each unique brew brings FCB’s experience in big, but balanced brewing to the forefront. This beer is recommended to be paired with friends or stored in a cellar for years to come.

The Fort Collins Brewery is a family-owned, hand-crafted brewery in Northern Colorado, since 2004. FCB also offers the only full-size restaurant inside a production brewery, Gravity 1020 Modern Tavern, in Fort Collins, Colo. For more information, visit fortcollinsbrewery.com or call 970-472-1499. FCB Tasting Room is open Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tours run both days from noon to 6 p.m. at the top of the hour.

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FCB One of 50 Top Family-Owned Companies

 

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The Fort Collins Brewery, along with Gravity 1020 Modern Tavern is thrilled to announce it has been named one of 50 Top Family-Owned Companies by the Colorado BIZ Magazine for 2014.

Grouped by number of employees, 75, FCB and Gravity 1020 are ranked 37th out of 50 Colorado companies. Oskar Blues Brewery at the 24th spot is the only other brewery to be featured on the list.

“To be able to share our passions and celebrate the fruits of our labor with each other at the end of the day is extremely gratifying,”

said FCB Owner Jan Peters. “Even better is being recognized for our success, along with the other families, and working hard everyday to provide for each other and the community.”

Nearing their 10th Anniversary, FCB was first purchased by Tom and Jan Peters in 2004. Since then the family-owned brewery is a two generation company with their daughter, Tina Peters as the General Manager of Gravity 1020.

The Peters also brought on board Jan’s sister, Laurie Rybarczyk as the companies Controller and her husband Tony Rybarczyk as the Warehouse Manager to have a total of five family ties working for the FCB organization.

Since 2004, FCB has added five new full time brews and a line up of seasonal and special release brews that have landed the FCB brand in 21 states across the country as well as Sweden.

In ten years FCB outgrew their old location at 1900 Lincoln Ave. and moved to their newly constructed home at 1020 Lincoln Ave. in 2010, which also houses Gravity 1020 Modern Tavern, the only full-size restaurant inside a production brewery within the Fort Collins locality.

The Top 50 Family-Owned Companies 2014 is featured in the January/February Issue of Colorado BIZ Magazine. Colorado BIZ is a division of WiesnerMedia, whose mission is to serve the information needs of business decision makers in regional markets and national, industry-specific segments.

The Fort Collins Brewery is a hand-crafted brewery in Northern Colorado, since 2004. For more information, visit fortcollinsbrewery.com or call 970-472-1499. FCB Tasting Room is open Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tours run both days from Noon to 6 p.m. at the top of the hour.

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FCB Industry Night Open House

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The Fort Collins Brewery, along with Gravity 1020 Modern Tavern, was excited to show off their expanded brew haus by hosting an open house for industry members on Monday that lasted from 3-8 p.m.

From Entertaining Fort Collins blogger, Malini Bartels to the Deputy Chief of Staff, Kevin Patterson to Food Science and Human Nutrition Professor at Colorado State University, Jack Avens, industry members across the board came out to share in the celebration of FCB’s Year of Growth.

The event, which was free of charge, offered guided tours showcasing the new 50bbl Rolec Automated System, the 7bbl Newlands Pilot System, a Wittemann Pinpoint Carbonator and the GEA Westfalia Centrifuge, all of which were put into commission in the last several months.

To honor the occasion and to boast the new brew haus capabilities everyone in attendance left with a souvenir bottle of In Honor Hefe, a German Hefeweizen that traditionally FCB would not have been able to create without the new brew haus. In Honor Hefe was brewed exclusively for the Industry Night Open House and will not be for sale.

Along with guided tours, the guests in attendance were treated to appetizer trays from Gravity 1020, FCB’s five fulltime brews and the In Honor Hefe, as well as raffle prizes including an FCB Growler, a Double Chocolate Stout party pack and a vintage Maibock bomber.

“We wanted to create a fun, yet informational event that would share our new brew haus expansion with as many members in our industry as possible and we’re extremely pleased with the turn out,” said Fort Collins Brewery Marketing Coordinator, Kaylee Kulich.

The Fort Collins Brewery is a family-owned, hand-crafted brewery in Northern Colorado, since 2004. FCB also offers the only full-service restaurant inside a brewery, Gravity 1020 Modern Tavern, in Fort Collins, Colo. For more information, visit fortcollinsbrewery.com or call 970-472-1499.

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FCB Expands Into Maryland

 

The Fort Collins Brewery is excited to announce its expansion into Maryland by partnering with seven different distributors across the state. Starting this week, FCB will be available throughout the state in package and on draft.

 

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(FCB Sales Representative, Owen Shepherd with Sentman Distributors Inc.).

“We are thrilled to join forces with the distributors we’ve chosen and be able to expand the FCB product to the great people of Maryland,” said Fort Collins Brewery Sales Representative,” Fred Winther.

FCB has paired up with Bob Hall Inc., Guy Distributing Co. Inc., Eastern Shore Distributing, Katcef Brothers Inc., Kelly Distributors, Sentman Distributors Inc and Wantz Distributors Inc. to handle the delivery of FCB’s brews throughout Maryland.

FCB sales reps visited Maryland this week to officially meet the distributors, local beverage centers and to roll out FCB brews into the 21st state of their expansion.

Major Tom’s American Wheat, Chocolate Stout, Red Banshee, Rocky Mountain I.P.A. will be available in 6-packs and on draft, along with the Brewer’s Lunch Box, a variety 12-pack.

Consumers in the Maryland market looking for specific establishments that will carry FCB products are encouraged to use the Beer Finder tool on www.fortcollinsbrewery.com/brews/beer-finder.

The Fort Collins Brewery is a family-owned, hand-crafted brewery in Northern Colorado, since 2004. FCB also offers the only full-size restaurant inside a brewery, Gravity 1020 Modern Tavern, in Fort Collins, Colo. For more information, visit fortcollinsbrewery.com or call 970-472-1499. FCB Tasting Room is open Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tours run both days from Noon to 6 p.m. at the top of the hour.

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2013: A Year of Growth

           

                Fort Collins, Colo. – The Fort Collins Brewery, along with Gravity 1020 Modern Tavern, is excited to recap the highlights of 2013, from new equipment and beer releases to defining their community presence. FCB and Gravity 1020 reflect on the most memorable parts as well as looking forward to the bright future of 2014.

            In striving to always keep the FCB brew in admirable condition, 2013 was by far the year for new equipment and expanding their brew haus. In October, the addition of a 50bbl Automated Rolec System from Germany was put in commission. The brew haus is designed to achieve the highest product quality and efficiency, as well as production safety. To the Gravity 1020 customers, the 50bbl system provides a unique and fascinating view as it stands just on the other side of the restaurant and brew haus common window.

FCB continued redefining the brew haus by adding a 7bbl Newlands Pilot System from Canada, which furthers the brewers capability to be creative and to try new style of brews on a smaller scale. The Pilot System’s primary use is to brew the three Tap Club beers per month, along with any collaboration brew in the future.

Just before the New Year, FCB was able to sneak in the additions of the Wittemann 2” Pinpoint Carbonator and the GEA Westfalia Centrifuge. This style of carbonating allows for greater consistency and increased foam head retention. The Centrifuge process, ensures that FCB’s beer is never passed through a filter, stripping out essential flavors and aromas achieved during the brew process.

In 2013, FCB and Gravity 1020 laid down its identification roots with their Create Share Savor mission. The philosophy for which they’re founded on, that beer should be created and enjoyed, and the values that guide how they run their business and interact with their community. This past year FCB was most proud to be a local partner of the Habitat for Humanity project, The House That Beer Built, directly benefiting the rebuilding of a home that was lost to the High Park Fires.

Along with defining their community footprint, FCB was honored to also make an economic impact while being recognized as one of 50 companies to receive the 2013 Colorado Companies to Watch award. An award according to the Companies to Watch website given to a “second-stage company that fuels the economic fire of Colorado by accounting for much of the economic growth and economic independence of individuals throughout the state.” A prestigious recognition was also given to Gravity 1020 Modern Tavern, as they were listed as one of 7 restaurants featured in, USA Todays Best farm-to-table movement restaurants, throughout the world.

FCB continues to grow as a company through new equipment, community presence and to a national audience, but more simply the FCB brand expands through the production of their hand-crafted brews. 2013 saw a flight of new brews from the launch of the Hoptitude series to the award-winning Out of the Ashes Bomber Series, along with the ever popular Double Chocolate Stout and Big Shot seasonals – to name a few.

As production has increased so has distribution for The Fort Collins Brewery. The FCB brand further expanded its brews to the East Coast stretch, including Virginia, Washington D.C. and New York, along with the West Coast counterpart, Nevada, totaling 21 states to carry the FCB product.

All in all, FCB and Gravity 1020 reflect on 2013 as the “year of growth,” and the ability to provide a cleaner, consistent and crisper outlook for all aspects of the company and they look forward to the hike of 2014.

“We have a lot in store for 2014, I hope it can keep up! We’re excited to kick off our collaboration brews with other breweries, both locally and nationally, along with creating fun events and new brews that will entice people to become a FCB and Gravity supporter if they aren’t already,” said The Fort Collins Brewery Marketing Coordinator, Kaylee Kulich.

In spring of 2014, FCB and Gravity will release another Bomber Series, Malt Monsters, which will highlight the new brew haus capabilities. And, they’ll expand their landscape by looking to break ground on a Rooftop Greenhouse and Beer Garden to provide a one of a kind brewery and dining experience.

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Kvass and Smoked Rye Porter will be in the Tasting Room Friday!

Kvass: The Russian Bread Beer!

A national drink in Russia traditionally brewed to yield a 1-2% abv. Just as Rocky Balboa showed up Ivan Drago, we one upped this style by increasing the abv to 3.8%. Unfiltered, an aroma of spice and raisin and the sweet finish are  the result of pouring hot water over Rye bread,
truly creating Liquid Bread!

 

Smoked Rye Porter:

The next release in our limited Out of the Ashes series is an old world style of porter is appropriate as the season gets colder. With a fuller bodied brown porter, we included three types of rye: Chocolate, Flaked and Malted, to intertwine with Saaz hops to add a warming spice complimented by a supple smoke blend of cherry and apple woods. 5.5% ABV

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The House That Beer Built

This summer, eight local craft breweries have come together to sponsor and build a Habitat for Humanity home in Fort Collins, the House That Beer Built (HTBB). They have come together to celebrate their collaborative brewing environment and shared community commitment and need your help in raising money to raise the walls on a new home!

Our goal is to raise $100,000 to build a home for the Andrasik Family, the HTBB Partner Family, who lost their home last summer in the High Park Fire.

On August 26, 2013 the walls were raised.

Here is video from the day: Wall-Raising Video

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FCB Art Brewers Announced

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We had a lot of great applicants vying to become our first FCB Art Brewers, and the choice was not easy. But we’re happy to announce that Dave Marca and Tomas Herrera will be adding their talent to the team!

Dave and Tomas will get full use of the FCB Art Brewery to work on beer-inspired art, along with other projects, for the months, of June, July, August, and September.

In the coming months, we’ll be showing you the beer-inspired works of these talented artists, but for the time being, check out their galleries at thefoolscorner.com and calvinpepper.com

And check out their application video.

 Learn more about the FCB Art Brewery.

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Collusion Brew 2013

Collusion brewTo celebrate American Craft Beer Week and the friendly, collaborative nature of the craft beer industry, all the breweries located in Fort Collins have teamed up for the 2013 Collusion Brew project.

We did things a little different this year, though. Rather than have all the breweries come together to make a single beer, we all started with the same base recipe, and each brewery worked with two other breweries to make something unique. FCB’s brew was made in collaboration with Coopersmith’s and Black Bottle. Together, we decided on additions to the malt bill, chose the yeast strain, and chose the hops. In our case, because we love smoke beer so much, we added smoked malt to recipe.

On brew day, we all got together and shared some beers and stories…oh yeah, and we brewed the beer, too.

FCB’s Collusion brew will be available in the Tasting Room starting May 13th, and all 9 of the Collusion brews will be tapped at Black Bottle on May 13th.

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FCB Enters Sweden Market

FCB (The Fort Collins Brewery), maker of Chocolate Stout, Red Banshee, and Rocky Mountain IPA, is embracing the growing international appreciation for American craft beer by opening distribution in Sweden. In late April, a container was filled with cases of FCB’s Rocky Mountain IPA and Red Banshee and sent on its way to Europe, where it will land in early June. The beer will hit shelves in mid June, and Swedish beer lovers will have the opportunity to taste this Colorado craft brew.

“Exporting was not part of our strategic vision,” says FCB’s marketing director, Charles Stanley, “ but we were approached by Galatea Distributing’s US liaison, who made us aware of the growing demand for US craft beer in Sweden.”

Despite this demand, FCB was cautious, and it took its time with the decision. “This is entirely new ground for us,” says Doug Smith, FCB’s Operations Manager. “Freshness of the beer was a big concern, of course. The beer takes a long time to get to the shelves compared to distributing in the US, but after talking through the details with Galatea, we were convinced that transit time would be kept to a minimum and our beer would be kept refrigerated every step of the way.”

If Rocky Mountain IPA and Red Banshee are well received, FCB and Galatea plan to put additional styles in the market.

For additional information about FCB, visit

Website: fortcollinsbrewery.com

Facebook: facebook.com/fortcollinsbrewery

Twitter: twitter.com/fortcollinsbrew

 

For additional information about Galatea Distributing, visit Galatea.se

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