New Planet Beer: Blonde Ale

Blonde Ale

We’re not sure what the weather is like where you are, but here in Colorado (New Planet’s home base), we’ve had an unseasonably warm fall. Only now is it starting to feel a bit more like winter.

If you’re familiar with the beer world, it will come as no surprise to you that lots of craft breweries and “the big boys” inundate shelves of your local liquor store with seasonal offerings for fall and winter brews. And we’re fine with that!

But, with all of those seasonal beers available, it’s easy to forget that sometimes you just want your “tried and true” Go To beer.

Enter New Planet’s Blonde Ale. Pouring a light straw color and clear as a summer day, this beer feels like summer in your glass, even if it’s snowing and -10 outside!

Our Blonde Ale is 100% gluten free and offers a crisp, refreshing alternative to some of the heavier, spicier offerings available this time of year.

Next time you have friends over and are sitting by the fireplace, surprise them by pouring this reformulated (more on this below!) bad boy. We’re willing to bet that they’ll not only appreciate the surprise palette changer, but wait before you tell them it is gluten-free. If you’re so inclined, take a picture of their first (or last!) sip and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #NewPlanetBeer.

Our new formulation is the real deal.  It starts with 100% gluten free Colorado millet grain (rather than sorghum extract), harvested and malted in Colorado by a family-owned farm and malter. It is then combined with fresh American hops to our pure Rocky Mountain water. Simplicity certainly has its virtues!

Happy Holidays and cheers to Blondes!

 

 

 

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Wintercraft Beer Fest February 25, 2017

Wintercraft Beer Fest 2017

WCBF

What’s better than enjoying amazing craft beer?

Breaking the dead of winter, going to an awesome indoor venue and enjoying great craft beer.

Wintercraft Beer Fest 2017

We started WCBF with the goal of creating an event that would become a staple in the Boulder community for years to come that would benefit 30 to 50 local businesses all at once.  We are Boulder natives that love the creativity and collaboration of the craft beer industry and love that so much is happening right here in our backyard.  We also saw the need to celebrate these things at a great venue in the middle of winter when we all are looking for something fun to do.

Details coming Soon.

 
 
 

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Mile High Beer Fest 2/11/17

Mile High Beer Fest 2/11/17

Join us Saturday, February 11th for the 2nd Annual Mile High Beer Festival. Situated in the heart of the River North (RiNo) neighborhood of Denver, the festival celebrates Colorado craft brews on a local scale that’s laid-back and easy-going! Cheers to THAT!

DETAILS

DATE

Saturday, February 11, 2017

AFTERNOON & EVENING SESSIONS

• Session 1 – 1pm-4pm (VIP at 12pm)
• Session 2 – 7pm-10pm (VIP at 6pm)

WHAT TO EXPECT

• 25+ Colorado Breweries
• 60-70 Colorado Craft Beers to sample
• Check the list on our Breweries Page
• Three full hours of tasting (Four for VIPs)!
• Food trucks
• Cool vendors
• Awesome music
• Plus more surprises!

LOCATION

EXDO Event Center (RiNo)
1399 35th St, Denver, CO 80205

TICKETS

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS – $39

A  full three full hours of tasting over 60 styles of beer! DETAILS HERE

VIP TICKETS – $55

GA Ticket inclusions plus an ADDITIONAL FOURTH HOUR OF VIP TASTINGand a Festival T-Shirt! VIP Tickets will sell out quickly, so grab yours while you can! DETAILS HERE

To Visit the Event Page directly, click here.

 

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Wynkoop Day of Darks Nov 19, 2016

Wynkoop Day of Darks

Sat, November 19, 2016

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM MST

Mo’ brothers and mo’ sisters!

Movember is finally here. Time to “shave the date” for Wynkoop’s Day of Darks showcase of dark beers!

Over 25 breweries will bring in their “stache” of dark beers to the Wynkoop on Nov. 19th, with ticket proceeds going to support the Movember Foundation and local organizations Colorado Cancer Research Foundation and CU Cancer Center, all benefiting men’s health.

Your ticket gets you a commemorative glass for unlimited dark beer tastings, chocolates and chocolate desserts to accompany mo’ dark beers than you can imagine.

The Day of Darks Mo’ Crew Thus Far:

4 Noses
Beryl’s Brewing
Big Choice brewing
Boggy Draw Brewery
Breckenridge Brewery
Briar Common Brewery + Eatery
Bristol Brewing
Cerebral Brewing
Comrade Brewing
Dead Hippie Brewing
Dry Dock Brewing Company
Eddyline Brewery
Fiction Beer Company
Goldspot Brewing
Horse & Dragon Brewing Company
Ironworks Brewery & Pub
Left Hand Brewing Company
Liquid Mechanics Brewing
Loveland Aleworks
Mu Brewery
New Planet Beer
Nighthawk Brewery
Odyssey Beerwerks
Phantom Canyon Brewing Company
Ratio Beerworks
Stem Ciders
Strange Craft
The Post Brewing Co
Verboten Brewing
Westfax Brewing

 

 

 

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Great West Beer Fest 11/4/2016

great west beer fest 2016

2016 Great West Beer Fest

CMU Student Life would like to invite you to a fun-filled afternoon of good friends and great beer. There will be door prizes and a silent auction. All proceeds are used to support Club Sports, MavRides, and various Clubs and Organizations across campus.

Date:  Friday, November 4th
Time:  4:00 to 8:00 PM
Location:  Maverick Pavilion – Colorado Mesa University campus
Cost:  $25 for advanced tickets / $30 at the door
Free:  Designated Drivers admitted free

Click here for more information and to register

Questions? Contact Mitch Karstens at 970-248-1272 or mkarstens@coloradomesa.edu

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Halloween Craft Brew Ball 10/29/16

halloween craft brew ball

A Hauntingly Good Time

A Family Friendly Afternoon at Wonderland Brewing Co.

13 Colorado Craft Breweries.  Costume Contest.  4 Hours of Sampling.  Music.  Food Trucks.  More!

Come celebrate Halloween with Wonderland Brewing Co, Colorado Beer Trail, and local guest craft brewers in a big festival tent behind Wonderland!

The event is a family-friendly Halloween experience Saturday, October 29th.   Costume contest, trick or treating, temporary tattoos, games, face painting,  live music, local food vendors, & more!

TICKETS ON EVENTBRITE:  https://halloweencraftbrewball2016.eventbrite.com

 

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Gluten Sensitivity Revealed

Gluten SensitivityIf you ask around, just about everyone has an opinion on “gluten-free,” Celiac Disease, or gluten-sensitivity. Often times, their opinions are misinformed and can be insulting, especially to people who have Celiac Disease (CD) or are gluten-sensitive.

For those of you (or your friends) who have CD or have gluten-sensitivity, you’ve probably heard the snide comments from friends or family saying that it’s “made up” or “all in your head.” The unfortunate reality is that many people are just under-educated on the matter and don’t have all of the facts.

Luckily, it seems many people are beginning to understand CD a bit better and do treat it as a “real” disease. The conversation can often veer off track, though, when the concept and condition of gluten-sensitivity is discussed.

Again, many people (incorrectly) believe that gluten-sensitivity is in your head. Thanks to a recent study published by Columbia University Medical Center, that perception will hopefully change very soon. While gluten-sensitivity varies greatly on a microscopic level from CD, there is compelling evidence that some individuals don’t digest wheat gluten, barley, or rye the same way others do. When blood samples and intestinal biopsies were taken from individuals with CD and those who were self-described as “gluten-sensitive” and analyzed, researchers found that those who reported a gluten sensitivity had leaky gut (whereby proteins and toxins actually permeate the intestine and make their way into the bloodstream).

So, what does this mean? It means that gluten-sensitivity is real. Unfortunately, it is much harder to diagnose than CD, which means many people may go through life eating gluten products and not understanding why they feel miserable.

However, the more the general public understands the distinct differences between CD and gluten-sensitivity, and the less taboo gluten-sensitivity becomes in society, the better off people who may have gluten-sensitivity will be.

Thankfully, brewers across America are beginning to educate themselves more about their patrons’ tastes and dietary needs. New Planet Beer has been offering gluten-free and gluten-reduced beers since 2009 and continues to be at the forefront of the gluten-free beer revolution. With beer that still packs all the flavor, characteristics, and all-around goodness that craft beer has to offer, look for New Planet Beer in a liquor store near you.

 

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How to do a Beer Tasting

We came across this great overview of how to do a Beer Tasting from the Beer Advocate we wanted to share with you. Please click here to view the original post.

How To Do A Beer Tasting

When analyzing a beer, you can’t just swill it down, burp and say “it’s great” or “it’s crap.” And, even though tasting is an individual art, there are a few steps, which if followed, will take your beer tasting to a blissful level.

beer tastingLook
Take pause and marvel at its greatness before you partake of it. Raise the beer in front of you, but don’t hold your beer to direct light as this will dilute its true color. Describe its color, its head and its consistency.

 

 

beer tastingAgitate
Swirl your beer, gently in the glass. This will pull out aromas, slight nuances, loosen & stimulate carbonation and test head retention.

 

 

beer tastingSmell
90-95% of what you experience is through you sense of smell. Breathe through your nose with two quick sniffs, then with your mouth open, then through your mouth only (nose and mouth are connected in the experience). Let olfaction guide you. Agitate again if need be and ensure that you are in an area that has no overpowering aromas. Enjoy its bouquet.

 

beer tasteTaste
Now sip the beer. Resist swallowing immediately. Let it wander and explore your entire palate. Let your taste buds speak. Note the mouthfeel, the consistency of the liquid’s body, and breath out during the process of tasting. This process of exhaling is called “retro-olfaction” and will release retained stimulations at the mucus and mouthfeel level but at a higher temperature. At times this will be the same as the olfactory process if not different and complimentary. Try to detect any sweetness, salty flavors, acids and general bitterness. Explain what they are or what they are similar to.

Also, try tasting the beer after it warms a bit (just a bit mind you). Really cold beer tends to mask some of the flavors. As a beer warms, its true flavors will pull through, become more pronounced.

Amaze your friends with your beer tasting knowledge the next time you are out together and enjoy our New Planet Beers with a whole new sense of being

 

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Beer Nutrition Facts

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”
–Benjamin Franklin (maybe)

nutrition-facts1While the veracity of the above quote cannot be 100% confirmed to belong to Benjamin Franklin, one thing we can all agree on as Americans is that a crisp beer at the end of a long day is basically one of the best things out there. So, while we can’t be sure that Mr. Franklin is the person to thank for the above, we can certainly raise a glass to the sentiment.

Beer is the beverage of choice for most Americans. Despite our love affair with whiskey, our summertime flings with tequila, beer is our rock, our “one and only.” And let’s be honest, at New Planet, we love that. Its why we do what we do. But,we digress…

Today’s consumer, both for food and libations, is more informed. They are more concerned with where and how their products are produced than ever before. So, it should come as no surprise that 72% of consumers tell Neilsen that they want more information about what they’re consuming.

In order to bring more transparency to beer drinkers in the US, the Beer Institute, a trade group that represents companies which produce and import beer sold in the United States, reported that 4 of the largest brewing conglomerates, including Constellation Brands (think Corona), Heineken USA, MillerCoors and Anheuser-Beusch-InBev, have all agreed to start labelling their beers with nutrition facts.

Considering that these brands represent 80% of beer sales in America, this may seem like a huge revolution….

You’re waiting for the other shoe to drop, right?

Well, sorry to disappoint you. But here at New Planet Beer, we’ve been transparent about what goes into our beer since Day 1. Unlike the “Big Four” mega-breweries, we’ve always known that the folks who drink our beer care about what we put in it. That’s why we started out as a gluten-free beer company. We have since expanded our market to meet the demand for people seeking gluten-reduced beer.

Ingredients are still what make us, “Us.” So, while the FDA may begin asking (and, perhaps, someday require) all ingredients be listed on cans and bottles, we’ll still be doing business as usual, because what goes into our beer becomes who we are.

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Rocky Mountain Pizza and Pint Festival 9-5-16

rocky mountain pizza and pintRocky Mountain Pizza and Pint Festival Tour (Boulder Creek Fest) in Boulder, Colorado on Monday, September 5 from 1pm to 6 pm. http://www.bceproductions.com/ The mission of Boulder Creek Events is to produce successful, family-oriented events that strengthen, empower, and inspire community members, local businesses and philanthropic organizations to get involved, connect and thrive. Your two favorites just got better! Join us for two days of pizza, beer, live music, and lawn games for the 2nd Annual Rocky Mountain Pizza & Pints Festival!

Purchase tickets to one or two dates!

A Colorado summer night + pizza + beer + live music + friends = perfection

LIVE MUSIC:

Performances by ROB DRABKIN (3:30-5:30pm) and HOT SOUP (6:30-8:30pm)

And don’t miss out on your chance to vote for your favorite local Brewery and Pizzeria with the People’s Choice Competition for “Best Brew”, “Hippest Hops” Spirit Award, and “Best Pizza”.

$1 from every ticket sale will benefit a local non-profit.  The Louisville location will benefit Love for Lily & the Boulder location will benefit The Wild Animal Sanctuary.

ATTENTION ALL BREWERIES & PIZZERIAS:  Attend both dates and you’ll be eligible to win our new Grand Prize awards for “Best Brewery” and “Best Pizzeria”.

 

 

 

 

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