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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Brews and Views 9-3-16

Brews and Views in Littleton, Colorado on Saturday September 3 from 1pm to 5pm. http://hudsongardens.org/ 2nd Annual Brews & Views Beer Fest

brews and views

September 3, 2016

Brews & Views Beer Fest is a community event co-presented by the City of Littleton and Hudson Gardens. Make plans to join us for the second annual event on September 3, where you can choose from over 40 local craft beers, enjoy live music and play lawn games under the beautiful Colorado sky.

2015 craft brewers included:

Avery Brewing Co.

Blue Spruce Brewing Co.

Boggy Draw Brewery

Bristol Brewing Co.

ButcherKnife Brewery

Chain Reaction Brewing Co.

Coda Brewing Co.

Colorado Cider Co.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Crow Hop Brewing Co.

Denver Beer Co.

Elevation Beer Co.

FATE Brewing Co.

Fermaentra

Grist Iron Brewing Co.

Lefthand Brewing Co.

Living the Dream Brewing

Locavore Beer Works

Mockery Brewing

Mu Brewing

Odd 13 Brewing Co.

Pateros Creek Brewing Co.

Pikes Peak Brewing Co.

The Post Brewing

Redstone Meadery

Renegade Brewing Co.

RiffRaff Brewing Co.

Rocky Mountain Brewery

Something Brewery

Tivoli Brewing Co.

Weldwerks

Wild Cider

Wiley Roots Brewing Co.

 

 

 

 

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Pints in the Park 9-3-16

pints in the parkNew Planet Beer will be one of the sponsors at Pints in the Park in Louisville, Colorado on Saturday September 3 from 12pm to 4pm. http://www.pintsintheparkco.com/

EVENT DETAILS

SATURDAY SEPT. 3RD

12pm – 4pm

$25/Ticket

$30 at the door

Souvenir Pint Glass included with ticket!

COMMUNITY PARK

LOUISVILLE, CO 80027
**Online Ticket Sales End at 11:59pm on Friday September 2nd

This is strictly a 21 & Over Event

Infants okay, if worn by the parent as an accessory; no strollers.

For the safety of your 4 legged family members, there are no dogs allowed at this event, we apologize for any inconvenience.

Event will happen rain or shine. All sales are final, no refunds.

 

 

 

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Incredible Edible Gluten Free Food Fair 8-21-16

incredible edibleIncredible Edible Gluten Free Food Fair in Denver Colorado on August 21 2016 from 10 am to 3pm. http://denverceliacs.org/gluten-free-food-fair/

Please join your Denver Celiac Support group for our 10th Annual Incredible, Edible Gluten Free Food Fair on Sunday, August 21st from 10am – 3pm. This will be a great celebration with lots of gluten free vendors who will offer samples of amazing gluten free products. Make sure to check out the fun presentations and food demos going on during the day as well!

New Planet Beer will be one of the Bronze Sponsors!

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Craft Beer Festival 8-20-16

boulder craft beer festivalBoulder Craft Beer Festival in Boulder Colorado on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 12pm to 5 pm. https://www.boulderdowntown.com/craft-beer-festival Don’t miss the 3rd Annual Boulder Craft Beer Festival (August 20, 2016, 1-5 p.m.).  The event brings together the best craft breweries from Boulder County and beyond for a tasting festival, offering attendees samples of Boulder’s best beer.  The festival includes music, lawn games and food for purchase.  Please note: a limited number of tickets are available, the event sold out in its first two years!

Attendees will be able to sample beer from 25 breweries (click here to view the full line-up) while enjoying live music with two-hour sets from indie-folk band The Heartstring Hunters (12:30 – 2:30 p.m.) and Chain Station (3:00 – 5:00 p.m.) high-energy, get ’em out on the dance floor string band. A number of restaurants and local food trucks will be participating in the festival with food for purchase onsite at the event.

There will also be free lawn games available for attendees including ping pong and corn hole.

This year, the Boulder Craft Beer Festival is back for round 3, and will be held on August 20, 2016 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The event will take place in West Central Park (just West of Broadway on Canyon Blvd.)

The first ever Boulder Craft Beer Festival, in 2014, was a huge success. Since then, this iconic annual event draws thousands of beer enthusiasts in Boulder County, making it one of the largest outdoor brewing festivals in Colorado.

The event brings together 26 of the best craft breweries from Boulder County alongside New Planet Beer, offering attendees samples of Boulder’s best beers.

Attendees are sure to expand their palates as they enjoy unlimited samples from participating breweries and food from local food trucks. Screamin’ Sicilian, Suburban Wiener, Still Smokin, Cuban Fusion will be on site.

Of course, the beer festival won’t be complete without live music. This year, attendees will enjoy performances by Chain Station and The Heartstring Hunters. There will also be lawn games like corn hole and ping pong. The event is sure to delight both seasoned and new craft beer drinkers.

VIP tickets are $50 per person and General admission tickets are $35 per person. Meanwhile, tickets for designated drivers are available for only $10.
VIP tickets include early admission, specialty beer samples from participating breweries, unlimited beer samples, commemorative tasting glass, and an event hat. General admission tickets include unlimited beer samples and a commemorative tasting glass. Designated drivers, on the other hand, have a food voucher good for $10 plus unlimited non-alcoholic beverages.

Please be reminded that there are only a limited number of tickets available. Tickets get sold out every year, so we advise you to get your tickets early. To purchase tickets, you must be 21 years of age or older. Don’t forget to bring your ID on the day of the event and to stop by the New Planet Beer booth to say Hello!

 

 

 

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Growing Trend Gluten Free Beer

The Growing Trend for Gluten-Free Beer

growing trend gluten free beerIf you’re reading this blog, you’re probably a lot like us: after a long day, or when you’re ready to unwind, very few things sound as good as a great beer. If this describe’s you, don’t worry, you’re not alone: studies show that the average American drinks about 23 gallons or 9 cases of beer annually. Nice.

Like all good things, beer is great in moderation. For those among us who have gluten intolerance and those who are diagnosed with celiac disease, the simple act of enjoying a beer can have more serious consequences. This often includes digestive issues, abdominal pain, joint pain, skin rashes, and may eventually lead to intestinal damage. And that can be a bummer.

What isn’t a bummer, though, is that breweries are recognizing this and are filling kegs, bottles, and cans to provide suitable options to consumers.

As more breweries learn how to craft and produce quality, gluten-free or gluten-reduced ales and lagers, the number of choices of gluten-conscious beers is steadily increasing. In fact, if today you were to attempt to drink a different gluten-free beer every day, you’d be able to drink a unique brew for 60 days…not bad, right?

Here’s the best part: as brewers rise to the challenge of creating quality gluten-free beers, they challenge one another to make these beers as similar to “normal” beers as possible. This means that you can take your friends to one of these breweries and they may not even know that they’re not drinking a beer made with traditional beer ingredients.

New Planet Beer has been at the forefront of this movement since 2009. We strive to make beer that people love and want to drink. We offer a wide array of gluten-free and gluten-reduced beer, giving you a chance to choose something that suits you. So  pick up a six pack and enjoy. Cheers!

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Summer Brew Fest 7-22-16

summer brew festNew Planet Beer is a proud sponsor of the Summer Brew Fest in Denver Colorado on Friday July 22 from 7pm to 10 pm.  This event is sold out. http://denverbrewfest.com/summer/index.html  6-7 pm VIP Power Hour!

$45 advance/$55 day of event Friday/Saturday includes General Admission

Purchase VIP Tickets Here NOW 2-Days! Friday &/ Saturday

Get first taste of great brews with this exclusive, limited admittance VIP hour with special MouCo cheese sampling and Weldwerks beer pairing

– Don’t miss out!

7-10 pm General Admission

$35 advance/$45 day of event Friday/Saturday

Day of tickets available online until 4:00pm. Cash only at door.

Purchase GA Tickets Here

Cool down with unlimited tastings of some of the best brews available – souvenir glass included!

 

 

 

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Kyle’s Brew Fest 7-14-16

Kyle's Brew FestJoin New Planet Beer at Kyle’s Brew Fest in Denver Colorado on Thursday July 14 2016 from 5pm – 9pm. https://www.facebook.com/kylesbrewfest/ Kyle’s Brew Fest – Official SCI Red Rocks Preparty

Kyle Hollingsworth Band & special guests benefiting Conscious Alliance Thurs. July 14 | Great Divide Brewing Co. – RiNo Location | DENVER, CO

5:00 – 9:00pm MT
Doors/Beer: 5pm
Show: 5:30pm
Outdoors at Great Divide Brewing Co. at Barrel Bar (RiNo) 1812 35th St, Denver, CO 80216
Buy Tickets Here – Early Bird on Sale Fri., May 20, 10am https://modtickets.com/Mod/Tickets/Tickets.aspx?id=1924
Tickets $25 early bird // $30 advance // $35 day-of-show – All proceeds benefit Conscious Alliance

Ages 21+

Presented by Fresh Baked Dispensary and Great Divide Brewing Co.

Sponsored by Openvape

Tickets include:
-Exclusive performance: Kyle Hollingsworth Band & very special friends
-Limited edition Kyle’s Brew Fest commemorative drinking vessel (first 1,000 ticket-holders into festival)
-Tasting from more than 30 craft breweries
-An opportunity to bid at the Silent Auction (featuring rock memorabilia from the scene’s favorite artists, among other items)
-Food available for purchase

Buy Tickets Here: bit.ly/KBFtixDENVER2016

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