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Collaboration_FestEvent Recap: Collaboration Fest 2018

Perhaps the most creative beer festival in the U.S., the Colorado Brewers Guild’s annual Collaboration Fest recently enjoyed its fifth year as the headline event of Colorado Craft Beer Week. Held on March 31 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Denver, the festival featured 123 unique collaboration brews from over 200 breweries based in 42 states and six countries. Fueled by camaraderie and a passion for creativity common among craft brewers, the numbers represent significant growth from about 50 participants in 20 states and three countries in the festival’s inaugural year. And all this despite increasingly fierce competition for tap handles and liquor store shelf space. ~ CompanyWeek

Big_Beers_2018Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival: The perfect combination of beer, food, and education

I love beer. I love food. And when given the chance to attend an event that offers both plus the opportunity to chat with and learn from beer industry leaders, I cannot say no. To say I was thrilled to attend the 18th annual Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival held at Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center in Breckenridge, Colorado, over the January 4-6 weekend would be an understatement. With so much to eat, drink, and learn given four pairing dinners, 13 educational seminars, the commercial tasting, and more than 20 affiliated events around town, the most difficult aspect of Big Beers weekend is choosing how to spend your time. ~ CompanyWeek

Economics_Barrel_AgingThe Economics of Barrel Aging

Though the origin of barrel aging beer in the U.S. is unclear — some insist it started in the 1990s with Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout while others give credit to Sam Adams’ Triple Bock — the popularity of the style is growing with consumers and brewers alike. At the 2016 Great American Beer Festival, held in Denver, the Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer category was one of the most competitive, with 159 entries. That number increased to 175 in 2017. Chicago’s Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer, which began in 2003, featured more than 150 brewers at its 2016 gathering. The 2017 festival included 206 breweries and cideries pouring their best barrel-aged offerings. ~ CompanyWeek

Beer_Festival_BurnoutBeer Festival Burnout?

Need something to do any given weekend in Colorado? You’re in luck: There’s probably a beer festival going on somewhere near you. While the Internet lacks a definitive resource for cataloging every possible opportunity for knocking back mini-servings of suds en masse, a recent visit to Beerfests.com — which provides event listings nationwide — revealed 81 beer-centric festivals in the Centennial State thus far in 2017. Add in the virtually countless other organized gatherings that include a beer tent or two and it’s easy to see why many brewers — and more than a few craft-loving consumers — are suffering from festival fatigue. ~ CompanyWeek

WeldwerksManufacturing Profile: WeldWerks Brewing

Soft, smooth, hazy and mouth-wateringly fruity, Juicy Bits is a New England-style IPA with an appearance, flavor and aroma reminiscent of citrus juice with extra pulp. Since its release in March 2016, it has garnered an average 4.3 out of five rating from beer aficionados on UNTAPPD, a 4.22 average on Beeradvocate, and is among the top 50 highest-rated IPAs on RateBeer. Named one of the hottest new brews in Colorado by The Denver Post this past July, it is also WeldWerks Brewing’s best-selling, and best-known, beer — a fact that co-founder and head brewer Fisher still regards with a bit of amazement. ~ CompanyWeek

Parts_and_LaborManufacturing Profile: Parts and Labor Brewing Company

On December 23, 2016, Parts and Labor Brewing Company opened with 30 barrels of beer. Brewed on a five-barrel system from Portland’s Stout Tank and Kettle Company, and fermented in five five-barrel fermenters within a newly renovated 6,000-square-foot building in downtown Sterling that had once been a Cadillac and Pontiac dealership, that beer didn’t last long. One might think that in a town of only 15,000 residents, many of whom co-founder and brewer Dylan Harford describes as “Big Three light pilsner drinkers,” selling such a quantity of craft beer would be challenging. However, thirsty locals immediately flocked to the spacious taproom. ~ CompanyWeek

Stoutenburg_SweatRxStout of Mind: When fate changed his game, Chris Stoutenburg changed his fate

Sometimes life takes you in an unexpected direction. For 35-year-old Chris “Stouty” Stoutenburg, an enthusiastic athlete who spent his youth playing basketball and football—with hockey, track, skiing, skateboarding, and BMX thrown in for good measure—the left turn came on June 18, 1997. Slated to play football for the University of Guelph that fall, Stoutenburg was spending the weekend with a friend. “He rented a chalet for the season up at Blue Mountain,” he says. “I was leaning against the balcony railing when I heard a snap. Suddenly, I was on my back two stories down.” The fall pulverized three thoracic vertebrae, instantly paralyzing Stoutenburg from the waist down. ~ SweatRx

Spartan_SweatRxRace Like a Spartan: Meet the world’s leading obstacle course series, plus tips to get you across the finish line

Spartan. It’s a sexy word. One that invokes images of chiseled abs glistening with oil, as Gerard Butler bellows, “This is Sparta!” In the movie 300, Butler, or King Leonidas, and his men waged an epic battle against invading Persians at the Pass of Thermopylae, all 300 sacrificing their lives for one moment of victory. Our world has come a long way since 480 B.C. We’ve exchanged hunting for grocery stores, hikes through woods for smooth asphalt roads. Where we once scaled mountains and fought for our lives, we now lounge in comfy living rooms, watching actors portray the heroes who battled history’s legions. ~ SweatRx

Demarest_SweatRxThe Best of Both Worlds: Shellane Demarest bridges the gap between bodybuilding and CrossFit

You wouldn’t know it now, but CrossFit Level One trainer, fitness model and NPC figure competitor Shellane Demarest has not always been the effervescent, confident individual is today. The eldest of three siblings raised in a small New Jersey town by a hardworking single mother, the trials and tribulations of adolescence hit her hard. “I had always been overweight,” she says with a laugh, “but once I hit puberty, all of a sudden these extra curves and inches came along and my clothes didn’t fit anymore.” ~ SweatRx

Tarver_SweatRxMens Sana in Corpore Sano: Demel Tarver shares his secrets for developing a sound mind and healthy body

At 6-feet-5-inches tall and 230 pounds of rock-solid muscle, DeMel Tarver’s body looks more like that of a professional basketball player than a philosopher. However, while the 34-year-old strength and conditioning coach played college ball and did a stint in the semi-professional ABA, he left the sport at age 28 to pursue a career in personal training. “I wanted to get off that basketball court and focus on training—specifically, teaching athletes and non-athletes how to use their bodies more efficiently,” says Tarver. Over time, that life purpose evolved into something more. “I’m not your typical trainer,” he adds. “I want to give people something beyond the ability to do a squat correctly.” ~ SweatRx

Dog_Day_ThreeGenerosity: Every Dog Has Its Day

Most little girls have dreams, but Lindsay J. C. Lack’s were different. She didn’t want to be a princess or a ballerina. She didn’t yearn for a unicorn or a fairy godmother. No, Lack wished for a puppy. “I always wanted a dog,” she recalls. “When I was a little girl, I’d imagine that I would come home from school and there would be a dog waiting for me. I thought it would be so amazing.” Despite this desire, Lack didn’t have a pet until high school, when she and her sister each got to pick out a kitten from an acquaintance’s litter. The fluffy, purring creature wasn’t a dog, but that was OK. “I was pretty much justcrazy about animals in general,” Lack says. ~ Three

DeGroot_ThreeGenerosity: Fostering an Entrepreneurial Spirit

For 25-year-old Bob de Groot, giving has always come naturally. Raised in Petten, a small town in the Netherlands, he spent his youth contented, surrounded by tulip fields and dairy farms. “I always liked to pay for my friends,” he says, recalling his idyllic childhood and his early propensity for giving. “It helped that I got a job at the supermarket when I was 13. I loved to work and make money, which allowed me to give as well.” He was further inspired at the age of 16 when he attended a youth meeting at a church. “The speaker was sharing about his visit to Uganda,” de Groot says. “During that visit, he went to an orphanage and held babies that were HIV-positive or had AIDS. Upon hearing this, I felt that I couldn’t continue with my life and not do anything about this situation.” ~ Three

Entryway_ThreeBefore and After: Making an Entrance

She had always disliked the paint color on the walls of her 1896 Victorian home’s entryway, but a spring season with epic snowstorms was the metaphorical—and slushy—last straw for Kelly Rogers, a Boston-area interior designer. She decided she could no longer ignore the 40-square-foot space. “I was constantly bringing people in with wet, salty boots, straight onto my quartersawn original hardwood floors,” she recalls. And that’s when guests were willing to enter. “Some people would open the door, look down at my lovely floors, and refuse to come in because they didn’t want to make a mess.” It was time for a change. ~ Three

Brunch_ThreeRecipes: Brunch, Bayou-Style

Christmas morning is always a whirlwind in our family. And our holiday breakfast—usually nibbled on while exchanging our own gifts, wrapping presents that need to leave the house, and preparing dishes for various gatherings later in the day—is generally nothing more than a bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon. We don’t sit down to eat it, either. No, that bagel is consumed in erratic bites as we rush from room to room, stirring this, shooing the cats off the gift wrap, chopping that, popping one pan into the oven, and pulling another out—you get the picture. This year, we decided it was time to do something different. We’re determined to sit down and enjoy a real meal together before tackling the rest of our very busy holiday. ~ Three

Thanksgiving_Recipe-ThreeRecipes: A South-of-the-Border Twist on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my husband’s favorite holiday. He insists this is because it’s the least commercial of the year-end celebrations. I think it’s because hunting down and preparing the biggest bird he can find—even if that happens to be an organic, farm-raised turkey in the freezer section of the grocery store—lets him feel like a caveman for a day. Regardless, one thing is certain: we’ve always used Thanksgiving as the ultimate excuse to enjoy a big meal with the people we love most. In our case, that can mean multiple days of feasting. You see, I come from a pretty big family. ~ Three

Tenderloin-ThreeRecipes: Cooking Up Romance

My grandmother firmly believed that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. But she could have said the same about me. Though my husband and I basically fell in love on our first date, I really began to believe I could spend my life with him the first time he cooked dinner for me. You see, in my family, my mother had always done most of the cooking, even though it wasn’t something she particularly enjoyed. My father stuck to the basics and then only entered the kitchen when necessary. As such, when I found a male who was honestly excited about the culinary arts—and eager to improve his cooking skills—it was a major revelation. ~ Three

Apollo_PeakManufacturing Profile: Apollo Peak

Ask cat lovers about catnip — or Nepeta cataria — and they’re likely to regale you with an amusing description of the effects this member of the mint family has on their feline friends. Unless a cat is among the unlucky few that lack a genetic sensitivity to nepetalactone, the volatile oil in the catnip plant’s stems and leaves, their reactions generally range from rolling on the floor in fits of ecstasy to quietly zoning out and drooling. Having spent many years working in the pet food industry, and as the proud guardian of a cat of his own, Brandon Zavala was familiar with catnip’s hilarity-inducing properties. He also thought it would be amusing to see cats engage in social drinking with their human companions. ~ CompanyWeek

Paleo_Diet_FoodsManufacturing Profile: Paleo Diet Foods

Among the kettlebell-swinging, box-jumping, tire-flipping CrossFit crowd, Paleo Diet Foods is kind of a big deal — and not only because of their whimsical mascot, Carl the Caveman, who rides a Paleolithic bicycle and does handstand push-ups on their product packaging. Rather, their growing fame is due to a duo of factors: their commitment to high-quality nutrition and the fact that their product, The Paleo Diet Bar, is the only energy bar on the market endorsed by Dr. Loren Cordain, founder of the Paleo movement. A wholly raw product, each bar is comprised of equal parts carbohydrates, proteins and healthy fats. The ingredients are simple: fruits, nuts, seeds, berries, egg white protein and hemp protein. ~ CompanyWeek

Rebel_PopcornManufacturing Profile: Rebel Popcorn

Chili Cheese Mac Attack, Chipotle Bacon Barbeque, Sea Salt Caramel, Sesame Ginger, Walnut Fudge Brownie, Jalapeno Bacon, Fear the Reaper, Sriracha Tikka Masala, Thai Coconut Green Curry, and Pumpkin Cheesecake. This impressive list is merely a small representation of the hundreds of mouth-watering flavors with which Rebel Popcorn’s foodie founders have coated their increasingly popular crunchy kernels — and they’re always coming up with more. “We really like international foods,” says founder Tim Solley. “That’s why we pretty much have every continent except Antarctica represented in our flavor lineup.” ~ CompanyWeek

Zombie_ToolsManufacturing Profile: Zombie Tools

Bold, burly, and decidedly badass, Zombie Tools’ limited-edition bladed weapons rival the beauty of historical knives and swords found in museums around the world yet remain durable, fully functional and surprisingly affordable. From smaller weapons like The Mauler, based on the Malaysian karambit, an ancient agricultural tool, to larger ones including the Apokatana, a tactical katana, and The Diphos, a double-edged sword with a 25-inch blade, the constantly evolving lineup is as popular with self-described nerds and geeks as it is with proactive survivalists and Hollywood producers. ~ CompanyWeek

McWilliams_ForgeManufacturing Profile: Sean McWilliams Forge

In 2011, McWilliams came back from the dead. He had discovered a life-long passion for blacksmithing in 1970 while attending a craft show in Crested Butte, but he switched his focus from forging knives to crafting decorative railings, gates, and chandeliers in 2000. He believed his future lay in high-end ironwork until he heard a disturbing tale. “Somebody had circulated a rumor of my death,” McWilliams recalls with a hearty chuckle. “As a result, the prices for my old work were getting pretty high. Someone put a knife on eBay and it sold for $1,400. It was originally a $400 knife.” With the mountain-area iron business in decline and the realization that “contrary to what I had believed, people had not forgotten about me,” he decided to return to his first love. ~ CompanyWeek