Warm fuzzies in the Cold Wind

It feels like summer slipped away from a lot of us in the plume of smoke from the High Park Fire, and we are reminded of the damage when we make our way into the canyons that were ravaged by one of the hottest fires ever to hit Northern Colorado. It was amazing to watch the community come together through fundraisers and land reparation efforts. We were so privileged to be a part of some like our progressive dinner Ashes to Ales , where Jax Fishhouse, Chef Happy, Wholefoods and almost 30 other supporters helped us to raise almost $3,500 for the NoCo Rebuilding Network.

We saved our July tip jar for the volunteer fire departments in both the Rist and Poudre canyons, raising over $2,500. Before the weather turned this fall, half of our fabulous co-workers made it deep into the Poudre Canyon to dig holes that would become the home for 550 Ponderosa Pines and local shrubs! Just over 30 of us donned augers, shovels and fencing and prepped the Narrows campgrounds for National Forest Day in mid-September. Poudre Wilderness Volunteers provided our skilled guides, they were ready with tools and hard-hats and helped to keep us on-task! Our second half was rained out at the end of September, and sadly for our third attempt as well. We may have to look at Spring to get the rest of our crew outside, but no shortage of things to do!

Just because the weather has shifted, don’t be fooled into thinking you have to hunker down inside! Join Odell Outreach for the United Way’s “Make a Difference Day” and help us to turn a volleyball court into a garden to grow healthy food for underprivileged community members (The Growing Project) and winterize the Alzheimer’s Association office grounds. Please visit our Odell Outreach Group page for details and to get signed up. These events will be complete with after-good-deed celebrations and some take-home goodies for our fabulous volunteers!

And don’t forget to visit our tap room! Every taster tray that you purchase is a gift for our distribution area in the form of beer for events, gifts for auction items, cash donations (Charities of the Month and Small Grants), etc.
Charities of the Month:
• Foundation on Aging (Larimer County)
• Valley to Valley Senior care Center (Salida)
• Athletes in Tandem (Fort Collins)
• Visually Impaired and Blind Skiers (Colorado Springs)
• The Chill Foundation (Denver)
• Higher Ground Youth Challenge (Denver)
• Feeding Our Community Ourselves (FoCo Café, Fort Collins)
• So All May Eat (SAME Café, Denver)
We also donate our tip jars, this month we are giving all of our tips to the Food Bank for Larimer County to purchase Thanksgiving meals for families in need. Next month we’ll represent Catholic Charities Northern providing holiday wish-list fulfillment for families that aren’t able to provide for them on their own. They touch the lives of both Christian and non-ecumenical clients.
We hosted our first ever Awesome Toss ‘Em Cornhole Tournament for Turning Point this August.  It was a great event enjoyed by all 250 players and fans in our East parking lot! We helped Turning Point raise $6,400! The summer also brought us an elegant beer pairing dinner at Gardens On Spring Creek’s Garden of Eatin’ when we had the opportunity to match our innovative brews with delicious pairings from Chef Justin from the Canyon Chophouse raising money for the “Friends of the Gardens on Spring Creek.”  Now as the weather changes, we are seeing a shift in charitable activities from fundraising concerts and golf tournaments to galas and holiday celebrations…

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We just enjoyed 2 Odell tables at the “Brainiac Bowl,” one of the year’s most fun fun-draisers! It is a great event including dinner, Odell brews and trivia benefiting the brand new Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. We didn’t win, but tested our brain-power and I’m convinced both tables got smarter as 90 Shillings, IPAs and 5 Barrels were consumed! It definitely made us more excited to be a part of the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery’s grand opening! Odell Brewing Company is proud to be a part of the museum’s Founder’s Circle. Please join us on Saturday, November 10th in helping to fill the museum with the Front Range’s most curious!

Brainiac Bowl
Get your tickets for an amazing collaboration this Saturday for Fort Collins’ best and “most local” farm to fork dinner “Bounty and Brews” benefitting BeLocal. Keep an eye on our calendar to make sure you don’t miss some of the season’s best parties and ways to give back to our community!
Please check out our charitable page on our website and sign up to get involved with our volunteer efforts on our Odell Outreach Facebook page.  We work hard to better our community and celebrate OBC style!



– Karla

_MG_0378Karla is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. She graduated from CSU 10 years ago and made Fort Collins her home. She has been given the extraordinary opportunity to work at making it a better place through her employment as Community Outreach Coordinator at Odell Brewing Company.

A New Hope (or “The streets will run red with the juice of our grapes”)

They say it takes a lot of good beer to make great wine. After two years of research and development, I can honestly say that the opposite holds just as true. Right in the middle of the two is a beautiful Venn diagram of deliciousness. Odell Brewing Company is very fortunate to have been founded in a progressive agricultural haven. We have access to a wide array of farm and ranch products within the state itself. Below is the movement of some very special Colorado grown free run grape juice into a wine press, and the subsequent pressing of said juice. Expect more updates as things progress into the realm of amazingness.

– A Quality Guy




Kansas, Kickball, and Odell Brewing

One night, over beers with our distributor (O’Malley Beverage) in Lawrence KS, we started talking UnBottled fun…specifically kickball.  O’Malley’s craft brand manager, Matt Shaddid, mentioned that he was in a kickball league in town. He also mentioned what a great following the league had. For years, Lawrence has been one of our best markets in the state of Kansas, and the first city in Kansas where we saw Odell IPA really take off at bars like Dempsey’s, Quinton’s, The Burger Stand and Harbour Lights.

We think that’s because we have some kindred spirits in Lawrence, a city that is very similar to our hometown Fort Collins with very similar people drinking great beer!  We thought we should get the Wildman Attack Force (Kaw Valley 2012 Kickball Champs) to Fort Collins for a game and an opportunity to raise some money for their favorite local charity…if they won.



So, Team Wildman made the trek to Fort Collins last week where we met up for beers and introductions at a local Fort Collins craft beer bar, Tap and Handle.  We did our best to keep Team Wildman out past their bedtimes in the hopes of gaining some type of advantage.  The next morning we met up and quickly found out why Team Wildman was Kaw Valley Champs.  We were defeated by a score of 22-4.  A good time was had by all, and Team Wildman returned home to Lawrence with their winnings for the Lymphoma Foundation.



John Campbell is the Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri Sales Rep for Odell Brewing

Woodcut No. 6 has the hops!

This week we will release our sixth Woodcut brew, an oak-aged American ale featuring Mosaic hops. It’s the first dry hopped offering we’ve ever done in the series, and is the result of over a year of collaboration between the Mosaic hop farmers and our team.

It all started back in 2010. We shared some Woodcut 4 with Jason Perrault (a 4th generation Yakima Valley hop farmer), and he loved it. He and Brad Carpenter (his family began growing hops in the valley in 1868) then shared some experimental hops with us, and we loved them!

We began experimenting with the hops, known only as “HBC 369” at the time. They offered a very unique flavor and aroma…much more fruity, sweet, and tropical as compared to the traditional piney, spicy, earthy aromatic hops used in most IPA’s.  We decided to invite Jason and Brad out to the brewery to brew Woodcut No. 6 with us. At that point, they had decided on “Mosaic” as the name of this remarkable new hop.

Woodcut No. 6 Brew Day

Our brewers included both Mosaic and another yet-to-be-named experimental variety in the kettle and Hopback, but the beer was dry hopped with 100% Mosaic hops. As with all of our Woodcut offerings, we aged the beer in virgin American oak barrels for several months.

The final blend combines the intricate and delicate tropical fruit sweetness of the Mosaic hop with the traditional vanilla and toasted oak flavors from the barrels.


We’ll celebrate the release of Woodcut No. 6 this Saturday in the Tap Room and will be pouring it at The Great American Beer Festival, October 11th – 13th.



Brent Cordle is the Barrel Aging/Pilot System Manager for Odell Brewing