Brew Poetry

We love to share our beer with friends. And sometimes, those friends thank us by posting photos of the beer on Instagram, accompanied by short poems expressing their gratitude.

Thus, brewer Kevin Bosley shares these 10 photos and poems from his pals in California. Thanks for the love!


Bosley 1There once was a man named Odell // Whose home brewing was really quite swell // Said his friends, “Doug, you tart!” // “You must follow your heart!” // And thus was the birth of #Odell

Bosley 2Valley is hot // Good beer and good friends brings smiles // Emptiness is loneliness

Bosley 4Drinking warm beer makes me queasy // Here at sir Trevor’s speakeasy // Fear not, there’s a fridge // You silly Aunt Midge // So partake beer Easy and breezy

Bosley 5Third beer // What would Kamiski do? // Backlight!

Bosley 6O Doug Odell // The beer you sell // Is loose on the leaf  // And pairs with the beef  // O hey here’s Mel!

Bosley 8I’ll go for a ride // On an elephant’s hide // This beer makes my day

Bosley 9Beer beer beer beer beer // Beer beer beer beer beer beer beer // Beer beer beer beer beer

Bosley 10I could go on and on about 90 Shilling // But I doubt you’d want me to // Just gonna say that if you are willing // It’s a pretty good brew

Bosley 12Trevor hates hashtags // I love beer // Bosley thank you // Winding river; sky

Bosley 13

The honorable, great St. Lupulin // Sowed seeds of hope where’er he’d been// From grain to glass, when he came to pass // In his hoppy grave, he did grin

The noble man must always think // Of all the tasty beer he’ll drink // With every sip, a new friendship // Is forged in sudsy ink

I’m riding an elephant in life’s beer circus // As CO2 bubbles rise to the surface // This ain’t no Dumbo, it makes me say “Yum!” though // Without beer, these hops would be worthless

Beer River flows, wild and free// Through the forest, beyond the tree// The beacon calls, the loose leaf falls// My ale is now with me



Beyond the Brews

Beyond the brews

Odell Brewing Company’s Wellness Committee extends efforts to promote healthy living through hikes, fun runs and on-site activities


Sometimes, there aren’t enough hours in the day to enjoy all of the activities Colorado has to offer. Lucky for us, we work in a place that serves some of the best craft brews in our state, so it is easy to check that off our list. But when we decide to venture outside of the brewery we rely on the Odell Brewing Company Wellness Committee to lead us in the right direction. And yes, that direction typically still involves a beer.

Since its beginning in 2013, the Wellness Committee has been striving to promote positive living through exercise, healthy eating and overall work-life balance. Committee chair Eli Kolodny said that his interest in the program stemmed from his own personal commitment to health. “I’m a firm believer that your mind follows your body, and the other way around,” he said. “Even if your mind is in peak condition, if you’re not exercising your body there is a break in the chain.”

Kolodny, along with brewery co-founder Corkie Odell and tap room associate Katie Guiffre, plans quarterly “active meet-ups” (that is, local hikes or other excursions) and events like CPR/First Aid training and quarterly fresh produce offerings. He sees the different activities as extensions of the brewery’s message. “It’s important that quality extends beyond the beer we put in the bottle,” he said. “It’s a quality of life for our coworkers.”

This summer, the committee is planning a handful of fourteener hikes for employees to participate in. A small group from the brewery completed Mt. Bierstadt in June, and Guiffre is hoping that others will join in for the next summit. “[We are] getting people who are already doing it into it a little more, and then that rolls over and encourages others to do it as well,” she said.

And though the local employees reap the benefits of each meet-up, Odell Brewing Company also reaches out to those employees who live outside of Fort Collins. “Our out-of-state co-workers can submit requests for larger reimbursements [for fresh fruits and vegetables] so they can benefit from the fresh produce that we get,” Kolodny explained. “We aren’t going to ship them an orange, but if they want to go buy fresh fruit, we will pay for it.”

While working for a craft brewery is awesome in itself, the Wellness Committee has enjoyed boosting the level of health, fun and fitness among its employees, and hopes to continue planning events to encourage healthy living. “It’s a way to keep people engaged outside of what they’re doing [at the brewery],” Guiffre said. “It’s just something else to look forward to.”

Horsetooth Hike

Beer reigns

Though the Wellness Committee is all about health, Odell Brewing is still all about beer. That’s why we asked Katie Guiffre to pair Odell brews with some of her favorite summer activities.

What would you drink after…

Participating in a yoga retreat?

A: Friek

 Stand up paddleboarding?

A: Loose Leaf

Reaching the peak of a fourteener?

A: St. Lupulin

Riding a bicycle?

A: 5 Barrel or Levity

Whitewater rafting?


Bierstadt 2

Guest Brewer: Daniel Imdieke of Old Chicago


More than 30 years ago, Old Chicago opened its first location in Boulder, Colo. with a simple goal in mind: serve handmade pizza and craft beer to each of its guests. Today, they’re focus has broadened to include more locally-brewed beer than ever before.

Enter Daniel Imdieke, Old Chicago’s new manager of beer operations. Imdieke has spearheaded the effort to include Colorado craft breweries in special tappings and events at each of Old Chicago’s two dozen Colorado locations. And as an avid craft beer lover, Imdieke wanted in on the brewing process. “I’ve been working with it a long time, and I’ve gotten to see how many flavors and styles are out there,” he said. “It’s kind of like this endlessly interesting pursuit, where there are so many flavors and variations and styles and variations of styles; it’s a never-ending exploration.”

Thus, the Old Chicago Explorer Series was born, and Odell Brewing Company was invited to brew a beer for one of the first installments. Imdieke teamed up with brewer Tony Rau to create a Gose – a sour and salty wheat beer originating from Goslar, Germany. “We want to be at the forefront of bringing in new, exciting, exclusive, and fun beers,” Imdieke said of the choice to brew a Gose. “That’s why we’re trying to do this Explorer Series – to get people to try new things.”

Imdieke and Rau spent two days on the pilot system to test the Gose before brewing it on the larger system for Old Chicago. Imdieke is looking forward to using his first brewing experience to teach Old Chicago patrons about craft beer. “We’re going to educate the consumer as they come in with what’s in their glass and why are we pouring these specific beers,” he explained. “It’s really just about having fun and having a place that’s known for craft beer.”

Comes & Gose will be available in all Colorado Old Chicago locations from Aug. 25 through Sept. 13.


S’mores Dip + Cutthroat Porter


They’re ooey, gooey, and have become a staple at any campsite: s’mores. That’s great news for summer weekend treks to the mountains, but we’re often left yearning for the dessert sandwiches after a typical weekday meal as well.

That’s why, in celebration of National S’mores Day Aug. 10, we decided to share this s’mores dip recipe from Elaine at Hungry Brownie. Pair it with our Cutthroat Porter and you’ll feel like you’re fireside at the greatest campsite in Colorado.



  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 8 large marshmallows; cut in half
  • Graham crackers for dipping


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • In a small cast iron skillet, put chocolate chips in an even layer.
  • Arrange the marshmallows on top of the chocolate.
  • Bake in the oven for 6-8 minutes, until marshmallows are lightly browned.
  • Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Serve with graham crackers for dipping.

– Serves 4-6 in a large cast iron skillet

*Recipe and skillet photo courtesy of Hungry Brownie