Summer Montage Backyard BBQ

Summer Montage

BBQ season is back! The weather is getting warmer, the sun shining brighter, the days are getting longer, and we’re eager to enjoy some delicious food and refreshing beers with our favorite people.  Whether you are hosting or attending the next backyard BBQ, here are a few simple recipes to go with our Summer Montage Variety Pack.


IPA “Hop On” Grilled ChickenBBQ Chicken


Odell IPA – 12oz bottle

Boneless/skinless Chicken Breasts – 4

Dijon Mustard – 3 tbsp.

Brown Sugar – 3 tbsp.

Olive Oil – 3 tbsp.

Soy Sauce – 1 tbsp.

Hot Sauce – 1 tsp.

Kosher Salt – 1 tsp.

Ground Black Pepper – 1/2 tsp.



Pour over chicken

Marinate in fridge for 8 hours

Grill or bake chicken as desired.



Garden Salad with St. Lupulin Citrus Vinaigrette


2-3 ounces St. Lupulin

2 minced garlic cloves

1 tablespoon finely grated orange or lemon zest

1 tablespoon Agave Nectar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste



Whisk together and drizzle over your favorite salad.  Enjoy with a cold. refreshing Loose Leaf!


Loose Leaf Apple Pie (Inspired by Jackie Dodd, The Beeroness)Loose Leaf Pie


Crust Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups (12 ½ wt oz) all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons sugar

12 tbs cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

8 tbs vegetable shortening

1/3 cup ice cold Loose Leaf

2 tbs melted butter


Crust Directions:

Add 1 ½ cups of flour, salt and sugar to a food processor, pulse to combine. Add the butter and shortening, process until well combined and dough gathers around the blade.

Add the remaining flour and pulse 6-8 times or until all the flour has been coated.

Transfer to a bowl. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the beer until completely incorporated into the dough (don’t add the beer in the food processor or your dough will turn into a cracker). Dough will be very soft.

Lay two long sheets of plastic wrap on a flat surface.

Divide the dough evenly between the two sheets, Form into flat disks.

Wrap each disk tightly in plastic wrap, chill until firm, about 1 hour


Filling Ingredients:

4-6 large apples, sliced

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup white sugar

¼ cup flour

1 tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp nutmeg

1 tbs fresh lemon juice

1 tbs Loose Leaf


Filling Directions:

Add the apples (about 8 cups total) to a large bowl. Sprinkle with brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon beer, toss until coated.

Roll out one of the pastry disks out on a lightly floured surface, line a 9-inch pie pan, trim off the excess.

Pour the filling into the prepared crust.

Roll out the remaining pie dough, cut with a small cookie cutter, layering the shapes over the filling. Brush with melted butter, sprinkle with sugar.

Place pie in the freezer for ten minutes while the oven preheats.

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Bake the pie at 350 for 40 minutes or until the pie is golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least an hour before cutting.

Serve with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream.




Who’s Who Around the Brewery – Jake O’Mara

Our people are what make us unique. We all share a love for craft beer and the craft beer industry. This guy took some time to answer a few questions about himself. He’s funny, dedicated, and about to become a dad! Meet Jake O’Mara.


Q: What do people call you?Who's Who - Jake OMara 2

A: Jake, O’Mara, Omar, O-Show, Chiefy, Zuba, Spoke, The Count, Tchotchke, Sir, Fella, Cupcake


Q: What was your position when you were hired?

A: I worked on the bottling line.


Q: What is your current position?

A: Custodian


Q: Where are you originally from?

A:  Cortland, NY


Who's Who - Jake OMara 1Q: How many years have you worked at the brewery?

A: 18+


Q: What are you doing when you’re not working?

A: Snowboarding and motorcycles, on and off road, are my biggest passions. Oh, and spending time with my beautiful wife who’s ready to have our first baby any day now.


Q: Who is your home team?

A: CSU Rams





Q: If a band/artist were to play the soundtrack to your life, who would it be and why?Who's Who - Jake OMara 3

A: Two bands.  Ween and Clutch because have you ever seen either of them live?  Effin’ awesome!


Q: What is your favorite beer… ever?

A: St. Lupulin, I’m very partial towards that beer. Ask anyone around here, they’ll tell you.



Sproutin’ Up!

Growing a garden seems like a daunting task, but it does not need to be. It can provide a lot of food for you and your family all while teaching invaluable skills. Our Charity of the Month is Sproutin’ Up, a program to help improve the health of low-income families in Larimer County by reducing barriers and improving access to fresh produce while creating sustainable community gardens, connecting families and neighborhoods. The program helps nurtures kids through gardening.


global explorers.plantingSproutin’ Up teaches kids how to plant a garden, care for the fruits and vegetables, and then harvest them when they are ready and bring back to share with their communities.  It also teaches the kids how to cook and prepare the foods once they get home. It helps support kids in our own communities and their neighborhoods.

The program currently has six locations where they grow food and six locations where they offer free farmers’ markets:






We are growing food at the following locations:

-The Food Bank for Larimer County

– Poudre Valley Mobile Home Park

– Wellington Middle School

– Sproutin’ Up HeadquartersSproutin Up 1

– Bucking Horse CSA

– Buckingham Community Garden


We will be offering free farmers’ markets at the following locations:

– Poudre Valley Mobile Home Park

– Wellington Middle School

– Collins Aire Mobile Home Park

– Buckingham Neighborhood

– St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

– Salud Family Health Center


“We are also starting our new Junior Garden Leader program for youth who have been in our Apprenticeship Program for at least two years. We’ll be highlighting their work throughout the summer, including our first mobile farmers’ market. In addition, we’ll be doing our Youth Apprenticeship program with up to 40 middle schoolers who get to learn gardening skills and nutrition education,” said Sproutin’ Up’s founder, Anne Genson.  “We’ve almost completed the new garden at Poudre Valley Mobile Home Park and it’s so exciting. This site has be ten years in the making and came about because the kids asked for a garden in their neighborhood – how cool!”

This month, Campus West is also teaming up with us to give back to Sproutin’ Up. They are giving $.50 for every case sold to help support the program.

To learn more about the program, visit their website here.