Collaboration Fest and Stone Brewing

Each year, Colorado Craft Beer Week is dedicated to celebrating Colorado’s craft breweries, pubs, and restaurants. There are special events, festivals, one-of-a-kind beer releases, and more, from a variety of your favorite breweries. In its third year, the Colorado Brewers’ Guild Collaboration Fest brings together a Colorado craft brewery, with a friend or neighbor that may be next door, or across the world. This years’ event will feature 75 collaboration brews, finely crafted by the best in the business.

For us at Odell Brewing, reconnecting with our former co-worker and brewer at Stone Brewing, Laura Ulrich, was an easy decision. Laura spent the day brewing with our Pilot System/Barrel Aging Manager, Brent Cordle and here is what she had to say…

Q: What are you brewing today for Collaboration Fest?

A: A stout with cocoa, coffee, raspberry puree to be aged in rum and whiskey barrels and then blended for the final product. We’ll call it… Reunification.


Q: What flavors can we expect from this beer?

A: A blend of coffee and chocolate will dominate with a balance from the rum/whiskey blends and a light raspberry tart finish.

Q: What is your experience in the craft beer industry? Is it true you have roots with Odell Brewing?

A: I started at Odell Brewing around 2002. At first I worked as a production tech. I worked on the bottling line and cleaned lines at local accounts. I left in March of 2004 and started at Stone Brewing. I’ve been in the industry for 14+ years. When Brent reached out to Stone Brewing to do a collaboration for Collaboration Fest, I was flattered to have the opportunity to come back and brew with him.

Cordle brewing

Q: What is it like to be a brewer in the craft beer industry?

A: I love what I do, but it is not easy. You have to work hard to get the job done. I am the first female brewer at Stone Brewing Co., but most people think the job is more glamorous than it is. Brewers are glorified janitors. I’m not afraid to get dirty or speak up. If you want to be involved you need to speak up and have a voice. It’s okay to say what you want and be confident.

Laura brewing

Collaboration Fest is taking place on Saturday, March 19 to kick-off Colorado Craft Beer Week. You can try this collaboration beer, Reunification, and more at the festival! For more ticket information and more details, click here.


*Display image photo credit: Two Parts – Thank you for capturing our day.

The Real Dill Collaboration – Myrcenary Pickles

Real Dill Blog Photo 1We all love beer and chocolate, and beer and cheese. But, have you ever thought about beer and pickles? We joined forces with our friends at The Real Dill to combine two things we love and are anxious to share our collaboration. This is really a true collaboration…


Three years ago, our tap room manager Kailey was enjoyingbeers at Great Divide. She started chatting with a fellow beer lover (who we now know is Tyler). Turns out, Tyler and longtime friend Justin, own a company called The Real Dill. The Real Dill is a pickle company based out of Denver, Colorado (and their pickles are dillicous). Kailey and Tyler started chatting about a pickle series they have called Briners and Brewers. Ironically, Great Divide (where they met and were enjoying beers) had collaborated with them for their first release in the series. Guess who will be part of that series next? That’s right – Odell Brewing Co.

Final Product 1


Justin and Tyler started by brewing a batch of Myrcenary with our brewers here. They enjoyed the flavor profile from Myrcenary. From there, they took similar ingredients (and inspiration from their brewing experience) for a special brine for their upcoming Briners and Brewers Pickle series. Myrcenary contains hops that boast a nice grapefruit and citrus character. We all thought this flavor would go great in a pickle.  The brine contains unfermented Myrcenary, grapefruit, whole flower hops, peppercorn, and red pepper flakes for a little kick. A few of our co-workers joined Justin, Tyler, and their team in Denver and helped can A LOT of pickles.

Canning Day w The Real Dill

This collaboration is a limited series! We’ll be releasing these Myrcenary pickles as part of The Real Dill’s Briners and Brewers Series on July 10 in our tap room. These pickles will be perfect for your next picnic, backyard BBQ or snack!

Click here for more information on where to find the Briners and Brewers Series pickles.

Behind the Brew: Silver Anniversary Ale with Boulevard Brewing Co.

Silver bottle

On Nov. 18, 1989, Odell Brewing Co. sold its first keg of beer in Fort Collins, Colo. Just one day prior, Boulevard Brewing Co. opened its doors in Kansas City, Mo. and sold a keg of its own. Though the two were 650 miles apart, a lasting friendship began with those first kegs.

Twenty-five years later, founders John McDonald and the Odells (Doug, his wife Wynne, and his sister Corkie) have made lasting names for themselves in the craft beer industry – one that was nearly non-existent when they first entered the business.  “I think the way people viewed beer in 1989 was that it was all just American light lager,” Doug explained in an interview with Recommended Daily. “I was a little concerned about deviating from what people were used to in beer. We started with a beer darker in color and hoppier in character.”

Odell and McDonald kept that original character in mind when talk began of brewing a collaboration beer to commemorate 25 years in the business. “John and I met up during Boulevardia and that was the start of the beer,” Doug told Recommended Daily. “We referred to it as an American strong ale and decided on malts, the approximate alcohol by volume and that the IBU was going to be 45. That was the base we would follow and then you could use whatever yeast you want and hop it whatever way you want. We did what we like to do. We chose some interesting flavor and aroma hops to give it that good bright character.

Doug and John Blog

And a good, bright beer it is. Though the two versions of Silver Anniversary Ale vary slightly (Boulevard’s bottled version has a richer malt character, while Odell’s draft-only version is hoppier), they are both a true testament to the breweries’ original roots. “I like it. It came out like I had in mind,” Doug said. “It’s a strong ESB in that it was a little more malty than pale. It’s not as bitter. It’s a little more malt forward. I think we got the balance right between bitterness, hop flavor and the malt backbone.”

That balance can be seen in both the beer and the breweries, which have continued to grow and expand organically. “[Odell Brewing has] done a great job of adding a new brewhouse and evolving as we have,” McDonald told Recommended Daily. “Beer has gotten pretty crazy these days. When we started back in the 80’s, [Silver] would have been a wild beer in 1989. But those beers that we made then would be a pretty straightforward type of beer today.”

Doug agreed. “We had this starting date in common and that type of beer was our inspiration – we wanted to go back to the beginning.”

Silver Anniversary Ale is part of Old Chicago’s Explorer Series, and can be found in all of the Boulevard Brewing and Odell Brewing markets. Check out our events calendar for a Silver tapping near you. 

Photo Credits (from top): Boulevard Brewing, Odell Brewing