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Beer Tour with Shawn Bowman!

Beer CraftsDenver Craft Ninjas is so over-the-moon excited to be hooking up with Shawn Bowman, author of the incredible Criminal Crafts and, her new book, Beer Crafts!

We’ve planned an evening of crafty debauchery that surely will be the stuff of legends.
We’ll be doing the things we do best – drinking beer and crafting in a pub crawl around town! On the agenda, you ask? Fashioning up projects from Shawn’s crafty beercentric book! Bracelets, earrings and stunning tiaras from empty beer cans and boxes.
And while this sounds the height of shabby chic, fear not creative friends, we’ll be chillaxing in style aboard the Banjo Billy Tour Bus, departing from Trve and ending up at Three Kings, we’ll hit a few other of our favorite watering holes, stop in for some crafting and fit in a little yarn bombing in along the way.  Could it be more epic? We think not.

Date is July 7th, 2013 from 5:15-7:15 PM. The cost for this event is $25! We’ll provide snacks, craft materials, and some surprises on the bus, but beer tasting at each of the stops is on you! Also, Shawn will have copies of her book to purchase! You know you need one.
Click here to grab your spot and join us for an evening of craft beer and craft fun!

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Denver Craft Ninjas vs. Colorado Women’s Beer Club – Our Mutual Friend

I don’t dare consider myself an expert where beer is concerned. Actually, I know so many people that are experts that I don’t have any reason to be – they tell me what is good and I taste and try.
What I do know is that beer is complex. Beer and beer brewing is an age old tradition of flavors, experimentation, and community.


And interestingly, the Denver beer community has a great deal in common with our craft community.
At least that’s what I learned while touring Our Mutual Friend with the Colorado Women’s Beer Club.

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Beer Brewing – Part 2

The last process in beer making, beyond the actual enjoyment of drinking it, is the bottling.
A few committed Ninjas came around to assist in the process and, with some guidance from Ben Gardner at Beer at Home, I’d like to think we did a really great job!

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As you can see from the pictures, we started with donated bottles. Each bottle had to be cleaned, sterilized and prepped for putting our brews inside of them.
It’s actually kind of back breaking work. There aren’t a lot of pictures of everyone soaking wet with bubbles up to their elbows, but believe me when I say that everyone worked their tails off.

After the washing, we got to the bottling.
With special tools and some team work, we filled up so many bottles with our 4 varieties and capped them assembly line style.

A couple weeks later Ninjas picked up their beer and enjoyed it with their friends and family.
The reports were all very positive! Tasty, refreshing beers crafted by Ninja hands!

When it comes to brewing beer, we can’t say enough nice things about Ben Gardner and Beer at Home. Their store is filled with wonderful and delicious possibilities. And the folks that run the place just make it a pleasure to be in their company!
If you’re interested in starting your own beer brewing hobby, Ben is your go-to guy!

Special thanks to PJ Hoberman and Bess Dougherty as well for their expertise and enthusiasm.

And as for the rest of you, thanks to the Ninjas that put in the time and labor (in the blazing sun) to make this event interesting!
You’re the reason we try these projects and we’ll keep doing it, if you keep coming around!

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