Avery Unveils Bourbon Vanilla Stout
Two years ago, Avery Brewing played around with a couple of their beers and ended up creating a flavor combination they knew they had to bottle. A complex creation with a simple name, Avery unveiled their new beer, Vanilla Bean Stout. “For the sake of experimentation, we aged a couple kegs of our Czar Imperial Stout and a couple kegs of our Out of Bounds Stout in fresh Bourbon barrels,” says Avery Chief Barrel Herder Andy Parker. “Then I blended the two barrel-aged beers in various ratios and ran them through a blind tasting panel of employees until I found the best ratio.” Everyone loved the blend, but the Bourbon barrels imparted a lot of charred oak flavors and astringency. Thomas Ledder, Avery’s barrel romancer, had the idea to balance those harsh flavors with vanilla. As they do with most of their experiments, Avery tapped this beer in their tap room to gather feedback from employees and customers. Avery aged the vanilla stout in fresh Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels for three months and bottled the beer on December 10. “It came in at 10.8 percent ABV but I get so little heat on it that it’s mind-blowing,” Parker says. Avery’s goal wasn’t to create something that tastes like vanilla or bourbon or chocolate malt, but to create a balanced beer with a variety of complex flavors that play off one another.
Dr. Kristen Race at Boulder Country Day School
Author of Mindful Parenting and founder of Mindful Life, Dr. Kristen Race fuses the science of the brain with simple mindfulness strategies for adults and children, all designed to create resiliency towards stress. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, NPR, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and Real Simple. She is a regular blogger for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today and is a TEDx speaker. Dr. Race has trained over 2,000 leaders in her methods worldwide. On January 27, 2016, Dr. Race presented From Surviving to Thriving for Boulder Country Day School. Her straightforward look at the science of the brain allowed family members to better understand how the inner workings of their brain impacts their moods, thoughts and behaviors for themselves and the people around them. Drawing on the latest brain research, Dr. Race showed BCD how mindfulness changes the brain to help everyone feel happier and healthier, as well as become more present in their relationships and home life. This humorous and engaging talk provided simple solutions that moved the audience from simply surviving in their family lives to thriving in their family lives.
Bridge House and Audi Boulder
Audi Boulder and Community Table Kitchen announce the launch of Audi Cup café located at the Audi Boulder Showroom. Audi customers will have access to a variety of top-tier coffee drinks, pastries and quick-serve items prepared and served by members of the non-profit Community Table Kitchen culinary arts program. All revenue goes to support the mission of Community Table Kitchen to provide jobs and training to help the homeless advance their career goals. A program of Bridge House, a Boulder-based nonprofit organization dedicated to creating innovative programs to address homelessness, Community Table Kitchen feeds the hungry in our community, while also providing paid jobs and culinary arts training for the homeless as a stepping stone out of homelessness. “We are thrilled to partner with Community Table Kitchen,” says Craig David of Audi Boulder. “We want to provide the highest level of service to our customers at the new Audi Cup café and, at the same time, this partnership allows us to support our community and those who need an opportunity to work.”
February is Oyster Month at Jax
Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar is celebrating the world’s most amazing mollusk throughout the month of February. There will be weekly specials, contests and giveaways all month long at each Jax store, and each location will be donating a portion of sales to a local charity. You can enjoy weekly specials inspired by oyster-loving cultures from across the globe, as well as an expanded mignonette menu and traditional raw bar offerings. Among these is the Emersum Oyster, cultivated exclusively for Jax Fish House by Virginia’s Rappahannock Oyster Co. This perfectly balanced oyster has consistently sweet, salty and creamy qualities, and is sustainably grown and harvested at a specific point in the Chesapeake Bay. For every Emersum Oyster sold throughout the month, 10 cents will be donated to a local charity. Additionally, each dozen oysters sold will come with a raffle card for guests to fill out. At the end of the month, each store will draw a name and the winner will receive a dozen free oysters of their choice every month for a year.
RollinGreens Hits Whole Foods
RollinGreens, a former Boulder-based food truck operator, has branched out into solely packaged foods with the launch of its first product last March. Since then, Millet Tots, a whole grain take on tater tots, made their debut in the frozen food aisles of local Whole Foods, Alfalfa’s Market, Lucky’s Market and Natural Grocers By Vitamin Cottage stores. RollinGreens has plans to develop a line of packaged foods that are representative of the food truck’s natural, organic and health conscious-focused fare.
ReSource Sets Record for Reducing Building Materials Waste
ReSource, the building materials donation and reuse facility in east Boulder, set a record in 2015 for the greatest amount of materials diverted from landfills in a single year. More than 3.8 million pounds of cabinets, doors, windows, appliances, lumber and other materials were reused by local residents and businesses, representing the greatest diversion in ReSource’s twenty-year history. This is an increase of more than 350,000 pounds from 2014, and nearly double the annual amount of materials diverted from landfills from just six years ago. “Saving money at ReSource used to be one of the best kept secrets in Boulder,” says Neal Lurie, president of the Center for ReSource Conservation, the nonprofit organization that manages ReSource. “With prices 75 percent lower than typical retail rates, clearly the community has embraced this model of reducing waste. It’s an easy way to make home improvement projects more affordable, even for families on a tight budget.” One of the fasting growing sources of donated materials is deconstruction services – disassembling homes rather than demolishing them so the materials can be used again. Contractors renovating kitchens, bathrooms or other areas of a home, used to pay to dispose of the original cabinets, sinks or counters. Today, these donations to ReSource are free and tax deductible. The City of Boulder sponsors the ReSource facility to support Boulder’s community zero waste goals.