By Colleen Hunt
Spring has sprung in Colorado, which means that Odell Brewing Company’s Small Batch Festival is upon us. Odell’s will be pouring over 20 pilot beers for our community as a thank you for supporting them as our first microbrewery in Fort Collins.
“We’re excited to celebrate with all of our amazing local fans that make what we do possible,” says marketing manager Amanda Johnson-King.
This is the fourth year that Odell will be spoiling an estimated 5000 people with beers made from their pilot system. Including favorites like Mercenary, Levity, 5 Barrel and also spotlighting Ride the Rockies Ale, Wooden Elephant and Social Media Brew.
“Small Batch is and excellent way to outreach and see what our community wants from us on a larger scale, besides what we already create,” says Brent Cordle, a huge participant in Small Batch and brewer.
Adam D’Antonio, Events Coordinator/Wholesale Manager is most excited about the Extra Special Red Ale being served. An Imperial Red that was a part of the Single Batch Series, alongside Imperial Stout and Double Pilsner.
“This is a great opportunity to celebrate craft brewing by keeping it local, handcrafted and creative. It feels good to be able to support our community and it’s a great outlet to show what our brewers can do,” says D’Antonio
While sipping on tasty brews you can enjoy live music from Constitution, Musketeer Gripweed and Jason Roth and snacks from Moe’s BBQ, Cozzolas and Choice City Butcher and Deli.
The passion for craft brewing is contributing towards a grant that Odell has added as a component to Small Batch Festival. By serving around three and a half barrels apiece, part of the proceeds (hopefully $3000) will go towards an applicant that has been determined by the charity committee of Odell Brewery.
“Working for a company that offers philanthropy is just another perk,” says Johnson-King.
Odell has been giving back to our community over the years by reducing waste and assigning proceeds from taster trays towards a non-profit charity; environmental, educational or humanitarian. They have won the Outstanding Small Business Philanthropy Award for the state of Colorado in 2004, Mountain States Better Business Award for business ethics in 2005, and Colorado Best Business Innovator in 2006 while holding onto OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and SHARP (Safety and Health Achievement Reorganization Program) award for 12 years.
Odell’s mission statement of consistently making great beer and contributing generosity towards all of Colorado is more than a reason to cheers to great brews and noble causes. Make sure to support Odell Brewery at Small Batch Festival on May 26th from 3-6 p.m. at the brewery (located at 800 E. Lincoln) for brews, food, fun and philanthropy.