Brewery marks first birthday

Six new beers set for weekend celebration

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The Lone Tree Brewing Company celebrates its one-year anniversary in frothy style this weekend, with live music, food and a six-pack of new beer flavors.

The brewery, which has enjoyed stunning success in its first year, will tap six beers during the three-day celebration. Five of them were created by individual staff members who wanted to lend a personal mark to the anniversary.

“The community has been so supportive,” sales event manager Bridgette Geiger said. “Our Fridays are now standing room only. That’s definitely because of community support.”

The celebration begins at noon Dec. 7 with the tapping of a Nitro Stout. The evening will feature live music and a crab boil.

On Dec. 8, the brewery will tap a new beer every two hours, starting with a Vanilla Caramel Amber at 11 a.m. and ending with a Nitro Double IPA at 7 p.m. Most of the day’s beers will be made in 10-gallon quantities and only available that day.

Live music and food are scheduled again that evening.

A customer appreciation brunch is planned at 11 a.m. Dec. 9, during which beer-mosas – made with orange juice and the brewery’s blonde beer – and Bloody Mary beers also will be available.

Lone Tree beer is now available at 20 locations, and “growing every day,” Geiger said.

The company’s founders originally hoped to produce 230 barrels of beer during its first year; that number is now nearing 520 barrels.

The brewery is adding fermenters to increase its beer-making capacity, and will add a patio at its Park Meadows Drive site in early 2013.

Lone Tree’s Acres O’ Green Irish Red and Outta Range Pale Ale will be available in bottles at area liquor stores by Christmas, Geiger said.

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