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Colorado Food Blog: Pie-A-Palooza celebrates state’s beer & pie fame

Both the Great American Beer Festival and the Great American Pie Festival originated in Boulder

This coconut cream pie would balance well with a wheat beer or an IPA. (AP photo)

Beer and pie. Both include some of the same basic ingredients, many homebrewers are also pie lovers, and Colorado has played a significant role in the history of craft brewing as well as American pie.

In fact, Boulder’s Charlie Papazian, who founded the annual Great American Beer Festival, also declared Jan 23 (his birthday) National Pie Day, created the American Pie Council and devised the original Great American Pie Festival.

To read more, go to Papazian’s entertaining blog: examiner.com/article/i-founded-national-pie-day-1975-so-what-does-this-have-to-do-with-beer

The blissful connection is celebrated at Dry Dock Brewing’s Pie-A-Palooza 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Aug. 12. Pie-making beer lovers are invited to submit a pie and suggest which Dry Dock ale pairs best with it. To enter: e-mail pies@drydockbrewing.com picking a pie category (Berry, Fruit, Creamy and Savory/Nut) and a beer.

Quote Unquote: “Just remember that the best way to round out a square meal is with a triangle.” – Charlie Papazian

Bear’s Choice: According to the Estes Park News, a bear that broke into the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Estes Park chose chocolate covered Rice Krispie Treats, peanut butter cups, the store’s special “Balls of Joy,” English Toffee and chocolate-covered cookies called “Cookie Bears.”

COLORADO FOOD INFORMATION
• To find farmers markets across the state visit coloradofarmers.org/marketfind.htm and denverfarmersmarket.com/locations.htm.
• For more information about food events, festivals, tastings, tours, markets and more, visit Colorado Table: aurorasentinel.com/colorado-table.

• Send information about food events, classes, festivals, wine dinners and tours in the metro area and all over Colorado to: jlehndorff@aol.com

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