Kyle Talks Beer and Music with Beer Connoisseur

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Kyle discusses the history behind his love affair with beer and the surprising compatibility between brewing and making music.

Check out the article HERE

"I looked in the audience and saw all these people drinking mediocre beers in the blazing sun and I was like, ‘I’ve got to do something about this.’ I knew I needed to make a beer that people can drink in the sun when it’s blazing hot that has more character, more flavor and just better taste.”

Profile: Kyle Hollingsworth - Oregon Beer Growler Magazine

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Posted on June 8, 2015

Kyle recently sat down with Oregon Beer Growler magazine for a profile on his life and career for their issue, "Oregon Beer Rocks: The Music Issue". 

Read the whole article HERE

"There’s an element of risk involved as there is with any impromptu performance. A note could fall flat. Things could get out of sync. But not knowing whether something could go wrong makes it all the more thrilling, and a successful execution results in a more rewarding experience." 

Breakout Brewer Profile -

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Kyle was recently featured as Craft Beer & Brewing's Breakout Brewer Profile! 
Check out the article HERE

“It’s all about balance, while allowing the freedom to be creative and not hesitating to take a risk. You have to leave the door open for the magic to come in.” -KH

Brewer's Jam - GABF 2014

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What a great weekend, from Red Rocks to Great American Beer Festival, it was a blast!
I was able to do a short seminar on creativity in brewing and music. Sam Calgione of Dogfish Head Beer and Isaac Hanson of Hanson joined the panel. Plus we got to do a jam afterwards. Sweet! Music and Craft beer - two things that go great together.

Great American Beer Festival - Presentation: Intersection of Beer & Music

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On Saturday, October 4th, Kyle will be taking part in a special presentation at The Great American Beer Festival, in Denver, CO, covering the intersection of music and beer. Accompanied by the Brewer's Association's Bradley Latham and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery's Sam Calgione, Kyle will discuss his experiences with combining the realms of craft brewing and musical expression.

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Kyle's Brew Fest - SPEED OF LIFE Hop Tracks

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So much going on in my brew lifestyle.

Getting excited for my 5th annual beer festival here in Boulder Colorado.

This time around I’ve added new breweries and collaborated with some more. Epic Joined the roster of Kyle collaborators. We did a cast conditioned IPA with Spruce tips from the courthouse in Salt Lake City, plus lots of interesting dry hop additions.

And back for the second year, is Fate Brewing. With this gluten reduced, earl gray infused, hopped up wheat. We balanced the malt and hoppiness with the Bergamot flavors and created a truly unique beer. And back for the third season is Winter’s Day IPA that made I with Avery, their traditional IPA infused with Rosemary. YUM!

Of course, we have three beers that relate to my new CD release: The “Hop Tracks” beers. Stone’s Collective Distortion is a double IPA that I made with Alice Cooper’s guitar player. This beer goes to  11 (well actually 9.3). Hoopla from Boulder Beer is a hopped up pale that is perfect for a festival or camping experience. Then finally, “Happening Now IPA”, a session beer from cigar city.

This year has been very good to me as it relates to music and brewing. I’m a very lucky man to be able to connect my two passions so intrinsically. I love connections between brewing and music creation. There’s such a joy in the risk and rewards that come from these two art forms.

Odell's Mountain Standard

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Man, I am loving this Mountain Standard from Odell Brewing Co. I had it last year, but it seems to be in its prime this season

Usually  I am not a fan of black IPAs, but this one carries some weight! The specialty malt really brings in a nice, roasty character and the aroma is very "Odell" with its grapefruit notes.

I think the fact that it is a double helps keep it in the traditional IPA world for me. Sometimes black IPAs, in general, can be overcome with dark malt flavors. But The increased IBU and malt bill helps it transcend the pitfalls of other beer of this genre.

This is a great brew for when the temperatures start dropping into the winter lows, and at 9.5% ABV, this is a brew that will get you feeling toasty on the inside mighty quickly. Get it while you can, this beer is only around for a short time.

Looking forward to trying some in its hometown when I hit Fort Collins this weekend!
See you there!


KHB in Colorado this week:
Friday, December 13
Lettuce with KHB
Fillmore Auditorium
Denver, CO
Info / RSVP:

Saturday, December 14
KHB w/ special guests Grant Farm
Hodi's Half Note
Fort Collins, CO
Info / RSVP:

Pumpkin Beers

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So it's time for the pumpkin beers again. I've tried a few local renditions. Upslope has a nice one. It seems to be relying heavily on pumpkin spices, perhaps less on pumpkin - very subtle, very nice though.

Another one is made here in Denver by Eddyline Brewing. Pumpkin Patch Ale has a deeper, richer pumpkin flavor. It's a borderline too sweet, but does have the full body flavor of real pumpkin. It's almost as if you're eating pumpkin pie, but at 5.5% alcohol it's not overbearing.

I had the Dogfish Head selection last week, this is always an excellent choice. They always put out a great, well-balanced product. With hints of ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon, it feels very fall appropriate, but it still maintains the Dogfish taste and feel.



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Yes!! What a cool week. Went to some parties and got a chance to rub elbows with some great brewers.

Also made it to GABF, did some booth bouncing and discovered a lot of great beers. One of my favorites was Tustin Brewing Company's Old Town IPA. Hats off to Hutch, Jason and Jonathan over at Cannonball Creek - they won 2 silver medals 1st time out. Pretty cool.

I did some jamming in the cool Colorado evening after the beer festival. Lots of fun combining my to worlds of brewing and music. We had a great time playing albeit a bit abbreviated. Thanks to you all for coming out!

I guess it's time to start on some new homebrews. Hmm what's next? Pumpkin IPA? 

Cannonball Creek's two silver medals

Cannonball Creek's two silver medals

with Taylor Hanson of Hanson

with Taylor Hanson of Hanson

Pre-GABF Party at Avery Brewing

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Went to a pre-GABF party at Avery Brewing Company. They are such great folks over there. Nice to taste some beers and hang with the brewers from around the country. It seems like beards are required to be in the industry. I better get mine going.

I ran into a lot of friends, including Laura Bell of Bell's Brewery.


Great American Beer Festival 2013

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What a great week to be in Colorado! Every brewing in the country seems to descend upon Denver for Great American Beer Festival (GABF). KHB is playing a special benefit music and beer festival called FBAG put on by Oskar Blues Brewery in Sculpture Park in Denver during GABF this Saturday, October 12th. Come join us!:

I'm looking forward to meeting up with our brewery friends from all over the country this week. I'll keep you posted on what happens!

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The Tea Spot’s Earl of Grey Featured as Flavor Ingredient in Boulder, Colorado, FATE Brewery’s “Apollo Tsai” Microbrew

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Boulder, CO (PRWEB) August 13, 2013

The Tea Spot announces today a new use of its Earl of Grey loose leaf tea–as a flavoring ingredient in a Apollo Tsai–the latest microbrew from Boulder, Colorado-based FATE Brewery.

FATE Brewery’s head brewer, Jeff Griffith, created the beer with Kyle Hollingsworth, from the band “The String Cheese Incident”. Kyle is a beer fan and avid home brewer. Jeff and Kyle developed the style and recipe of the microbrew and found it to be a perfect fit with The Tea Spot’s Earl of Grey. FATE Brewery Founder, Mike Lawinski, stated ”The beer is an American Honey Wheat that we hopped up like an India Pale Ale. We blended it with some of your Earl of Grey tea that we steeped on our 3 barrel brew house. The result is an amazingly complex wheat beer that has a little more bitterness from the hops and the most amazing citrus finish that displays an intriguing balance of earl grey citrus and hop flower citrus. This beer is a perfect match for the late summer heat and fall harvest.”

The beer falls under the Hoppy Beer naming structure at FATE Brewery. One of FATE’s core beers, the Moirai IPA, is named after the three women who in Greek mythology determined man's fate. So every hoppy beer FATE produces will have a Greek name relating to the beer and mythology. In this case- Apollo is the Greek god of music and Tsai is the Greek word for tea. So the brewers at FATE chose this name in their collaboration with Kyle Hollingsworth, a music wizard, by naming it after the god of music. And, the brewers at FATE like to think that Apollo's drink of choice would naturally be beer mixed with tea.

The Tea Spot’s Earl of Grey loose leaf black tea takes a modern twist on the traditional Earl Grey by combining the expected bergamot flavoring on black tea leaves and then adding other citruses, vanilla, licorice root and mallow flowers. The result is a smooth, bright and creamy flavor profile. It is one of The Tea Spot’s award-winning and best-selling teas.

FATE Brewery partnered with Hollingsworth on this project to help promote his fundraiser benefitting Conscious Alliance. Headlined as "Kyle's Brew Fest", this year’s 4th annual benefit included a series of exclusive craft beer events hosted by Kyle Hollingsworth. Conscious Alliance has as its mantra “art that feeds”. Since its inception in 2002, the nonprofit has successfully collected and distributed enough food to provide over 1.6 million meals to people in need. This national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization operates through ongoing, grassroots food collection, hunger awareness and youth empowerment programs throughout the United States, primarily by organizing food drives at concerts and music events. Donations to Conscious Alliance benefit America’s local food pantries and economically isolated Native American reservations.

The Tea Spot’s Wholesale Sales Director, Elise Ridgway, spoke enthusiastically about the project: “This extension of using The Tea Spot’s premium teas in a quality beer exemplifies the innovative way in which FATE does business. In addition to great beer, they serve delicious and high quality food to give the best experience possible to a wide array of people. The Tea Spot teas are a perfect addition to their sumptuous brunch!”

About FATE Brewery: FATE Brewery’s mission is to share with the world their passion for craft beer, love of innovative crave-able food and devotion to service and community. FATE Brewing Company is the brainchild of Owner and Founder, Mike Lawinski. He spent the last 10 years working for the Big Red F Restaurant Group, as the operations manager for both Centro Latin Kitchen and the West End Tavern. It was in this role that he discovered his dream and eventually what would become his FATE…to start his own restaurant and brewery that will provide crave-able innovative comfort food, expertly paired with craft beer and served by a passionate staff.

About The Tea Spot, Inc.: The Tea Spot is a for-profit philanthropic business producing handcrafted loose leaf teas and Steepware® – the tools that make loose tea easy. The Boulder, Colorado-based woman owned and operated company was founded by Maria Uspenski in 2004. A cancer survivor drawn to the health benefits of leaf tea during her recovery, she set forth to modernize the loose-leaf tea experience. Her message is simple and powerful: tea in its freshest form renders incredible flavor, unmatched health benefits, and is eco-friendly. The Tea Spot is a Certified B Corporation and ensures that its products uphold clean, sustainable and fair manufacturing standards. The company’s model of social entrepreneurship incorporates a culture of giving as it grows: ten percent of all profits are donated in-kind to cancer and community wellness programs.


Summer of Brews Continues

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Well, the summer of brews in winding down for now. We finished up KBF in Boulder last weekend and it was a great time. So many great young breweries coming up. I was diggin' on Hutch's (Brian Hutchinson) new place Cannonball Creek. He has always been bringing it ever since his time with The Mountain Sun. Also, Crooked Stave has some cool stuff, unique and flavorful styles abound. And my friend Mike Memsic is starting a new place called Sanitas Brewing Company, I'm sure he will have great beers pouring soon.

Mike was also my partner in creating Hoopla Pale Ale. It's been a great year for this hoppy pale. In fact, it's going to be on tap this weekend at SCI Red Red Rocks shows. That should be a great time. Hoopla and Cheese...

see ya there!