Steve Jones, the brewer and founder of Horsetooth Brewing Company in Fort Collins, was just starting his business when he got a call from CooperSmith's Pub & Brewing Company. There was a conflict: CooperSmith's has a Horsetooth Stout, leading Jones to rethink the name of his brewery. But he can't come up with the name on his own, so he's holding a contest, the winner of which will receive a year's supply of free beer, writes the Coloradoan. As of Wednesday, the company's blog listed more than 200 suggestions, including BackCounty, FC, Blue Sky, Old Town, Noco, Devil's Backbone, 287, Dillweed, Bucktooth, Front Tooth, Fort-Tooth, Pony Molar, Balloon Boy, Whale Rock, The Fort Brew, Ugly White Statue, and Trout Bum. The contest ends Saturday, and the winner will be announced November 16. Meanwhile, the Colorado Brewers Guild, which represents most of the 110-or-so craft brewers in the state, has been successful in convincing more liquor stores and restaurant owners to carry their brews---a good time for the push, notes Westword, as more breweries release holiday offerings.
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