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:

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 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.”

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