Friday, September 19, 2014

Falling Rock Tap House unveils 2014 GABF events

2014 Falling Rock Tap House GABF Week
It's one of the most popular queries that Fermentedly Challenged gets each year. "What's happening at Falling Rock Tap House this year during GABF?" - The GABF (aka the Great American Beer Festival) attracts tens of thousands of people to downtown Denver each year for the annual pilgrimage of craft beer lovers. And while these people are there, they also want to explore around Denver and taste some of the best beers around. Falling Rock Tap House seems to be one of the best places that represents Colorado and craft beer and judging by the crowds they attract each year they too are a destination. Here is an excerpt from their website detailing out all of the GABF week events they plan to host.

[Direct message from Falling Rock Tap House] Here’s the post you’ve been asking for: the calendar of events so far for the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. Don’t forget we are kicking it off (and Denver Beer Fest Week) with the Fresh Hop Fest here at the Rock on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 12-4. And now the good stuff…

Monday,September 29th
– 5:30 pm Falling Rock Tap House Annual GABF Tapping Party What better way to kick off GABF week than by enjoying the beers Chris pulls from his cellar and has been saving just for this little (ha!) party?

Wednesday, October 1st
– 3pm Crooked Stave Artisinal Importers (CO).
– 4pm Upslope (CO).
– 9pm Ballast Point (CA).
- 9:30pm (outside) Shelton Brothers Import Tapping.
– 10pm Cigar City (FL) – 11pm Schmaltz (NY).

Thursday, October 2nd
– 1pm Boulder Beer (CO).
– 2pm Rogue (OR).
– 3pm Lagunitas (CA).
- 4pm Magnolia (CA).
– 9:30pm (outside) Left Hand (CO).
– 10 pm Ommegang (NY).
– 10:30pm (outside) Green Flash (CA).
– 11pm Cigar City (FL).

Friday, October 3rd
– Noon Sierra Nevada (CA) Annual Kill A Keg. This event started when we noticed that we were pouring the season’s first keg of Harvest Ale really quickly. It started us thinking, just how fast could we pour a keg of beer? The rules are pretty simple: a 15.5gal keg, 1 person filling glasses out of one faucet.
– 1pm Boulevard Brewing (MO).
– 2pm New Holland (MI).
– 3pm Anderson Valley (CA).
– 4pm Epic Brewing (UT/CO).
– 9:30pm (outside) Taste of the Windy City.
– 10pm Stone Brewing (CA).
– 10:30pm (outside) Dogfish Head (DE).
– 11pm Elevation Beer Co (CO).
– 11:30pm Epic (CO).

Saturday, October 4th
– 4pm Avery Brewing (CO).
– 9:30pm (outside) Odell Brewing (CO).
– 10pm Firestone Walker (CA).
– 10:30pm (outside) Sun King (IN).
– 11pm New Belgium (CO) Always the Finale of Falling Rock’s GABF Week.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Colorado Beer News 091814

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Cheeseburger Day. It's the food that Jimmy Buffet eats in paradise. It's a food that is iconic of America. Go celebrate this popular food item today in a single, double or even a triple stack. Try pairing your favorite craft beer with the classic cheeseburger too. Beer will help wash down all those beefy calories. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, September 18th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

[CO Beer Festivals] -- [Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]

Metro Denver

Epic Brewing (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] To celebrate the Denver Brewery’s first anniversary and The Great American Beer Festival, Epic Brewing is hosting a special event on October 2nd. Epic Brewing’s Second Annual 50 Firkin Fiasco will feature fifty unique cask beers that highlight the brewery’s beer portfolio and the creativity of its brewers and cellar staff. This year the full event will be open to the public from 2:00 – 7:00 pm. Tickets are $25.00 and include a 7oz tasting glass. The first 100 people through the door will also receive a “50 Firkin Fiasco” t-shirt. Tickets are available through Imbibe Denver and at The brewing staff will be on hand to discuss the beers as participants explore the brewery. Food vendors will also be onsite during the event providing lunch and dinner. Some of the firkins that will be on tap include: Santa Cruz Brown Ale with toasted oak and whole leaf Chinook hops, Mid Mountain Mild Ale with cascara coffee cherries, Hopulent IPA with sweet orange peel, 825 State Stout with Novo Coffee “Finca Cilladiana” blend, Hop Syndrome Lager with coriander and Capt'n Crompton's Pale ale with whole leaf Cascade hops and grapefruit. “We already produce over 40 styles of beer on a regular basis at Epic and this event brings us to 90 plus. We always have something new going on and that’s a good time for everyone.” explains David Cole, Epic’s Co-Founder. [3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
Sponsored ad from City Star Brewing - Berthoud, CO.

Spangalang Brewery (Denver) - With a name like Spangalang you know it's going to be different. Soon to be former head brewer at Great Divide Brewing - Taylor Rees and two others (Austin Wiley and Darren Boyd) plan to open a new brewery sometime in 2015 in the Five Points area of Denver at 2736 Welton Street. Rees will wrap up his brewer duties at Great Divide in October and focus on this new brewery. This location is apparently in an old DMV office. Stay tuned for word on this upcoming brewery. [2736 Welton St, Denver, CO]

Kokopelli Brewing (Westminster) - Kokopelli is feeling groovy and is hosting a Kokopelli Woodstock party all day on Saturday, September 27th. Wear your tie dye clothes and get food and drink specials all day. They'll be sponsoring a rad costume contest from 2-5pm. Live music from 12pm-3pm and also 5pm-10pm. Don't be a square, come and have a far out time. Also, during GABF on Friday, October 3rd from 5-8pm Kokopelli will host their annual Block Party. Join in for $1 off house pints and plenty of giveaways and live music. [8931 Harlan St, Westminster, CO]

Living The Dream Brewing Co (Littleton) - Saison du Miel Returns on Friday the 19th! To celebrate the return of their Saison, LTD has ordered fresh Palisade Peaches to put in the Randall. Their Saison is made with honey from Beeyond The Hive in Salida and it should pair perfectly with these delicious peaches. If you've been missing the Saison then you need to stop by the brewery starting on Friday to try out the peach infused Saison! [12305 Dumont Way, Unit A, Littleton, CO]

Wynkoop Brewing Co (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] Wynkoop Brewing Company will release its highly acclaimed Pumpkin Ale on October 1st, 2014 in a hand-designed can. The Pumpkin Ale is a lightly spiced English-Style Brown Ale with three preparations of pumpkin added to the mash. The Pumpkin Ale, part of Wynkoop’s seasonal Even Smaller Batch series, features a smooth malt backbone with additions of CaraMalt, Crystal and roasty Brown malts. These malts are complemented with light additions of a secret spice blend to add a warming drinkability to the beer. The pumpkins are added to the mash in three ways - dried, pureed and fresh-roasted. The three preparations of pumpkin bring out the best flavor characteristics of the glorious gourd. These delicately brewed ingredients come together to create an ale that celebrates the harvest spirit enjoyed by all at the Wynkoop. The new can features art hand-drawn by Studio Pattern and is in keeping with the new Even Smaller Batch series design theme introduced by Patty’s Chile Beer earlier this year. The labels for the Even Smaller Batch series are caringly applied by hand in the packaging workshop of the brewery, located in the building’s basement. Beer Maestro Andy Brown has been seasonally brewing the Pumpkin Ale for his entire stead with the Wynkoop. Andy said, “We go out of our way to select the finest pumpkin products and spices to blend into this beer. This year, we partnered with Teakoe, a local purveyor of finely crafted premium teas, to create the spice blend for our pumpkin beer. Teakoe packaged the pie spices into super size large tea bags for us, which we then use to infuse the beer. This gives us better control over the infusion process and a very high quality of flavor, which is what we want.” [1634 18th St, Denver, CO]

Former Future Brewing Co (Denver) - Former Future is doing another Beer and Empanada Pairing with Maria Empanada at 7p on Tuesday, September 30. $18 gets you 4 beers and 4 empanadas. Tickets can be purchased in the taproom or over the phone (720-441-4253). They're also going to be releasing their first bottled beer on October 1st. Beginning when they open at 4pm, they'll be selling Bourbon Barrel Prim & Porter, aged in Barrel #13 from Law's Whiskey House (opening later this year in the Platt Park neighborhood). At only 6.5% ABV, this beer was aged for 2 months in the barrel, then blended with their porter. This creates a wonderfully rich and decadent beer with bourbon on the nose and a full, chocolatey mouthfeel. Like dessert in a bottle. Be sure to get a bottle! Also, during the bottle release, they will be screen printing t-shirts for FREE if you bring your own shirt. They will also have a limited selection of colors and sizes to purchase for $10. [1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO]

Breckenridge Brewery (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] Friday, October 3rd and Saturday, October 4th during the Great American Beer Festival, Breckenridge Brewery will host Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe at the Ogden Theater. As part of its “Hand Crafted Music Series” Breckenridge Brewery is celebrating the GABF with 2 nights of live, heavy, shake-your-tail-feather grooves from the high-energy group, Tiny Universe, led by acclaimed funk and soul master, Karl Denson. In traditional festive spirit, Breckenridge Brewery is generously giving away a considerable number of tickets to Friday’s show. To win tickets, the brewery is encouraging people to explore Denver and experience the adventure of GABF week that the city has to offer. Breckenridge Brewery has confirmed its annual Rare Beer Tour, which consists of 7 unique beers at 7 different locations around Denver. Every location will have a stack of tickets to give away during the week of GABF. All of the locations, rare beers, and ticket giveaway times can be found at Leading up to GABF week, chances to win tickets are highly likely, as Breckenridge Brewery will arrange numerous contests on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The hashtag #BreckBrew can be used to search every opportunity to win. uring the Thursday and Friday sessions of Great American Beer Festival, Breckenridge Brewery will have tickets to give away every hour on the hour at their booth inside of the convention center. Before the show kicks off on Friday evening, Breckenridge Brewery is corralling show-goers to get over to the official pre-party taking place at the Irish Snug. Tickets to the show can be presented to servers and bartenders for a free Breckenridge Brewery beer of choice.

Mountain Toad Brewing (Golden) - It's Thursday- in addition to their ESB on the tadpole tap, they also have their Infra-Red IPA back on tap! Come get your red ale going on this fine Indian Summer day! ‪#‎craftbeer‬ ‪#‎beergarden‬ ‪#‎golden‬ [900 Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

Three Freaks Brewery (Highlands Ranch) - The Rolling Italian will be at 3 Freaks Brewery this evening! The taproom has the Belgian Dubbel back on tap, and they're brewing the stout today. [7140 E County Line Rd, Highlands Ranch, CO]

4 Noses Brewing Co (Broomfield) - Fresh Beer Release today! Fresh Hopped Proboscis Pale Ale will be tapped today. This is a new and improved version of their Pale, wet hopped with over 80 lbs of fresh hops from the western slope of Colorado and the Pacific North West. Basic Kneads will be in serving wood fired pizza all night. [8855 W 116 Cir, Broomfield, CO]

Baere Brewing Co (Denver) - Today they release their Saison brewed with orange peel, coriander and fresh ginger. It hits the taps from 5pm to 9pm tonight. Tickets for the beer dinner with Sputnik also are available in the taproom. [320 Broadway, Ste E, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - Mark your calendars for this Sunday, September 21st at the Avery Tap Room when Avery will release their Pump[KY]n, a bourbon barrel aged porter with pumpkin and spices. This beer weighs in at an astounding 17.22% ABV and will be sold by the 12oz bottle for $12 each starting at 1pm. There will also be rare beers on draft starting at 11am featuring Eremita VI, Khodynka, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Czar Imperial Stout, Bad Sally, and Papa Sour! Then, the following week on Sunday, September 28th, Avery will release Rumpkin, a rum barrel aged pumpkin ale. This one weighs in at 16.73% and is full of spicy gourdiness. 12oz bottles will sell for $12 each at 1pm. Rares on tap again at 11am. [5757 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

Asher Brewing Co (Boulder) - They know you hop heads have been missing it but your wait is over.. The Greenade Organic Double IPA is now back on tap! [4699 Nautilus Ct, Ste 104, Boulder, CO]

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - Don your Lederhosen and come out tonight to try their OKTOBERFEST! Brewed in traditional German style with Munich and Vienna Malts, and lagered for 3 months. They had a little fun and upped the ABV which sits at 6.7%. Drink a pint or two and fill a growler to go for all your festival needs! PROST! [5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO]

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - Join in today for Oktoberfest from 5-9pm! Brat specials, Polka music and this year's tapping of Dragonhosen Imperial Oktoberfest! [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]

Loveland Oktoberfest - September 20, 2014

Northern Colorado

Zwei Brüder Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Every year in Munich, Germany it's traditional to let the mayor tap the first keg of fest beer. So, Friends! You are invited to celebrate Oktoberfest at Zwei Brüder Brewery on Saturday, September 20th from 12pm to 10pm. The Mayor Kevin from the Mayor of Old Town will be tapping their Märzenbier at noon in the biergarten. During and after the tapping enjoy enthusiastic polka themed melodies from their very own Colorado State University students. [4612 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] The Fort Collins Brewery (FCB) is excited to announce its inaugural Malt Monster 5K race presented by Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine on Saturday, October 11th at 10 a.m. Beginning and ending at FCB, the Malt Monster 5K participants are encouraged to dress in costume and can run or walk the course. For a $29 registration fee, participants will receive a FCB sports pack and pint glass, chipped timed bibs, beer samples and appetizers, along with a costume contest and prizes. A portion of the proceeds will go to FoCo cafe, a nonprofit restaurant built on a pay-as-you-can model for the Fort Collins community. Participants can look forward to their custom sports pack filled with sponsor gifts from Altitude Running, Honey Stinger, Kate’s Real Food, Noosa Yoghurt, Polar Bottle, Public Service Credit Union and The Alison Group. At the end of the race, participants will receive a sample of the newest member of the Malt Monster Series, Barnaby Barley Wine, along with appetizers from Gravity 1020 Modern Tavern. Barnaby, Barley Wine greets you with raw malty aromas reminiscent of caramel, brown sugar, ripe stone fruits and floral hops. The first sip brings all the rich complexity of the aroma to life, finishing silky smooth and incredibly satisfying. An awards party and activities including a photo booth from Big Daddy Photo Booth and chair massages from Poudre Waters Massage will be at FCB to conclude the Malt Monster 5K. Registration for the Malt Monster 5K can be completed on the homepage slider at or on Eventbrite. For more information call 970-472-1499. [1020 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Stevetoberfest is coming September 20th. You heard right. If your name is Steve, Stephen, Steven, Stephanie, Stevie, Steffi, etc. then your first beer is on them! Come celebrate the Oktoberfest season from 2pm to 7pm Saturday. There will be 5 beer releases that day: Stevetoberfest Marzen, "May Contain Peanuts" - Peanut Brittle Red, Yoshi's Huevos - Peach Ale, Rattlesnake Jack - Blackberry Sour, and a 2012 Sleeping Elephant Old Ale. Live music from 4 groups from 2:15pm til 7pm. Food will be available from Hog Wild BBQ featuring brats, pulled pork, hot dogs and other items. Bring a blank shirt to get a fun screen print made. Bouncy castle for the kids too. [242 N COllege Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Get $1 off pints of their American Wild Ale "No Risk" today! Tomorrow, September 19th, their pumpkin porter "Most Irregular" comes back! Come by the brewery or try it at the Loveland Oktoberfest Saturday. Also, Saturday they will be tapping "In Love with Summer", their strawberry rhubarb wheat to celebrate the end of summer! There is only a small keg left so come get it while it lasts! [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

The Mayor of Old Town (Ft. Collins) - Win a New Belgium Brewing Cruiser Bike!! Buy any New Belgium beer from now until 9/24 and receive a raffle ticket! The raffle will be held on 9/24 at 8:00pm. Must be present to win. [632 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Black Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Get your lederhosen and dirndl dresses ready for next week. They are hosting an Oktoberfest party Thursday, Sept. 25th, from 5pm-8pm, with their friends from Zwei Brüder Brewing, Left Hand Brewing Company and The Fort Collins Brewery. Show up in your German attire and you'll earn a FREE raffle ticket for their many raffle drawings all night! Are you the best stein holder out there? Come prove it that night @ 7pm. You have one week, get to practicing. [1611 S College Ave, Unit 1609, Ft. Collins, CO]

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - The brewery expansion continues! When the homebrew shop vacated the back room, Crabtree moved in and set up their new packaging room. It's almost complete and soon will be putting bottles through their paces. Get ready for more packaged beer Colorado! [2961 W 29th St, Greeley, CO]

Southern Front Range

Paradox Beer Co (Woodland Park) - In celebration of their Two Year Anniversary, this month they will be pulling a few selections from their private bottle cellar to make them available in the Tasting Room. It all starts at 4pm today availability is very limited. Some of these beers will be pouring: "End of the Beginning #1", Cerveza Provisional (Farmhouse Ale), and "Rum Barrel Hell For Stout". [106 E Village Terrace, Ste 100, Woodland Park, CO]

Dodgeton Creek Brewing Co (Trinidad) - Thursday's taproom hours are 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The tap line up is: Cream Ale, Coffee Porter, India Pale Ale, Rapture Pale Ale, Wheated Bitter, Extra Pale Ale, Milk Stout, and Pumpkin Stout. THey will be closed on Friday between 5-6pm for a private event, otherwise Fridays hours are the normal 2pm to 10pm. [36730 Democracy Dr, Trinidad, CO]

Pikes Peak Brewing Co (Monument) - Now you can get anew 32oz Peak-Can filled with the beer of your choice to take home starting today in their tap room. Happy Monument Beer Week! [1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument, CO]

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Are you ready for ‪#‎GABF‬?! Trinity Brewing sure is! All of their Past GABF medal winners are tapping today! Stop in and taste some of their best. ‪#‎KillThePintGlass‬ [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Roaring Fork Beer Co (Carbondale) - Their brewer's infusion last night was so popular they have decided to keep it going for awhile. They infused their Casey Brewing and Blending and RFBC sour pale ale collab brew WITH local Palisade peach preserve and it is outta control delish! Come try it tonight and pair with tacos from Señor Taco Show. [1941 Dolores Way, #81623, Carbondale, CO]

Out of State Beers in Colorado

Magnolia Brewing Co (California) - Dave McLean, brewmaster and founder of San Francisco’s Magnolia Brewing Company, announced today the launch of Magnolia beer in Denver and Boulder, Colorado. From the brewery’s beginnings on Haight Street to its newly opened 10,000-square-foot facility in the Dogpatch neighborhood, Magnolia has been producing some of San Francisco’s most beloved and sought-after beers for over 16 years. Its distribution in Colorado marks the first time the beer will be available outside of California. Magnolia has partnered with local brewery Crooked Stave Artisan Beers to distribute kegs within the Denver and Boulder markets. Some key accounts include: Falling Rock, Highland Tap & Burger, Vine Street Pub, Asbury Provisions, West End Tap, Mountain Sun, Under the Sun, Southern Sun, among others.


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Colorado Beer News 091714

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Constitution Day. It was back on this day in 1787 that the US Constitution was signed and ratified by 39 brave men. This act would help change the course of history. This day is also referred to as Citizenship Day and is an American federal observance day, however it is not a holiday for federal employees. Go out and celebrate your Citizenship today. If you celebrate with a craft beer today - give a toast to the good ol' USA. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, September 17th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

[CO Beer Festivals] -- [Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]

Metro Denver

The Brew Night Show with Marty Jones (Denver) - Here's one pre-GABF event you won't want to miss coming to Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret on Wednesday, October 1st at 8pm. It's America's first and most entertaining beer-focused talk and variety show. In addition to the beery humor and music from Marty Jones, the night features interviews with beer-industry leaders including Charlie Papazian, brewlesque performers, and a one-night-only list of exceptional beers from Green Flash, Odell Brewing, Crazy Mountain Brewing, wasatch, Squatters and Dude's Brews. Marty's backing band, The Brewbadours, will serve as the house band for the evening. Tickets are $20 and are available at The ticket price includes a free year’s subscription to Draft Magazine and other beery perks. Doors open at 7pm, the show begins at 8pm. A post-show party begins at approximately 9:30pm and includes more beer-minded music from Jones, and songs from beer-industry parody group the Rolling Boil Blues Band, led by Celebrator Beer News publisher Tom Dalldorf. After party admission is just $5 at the door. [Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret: 16th St & Arapahoe, Denver, CO]

Vine Street Pub & Brewery (Denver) - This Saturday, September 20th at 1pm is their favorite day of the year. Join in at the Vine Street Pub & Brewery for a fun and FREE event, featuring the Fourth-Annual Brewer's Olympics, six hours of all-star live music and a beer garden filled with amazing offerings from 12 of the best breweries on the Front Range. The Brewer's Olympics start at 1pm followed immediately by the Award Ceremony. Competing Breweries this year include: Mountain Sun, Avery, Boulder Beer, Prost Brewing, Jagged Mountain, River North, Breckenridge, Wynkoop, Upslope, Great Divide, Oskar Blues, and Renegade. This Year's Events: Tricycle Relay Race, Bicep Bust, Brewer's Obstacle Course, and the Yeast-Filled Balloon Pitch. Live music to follow. [1700 Vine Street, Denver, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
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Bull & Bush Brewery (Denver) - Beer Fans! Today they issued a bottle-only beer release of a Whiskey Barrel-Aged Ice Cream Clone Stout. It's their 2nd installment in their 435-part series, better known as the Colorado Barrel Collective. Stop by and pick up some bottles for your own collection. Also available at select local stores. [4700 E Cherry Creek South Dr, Denver, CO]

Breckenridge Brewery (Littleton) - [PRESS RELEASE] Early last year, Breckenridge Brewery announced the plans for its new 85,000 sq. ft., $35 Million brewery and Farmhouse restaurant, located on a 12-acre country spread along the South Platte River in Littleton, CO. Construction on the new world-class brewery commenced last fall, and now those plans are taking shape. A crane dropped in the last of sixteen towering 400 bbl. fermentation tanks and four 400 bbl. brite tanks. The currently visible steel beams that lay the map for what this new brewery will look like, will soon be covered with rustic barn-style walls and roofing. The 100 bbl. Steineker brewhouse will be installed later this month, and just after the New Year all packaging equipment will arrive.

The Farmhouse, Breckenridge Brewery’s new restaurant and tasting room, is slated to open in April of 2015. The commissioning of the new brewhouse is scheduled for mid-May, 2015. Operations will move entirely to the Littleton site by June. Breckenridge Brewery will open the doors to the new brewery with an initial capacity of 150,000 bbl./year, and that will be expandable to about 300,000 bbl./year before needing to build any additional structures. The brewery, ranked the 40th largest U.S. Craft Brewery in 2013, has posted higher than 20% growth for the past four years. The new production facility will allow Breckenridge Brewery to continue this growth in a sustainable manner.

Currently, the Denver brewery is at maximum capacity, operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, just to meet demand.
Features of the new brewery will lead to new, unique business endeavors. A 2,000 sq. ft. barrel cellar room will pave the way for an expanded barrel-aged program. Two acres of the 12-acre plot of land will be a dedicated hop field, which will allow Breckenridge Brewery to produce new fresh-hopped varieties. Additionally, there will be an organic vegetable garden, which the Farmhouse restaurant will utilize for a true farm-to-table dining experience.

Located near the Mineral Station RTD Light Rail stop at Aspen Grove, and right off of the Platte River Trail, which sees over 2 million bikers every year, the new Littleton brewery and Farmhouse restaurant will be extremely accessible to people located in Denver and surrounding areas. Breckenridge Brewery hopes to help expand the beer tourism movement that has been steadily growing along the front range of Colorado. The new Breckenridge Brewery campus will become a Colorado destination. The Farmhouse restaurant seats 300 people inside and offers plenty of additional lounging in the expansive outdoor beer garden. Brewery tours of the entire grounds and operations will take place daily. The brewery will host special events throughout the year, including its annual Hootenanny, the brewery’s anniversary celebration. Next year the brewery turns 25, and plans are already in place for the Hootenanny that will occur at the new Farmhouse Brewery on Saturday, July 11th, 2015.

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - Steve and Brian are happy about the new brew on tap today - Colorado Harvest Wet Hop Ale! This pale ale was inspired by the current Colorado Harvest season. A combination of Alamosa malted barley, flaked corn, pureed Palisade peaches, and fresh Cascade hops from Paonia, this beer is sure to please your senses. Try a pint today! [6730 S Cornerstar Way, Ste D, Aurora, CO]

De Steeg Brewing (Denver) - New brew this week - a Spicy Blonde ale! It's described as crisp, clean and refreshing. Perfect for warm September days like today. Stats: 6.5% ABV. [4342 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Kokopelli Beer Co (Westminster) - Ladies Night is TONIGHT! Starting at 6 stop by for buy one get one drink half off and live music by Dave Connelly until 9. [8931 Harlan St, Westminster, CO]

Boulder County

Front Range Brewing (Lafayette) - Today's small batch brew is a Grisette. Stop in for a taste. And in other news, sometimes the smallest change to a beer recipe gets a lot of notice and feedback. Their blog post today stated that they recently made a small change to their regular IPA recipe and got several comments from regulars that the beer was good but just wasn't the same as the original IPA. It's kinda like the "New Coke" issue from years back. If you change a beloved recipe - people WILL notice! So in response to their regular fans, they will be brewing another batch of the original recipe IPA and have it up in the next couple of weeks. [400 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 1650, Lafayette, CO]

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - They picked gorgeous hop flowers, tossed them straight into the kettle, brewed two very different beers, and just put them ON TAP! Stop in now to try: Chinook Wet Hop Pale - their 4th annual brew featuring fresh hops from Niwot Hop Farm. They used 100# of Chinooks in this 20 bbl brew, along with a tad of Honey malt. And also try - Nugget Wet Hop Amber - the first batch ever featuring only wet hops, all of which were grown at Hire Wire Hop Farm in Paonia, CO. They used 150# of Nuggets in this 25 bbl brew, which also features Cara-45, Melanoidin, Caraaroma, and Dark Aromatic malts. [5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

Loveland Oktoberfest - September 20, 2014

Northern Colorado

Zwei Brüder Brewing (Ft. Collins) - The Zwei Brüder Brewers are busy working their magic to bring you a delicious Märzenbier. Their Märzen will be tapped this Saturday, September 20th at noon. The tapping will kick off their Oktoberfest celebration! Neue Polka Colorado from CSU will be providing the celebration with awesome live tunes! [4612 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - In 3 days time (aka Saturday) Verboten Brewing will be debuting Half a Million, their pumpkin porter. Stats: 5% ABV, 24 IBU's. This pumpkin beer will be poured through a pumpkin firkin straight into your glass! That's right a real pumpkin firkin at 2:00pm. Don't miss it! Also catch them at the Loveland Oktoberfest on Saturday 11am-5pm at Thunder Mountain Amphitheater in Loveland. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Along with their award winning beers on tap, City Star will have the Oskar Blues CHUBurger Bonewagon on site grilling up tasty burgers and such. Stay for Trivia starting at 7:30pm. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Southern Front Range

Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Stop in this Saturday for their Oktoberfest celebration. One of the beers you can try is their Blue Spruce Juice. It's made with hand-picked Colorado-grown Blue Spruce tips. It's a dark, but sessionable beer at 5% ABV. Buzzwordz Trivia is tonight and is free to play and you can win beer, swag and other goodies. [204 Mount View Ln, Ste 3, Colo. Springs, CO]

Red Leg Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Get up and over the hump by hanging out in the taproom enjoying some of their limited release Fresh Hop Pale Ale, and some delicious grub from Bite Me Gourmet Sausage. This evening in particular you will not only be supporting your local brewery and food truck, but from 6-8pm they will be donating $1 from every pint to the Mountain Post Historical Association. Drinking delicious beer never felt so good! Happy Hour with a cause! [4630 Forge Rd, Ste B, Colo. Springs, CO]

BierWerks Brewery (Woodland Park) - BierWerks has 20 barrels (620 gallons) of Oktoberfestbier this year! This batch of BierWerks Oktoberfest was brewed July 30th and 31st and has been lagering patiently waiting for this weekend. It will be released Friday evening - September 19th. [121 E Midland Ave, Woodland Park, CO]

Mountains and West

Pagosa Brewing Co (Pagosa Springs) - Tomorrow, September 18th at 7:00am, yes AM - they will be hosting a hop picking party including breakfast, beer and bloody marys on the house for helping out. It'll be hopalicious fun. Wear your long sleeves because those hop bines can bite! [118 N Pagosa Blvd, Pagosa Springs, CO]

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Colorado Beer News 091614

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Get Ready Day. This is a day to take steps to help prepare you and your family for the possibility of a disaster. This includes readiness for illnesses, natural disasters (floods, storms, fire, etc) and other emergencies. How prepared are you for an emergency? Take steps today to stock up on things you might need in case of an unexpected catastrophe. Speaking of stocking up, you can also use this day to stock up on your favorite craft beer. After all, you never know where your next beer might come from. Better stock up just to be sure. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, September 16th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

[CO Beer Festivals] -- [Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]

Metro Denver

Barrels and Bottles Brewery (Golden) - Want a chance to go to the GABF but don't have a ticket? Please join Barrels and Bottles for their 1 year anniversary celebration this Saturday evening, September 20th. If you can't make it Saturday evening, please stop in this week for a pint and buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a pair of GABF tickets. Raffle tickets cost $1 each or $5 for 6. All money collected from this raffle will go to Miles for Melanoma, Melanoma Research Foundation, Food Bank of the Rockies. Tickets were donated by Voss Farms Colorado. They are giving away a total of two pairs of tickets for the Friday night (October 3rd) GABF session. Special tap releases all day long. [600 12th St, Golden, CO]

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - September Cask Month continues at CKBC this Wednesday with a tapping of a Pomegranate Molasses Blonde ale. Something new on cask each Wednesday. Stop in for a glass. The Ckrepes food truck will also be on hand that day at 3pm. [1338 S Valentia St, Unit 100, Denver, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
Sponsored ad from City Star Brewing - Berthoud, CO.

Epic Brewing (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] This week is Epic Brewing's One Year Anniversary Week! They will be celebrating all week long with events. Stop in any day through Saturday September 20th. Win a brew day at Epic – Patrons are invited to use the Taproom Typewriter to leave us a note, a poem, or a short essay about why they love Colorado. One lucky winner will get to brew a batch of Escape to Colorado IPA with our brewers. Also, enter for a chance to win a custom Epic KOTA Longboard. Tickets are $2.00 and proceeds benefit the Colorado Brewers Guild. Today Epic is selling limited edition Escape to Colorado T-shirts. Shirts are $20 and come with a six pack of Escape to Colorado cans or $15 with a bomber. Wednesday 9/17 is Tapas Night. Roaming Bull Brasserie, a local food truck, will be preparing tapas items featuring local ingredients. There will also be two special real-ale firkins of Escape to Colorado IPA. These firkins were made by local homebrewers during the recent American Homebrewers Association Rally. Thursday is Finger Painting - Beertender and artist Eric Matelski will be leading participants through a Colorado themed finger painting. Participation is free but can be messy. Friday 9/19 is Fan Friday - Show a little love by wearing your Epic gear. There will be specials throughout the day on both draft and packaged beer. And finally on Saturday 9/20 it's Escape to Colorado IPA Firkin Day - they will be tapping three different cask hopped versions of Escape to Colorado IPA. Each firkin was packed with whole leaf hops and cellared to showcase the. The varieties include Apollo, Amarillo, and Chinook with spruce tips. The firkins will be tapped at 1pm. [3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Joyride Brewing Co (Edgewater) - It's their two month anniversary and they're celebrating by releasing Fresh Nugz, their wet hop pale ale. Joyride's brewmaster did some "quality control" this morning and gave it a thumbs up! They also have their weekly bike ride around the lake tonight, meet next door at Yawp Cyclery at 6:30pm for a 7pm departure. Happy hour pricing for those who ride! Plus, they have a new food truck, JR's Smokehouse. It's a great night to Hop On! [2501 Sheridan Blvd, Edgewater, CO]

Wonderland Brewing Co (Broomfield) - What do "20oz Alice", "16oz 3 Putt", and "13oz Porter" all have in common? They're $2 off today! Enjoy $2 off ALL beers ALL sizes. It's $2 Tuesday. [5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO]

Diebolt Brewing Co (Denver) - It's officially their anniversary week and things are starting to come together. The corn hole is set up, barrel aged beers are kegged and carbonated, the guitars are tuned, vocals are warmed up and the brewery is about as clean as it's been in a year. They're ready to rock out with their bock out. For more info on their anniversary celebration visit their website. [3855 Mariposa St, Denver, CO]

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - It's $2 Tuesday where you can get $2 pints of beer and $2 slices of cheese pizza. Choose from Regular or Oak-aged Liquid Resume Pale Ale, Dank IPA, Ryot Amber Rye Ale, Ron Burgundy Wet Hop Ale, Toffee Porter, Leaves of Lemongrass Belgian Witbier, or Model Citizen Golden Ale. Plus, trivia tonight from 9-11pm. [6730 S Cornerstar Way, Ste D, Aurora, CO]

Call to Arms Brewing Co (Denver) - In the wake of their inaugural Peace & Assist event, their friends at Cannonball Creek Brewing Company were kind enough to save them a keg of their collaborative Belgian farmhouse ale brewed with hibiscus, pink peppercorns, and cardamom, and fermented with a brett/Dupont yeast blend. That 15.5 gallon keg will now become three 5.16 gallon pins, and those three pins will soon find shelter within three of Denver's finest taprooms. Their 1st tapping will take place Monday, September 29th at Cheba Hut Toasted Subs-Denver during their Colorado Craft Brew Kickoff Party for the GABF starting at 6 PM. The 2nd tapping will take place at Star Bar (Denver) on Tuesday, September 30th. The keg will be pouring once Star Bar opens at 4 PM, and the Call to Arms gang will roll in around 6 PM. The last tapping will take place on the final evening of the Great American Beef Fest: Saturday, October 4th at Berkeley Untapped. The beer will be on tap starting at 4 PM, and the Call to Arms posse will be there all night long. The fine folks at Untapped give at least $.25 from each drink purchase to an environmental, humanitarian, or animal charity, and in that spirit, they plan to work together to donate a percentage of the sales of P&A No.1 to Mount Saint Vincent Home. Call to Arms plans to open their brewery in early 2015 at 4526 Tennyson St, Denver, CO.

Parry's Pizza (Highlands Ranch) - Mark your calendars! Grimm Brothers Brewhouse will be sampling their beer and handing out free pint glasses (while supplies last). They're doing this from 6pm-8pm, September 26th at the Highlands Ranch Parry's Pizza location. Get down there and get some glass! It's a pint night! Always 50 craft beers on draft. #AleYeah [9567 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO]

38 State Brewing Co (Littleton) - Reminder that for trivia tomorrow night, the winner gets a pair of tickets to the GABF! Come in have a beer and try to win. [8071 S Broadway Ste A, Littleton, CO]

World of Beer LoDo (Denver) - Just in time for GABF season, World of Beer LoDo opens its doors this SUNDAY at 11am! Come join in for their GRAND OPENING where you can watch football, try their amazing tavern fare, and of course, sip on endless amounts of delicious craft beer (drink responsibly). This marks the third location in the Denver metro area for World of Beer. World of Beer LoDo is located at: 1555 Blake St, Unit 102, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - Fans of Avery's big coffee-infused version of Mephistopheles Imperial Stout - aka Tweak - will be thrilled to learn that Avery Brewing plans to put Tweak in bottles for a future release later this year. Tweak already has a label with a bottled on date of November 2, 2014. The brew will weigh in around 15.9% and be released in 12oz bottles presumably sometime in November. Expect to hear about a big release event in the weeks to come. Previously, Tweak was only available on tap during special occasions (like GABF and other events). This Tweak release will be part of Avery's Annual Barrel Series. These bottles will be marked as "Batch No. 1". Stay tuned for further news on this bottle release.

BRU handbuilt ales & eats (Boulder) - Starting today, Tuesdays just got a lot more awesome with ALL DAY HAPPY HOUR! It starts today (9/16). Get $3 16oz or $5 22oz handbuilt ales, $4 wine and delicious eats priced from $1.50 to $4 each. [5290 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO]

Echo Brewing Co (Frederick) - Tonight is GABF Trivia Tuesday. Come play trivia tonight for a chance to win Great American Beer Festival tickets. Chaulkboard Gourmet Express will be serving the tap room 5:30-8:30pm and trivia starts at 7pm. [5969 Iris Pkwy, Frederick, CO]

Left Hand Brewing Co (Longmont) - It's back! The return of Warrior IPA comes this Friday, September 19th at the taproom! Plus join in for their little toast to their 21st anniversary and an After Hours concert featuring Leftapalooza winner My Blue Sky! [1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO]

Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette) - Speaking of odd... Odd13 Brewing is now officially on the corner of S Couch Ave and E Simpson Dr. That's right, they are on a different corner, without even moving! The City of Lafayette officially changed the name of the cross streets, as Gough has no known historical significance, but Couch does. There was a Dr Couch located in Lafayette, and it is thought the typesetter actually replaced C's with G's.
Come on out for Trivia this evening at 7pm, and have a bite to eat from Bumper Crop. [301 E Simpson St, Lafayette, CO]

Loveland Oktoberfest - September 20, 2014

Northern Colorado

New Belgium Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] As summer changes over to fall, New Belgium Brewing unveils its new line-up for the cooler weather. Pumpkick is back after debuting in 2013, this time with new artwork, but the same spices and bite of bitterness. This beer encompasses all that is fall, pouring a festive orange color with a slight haze and finishing quick and dry. Pumpkick is a spiced ale brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. It has a unique, tart kick from cranberries and a hint of lemongrass. Added oats cream up the mouthfeel, making this anything but your typical pumpkin beer. Pumpkick is 6 percent ABV and 18 IBUs. It is available in 12 oz. bottles and draft now through October. The Lips of Faith series adds Le Terroir, a dry-hopped American sour ale packing the bold, hoppy nose of an American IPA and all the pucker of a well-crafted sour. Le Terroir is a French term meaning “of the earth,” and references the environmental conditions that affect the beer. The Amarillo hops serve as an aromatic complement to its complex, wood-aged backbone, leaving no bitterness. A juicy finish rounds it out. Le Terroir is 7.5 percent ABV and available in 22 oz. bombers and on draft now through December. In the Hop Kitchen Series, Hop the Pond is a double IPA brewed with Admiral hops from England, Galaxy hops from Australia, Styrian Dana hops and Citra hops from the U.S. This beer hints of malty sweetness with big bitterness that bounds in with a full, fireball temperament. Brewed with raw international materials, Hop the Pond is a potent mixture of tropical fruits and herbal, resinous notes. Its diverse flavors and aromas will bounce truly adventurous hopheads around the world in 80 IBUs. Hop the Pond is 8 percent ABV and is available on draft now until it’s gone. [500 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Tomorrow marks another in a long line of Wednesday Firkin releases. At 5pm High Hops will tap a firkin of their "Pretzel Porter". They added two pounds of pretzels to the mash in this rich, malty brew. Then on Thursday, September 18th you can get a sneak peak taste of Monster Mash, a Pumpkin Pie Porter. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Loveland Aleworks just released their Blueberry Sour Ale. This is billed as a seriously funky sour ale with delicate blueberry flavor. It is crisp and semi-dry with notable acidity on the front end. It finishes with earthy and wild flavors. Surprisingly quaffable at 6.3% ABV. Available now in the taproom.

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Don't forget that today is their Flood Hound Ale taproom release at 2pm. It's their popular Red Necktar aged 6 months in a Spirit Hound's flood rum barrel. You're gonna love it! [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Today is Taster Tray Tuesday. Get $2 off taster trays today. They've got 10 delicious brews to choose from - or simply choose them all! Another special, if you're paying attention:
When you come in today and tell your fabulous beer tender these exact words, "Congratulations on your Wedding this Sunday!", you'll get $1 off a pint! [4025 S Mason, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Smiling Toad Brewery (Colorado Springs) - It's Tuesday and that means another busy week of pouring beer at their new taproom. Here are their brews of the week: Wet Hopped IPA, Pale Ale, Amber, Vanilla Porter, Scotch Wee Heavy, IPA, and Lavender. Bite Me Gourmet Sausages will also be on site today. [1757 S 8th St, Ste 100, Colo. Springs, CO]

Pikes Peak Brewing Co (Monument) - Monument Beer Week continues at PPBC tonight. They're hosting a 2011 Tap Takeover and are pouring beers from Colorado breweries that also opened in 2011. Come taste beers from Arvada Beer Co, CAUTION: Brewing, Copper Kettle Brewing, Denver Beer Co, Renegade Brewing and of course Pikes Peak Brewing. [1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument, CO]

Mountains and West

Kannah Creek Brewing Co (Grand Junction) - They have a few tickets left for tonight's Bacon & Beer Pairing event! Join in at 6pm for a full pint of your choice then the pairings will begin at 6:30pm. There are 5 bacon infused small plate dishes each perfectly paired with a Kannah Creek beer. The event is led by their brewer Pete and is just $25. Stop by the brewpub to reserve your tickets! [1960 N 12th St, Grand Junction, CO]

Ska Brewing (Durango) - [PRESS RELEASE] This September sees two limited releases for Ska Brewing Co.––the Local Series Hoperation Ivy Fresh-Hop IPA and the Autumnal Molé Stout. Hoperation Ivy was brewed within hours of the hop harvest in August and will hit shelves September 16th as #24 in Ska’s Local Series. This year’s “all-Colorado” batch used fresh Colorado Cascade hops from High Wire Hop Farms in Paonia and grain from Colorado Malting Company in Alamosa. The timing of the harvest and conditions of the growing season contribute a unique character to each year’s batch. Generally, when hops are harvested they are dried and pressed into pellets, but fresh hop, or “wet-hop” beers use whole flowers that were plucked from the bine just hours before and still retain most of the volatile flavor compounds that are lost during processing. If this rare and delicious beer isn't enough, September 23rd begins the third year of Ska’s Seasonal Stout program––featuring a different canned stout released near the equinox or solstice of each of the four seasons––kicking off with Autumnal Molé Stout. The Autumnal Molé Stout is an ale brewed with cocoa nibs, spices and three varieties of chile peppers: Ancho, Guajillo and Hatch green chiles, (also known as Anaheim Peppers.) [225 Girard St, Durango, CO]

Broken Compass Brewing Co (Breckenridge) - Over the last week and a half, Broken Compass has been busy adding to their tap list with some Fall seasonals. Come try their new Ginger pale Ale, their Irish Red, and their new Double IPA (8.2% ABV). A taste for just about everyone's palate. And coming soon is their Chocolate Pumpkin Stout. [68 Continental Ct, B12, Breckenridge, CO]

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co (Edwards) - Today i also National Guacamole Day, and what better way to enjoy your guac than with an ice-cold craft beer? Crazy Mountain is pleased to announce their partnership with the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant family to release a beer specially crafted for them: Loco Rio India Vienna Lager. This tasty beer will be available on tap at several Rio Grande locations throughout Colorado, including the newest in Frisco. Grab some guacamole and a Loco Rio pint at your local Rio Grande restaurant today! [439 Edwards Access Rd, B-102, Edwards, CO]

Roaring Fork Beer Co (Carbondale) - Community Night for Lucky Day Animal Rescue is tonight! 6pm-8pm! $1 of every beer sale tonight goes towards this amazing non-profit, their mission is to aid lost, abandoned and suffering animals through rehabilitation, re-homing, education and love. Come meet the adoptable dogs, meet the Lucky Day crew and enjoy live music by Electric Lemon at 6pm! [1941 Dolores Way #81623, Carbondale, CO]

Storm Peak Brewing Co (Steamboat Springs) - There's 7 beers on tap right now at Storm Peak Brewing. They opened at 2pm today with: 40 West Amber Ale, Flare Orange Wheat, Funky Touch Belgian Style Pale Ale, I Like The Way She Moos Milk Stout, Tipa IPA - Dirty Shovel Double IPA, and Mr. Night Black IPA. [1744 N Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO]

Elevation Beer Co (Poncha Springs) - It's back! Downpour Fresh Hope Ale is now on tap at the Elevation tasting room only. It's a big beer weighing in at 8.3% ABV. Get some soon and see what fresh hops can do. [115 Pahlone Pkwy, Poncha Springs, CO]

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Colorado Beer News 091514

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Make a Hat Day. This is a day that celebrates the age old tradition of hat making. These days, most of our hats are manufactured oversees and are mass produced, but some locals still practice the art as crafters - making anything from beanies, cowboy hats or woven hats. Hats can be anything from plain and simple like a baseball hat or stylish and old-fashioned looking like a bowler, fedora or a top hat. Celebrate this day by wearing a hat of your choice. Doesn't matter what kind is it - simply wear what you have. And why not enjoy a craft beer today while wearing your hat. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, September 15th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

[CO Beer Festivals] -- [Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]

Metro Denver

Wit's End Brewing Co (Denver) - Please join in this Saturday, September 20th, 12-8pm to celebrate Wit's End Brewing's 3rd year anniversary! They are featuring over 13 different beers on tap, these include old favorites and some awesome new concoctions. There will be raffles throughout the day for schwag, beer, and a set of the coveted Saturday afternoon GABF tickets! Also, this year they are featuring two food trucks, Pride of Philly Cheesesteaks and Bakin’ Bakery! Details can be found on Facebook. [2505 W 2nd Ave, Unit 13, Denver, CO]

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) - Today another new beer goes on the taps. It's their "Mountain Jim Dark Mild". Stop in and enjoy a dark pour. They are now open with some new opening hours - open now Monday - Friday at 2pm. [1139 20th St, Denver, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
Sponsored ad from City Star Brewing - Berthoud, CO.

4 Noses Brewing Co (Broomfield) - Today is Anarchy Monday at 4 Noses. Get $2 off anarchy mugs, and $1 off pints. Burgersmith will also be on site today. [8855 W 116 Cir, Broomfield, CO]

Boulder County

Mountain Sun Brewery (Boulder) - This Wednesday 9/17, each of thei four locations will release two very special beers upon opening. They are both products of their barrel-aging/blending cellar at their Vine St. Brewery in Denver. Use Your Illusion #1, a blended sour ale, medium in body, garnet in color and with aromas of bourbon from the barrel and funky & tart flavors. This weighs in at 9.4% ABV. And also - Use Your Illusion #2, a blended sour with a light body, effervescent fruity aromas from raspberry and funkiness from the secondary fermentation. This one is 11.3% ABV! Also on Saturday 9/20, in honor of the start of Oktoberfest, each of their four locations will release their annual batch of Oktoberfest which has been fully lagered for several months - Headybrah Oktoberfest (6.3% ABV)

BRU handbuilt ales & eats (Boulder) - Whether you were one of the lucky few to grab tickets to this year’s GABF or are just looking to imbibe in special craft beer events during the festivities BRU handbuilt ales & eats will be bustling with mouthwatering beer and food events from September 29th to October 5th. It all kicks off on September 29th with The Art of Pairing Beer and Food where Beer Chef / Owner Ian Clark will share his extensive beer and food knowledge for a beginner lesson of beer and food tips and tricks. Then on September 30th they will tap the limited LOCH Wee Heavy Scotch Ale (pouring at the GABF). October 1st brings back the 2nd Annual Steins and Staches event as facial hair enthusiasts go head to head for the “best stache” while those competing and the more inclined-to-shave onlookers sip on $8 stein fills. Then on October 2nd they share a special tapping of their 2nd Anniversary Ale (pouring at the GABF) and a complimentary handbuilt ale for GABF ticket holders. Looking to take a breather from the festivities in Denver? Join them on October 3rd for an intimate Beer Dinner in the brewery with 3 delicious courses paired with their hand built ales all served family-style. Then on October 4th they tap their Fresh Hop American Pale Ale made from Ian's backyard hops. And to finish it all off they’ll be having a special Hangover Brunch on October 5th with an entree and two handbuilt ales or beer cocktails for $22. Don’t forget – Wear your BRU gear to the Great American Beer Festival for a complimentary pint at BRU. Just post a pic in your BRU gear roaming the halls of GABF with the hashtag #BRUatGABF. Stop by booth k4 or BRU for your complimentary beer card. [5290 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO]

Sanitas Brewing (Boulder) - Just a reminder that Sanitas Brewing is now open on Monday's with Happy Hour all day long. As a double bonus, they also have a special event going on tonight with their friends from Zeal Optics in the taproom tonight at 6pm. [3550 Frontier Ave, Ste A, Boulder, CO]

Loveland Oktoberfest - September 20, 2014

Northern Colorado

Loveland Oktoberfest (Loveland) - Less than 5 more days til the big 2014 Loveland Oktoberfest celebration on September 20th from 11am to 5pm at the Thunder Mountain Amphitheater complex next to Thunder Mountain Harley Davidson. This is a family friendly event with music, fun and plenty of craft beer from nearly every Loveland brewery and a few more craft brewers. There will be pretzel necklace making, a stein hosting competition, an Oktoberfest Best Dressed Contest, live music, a kid's coloring contest, and plenty of food available. The event is FREE to attend. Then, after the Oktoberfest is over, make plans and get tickets now for the big after-concert at the amphitheater area. Three bands will perform including: The Epilogues, Proverbial and The Flobots. Gates for the paid concert open at 4pm and the show lasts til 10pm. For more info on this event and concert tickets, visit: [Thunder Mt. Amphitheater: 4250 Byrd Dr, Loveland, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Earlier this year, a film crew from The Travel Channel showed up and did a piece on this small Loveland-based nanobrewery. Starting today, The Travel Channel's web site will begin debuting their web-based series entitled "Microbrew Madness". If you'd like to get a preview of the segment on Verboten Brewing, check out this link: - This segment plus dozens of others are available online at the Microbrew Madness page: Microbrew Madness is a spirited journey across America to discover some of the nation’s best craft breweries. Each of the 16 six-minute webisodes on tap features one of four hosts: Lori Griffis (’s "Girls Gone Bayou"), Ewan Porter (Australian pro-golfer and commentator), Olivia Speranza (’s “Terminal Bliss at SFO”) and Ryan Van Duzer (’s “Bike Tour of California Wineries”). The Travel Channel also featured Avery Brewing Company of Boulder, CO and 14 other craft breweries. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

FORToberfest (Ft. Collins) - This Friday & Saturday, September 19 & 20, the 2nd annual FORToberfest celebration hits downtown Fort Collins. Since the city’s cultural gifts include more than beer, FORToberfest is a unique fall celebration. Fortoberfest beer lovers will be able to visit the Fort Collins Brewery District tent (named for the city’s recently created beer-making district) and purchase “build your own” sampler flights of seasonal beers. The samplers are $6 and hold four 4-oz servings of beers from the FORToberfest beer lineup. FORToberfest beers will be from a dozen of the sixteen breweries now in Fort Collins, including New Belgium, Odell Brewing, Fort Collins Brewery, Coopersmith’s Brewery & Pub, Black Bottle and others. Two Fort Collins breweries that opened this summer - Zwei Bruder Brewing and Snowbank Brewing Company - will make their Fortoberfest debut at the event. The 2nd annual FORToberfest celebration takes place Friday, September 19th (5 -10:30 PM) and Saturday, September 20th (11 AM -10:30 PM) at the Old Town Square in downtown Fort Collins.

New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] Colorado-based Tour de Fat stops in Ft. Collins and Denver raised a combined total of more than $200,000 for local non-profits. Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing’s traveling festival of bikes, beer and bemusement, raised more than $113,000 in Fort Collins, Colo. on Saturday, August 30 – up 25 percent from last year – and raised more than $100,000 in Denver on Saturday, September 6 – up 30 from last year. About 25,000 bicycle and beer enthusiasts came to Civic Center Park for the Fort Collins stop and 18,000 showed up in City Park in Denver. Although it is free to attend Tour de Fat, proceeds from beer and merchandise sales and donations from bike parade participants went to local nonprofits. [500 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - This week at City Star: Today is FREE Beer Monday. Get a free 12-16oz beer with every 64oz growler fill. Tuesday - stop in for the FLood Hound Ale taproom release at 2pm. It's their Red Necktar aged 6 months in Spirit Hound Distillers rum barrel. Wednesday night is Trivia Night at 7:30pm to 9pm. And Live Music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7pm. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Odell Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) [PRESS RELEASE] This fall, Odell Brewing Company will turn 25 years old. On September 22, the brewery will kick off a week of events to celebrate its silver anniversary with friends and family. The fun will include a Silver Lining soiree benefit for the Food Bank of Larimer County, throwback beers, special food pairings, live music, and more. The brewery will also release a special anniversary beer during the week. 180 Shilling, a double version of the brewery’s flagship 90 Shilling, boasts a hearty roasted malt base balanced by subtle earthy hops, and aged on oak to create notes of toffee, plum, vanilla and dried cherry. Odell Brewing got its start in 1989, just after Doug and Wynne Odell made the move to Fort Collins from Seattle. Doug had been an active homebrewer, strongly influenced by the northwest brewing pioneers, so the two decided to take his passion commercial. Doug’s sister, Corkie, was living in Fort Collins and scoped out a location to start the brewery. Shortly after their move, Corkie joined Doug and Wynne in opening the brewery in an old converted grain elevator. It was just the second packaging craft brewery to open in the state of Colorado, and the first in Fort Collins. During the first five years, the popularity of Odell’s hand-crafted draft only ales caught on. In fact, they became so popular that a larger facility was needed to handle the increasing demand. Thus a whole new brewery was built in 1994 at the current location. In 1996, a packaging line was installed, and the brewery introduced bottles for the first time. After many years, several brewery expansions, and a packaging re-brand, Odell Brewing expects to produce around 100,000 barrels of beer this year. It currently employs just over 100 people, and sells a diverse portfolio of delicious and innovative beers across eleven states. Odell Brewing will also commemorate its 25th year with a special collaboration beer brewed with Boulevard Brewing later this fall. Boulevard also got its start 25 years ago (and just one day before Odell Brewing). The Boulevard/Odell collaboration will be released in mid-November with a series of events and celebrations across the breweries’ collective distribution areas. [800 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Black Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - While Black Bottle Brewery is known for tapping their own awesome beers, they also put up some of the best guest beers in town. Coming up tomorrow, September 16th, Black Bottle will play host to two of Stone Brewing Company's most tasty rare beer offerings. Stop in BBB starting at 5:30pm for a glass of these beers: Stone Brewing Arrogant Bastard Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels, and Stone Reason Be Damned Abbey Style Ale aged in Red Wine Barrels. Hard to get brews will be on tap for just a very short time (one night). Hurry in! [1611 S College Ave, Unit 1609, Ft. Collins, CO]

Berthoud Brewing Co (Berthoud) - This week at BBC: Wednesday is Wings on Wednesday from 2-9pm featuring Origins Catering dry-rub wings with different sauces. Happy Hour that day 3-6pm. Thursday is "Bring Your Own Vinyl" from 2-9pm. They'll play an album side from your disk and take $1 off your drinks. Friday 9/19 they'll be tapping a firkin of Harvest Pumpkin Wheat at 5pm. Open Saturday 2-10pm. And of course, Sunday is Broncos Sunday - wear your Broncos gear. They'll have great food on site for the game as well. [450 8th St, Ste B, Berthoud, CO]

Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - The new FCB Happy Hour and Tapas Bar is now open at the brewery featuring 15 different hand crafted tapas as well as full flights of FCB brews. Open Mondays - Saturdays 4-8pm. [1020 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Pike's Peak Brewing Co (Monument) - This year's version of Pikes Peak Brewing's Local 5 Pale Ale is being tapped today in the taproom and at Jack Quinn's downtown Colorado Springs. This beer will help commemorate this year's Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial. Look for this beer to be on tap around town and in 4-packs at various stores. The beer was brewed along with the help of members of the Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters Association IAFF Local 5. Proceeds from the sale of this beer will help assist the families of Local 5 members attend funerals of fallen heros. Also - don't forget that this week is Monument Beer Week thru September 20th. Something special going on daily. Today there's some special chocolates available in the taproom that was made from their Gold Rush Belgian Strong. And tomorrow, September 16th PPBC is hosting a tap takeover featuring the local CO breweries who also opened in 2011. [1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument, CO]

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Last Friday, Trinity released their Farmhouse Blue Saison featuring huckleberries. And - this Saturday, Trinity is going to release Farmhouse Red Saison, this one made with Colorado chokecherries. It's a lightly fruity and unique brew and weighs in at 7.2% ABV. [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

All Colorado Beer Festival (Colorado Springs) - There are now 67 Colorado breweries signed up to pour at the annual All Colorado Beer Festival set for Saturday November 1st. Check out ticket info and all the pertinents at:

Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Come to their Oktoberfest event this Saturday. Among other beers, they'll be tapping their Mint Chocolate Chip Stout. A high gravity and sweet stout, brewed with Colorado Springs grown spearmint leaves and fair trade cocoa nibs. Chocolaty, slightly minty, smooth and creamy. 9% ABV. That and several other releases too. [204 Mount View Ln, Ste 3, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Ska Brewing (Durango) - Hitting store shelves this week is their annual wet hop IPA - Hoperation Ivy #24. It's a hop bombshell made with fresh hops from High Hop Farms in Paonia, CO and malt from Colorado Maling Co in Alamosa. It's for distribution ONLY in Colorado. Stop by the tapping party at Ska HQ tomorrow, September 16th from 5-8pm. [225 Girard St, Durango, CO]

National News

2014 Great American Beer Bars - Now more than ever, bars across the U.S. showcase the wide array of offerings from the more than 3,000 breweries in operation throughout the country today. To help navigate the nation for some of the best places to imbibe, — the Brewers Association (BA) website for beer lovers—surveyed its audience for its annual Great American Beer Bars competition. More than 19,000 craft beer fans cast over 3,400 nominations for better beer bars this year. Once nominations were collected, the field was then narrowed to the 10 most-nominated bars in each of the five regions of the country. The top five craft beer establishments from each region, as well as the overall winners from each, have been recognized. Colorado regional winners include: Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe (Denver), Falling Rock Tap House (Denver), Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids (Longmont), and The Mayor of Old Town (Ft. Collins). Grats to our local Colorado businesses! Falling Rock Tap House was also one of 5 beer bars voted as best overall.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Colorado Beer Releases September 8-14, 2014

Colorado Beer Releases
September is here and the Fall beers are are making their debuts! Look for Oktoberfests, Pumpkin and Fresh Hop beers to be prevalent. Here are some of the known Colorado craft beers released during this past week. While this list isn't complete by any means, it does represents a big chunk of the 240+ breweries here in Colorado. If you look around, some of the last Summer brews are still around, but won't be for long. Plenty of festivals still around. Look for these beers on tap at a brewery, bar or fest near you. Please note that some of these releases are firkins or specialty kegs and may already be gone.

Colorado Beer Releases - September 8-14, 2014

3 Freaks Brewery - Freaks Amber - September 11th.

Arvada Beer Co - Chipotle Alt - chile beer - September 9th.
Arvada Beer Co - Triple IPA (11.1% ABV) - September 12th.

Asher Brewing - Green Dream Fresh Hop - September 11th.

Avery Brewing - Fall Day IPA - IP w/spruce tips - September 12th 5pm.

Baere Brewing - Ginger Bug Weisse - week of September 8th.
Baere Brewing - Dark Saison - September 11th.

Beer By Design Brewery - Coconut Porter - returns for limited time - September 9th.

Berthoud Brewing - Country Sunrise Peach Agave - firkin - September 12th.

Beryl's Beer Co - Paper Moon Pale Ale - September 12th.

BierWerks Brewery - AltBier - 100th batch - September 12th.

Big Beaver Brewing - Dark Ryeder - Black Rye Saison - September 13th 6:30pm.

Big Choice Brewing - Red on nitro - single keg - September 12th 2pm.

Black Bottle Brewery - Juanita Brown Ale - in memory of their squirrel - September 11th.

Blue Spruce Brewing - Fresh Hopped Red - firkin - September 9th 4pm.

Bonfire Brewing - 2014 Man of the Cliff Wood Splitter Pilsner - bottle release - September 12th.

Boulder Beer - fRYEd Fresh-hopped Rye Pale Ale - September 12th.

Breckenridge Brew Pub - Pineapple Express - Belgium Double IPA - September 13th.

BREW Pub & Kitchen - Ophelia - American IPA w/lemongrass + yarrow - September 12th.
BREW Pub & Kitchen - Jane - Farmhouse Ale - September 13th.

Butcherknife Brewing - Morningside Porter - September 9th 3pm.
Butcherknife Brewing - Morningside Coffee Porter - breakfast porter - September 14th 9am.

Cannonball Creek Brewing - Galaxy Single Hop Ale - single hop series - September 9th.

CAUTION: Brewing - Brown IPA - beertender contest winner - September 10th.

Chain Reaction Brewing - Oatmeal Brown Ale - fall seasonal - September 11th.

City Star Brewing - Altoberfest - Oktoberfest Ale - September 8th.
City Star Brewing/Spirit Hound Distillers - Flood Hound Ale - bbl-aged red ale - Sept 13th.

Compass Cider - Wassail - hot mulled hard cider - September 12th.

Comrade Brewing - Coconut Chocolate Porter - firkin - September 11th.

Copper Kettle Brewing - Raspberry Rye Saison - cask - September 10th.

Crabtree Brewing - Saison d'etre - firkin - September 12th 6pm.

Crazy Mountain Brewing - Rocky Mountain High Pumpkin Pie Ale - September 11th.

Crooked Stave - Blackberry Dark Origins - dark sour aged in whiskey bbls - Sept. 9th 6pm.

Denver Beer Co - Hey! Pumpkin - can release - September 13th 2pm.

Diebolt Brewing - Wethers Weizenbock (7.4% ABV) - September 12th 4pm.

Dry Dock Brewing - Half Moon Pumpkin Ale - September 9th.
Dry Dock Brewing - Oak Aged Double IPA - firkin - September 12th 3pm.

Elk Mountain Brewing - Cherry Wheat - September 11th.
Elk Mountain Brewing - Black IPA - September 12th.
Elk Mountain Brewing - Elktoberfest - Oktoberfest - September 13th 12pm.

Epic Brewing - Oak Aged Brainless - Belgian Golden w/cardamom firkin - Sept. 10th.
Epic Brewing - Blackberry Mt Hood Hopped Wit - firkin - September 10th.

Equinox Brewing - Night Ryder Munich Dunkel - w/peppers & peaches - firkin - Sept. 11th 12pm.

Fate Brewing - Pumpkin Ale - fall seasonal - September 10th.
Fate Brewing - Chocolate Raspberry Porter - September 11th.

Fieldhouse Brewing - Heather Tips & Rose Hips Dark Saison - test brew - September 10th.

Fort Collins Brewery - Doppel Bock - seasonal - returns September 12th.
Fort Collins Brewery - Autumn Saison - Colorado only only - September 12th.
Fort Collins Brewery - American Pale Ale - Colorado only - September 12th.

Funkwerks - Oud Bruin - BBL-aged Flemish-style ale - draft & bottle - September 13th.

Grimm Brothers - Kiwi Baron - Berliner Weisse w/kiwi - firkin - September 12th.
Grimm Brothers - The Baron - Berliner Weisse - September 13th.

Grist Brewing - Scotch Ale - September 11th 4pm.

High Hops Brewery - Spongebob Saison Pants - pineapple saison - firkin - September 10th 5pm.

Horse & Dragon Brewing - Alt-ar of Sacrifice - Dusseldorf Altbier - September 13th.

J Wells Brewery - Farmers Bane - very small batch - September 12th.
J Wells Brewery - Darjeeling Ale - September 12th.
J Wells Brewery - Brett Defiance - September 12th.

Lone Tree Brewing - Vienna Lager - September 10th.

Mountain Toad Brewing - Dirt Bike Dunkleweiss - Oktoaderfest ale - September 11th.

Mu Brewery - Uber Umber Amber Ale - w/spices - September 12th 5pm.

New Belgium - 2014 Le Terroir Dry Hopped Sour Ale - Lips of Faith brew - returns September 11th.

Odell Brewing - Gramps - Oatmeal Stout - seasonal in variety packs - September 8th.

Odyssey Beerwerks - Palisade Peach Pilsner - Discovery Beer - September 10th 5pm.
Odyssey Beerwerks - Double Coffee Stout - small batch on nitro tap - September 12th.

Oskar Blues - High & Dry IPA - flood anniversary beer - September 13th @ VIVA Lyons event.

Paradox Beer Co - Bretts' Hop Farm - bbl-aged Colorado Farmhouse Ale - September 11th.

Powder Keg Brewing - Haystack Hopback Fresh Hop Pale Ale - September 9th.

Renegade Brewing - Consilium Pale Ale - new can packaging - September 9th.
Renegade Brewing - Hiatus - cold coffee infused oatmeal ale - September 11th.

River North Brewery - Cascade dry-hopped River North White - wayward Wednesday - Sept. 10th 3pm.
River North Brewery - Barrel Blonde - bourbon bbl aged - September 13th 1pm.

Roaring Fork Beer - Fresh Hop IPA - September 12th.

Rockyard Brewing - FNSM - Cognac Aged Alt with Jalapeno - deviation - September 12th 4pm.

Station 26 Brewing - Belgian Blond w/Palisade Peaches - firkin - September 11th 4pm.

Steamworks Brewing - Barley Legal - barleywine - 18th anniv. beer - Sept. 14th.

Strange Craft Beer - Pumpkin Porter - 1 barrel - September 10th 3pm.

Telluride Brewing - Wet Hopped American Summer - annual release - September 9th 4pm.

Trinity Brewing - Farmhouse Blue - w/Brett & huckleberries - September 12th.

Verboten Brewing - Half A Million - wet hopped India Brown Ale - September 11th.

Wild Woods Brewery - Peachy Wheat - small batch - September 11th.

Wiley Roots Brewing - Green Lite IPA - small batch w/green tea - September 11th.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Colorado Beer News 091214

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Video Games Day. Embrace your inner nerd today and break out your old video games and have some fun. Play them on your phone, your tablet, your PC or even on your big screen TV with a console. Whether they be the latest 3D super realistic kind or a retro 8-bit classic, have some fun with them today along with your favorite craft beer. After all, video games aren't just for kids. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, September 12th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

[CO Beer Festivals] -- [Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]

Metro Denver

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - In case you missed it last week, their new tasting room, Canoe Room at ‪#‎NorthDock‬, is now open to the public! Check out the new digs and their production facility on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from noon to 6 pm. They've even got their Imperial Pumpkin on tap there! While they may have just 4 beers on tap, it's a huge production facility. Located at: [2801 Tower Rd, Aurora, CO]

Denver Beer Co (Denver) - Get ready for the Denver Beer Co Canworks Harvest Party! It's this Saturday, September 13th from 2pm to 6pm. They will be releasing their "Hey! Pumpkin Harvest Ale" in cans that day and will have a full Fall beer line-up available. There will be bluegrass bands, comfort food trucks, a pig roast, and will host tours of their new DBC Canworks! The cost is $30 for all you can drink beer and a chunk o'pig. There will be games like "Dunk the Brewer", "Pumpkin Slingshot Launch", Corn Hole and more. Bike riders can meet at Denver Beer Co's Platte Street location and ride over to the Canworks party with the Bike Gang, or just come on your own. Tickets available at Canworks location: [4455 Jason St, Denver, CO]

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3 Freaks Brewery (Highlands Ranch) - Just tapped last night - Freaks Amber, a new brew filled with malty goodness. Start your weekend off with one of these. [7140 E County Line Rd, Highlands Ranch, CO]

Mu Brewery (Aurora) - Today they'll be releasing their Uber Umber on this small batch Friday. An amber ale spiced with cinnamon, cloves, fennel, star anise, and Szechuan peppercorns. It's the perfect fall time beer for this fall like weather. They'll be tapping this beauty at 5pm sharp. Also, Bill's Original Syracuse Sausage, LLC will be out front serving up delicious home made sausages. [9735 E Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO]

Rockyard Brewing (Castle Rock) - Today at 4pm, Jellyman will be releasing another one of his famous Deviation tappings. This time it's "FNSM", a Cognac-aged Alt with jalapeno. This one weighs in at 6% ABV and has just a little bit of heat at the end. [880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO]

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - Big Choice will be putting up a single keg only of their Red on nitro today starting at 2pm. This is a "drink til it's gone" kinda keg. #choosewisely [7270 W 118th Pl, Broomfield, CO]

Cannonball Creek Brewing Co (Golden) - The Colorado hop harvest for their fresh hop beer just happened. They picked 160 pounds of locally grown Cascade and Chinook hops and with 12 hours off the bine were putting them into their Colorado Fresh Hop Rye. Look for this brew later near the end of the month. Meanwhile, plenty of other beers on tap and a food truck tonight. [393 N Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

Epic Brewing Co (Denver) - Its been one year since they escaped to Colorado. All next week they are celebrating and asking you to join them! Epic Brewing is kicking off with a Utah Party on Sunday, September 14th from 2-8pm. Eat and Drink like they do in Salt Lake. They'll have the Utah Classic Series available (bottles only, of course!) and Big Kiwi will be here making paninis like our brewery in Utah. Enjoy a free jello buffet (did you know Utahans eat more jello than any other state?!). Utah attire encouraged! Stay tuned, they've got events happening all week long, including opportunities to win a brew day at Epic! [3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Beryl's Beer Co (Denver) - Today is the day they tap their 1st ever hop-forward beer - Paper Moon Pale Ale. Stop in soon to try one. [3120-C Blake St, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - Announcing Boulder Beer Co's "2014 fRYEd Fresh-hopped Rye Pale Ale". This 2014 hop harvest special release is fresh-hopped with Chinooks from the Still Wind Hop Farm on Colorado's Western Slope imparting tropical fruit notes to its flavor and aroma. Generous amounts of toasted rye add complexity with a spicy, nutty flavor. Brewed with fresh off the bine wet hops! This provides a unique hop experience with a more complete hop flavor and aroma. Pub tapping is today - Friday, September 12! Also, coming soon - Slope Style Winter IPA. If you're into full-bodied red ales with a big, piney hop kicker at the finish - they like your style! Whatever your altitude you can drink-in Colorado with Slope Style Winter IPA. It's red in color with a perfect blend of five quality malts and a blast of Horizon hops, Slope Style is a hearty, cold weather IPA that's off the rails! Look for Slope Style in bottles and draught the first week of October! [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]

Longs Peak Pub (Longmont) - Long's Peak Pub is nearly ready! They are currently hiring all positions and will be doing interviews Tuesday, Sept. 16th at 1pm. The Mountain Sun Pubs and Breweries are opening a Longmont location and will be conducting interviews for servers and line cooks Tuesday, Sept. 16th at 1pm at the Long's Peak Pub. If interested in applying, please bring a resume and cover letter to Long's Peak Pub, 600 Long's Peak Avenue, Longmont, CO 80501 (corner of Main and Long's Peak) at 1pm on Tuesday, Sept. 16th. Must have 2+ years experience, be seeking full time employment, and be available full-time for the next six months. Benefits include shift meals and beers. They are a dynamic, fun, growing business which uses a team system where all tips and work are shared. They seek applicants who will maximize the positive impact they can have on and for the team and their guests. Must have an infectious attitude, self- awareness, a charitable mindset, optimism, trust, and compassion. They believe in enlightened hospitality so our servers and cooks must have a passion for the service industry and a non-compromising outlook that will lead them toward creative interactions with their guests. [600 Long's Peak Ave, Longmont, CO]

Bootstrap Brewing Co (Niwot) - Their upcoming Oktoberfestbier is coming along and is almost ready to go. They made some changes to the recipe this year and they believe this is turning out to be one of their best beers they've brewed to date. It'll tap next week on September 20th for their Oktoberfest party. [6778 N 79th St, Niwot, CO]

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) - Recently, Upslope paid a visit to Rising Sun Farms in Paonia, CO for some local hops for the Up, Up, Up, Up collab Honey Pale Ale they'll be debuting during GABF week! They're working with Upstate Brewing Company using their local honey, Upland Brewing Company for hops from Indiana, Upright Brewing for hops from Oregon, and are going with 100% CO malt from Colorado Malting Company. Get ready to try this one on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Falling Rock Tap House! [1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO]

Twisted Pine Brewing Co (Boulder) - Just a reminder that Twisted Pine will be closed all day Saturday, September 13th because their GM is getting married and the entire staff will be attending the wedding. Sunday will be back to business as usual. Congrats to Jody and Thomas. [3201 Walnut St, Ste A, Boulder, CO]

Loveland Oktoberfest - September 20, 2014

Northern Colorado

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - Have you tried their recently tapped West 10th Imperial IPA yet? It's a powerful 8.9% ABV hop-loaded brew that measures 213 IBUs! It's powerful and served only in a 10oz tulip glass. That's just one of 11 different beers on tap right now. Stop in for live acoustic music tonight from Travis Houle from 7-9pm. Elements Wood Fired Oven will be on hand tonight as well serving up wood fired pizza and calzones. Also, look for Broken Plow at the upcoming Greeley Oktobrewfest in Lincoln Park on September 27th. [4731 W 10th St, Unit G, Greeley, CO]

Odell Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Odell Brewing is celebrating their 25th (Silver) Anniversary this month and they are the subject of an episode on Beer Geeks TV. Catch their episode with Odell Brewing on with episodes starting September 18th. Check out the episode guide at [800 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Black Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Dang those thieves! You've seen their infamous taxidermied squirrels at beer fests and in their taproom. A year or so ago, someone made off with Carlos their famous bird-flippin' squirrel. Everyone missed Carlos, so they created Juanita - another bird-flippin' squirrel. Well sad to say that someone has now stolen Juanita and now they are left with no flippin' squirrels. In memory of Juanita, they have brewed up a beautiful brown ale and they tapped it last night. If you happen to spot a bird flippin' squirrel let BBB know. They plan to activate the homing beacon inside it as well as the camera mounted inside and track down the culprit and bring them to squirrel justice. [1611 S College Ave, Unit 1609, Ft. Collins, CO]

Berthoud Brewing Co (Berthoud) - Today's Friday Firkin tapping is Country Sunrise Peach Agave. From early tastings, this one might just finish early. So get some while it lasts. Open today from 2pm to 10pm. [450 8th St, Ste B, Berthoud, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Yes, they realize it's 7 months late, but they're hosting their "7 Month Late Grand Opening + Oktoberfest Party" coming up on Saturday, September 27th from 12pm to 5pm. They will be tapping their Oktoberfest beer release, having a Beer Garden atmosphere, hosting some games + prizes, and offering some live music including The Stubby Shillelaghs, Robert Cline Jr and more. There will be many other unique, quality craft 1933 Brewing Co beers on tap too. Plus, grab some German sausages and more from Rocky Mountain Sausage Grill. [4025 S Mason, Ft. Collins, CO]

Choice City Butcher & Deli (Ft. Collins) - Put this on your pre-GABF event list for Monday, September 29th. Join Owner and Head Brewer Fred Karm and the crew from Hoppin Frog Brewery as Choice City welcomes them for a night of dinner and great beers! B.O.R.I.S the crusher, Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin and their 10th year collaboration Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Aged Stout, along with others will be tapped! All perfectly paired with dinner. RSVP 970-490-2489! $55 per person (+tax/tip). First beer at 6:30pm and first course at 7pm. [104 W Olive St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Tomorrow brings the return of The Baron. Their traditional Berliner Weisse sour ale. Low in alcohol with a tart almost lemony finish. They even have the syrups, raspberry and woodruff, that you can add. Want to try it early? They just tapped their Kiwi Baron firkin. Only 10 gallons so stop by soon. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Pikes Peak Brewing Co (Monument) - [PRESS RELEASE] Pikes Peak Brewing Co. is very proud to have been chosen to brew the Local 5 beer again in 2014. This “Pale Ale with a purpose” is brewed with and for the members of the Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters Association IAFF Local 5. The proceeds from the sale of Local 5 Pale Ale assist the Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters with arranging travel for Local 5 members to attend the funerals of our heroes who have lost their lives in the line of duty across the nation. As host for the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial in Colorado Springs, the Local 5 welcome firefighters from around the country each fall for a celebration of this ultimate sacrifice and service. The Local 5 Pale Ale will be released at Jack Quinns as a part of the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial gathering in Colorado Springs on Monday, September 15. Local 5 will be available on tap at multiple restaurants and bars and in local liquor stores shortly after. Pikes Peak Brewing Company’s Monument taproom will have a local celebration of the release, during Monument Beer Week on September 17 at 7:00pm. [1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument, CO]

Mountains and West

Horsefly Brewery (Montrose) - Missed this tidbit from last night but worth passing along. If you stop in on Thursdays at Horsefly Brewery and order any burger - you can receive your first beer for only a penny! Not bad eh? Plan to stop in next Thursday. [846 E Main St, Montrose, CO]

BREW Pub & Kitchen (Durango) - Just tapped - Ophelia, an American IPA brewed with lemongrass and locally grown yarrow. Pair it with some tasty food today! [117 W College Dr, Durango, CO]

Bonfire Brewing (Eagle) - Two beer tappings this weekend. THeir Wood-Splitter Pilsner gets tapped tonight and the Hop Eater IPA later this weekend. Try one or both on your next visit. [127 Second St, Eagle, CO]

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