Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Colorado Beer News 120914

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Christmas Card Day and also #ColoradoGivesDay. It's essentially a reminder that the big holiday is just over 2 weeks away and if you want everyone to receive your holiday card this year before the actual holiday then today might be a good day to get those cards and letters out in the mail. Granted, in today's society, holiday greetings can be sent electronically and can be received instantly. But, if you still are a bit traditional, snail mail is the old traditional holiday method of sending out holiday greetings. Get writing soon! Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Tuesday, December 9th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

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

Metro Denver

Rock Bottom Brewery (Denver) - Rock Bottom is serving up Gingerbread Cookies with the release of their Baltic Gnome Porter tomorrow, Wednesday, December 10th from 5:30pm to 6:00pm. Stop by Rock Bottom on your way home for a little tasty treat. Of course it's okay to have dessert before dinner. Besides, it won't spoil your appetite - it will just "tide you over" until you get home. [1001 16th St, Ste 100, Denver, CO]

Barrels & Bottles Brewery (Golden) - Tomorrow, December 10th (Wednesday) Barrels & Bottles will be releasing their "Lil' Gin IPA" from their Barrel-Ade Rotation. This is an American Pale Ale brewed and dry-hopped with Chinook hops and aged in an Agave gin barrel from State-38 Distilling in Golden. Stats: 5% ABV and 55 IBUs. Come taste one! [600 12th St, Golden, CO]

Epic Brewing Co (Denver) - Several upcoming events at Epic Brewing. This Saturday, December 13th from noon to 3pm is "A Day With Santa". Get your photos taken with Santa. Embrace your inner child as you pose in front of their foeders with Santa while having a beer. Photos are $5 and come in a nifty santa card. Get a FREE photo with Santa when you use their laptop there to purchase tickets to their 2nd Annual Holiday Brunch on December 28th. Tix are $35 all inclusive price. Food provided by Big Kiwi Eats. And then coming up in the new year on January 24th is their "Brewed - a coffee and beer workshop". Join brewers and coffee roasters for a discussion on coffee, beer and the confluence of the two. After the discussion, you get to have fun creating your own blends of various coffees and beers to find your favorite combinations. More info at: brewed.nightout.com. [3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Kokopelli Beer Co (Westminster) - In honor of the boss's birthday this week, today you can get $2.00 off all 64oz growler fills all day long. Plus, get 20% off all shirts. Mention her birthday and get a free taster. Guess her age get another free taster - only 1 guess and no cheating. [8931 Harlan St, Westminster, CO]

River North Brewery (Denver) - For tomorrow's Wayward Wednesday, they'll pour Avarice (Imperial Stout) three ways: classic, Trappist-style and ESB-style! That way, you can taste how different yeast strains affect the same base beer! First pours at 3pm. [2401 Blake St, Unit 1, Denver, CO]

Wonderland Brewing Co (Broomfield) - Wonderland gift cards have arrived at the brewery and what better way to spread some holiday cheer than with a gift card good for BEER?! Ask your beertender during your next visit for one or more and take home something that is sure to make your loved ones smile. They also have a limited amount of the 2015 Women of Colorado Craft Breweries Pin Up Calendar available! Find thei very own WonderCrew member in the calendar as Miss March. And finally, did you hear about the brand new Whole Foods just east of Wonderland? They are making Wonderland Brats with local Berkshire Pork and Wonderland Dubbel. Go on, get your brat on! [5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO]

Golden City Brewery (Golden) - American Honey Wheat is now on tap! Made with local honey, this big wheat beer clocks in at 6.25% ABV and has a crisp finish. Perfect on a sunny day regardless of temperature. Stop in today and enjoy a pint. Open til 6:30pm. [920 12th St, Golden, CO]

Boulder County

Asher Brewing Co (Boulder) - Asher Brewing Company is turning 5 years old and they will celebrate with a 5th Anniversary Extravaganza this Saturday, December 13th from 2pm to 12am. Your $35 entry fee includes all you can eat & drink - including a pig roast from Powell Farms, a photobooth, live music from Naan Stop, a commemorative koozie for the first 100 guests, a charity raffle and great all organic beers from Asher Brewing. Buy tickets online at asherbrewing.com. Since opening in November 2009, Asher Brewing Co has been dedicated to providing world class beer to beer drinkers in the Boulder area using only the best, all-organic ingredients. Five years later, the company is still Colorado's first and only all-organic brewery. "Better ingredients make better beer." Click on the poster image for more info. [4699 Nautilus Ct, Ste 104, Boulder, CO]

Left Hand Brewing Co (Longmont) - Congrats to Left Hand Brewing Company. They received another honor this last week in the form of their 5th Gold Award and 7th overall European Beer Star award. Their Milk Stout won it's 5th gold in recent years. Cheers! [1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO]

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) - Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. Upslope encourages everyone to check out the Colorado charities online and donate to your favorite today! They're choosing to donate to the Emergency Family Assistance Association with their "Cans for Cans Food Drive" that kicks off today until Christmas Eve at both tap rooms. For every 2 CANS OF FOOD you donate, you'll receive 1 CAN OF BEER*! *Limit 1 six pack per person. Valid only for 12 oz. core styles. For take-home consumption. Also - It's stout season! Get ready to cozy up with their Limited Release Foreign Style Stout, hitting shelves the week of December 15 in Colorado, Texas, Arizona, and Wyoming. Lastly, get ready for their Tacky Sweater Party coming up Tuesday, December 16th from 6-9pm. There they will have a tapping of the Upslope Limited Release Christmas Ale at 6:30pm. Prizes for the top 3 tackiest sweaters. Bring a gift for Toys for Tots and donate it and get an Upslope Pint Glass. [1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO]

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - Enjoy $3.50 pints of any year-round beer all night tonight and every Tuesday. Open 4pm to 9pm today. Enjoy Happy Hour with Wild Woods. [5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
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Northern Colorado

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - It's Funkwerks' 4th Anniversary today! Come celebrate with them, all day. New beer release and your first 1/2 glass of Paisley is on the house! Paisley is their new Brett Saison Ale and is the culmination of all their knowledge and experience with using Brettanomyces. Paisley is a unique type of Saison fermented with one Sacchromyces and two Brettanomyces yeast strains that showcase the tropical fruit esters produced by Brettanomyces. A cornucopia of distinctive hop varieties were added to compliment the Brett including El Dorado, New Zealand Rakau, Australian Galaxy, and Amarillo hops. Also, look forward to Saturday, December 20th when they will release their Barrel-Aged Deceit Belgian-style golden ale. Aged in oak barrels for 18 months to 2 years and is a deceptively smooth brew. Aromas of fresh apple and crisp white wine. Spicy notes compliment the complex characteristics pulled from the oak barrels. And that's not all, their last release of the year happens on Saturday, December 27th with the release of QUAD, a Belgian-style quadruple ale. Big and bold at 10% ABV with dark fruity aromas of raisins and plums. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Two brews are coming out this week that you won't want to miss. On Wednesday, December 10th at 5pm, they'll tap a firkin of a Blackberry Vanilla Red Ale. This is an easy drinking red ale with a touch of vanilla and blackberries added in the secondary. Then on Thursday, December 11th, it's the return of their award winning "Windsor's Wee Heavy". This is a strong Scottish ale (9% ABV) and has pronounced roasted malt and caramel flavors. Perfect for the holiday season. But that's not all - get ready for "The Dark Days" on December 20th when they will be pouring 6 different stouts including: Candy Cane Stout, Belgian Stout, Chocolate Habanero Stout, Dry-Hopped Stout, Vanilla Stout, and a Hazelnut Espresso Stout. Embrace the Dark! Don't forget also - food trucks available Friday through Sunday and live music Friday and Saturday nights. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

Zwei Bruder Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Don't forget! Tomorrow night, Wednesday December 10th is their big "Nachtbierfest" at the brewery where they will be tapping 5 new biers starting at 5pm. In addition to the 5 new biers, they will have live music from Neue Pola Colorado (at 6pm) and will also have German-style food available from Taps Food Truck. Bring a canned food item to be donated to the Food Bank for Larimer County and receive 1 raffle tickets per canned food item donated. Raffle drawings for prizes between band performances. Come get a taste of these new biers: Doppelbock, Vienna Lager, RoggenLager, Strong Man Bourbon Barrel Aged Weizenbock and their HopfenPilz. Be sure to say hi to Zwei Bruder at the upcoming Fort Collins Festivus on Friday, December 12th at YendraBuilt from 6pm to 10pm. [4612 S Mason St, Ste 120, Ft. Collins, CO]

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - The brewery will be hosting some fun and festive events coming up in the next few weeks. Their ugly sweater party this Saturday, December 13th, is a great chance to dig through your closet or hit up the thrift store for a 'unique' sweater. There will be some great examples of past fashion trends on display. Next weekend, on December 20th, they'll be celebrating the shortest day of the year with their Winter Solstice party on Saturday night. This event will also be their release party for their Darkest Day Ale, a chocolate Coconut Porter. Also, plan to attend their New Year's Eve party - lots of fun & treats planned. Plus, on January 9th look forward to the release of their small-batch Sorachi Ace IPA! [118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Today in the taproom you can now get their popular Angry Banjo in 22oz bottles! December is the month of collaborations at Verboten! Last week, they brewed a collaboration with Black Bottle Brewery - a Black Wit with Cuties, called I'm On a Boat. Look for that beer at Black Bottle's anniversary celebration. Soon, Verboten will be brewing a very special collaboration with Odell Brewing Co - details to come, but it should be A-MAZING. And later in the month is their collaboration with their friend Matt from London, and The Mayor of Old Town. They are planning on doing a Imperial Pennsylvania Swanky that they will age in a Absinthe Barrel. Look for these great beers in their taproom or at your favorite local breweries and pubs soon. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - Get ready for another "Twice As Nice Tuesday" Quizmaster Entertainment trivia night and potluck beginning at 6:30pm. Bring your most prized appetizer, entrée, side dish or dessert to share with your fellow trivia players and Crabtree friends. Quizmaster Entertainment will provide disposable plates, napkins and utensils. And don't forget to fill your name in on the DEER-FIELD BOARD. For every pint or taster tray you purchase, you get to sign your name in a numbered space. When the board is filled, they'll draw a number and if your name is in it, you win the prize! They'll also be having another super crazy minute to win it competition after round 4. Last Tuesday, Dave Esquivel won a growler for the Snowball Guess and team JUST HERE FOR THE BEER won the Snowman Poo Minute competition. NERD HERD, ROOFIED JELLO POPS and SOBCHACK SECURITY knew the most about all things snowy. So clear your calendar and be sure to attend "Twice as Nice Tuesdays" TONIGHT, there's something fun going on for everyone! [2961 W 29th St, Greeley, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - On the first day of "The 12 Days of Christmas Grimm Style", the brewery gave to me... Happy hour prices all day long with the purchase of any Grimm Brothers glassware. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - #ColoradoGiveDay is here and they are donating 20% of all pints sold in the taproom today to the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. [242 N College Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - Tuesday special - get 2 bucks off growler and snarler fills today. Coming up on Friday, December 12th - a Benefit Christmas Feast at 6pm with smoked turkey (you provide the sides). All turkeys were locally grown here in Greeley and fed with spent Broken Plow grains. Elements Wood Fired Oven there be on site Wednesday which is also Trivia night (7pm). [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

Southern Front Range

Smiling Toad Brewery (Colorado Springs) - It's Tuesday and they still have a great variety of beer. Come try one of these currently tapped brews: IPA Freely, Orange Blossom APA, Bent Rail Pale Ale, Bob's Your Dunkel, Kendellicious Amber, Medly's Irish Red, Imperial Stout, Milli Vanilli Porter, Wee Heavy and Red Light Blonde. Open today 3pm to 9pm. [1757 S 8th St, Ste 100, Colo. Springs, CO]

Red Leg Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Come enjoy a dollar off Blue Nose brown all day and welcome Vladi's food truck to the brewery! [4630 Forge Rd, Ste B, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Dillon Dam Brewery (Dillon) - Time once again for another Brewmaster's Special Stash release. Today at 5pm they will release "Maple Pecan Imperial Brown Ale". This is a rare and special 5 gallon-only batch. They'll sell $5 half-pints while it lasts. Pair it with your favorite Dillon Dam dish. [100 Little Dam Rd, Dillon, CO]

Ska Brewing Co (Durango) - It's ‪#‎ColoradoGivesDay‬! They're donating 10% of merchandise sales to the La Plata County Humane Society. (online and in our Tasting Room). And meet Prince, their sponsored 12 Dog Days of Christmas pooch. They'll be walking him around town this Thursday. He needs to find his forever home. [225 Girard St, Durango, CO]

Eddyline Restaurant and Brewing Co (Buena Vista) - Come by the Taproom, try any new item from our CAN-tina menu (tacos, tortas, burritos), and get some CANS ~ $1.50 off each 6-pk of River Runners Pale Ale... Time to stock up! (Same visit only, no quantity limit). [102 Linderman Ave, Buena Vista, CO]

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co (Edwards) - [PRESS RELEASE] Crazy Mountain Brewing Company announces the release of “Snowcat Coffee Stout”, a 5.9% ABV coffee stout available in a six-pack of 12 ounce cans. This is one of the few coffee stouts ever to be released in cans in the US. This winter seasonal style is an ode to our local Vail/Beaver Creek snowcat drivers - The Midnight Marauders - who flatten snow in the wee hours, as they ascend without fear into the darkness, living in a world of powder. If it weren't for these colorful characters, our ski runs would not be groomed to perfectly executed corduroy in time for First Chair. Crazy Mountain teamed up with local favorite, Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company to take artisanal roasted coffee and brew it into a stout made up of a complex blend of roasted malts. Unlike other coffee stouts, Crazy Mountain uses real ground coffee beans during the brewing process, infusing the beer with a small amount of caffeine to give a quick energy boost. Get a caffeine buzz and a beer buzz in one drink! Crazy Mountain and Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company produced a beer someone can enjoy in the morning or evening - Avanti or Apres. [439 Edwards Access Rd, B-102, Edwards, CO]

Aspen Brewing Co (Aspen) - Alert: cases and cases of their Belgian Farmhouse Saison will soon be released for the holidays. Sure to warm you up by the fire. Also, limited stock of their 10th Mountain Stout (imperial stout) are now available. Get some in bottles while it lasts. [304 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen, CO]
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Colorado Beer News 120814

Colorado Beer NewsToday is John Lennon Day. Back on this day in 1980, former member of The Beatles was shot and killed in New York City. Lennon was one of the best known figures in popular music in the 1960s and 70s and his music, both from his years with the Beatles and on his solo career, is still quite popular today. Raise a toast today in memory of John Lennon. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Monday, December 8th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

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

Metro Denver

Former Future Brewing (Denver) - Now through year-end, if you donate a coat - new or used - you'll get a free pint (no sweaters or sweatshirts, please). These coats can be for men, women, or children and will be delivered from us directly to a family in need by a LFS employee. Additionally, this Sunday, December 7 from 4:00p to 7:00p, they are hosting "Gears, Beers, and Holiday Cheers", a Steampunk-themed event along with LUPEC Denver. Donate any item from their wishlist and receive a free taster flight. All items are benefiting Safehouse Denver. Come for the beer, stay for the holiday crafts, and the photo booth of course. Next week they're welcoming the newest member of the family, Behemoth, to Former Future. This 15 barrel fermentor was purchased from Renegade Brewing Company and will help them keep more beer on tap in the taproom, as well as wholesale around town. Watch for new beer to hit your local watering hole soon (or join them in the taproom). As well, they are releasing their first sour ale in bottles in the next few weeks. Twin Ruby, a sour red ale aged and blended from two red wine barrels, to be sold in the taproom only, as well at various restaurants around town. [1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO]

Bull & Bush Brewery (Denver) - Announcing the Bull & Bush Brewery Annual Christmas Beer Tasting on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 from 6-10pm. Join them on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 from 6-10pm to sample a wide variety of Seasonal, Holiday and Rare beers from the Barchive (over 150 different holiday beers). Erik has been curating the list of beers for this year's event and has some deep cuts to share with you. Tickets to this event are available online at www.BullandBush.com, and at the bar (in case you stop in this weekend). Wear your Santa hats! [4700 Cherry Creek South Dr, Denver, CO]

Renegade Brewing Co (Denver) - 'Tis the season for something Offensively Delicious. Check out these seasonal brews from Renegade: Hammer & Sickle Russian Imperial Stout (9% ABV 60 IBU), Radiator Winter Warmer (8.5% ABV 40 IBU), Berbere Imperial Chocolate Oatmeal Stout with berbere spice (10% ABV 40 IBU), and Depravity Imperial Peanut Butter Cup Milk Stout (11% ABV 35 IBU). Depravity will be tapped on Wednesday, December 31st at 4pm. Be one of the first to grab a glass or growler of the Imperial Peanut Butter Cup Milk Stout. [925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO]

River North Brewery (Denver) - Save the date for Saturday, December 13th - Barrel Aged Avarice release day! One of their most anticipated releases of the year, they’re excited to tap batch three of this annual tradition. Rich with molasses and coffee notes, this year’s rendition was aged in both rye whiskey and bourbon barrels. Both bombers and draft pours available starting at 1pm. More bombers will hit store shelves in Colorado and Kansas City following the taproom release. Don’t forget your cellar bottles! And if that weren't enough, the release party will feature a three-year vertical of Barrel Aged Avarice! Draft only, the 2012 keg is the oldest one in the cellar! [2401 Blake St, Unit 1, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Front Range Brewing Co (Lafayette) - There's some new beers to look forward too very soon at Front Range Brewing. In addition to the 10 beers they currently have on tap, they plan to release the following beers: Weizenbock (Dec. 10th), Mexican Coffee Porter (Dec. 17th), and a Pump Pudding Christmas Ale (Dec. 24th). Plus, they are currently working on a long term project. They are currently brewing and aging an Imperial Buckwheat Stout that will be aged in bourbon barrels and released sometime in June 2015. Plus, they will host a bottle release for their Silverheels English Barleywine on December 13th (12.25% ABV). Live music on Friday and Saturday nights. [400 W South Boulder Rd, Lafayette, CO]

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - Great news! Avery's Mephistopheles' Stout is once availa available. This year's batch is a big 17.1% ABV. Mephistopheles is the crafty shapeshifter, the second fallen angel; he who does not love light. Herein he patiently lies, waiting and willing to do your bidding, but for a price. Enter into his darkness, a tangled and intricate labyrinth of bittersweet rapture. Look for single 12oz bottles at a store near you. Then, coming up on Friday, December 12th at 5pm in the Avery Tap Room is the return of The Maharaja Imperial India Pale Ale (10.2% ABV). The Maharaja flaunts his authority over a deranged amount of hops: tangy, vibrant and pungent along with an insane amount of malted barley - fashioning a dark amber hue and exquisite malt essence. Welcome to his kingdom! Plus, it that wasn't all, they also have two tap room only barrel-aged beer releases coming up on Sunday, December 14th. Spontanea Barrel-aged Wild Ale (#24) and Einzigartig Barrel-aged Wild Ale (#25). Bottle sales begin at 11am, limit 12 bottles of each beer per person. Rare beers on draft starting at 11am. [5757 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

12Degree Brewing (Louisville) - This week, 12Degree Brewing released a new beer in their Belgian Pale Ale series. Space Kangaroo is a Belgian Pale aroma-hopped with Australian Galaxy hops. At 6.5% ABV, this beer has notes of citrus, peach and passion fruit. Galaxy hops are becoming a favorite in the craft beer world...come give them taste and find out why! There's a total of 12 beers on tap this weekend at 12Degree Brewing. Come check out their variety and stay for a pint or two. [820 Main St, Louisville, CO]

Crystal Springs Brewing (Louisville) - A day like December 13th, 2014 only comes around once every 100 years (12/13/14) - that's the day set for their big 12/13/14 Party. Starting at 1pm this Saturday will be a big release party for three beers: 12 - a holiday beer, 13 - their flagship IPA, and 14 - their Imperial IPA. There will be food, cake, door prizes, and plenty of good times (and beer). Everyone is invited. [657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E, Louisville, CO]

Echo Brewing Co (Frederick) - It's The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly - Ugly Sweater party that is. Wear your worst festive holiday sweater to their party this Saturday, December 13th from 6-10pm. They will be hosting a gift exchange, a dessert bar, fun games and of course - sparkles. Come celebrate the holidays with megan and T at Echo Brewing. [5969 Iris Pkwy, Frederick, CO]

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) - [PRESS RELEASE] Upslope Brewing Company’s Foreign Style Stout returns beginning the week of December 15. The Limited Release wintry brew will hit shelves in 12 oz. six-packs in Colorado, Texas, Arizona and Wyoming. “Originally brewed in 2009, Foreign Style Stout debuted as our first anniversary beer and has been one of my favorites ever since,” said Upslope's Co-founder and Director of Brewery Operations Dany Pages. “It embodies the roots of a foreign export stout, but is brewed to have a rich head and smooth roast character.” As the snow starts to fall, the desire for a dark and full-bodied beer grows. Upslope satisfies the craving with its Limited Release Foreign Style Stout. The noteworthy and well-balanced taste of this 6.9% abv stout finishes easy thanks to the smooth roasted coffee flavors and Upslope's signature Patagonian hops. Roasted barley, chocolate malts and Irish Ale Yeast come together to create the perfect beer for stout aficionados and newbies alike. [1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO]

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Northern Colorado

Zwei Brüder Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Celebrate the season with some great German-style holiday beers at Nachtbierfest on Wednesday, December 10th from 5pm til close! Zwei Brüder Brewing will be releasing 5 new biers for the occasion starting at 5pm. Beers include: a Doppelbock, a Vienna Lager, a RoggenLager (rye lager), a Strong Man Bourbon Barrel-aged Weizenbock, and a HopfenPilz. Bring a canned food item to be donated to the Food Bank for Larimer County and receive one raffle ticket per canned food item donated. Raffle drawings for prizes between band performances by Neue Polka Colorado. There will also be German-style food available by Taps Food Truck. More information available at: www.zweibruderbrewing.com. [4612 S Mason St, Ste 120, Ft. Collins, CO]

New Belgium Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] New Belgium Brewing and San Diego’s Alpine Beer Co. have come together once again for the love of IPAs. It’s a rare second visit for a New Belgium Hop Kitchen beer but this collaboration with Alpine Beer, first released in August of 2012, just begged for another round. At nine percent ABV and 99 IBUs, Super IPA is bursting with Amarillo, Columbus, Simcoe and Centennial hops, bringing the bitter all the way to the front and back again. Specialty malts create a nice balance, but the tropical and citrus tones of the American hops undeniably dominate. Super IPA pours a sheened copper and a bright, white head floats atop. “Super IPA is a beloved beer and we had a great time collaborating with Alpine Beer Co.,” said Matty “Smooth” Gilliland of New Belgium Brewing. “It’s a rare and special occasion for us to get to collaborate twice with the same brewery, but Super IPA was one of those beers we just couldn’t put to rest.” - Super IPA is available on draft. Pricing varies by location. [500 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - December is Christmas firkin month. A new firkin will be tapped every Friday. On December 12th, it's a Candy Cane Little Red Cap. On December 19th it's a Rum Ball Master Thief, and on New Year's Eve they'll have a special Champagne firkin. Coming up in their Fairy Tale Series is a release on December 20th of "Two Travelers", a Hommel Bier. Other events of note: on Wednesday, December 10th is National Lager Day - get discounts on all lagers. And starting on December 9th Grimm Brothers will begin a special 12 Days of Christmas specials - a different special each day December 9th through the 20th. They'll be hosting an Ugly Sweater Party on Saturday, December 20th with the top 5 ugly sweaters will win a free growler fill. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Today City Star is releasing one of their favorite seasonal beers - Chai Watchman Stout. This brew has some extra added flavor to spice up your holidays: cardamom, ginger, clove, cinnamon, and vanilla beans. As the clock winds down to crunch time they have some cool new merchandise in the taproom for the beer geek in your life (maybe it's you!) Locally made IPA flavored Hop Candy from Hydro Hop Farms in Ft. Collins, City Star Beer Chocolates from Robin Chocolates, and beer flavored lip balm from the Sage Script Inst. in Longmont, CO. We also have some beer tasting notebooks so you can keep track of all those tasty beers you're going to try through the next year. They also have a great selection of City Star hats, t-shirts, and work shirts. Plus more hoodies and pearl snap Western shirts are arriving this week. It's also FREE BEER MONDAY. Fill a 64oz Growler and receive a free beer or beer nickel. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - This Friday, December 12th starting at 6pm, stop in for a special event to benefit CAREhouse Greeley, part of Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains. We all love our children and provide the best for them. Sometimes this becomes difficult for some in different situations. CAREhouse provides for these kids in tough times. Plan to join Broken Plow Brewery in helping them. Proceeds from this benefit will go to purchasing toys and other items for foster kids in this program. They deserve a happy time at Christmas. What's more.....they live right here in our own community. Come feast with some smoked turkey and food from Elements Wood Fired Oven - plus lots of fresh craft beer! [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Pouring beginning TODAY in the taproom (and also over at William Oliver's Publick House, The Forge Publick House, The Laureate Publick House and Tap & Handle - is their new brew: Scottish Tradesman, a coconut porter. Come try this De-flippin'-licious brew. [124 Racquette Dr, Ft. Collins, CO]

Snowbank Brewing CO (Ft. Collins) - On Friday, December 12th, they'll be having their first annual ugly Christmas sweater party. Come and join in from noon until 9pm. All of the ugliest sweaters will be documented and entered into a raffle for a free growler and fill. Then, Snowbank Brewing has something special planned for next Monday, December 15th. Nuance Chocolate will be at the brewery at 6pm for their first chocolate and beer pairing! Tickets will be available for purchase for $14.50 at both Nuance Chocolate in Old Town and at the brewery starting this week. More details will be posted to their Facebook page by midweek. Taproom open til 6pm tonight. [225 N Lemay Ave, Ste 1, Ft. Collins, CO]

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - For one long year, the 2013 vintage Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Barleywine bottles have rested in the dark 53 degree fahrenheit cellar of Patrick's waiting and developing. What would you ask them: Nice to see you, how have you fared? How has your oakiness, tobacco and vanilla evolved? Ask these questions and more tonight as they offer one bottle of the 2013, a 5oz pour of the 2014, and a commemorative glass for the sum of just $16. Share one bottle of 2013, two 5oz samples of the 2014 and two commemorative glasses with a friend for just $22. [907 8th Ave, Greeley, CO]

Berthoud Brewing Co (Berthoud) - This week at Berthoud Brewing... Wednesday is Wing Day from Origins Catering and Happy Hour all day. Thursday night is "Geeks Who Drink Trivia". Win some great prizes. On Friday, December 12th they will tap a new firkin - Cherry Bomb Christmas. It taps at 5pm. Then on Saturday, listen to live music with Heartwood Duo. And on Sunday, potluck dinner and the Broncos game. Bring a dish to share. Game starts at 2:05pm. [450 8th St, Ste B, Berthoud, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - This Wednesday, December 10th is another Bike to Work Day (semi-annual). If you ride your bike to the brewery that day you'll get to enjoy $4 pints from 3-8pm. Also, one of their neighbors, Recycled Cycles, is one of the breakfast stations in the morning, so be sure to stop by there on your way to work. [4025 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Big Beaver Brewing Co (Loveland) - Today they have Beaver patch Vanilla Pumpkin Ale on special. Buy 1 get 1 free pints & growlers until it's gone! [2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Ste 9, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Come by and visit Great Storm Brewing on Saturday, December 13th for their last event of the year. They'll be offering four brand new beers, each brewed by one of the members of their staff. Beers include: Scut Farkas Saison, a wine barrel-aged cranberry ginger saison. Factory Girl, a toffee porter. Ginger Beard Stout, a gingerbread stout. And, Nutty Professor, a raspberry cinnamon nut-brown ale. Plus, Thunderstroke Barleywine returns: a very high gravity sweet English ale aged all year in a Jack Daniels barrel. Beer-nogs available as well: add eggnog to any beer (they personally like it with the Rum Raisin Stout). AND, as if that wasn't enough, enter your most hideous holiday sweater into their ugly sweater contest! Wear your ugliest, gaudiest, tackiest, or funniest sweater for a chance to win prizes. Prizes include free beer, and a chance to develop and brew your own beer with their awesome brewers! Beers on tap at noon, prizes awarded by staff vote at 9 pm, must be present to win. [204 Mount View Ln Ste 3, Colo. Springs, CO]

Pikes Peak Brewing Co (Monument) - AdAmAn Holiday Ale is here! This year look for AdAmAn Spiced Ale in cans at your local liquor store, as well as on the Winter Beer Tour at all local Old Chicago Restaurants! Or get your growlers or Peak Cans of AdAmAn in their Monument Taproom! Available in 16oz cans (8.3% ABV). Also, come celebrate New Year's Eve 1980's style! On December 31st from 7pm til 1am, dress up in your best 80's prom outfits or as your favorite 80's pop icon. It's gonna be totally tubular man! There will be DJ's playing 80's music with dancing, fun retro video games, 3 Hundred Days of Shine Cocktails, food by High Grade and a great $22 all you can eat food buffet. Ring in the new year with a lot of fun, food, beer and friends! More info on their website: www.pikespeakbrewing.com. [1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument, CO]

Paradox Beer Co (Woodland Park) - Coming later this month a new sour blonde ale aged in oak barrels - "End of the Beginning Vol. II", part of their Brewmaster's Blending Project. Available in bottles very soon. [106 E Village Terrace, Ste 100, Woodland Park, CO]

Trinity Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Did you miss their tapping last Friday? Stop in and try their new Farmhouse Petite Fête. This is a Saison with cranberries, toasted pecans and fresh whole kumquats. This is a fall harvest rare brew. Coming up this Friday, December 12th at 5pm is the release of another beer: Sour Threads. Sour Threads is a 3 part blend of a barrel aged dark sour, a very old barrel aged Flemish brown, and their plucky Horkey Ale. It's heavy in oak, moderate in lacto, light in acetic, and surprisingly malty. Notes of golden raisin shine in a finish that is balanced in every aspect. This dark red blend is a single release that they will never again brew. Very rare, 6.6% ABV. More tappings coming soon - Bourbon Yo' Mammy on December 19th (5pm) and Cherry Awaken Stout on Christmas Eve (1pm). [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

BREW Pub & Kitchen (Durango) - There's a new IPA on tap - Quiera - a rich, exquisite, full-bodies American IPA. Stop in and embrace the hops and pair it with your favorite dish. Also, join in for an afternoon sampling beer and food from around the region as Taos Ski Valley presents the 19th Annual Brew Master's Festival on Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 4:30-7pm. Admission is $25, includes souvenir sampling glass, food and fun! Tickets may be bought at the door the day of the event. The Brew Master's Festival is a 21 and over event. [117 W College Dr, Durango, CO]

Kannah Creek Brewing Co (Grand Junction) - Ever had a Mexican Hot Chocolate? Now imagine that as a firkin beer tapping! They'll tap a special Mexican Hot Chocolate firkin tonight at 5pm. It'll warm your soul. [1960 N 12th St, Grand Junction, CO]
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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Loveland Breweries Team Up to Support Local Non-Profit

It's not often that you see nearly every brewery from a single town get together to work on a collaboration beer, the the breweries in Loveland, Colorado are doing just that to release a beer to help raise month for a local non-profit Hearts & Horses. Check out the press release issued yesterday about this effort.

[PRESS RELEASE] Loveland, Colorado December 5, 2014- Five years ago, Loveland was a desert in the brewing community. Pan to the present day, Loveland boasts seven breweries with multiple national and international awards. In August all the breweries of Loveland met on a collaboration project. These breweries have combined their efforts and created a beer of the highest prestige. We are proud to introduce Anything for Love, a traditional Belgian Quadruple Ale with ample flavor, body and aroma.

100% of the proceeds from Anything for Love will benefit Hearts & Horses, Loveland’s 2013 Non-Profit of the Year, whose mission is to provide for the well-being of people with special needs through equine assisted therapy. “These amazing Loveland Breweries have really rallied around this cause,” says Jan Pollema, Hearts & Horses Executive Director.

“We are so thrilled that Hearts & Horses continues to touch lives in a way that encourages individuals and organizations to lend their support. We remain committed to growing this program to be the best of its kind and we couldn't do it without the support of these six great Loveland Breweries and our Northern Colorado community of supporters.”"

Join Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Big Beaver Brewing, Loveland Aleworks, Verboten Brewing, Buckhorn Brewers, and Crow Hop Brewing as they release Anything for Love on 12/31/14 at Pourhouse Bar & Grill at 5:00 PM. This will be a limited release and will be available at Loveland liquor stores shortly after.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

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Colorado Beer NewsToday is Dice Day. Dice come in all shapes, colors and sizes. There are 4 sided, 6 sided, 8 sided, 10 sided, 12 sided, 20 sided and even dice that go up to 100 sides! Dice are commonly used in games and games of chance. Whether you use them in Dungeon games, board games or on the craps table - today is the day to break out those dice and let them roll. Play a friendly game with dice today and have some fun. And why not pair that experience with a craft beer? Take your favorite dice game and bring it to a taproom near you. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Thursday, December 4th, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

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

Metro Denver

Black Shirt Brewing Co (Denver) - This Friday night, December 5th from 2pm to 10pm at Black Shirt Brewing they are hosting a Prohibition Repeal Day celebration complete with their own speakeasy, proper Prohibition era attire, a pop-up hat shop from Goorin Bros, as well as a huge art installation from their favorite artist TiredPirate. Plus, a collaboration beer between them and him. For complete details, visit the official Facebook event page. Admission is free and everyone 21+ is welcome. Join in the celebration of the 81st anniversary of Prohibition Repeal with a Red Ale! [3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - Instead of releasing a new firkin every Wednesday this month, CKBC will be putting out 12 different firkins during the 12 Days of Christmas (December 13th through 24th), one each day. These beers are named after each gift in the song. You can expect to see these styles: Double IPA, Imperial Brown, English Barleywine, Coffee Porter, Chai Milk Brown, piney IPA, Rum Eggnog Stout, Golden Strong, Belgian Quad, Biere de Garde, Chocolate Caramel Stout, and an Oud Bruin. Check out the Colorado Beer Releases page for official names and release dates and get ready to drink the 12 Firkins of Christmas! [1338 S Valentia St, Unit 100, Denver, CO]

Freshcraft (Denver) - Join in at 7pm this Friday, December 5th to help celebrate Repeal Day! On tap will be Firestone Walker Mocha Merlin, Velvet Merkin, and their bar staff came up with The Volstead: A Specialty Merlin & Whiskey Cocktail. Also, coming up on Saturday, December 13th at 11am is their Chili Cookoff featuring their talented Kitchen and Front of House Staff and Stone Brewing Co. Crime and Punishment beer. For $7 you will get two 4oz portions of each chili plus two 4oz Stone Brewing Co beers that staff paired with each chili. Plus, they will have several other Stone beers on tap including some rare ones. [1530 Blake St, Ste A, Denver, CO]

Hops & Pie (Denver) - It's the most wonderful time for a beer! Come celebrate the holidays at Hops & Pie on Saturday, December 20th from 12pm to close for their "Holiday Cheers and Beers" event. Hops & Pie has been gathering one of the best assortment of holiday beers for this event. Choose from 10+ holiday beers including: Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada, Christmas Bomb! from Prairie, 2013 Santa's Little Helper from Port Brewing, Merry Maker from Sam Adams, 2014 Anchor Christmas Ale, 7 Swans-A-Swimming from The Bruery, Yule Fuel from Bull & Bush, Noel de Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin, Christmas Eve at a New Your City Hotel Room from Evil Twin, and Hanukkah Chanukah Pass the Beer from Schmaltz Brewing. Tappings start promptly at noon. Flights and single pours will be available. No tickets necessary. Just come thirsty (and hungry too). There will also be a few more surprises for those who attend! Ho Ho Ho! Click the event poster for a bigger image.[3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Denver Beer Co (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] National Repeal Day on Dec. 5 marks 81 years to the day that alcohol prohibition ended, and this year, it will also mark the unveiling of Denver Union Station’s new specialized beer, Union Kolsch. Made exclusively for DUS by Denver Beer Company, the new brew will launch on Dec. 5 with a public evening-long celebration beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Terminal Bar inside Denver Union Station’s Great Hall. Guests will enjoy tastings of Union Kolsch, drink specials and entertainment. Union Kolsch is the product of a partnership between the Denver Union Station Alliance partners and Denver Beer Company, which Steve Kurowski from the Colorado Brewers Guild helped coordinate. The Denver Beer Company’s talented team of brewers worked with with the DUS team to create a new beer that would celebrate the reopening of Denver Union Station while honoring Denver’s reputation as a craft brew leader. “We began talking to the owners of Denver Beer Company last year about creating a special brew to not only celebrate Colorado’s beer culture, but to pay homage to Denver’s rich beer history,” said Joe Vostrejs of the Denver Union Station Alliance. “After four months and numerous iterations, we believe we’ve struck that perfect balance with the delicious Union Kolsch.” The traditional German ale was inspired by Denver’s rich German brewing history and is a bright, straw-colored ale with a white head. Malty and lightly hopped, the well-balanced beer has a touch of fruit and a clean, refreshing finish. “We used German techniques when brewing Kolsch that reflected the vibrant German brewing culture of pre-prohibition Denver in the 1880s,” said Charlie Berger, co-owner of Denver Beer Company. “Union Station is such a landmark in Denver, and it was important to us for our beer to commemorate the reopening, while regarding its history. We are honored to be a part of this project and to feature a beer that celebrates both the past and present.” Union Kolsch will only be available at The Terminal Bar, which serves over 30 Colorado-craft beers on tap, and Denver Beer Company’s Platte location just across the tracks from Union Station. [1695 Platte St, Denver, CO]

Zephyr Brewing Co (Denver) - The latest brewery to open in Colorado debuts tomorrow - December 5th. Zephyr Brewing Company will finally open their doors at 4:00pm. Here are some of the expected beers they plan to have on tap for opening day: a Milk Stout, a Dark Chocolate Raspberry Stout, a Scottish Ale, a Colorado Pale Ale, and a Belgian Wit. They're located in Denver's up and coming River North district at the corner of 26th and Walnut, just 5 blocks northeast from Coors Field and within walking distance of several other breweries. Food will be available from Amazeballs and Mestizos Food Truck. Live music from Kenny Lee Young. They hope to see you there on opening day. Visit them on Facebook or on the web at www.zephyrbrewingco.com. [1421 26th St, Denver, CO]

Station 26 Brewing Co (Denver) - It's Firkin Thursday! They're tapping a firkin of Honey Blonde with Earl Grey tea. Did you know the citrus flavor and aroma of Earl Grey comes from bergamot oranges? They're more bitter than a grapefruit, less sour than a lemon, and very delicious in this beer! [7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO]

FERMÆNTRA (Denver) - Great news to share - HAPPY HOUR begins today! Get $1 off all full pours! They'll be offering happy hour on Wednesday's & Thursday's, from 3-7pm and Friday's, from noon-4pm. Tonight they have 9 brews on tap & Pride of Philly Cheesesteaks out front at 5pm. [1715 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO]

Wonderland Brewing Co (Broomfield) - Thirsty Thursday means $2 off WonderCans for the ‪‎WonderCan Special‬! Taste of Texas BBQ will be there with smoked meats, Southern style sides, and reportedly they'll be bringing some wings! [5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO]

Renegade Brewing Co (Denver) - Their popular Hammer & Sickle Russian Imperial Stout (in cans) is now back on store shelves. Get some before it's all gone. With a taste like this, it'll go fast. [925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO]

Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen (Denver) - Join in as they tap their 2014 Barelywine on Wednesday, December 10th from 7:00-10:00 pm at Lowdown Brewery! Weighing in at 10.4% ABV, it contains complex malt and ester flavors reminiscent of plums and raisins. This warm and flavorful beer is perfect for winter! [800 Lincoln St, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - They've taken over the taps at The West End Tavern! Satellite tap room starts at 6:30pm tonight. Meet the brewer, enjoy 10 of their beers and live music! First person to order a beer answer this question in person to Erin or Jake tonight gets a free Wild Woods hat: What is the owners favorite football team? Stop over at: 926 Pearl Street for this event.

The Pumphouse Brewery (Longmont) - For a limited time, they're offering a free growler with the purchase of a $50+ gift card! Gift cards and Growler fills cannot be used on the same day of purchase. Only 1 per day, per guest. Fills limited to standard beer pricing. [540 Main St, Longmont, CO]

Vindication Brewing Co (Boulder) - This Saturday, December 6th, Foxfeather Music graces the taproom once again! The good folks of Bumper Crop will bring you tasty eats. Not to mention Vindication's First Crop IPA, goes damn well with both. Join them this Saturday so you can brag to your friends later! [6880 Winchester Cir, Boulder, CO]

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Northern Colorado

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Funkwerks just tapped the winners of the World Hop Cup! Galaxy won the Australian hop variety, Mosaic for the American hop, and Nelson Sauvin for the New Zealand variety. Thanks to everyone who participated. Come in and try them back to back, let them know which is your favorite. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - It's Pizza Thursday at Verboten. Get free pizza slices starting at 6pm. Grab a slice or few while they last and get $4 pints of Two Fives, their American IPA. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Buckhorn Brewers (Loveland) - Happy Thursday! Today's $3 pint is their Fester's Ale with a dash or aromatic herb (chamomile and 5 spices). Doors opened at 3pm - get there soon! [4229 W Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Do you like free beer? Do you need a Christmas gift for the Grimm fan in your life? Then come in today and get a t-shirt and yourself a free pint while you're at it. Happy T-shirt Thursday! Then stay and listen to the sounds of Danny Shafer tonight at 6pm in the taproom. Food available from Bottlecap BBQ. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - All December Pateros Creek Brewing will be partnering with Nuance Chocolate to explore the world of chocolate infused beers. Today they have an IPA infused with cocoa nibs from Ghana called "Hangin' with Cocoa". Intrigued? Come try one! Also, tonight is Andy's 500th Geeks Who Drink Pub Quizzes session starting at 7pm. [242 N College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - This Friday's Firkin is a Cranberry Candi Ale. This 7.5% ABV brew is an American blonde ale with Belgian amber candy sugar, and tarted with whole cranberries. It's a dry, tart, seasonal brew. This beer will tap at 6:00pm on Friday, December 5th. [2961 W 29th St, Greeley, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Tonight come listen to live music from Jami Lunde and Eric Straumanis in the taproom starting at 7pm. Jami will also have some beautiful holiday crafts for sale too. Drink a beer, listen and shop all in one place. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Wiley Roots Brewing Co (Greeley) - There's a lot to be excited about this week: bombers of Deep Roots Chocolate Porter are dropping in liquor stores in Greeley, FoCo and Loveland; Grif English-style Strong Ale releases on Saturday; the head brew Kyle is going full time at the brewery; and their very own beertender/harp aficionado extraordinaire, Jenna, will be serenading the taproom beginning at 7pm on Saturday evening! But, it gets even better - they're bringing out a small batch Sour Brown and another barrel of Rocky Mountain Hideout Bourbon Barrel Aged Chocolate Porter -- both hitting glasses in the taproom at 6:30 Saturday! [625 3rd St, Unit D, Greeley, CO]

Southern Front Range

Trinity Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Trinity Brewing has announced their December tappings. Tomorrow, Friday December 5th at 5pm they will tap Farmhouse Petite Fête, a Saison with cranberries & pecans & kumquats. Then this Saturday, December 6th at 11am, they'll tap a firkin of their Flo IPA dry hopped with Citra, UK Goldings and Willamette hops. Just $3 a pint til it's gone. Then on Friday, December 12th at 5pm look for the release of "Sour Threads", a 3 part blend made with 1 part barrel aged dark sour, a barrel aged Flemish brown, and their plucky Horkey Ale. Very rare. And finally on Christmas Eve at 1pm, they will tap their 7th Annual Cherry Awaken, a stout that's very cherry! Pre-sale tix start at noon that day and the pouring starts at 1pm. [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Dodgeton Creek Brewing Co (Trinidad) - This weekend's taplist will start with Extra Pale Ale, Scottish Ale, India Pale Lager (IPL), Red's Dirty Lil' Ale, Blue Lake Pale Ale, Coffee Porter, Pumpkin Stout and Troy's ESB. Expect the IPL, Red Ale and Pumpkin Stout to be replaced with an IPA, Red lager and Milk Stout as the weekend progresses. Thursday's taproom hours are 2:00 PM to 8:00pm. [36730 Democracy Dr, Trinidad, CO]

Mountains and West

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co (Edwards) - Swing by Crazy Mountain tonight from 6-8pm and support the Eagle County Salvation Army. $15 dollars gets you a plate of Nickie's Quickies and 2 pints of the KSKE Extra Pale Ale! Don't forget to park over at CMC tonight! Click poster below for details. [439 Edwards Access Rd, B-102, Edwards, CO]

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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Colorado Beer NewsToday is Make a Gift Day. While the vast majority of us go out or online to shop, instead, today you are encouraged to get a little creative and design and make a gift with your own hands. Making a gift takes a bit of extra time and effort, but those gifts are usually cherished more by those who receive them, especially if they know the person who made it. Not sure what to make? Why not try your hand at making some homebrew? You might just surprise yourself at how much fun and simple it is to make your own beer. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

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

Metro Denver

Comrade Brewing Co (Denver) - This Friday, December 5th, Comrade Brewing will be releasing a new beer "Bernstein", a European-style Amber dry-hopped with Hallertau Mittelfruh. This beer has a bright copper color with a richly layered bready malt body and a mild, yet spicy noble hop aroma with floral and citrus tones. It finishes dry with a balanced bitterness. This 6% ABV brew will be waiting for you when they open. [7667 E Iliff Ave, Ste F, Denver, CO]

Living The Dream Brewing (Littleton) - The brewery is planning to release three new beers this month. First up is their "Monster IPA", a tripel IPA on December 3rd (today). Then, this Friday, December 5th they will release "Bock C470", a collaborative interpretation of a Weizenbock. Then later this month they will unveil "Festivus Fireside Ale", their first seasonal release of a malty English Old Ale. [12305 Dumont Way, Unit A, Littleton, CO]

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - In thanks to their fans for helping them win Best Brewpub for the 3rd year, they will be hosting their FREE BEER DAY this Friday December 5th. Stop in and get one free beer per adult. They will also have their Holiday Gumbo available on the menu that day as an extra bonus. Also, mark down Sunday, December 21st for their DANKpacolypse & Ugly Sweater Party. There will be a special tapping of DANK and glassware for the first 100 guests. Wear that ugly sweater of yours as it could score you up to $100. Plus, for every $25 gift card you purchase this holiday season, you'll earn a $5 gift card for yourself that activates in January! [6730 S Cornerstar Way, Aurora, CO]

Chain Reaction Brewing Co (Denver) - Is this week building a thirst for craft beer for you? They have a great weekend coming up full of full taps, awesome events, and tasty food trucks so come on down and see whats new on tap or revisit a few of the current small batches before they disappear into the sunset. Thursday Dec 4th- Boxwood Pinball tournament and food from Tony Guacamole Food Truck. Friday Dec 5th- Food from La Casita. Saturday Dec 6th- Food from Taste of Texas. Sunday Dec 7th- Denver Broncos vs Buffalo Bills NFL football and food from Taste of Texas. [902 S Lipan St, Denver, CO]

Wit's End Brewing (Denver) - Come help celebrate the release of their beloved winter ale "Ugly Sweater" by rocking your ugly sweater in the taproom on Friday, December 5th. Bring a can of food as well and get a raffle ticket for prizes throughout the evening including a pass to the Denver Beer Festivus! (one raffle ticket per can of food) They will also crown the king or queen of ugly sweaters at 7:00pm! Pride of Philly Cheesesteaks will be providing their amazing sammies and taproom hours will be extended slightly from 2-9 PM ish. Also on Friday, they will be selling Ugly Sweater to go for a limited time, and only in their 40s. So bring your 40 in for a refill or grab a new one. [2505 W 2nd Ave, Unit 13, Denver, CO]

Barrels & Bottles Brewery (Golden) - There's a new beer release scheduled for this Friday, December 5th. "Obsess Much? Stout" is a sweet stout brewed with dark Belgian candy syrup, PB2 (Powdered peanut butter) and cocoa nibs added post fermentation. Stats: 6.3% ABV and 35 IBUs. This brew was inspired by Abby's relentless obsession with stouts, peanut butter, marshmallows and chocolate. [600 12th St, Golden, CO]

Former Future Brewing Co (Denver) - Stop in on Friday, December 5th for the debut of another pilot series beer. This time they're tapping: Chilehouse #4, a brew made with roasted jalapenos. Also, look for their sour red ale "Twin Ruby" to be bottled and released soon. [1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO]

River North Brewery (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] River North’s renowned whiskey barrel stout, Barrel Aged Avarice, returns for its third incarnation! A Belgian-style Imperial Stout aged one year in rye and bourbon whiskey barrels, the 2014 Barrel Aged Avarice release party is set for Saturday, December 13th in the brewery taproom. To celebrate, they’ll pour a three-year vertical of this revered beer starting at 1pm! The 2012 keg, the last of its kind, is the longest-held River North keg in existence. “As a base beer, Avarice is such a dry imperial stout,” Head Brewer Matt Hess said. “Barrel aging lends the perfect amount of oaky sweetness and balance." Bottles of the 2014 vintage will also be available at the release party. Bombers will cost $15 with a half-case limit. More bombers will hit store shelves in Kansas City and Colorado in the following weeks. Rich with notes of bitter chocolate, toffee and vanilla, this year’s Barrel Aged Avarice finished at 11.5% ABV. Make sure you reserve a couple bottles for your cellar; this beer will develop further in the bottle for years. [2401 Blake St #1, Denver, CO]

Hops & Pie (Denver) - It's $2 Craft Can Night tonight from 5pm to close. Plus, there's several new beers on tap including: Christmas Bomb from Prairie, Jewbelation 18 from He'Brew, Ryederado from Fate, Hog Wild from Hogshead, Vieille from Crooked Stave, Hefeweizen from Mission, and Double IPA from Dry Dock on the Hand Pull. Come thirsty (and hungry too). [3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Mountain Toad Brewing (Golden) - Stop in tomorrow, December 4th, for the release of their winter holiday ale "Missile Toad Ale". It will warm your heart and help you get into the holiday spirit. [900 Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

3 Freaks Brewery (Highlands Ranch) - Tonight, Wednesday Night @ 6ish is Game night at 3 Freaks Brewery. Cards Against Humanity, they will play until someone wins a growler. Tony Guacamole Food Truck will be on hand serving up great food. Come down and play. [7140 E County Line Rd, Highlands Ranch, CO]

Station 26 Brewing Co (Denver) - Expansion happens! Today they took delivery of three new 30 barrel tanks! THey have more than doubled their production capacity since they opened less than a year ago, thanks to all of you! [7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Boulder Festivus (Boulder) - Going to the Boulder Festivus this Friday? Now you can save $10 off the $40 ticket price thanks to the Colorado Brewers Guild by using the promo code "SOCIAL". There will be over a dozen Boulder-only breweries pouring beers at this 3-hour beer fest set at Rembrandt Yard from 7pm to 10pm. There will be beer, food, live music and lots of Festivus activities. For more info and tickets visit: www.boulderfestivus.com. [1301 Spruce St, Boulder, CO]

West Flanders Brewing Co (Boulder) - West Flanders will be releasing 2 new beers this month, including their first ever Imperial IPA! The Lion Heart Milk Stout will also be making it's winter appearance. Keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter feeds to discover when these will be tapped. Need a gift idea for the holidays? Buy $50 in Gift Cards and get $20 back for yourself! [1125 Pearl St, Boulder, CO]

Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery (Boulder) - The brewery is getting into the holiday spirit with a special release! This Friday, December 5, upon opening they will release Naughty Noël, a spiced Belgian-style Holiday Ale at ALL FIVE of their Brewery/Taproom Locations: Mountain Sun, Southern Sun, Vine St., Under The Sun and the newest Long's Peak Pub will all have some. Naughty Noël is medium-bodied and malty with a deceptive alcohol presence and some holiday spice character from the additions of coriander, green cardamom and two types of ginger (crystallized & dried) in celebration of the season. Stats: 8.3% ABV - $5.50 Tulip; $3.25. [1535 Pearl St, Boulder, CO]

Sanitas Brewing (Boulder) - For this Saturday's ‪#‎HoppyHolidays‬ at The Fillmore Auditorium, they teamed up with Kyle Hollingsworth and made a special firkin of Sanitas Saison with Topaz and Rakau hops, pink peppercorns, sweet orange peel, and coriander. This beer will only available at the festival! Tickets and info at: http://bit.ly/HoppyHolidays2014 [3550 Frontier Ave, Ste A, Boulder, CO]

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Northern Colorado

Fort Collins Brewery & Tavern (Ft. Collins) - Changes are happening over at FCB. In a Press Release issued today, FCB announced that their Gravity 1020 Modern Tavern inside of FCB is changing it's name and essentially merging operations back into the brewery. The new facility will be known as Fort Collins Brewery & Tavern. Read today's press release for all the details. [1020 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - 2015 Memberships are now available in their Regulators Mug Club. There are 4 levels of membership available ranging from $100 (Wood), $250 (Iron), $500 (Silver) and $1000 (Gold). Stop in and ask your server for details and start saving every time you visit. Also, plan to join in on Friday December 12th for a night of Cards Against Humanity. It's a party game for "horrible" people. You can win free beer and other prizes. Also, be sure to check out PCBC's Snowy River Vanilla Porter - now available in cans at your local liquor store. [242 N College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Come in for Wednesday Hump Day Happy Hour! $1 off pints from 3 to 6 p.m. Come get one of their delicious specialty beers before they are gone: Brew #2 - ESB (Extra Special Bitter), Pure Imagination - Double Oatmeal Stout, Stand Up Philosopher - Imperial IPA with all Simcoe hops, Walking The Parapet - BBL-Aged Killer Boots, Fat Penguin - Smoked Imperial Stout, and NITRO Twig and Berries - Movember fundraiser beer! Plus, be sure to come down on Friday for their Repeal of Prohibition Speakeasy Party. There will be a secret password that must be whispered to your server (will be posted on Facebook Friday morning) in order to get the special discount. Dress up in your best '20s or '30s attire. The party runs from 3pm to 9pm.[1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Get $2 off growler fills all day today. And today's growler deal of the day is Cucumber Christmas. It's a cucumber pilsner with a really nice fruity refreshing taste. Come fill a growler for only $10. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Odell Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - This time of year in the Rockies, one day can span all four seasons. Morning snow gives way to afternoon sun, sending fresh snowmelt into our rivers and into our mash tun. With a complex malt backbone dry hopped for notes of citrus and pine, it's almost as surprising as the season itself. Odell Brewing will be hosting a Runoff Red IPA release party in the taproom Dec. 19-21. Santa will make an appearance on Saturday, Dec. 20. Also, there's always several great pilot brews on tap in the Tap Room. Here is the list of current pilot beers on tap: Silver (golden copper ale), PecOzzy Ozbrown (pecan brown), Nitro Porter, Soulless, Smitty Committee (red ale), Magic Beans (coffee infused Black IPA), Loose Tool (brown ale), Third Udder (chocolate milk stout), and Change Maker (Kolsch). [800 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Time to Party like it's 1933! The name of their brewery might be a hint that they like to celebrate the year 1933. If you did not know already, on December 5, 1933, the U.S. Constitution's 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment ending prohibition. The staff at 1933 Brewing Company like to celebrate that day everyday but in particular on the actual holiday. So what better way to celebrate than to throw one heck of a party?? On Friday, December 5, 2014, from 5-8pm, 1933 Brewing Company is hosting their first repeal day celebration party and are calling it the Bootlegger's Ball. When you arrive at the party you will notice some changes, such as you will be entering their taproom from the side door and you will be asked by the doorman what you are there for. Do not fret, you are in the right place! Just tell the doorman you are there for Z's Food Drive. That is the password. Ironically, they are actually collecting donations (monetary and canned goods) for the Food Bank of Larimer County. They encourage you to dress up in 1930s attire, but no worries if you do not. Live music, trivia, a blind tasting contest, a special beer release and a new food truck. [4025 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Black Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Today BBB collaborated with Verboten Brewing and brewed up a batch of a black with they are calling "I'm On A Boat". This brew has zest from Cuties, Indian coriander, and Saigon Cinnamon. The beer will be available on December 20th at both locations, just in time for Black Bottle's 2nd Anniversary Party. [1611 S College Ave, Unit 1609, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Fieldhouse Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Fieldhouse Brewing is excited about their Test Tap Wednesday offering - an Imperial IPA called "Dirty Dozen", made with 12 different hops. It taps at 5pm tonight. Treehouse BBQ will be pairing with different kabobs which are sure to be delicious! [521 S Tejon St, Colo. Springs, CO]

Trinity Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Stop in this Friday, December 5th for a special release of Farmhouse Gâteau,a Winter Farmhouse made with cranberries, kumquats and pecans. Then stop back on Saturday for their 1st Saturday Firkin tapping (TBA). The beer will tap at noon and you can get $3 pints off it. [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Telluride Brewing Co (Telluride) - It's that time of year again. Drink Telluride Brewing Company beer and you could win some Wagner / Telluride Brewing logo skis! For the next couple of Thursdays from 4-7pm for every TBC pint you buy you get a raffle ticket to win those radical skis. The event schedule is as follows: Cornerhouse (12/4); Last Dollar Saloon (12/11); Brown Dog (12/18); and the final drawing is at Oak (12/20) from 3-5pm. Time to belly up and drink some BEER! [156 Society Dr #DEF, Telluride, CO]


Out of State Breweries in the News

Ninkasi Brewing (Eugene, OR) - Starting Monday, December 8th, beers from Ninkasi Brewing, a craft brewery located in Eugene, Oregon, will be distributed throughout Colorado. In addition to having their beers available in the state, they are also bringing their "Beer is Love" donations program with them! Beer is Love is their full-time donations program that donates beer to non-profits throughout all the states they distribute. You can learn more at: www.NinkasiBrewing.com/beerislove.

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FCB's Gravity 1020 to Drop Name

Fort Collins Brewery & TavernEvery so often, a business has to step back and evaluate themselves. The Fort Collins Brewery and 1020 Modern Tavern is doing just that and has decided to do a name change to help simplify and help to focus their efforts. The following Press Release issued today describes the name change and the reasons behind it.

[PRESS RELEASE] Fort Collins, Colo. – Gravity 1020 Modern Tavern inside Fort Collins Brewery has announced via Facebook their plans to officially drop the Gravity 1020 name, and coincide as Fort Collins Brewery & Tavern.

Their Facebook post stated, “There comes a time when a business must stop and reflect on who they are and what they want to be. It is through thoughtful reflection that our family has decided it is no longer necessary to keep Gravity 1020 Modern Tavern and Fort Collins Brewery separate entities. Both have thrived for the past three years off the collaboration of beer and food, not the separation. We are excited to continue with this adventure and to announce that we are in the process of dropping the Gravity 1020 name and will go united by Fort Collins Brewery & Tavern. Our values, products, services and staff have not changed, just the realization that together we are stronger than ever!”

Fort Collins Brewery & Tavern, which opened their doors three years ago, has made a name for itself by creating craft beer-infused artisanal dishes using locally sourced ingredients. Tina Peters, FCB’s General Manager said it was important for guests to know that their philosophy won’t change throughout the name transition.

The Fort Collins Brewery (FCB) is a family-owned, handcrafted brewery in Northern Colorado, established in 2003. FCB resides in a new 30,000 square foot facility with a full-size restaurant; Gravity 1020 Modern Tavern and a quaint Happy Hour and Tapas Bar. For more information, visit fortcollinsbrewery.com or call 970-472-1499. Create – Share – Savor.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

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Colorado Beer NewsToday is Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is always celebrated on the day after Cyber Monday. It's a day for giving back - giving to family, charities, businesses, organizations or whoever is in need this time of year. While you're out looking for bargains, why not also take some time to give back to someone who could use a bit of help this year. Why not help out and support your local small craft brewery near you? Every dollar you spend at a craft brewery will help to ensure they can continue to produce all your favorite beers well into next year. Without your support, our craft breweries wouldn't be there. Here's what's happening around the Colorado craft beer scene today Tuesday, December 1st, 2014. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Joyride Brewing Co (Edgewater) - Did you know that their Antelope Amber ale is now back on tap? Yup. This brew will pair well with Trivia tonight and with the Bakin' Bakery Food Truck. Trivia starts tonight at 7:00pm for all your brain busting fun. [2501 Sheridan Blvd, Edgewater, CO]

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - This Saturday, December 6th, Big Choice will tap their infamous Peppermint Stout (served with crushed candy cane and a peppermint patty). Sales from this beer from 12pm to 2:30pm will help finish up their Movember Fundraiser. They'll be giving away a few things that day too including Beer for a Year. Plus, sign up for their Ugly Mug Club between December 15th to the 31st. The 1 year membership costs $70 and gives you a bunch of cool perks. Ask your server at the taproom for details. [7270 W 118th Pl, Unit A, Broomfield, CO]

Diebolt Brewing Co (Denver) - Sign up for their 2015 Diebolt Brewing Bottled Lightning Club. Looking for a great holiday gift for yourself or a friend? Sign up now to catch lightning in a bottle with the 2015 Bottled Lightning Club and receive twelve 22 oz bombers (1 per month beginning January 2015) and a 10% discount on beer and merchandise in the brewery tasting room. The cost of the bottle club is $150. To enroll go to Diebolt Brewing's web site, click on the shop button or you can purchase a membership in the brewery tasting room. [3855 Mariposa St, Denver, CO]

Lone Tree Brewing Co (Lone Tree) - [PRESS RELEASE] Two friends had a vision: to build a suburban neighborhood craft brewery with an emphasis on sampling small, handcrafted batch brews and then share the experience with fellow beer lovers. Their vision will celebrate its third year of successful realization on Saturday, December 6th, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with Lone Tree Brewing Company’s 3rd Anniversary Party. The traditional tapping of a small batch beer every two hours to help celebrate the brewery’s 3rd Anniversary will begin at 11am. This year’s innovative line up will feature a Jalapeno Cheddar IPA and the return of the crowd favorite, Twix Bar Stout. Along with these will also be the return of the long awaited MT. Massive Black IPA. This years Anniversary celebration will also include a “State of the Brewery” address in which owners John Winter and Jason Wiedmaier will be making three big expansion announcements regarding the brewery’s production for 2015. "This is when we have the opportunity to interact directly with our customers and say thank you. Without them, we would not be able to do what we love and create great beer,” quotes Wiedmaier. “Our anniversary party is truly a time for reflection. In three short years we have grown at almost a 100% growth rate per year. We owe all of this to the best customers and employees in the world!” says Winter. [8200 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 8222, Lone Tree, CO]

Former Future Brewing (Denver) - Be sure to attend Former Future's "Gears, Beers Holiday Cheers" event, a Steampunk Holiday Fundraiser benefitting Safehouse Denver this Sunday, December 7th from 4pm to 7pm at the brewery. There will be some special beers pouring, crafts, a photo booth and lots of fun. Cash and item donations will go to Safehouse Denver. Donate an item from their wishlist worth $10 or more and get a FREE 4 beer taster flight! (Limit 1 flight per guest - must show item receipt) - View the list at: www.lupecdenver.org/safehouselist. [1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO]

Wonderland Brewing Co (Broomfield) - PONG ON! Plan to participate in Wonderland Brewing's Singles Ping Pong Tourney TONIGHT December 2nd starting at 6:30pm. Free pints are up for grabs. Also, Wednesday brings a Brewhouse Cornhole Tourney at 6:30pm. Ladies also get $2 off pints that night. Live music Friday and Saturday night. [5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO]

Renegade Brewing Co (Denver) - Good news! Their "Hammer & Sickle" imperial stout is officially back on tap! And if you ride your bike to the taproom get $1 off all your beers. Matt's Snack Shack is serving up grilled wings that pair perfectly with our beers. [925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO]

River North Brewery (Denver) - For tomorrow's Wayward Wednesday tapping, they're going big... Big City Quad! This Manhattan-barrel aged Quadrupel pours tomorrow at 3pm! Be there. [2401 Blake St, Unit 1, Denver, CO]

Westminster Brewing Co (Westminster) - Their December beer list is up and they have a new beer menu. Stop in and try these brews: 12 Apostles, American Pale, 1066, Smoking Wiccan, Irish Red Ale, Forbidden Fig Stout, Sir Walter Pale, 4 Horses American IPA, and Shiva. Coming soon... Moses (the beer), and a Christmas Porter. 20oz proper pints available for all beers too. [7655 W 108th Ave, Unit 600, Westminster, CO]

4 Noses Brewing Co (Broomfield) - Yum! Their Russian Imperial stout and Ritual Rivers Cocoa Coffee Porter are both back on tap tonight! Follow your nose. [8855 W 116 Cir, Broomfield, CO]

Boulder County

The Very Nice Brewing Co (Nederland) - Look forward to trying their Holiday Wheat ale coming up in mid-December. It's got spruce, pine, cinnamon, and orange zest and will make your spirits bright. Also, every Wednesday night is Vinyl Night at Very Nice. Bring in your favorite LP and they'll play a side. And, every other Wednesday night is Euchre Night. Next one is on December 10th. Live music in the taproom on December 4th, 6th, 12th, 13th and 18th. Plus Open Mic Night on December 11th at 7pm. [20 Lakeview Dr, Unit 112, Nederland, CO]

Bootstrap Brewing (Niwot) - Good news red ale lovers! Their "Red Beerd" is now back on tap! Com enjoy this beer brewed with roasted barley and chocolate that gives this brew its deep red color with a big malty taste. [6778 N 79th St, Niwot, CO]

Gravity Brewing (Louisville) - Looking for a holiday gift? Attend the Handmade Art & Craft Beer Holiday Show at the brewery this Sunday, December 7th from 1pm to 7pm. Come get your holiday shopping done and support local artists while drinking craft beer. Free admission. 18 beers on tap. Great food from Worldwide Vittles. Come check out all the unique handmade goods by local artists. [1150 Pine St, Unit B, Louisville, CO]

Sanitas Brewing (Boulder) - Feeling a little weighed down from Thanksgiving? They've got Brewhouse Yoga tonight at 6pm. For $15 you'll get a great yoga class and a beer afterwards. Bring a mat and get limbered and relaxed. [3550 Frontier Ave, Ste A, Boulder, CO]

Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery (Boulder) - It's only one month away from entries being due. Check out the pictures on Facebook of last year's judging and subsequent Bacon Milk Stout brew! This could be your Stout this year! Mountain Sun Pubs & Breweries Stout Month 2015 Homebrew Competition (Sorry, professionally experienced brewers excluded). The Mountain Sun Brewery Team is getting ready for Stout Month 2015. They are calling on you, the local homebrewers, to come up with a brand new recipe to help them pay homage to this diverse and classic style! The winning brewer will have the opportunity to a join a Mountain Sun Brewer and brew a six-barrel batch of his or her brew at the Mountain Sun Brewery. This beer will accompany their line up of original and guest stouts during February’s Stout Month 2015. The winning brewer will also receive a fifty-dollar Stout Month bar tab! For rules, see their Facebook page. [1535 Pearl St, Boulder, CO]

Oskar Blues Brewery (Longmont) - Later this month, Oskar Blues will be getting into the canned session IPA market with the release of their "Pinner Throwback IPA". This brew will be available on draft and in 12oz cans in the Colorado and North Carolina markets in December and nationwide where Oskar Blues distributes by February. This brew clocks in at an easy 4.9% ABV and has just 35 IBUs. So easy that you can throw back a few without much problem. [1800 Pike Rd, Longmont, CO]

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Northern Colorado

Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - There are several beers coming out from FCB in the weeks to come. Starting December 12th, you can stop in their tap room and try their Colorado-only releases of "Champagne of Craft" and "Reinbeir Games". Champagne of Craft is a sparkling ale with a dazzling crisp mouthfeel and a balanced finish. Reinbier Games is a Wassail showcasing a deep mahogany hue and a full malty body, finishing slightly sweet. Then coming up in January is "Black Sheep Black IPA". This is a Black India Pale Ale with a blended array of bright citrus and earthly hop aromas with subtle notes of chocolate and coffee. It is especially smooth for its dark appearance, but contains a solid malt backbone, setting the stage for an artfully crafted arrangement of hops. Black Sheep will be available to FCB's 23-state distribution footprint in 4-packs, as well as on draft. Then coming by February is their newest seasonal offering: "Hefeweizen". True to German style brewing techniques, Hefeweizen has an aroma of citrus and spice that come alive with the robust flavors of bready wheat and sweet malt. A hazy golden hue and a refreshing finish, Hefeweizen will be available to FCB's 23-state distribution footprint in 6-packs, as well as on draft. [1020 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - This week's Wednesday firkin release is a special one - Rum Barrel Hefeweizen. This is a light, refreshing Hefe that has nice flavors of banana and clove. They barrel-aged it for 6 months, which adds pleasant notes of vanilla and oak. Then on Thursday, December 4th, it's the return of their Winter Warmer - Footwarmer. This is a warming barleywine that will heat you up from the inside. And of course you can always grab something to eat Wednesday through Sunday from one of their many food trucks. Live music on Friday and Saturday too. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

Zwei Brüder Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Get ready for NachtBierfest! NachtBierfest is their winter celebration at the Zwei Brüder tasting room. Happening on the 10th of December from 5:00 to 10:00pm, they will be releasing 5 new beers: a Doppelbock, a Vienna Lager, a Keller-style Roggenlager, a HopfenPilz, & re-realizing the Bourbon Barrel aged WeizenBock. The Band Neue Polka Colorado will be playing a few sets from 6-9, Plus door prizes and a raffle for people who bring a canned or non-perishable food Item for the Food Bank of Larimer County. [4612 S Mason St, Ste 120, Ft. Collins, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] Funkwerks brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado, announced their
distribution expansion to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Funkwerks’ flagship Saison, Tropic King and Deceit
will be available in 750 ml bottles and draft in select bars, restaurants and liquor stores starting in January. Additionally, Saison and Tropic King will be available in 4-packs. Funkwerks will be co-hosting several Andrews Distribution Launch events the week of January 12th. Details of the events will be released as the launch date approaches. “We are excited to expand distribution into the Texas’ craft beer market,” said Brad Lincoln, Funkwerks Co-Founder. “With the growing craft beer culture, Texas is a great fit for a Saison-style niche brewery and we are looking forward to working with the highly regarded Andrews Distributing Co.,” added Gordon Schuck, Funkwerks Co-Founder. Andrews Distributing Co. is one of the nation’s largest beer distributors with facilities in Dallas, Allen, Fort Worth and Corpus Christi. Andrews Distributing’s home office is located in Dallas, Texas. Andrews Distributing represents 34 brewing partners, more than 300 brands, and 1,400 proud team members. For information about Andrews visit http://www.andrewsdistributing.com. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Its the most wonderful time of the year. This is their current seasonal beer list in case you were wondering. Do you have a favorite on this list? Cucumber Christmas, Hans the Hedgehog, Midnight Strikes, Pumpkin Griffin, Wooden Path, and The Baron. Join in for Happy Hour tingith from 5-8pm! [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the taproom! Get $2.00 off growlers and growler fills all day today! [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

CooperSmith's Pub & Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Join them TONIGHT for the tapping of this year's Jingle Ale. The tapping starts at 5pm. See Santa, bagpipers, try the Jingle Ale, Barley Wine and Scrumpy Cider! [5 Old Town Sq, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Plan to stop in this Thursday, December 4th for a release party for this year's Christmas Ale. The release runs from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at the Bristol Pub. Also, start looking for that ugly sweater you've got tucked away and wear it to their Ugly Christmas Sweater Party set for Friday, December 19th from 5pm to 8pm in the Wildcat Room at the Bristol Pub. [1604 S Cascade Ave, Colo. Springs, CO]

Rock Bottom Brewery (Colorado Springs) - Make sure to come out TONIGHT at 6PM as they tap their Wicked Elf Ale! Enjoy Complimentary samples from 6- 6:30pm. Of course, the fun doesn't end there. Stick around for BINGO starting at 9pm! Always remember your beer doesn't see the light of day until it is served in your glass. Now that is FRESH BEER! [3316 Cinema Pt, Colo. Springs, CO]

Red Leg Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - The week after a holiday weekend can be hard... Let Red Leg Brewing help you make it easier! They're offering you $1 off pints of Blue Nose Brown all night, and they have Potato Potato out front taking care of dinner, so no need to cook! So come enjoy some delicious craft beer, and some scrumptious fries and remember, at least it's not Monday anymore! [4630 Forge Rd, Ste B, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Elevation Beer Co (Poncha Springs) - Elevation Beer is shipping to Washington State this month! [PRESS RELEASE] Elevation Beer Company is sending a limited amount of its Black and Double Black Series releases this December for a sneak peak of the award winning Colorado brewery’s beers into Washington State. “Sheila and I lived in Seattle for two years, Washington and its unbelievable breweries, bars, bottle shops, and food scene have always held a special spot in our hearts.” Says Elevation Co-Founder Xandy Bustamante. Elevation will be pouring at Brouwer Café’s Big Wood Festival Thursday, December 4th and will be hosting an official meet and greet Friday, December 5th at The Pine Box for industry, press, and craft beer fans. The events will serve as a soft launch for the brewery into Washington State, with an official launch planned for early 2015. Elevation will only be sending draught this time, so make sure and hit up your local beer bar as only a small amount of Elevation’s beers were sent into the state. [115 Pahlone Parkway, Poncha Springs, CO]

South Park Brewing Colorado (Fairplay) - Want to turn up the heat? Come get a pint of their Poblano Pepper Ale. It's now back on tap. This will be the last batch of it for the season so get one soon. [297 US Hwy 285, Fairplay, CO]

Butcherknife Brewing Co (Steamboat Springs) - Special release today! They're releasing a very limited sneak preview of their Briones Barley Wine. Come and get it, while supplies last (sorry, no growlers). [2875 Elk River Rd #773207, Steamboat Springs, CO]

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co (Edwards) - Want to donate to the Eagle County Salvation Army in a way other than spare change in the red buckets? Crazy Mountain brewed a special Extra Pale Ale for the Salvation Army and 100% of proceeds go to them! Join in this Thursday from 6-8pm at the brewery where $15 will get you 2 pints of the Ski Country Extra Pale Ale and a plate of food from Nickie's Quickies. Live music by Harris & Lee band. Cheers for charity this holiday season! [439 Edwards Access Rd, B-102, Edwards, CO]

Pagosa Brewing Co (Pagosa Springs) - The brewer's son, Porter Alexander, is celebrating his FIRST birthday with the tapping of HIS beer, "Porters' Porter" - a tasty English Brown Porter that he helped brew. On-tap for Mug Clubbers today with special Food Pairings. Tapping Party for the everyone else is Saturday, December 6th. Hope you can join them. [118 N Pagosa Blvd, Pagosa Springs, CO]
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