Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Colorado Beer News 082714

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Just Because Day. Have you ever asked why someone did something nice for you and they replied "just because"? This is a day for doing things just like that - do something good for no apparent reason. Sure, you might make someone wonder what your motive is. But consider doing something nice for someone and simply enjoy knowing that you made someone's day a bit better. Consider buying someone a craft beer today - just because! And if this day just isn't your thing, you can always celebrate Banana Lovers Day. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, August 27th, 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

Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub (Arvada) - Yak & Yeti just announced their new Growler of the Month Club. It's your chance for regulars who frequently stop in to fill their growlers to save around 50% off regular single fills. For $110, you get $207 worth of value! Join the club and you get a Growler Card, a logo Yak & Yeti growler, one free growler fill each month, and a $10 credit for an appetizer or any food on your birthday. The only exception to this deal is that you can only get $16 fills or less which means that if they have a rare or higher ABV beer that would cost more than a $16 fill then you have to pay the difference. Still, the entire deal will have you around $97 over the course of a year! Stop in and sign up! More details online. [7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO]

Mu Brewery (Aurora) - Today they will be testing out an experimental small batch of their new Raspberry Red Ale. 100% of all sales from this beer will be donated to ALS (Today only). Plus, the staff will be taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge today when they tap the brew. Help them raise money and laugh while they get soaked. Open from 3pm to 10pm today. [9735 E Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO]

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

CAUTION: Brewing Co (Lakewood) - Hump Day is here! Karaoke night tonight at CAUTION: West from 7-10pm, & Happier Hour with $4 beers all night. #partywithcaution [1057 S Wadsworth Blvd #60, Lakewood, CO]

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - [PRESS RELEASE] This week Dry Dock Brewing Co. released the Signature Series Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout in 22 oz. bombers (9.2% ABV 50 IBU). The 2014 Signature Series release of the Imperial Stout is the first of this year’s Signature Series, a collection of small-batch, barrel-aged imperial and double beers. It is the first time this whiskey barrel-aged Imperial Stout has been available outside of the taproom. The Signature Series Imperial Stout was first brewed by Dry Dock Brewing’s Director of Operations Doug Hyndman for the annual brewers’ Ho Ho Ho Slapdown brewing contest in 2012. It took second place in the contest, but everyone loved it so much that it gained a spot in Dry Dock’s seasonal tap lineup. The Imperial Stout, along with the rest of the Signature Series beers, will be available on tap and in bottles in Dry Dock’s tasting room. Less than 200 cases of bombers will be distributed throughout the state of Colorado. Next to be released in the Signature Series are the Double Brown Ale and Hazelnut Double Brown, followed by the Double Vanilla Porter and Double Coffee Porter, and finally the Bligh’s Barleywine Ale. All of these Signature Series beers were aged in whiskey barrels.

Black Shirt Brewing Co (Denver) - BSB brewed up a Lemongrass Red Farmhouse Ale in collaboration with Old Major Restaurant and they'll putting some of it on tap tonight at the brewery. It's already been a hit at Old Major for a couple weeks. This brew was double dry-hopped with lemongrass. Stop by and try a glass. Also, the Long I Pie Shop will be on site serving up tasty pies - even a cherry and lemongrass pie to pair with the beer! [3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Diebolt Brewing Co (Denver) - Its been a year and Diebolt Brewing is still making beer! They are proud to announce the official dates of their 1st year anniversary party, September 19th - 21st. They have a lot of fun and tasty stuff in the works; Calder's Revolvers on Friday, Hello Bourbon on Saturday and Bronco vs Seahawks on Sunday in addition to food trucks and tons of beer tappings. Stay tuned for updates. [3855 Mariposa St, Denver, CO]

Factotum Brewhouse (Denver) - Are you an avid home brewer? Thinking you might want to be a Factotum guest brewer on multiple occasions? Enjoy socializing with like-minded folk? Interested in learning more about beer styles or regions or ingredients? Like traveling to different breweries in different cities, especially if there are special discounts? Discounted growler fills sounds enticing? Enjoy free brewery schwag? Would like to be a part of shaping and directing a brand new brewery? Subscribe to the idea that "one free beer a day keeps the doctor away"? Want a gratis Great American Beer Festival 2014 ticket (limited supply)? If you found yourself nodding "YES!" to any or all of the above questions, you're the perfect candidate to join Factotum's one-of-a-kind beer club. They're about experiences, and creating community, not just the material things (however, those are also included). Come join them! Check them out at the following link: http://www.factotumbrewhouse.com/local303.html - Opening soon at: [3845 Lipan St, Denver, CO]

River North Brewery (Denver) - They've tapped some B-Side Avarice today for Wayward Wednesday. Nothing like a barrel-aged Imperial Stout and Matt's Snack Shack grilled wings to get ready for fall. [2401 Blake St, Unit 1, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette) - Fall is coming and Odd13 has just announced two new fall seasonal beers that are due out in the coming weeks (release dates TBA). First brew is "Oddtoberfest", a traditional Octoberfest frain bill fermented 100% with Brett Lambicus, hopped & dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin. And the second brew is "Puckery Pumpkin Ale", a sour brown ale with Brett Lambicus, pumpkin and subtle spices (emphasis on the subtle). Release dates coming soon. [301 E Simpson St, Lafayette, CO]

Fate Brewing Co (Boulder) - Fall is in the air! In addition to pumpkin beers, falling leaves and back-to-school there is a lot to look forward to with the changing of seasons at FATE Brewing Company. How about - a free trip to Las Vegas (attend live broadcasts of the Buffs Primetime Radio Show Wednesdays @ 7pm on 850 KOA), free tickets to the Great American Beer Festival (ask your server for a GABF Punch Card), or free pedicab transportation to and from Folsom Field for CU football home games and NFL Sunday Ticket! All these make FATE Brewing Company your spot for fall festivities. Stop in tonight! [1600 38th St, Boulder, CO]

Sanitas Brewing Co (Boulder) - [PRESS RELEASE] New kid on the block no more, Sanitas Brewing Co. is in the process of planning their first anniversary celebration. On Saturday, September 6th the central Boulder brewery will host a party featuring several rare beer tappings, a grown up bake sale with beer infused cupcakes, a crawfish boil put on by McDevitt Taco Supply, and tunes spun by DJ Z-Staar throughout the evening. “We've had an incredible first year,” said Sanitas co-founder Michael Memsic, “for months we've been looking forward to celebrating with our fans; they're the ones who are making this thing work. This party is just as much a tribute to them as it is Sanitas.”
The Anniversary Celebration is open to the public and festivities will kick off at noon on Saturday and continue into the evening. Special beers will be tapped throughout the day and the event is open to all ages. [3550 Frontier Ave, Suite A, Boulder, CO]

Bootstrap Brewing (Niwot) - New tappings today! They've got their Wreak Havoc Imperial Red and a Double Dry Hopped IPA (with Mosaic hops) now on tap. Stop in for a pint. Plus, save the date for their annual Oktoberfestbier Tapping Party set for Saturday, September 20th starting at 2pm. Anyone wearing lederhosen or a dirndl will get $1 off pints. Live music and Bavarian food will be there also. And - stay tuned for another beer coming soon - Double Dry Hopped Stick's Pale Ale. [6778 N 79th St, Niwot, CO]

Loveland Oktoberfest - September 20, 2014

Northern Colorado

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Save the date for Saturday, October 11th. That's the date for FCB's Malt Monster 5K. Walk, Run, Skip or Hop - come as you are, or dress up as your favorite monster. Costumes are highly encouraged! The Malt Monster 5K will begin and end at the FCB brewery. The race and after party run from 10am (race start) to 1:30pm. There will be custom pack and pint glasses, beer samples and appetizers, costume contest & prizes, an awards party & games and more. More info at FortColinsBrewery.com or call (970) 472-1499. [1020 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Love to play darts? Then consider joining the Pateros Creek Fall Dart League. They are having a sign-up and info meeting tonight at the taproom at 6:00pm. Then stick around for beer and Open Mic Comedy night. [242 N College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

Black Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - What are you doing on Labor Day? Stop in to Black Bottle Brewery and pick up some bottles of their freshly packaged Liquid Metal Imperial Rye Stout. September is bringing out the good stuff! [1611 S College Ave, Unit 1609, Ft. Collins, CO]

Loveland Oktoberfest (Loveland) - One of the biggest Oktoberfests in Northern Colorado is coming to Loveland, Colorado September 20th at Thunder Mountain Ampitheater. They are in need of some extra volunteers to help out at this fest. Interested? if so sign up today. Volunteers get FREE craft beer and a really awesome t-shirt. Your friends will be jealous. Sign up HERE.

The Bikes & Beer Radio Show (KRFC 88.9 FM Ft. Collins) - Attention fans of bikes & beer, they're having a lil' event tonight at New Belgium Brewing from 5-7pm. KRFC 88.9 FM will be raffling off a 2014 New Belgium cruiser and a sweet custom cruiser donated from the Brave New Wheel! And, Sour Boy, Bitter Girl will be playing! [800 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Smiling Toad Brewery (Colorado Springs) - The brewery is moving to a new location! On September 3rd, Smiling Toad will close at their current location on Bijou and move to their new location at 1757 S. 8th Street, Suite 100 in Colorado Springs. They will open in their new location on September 5th with the same savory brews, the same wonderful staff, but just with more room to brew and accommodate their customers! Be sure to visit the new location soon!

Red Leg Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - How's this for a teaser: Tomorrow evening (Aug 28th) at 5pm, Red Leg Brewing will be doing an Extra special beer release (they can't reveal it yet), but they insist you'll want to be there for it. Plus, this Friday is their Final Firkin Friday. They'll tap a special firkin of ???? at 3pm. If you like surprises - this is for you! [4630 Forge Rd, Suite B, Colo. Springs, CO]

Paradox Beer Co (Woodland Park) - Skully #16, a Citrus Sour Ale is finally ready for labels. This lemon-tangerine-orange-ade is the most sour beer they've ever released. It's very drinkable and refreshing. (And for those who noticed, they skipped Skully #15). Look for Skully #16 in bottles very soon! [106 E Village Terrace, Suite 100, Woodland Park, CO]

Mountains and West

J Fargos Micro Brewery (Cortez) - In the Cortez area? Stop in today from 4pm to close and get $1.00 macro drafts and $1.50 micro drafts. After all, happiness is a cold beer! [1209 E Main St, Cortez, CO]

Breckenridge Brew Pub (Breckenridge) - Are you a pumpkin beer fan? Just today the Breck crew was busy moving their new Bourbon Barrel-aged Pumpkin Stout from the barrels into the serving tanks. Get ready for fall people. Time for something tasty! [600 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO]

Dillon Dam Brewery (Dillon) - Now on tap - two completely different and tasty beers. The first is a Bohemian-style Peach Pilsner, made with over 8 pounds of Colorado Palisade Peaches. The second beer is a Mexican-style Chili lager. This was made with over 33 pounds of fresh roasted chilies including: jalapeno, poblano, anaheim, habanero and Fresno chilies. It's got mild heat and pairs well with DAM nachos! PLUS - Ask for their Brewer's Secret Stash pour. It's a Whiskey barrel Aged Black Saison. That one will go quick. [100 Little Dam Rd, Dillon, CO]

Statewide

Craft Beer Distributor of the Year Award - (Alexandria, VA) The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Brewers Association (BA) are pleased to announce the nominees for the Eighth Annual Craft Beer Distributor of the Year Award. The award recognizes an American beer distributor who goes above and beyond in their efforts to actively market, sell and promote craft beer. The award will be presented jointly October 4, 2014, at the Great American Beer Festival® hosted by the BA in Denver, Colorado. In addition to the Craft Beer Distributor of the Year Award, a Craft Beer Achievement Award (first runner-up) and Craft Beer Distributor Recognition Award (second runner-up) will be presented. The Colorado nominees for this year’s award include: American Eagle Distributing Co. – Loveland, CO, Elite Brands of Colorado, Inc. – Denver, CO, and High Country Beverage Corp. – Loveland, CO. Grats to all these Colorado distributors. Good luck in the competition.
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Denver Rare Beer Tasting returns for 6th year

Denver Rare Beer Tasting VIDrinking beer for a good cause has always been a great idea, particularly here in Colorado. Why? Because not only does Colorado have over 240 breweries, it also attracts brewers from all over the world who happen to bring some of their best beers with them during GABF. This year, Pints for Prostates will hold their annual Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI event set for October 3rd. Here's the lowdown on how you can still be part of this event.

Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI Beer List Features Exotic Brews from 50 Leading Craft Brewers

Tickets for Oct. 3 Pints for Prostates Awareness Event Moving Rapidly

[PRESS RELEASE] DENVER, CO – Pints for Prostates has released a list of beers that 50 brewers are scheduled to pour beer at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI on Oct. 3.

The prostate cancer awareness event will be held during the same weekend as the Great American Beer Festival. The Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI features the chance to sample rare, exotic and vintage beers and the opportunity to meet the men and women who made them.

“The Denver Rare Beer Tasting is about the passion and craftsmanship behind some of America’s hardest to find brews,” said Rick Lyke, founder of Pints for Prostates. “These talented craft brewers bring out some amazing exotic and vintage beers to help us raise awareness about a disease that impacts nearly 240,000 men annually in the United States.”

The beer list for Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI includes:
- Alaskan Brewing, Juneau, Alaska, Alaskan Eisbock;
- AleSmith Brewing, San Diego, Calif., 2012 Barrel Aged Grand Cru;
- Allagash Brewing, Portland, Maine, Neddles;
- Avery Brewing, Boulder, Colo., Thensaurum;
- Big Sky Brewing, Missoula, Mont., 2012 Barrel Aged Biere de Noel;
- Boston Beer, Boston, Mass., Samuel Adams KMF Grand Cru;
- Breckenridge Brewery, Breckenridge, Colo.*, 2014 Barleywine Batch #1;
- The Bruery, Placentia, Calif., Befuddlement;
- Cascade Brewing, Portland, Ore., 2011 Tangerine Dream NW & 2013 Cerise Nouveau;
- Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Del., Bourbon Barrel Aged WWS & Wood Aged Noble Rot;
- Ecliptic Brewing, Portland, Ore.*, Orange Giant Barleywine;
- Elevation Beer, Poncha Springs, Colo., Elitist;
- Elysian Brewing, Seattle, Wash., The Gourdfather Pumpkin Barleywine;
- Figueroa Mountain Brewing, Santa Barbara, Calif.*, The Grendel;
- Firestone Walker Brewing, Paso Robles, Calif., Helldorado & Tequila Merkin;
- Fremont Brewing, Seattle, Wash.*, Cowiche Canyon Fresh Hop;
- Full Sail Brewing, Hood River, Ore., 2007 Old Boardhead Barleywine;
- Fullsteam Brewery, Durham, N.C.*, Tree-to-Sea Gose;
- AC Golden Brewing, Golden, Colo., 2012 Ctyat, Dark Kriek, 2014 Imperial Stout;
- Grand Teton Brewery, Victor, Idaho*, Huckleberry Sour;
- Great Divide Brewing, Denver, Colo., Red Sophia;
- Green Flash Brewing, San Diego, Calif.*, Little Freak;
- Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Loveland, Colo.*, The Wooden Path;
- Harpoon Brewery, Boston, Mass., Oatmeal Pale Ale & 2011 Chocolate Stout on Brett;
- Hogshead Brewery, Denver, Colo.*, Divine Right Russian Imperial Stout;
- Holy City Brewing, Charleston, S.C.*, 2012 Barrel-Aged New Year’s Resolution Doppelbock;
- Jester King Craft Brewery, Austin, Texas, Snörkel;
- Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, Dexter, Mich., Lupulo de Hielo;
- Laughing Dog Brewing, Ponderay, Idaho, 2008 Dogfather Imperial Stout;
- Laughing Sun Brewing, Bismarck, N.D.*, 19th Amendment Stout;
- The Lost Abbey, San Marcos, Calif., Whiskey Barrel-Aged Serpent's Stout;
- Maui Brewing, Lahaina, Hawaii*, A'a Imperial Golden Ale;
- Nebraska Brewing, Papillion, Neb., Attack of the 50 Foot Brunette;
- New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, Colo., Oscar Kissed Cherry;
- NoDa Brewing, Charlotte, N.C., Bourbon Barrel-Aged Olde Voyager & Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrel-Aged Monstro;
- NXNW Restaurant & Brewery, Austin, Texas*, Funk Jack;
- Olde Mecklenburg Brewing, Charlotte, N.C., Bourbon Barrel-Aged Anniversary Alt;
- Oskar Blues Brewing, Lyons, Colo., The White Buffalo West Coast IPA;
- Perennial Artisan Ales, St. Louis, Mo., Barrel-Aged Sump;
- Prairie Artisan Ales, Krebs, Ok., Return of the Legend (Balcones Barrel);
- River North Brewery, Denver, Colo., River North Oud Bruin;
- Rogue Ales, Newport, Ore., Rogue Oregon Oak Whiskey Barrel-Aged Doppelsticke;
- Sierra Nevada Brewing, Chico, Calif., Barrel-Aged Breakfast at Chico’s;
- Stone Brewing, Escondido, Calif., 2005 Double Bastard;
- Thirsty Dog Brewing, Akron, Ohio, Cerasus Dog Flanders Style Sour with Michigan Cherries;
- Tröegs Brewing, Hershey, Pa., LaGrave;
- Union Craft Brewery, Baltimore, Md.*, Barrel-Aged Chessie the Barleywine & 2012 Snow Pants Oatmeal Stout;
- Weyerbacher Brewing, Easton, Pa., Pariah​;
- Wicked Weed Brewing, Asheville, N.C., Genesis;
- Wormtown Brewing, Worcester, Mass.*, Tart Project Flanders Red.

(* Indicates first appearance at Denver Rare Beer Tasting.)

Tickets for the event are on sale now. VIP tickets for the event are sold out, but a limited number of general admission tickets are still available for $110 each for the 1-4 p.m. tasting. Each attendee receives a commemorative tasting glass, t-shirt, program and pen. A buffet lunch is included in the ticket price and guests will have the chance to bid in a silent auction that includes a variety of unique beer experiences and collectibles. The event will be held this year on two floors of the McNichols Civic Center Building at 144 W. Colfax Ave.

All ticket holders to this year’s Denver Rare Beer Tasting will be entered into a drawing for a 9-night BeerTrips.com organized tour for two of Belgium, the Czech Republic and Germany. VIP ticket holders will receive three raffle tickets and general admission ticket holders will receive one ticket. Anyone wearing a Pints for Prostates t-shirt or hat to the event will receive another free entry for the drawing. Additional tickets will be available for a donation. The winner will be drawn during the event from tickets collected exclusively at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting. The winner and a guest will travel to Brussels, Prague, Bamberg and Cologne from Oct. 8-18, 2015. The trip includes roundtrip airfare from the continental U.S., 9 nights hotel, ground transportation, brewery tours, pub crawls, guided city tours, 9 breakfasts, 4 beer lunches and 4 beer dinners.

“Funds raised at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting are used to fund free men’s health screenings and for support groups for men and their families fighting the disease” said Lyke. “We reach men through the universal language of beer.”

Pints for Prostates is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity and all net proceeds from Denver Rare Beer Tasting go towards the group’s awareness mission and help to fund the education and support programs of the Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network, and free prostates cancer screening programs provided by the Prostate Conditions Education Council.

Sponsorship packages are available for companies that wish to support and take part in the event.

About Pints for Prostates
Pints for Prostates reaches men through the universal language of beer to encourage them to take charge of their health. The group was founded by prostate cancer survivor and beer writer Rick Lyke in 2008. The grassroots effort raises awareness among men about the importance of regular men’s health screenings by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 240,000 new prostate cancer cases are diagnosed annually in the U.S. More information is available at www.pintsforprostates.org. Pints for Prostates also has a presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@pints4prostates).

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Colorado Beer News 082614

Today is Krakatoa Day. On this date, 131 years ago in 1883, the Indonesian volcano Krakatoa erupted, or rather blew up with the biggest explosion in the modern era. The noise was so loud it was heard over 3,000 miles away. So much debris was hurled into the atmosphere that it affected the Earth's atmosphere for many years. Let's hope that type of event won't happen again for a long time. P.S. - for you dog lovers - it's also National Dog Day. You're never drinking alone when you have your dog with you. Take your pooch to a dog-friendly taproom today! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, August 26th, 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]

It's FRESH HOP season! Look for your favorite brewery to start making their fresh hop beers starting this week. Scan the news for news of when they will be released.

Metro Denver

Wonderland Brewing Co (Broomfield) - Wear your classic concert t-shirt this Friday to Wonderland Brewing and get entered into their raffle. WONDERFUL prizes are up for grabs! They'll also have Happy Hour from 3-6pm. Enjoy $2 off pints before The New Classics Band takes the stage! Also, plan to attend their Plum(b) Crazy Sour release party this Saturday (8/30) at 2pm.‬ [5450 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO]

Blue Spruce Brewing (Centennial) - It's Firkin Tuesday at Blue Spruce. Today's firkin keg is a Thai Chili IPA with Kafir Lime Leaves and Lemon Grass. Even though their firkin beers are not included in the daily specials, today you can also get $1 off Blue Spruce beers, all day today. The tap room opens at 11am, and restaurant opens at 3pm. [4151 E County Line Rd, Unit G, Centennial, CO]

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

Two22 Brew (Centennial) - Tonight is Tacos & Trivia Night starting at 6:00pm. Come hungry and be sure to bring a friend. Put on your thinking caps and join in the fun. Enjoy a different food truck every night Tuesdays through Sundays. [4550 S Reservoir Rd, Centennial, CO]

2014 Beers Made By Walking Festival (Denver) - The 4th annual BMBW Fest will take place at Wynkoop Brewing in Denver on Friday October 3rd from 12-4pm. It's BMBW's largest festival to date, this year's event will take place during the weekend of the Great American Beer Festival. Visiting beer lovers throughout the country will get to drink in the Colorado landscape. Half of all proceeds from the festival will go to Cottonwood Institute, a non-profit dedicated to the empowerment of youth through the outdoors. Advance tickets will go on sale on September 3rd at 12pm MDT. Tickets are $40 and include special glassware and unlimited access to over 30 place-based beers. They expect the event to sell out. More info at: www.beersmadebywalking.com.

LandLocked Ales (Wheat Ridge) - There's just a little over 4 days left in the fundraising campaign on Indiegogo to help raise $15,000 for doing their brewery buildout for their upcoming brewery. So far they've raised nearly $4,000 but need your help to push them over the top. Check out their perks for helping out. Perks start for as little as $25. Visit their Indiegogo site, watch their video and see if you can help bring give their brewhouse a little needed boost.

Joyride Brewing Co (Edgewater) - Tuesday night is bike night! Meet at their neighbors, Yawp Cyclery, at 6:30pm for any last minute supplies. The plan is to hit the road at 7pm. The route is usually two laps around Sloans Lake, then back to the brewery where all participants get Happy Hour pricing the rest of the night. No theme this week, but if you dress up, extra high fives will be given. See you then, and Hop On! [2501 Sheridan Blvd, Edgewater, CO]

38 State Brewing Co (Littleton) - Don't forget that this Thursday (August 28) is their first ever Hop Picking Party! Come on down and enjoy cold brews, Thursday Night Football featuring the Broncos vs Cowboys, and help 38 State produce their next great barrel of beer! The Cascade hops that you help pick will go into a signature batch of brew that will be entered in the first ever Bines and Brew Fest Competition to be held on September 20. Need another reason to swing by? How about a pair of GABF tix getting raffled off! A brew gets you a ticket, and a ticket gives you a chance. [8071 S Broadway, Suite A, Littleton, CO]

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - In case you missed it last night, Dry Dock has tapped their 2014 GABF Pro-Am beer - Pillage and Plunder Dortmunder. This beer was brewed by Billy Beeson and was selected from The Brew Hut's homebrew competition recipe. He got to brew it on Dry Dock's system and is now available for customers to try out! [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Prost Brewing Co (Denver) - It's that time of year again. Oktoberfests are starting up and that means you can find their Marzen bottled up and available in local liquors stores starting this week! Ask for it in a Denver store near you. [2540 19th St, Denver, CO]

Freshcraft (Denver) - Stop in this Saturday, August 30th for Freshcraft's 4th Birthday celebration. THey'll have Iowa football on the big screen, delicious BBQ and they'll be pouring all kinds of amazing craft beers all day long. Open 11am to 2am that day. [1530 Blake St, Denver, CO]

CAUTION: Brewing Co (Lakewood) - National Dog Day Special! Bring in your pup for a free 10oz beer (for you, not the dog). It's also Taco & Trivia Tuesday. They are also having a special sale on the Brew Dogs of Colorado book. $5 of each book sold will be donated to Denver Dumb Friend's League. El Carte 303 will be on site serving up tacos starting at 5:30pm. Geeks Who Drink trivia starts at 7:30pm. [1057 S Wadsworth Blvd #60, Lakewood, CO]

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - Every Tuesday it's $2 Tuesday at Dad & Dude's where you can get $2 pints and $2 slices of cheese pizza all day long. Come taste one of their Colorado State Fair medal winning beers (3 of them). [6730 S Cornerstar Way, Suite D, Aurora, CO]

Rockyard Brewing Co (Castle Rock) - The Jellyman has come up with another awesome Jellyman's Deviation beer that will be tapped this Friday, August 29th at 4pm. This time he's made "Pucker Up Buttercup", a Belgian Dark Strong Sour ale. It's a bold mahogany in color with a lacy tan head and has the aroma of molasses, cinnamon, toffee, licorice, and raison. But watch out! It has a potent tartness from their post-fermentation aging process. This one weighs in at 9% ABV and is served in a 10oz snifter glass.

Tour de Fat (Denver) - New Belgium Brewing's Tour de Fat will stop in Denver again this year. [PRESS RELEASE] It’s the best way to celebrate the summer, complete with costumes, bikes, music, performers, contests and beer. New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat is coming to City Park in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, September 6, 2014. The daylong event is free, yet all donations and proceeds from beer and merchandise sales go to Denver-area non-profits. This year, all funds raised in Denver will go to Bike Denver and The Denver Cruisers. At Tour de Fat friends, family and neighbors are all invited to come enjoy eclectic entertainment, brewing education, a bicycle revival and even a fashion show of the best Tour de Fat costumes. In the afternoon, the stages heat up with acts like The Handsome Little Devils and Lucius. The event kicks off with a costumed bicycle parade that winds through city streets. The parade begins and ends in City Park, where the rest of the day’s entertainment shines from musical acts to yo-yo performers, bike contests and even vaudeville acts. Throughout the day, kids of all ages can ride funky bikes in the bike corral, eat delicious fare, relax in the grass, and participate in games and activities such as a “Thousand Person Dance Contest,” which will determine the winner of a 2014 New Belgium Cruiser Bike. Everyone 21 and older can sample new and classic favorites from New Belgium, including the brewery’s flagship brew, Fat Tire, New Belgium’s year-round offering, Snapshot Wheat, and selections from the acclaimed Lips of Faith series. No bike? No problem! Tour de Fat is partnering with Denver B-cycle to provide bikes to participants who are missing some wheels. For just $20, people can rent a B-cycle for Tour de Fat. The bike just needs to be returned by midnight on September 6. To take advantage of this deal, purchase an $8 membership at any B-cycle kiosk, before Tour de Fat, using the promotional code 9614. The first 100 people to take a picture with their B-cycle and then post it to Twitter or Facebook, tagging Denver B-cycle, can get a free beer token by showing off the post at the Denver B-cycle tent. Registration starts at 10am, September 6th in City Park. The ride runs from 11am to 12pm. Music and fun 12pm - 5pm.

Westminster Brewing Co (Westminster) - Do you love Bluegrass and love to play it too? Join in with their Bluegrass Jam Social tonight starting at 6:30pm. Bring your instrument and join in this friendly group for an evening of acoustic bluegrass. Complimentary beverages for all participants! Then, stop back in on Saturday, August 30th for their ALS event. For every proper pint sold, Westminster Brewing will add $1 to their $100 donation to the ALS Association. [7655 W 108th Ave, Unit 600, Westminster, CO]

Three Freaks Brewery (Highlands Ranch) - What's going on at Three Freaks this week? Wednesday evening Brooks Smokehouse will be there with their great food. Friday, the Sandy Bear Shack will be serving up food while a few of next years Fire Fighters will be on hand to sell and sign calendars benefiting the Children's Hospital and the Burn Camp program. The 2015 Colorado Firefighter Calendar will make a great gift or a great way to figure out what day it is. Signing will take place between 4pm and 8pm. They also hope to have another IPA roll out by Friday! [7140 E County Line Rd, Highlands Ranch, CO]

Kokopelli Beer Co (Westminster) - Have you tried their gluten free ginger saison yet? It's not just for those seeking gluten free alternatives, beer lovers will love this ale too! Don't forget Happy Hour is 2-5pm today and they have Irish Music later tonight! [8931 Harlan St, Westminster, CO]

Falling Rock Fresh Hop Festival (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] Earlier this year the Colorado Brewers Guild and Imbibe Events announced the Lovibond Series. Each beer festival in this series focuses on a specific aspect of the brewing industry. The final installment of the series, the Falling Rock Fresh Hop Festival, will take place on Saturday, September 27 at Falling Rock Tap House (1919 Blake Street, Denver CO 80202) from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. “Hop harvesting is an annual labor of love for many within the craft beer industry,” said Steve Kurowski of the Colorado Brewers Guild. “Fresh hop beers are exciting and unique. Fresh hop beers tend to be pale ales and IPAs, but there can also be a lot of variation with the fresh hop style.” Fresh hopped beers are defined as beers made with hops within 24 hours of being harvested. Hops play a vital role in the brewing process. Each hop flower contains lupulin, a sticky substance that is secreted when boiled. Lupulin contains essential oils, bitter acids and resins that contribute to bitterness, flavor and aroma of the beer. Hops also help preserve beer’s freshness. Falling Rock Tap House has hosted the Fresh Hop Festival for nine years now. This year they have decided to partner up with the Colorado Brewers Guild and Imbibe Events to expand the festival. This event will showcase beers from Colorado and the West Coast. Brewers will be producing fresh hop IPAs, pale ales, brown ales, Belgians and stouts. “We felt a festival surrounding this passion was the best way to kick off the week of the Great American Beer Festival,” said Casey Berry of Imbibe Events. “It will be a very hoppy afternoon!” Tickets are $40 when purchased in advance at http://www.imbibe-events.com/fresh-hop. Ticket includes unlimited beer tastings and snacks while they last. Ticket price will increase at the door if available. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales benefits the Colorado Brewers Guild.

Beer By Design Brewery (Northglenn) - Do you love Black Pepper? Come in and try the Painted Black Pepper Porter on tap now at the BBD tap room. If you are keeping count, Beer By Design is now producing 29 different craft beers and all are available in the BBD tap room. [2100 E 112th Ave, Northglenn, CO]

Coda Brewing Co (Aurora) - Good news! Their Sleepyhead Imperial Passionfruit Kolsch and their Migration Oatmeal Stout are now back on tap! Stop in and try one or both. They've also got new shirts in stock including under armour, work shirt and regular shirts. [2101 N Ursula Ct, Aurora, CO]

Boulder County

Crystal Springs Brewing Co (Louisville) - This year during the NFL football season, Crystal Springs Brewing will open on Sundays so you can enjoy a beer with them and catch the games. [657 S Taylor, Unit E, Louisville, CO]

Bootstrap Brewing Co (Niwot) - Here's what's happening at the Strap this week. Tonight - Trivia Night at 6:30pm and Taco Tuesday. Wednesday: Euchre Tournament & Game Night at 6pm. Saturday brings live music by Indigent Row at 5pm. Open Labor Day at 2pm with live music at 4pm. Food for sale on site Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Come thirsty! [6778 N 79th St, Niwot, CO]

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - All night happy hour starts at 4pm til close with $3.50 pints of year round beers and $14 pitchers! Then on Wednesday, get your growlers filled and cards double stamped, and Thursday the seasonal Superflower Pale Ale returns! Get lost and then found in the Wild Woods this week! [5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO]

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) - Today at their Flatiron Park location, come taste a special batch of their Imperial Rye IPA. This 11% ABV brew was make with Belma, Centennial, Citra and Orbit hops. Now on tap! [1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO]

Loveland Oktoberfest - September 20, 2014

Northern Colorado

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - This Sunday, August 31st from 9am to Noon is their annual Hop Harvest Party! Bring a friend and form a hop picking team. They'll give out prizes for the top 3 picking pairs. Fill a bucket and get a free pint. Pick a pound and take home 2oz of hops for yourself. There's also a Costume Contest. Dress in your favorite hop picking costume and get a chance to win best costume and a prize. The Hop Hut will be open at noon with music and food as usual. Plus, this Wednesday's firkin is called "Water-Logged", it's a delicious lager brewed with watermelon. Food trucks each night Tuesday through Sunday and live music Friday - Sunday. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Did you know that today and every Tuesday is T-Shirt Tuesday at Loveland Aleworks? Sure, everyone knows that. Well, did you know that you can earn a Dollar off your pints when you wear your Aleworks tee in the taproom on Tuesdays? You can also get a FREE pint if you buy a Loveland Aleworks t-shirt. How cool is that? Fashion does pay. [118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO]

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Just a reminder that their taproom will be CLOSED on Saturday, August 30 for ‪‎Tour de Fat‬ Day. They hope to see you out & about enjoying the bike & beer culture and a ‪#‎freshtastycraftbeer‬ in downtown FoCo! If you need a taster box during the long weekend, they will be open as usual 12-6pm Sunday and Monday (Labor Day). [124 Racquette Dr, Ft. Collins, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Today is Taster Tray Tuesday where you can try their wonderful beers and get $2 off. They are open today from 3:00pm to 8:30pm. Coming soon - "The Dame" Golden Ale, a small batch brew with organic local peaches. Details soon. [4025 S Mason, Ft. Collins, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Today! I'm in a Pickle, Dick - last year it was a dill pickle pale ale. This year they made a dill pickle golden ale and are releasing it today in the taproom! A limited amount is available. They used Katie's (from the Verboten Sisterhood) dill pickle recipe. Yum! Also, at 6:30pm they are having a veggie share. Bring in your extra veggies from your garden and join the Verboten Sisterhood as they taste the new beer and talk produce! Plus, if you ride your bike in, they will give you $1 off pints today! [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Today is Double Stamp Tuesday! And their cooler is full of yummy beer. Plus Saison 4-packs! You can receive a stamp (or two on Tuesdays) for a 4-pack, but you can only redeem a full stamp card for a 750ml bottle. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Fieldhouse Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Fieldhouse will be changing their business hours up during Monday Night Football this year. They will be closing on Tuesdays instead of Monday. Monday nights they will be open from 2pm til end of the football game. They will be doing Monday Night Squares every week. It’s the same as Superbowl Squares, but there is no buy in. People can pick a number for each team which is their guess for the last number of each team’s score. Whoever’s square wins at the end of the game will get their tab paid for by Fieldhouse Brewing Company. Bite Me Gourmet Sausages will be there for each MNF game. Also, if you have an open tab at the end of any Broncos game, they will do a drawing if Broncos win. Whoever’s tab they draw will get their tab free that night. They also have two new weekly events. Every Wednesday they are hosting Test Tap Wednesday. Each Wednesday they will release a new small batch at 5pm. Their food truck on Wednesdays, Global Grub Truck, does a special that pairs with and is often made with the test tap beer. This week is an IPA with Mosaic and Zythos hops paired with spicy Korean tacos. Also, every Thursday there's live music at 6pm.

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Job Op! Trinity Brewing is currently hiring experienced wait staff. If you are an enthusiastic and hard working individual they are interested in you! THey are looking for outgoing people who are team players and great at multitasking. Open availability is preferred, as well as a sincere interest in craft beer. If this sounds like something you are interested in please bring in your resume and ask for Rikelle or Beth. [1466 Garden of the Gods Rd, Colo. Springs, CO]

Smiling Toad Brewery (Colorado Springs) - Their updated list of Brews of the Week has been posted: Red Light Blonde, Coconut Porter, Clown Nose Brown Ale, Irish Red, English Bob ESB, and IPA Freely. They are still open at their Bijou location until September 3rd. They will re-open at their new 8th Street location on September 5th. [3668 E Bijou, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Pug Ryan's Steakhouse and Brewery (Dillon) - Have your tried their brand new "Pack of Thieves" variety can 12-pack yet? It's loaded with Pug Ryan's special brand of outlaws including: Hideout Helles, Peacemaker Pilsner, and Dead Eye Dunkel. Their new 12-packs are priced at $16.50. Stop by Pug's and grab yours! Where else can you enjoy craft beer for about $1.38 a can? [104 Village Pl, Dillon, CO]

Roaring Fork Beer Co (Carbondale) - What do brewer's do on their off days?? Brew with their friends, of course. A few weeks ago, Troy Casey of Casey Brewing and Blending got together with RFBC head brewer, Chase Engel to brew a collab beer with 100% brettanomyces. What does a brettanomyces beer made by two well known and established brewers taste like? Come find out, Friday, 8/29 from 2p-9p at Roaring Fork Beer Co. They will be tapping their version of this collaboration at 2pm, along with music by Hell Roaring String Band at 5:30pm and food by Sabai Thai from 5:30p-Close. They won't have much of this blend for long, get it while you can! [1941 Dolores Way #81623, Carbondale, CO]

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Colorado Beer News 082514

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Kiss and Make Up Day. As the song goes "Let it Go, Let it Go". It's the day to forgive old grudges, apologize, kiss and finally make up with that significant other in your life. Life's too short to stay angry at someone. Take the initiative (don't wait for them that is) and be the one who takes the first step in resolving a conflict. Chances are, with a kiss and perhaps enjoying a craft beer together afterwards, today can be a really great day. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, August 25th, 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]

Looking for an Oktoberfest or Harvest Festival? Check out the new 2014 Colorado Oktoberfest Listings!

Metro Denver

Station 26 Brewing Co (Denver) - Over the weekend, Station 26 Brewing won 2 medals in the Colorado State Fair Craft Beer Competition. They won Gold for their Belgian Blonde and a Bronze for their Citra IPA. Congrats on these wins! Not bad for their first beer competition. Coming up later this week, they'll tap a firkin of Euro Pale Ale with lemon and ginger on Thursday. [7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO]

Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub (Arvada) - Grats to Adam Draeger and Yak & Yeti for winning two honors at the Colorado State Fair this weekend. Yak & Yeti got an Honorable Mention for their West-Coast Glutton in the Specialty Beer category and a Silver medal for their Namaste Pilsner. Also, coming up this Wednesday, August 27th at 4pm is the release of their Brown Rice & Honey Ale. [7803 Ralston Rd, Arvada, CO]

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

Grist Brewing Co (Highlands Ranch) - Grist Brewing had a very productive weekend at the Colorado State Fair taking home three medals in the Craft Beer Competition. They won gold in the Sour Ale category for their Berliner Weisse, another gold for "Romancing the Cobblestone Vienna Lager", and a Bronze for their Transition State Kolsch in the Light Hybrid category. Grats on these wins! [9150 Commerce Center Cir, Suite 300, Highlands Ranch, CO]

Renegade Brewing CO (Denver) - Are you a woman who loves beer? Join Barley's Angels of Colorado tonight for an event in the Renegade taproom! They're hosting a beer and pie pairing along with some expert advise about being a beer judge. Get your tickets at: barleysangelscolorado.com. [925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO]

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - Grats to Brian Connery for winning 3 medals at the Colorado State Fair. A Silver for Sunkissed (braggot), and two Bronze medals for Liquid Resume (American Pale Ale) and Green Street Brewligans (Mild Ale). Back at the brewery - on tap today: Dad And Dude's Breweria Dirty Chai Milk Stout, Dad And Dude's Breweria Oak Aged Oli's Brown, Comrade Brewing DEFCON Red, Woodchuck Amber Cider, Dad And Dude's Breweria Green Street Brewligans, Dad And Dude's Breweria Liquid Resume. [6730 S Cornerstar Way Suite D, Aurora, CO]

Mu Brewery (Aurora) - Mu Brewery has revised their business hours once again to meet customer demand. Mon-Thurs: 3pm to 10pm, Fri: 3pm to 12am, Sat: 12pm to 12am, and Sun: 12pm to 7pm. Open 7 days a week - stop in for a beer! [9735 E Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO]

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - Grats to the brewing team of Jeremy and Phil for their Gold medal for their "Freedom Kolsch" at the Colorado State Fair.

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - Dry Dock is good at winning awards. They just won 4 medals this weekend at the Colorado State Fair: Gold for Dry Dock Hefeweizen and Dry Dock Amber Ale, Silver for Dry Dock Apricot Blonde, and Bronze for Dry Dock Vanilla Porter. Keep em coming Dry Dock - grats! [15120 E Hampden, Aurora, CO]

Lone Tree Brewing Co (Lone Tree) - Jason Wiedmaier brewed up a medal winning beer and was given a Bronze medal for his Mountain Mama Helles at the Colorado State Fair this weekend. Also, it's Growler Monday where you'll save between $1 to $3 on LTBC growler refills depending on size. [8200 Park Meadows Dr, Suite 8222, Lone Tree, CO]

River North Brewery (Denver) - Grats to Matt Hess at River North for taking home two medals in the Wood-aged Beer category. A Silver medal for Barrel Aged Avarice and a Bronze medal for Whisky Barrel Quandary. Also, coming up this Wednesday, they'll dig into their cellar and tap some B-Side Avarice. It's a single keg only, starts at 3pm. [2401 Blake St, Unit 1, Denver, CO]

Comrade Brewing Co (Denver) - David Lin and Marks Lanham (brewers) won 2 medals at the Colorado State Fair including a Gold medal for DEFCON Red and a Silver medal for Superpower IPA. Grats for winning medals in your 1st year of competition! [7667 E Iliff Ave, Suite F, Denver, CO]

Kokopelli Beer Co (Westminster) - A first year win for Kokopelli Beer Co at the Colorado State Fair. Rick Holt brewed up a Silver medal for The Scotsman in the Strong Scotch Ale category. Congrats! Also, tonight is Brews and Board Games night starting at 6pm. Bring a game or play one of theirs. [8931 Harlan St, Westminster, CO]

Saint Patrick's Brewing Co (Englewood) - Their "Lana'i Dry Hop Lager" will be back on tap this week. This is a small batch and won't last long. Get some before it's gone. [4750 S Santa Fe Circle, Unit 2, Englewood, CO]

Black Sky Brewery (Denver) - Today's featured brew is their "Toxic Zombie Pale Ale". This brew was a collaboration with Colorado's own Zombie Hate Brigade. This is an all organic Colorado Chinook pale ale. [490 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO]

Great Divide Brewing Co (Denver) - Heads up GDBC fans. Stock up today as their taproom will be closed all day on Tuesday for their end of summer staff picnic. They will open again on Wednesday. They apologize for the inconvenience. [2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO]

Cannonball Creek Brewing Co (Golden) - Today they welcome back to the taps their Black IPA! It's one way to make a Monday better. [393 N Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

Joyride Brewing Co (Edgewater) - Tonight, join in for another fun Cornhole tournament. Get there by 6pm and sign up at the bar. The champions will win a special prize. Happy Hour pricing for all participants. [2501 Sheridan Blvd, Edgewater, CO]

Boulder County

Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette) - Get your week started right. Join in today for a run with the Run Club at 6:30pm, then get a free taster with the purchase of a pint. Also, they are tapping Professor Hops, an India-style Saison today at 5pm. [301 E Simpson St, Lafayette, CO]

Echo Brewing Co (Frederick) - Congrats to Echo Brewing for taking home FIVE medals at the 2014 Colorado State Fair competition over the weekend. They took Silver for their Helles and Hefeweizen and Bronze for their C.V. Stout, Amber and Razz. [5969 Iris Pkwy, Frederick, CO]

Echo Brewing Co (Erie) - At long last! Echo Brewing's second location in Erie, Colorado will open on Saturday, September 6th. They plan to have some soft openings for the public over the next two weeks during their normal hours, while they add to their taps and menu. Their tentative hours in Erie are 3pm to 9pm. They plan to offer cask and barrel-aged beers as well. [600 Briggs St, Erie, CO]

Bootstrap Brewing Co (Niwot) - Bootstrap is celebrating their Gold medal at the Colorado State Fair for Stick's Boomer Brown. They plan to have this beer back on tap very soon for all to enjoy. [6778 N 79th St, Niwot, CO]

West Flanders Brewing Co (Boulder) - Come taste their Silver medal winning Saison Locale #4, a farmhouse ale. It just won at the Colorado State Fair this weekend. It's on tap now in the tasting room. [1125 Pearl St, Boulder, CO]

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - In case you missed the news (like I did), Avery Brewing tapped "Gored" Pumpkin Ale last Friday. It's a 5.5% ABV seasonal and sessionable pumpkin brew that was spiced with nutmeg, ginger, allspice and cinnamon. Come taste the first hint of Autumn while it lasts. [5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

Oskar Blues Brewery (Longmont) - Danielle Kowalski and Tim Matthews combined for a Bronze medal in the Pilsner category at the Colorado State Fair for Mama's Little Yella Pils. Grats to this team! [1800 Pike Rd, Longmont, CO]

Upslope Brewing (Boulder) - Sam Scruby's Upslope Brown Ale won a Silver medal at the State Fair competition this weekend. There were 23 entries in the busy American Ale category this year. Also, they just spent part of the weekend harvesting pumpkins at Munson Farms and will be processing them for their Pumpkin Ale coming in the near future. [1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO]

Twisted Pine Brewing Co (Boulder) - Brewer Justin Tilotta turn their Northstar Imperial Porter into Gold this weekend at the Colorado State Fair. Grats on winning in the Porter category. Also, look for their Cucumber Cream Ale to be tapped later this week. [3201 Walnut St, Suite A, Boulder, CO]

Front Range Brewing Co (Lafayette) - This brewery won a Bronze medal at the Colorado State Fair this weekend for their Saison. Plus their Porter, Wit, and Dry Stout got nods as honorable mentions. Plus, over the weekend they kegged up some "Evil TED". They took their original TED's Watermelon Ale and blended it with some ale, lambic and added some Brettanomyces for a funky, slightly tart, crisp brew. It goes on tap Wednesday, August 27th. [400 W South Boulder Rd, Suite 1650, Lafayette, CO]

Fate Brewing Co (Boulder) - Fate Brewing won a Silver medal for their Sudice American Stout. Grats to Jeff Griffith on this honor! [1600 38th St, Boulder, CO]

12Degree Brewing (Louisville) - Don't forget to join in for the Bluegrass Jam at the brewery tonight from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Each and every Monday. Time for some pickin' and a grinnin' and some drinkin'! [820 Main St, Louisville, CO]

Loveland Oktoberfest - September 20, 2014

Northern Colorado

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Grats to Verboten Brewing for winning two medals at the Colorado State Fair Craft Beer Competition. They took home two Golds, one for their Pure Imagination Oatmeal Stout, and the other Gold for their Bourbon Barrel Pure Imagination in the Wood-Aged Beer category. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Wiley Roots Brewing Co (Greeley) - Kyle Carbaugh (owner/brewer) took home a Bronze medal for his Deep Roots Chocolate Porter at the Colorado State Fair Craft Beer competition. Grats on winning a medal for this taproom favorite brew. [625 3rd St, Unit D, Greeley, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - More honors for City Star beers. They won 2 medals at the Colorado State Fair this weekend including a Gold for Rail RYEder Belgian Pale Ale and a Bronze for Mule Kick Old Ale. Also, don't forget about this month's Potluck Dinner happening this Tuesday, August 26th at 6:30pm. The theme for this month is "Breakfast for Dinner". Bring a dish to share. Also, The 13th annual Bums of Berthoud (BOB) community BBQ is this Saturday 8/30 in Berthoud's Fickel Park 2-7pm, complete with free barbecue, silent and live auctions, music by "The Bumkins", kids activities and more. Each year the BOB's host a FREE barbecue and fundraiser to benefit a local family in need. This year's recipient is Nevaeh Stanford... 100% off all funds raised will go to her family. To coincide with the Bums of Berthoud BBQ, City Star will donate $1/beer sold all day Saturday in the taproom to Nevaeh Stanford's family. AND - one more thing - it's FREE BEER MONDAY - get a free 12-16oz beer in the taproom with every 64oz growler fill every Monday. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Snowbank Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - One of Ft. Collins' newest breweries wants you to stop in and try their most popular brew to date: their Colorado Red. It's an American-style red ale with notes of ripe pineapple and peach on the nose, ribbon candy and caramelized peaches on the tongue and a sweet tangerine finish. Stats: 7.0% ABV and 45 IBUs. Taproom open today 12pm until 6pm. [225 N Lemay Ave, Suite 1, Ft. Collins, CO]

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - The brewhouse is gaining more capacity today as they welcomed the arrival of two new 38 barrel fermenter tanks. Plus, their can labels fro The Dark One and The Honeyd One were also federally approved! [6461 State Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Enjoy the Rocky Mountain Showdown with a growler of Grimm Brothers Beer and win a Free Pint if your team wins the game. Just purchase a growler or a refill with a specially marked CSU or CU growler cap before kickoff on August 29th. Bring your cap back in all Labor Day Weekend. If it's the winning team, you get a FREE PINT. If it's the other guys, you get a free 5 oz taster. Everyone wins! [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Colorado State Fair Craft Beer Competition (Pueblo) - The results are in! There were 284 craft beer & mead entries submitted into this year's Craft Beer Competition as well as 91 registered participants. Best of Show went to Full Sail Brewing Company for their Session Black Lager. Best of Show Mead went to Meadery of the Rockies for their Guinevere Semi-Sweet Mead. Check out the Complete List of winners for this years event and see if your favorite Colorado brewery walked away with any honors. Grats to all who won medals this year!

Pikes Peak Brewing Co (Monument) - It was an award winning weekend for PPBC. Not only did they win 2 medals at the Colorado State Fair - Silver for Little London English Mild and Bronze fro Gold Rush Belgian Strong, but they also won Best IPA at the Governor's Cup Beer Competition at the Fight Fire with Beer Festival in Denver. Grats! [1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument, CO]

Iron Bird Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Iron Bird Brewing Co. is hiring! They need fun, knowledgeable bartenders and bar backs to join their team. If you or someone you know is interested, please email resumes to IronBirdBrewing[at]gmail.com. They'll call you for an interview to start ASAP! [402 S Nevada Ave, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Moonlight Pizza & Brewpub (Salida) - It's Moonlight Monday today! They will be donating 10% of all sales today to Chaffee County Search and Rescue North. Eat pizza, drink beer for this important cause. Enjoy one of their fresh beers on tap: MoonLite Cream Ale, IPA, Pale Ale, Baltic Porter, Smoked Stout, Iris Red or Amber. [242 F Street, Salida, CO]

Amicas (Salida) - This tiny brewery in Salida managed to score two medals at the Colorado State Fair this weekend. They won Gold in the American Ale category for their Ute Trail Pale Ale, plus a Bronze medal for their Loyal Duke Scotch Ale. Try one of these on your next stop in Salida. [136 E 2nd St, Salida, CO]

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co (Edwards) - The brewery is hiring! They are looking for a part-time packaging employee who has a passion for beer and strong work ethic. The ideal candidate will have previous experience working in a production brewery. The position will wear many hats and serve as an assistant in packaging as well as helping out with any other brewing operations needed. Brewery operations are very physical. The candidate must be comfortable being on their feet for long hours and moving full sized kegs (165 lbs). This is a part-time position and all applicants must be over 21. Email chris(at)crazymountainbrewery(dot)com if you're interested in joining their team! [439 Edwards Access Rd, B-102, Edwards, CO]

Backcountry Brewery (Frisco) - It was a winning weekend for Backcountry Brewery at the Colorado State Fair. Backcountry won 3 medals at the Fair including a Gold for their Backcountry Maibock and Fix Your Heel Double IPA, and a Silver for their Li'l Tart Berliner Weisse. [720 Main St, Frisco, CO]

Tommyknocker Brewery (Idaho Springs) - Tommyknocker Brewery took home two honors at the State Fair with a Silver medal for their Butthead Bock and an Honorable Mention for their Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale in the Spice/Herb/Vegetable category. [1401 Miner St, Idaho Springs, CO]

Ska Brewing (Durango) - Thomas Larsen and Ska Brewing won 3 medals at the Colorado State Fair including a Gold for Rudie Session IPA, and two Silvers for Pinstripe and Estival Cream Stout.

Elevation Beer Co (Poncha Springs) - Christian Koch won 2 Silver medals for Elevation Beer Company at the Colorado State Fair this weekend. One for Little Mo' Porter and the other for Apis IV in the Belgian Strong Ale category. Apis IV also won 1st Place Judges Choice at the San Juan Brewfest in Durango as well. [115 Pahlone Pkwy, Poncha Springs, CO]

Pagosa Brewing Co (Pagosa Springs) - Tony Simmons and Brandon Schrage (brewers) took honors for winning 3 medals at the State Fair including a Gold for their Chile Verde Cerveza, and a Silver for both Nipple Mountain Nip Barleywine and Honeymoon Bier. Way to go! [118 N Pagosa Blvd, Pagosa Springs, CO]

Aspen Brewing Co (Aspen) - During the recent San Juan Brewfest, Aspen Brewing won the People's Choice Award for their Brown Bear Ale. It was a great turnout at the fest over the weekend. Thanks to all for voting for them! [304 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen, CO]

Copper Club Brewing Co (Fruita) - Tonight is their Community Potluck starting at 5pm. Bring a dish to share. Get $1 off beers from 4pm to 7pm. That's a good way to finish off a Monday. [233 E Aspen Ave, Fruita, CO]

Kannah Creek Brewing Co (Grand Junction) - Stop in tonight for the Basil IPA firkin tapping at 5pm. This beer will only be available today from 5pm to 10pm. You're gonna love it. [1960 N 12th St, Grand Junction, CO]

Gunnison Brewery (Gunnison) - Stop in for $2 Pints today! Open 2pm to 12am today Nuff said. [138 N Main St, Gunnison, CO]
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Colorado Beer Releases August 18-24, 2014

Colorado Beer Releases
It's the last few beer releases of Summer! Colorado craft beer makes Summer even better. 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. Summertime beer fests are in full swing, Oktoberfest season is starting up and it's time for lighter, more refreshing seasonal beers to enjoy. Summer seasonals are now being released and some Fall seasonals are almost ready - seek one out at a craft brewery near you. Please note that some of these releases are firkins or specialty kegs and may already be gone.

Colorado Beer Releases - August 18-24, 2014

12Degree Brewing - Pink Peppercorn Saison - returns August 22nd.
12Degree Brewing - Tigon - Belgo-American pale ale - August 23rd.

1933 Brewing - Scottish Wee Heavy - August 21st 12pm.

Arvada Beer Co - Jalapeno IPA - chili beer - August 19th.

Avery Brewing - Gored Pumpkin Ale (5.5% ABV) - August 22nd.

Berthoud Brewing - Pineapple Upside-Down Amber - firkin - August 22nd 2pm.

Beryl's Beer Co - Elsie - Saison w/Colo. honey - August 22nd.
Beryl's Beer Co - Elsie Mae - white wine bbl-aged saison - August 22nd.

Big Beaver Brewing - Goldenmember - Golden Strong Ale (11.5% ABV) - August 22nd.
Big Beaver Brewing - Cider-Beer Blend - pale ale and peach cider mix - August 22nd.

Black Shirt Brewing - American India Red Ale - Batch #2014-06 in cans - August 22nd.

Blue Spruce Brewing - Peach Cobbler Pale Ale - firkin - August 19th 4pm.

Boulder Beer - Stage Seven - bourbon bbl-aged rye pale ale - August 19th 4pm.
Boulder Beer - Cork n' Berry Blueberry Ale - August 19th 4pm.
Boulder Beer - Singletrack Rye Pale Ale - can release - August 22nd.

Breckenridge Brew Pub - Pedal Power Pale Ale - session ale - August 18th.

CAUTION: Brewing - Bee's Leaves - ExBeeriment - August 18th.

Coda Brewing/The Black Seeds - Slap the Pony Lager - music collaboration series - August 19th.
Coda Brewing - Hydle Ale - August 21st.
Coda Brewing/Indigent Row - Irish Whiskey Oak Aged Stout - August 22nd.
Coda Brewing - 12th Doctor Scotch Strong Ale - August 22nd.

Copper Kettle Brewing - Chocolate Cereal Inspired Stout - cask - August 20th.
Copper Kettle Brewing - Quit Stalin (13% ABV) - Russian Imperial Stout - cask - August 23rd.

Crooked Stave - Nightmare on Brett - bbl-aged dark sour ale - August 19th 6pm.

Crystal Springs Brewing - Naughty Marilyn - Belgian Golden - returns August 22nd.

Dry Dock Brewing - Pineapple & Thyme Blueberry Wheat - firkin - August 22nd 3pm.

Elk Mountain Brewing - IPA - returns August 18th.
Elk Mountain Brewing - Toasted Coconut Alt - firkin - August 20th.

Fieldhouse Brewing - Belgian Dubbel - test tap small batch - August 20th 5pm.

Fort Collins Brewery - 24 Carat IPA - taproom only - August 22nd.
Fort Collins Brewery - This Little Figgy - brown ale w/figs - taproom only - August 22nd.
Fort Collins Brewery - For the Love of Peach - August 23rd.

Freedom's Edge Brewing - Java Jolt - coffee ale - August 18th.

Front Range Brewing - Day Hike Belgian IPA - nitro tap - August 22nd.
Front Range Brewing - Evil TED - Brett Watermelon ale/lambic blend - August 23rd.

Funkwerks - Dahlia - Belgian Style Dark Ale - August 23rd.
Funkwerks - Peach Saison - August 23rd.
Funkwerks - Tropic King w/ginger peach tea - August 23rd.

Great Divide Brewing - Demeter Strawberry Rhubarb Kettle Sour - pilot brew - August 19th.

Great Storm Brewing - Seven Wolves IPA - returns August 21st.

Grimm Brothers - Golden Hairs Saaz - firkin - August 22nd.
Grimm Brothers - Golden Hairs Amarillo - firkin - August 22nd.

Horse & Dragon Brewing - Alt-ar of Sacrifice - Dusseldorf Altbier - August 19th.
Horse & Dragon Brewing - Peach Pale - firkin - August 23rd.

Left Hand Brewing - Pro Am Jalapeno Cream Ale - August 23rd 5pm.

Lowdown Brewery - Nitro IPA - August 20th.

Mountain Toad Brewing - Blanc de Blanca - American-Belgo IPA - August 21st.

Nano 108 Brewing/Randy Gingrich - American Wheat (homebrew collaboration) - August 20th 5:30pm.

Odd13 Brewing - Papa Silenus Double IPA - fresh batch - August 24th.

Odyssey Beerwerks - Pacific Rim IPA - August 22nd.

Pagosa Brewing Co - Alpine Abbey Dubbel - mug club members only - August 23rd 5pm.

Pateros Creek Brewing - Fatality - strawberry rhubarb lager - Outlaw tap - August 21st.
Pateros Creek Brewing - Yoshi's Huevos - jalapeno peach ale - August 23rd.

Phantom Canyon Brewing - Two Headed Dog - Imperial IPA - August 21st.

Powder Keg Brewing - Up and At 'Um Coffee Amber - August 24th.

Prost Brewing Co - Marzen - August 23rd.

Renegade Brewing - Hammer & Sickle (10% ABV) - Russian Imperial Stout - returns August 24th.

River North Brewery - Rum Barrel Quandary - returns August 23rd 1pm.

Rock Bottom (Denver) - Denver Steam - California Common - August 20th 6pm.

Smiling Toad Brewing - Coconut Porter - August 22nd.

Snowbank Brewing - Inclination IPA - August 22nd grand opening 12pm.
Snowbank Brewing - Silent Snow WIPA - August 22nd grand opening 12pm.
Snowbank Brewing - Bike Trail Pale - August 22nd grand opening 12pm.
Snowbank Brewing - Moon Arete Belgian Wheat - August 22nd grand opening 12pm.
Snowbank Brewing - Pawnee Porter - August 22nd grand opening 12pm.
Snowbank Brewing - Colorado Red - August 22nd grand opening 12pm.

Strange Craft Beer - Coconut Rum Porter - firkin - August 21st.

Two22 Brew - Strawberry Basil Lemon Saison - 1 sixtel - August 24th.

Vindication Brewing - Wet-Hopped Premium Session Bold Ale - August 24th.

Westminster Brewing - 12 Apostles - returns August 21st.
Westminster Brewing - American Pale - returns August 21st.

Yak & Yeti/Shelly Blais Yoga - Lavender-Warrior Imperial Saison - August 23rd 3pm.


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2014 Colorado Oktoberfest & Harvest Celebrations

2014 Colorado Oktoberfest & Harvest Celebrations"Eins zwei drei veir! Lift your steins and drink some beer!"

The 2014 Oktoberfest season is here! Fermentedly Challenged is gathering a list of all of the known Colorado Oktoberfests and Harvest Festival events around the state. This list will be continually updated throughout the Summer & Fall as more events become known.

Colorado is no stranger to Oktoberfest celebrations and there are plenty of them being planned for this year in August, September and October. These are a collection of community related events. There will also be some brewery specific events scheduled and will be added later as they are announced.

Take a look below at the list of Colorado cities hosting Oktoberfests or Harvest festivals this year. Links to their official sites are given if known. Dates, times and website links are subject to change at any time. Some websites won't be updated till later this year. More events will be added as they become known.

2014 Colorado Oktoberfest & Harvest Celebrations
Last updated: August 24, 2014.

Jump to Regional Listings:
Denver - Boulder/Longmont - Northern - Southeast - Mountains/Southwest

Denver Metro Oktoberfests

* Arvada - October 11, 2014 - Festival of Scarecrows - Olde Town Arvada.

* Brighton - October 18, 2014 - Octoberfest - Adams County Regional Park - Al Lesser Building - 9am - 6pm.

* Broomfield - September 19-20, 2014 - Broomfield Days.

* Castle Rock - October 4, 2014 - 9am-4pm - Festival Park (2nd & Perry St).

* Denver - September 19-21 & 26-28, 2014 - Lower Downtown at 20th & Larimer.

* Denver - September 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 2014 - Lowry Beer Garden - 7577 E Academy Blvd.

* Edgewater - September 20-21, 2014 - Celtic Harvest Festival - Citizens Park (22nd & Benton)

* Golden - Schuhplattlers Denver Kickers Oktoberfest - September 20, 2014 - 16676 W 50th, Golden.

* Highlands Ranch - September 20, 2014 - Town Center South. 2pm - 10pm.

* Littleton - September 12-14, 2014 - Summerset Festival - Clement Park (7306 W. Bowles Ave)

* Parker - September 20-21, 2014 - Historic Downtown - O'Brien Park


Boulder-Longmont Area Oktoberfests

* Erie - Miner's Blast (formerly Erie Harvest Fest) - October 4, 2014 - Erie Community Park.

* Longmont - September 26-27, 2014 - 4-10pm Fri - 12-10pm Sat - Roosevelt Park and Pavilion - presented by Left Hand Brewing Co.

* Nederland - Oktoberfest & Mountain Bike Race - September 13, 2014 - Guercio Ball Field - East Street 9am-9pm.

* Niwot - October 4, 2014 - Oktoberfest Niwot - Cottonwood Square - 2pm - 9pm.

* Niwot - September 20, 2014 - Bootstrap Brewing Co - Oktoberfestbier Tapping Party 2pm-9pm.

Northern Colorado Oktoberfests

* Berthoud - October 4th, 2014 - 11am to 6pm - Fickel Park.

* Brush - Oktoberfest & Car/Motorcycle Show - September 26-27, 2014 - Main Street at Clayton.

* Estes Park - Autumn Gold - Bands, Brats & Beer! - September 20-21, 2014 - Bond Park

* Fort Collins - FORToberfest - September 19-20, 2014 - Old Town Square.

* Fort Collins - Stevetoberfest 2014 @ Pateros Creek Brewing Company - September 20, 2014.

* Greeley - OktoBREWfest - September 26-27, 2014 - Fri. 5-10pm, Sat. 11am-9pm. Lincoln Park.

* Loveland - Oktoberfest - September 20, 2014 11am-8pm - Thunder Mountain Ampitheater.


* Steamboat Springs - OktoberWest - September 19-20, 2014 - Steamboat Mountain Village.

* Windsor - Windsor Harvest Festival - August 30 to September 1, 2014 - Eastman Park (Sat) and Main Park (Sun-Mon).

* Windsor - Volgafest - September 27, 2014 - Community Recreation Center.


Southeast Colorado Oktoberfests

* Canon City - September 27-28, 2014 - Harvest Fest - Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.

* Canon City - Sept. 13 - Oct. 12, 2014 - Royal Gorge Route Railroad Oktoberfest Train - 12:30pm

* Colorado Springs - September 26-28, 2014 - Security Service Field (Sky Sox Stadium).

* Colorado Springs - Pawtoberfest - September 20, 2014 - Bear Creek Regional Park.

* La Veta - October 4, 2014 - on Main Street - Beer Garden.

* Larkspur - September 13, 2014 - Autumn Harvest & Craft Fest - Community Park - 9am-4pm.

* Pueblo - Oktober Fest - September 12-13, 2014 - Pueblo Union Depot.

* Woodland Park - Rocky Mt. OktoberfestPLUS - Sept 20-21, 2014 - Ute Pass Cultural Center.


Mountain and Southwest Area Oktoberfests

* Beaver Creek - Oktoberfest - August 30-31, 2014 - Beaver Creek Plaza.

* Breckenridge - Oktoberfest - September 12-14, 2014 - 20th Annual event on Main Street.

* Carbondale - Celtic Fest / Oktoberfest - October 3-4, 2014 - downtown Main Street.

* Cedaredge - October 4-5, 2014 - Applefest - Town Park.

* Durango - Sept 27-28, 2014 - Oktoberfest Durango - Main Ave downtown betw 9th & 10th - 11am-5pm.

* Frisco - No date announced - Adventure Park.

* Fruita - September 26-28, 2014 - 100th Alpine Bank Fruita Fall Festival - Circle Park & Civic Center Pavilion.

* Georgetown - October 18-19, 25-26, Nov. 1-2, 2014 - Oktoberfest Beer tasting trains - Georgetown Loop Railroad.

* Grand Junction - October 4, 2014 - Oktoberfest - downtown - 10am - 10pm.

* Montrose - September 27, 2014 - Centennial Plaza - downtown.

* Morrison - T.E.V. Edelweiss Club - August 23-24, 2014 - Oktoberfest - 12pm to 12am.

* Pagosa Springs - ColorFest - September 19-20, 2014 - Town Park at Hermosa St.

* Vail - Oktoberfest - September 5-7 (Lionshead) & 12-14 (Vail Village), 2014.


Some of these celebrations will be detailed in the 2014 Colorado Beer Festivals and Events calendar listings on this site. Most city chamber of commerce web sites will have up to date information on their city's celebration.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Colorado Beer News 082214

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Be An Angel Day. Many believe they have a guardian angel. Others wish they had one. Why not be one for somebody today? Do something kind for someone unexpectedly. It's a day designed to go out of your way to help someone else and simply try to be a better person at least one day. Who knows, the act of kindness you give to someone may also be given to you someday. Why not lift someone's spirits (pun intended) and take them out for a pint today. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, August 22nd, 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

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - Today's new beer release is "Pacific Rim IPA". It taps at the open. This beer brings Kiwis, Koalas and Godzilla to mind and they all play nicely together in this IPA. Pair that with some Latin/Asian good from Chuey FU's. [5535 W 56th Ave, Suite 107, Arvada, CO]

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) - Their business hours are changing, expanding & simplifying. Beginning in a couple weeks (sometime in September), Jagged Mountain will open at 2pm Monday through Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday. They will stay open a bit longer on Sundays, but closing times will otherwise not change. They will also still open two hours before any remaining Rockies games. Come thirsty! [1139 20th St, Denver, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
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Two22 Brew (Centennial) - TGIF! Hey Teachers! Come by for $1 off all of your pints tonight. Also, American Grind will be on site tonight serving up burgers and fries. [4550 S Reservoir Rd, Centennial, CO]

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - Tonight Big Choice has their Punk-TOBERFEST for sale in cans!. That plus Tasty Eats. On Saturday (8/23), they will offer up their Bronco Party Package Deal. Get $1 off 4-packs and Growler Happy Hour. Food truck "Chow Down" will be there from 5pm - 7pm. Then on Sunday, it's Trivia and the "Lego Movie" at 3pm. Choose Wisely. [7270 W 118th Pl, Broomfield, CO]

Beers Made By Walking Festival (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] Beers Made By Walking invites brewers to go on nature hikes and make new beers that are inspired by plants from the trail. Each beer is a unique, drinkable portrait of the landscape. We are excited to announce our annual festival at Wynkoop Brewing in Denver on Friday, October 3rd, from 12-4pm MST. Now in it’s fourth year, the event showcases over 30 place-based beers to the countless beer lovers that have gathered in Denver for the Great American Beer Festival. Over twenty of the beers were made specifically for this event from Colorado breweries that have collaborated with us. Each beer is inspired by landscapes in an area of the brewer’s choosing. Brewers have hiked up 14,000 foot mountains, trekked through lush canyons, camped in national parks, and strolled through community gardens to find inspiration. Additionally we will serve a series of beers that fit into the Indigenous Style Category from breweries around the country. Tickets go on sale here, on 9/3 at noon MST. Visitors will receive special glassware for the event, and unlimited access to the beers, until they run out. We are happy to announce that half of the proceeds will once again be donated to the Cottonwood Institute in Denver, a non-profit organization that inspires young people to initiate positive change by strengthening their civic engagement, environmental stewardship, and leadership skills. [Wynkoop Brewing: 1634 18th St, Denver, CO]

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Tap-it Tuesday is coming! Save the date for this coming Tuesday, August 26th at 6pm. That's when Crooked Stave will release "Between the Staves", a sour ale aged in Cognac barrels. This is a collaboration beer that they did with Anchorage Brewing Company of Alaska. Tasters for $5 and full pours for $10. Pucker up! [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

Lone Tree Brewing Co (Lone Tree) - The brewery is looking for some help canning beer this coming Tuesday the 26th and Friday 29th. They need help from 8am to about 1pm. You will be compensated for your time with beer! Please email their assistant brewer Josh at west[at]lonetreebrewingco.com if you are interested. Please leave your contact info and he will get back to you. First come first serve. [8200 Park Meadows Dr, Suite 8222, Lone Tree, CO]

Saint Patrick's Brewing Co (Englewood) - There's always something brewing at Saint Patrick's. This week they will be bottling their Dry Hop Ginger Spice Saison, the HellEdel Helles, and their Belgian India Pale Lager. Currently in the fermenter is their Luminosity Oak Reserve and tomorrow they will begin brewing a French Barleywine. Stop in and taste what they've been up to. [4750 S Santa Fe Circle, Unit 2, Englewood, CO]

Rendezvous at the Rock Beer Festival (Castle Rock) - Tomorrow, August 23rd, is Castle Rock's Premiere Beer Festival from 1pm to 5pm! Rockyard Brewing is opening its location to over 30 different craft breweries for this 2nd annual event. There will be plenty of great beers, live bluegrass music and a lot of awesome food outside in the parking lot. VIP ticket will get you in 1 hour early and also give you a brewers swag bag. More info and tickets at: www.attherock.net. [880 Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO]

T.E.V Edelweiss Oktoberfest (Morrison) - The first Oktoberfest of the season is here! Enjoy 2 Days of Oktoberfest fun on August 23rd and 24th. They will have Opening ceremonies and Oktoberfest kick off starting at 11:30 am Saturday. The first band starts at 12:00pm Die Eldesteiner, and the 2nd band starts at 5pm the Rhinelanders. They will have 2 German dance groups perform throughout the day. They will have plenty of beer from Prost Brewing Company. They will also have a special display from the German American Heritage Museum for no extra charge. There will be kids games, face painting and German food served throughout the day. For more information, visit: www.tevedelweiss.org. Saturday 11am - 10pm and Sunday 11am - 5pm. Cost $7 admission.

Boulder County

Powder Keg Brewing Co (Niwot) - Come join in tomorrow, Saturday August 23rd from 10:00am to 2:00pm for their Hop Pickin' Party. Help them pick fresh hops and have a hand in helping make their seasonal brew. The Cascade and Chinook hops are coming from Haystack Hops in Longmont. They will give you a pint for every pound of hops you pick and also coupons for $1 off when the fresh hop beer is on tap. [101 2nd Ave, Niwot, CO]

Front Range Brewing Co (Lafayette) - The staff just got done dipping their first liquor store bottled beer with a gorgeous silver wax from their neighbors at Lafayette Homebrew Supply. Also, Day Hike Belgian IPA debuts on Nitro tonight. It was the favorite at their Belgian Beer Dinner with Connie from Follow the Ruel. At least until the small batch Dubbel came out. Enjoy part of your weekend with FRBC. [400 W South Boulder Rd, Suite 1650, Lafayette, CO]

Boulder Craft Beer Festival (Boulder) - The inaugural Boulder Craft Beer Fest is tomorrow, August 23r in West Central park - west of Broadway on Canyon Blvd. The fests runs from 12pm to 5pm. The event brings together Boulder County's best craft breweries for a tasting festival, offering attendees samples of Boulder's best beer from over 20 different breweries. The festival includes live music and food from local restaurants for purchase. Join in for this first of its kind event in Boulder County! Music from Andy Hackbarth (12:30pm - 2:30pm) and The HillBenders (3pm - 5pm). More info and tickets at: www.boulderdowntown.com/events/boulder-craft-beer-festival

12Degree Brewing (Louisville) - Pink Peppercorn Saison is back on tap at 12Degree Brewing! Previously released on their one-year anniversary, this refreshing farmhouse ale has a mild berry sweetness and subtle pepper spice. A brand new beer will be released Saturday night! Tigon is a hybrid Belgo-American pale ale aroma-hopped with Azacca, a new American dwarf hop. At 6.3% abv, Tigon is citrusy with notes of tropical fruit. Pommy Mowgli, a barrel-aged Brett saison with pomegranate, is still on tap but going fast! 12Degree will be at the inaugural Boulder Craft Beer Festival tomorrow. They will be pouring Pink Peppercorn Saison and Cerberus, their golden strong ale aged on tart cherries. Should be an outstanding festival! [820 Main St, Louisville, CO]

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - While you were probably busy working today, Boulder Beer was busy canning their "Singletrack Rye Pale Ale". Look for it in the Boulder Beer Pub and at local stores soon. [2880 Wilderness Pl, Boulder, CO]

NedFest (Nederland) - NedFest is an annual three-day outdoor music, arts and microbrew festival with camping located in the mountains of Nederland Colorado, just 17 miles west of (and 3,000 ft. above) Boulder. It's happening all this weekend August 22-24th in Jeff Guercio Memorial Baseball park on Easy Street in Nederland. This is an extremely cool, family-oriented event that is held the last weekend of August (before Labor Day weekend). The music featured can range from Bluegrass, Jamband, Jamgrass, and Rock to Jazz and World genres, or moreover, a sound that blends these styles and others together. Friday evening there are two bands then five acts perform on Saturday and Sunday on one stage with acoustic "tweener" sets between each band. There are also "official" late night shows on Friday and Saturday at an indoor venue nearby. Plus, plenty of Left Hand, Very Nice Brewing, Redstone Meadery and Boulder Beer drinks available! Website & Tickets: www.nedfest.org.

Loveland Oktoberfest - September 20, 2014

Northern Colorado

Crow Hop Brewing Co(Loveland) - Get ready for the weekend! Friday night beers plus live music from Starborn Sunrise playing from 6-9pm. On Saturday, wear your Broncos gear and get $1 off beers during the game. Then on Sunday enjoy pizza with your beer. Each pint sold comes with a free slice of Stout Market pizza until it's all gone. [217 E 3rd St, Loveland, CO]

Snowbank Brewing Company (Ft. Collins) - The beer business is booming in Fort Collins. Snowbank Brewing Company opens TODAY officially for the 1st time. They plan to have six beers on tap for opening day today (12pm to 9pm) including: Silent Snow WIPA, Inclination IPA, Colorado Red, Moon Arete Wheat, Bike Trail Pale and Pawnee Porter! They are located close to several other breweries, and practically next door to the north of The Fort Collins Brewery. Snowbank Brewing plans to have Umami Mobile Eatery on site for the opening as well with a huge menu of food. This brewery plans to focus on innovation and the passion for the Colorado lifestyle. Stop in and check them out. [225 N Lemay Ave, Suite 1, Ft. Collins, CO]

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - Patrick's just hosted their Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Beer Camp Across American collaboration beer tap take over last night and those 12 beers will continue to be on tap until they're all gone. On this coming Thursday, August 28th, 100% of the sales of all Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Series beers will be donated to the Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières Ebola Fund, an effort to help treat and stop the spread of the Ebola virus in Africa. How many Beer Camp collaboration beers have you tried so far? Also available in taster flights of 6. [907 8th Ave, Greeley, CO]

Big Beaver Brewing Co (Loveland) - Today they released "Goldenmember", a golden strong ale (11.5% Abv). There's just 2 kegs of this brew so don't miss out. They've also brought back their cider/beer blend. This time they're featuring their Pale Ale and Peach Cider. [2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Suite 9, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Foam Fest Microbrew Tasting (Pueblo) - The Colorado State Fair is in full swing and this Saturday marks the return of Foam Fest from 6pm to 9pm. Looking to taste some great craft beer while you visit the Colorado State Fair? Stop over at Foam Fest inside the Special Events Tent. Come and taste beer from more than 20 of Colorado's craft breweries! Admission is $30 and gets you a commemorative cup and the chance to take a tasting tour of more than 40 of Colorado's best beers. You also will see the awards presented for the Fair's home-brew and craft beer competitions! Does not include the cost of admission to the Fair however. More info on the official website: www.coloradostatefair.com.

Mountains and West

San Juan Brewfest (Durango) - This Saturday, August 23rd is the annual San Juan Brew fest in Buckley Park in downtown Durango. The fest runs from 1pm to 5pm (VIP at 12pm). Around 50 breweries and 100+ different beers will be pouring beers in beautiful Buckley Park in historic downtown Durango for this annual event that benefits United Way of Southwest Colorado. Event will go on rain or shine. Kids are allowed in if they are supervised. Kids 13-20 ticket is $10, and kids 0-12 Free. There will be several food vendors available with food for purchase. VIP's get food included in the VIP lounge. More info and tickets at: sanjuanbrewfest.com. $25 gets you in to drink beer (21+). Free for Designated Drivers.

The Great Central City Beer Festival - Enjoy a beer fest in the heart of Colorado casino country on Historic Main Street in Central City, CO this Saturday, August 23rd from 1pm to 6pm. There will be over 40 breweries attending and pouring beers. Wander historic Main Street with your to-go cups, drink beer, play in the casinos and have some fun. Food and additional refreshments are available also. No pets please. Park anywhere off of adjacent streets and lots. Families are welcome. Plenty of street vendors, live music and restaurants too. Bring your ID for all drinking and gambling. More info at: www.centralcitybeerfest.com.
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