Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Colorado Beer News 042314

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Talk Like Shakespeare Day. It t'was on this day 450 years ago that poet, author and playwright William Shakespeare was born. Today useth the word thou instead of you. Speaketh in rhymed couplets. Addeth the letters "eth" to the end of thy verbs. Perhaps throw in some wherefores, methinks or mayhaps into your dialog. Perhaps even dress up like Shakespeare and compareth women to a summer's day. Have fun with it and drinkest thou some ale at the end of the day. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, April 23rd, 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

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - Have you tried their recently tapped new craft beer yet? Stop in for a pint of "Walt Wit, Man!", a wheat beer accented with lemon grass and lemon peel flavors and aromas with a very mild bitterness and slightly sweet finish. Perfect for these warm Spring days. [6730 S Cornerstar Way, Suite D, Aurora, CO]

Castle Rock Homebrew Supply (Castle Rock) - Castle Rock Homebrew Supply is an official site for the American Homebrew Association's Big Brew Day on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 9am to 4pm. Doubling as a celebration of the company’s one-year anniversary, the event will feature opportunities for brewers of all experience levels to learn and share tips and brews, fresh barbeque from Castle Rock's Premier BBQ company, Holy Smokes Colorado, and giveaways (including the grand prize 7-gallon stainless bucket conical fermenter). All are welcome to join the festivities, and brewers are invited to join Castle Rock Homebrew Supply owner Eric Seufert in on-site brewing. [1043 Park St, Castle Rock, CO - behind the gun shop]

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

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - There's a new Discovery Beer tapping happening today at 5:00pm. Stop in to try their Belgian IPA. Stick around for the live acoustic soul music from Ash Ganley and pair that beer with Bubba Duke's BBQ. [5535 W 56th Ave, Suite 107, Arvada, CO]

Comrade Brewing Co (Denver) - Denver's newest brewery is scheduled to open this Saturday, April 26th. Initially, they plan to be open 5 days a week - Wednesday through Sunday 12pm to 8pm and open til 10pm Fridays and Saturdays. The brews are getting ready. They plan to offer up a Blonde ale, a Red ale, a Coffee Milk Stout, an International-style Pale Ale and an IPA. They are brewing on a 15-barrel brewhouse system made by JV Northwest from Canby, Oregon. Their initial brewing capacity will be around 1,000 barrels. Come by this Saturday for their grand opening. [7667 E Iliff Ave, Unit F, Denver, CO]

Blue Spruce Brewing (Centennial) - Speaking of grand openings, Blue Spruce Brewing is also planning to open this weekend. They just wrapped up passing all of their final inspections and will open either Friday or Saturday (not officially announced yet). This brewery is also serving food from it's own kitchen and will feature Mazatlan-style Mexican food. Plan to drop by this weekend for their opening. Business hours will be posted soon. [4151 E County Line Rd Unit G, Centennial, CO]

Westminster Brewing Co (Westminster) - It's going to be a weekend full of beer and good music. Stop in Friday for a taste of their new seasonal wheat beer and stay for live music from The CBDs from 6-9pm. Then on Saturday, the beer continues to flow along with more live music with Big Paddy from 6-9:30pm. [7655 W 108th Ave, Unit 600, Westminster, CO]

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Happy Hump Day! And for today's Hump Day Helper they are offering their Session IPA and Irish Stout on Nitro. Only $3 per pint all day long today. [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, Co]

Strange Brewing Co (Denver) - Last Thursday they tapped just a firkin of it, but today they're tapping an entire barrel's worth of their popular Super Kriek - imperial style kriek weighing in at 8% ABV and 15 IBUs. Then stick around for dinner as Chuey FU's will be on site serving up latin-asian style grub. While you're there, get tickets for their "Strange Cheese Incident" cheese & beer pairing set for Monday, April 28th at 6pm. Tickets are $25 at the brewery or online at Eventbrite. [1330 Zuni St, Unit M, Denver, CO]

Renegade Brewing Co (Denver) - Two beers are about to kick and two new ones are ready to go when they do! Come kill their last kegs of Consilium Pale Ale and Beermuda Black Saison and be rewarded with Bloody 'Ell, a Belgian Blood Orange Ale and their Fruhling Maibock! [925 W 9th Ave, Denver, CO]

Colorado Cider Co (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] On May 17 from 1- 4 PM, Colorado Cider Company will host a membership rally for the Boulder, Colorado-based American Homebrewers Association (AHA). “With the growing popularity of cider making in the homebrewing community,” says AHA Director Gary Glass, “the American Homebrewers Association is excited to have Colorado Cider host the first AHA membership rally ever held at a cidery." “In a survey we conducted of homebrewers last year,” Glass reports, “we found that 38% of our members have made cider. That percentage is up from 33% reported by members in a 2010 survey.” That’s good news to brewer-turned-cider-maker Brad Page, the founder of Colorado Cider. “We want to help more homebrewers add cider to their list of fermented creations,” Page says. “If we can get more people using the apple in their homebrewing, that’s good for beer makers and cider culture.” The event will feature tours of the Colorado Cider facility, samplings of the company’s creations, educational info on cider making, local food trucks and cider-minded fellowship. Admission to the event is free for current members of the AHA. Non AHA members can attend this event by joining the AHA at the event and sign up at a discounted rate for rally attendees. [2650 W 2nd Ave #10, Denver, CO]

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - Stop in and check out today's firkin. They will be tapping The Dirty Blonde (a cocoa infused ale) at 4:00pm. There won't be a food truck tonight so feel free to bring food or order in. [18921 Plaza Dr, Parker, CO]

Boulder County

The Post Brewing Co (Lafayette) - Have you checked out their new outdoor patio yet? They just opened it over the weekend and with the warmer weather upon us now you can enjoy your beer outdoors and soak up some sun! Come check out the beer and the patio soon. Also, mark your calendars for Monday, May 5th and come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the release of their Top Rope Mexican Lager. The celebration will run from 4pm to 10:30pm that day. [105 W Emma St, Lafayette, CO]

Twelve Degree Brewing (Louisville) - Women beer enthusiasts, chocolate lovers, and foodies are in for a decadent treat in an upcoming beer & chocolate pairing set for Wednesday, April 30th at 7pm. 12 Degree Brewing of Louisville is hosting a pairing with their Belgian artisan ales and Robin Chocolates of Longmont. The pairing is all about what happens when care in beer meets care in food. It demonstrates a synergy between artisan Belgian craft beer and handcrafted fine chocolates. The experts in each location will be speaking at the event: Robin Autorino, owner of Robin Chocolates, and Jon Howland, Head Yeast Wrangler at 12 Degree Brewing. Organized by Barley’s Angels Colorado, the event takes place on April 30th, begins at 7pm, and costs $20. Sign up here. Also, now back on tap - their popular Sorach L'Orange, a Belgian-style farmhouse ale. [820 Main St, Louisville, CO]

Bootstrap Brewing Co (Niwot) - Today on tap they've brought back a variation on their golden ale, it's Pineapple Gold. Now available. Ask for it when you stop in this week. [6778 N 79th St, Niwot, CO]

Northern Colorado

Compass Cider (Ft. Collins) - How does a hard cider business spend Earth Day? They ended up planting a couple hundred apple and pear trees yesterday. This will help ensure even more apples and pears are available here in Colorado in the years ahead that will go to make delicious Colorado hard cider. [216 N College Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Odell Summer MontageOdell Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] This week, Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of its Summer Montage Variety Pack featuring flagships 90 Shilling and IPA, the current Seasonal offering, and the newest Roots Release beer, Perle White IPA. Inspired by its small-batch pilot system, the Roots Release series honors the brewery’s experimental brewing roots and allows folks beyond the tap room the chance to sample some of its favorites. The Perle hop shines in this latest Roots Release brew, a crisp white IPA. Hints of herbs and fruit mingle with the delicate wheat for a clean and bright finish that will leave drinkers smiling “Perle White features both the traditional Oregon-grown Perle hop as well as a new public variety, the Triple Perle from Washington,” said Brendan McGivney, director of production. “Both hops provide a uniquely complex combination of fruit and spice balancing the wheat with subtle hints of pepper and stone fruit.” The Summer Montage also features summer seasonal, St. Lupulin. An extra pale ale, St. Lupulin is dry-hopped with select hops, including Cascade and Centennial, giving the beer a bright citrus and floral aroma and flavor. The beer is affectionately named for a mystical legend who passionately tended to rows and rows of hops, caring for the coveted yellow resin within the hop cones known as Lupulin. Perle White IPA will be available in the Summer Montage Variety Pack in select markets beginning April 22nd and on draft in May. [800 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Fort Collins Beer Week (Ft. Collins) - Get ready Northern Colorado for Fort Collins Beer Week - May 11th to 18th, 2014. Experience the best of Fort Collins beer at 50 venues all across the city featuring beers from all 13 FoCo breweries. For specific events, dates and times - visit www.fortcollinsbeerweek.com. It's part of the nationwide celebration of American Craft Beer Week.

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - There's still time to sign up for their Regulators Mug Club now through April 30th. It's a great deal and you'll get so much more out of each visit to PCBC. Ask your server for details and sign up before the deadline. [242 N College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

New Belgium ClipsNew Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] New Belgium Brewing today announced its 2014 national schedule for Clips Beer & Film Tour; the beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefitting show that will stop in twenty-one cities this year. From May to November the tour will travel coast-to-coast for its fifth season. Clips is a free event, with all proceeds from beer sales going to local nonprofits. Since its inception in 2010, Clips Beer & Film Tour has raised nearly $370,000 for nonprofits nationwide. Clips offers a venue where guests can try New Belgium’s more esoteric beer offerings, while watching short films created by New Belgium fans. Up to 18 beer varieties will be on tap, including some of the more hard-to-come-by beers from the Lips of Faith series, as well as brewery classics. New Belgium beers will be available in 3-ounce samples or a 12-ounce pour. Served up by local beneficiary volunteers, there's plenty of fun to be had alongside a host of traveling tricks and contests. Food from local vendors will also be available. “Clips inspires an atmosphere that celebrates creativity and gives people a fun way to enjoy an evening out,” said Christie Catania, Clips National Special Events Manager. “We set the stage for people to come together, enjoy some beer, friends, films and donate to their community - all under the stars in a local park. It’s a great time for all.” New Belgium selects approximately 20 short films for the tour each season from an online film competition. During each stop, New Belgium tries to leave as little of an environmental footprint as possible. Since its inception, Clips has diverted 85 percent of event waste from landfills, and partners with local organizations in each city to keep the events clean and green. Colorado cities include: Boulder (July 11 @ 29th Street Mall), and Colorado Springs (July 17 @ America the Beautiful Park).

Southern Front Range

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Just a reminder that on Wednesdays you get a special deal on growler jug refills. Get yours refilled for $1 off the regular price today. Open today until 10pm. [1604 S Cascade, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Elevation Beer Co (Poncha Springs) - Elevation Releases Spring Black and Double Black Series Seasonals [PRESS RELEASE] - Elevation Beer Company has just released it's Third Base, a Belgian Tripel, and will be releasing Signal De Botrange, a Chardonnay barrel-aged Farmhouse this May. Signal De Botrange was the first barrel-aged release for Elevation and after taking a hiatus in 2013 is back this Spring. “This year it was aged for just over 8 months in Napa Valley Chardonnay barrels and will have some slight acidity as well as some nice notes of clove, chardonnay, pepper, and citrus.” Says Head Brewer Christian Koch, “It also comes in at a whopping 9.86% ABV this year as well.” Elevation has also brought back its Third Base, a classic Belgian Tripel, this year brewed with Orange Peel and Coriander and coming in at just over 9%. “This year Third Base will be slightly drier and have a more pronounced spice profile,” says Koch. “We have been excited with how it is tasting this year. Both beers will be available across Colorado and Texas starting in early April for Third Base and early May for Signal de Botrange. Elevation is also excited to announce that it's Señorita, a Horhcata Imperial Porter, took home a Bronze at the 2014 World Beer Cup® in the Herb and Spice Category. The beer will be out again as our winter Black Series release in December of 2014. [115 Pahlone Pkwy, Poncha Springs, CO]

J Fargos Micro Brewery (Cortez) - Every Wednesday their offering a big beer special, get micro brews for $1.50 and macro brews for $1.00. That's not "off", that's the final price! [1209 E Main, Cortez, CO]

Kannah Creek Brewing Co (Grand Junction) - The brewery teased a new beer coming later this year. They are busy aging and testing a Bourbon Barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout. It's been aging since January and should be ready by the end of the summer or early fall. They may even bottle a small amount of it in bombers and distribute in a very limited quantity. Talk about a tease! Stay tuned. [1960 N 12th St, Grand Junction, CO]

Pug Ryan's Steakhouse & Brewery (Dillon) - Why limit Happy Hour to an hour? That's why they run Happy Hour daily from 3pm to 6pm. Get $3 pints and wells, $4 Margaritas and $1 off wines by the glass and 25% off appetizers. [104 Village Pl, Dillon, CO]
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

July 2014 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar

2014 Colorado Beer Festivals & EventsJuly 2014

July 2014 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar

July is one of the busiest months of the year for outdoor beer festivals. You can expect to have anywhere between 1 to 4 different festivals each week as the popularity of beer festivals in this state continues to grow. More and more events will be added to this calendar as July approaches. So get out your favorite hat, put on your sun block and head outdoors for some of the best beer fests in the country. These calendar listings are updated weekly or whenever new events are made public. Event organizers wishing to have their Colorado beer-related event added to these calendar listings please use the Contact Form and let us know all the details. In most cases, the event will be listed within a few days.

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Denver's Biergarten FestivalDenver's Biergarten Festival
Friday - Sunday, July 11-13, 2014
TEV Edelweiss - 17832 Hwy 8
Morrison, CO
Time: Fri 4-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 10am-5pm.
Cost: $5 entry Fri-Sat, Sun. free. Beer extra.
This year’s Beer Garden (Biergarten) Festival will be bigger and better than ever before! They have added more music, more beer and more entertainment. Stop by on the third day (Sunday morning) to enjoy a real German Frühschoppen (brunch). Be sure to come and join us at Denver’s largest and most authentic beer garden festival! Website: www.biergartenfest.com.

Colorado Irish Fest20th Annual Colorado Irish Festival
Friday - Sunday, July 11-13, 2014
Clement Park
Littleton, CO
Time: Fri 5-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-7pm.
Cost: Fri $10, Sat $12 ($10 senior), Sun $10 (advance sales). At gate more.
VIP Paddy'O: $39/$44/$57/$69 or $149 all weekend.
Held in the heather of Clement Park in Littleton, with a backdrop of the Rocky Mountain Highlands, the Colorado Irish Festival celebrates all that is Green. This eclectic gathering of tens of thousands is known throughout the west for its outrageous display of kilts and bagpipes; Gaelic sports and Irish step dancing; and the best Irish rock and classic music this side of the Emerald Isle. The 2014 line up promises to be a memorable weekend of great entertainment. If you thought St. Patty's was fun, imagine 3 days of non-stop celebration. Check out The Paddy'O - a private, members only area that anyone 21 years of age and older can join. The Paddy 'O is a fun, raucous place for you and your friends to relax away from the crowds. You will enjoy no lines for drinks, tickets, or the privy! Relax in a private tent providing shade, your own private viewing area of the main stage, food for purchase, and a private bar! Must be 21 yrs. or older. Tickets Limited!Website: www.coloradoirishfestival.org.

2014 Colorado Brewers Rendezvous18th Annual Colorado Brewers Rendezvous
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Riverside Park
Salida, CO
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Cost: $40 per person.
Over 50+ Colorado breweries will be in attendance for one of the best brewer attended festivals of the year. It's the 18th Annual Colorado Brewers Rendezvous! There will be plenty of live music, local food vendors and of course a wide variety of Colorado craft beer. Meet the brewers in a quiet intimate setting. Set in the spacious Riverside Park in Salida, Colorado. This is a major fundraiser for the Colorado Brewers' Guild and will feature some of the best craft beers in the state. Website: Click here.

German Fest Denver 20147th Annual German Fest Denver
Friday - Sunday, July 18-20, 2014
Civic Green Park - 9370 Ridgeline Blvd.
Highlands Ranch, CO
Time: Fri 5-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-6pm.
Cost: $8 entry, beer extra. $2 off if you wear Bavarian wardrobe.
This is an annual family outdoor entertainment event focused on traditional German / European culture with activities for both adults and children. Here will will find all kinds of arts & crafts, culture, food & beer, customs and ethnic celebrations. Free parking. Website: germanfestdenver.com.

2014 Hops for Habitat BrewfestHops for Habitat Brewfest
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Plains Conservation Center - 21901 E Hampden Ave.
Aurora, CO
Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Cost: $40 Adv, $45 at the door.
Plan to join in at the Plains Conservation Center for the 10th annual fundraiser. Nearly 20 Colorado breweries will be pouring beers as well as wine from several Colorado vineyards. Listen to live music and enjoy food from several local food trucks. Enjoy wagon rides, the scenery and more. Must be 21 years or older to attend. Website: Click here.

2014 Denver Summer Brew FestDenver Summer Brew Fest
Friday - Saturday, July 25-26, 2014
Mile High Station - 2027 Old West Colfax Ave
Denver, CO
Time: 7pm to 10pm, VIP entry 6pm.
Cost: VIP $40 adv/$45 gate, General $30 adv/$35 gate. 2-day $50.
One of Denver's biggest summer beer fests with over 125+ brews from 45+ craft breweries. The festival now spans 2 days! The Summer Brew Fest at Mile High Station will celebrate craft beverages from around Colorado and beyond and features; live local music, food, and other vendors. This event benefits Swallow Hill Music Association. Come hungry, they'll have some awesome food vendors selling pretzels, sausages, turkey legs, pizza & more! Limited parking - take the light rail to the fest this year. Website: www.denverbrewfest.com/summer.

Breckenridge Summer Beer FestivalBreckenridge Summer Beer Festival
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center
Breckenridge, CO
Time: 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Cost: $30.87 General, $72.87 VIP advance price. DD $28.24.
New location for 2014! The Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival is one of the premiere events in Breckenridge, Colorado each year bringing over 30 breweries for tastings, FREE live music, a VIP area and wonderful food and retail vendors. All taking place in beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado with amazing views of the mountains! Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival was voted one of the Best Events of the Summer by 5280 in 2010! For the 2014 event, they'll be adding more breweries (over 40) and a few other great surprises for you so stay tuned as the date gets closer. Website: Click here.

Other July Events Planned - Details and more events coming soon.

- Loveland Aleworks 2nd Anniversary - July 4th weekend, 2014 - 118 W 4th St, Loveland, CO.
- 2nd annual Erie Brewfest - early July 2014. Erie, CO. Date/Time/Location TBA.
- Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & Brew - Loveland, CO. Downtown area - Date/Time TBA.
- Twisted Pine's 19th Anniversary Party - mid-July 2014 - Boulder, CO - Date/Time TBA.
- Breckenridge Brewery's 24th Anniversary Party - Denver, CO - Date/Time TBA.

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Colorado Beer News 042214

Colorado Beer NewsHappy Earth Day! It's the annual celebration to rally support for global environmental protection of our world. Do what you can today to help out the environment around you. Cut emissions by driving less. Recycle plastics, metals, paper and glass, or perhaps plant a tree. Attend an Earth Day event near you. Help make the Earth a better place for our children and future generations. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, April 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

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - This week marks their 3 year anniversary. They plan on offering several new beers, hosting live music, and having some great food selections available from Thursday, April 24th to Sunday, April 27th. After the party is over, they will close for 1 day on Monday, April 28th in order to give their employees time to rest up. Check the Colorado Beer Releases page for all the beers available that weekend. [1338 S Valentia St #100, Denver, CO]

Blue Spruce Brewing (Centennial) - It's finally happening! The brewery has now passed their final city inspections and will be opening later this week! Look for Blue Spruce Brewing to open its doors by the weekend. They will post a formal announcement on Facebook any day now. The brewery is also a restaurant that will feature Mazatlan style Mexican food. They plan to eventually host between 8-12 of their own beers on tap made on their own 7 barrel brewing system along with having a couple of local guest taps. [4151 E County Line Rd Unit G, Centennial, CO]

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

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - [PRESS RELEASE] Beginning in May, Aurora’s Dry Dock Brewing Company will offer its canned Apricot Blonde ale in 12-packs. This misty golden blonde ale is fermented with shiploads of fruit. It finishes crisp and clean, creating endless pairing potential with foods like salmon, Monterey jack cheese, and lemon custard. Apricot Blonde comes in at 5.1% ABV and is barely bitter with 17 IBUs. This year, Dry Dock’s Apricot Blonde won a silver World Beer Cup® in the fruit beer category. In 2012, the brewery took home a gold medal from the Great American Beer Festival® for the Apricot Blonde. The beer has received six medals at the Colorado State Fair since the brewery’s inception in 2005. [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Hops & Pie (Denver) - Special beers are now on tap at Hops & Pie: Death by Coconut from Oskar Blues, Copper Cone from Epic, Walnut Porter from The Commons, White Wine Barrel Aged J. Marie from River North, and Raspberry Provincial from Funkwerks - ALL TAPPED! Pair that with a delicious slice of pizza pie while you're there. [3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

TRVE Brewing (Denver) - Their sour red ale Tiphareth will be available in their taproom today in bottles and in stores later this week. You'll want to try it! [227 Broadway #101, Denver, CO]

Epic Brewing (Denver) - Denver's Mac Spa brings their iMovie workshop to the Epic tap room. Film a brewery tour, drink beer and learn how to edit your footage in iMovie! $20. Sign up at www.themacspa.com. Choose either April 23rd and 29th from 3-5pm. The fee includes an exclusive brewery tour, one beer or flight, and guidance on how to shoot, edit and finish a video on your iPad or iPhone. [3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Cannonball Creek Brewing Co (Golden) - Today they have tapped the last of their collaboration brews with 12 Degree Brewing. Coalesce Saison with Brett and Coalesce Framboise with Raspberries are both on tap today. These will go quickly. Pacific Bonsai will also be there providing Japanese/Hawaiian fusion food! 393 N Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

South Denver Beer Festival (Littleton) - Mark your calendars for May 3rd & 4th. Those are the days set for this year's South Denver Beer Festival in Clement Park in Littleton, CO. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the gate. Featuring 120 craft beers, ciders, meads and wines. Craft spirits will be available in the VIP area. More info and link on the May Beer Fest Calendar.

Falling Rock Tap House (Denver) - Coming up on Saturday, May 3rd at 6:30pm, Falling Rock will host the Brew Crew from Stone Brewing Company for a special tapping of a new beer - Spröcketbier, a black rye Kölsch-style ale. This brew will be distributed nationally starting this week. They will also be pouring Stone IPA and Stone Go To IPA. [1919 Blake St, Denver, CO]

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - This Friday, April 25th marks the return of their Water Tower Weisse beer. Friday only, they will offer that beer for just $2.50 a pint (that includes tax). [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - Today is $2 Tuesday. Today they are pouring $2 house pints, well drinks & pizza slices. House brews today include: DANK IPA, Les Quatre Saisons, Model Citizen Golden Ale, Cinna Chai Milk Stout, Norma Jean Belgian Dubbel, Walt Wit, Man!, Diggity Dank Imperial IPA, and Nitro Milk Stout. What'll you have? [6730 S Cornerstar Way Suite D, Aurora, CO]

Former Future Brewing Co (Denver) - Starting today, Former Future will be open on Tuesdays from 4pm to 10pm. One more day each week to savor their beer. [1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO]

Nationwide

AHA Big Brew Day (Nationwide) - In honor of National Homebrew Day (which falls every year on May 7), each year the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) celebrates AHA Big Brew on the first Saturday in May. This year, throughout the day on May 3rd, hundreds of bars, breweries, shops and clubs all over the country will host their local communities to brew on-site for a national, same-day homebrewing session. At 11am MDT, all homebrewers and beer lovers are encouraged to raise a glass of homebrew in a simultaneous toast that celebrates those who craft outstanding homemade beer, mead and wine for their friends and loved ones. A number of suggested homebrew recipes are selected for AHA Big Brew participants to follow. This year’s recipes—which consist of a pale ale, stout and dark lager—are all gold medal winners from last year’s National Homebrew Competition, the world’s largest beer competition. Check your local homebrew clubs or breweries to see if they are hosting an event near you.

Westminster Brewing Co (Westminster) - Their 1066 English Bitter Ale is now back on tap today. Other beers on tap today include: 12 Apostles (German ale), WBC Irish Ale, Moses (Chocolate Porter), Shiva (IPA), WBC American Pale, Abel (Black IPA, almost gone!), and WBC Imperial Stout. On cask: Olde Irish Ale, Olde Moses, Olde Shiva, and Old American Pale. Plus, ask for a free half-pint taste of their Beer X beer experiment. They want your feedback on it. [7655 W 108th Ave, Unit 600, Westminster, CO]

Boulder County

Fate Brewing Co (Boulder) - Make sure to stop by FATE on Cinco De Mayo (Monday, May 5th). They will be releasing 750ml bottles of their Arta Tequila barrel aged Gose! They'll also be tapping a Mexican Style Dark Lager. Should be an awesome day to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. [1600 38th St, Boulder, CO]

300 Suns Brewing (Longmont) - Their Colorado Sunday SMASH 2.0 is now on tap. This Single Malt, Single Hop ale is brewed with all Colorado ingredients. Chinook hops and 2-row pale malt give it a light, refreshing flavor just in time for this beautiful weather. Also, they have extended their hours for Spring & Summer, Mon-Thurs 2-9pm - Fri-Sat noon-10pm - Sunday noon-8pm. Also, don't forget tonight is Trivia Night for teams of 2-6 people. [335 1st Ave, Unit C, Longmont, CO]

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - This Sunday, April 27th at 1:00pm marks the release of their Rufus Corvus Barrel-aged Sour Ale (#19) in the Tap Room. Described as an artful and massively acidic blend of two major projects and further enhanced with several orphan barrels from the corners of their barrel aging cellar. All ale involved was barrel aged for a minimum of 8 months and a maximum of 24 months. Bottle sales begin at 1pm. Each bottle is $12 per 12oz. bottle, limit 12 bottles per person. Bring cash for the lineup of rare beers available on draft! But first, join in for brunch from 9-11:30am before the release! [5763 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO]

Microbreweries for the Environment (Boulder) - The 22nd annual event is back for another year at the Boulder Theater this Friday, April 25th. This year they have 19 breweries participating and two high energy Colorado-based bands. Tickets are $23 to help benefit five local non-profit organizations. Beers will be $2 per pint. Doors open at 8:00pm. More info at www.bouldertheater.com. [2032 14th St, Boulder, CO]

Northern Colorado

Front Range Rally (Loveland) - Today is the last day - Enter to win 2 FREE General Admission tickets to the Front Range Rally beer festival in Loveland, CO set for May 31, 2014. This free to enter contest runs until 11:59pm April 22nd. Enter here on the blog (look for the Giveaways link) or on Facebook by clicking on the Giveaway box. The winner will be announced Friday April 25th. ENTER NOW HERE! There will be 40 breweries pouring over 100 different beers. Plus there will be a wide variety of food trucks on hand as well as a music stage with two different bands. All of the proceeds go to benefit Food Bank for Larimer County. The festival runs from 2:30pm to 7:00pm on May 31, 2014 on the grounds of the Loveland Food Bank - 2600 N. Lincoln Ave in Loveland, CO.

Wiley Roots Brewing Co (Greeley) - Wiley Roots will be the subject of their very first Tap Takeover in honor of the upcoming UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival (April 24-26) this Thursday, April 24th at the Moxi Theater in downtown Greeley. Then again on Friday, April 25th, the Moxi Theater will tap a special Wiley Roots small batch beer that was brewed just for the festival called "One by One", a single hop, single malt pale ale. Moxi Theater: 802 9th St, Greeley, CO.

Brewery Bingo (Northern Colorado) - Brewery Bingo is coming back for another year during American Craft Beer week (May 12-18, 2014). During that week, stop by any Northern Colorado craft brewery and ask for a bingo card. Visit at least 5 different Northern Colorado breweries in Ft. Collins, Windsor, Loveland, Greeley or Berthoud that week and get stamps on your bingo card. Get a Bingo and win a special t-shirt! Details on the official Facebook page.

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Stop in tomorrow, Wednesday April 23rd for another special firkin tapping. This week they'll be tapping "Spicy Peach", a light blonde ale brewed with peaches, honey and habaneros. Nice sweetness with just enough heat. Then this Saturday, April 26th get ready for a Patio Party. Live music, food, beer releases and more. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - For today's Tuesday special, stop in for Growler and Snarler fills where you'll get $2.00 off. Don't forget to get your growler card punched to help earn free refills! This is one time where getting punched is a good thing! [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Starting this Wednesday, Bike to Funkwerks on Wednesdays. In addition to becoming a zero waste brewery, Funkwerks would like to encourage bicycling during the warmer months. Bike to the taproom on Wednesdays and your second beer is one the house! Starting tomorrow. [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

FoCoMX 6 (Ft. Collins) - The 6th Fort Collins Music Experiment (FoCoMX) is happening this Friday and Saturday, April 25th & 26th at many venues across town and several Ft. Collins breweries and craft beer hotspots will be venues for many of the music events. Music will be playing all weekend (be sure to get your wristband). Some of the venues include: Equinox Brewing, Choice City Butcher & Deli, Cranknstein, The Mainline, Odell Brewing, Pateros Creek Brewing, Tap n Handle, and more! For venue and band details visit: focomx.focoma.org.

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Today you can get $1 off glasses of "Five Second Frencher" all day long. Also ladies, tonight is a Verboten Sisterhood group meeting at 6:30pm. $5 for a class on ESB's tonight. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - It's back on tap! Their "G-MAN" IPA. Stop in for a pint of this hoppy brew. [4025 S Mason, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Today starting at 5pm they will offer Happy Hour prices with $2 craft beers. Need another reason to visit today? [623 N Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Brewer's Republic (Colorado Springs) - Don't miss out on Colorado Springs Craft Week. Brewer's Republic will be hosting a couple events during the week of April 27th through May 4th, 2014. On Sunday, April 27th they will be hosting a Barrel Aged Beer Dinner featuring four barrel aged beers from four ‪local‬ breweries, this dinner will offer 4 beers, 4 course for $40 starting at 5pm. Beers from Great Storm Brewing, Nano 108 Brewing Company, Pikes Peak Brewing, & Bristol Brewing Company. Get your tickets now at Brewer's Republic! [112 N Nevada, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Aspen Brewing Company (Aspen) - Their new Spring business hours are now in effect. They will be open 2:00pm to 11:00pm(ish) daily Monday through Sunday. happy Hour every day 5pm to 7pm with $3.50 pints and $12 pitchers. Free live music almost every Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer months. Stop in for a fresh brew when in Aspen! [304 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen, CO]

Kannah Creek Brewing Co (Grand Junction) - You know it's almost summertime when they bottle their summer seasonal. Island Mesa Blonde was put into bottles for the first time today. Look for it wherever Kannah Creek beer is sold very soon.
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Colorado Beer News 042114

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Big Word Day. In an age where abbreviations are commonly used, we tend to get out of practice in using big, long words. Well today is the day to stop using short words and instead use really long, big important words to impress your friends. Don't know any big words? Try using Dictionary.com to look some up. Those who love craft beer could use such words today as: brettanomyces, lactobacillus, pediococcus or saccharomyces cerevisiae. Those are commonly used words of ingredients to brew certain types of beer. Use a BIG word today, one that you haven't used before. Your friends might just wonder if you've been reading a lot lately or wonder what you're up to. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, April 21st, 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

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Today their taproom is closed for a private employee event, but they will be back open on Tuesday, April 22nd with a new beer tapping. Stop in Tuesday at 6pm for a pouring of "Ryan and the Gosling", a Brett Pale Ale brewed with citrus. [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

Rockyard Brewing Co (Castle Rock) - This Friday, April 25th at 4pm, Rockyard Brewing will be tapping another of the Jellyman's Deviation beers. This week it's "Betsy", a highly contagious sessionable pale ale. How sessionable is Betsy? It weighs in at 3% and is loaded with flavor. Enjoy it by the 20oz glass. [880 W Castleton Rd, Castle Rock, CO]

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

Stem Ciders (Denver) - Starting on May 6th, you will be able to satisfy your cider cravings in their Tap Room on Tuesdays. Stay tuned for some cool events that they will be offering on Tuesdays. There new business hours are: Monday - Closed, Tuesday - 4-10pm, Wednesday - 4-10pm, Thursday - 4-10pm, Friday - 4-11pm, Saturday - 12-11pm, and Sunday - 12-8pm. [2811 Walnut St, Suite 150, Denver, CO]

Joyride Brewing Co (Edgewater) - Progress on building the brewery continues. They started building their walk-in cooler today. When completed, it'll have over 300 square feet of space, big enough to house their 6 serving tanks plus room for expansion. Stay tuned for more news on opening day. [2501 Sheridan Blvd, Edgewater, CO]

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - Join in tonight and every Monday for Homegrown Trivia tonight at 6:30pm hosted by Jeremy. And then stop back in tomorrow night for Board Game Night Part III. Their friends from Adventurers Quarter will add some killer board games to their "classic" selection in the taproom. Anyone who's gaming will get $1 off beers. [5535 W 56th Ave, Suite 107, Arvada, CO]

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - For the AVs game tonight (starting at 5pm), wear your AVs gear down to the tasting room and watch the game with them. Anyone in AVs apparel will get Happy Hour prices all during the game. #GOAVS #WhyNotUs. [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

Brewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge) - Hey all you Rickolis and Avs fans - come in tonight and receive $1 off all their regular $4.50 pints during the game. [4335 Wadsworth, Wheat Ridge, CO]

Saint Patrick's Brewing Co (Englewood) - It's Pilsner week at Saint Patrick's. Stop in and enjoy 1 or more of 4 varieties of pilsners: American, Czech Golden, German, or Japanese Rice. Quench your thirst! [4750 S Santa Fe Circle, Unit 2, Englewood, CO]

Boulder County

Fate Brewing Co (Boulder) - Good news! The sun is shining and their Watermelon Kolsch is back on draft. Stop on in! [1600 38th St, Boulder, CO]

Northern Colorado

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Here's what's happening this week at City Star. Today is FREE BEER Monday. Get a free beer with every 64oz growler you fill up. On Wednesday, it's Trivia Night starting at 7:30pm to 9pm. Then on Thursday, it's Thirsty Thursday with Happy Hour all day long. Live music also from Denny Driscoll from 6pm to 9pm. Friday and Saturday also bring live music from David Richey & Jordan Ramey (Fri 6-9pm) and Carbone Family Band bluegrass and old-time tunes (Sat 6-9pm). Enjoy your week at City Star! Also, mark your calendars for their 2nd year Anniversary Hootenanny for Sunday, May 4th. New beer tappings and more! [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - For their Monday Keep the Glass Night, they are featuring New Belgium Brewing. Starting at 7pm, order a Sunshine Wheat, La Folie, Ranger or Abbey and get a free glass! [907 8th Ave, Greeley, CO]

New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins/Asheville, NC) - New Belgium is planning to officially break ground on their new East Coast brewing facility in Asheville, NC on May 1st. [PRESS RELEASE] This 2nd facility, second brewery will be a 133,000 SF brewery and tasting room. At full build out, New Belgium will brew 500,000 barrels annually and support upwards of 140 jobs. The groundbreaking includes a private ceremony on May 1 and a public celebration on May 2. New Belgium’s brewery and Liquid Center (tasting room) location, an 18-acre site along the French Broad River in West Asheville, was designated as a brownfield site, having a history of uses that necessitated site clean-up prior to building. New Belgium worked with North Carolina’s brownfield program to invest in and remediate the site and improve the area. In February 2014, New Belgium announced that it secured an industrial location in Buncombe County in Enka/Candler, NC, to build its East Coast Distribution Center. The 100,000 SF Distribution Center will be built concurrently with the brewery and liquid center, and will be ready for occupancy by fall 2015. The distribution center will have room for a future 40,000 SF expansion. When complete, beer packaged in Asheville will leave the Distribution Center for distribution in the eastern U.S. [500 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] FCB Bids Farewell to 1900 Amber. The Fort Collins Brewery, along with Gravity 1020 Modern Tavern has officially announced plans to retire their 1900 Amber Lager, ending its production by June, 2014. While FCB’s current headquarters was being built in 2009, 1900 Amber Lager was created and introduced to the full-time lineup as a way to remember their old location at 1900 Lincoln Ave. “We started out predominantly as a lager house at our old location and 1900 was originated to really symbolize where it all began,” said FCB’s General Manager, Tina Peters. The 1900 Amber Lager has a German Melanoiden and Munich malts blend with Willamette hops to create a bright, crisp and balanced brew. 1900 received a gold medal in the 2009 US Open Beer Championship (USOBC), a bronze medal in the 2011 USOBC and placed 2nd at the Craft Lager Festival in 2012. “We’re definitely sad to see it go, but as a craft brewery that strives to always better ourselves, we felt as a company it was more important to shift focus away from 1900 and to the present and the future direction of FCB,” said Peters. As far as what craft beer drinkers can expect to see in replacement of 1900, Fort Collins Brewery remains tight-lipped. “We’re continuing to expand and create new FCB brews and we’re excited to share that with the craft beer scene in the coming months,” said Peters.

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant (six CO locations) - [PRESS RELEASE] The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, one of Colorado’s most iconic restaurant groups, is excited to roll out a new collaborative partnership with local breweries across the Front Range, offering craft beers made specifically for the Rio Grande from purveyors that operate in five of Rio’s local markets. The Rio will now elevate the beer drinking experience for its guests by taking a more local approach and working closely with local breweries to craft beers made in partnership with the Rio food and beverage team. “As a Colorado-based company, the Rio is committed to supporting local entrepreneurs who are making our state a mecca of craft beer,” said Rio Founder Pat McGaughran. Each of the six Rio locations will feature draft beers crafted in concert with a nearby local brewery. The Fort Collins Rio has officially launched the program and features a delicious Coopersmith’s brew: a Blood Orange Wheat called Rio Trigo that will be tapped today, April 21st. Both establishments are iconic, Old Town Fort Collins institutions with decades of history—the Rio opened in 1986, and Coopersmith’s followed soon after in 1989. The Fort Collins Rio also will be serving two acclaimed Odell Brewing Company taps including: Battalion - a tequila barrel aged imperial stout brewed with dark chocolate, cinnamon, and fresh house roasted poblanos and dried chipotles. And - The Sangre de chueco - a tequila barrel aged, imperial Vienna lager brewed with agave nectar, blood oranges and limes. Four other Rio markets — Greeley, Denver, Boulder and Lone Tree– will begin rolling out their collaborations over the next month and include partnerships with Wiley Roots, Renegade, Grimm Brothers, Sanitas Brewing, Fate Brewing Co. and Lone Tree Brewing Company.

Southern Front Range

Colorado Springs Craft Week (Colo. Springs area) - What has 11 breweries, 7 coffee roasters, 2 distilleries, 3 food trucks and lots of live music? It's the Crafters' Festival set for Friday, May 2nd from 4pm to 9pm at Venue 515 in Manitou Springs, CO. It's just one of the many events set for Colorado Springs Craft Week. More info at cscraftweek.com.

Phantom Canyon Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - New Beer Alert! Stop in and try their Sister Mary Mary Tart Cherry Saison. A Saison style ale that had 142 pounds of Tart Red Cherries added to the fermenter. Deep gold in color with ruby hints. There are fruity aromas from the cherries and the yeast derived esters. Malty flavors with hints of rye and spelt are backed with subtle cherry flavor (6.1% ABV). [2 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colo. Springs, CO]

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Turn your Monday into a Funday with $3 pints of their flagship beers today from 3pm to 7pm. Who says Monday's have to be a drag? [1604 S Cascade, Colo. Springs, CO]

Dodgeton Creek Brewing Co (Trinidad) - Progress continues on opening the brewery. Their electrical inspection is scheduled for today. Then the City final inspection is scheduled for either today or tomorrow, depending on what time the electrical inspection occurs. Stay tuned for more news on their opening. [36730 Democracy Dr, Trinidad, CO]

Mountains and West

Storm Peak Brewing Co (Steamboat Springs) - Good news! Progress has been made. They have been formally approved by the TTB (Feds) and are now federally licensed. Plus, they are not almost done with construction on the brewery and taproom. Their brewhouse has been built and will be on site soon - a 7 barrel system. Opening day keeps getting closer and closer. [1744 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO]

Kannah Creek Brewing Co (Grand Junction) - Today at 5pm, Kannah Creek will be tapping a firkin of Carrot IPA - made with real carrots (The Easter Bunny's favorite). It's one way to get part of your daily recommended serving of veggies. [1960 N 12th St, Grand Junction, CO]

Two Rascals Brewing Co (Montrose) - The brewery will be open tonight! Plus, they also have new stainless growlers in stock. If you pre-ordered one - stop in and pick it up. Great day to fill up a growler with fresh craft beer. [147 N 1st St, Montrose, CO]

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co (Edwards) - Starting at 5pm today, they're startup their Local's Appreciation Happy Hour. Each day Monday through Friday from 5pm to 7pm, you can get $2 pints if you are wearing a piece of Crazy Mountain apparel. Show off your CMBC pride and drink some tasty & cheap beer. 439 Edwards Access Road, B-102, Edwards, CO]
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Colorado Beer Releases April 14-20, 2014

Colorado Beer Releases
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 210+ breweries here in Colorado. Spring has sprung and it's time for lighter, more refreshing seasonal beers to emerge. Don't put away those dark, strong beers just yet, the snowiest time of the year is still upon us. Please note that some of these releases are firkins or specialty kegs and may already be gone.

Colorado Beer Releases - April 14-20, 2014

1933 Brewing - Dry Hopped Bird Dog Brown - April 14th.
1933 Brewing - Scottish Wheat - w/citrus peels & grains of paradise - April 14th.

4 Noses Brewing - Bareback Blonde - April 17th 5pm @ Brothers BBQ (Broomfield).
4 Noses Brewing - Proboscis Pale Ale - April 17th 5pm @ Brothers BBQ.

Avery Brewing - MuRveR - Rum barrel-aged Belgian-style Quad - April 18th.

Barrels & Bottles - Hoppy Peeps - ESB made with Easter Peeps - April 20th.

Big Beaver - Porker Porter - high ABV - returns April 20th.

Big Choice Brewing - Session IPA - 10 gallon batch - April 16th.

Boulder Beer - Barrel-aged Cold Hop British-style Ale - April 15th 4pm.

Breckenridge Brew/Sweetwater Brewing Pub - O'Tay -buckwheat barleywine - April 19th.

BREW Pub & Kitchen - Jesus - Double IPA - w/yarrow - April 20th.

Buckhorn Brewers - Steam Ale - April 18th.

CAUTION: Brewing - Black Pepper Gose - ExBeerimental ale - April 18th.
CAUTION: Brewing - Hippity Hops IPA - April 20th.

City Star Brewing - Chili The Kid - chili pale ale - returns April 14th.

Coopersmith's - Mountain Avenue Weiss - April 15th.

Copper Kettle - Herb Blonde Ale - w/lemongrass & mint - cask - Apr. 16th 3pm.

Crabtree Brewing - Serenity Amber on rye bourbon oak chips - firkin - April 18th 5pm.

Crow Hop Brewing - Sacrifice Rye - American Rye ale - April 14th.

De Steeg Brewing - Citra Dark Ale (6.8% ABV) - April 16th.
De Steeg Brewing - Dry Hopped Imperial Amber (8.8% ABV) - April 16th.
De Steeg Brewing - Belgian Red (6.8% ABV) - April 16th.
De Steeg Brewing - Alley Ale (8.7% ABV) - returns April 16th.

Dry Dock Brewing - Golden Porpoise - Blonde ale - April 14th.
Dry Dock Brewing - Dry Hopped Bier De Garde - firkin - April 18th 3pm.

Elk Mountain Brewing - Cherry Wheat - April 14th.
Elk Mountain Brewing - Double Dry Hopped IPA - firkin - April 16th.

Fort Collins Brewery/The Mayor of Old Town - Any Colour You Want - Berliner Weisse - April 16th.
Fort Collins Brewery - Tongue Slapper West Coast IPA - April 18th.
Fort Collins Brewery - Beekeeper's Braggot - April 18th.
Fort Collins Brewery - American Pale Ale - April 18th.
Fort Collins Brewery - Wallace Wee Heavy - Malt Monsters - April 19th 11am.

Freedom's Edge Brewing - Blood Orange Imperial IPA - April 17th.

Front Range Brewing - Hibiscus Saison - returns April 16th.

Funkwerks - White - malt beverage with spices - April 19th.

Golden City Brewery - IPA - new batch April 18th.

Grimm Brothers - Rose Petal Odds and Ends Pale Ale - firkin - April 18th.

Großen Bart Brewery - ESB - April 18th.

Hall Brewing - IPA aged in simi chardonnay barrels - cask - April 18th.

High Hops Brewery - Archer's Ale - oak-aged IPA - firkin - April 16th 5pm.
High Hops Brewery - Dr. Pat's #12 - Double IPA - April 17th 5pm.
High Hops Brewery - Brewclass Blonde - homebrew class blonde ale - April 18th 5pm.

Horse & Dragon Brewing - Almost Summer Ale - English-style ale - April 17th @ Mayor of Old Town.
Horse & Dragon Brewing - Hose & Dragon Stout - year-round stout- April 17th @ Mayor of Old Town.

J Wells Brewery - The Session - unfiltered American wheat - April 18th.

Kokopelli Beer Co - Smokin' Joe Porter - April 18th.

Lone Tree Brewing - Dunkelweizen - dark wheat - April 16th.

Mountain Toad - Craft Cream Ale - tadpole tap - April 17th.

New Belgium Skinny Dip - returns April 18th.

Odd13 Brewing - Oatmeal Stout - returns April 17th.

Odell Brewing - St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale - seasonal returns April 18th.
Odell Brewing - Footprint RegionAle - returns April 19th.

Odyssey Beerwerks - Gose - salted German-style wheat - April 16th 5pm.

Pagosa Brewing/Rockyard Brewing - We' Heavy Ale - draft & bottle - April 17th.

Pateros Creek - Cop Car - Best Bitter with doughnuts - April 17th.

Pikes Peak Brewing - Split Rail Pale Ale (4.8% ABV) - April 18th.

Pumphouse Brewery - Mocha Stout - seasonal - April 14th.
Pumphouse Brewery - Brass Pole Pale Ale - seasonal - April 14th.

River North - Whiskey Barrel Quandary Quad - small batch - April 16th.
River North - White - fresh batch - returns April 18th.

Rockyard Brewing - Panthor - black raspberry Merlot Munich Helles firkin - April 18th 4pm.

Sanitas Brewing - Déluge - brett barrel saison - April 19th.

Shamrock Brewing - Foot Burner IPA - April 17th.

Station 26 Brewing - Double IPA - batch #2 - April 15th.
Station 26 Brewing - Foreign Extra Stout - April 16th.
Station 26 Brewing - Cream Ale w/green tea - firkin - April 17th.

Strange Brewing - Super Friek - Imperial Kriek - firkin - April 17th.

Twelve Degree - Bruce Lychee - farmhouse ale w/Sorachi Ace + lychee fruit - April 18th.

Twisted Pine - Bourbon Barrel-aged Big Shot Espresso Stout - small keg - April 18th 6pm.

Verboten Brewing - Thinking of Something Orange - honey wheat bottle release - April 15th.

Wild Woods Brewery - Honey Nut Blonde Ale - seasonal - April 17th.

Wynkoop Brewing - Kurt's Mile High Malt - w/coffee - can release - April 20th.

Related articles:
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- Colorado Beer Releases March 31 - April 6, 2014.
- Colorado Beer Releases March 24-30, 2014.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Colorado Beer News 041814

Colorado Beer NewsToday is International Juggler's Day. Do you juggle? It's an art practiced by many. Whether it be juggling balls, clubs, rings or possibly dangerous objects like knives, fire torches or chainsaws - today is a day to celebrate juggling. If you've never tried juggling, today would be the day to try it, however start off with something safe like tennis balls. Even if you're not so good at it, you can always enjoy your favorite craft beer afterwards and laugh about it with your friends. And also today, Christians are remembering Good Friday. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, April 18th, 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 Sky Brewery (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] 13-time award-winning sci-fi/fantasy novel The Bane of Yoto, published by FiXT, is setting its sights on beer lovin’ taste buds. Author Joshua Viola has partnered with Denver's Black Sky Brewery to create The Ale of Yoto, a blueberry wheat beer crafted by master brewer Harry Smith. “The concept of creating a beer seemed like a natural fit amidst the crazy things we were doing in the world of Yoto. The idea originally came to me when a friend -- Groovey of Groovey.TV -- had a custom brew developed for his online personality. It was received well and I knew then, after a fan suggested a Yoto beer, I had to do it. Groovey introduced me to the wonderful people at Black Sky Brewery and the rest is history. Their talented brew master, Harry Smith, concocted the most amazing beer I'd ever tasted. Harry came up with the blueberry wheat idea after reading the book; paying tribute the protagonist's blue skin tone.” - Josh Viola. A release party for the The Ale of Yoto will be part of the American Craft Beer Week celebration in Denver which showcases only the finest efforts from master brewers. The Ale of Yoto has a smooth finish with just the right hint of blueberry and is perfect for the upcoming Summer season as well as for enjoying the blockbuster novel it was inspired from. [490 Sante Fe Dr, Denver, CO]

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

Grist Brewing Co (Highlands Ranch) - Today they are finishing up the final touches on their outdoor patio and will have it open today starting at 4pm. Come enjoy a fresh craft beer and drink up the sun as well. Gotta love warm Spring days. [9150 Commerce Center Circle, Suite 300, Highlands Ranch, CO]

CAUTION: Brewing EAST (Denver) - Today they're tapping a new ExBeeriment - a Black Pepper Gose. A gose beer is made with salt, so this one has both salt & pepper included. Uniquely different! #partywithcaution [12445 E 39th Ave, Unit 314, Denver, CO]

Factotum Brewhouse (Denver) - While their brewhouse is not yet open, their new website is! Get the lowdown on this new brewery that caters to homebrewers and lets them brew on site and tap some of their beers there as well. Check out: www.factotumbrewhouse.com to see what's being planned. They plan to open later this year in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Denver. [Location TBA, Denver, CO]

Great Divide Brewing Co (Denver) - Great Divide will be the subject of a Great Divide Tap Takeover and Pint Night at Colorado Plus in Wheat Ridge, CO tonight. Look for these Great Divide beers on tap: Nomad Pilsner, Rumble Oak Aged IPA, Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, Great Divide 20th Anniversary, and Saison Yeiser (brett-finished dry hopped Saison). Colorado Plus is located at: [6995 W 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO]

Denver Pearl Brewing Company (Denver) - The date has been set for this new Denver brewery's Grand Opening - June 7th, 2014! Until then keep a look out for word on soft opening events in the weeks leading up. They will be located at: [1875 S Pearl St, Denver, CO] - near Pearl & Jewel.

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - From their newsletter: The first beer in their new 5600 Belgium series, is being released on Friday, April 25th to the general public. The next two beers in this series will be released in May. Belgian 5600 Series: The first beer in this series will be their Saison, which is refreshing, medium strong fruity/spicy ale with a distinctive yellow-orange color, highly carbonated, well hopped with orange peels and pink peppercorns along with other special ingredients. The next beer will be a Belgium Golden Strong who recipe comes from a local brewer, Scott Jackson. This beer will combine the Belgium beer series as well as the Homebrewer's beer series. Watertower Wheat makes its return on Friday, April 25th. There will be a special pint price of $2.50 all day Friday! Renovator Doppelbock is being released on Friday, May 9th. Plus, Every Wednesday, we have a Hump Day Helper beer featured. That is where you get a pint of craft brewed beer for $ 3 per pint. [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

Chain Reaction Brewing (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] Chain Reaction Brewing Company is a new nanobrewery coming to the southern end of Denver located at 902 S. Lipan St which is just west of the intersection of Santa Fe and Mississippi. Chain Reaction Brewing Company hopes to be open by mid-June and will feature a unique line up of their hand crafted beers by offering 6 flagship brews, 4 quarterly seasonals, 2 unique 10 gallon test batches and room to feature up to 6 extremely small batch 5 gallon batches which will include collaborations, wild ideas, and innovation. Chain Reaction Brewing Company will brew on a custom built 1 barrel HERMS style system filling 6 2-barrel fermenters and 4 1-barrel fermenters along with using a small pilot system accompanied by smaller fermenters to house the small batch brews. Below you will find a briefing that details the story behind how the brewery came to be along with a flagship beer list and a list of the first seasonals that will be available upon opening. After years of home brewing and countless positive comments from friends, family and local brewing industry professionals cousins Zack and Chad Christofferson came together with the idea that this could be the calling in life that both had been searching for. As this idea formed between the two the weekly meetings began and the frequency of brewing went through the roof to insure every recipe that would be served in the future was tweaked to taste bud tingling perfection. Progressing through the many meetings and brew days Zack and Chad were able to settle on wanting to have a “nanobrewery” of the 1 barrel scale. While this size of system in one way meant more work would be required to keep up with demand it also meant that they would have a great deal of freedom to do small batches and try out many different style and ideas of beer. The hard work and pure dedication to craft beer is what eventually lead the duo to choosing the name Chain Reaction Brewing Company. Once that name crossed into their minds it was an automatic switch that went off that a Chain Reaction is exactly what this whole journey was. Both Chad and Zack came from a hard working family that was deeply devoted to its craftsmanship and producing quality handmade products. While the family crafts varied from family member to family member it didn't matter if it was cooking, woodwork, metalwork, auto mechanics or agriculture Chad and Zack loved everything about any skilled craft industry. This love of the trades they were born into is what created the Chain Reaction leading them to venture into their own craft industry, the crafting awesome beer industry. The motto around Chain Reaction Brewing Company is one that Zack and Chad apply to not only brewing beer but also living life, that motto is “for every action there is a reaction” and “for every reaction there is a reaction”.

Hall Brewing Co (Parker) - New cask tapped today - an IPA aged in simi chardonnay barrels. Ask for one when you visit later today. [10970 S Parker Rd, Parker, CO]

Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora) - Today's Friday Firkin tapping is a Bier De Garde dry hopped with Saaz hops. It's big, bold and reportedly amazing! It's already tapped so hurry over. [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Boulder County

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, so come play at the Avery Tap Room today with MuRveR, their Belgian-Style Quadrupel aged for 3 months in a Gosling's rum barrel! [5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

Sanitas brewersSanitas Brewing Co (Boulder) - [PRESS RELEASE] The guys at Boulder’s Sanitas Brewing Company are readying to unveil the first installment in their collection of wild and sour, barrel aged beers. Déluge is a farmhouse-style Saison aged for several months in California red wine barrels with wild yeast. “From the beginning, barrel aged and wild beers have been part of the plan at Sanitas,” explains brewery co-founder Zach Nichols ,”We have several of these beers currently aging and fermenting in barrels, and Déluge is the perfect debut for the collection.” Déluge is refermented in recently emptied oak red wine barrels with with brettanomyces, a wild yeast. A hazy-gold, aromatic Saison with layers of tart pineapple, lemon, oak, and funk, Déluge offers a dry, refreshing finish and comes in at 6.8% ABV. The Sanitas brewers named Déluge after the devastating events of Boulder’s thousand-year flood, a natural disaster that took many lives and caused millions of dollars in damage to homes and local landmarks. Sanitas Brewing Company remained dry, as did its prized barrels. Déluge, French for “downpour,” is an emblem reflecting the strength and support Boulder demonstrated during the flood. Déluge will be available on draft in Sanitas Brewing Company’s Tap Room on Saturday, April 19th. Extremely limited and with much anticipation, the Sanitas staff expects the beer to sell out fast. [3550 Frontier Ave Unit A, Boulder, Colorado]

Crystal Springs Brewing Co (Louisville) - If you haven't yet tried it, stop in and order one of their first limited edition Original Series beers - Wuerzburger beer. Also, their Roadtrip brew is back on and they've also added a Saison to the tap list. Happy Friday! [657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E, Louisville, CO]

J Wells Brewery (Boulder) - Today they are introducing their latest beer: The Session! It's an unfiltered American wheat beer made with Thomas Fawcett and Sons wheat malt. [2516 49th St #5, Boulder, CO]

Twisted Pine Brewing Co (Boulder) - Join in today, April 18th at 6pm at the taproom as they celebrate winning a World Beer Cup gold medal by giving out a complimentary toast of Big Shot Espresso Stout. Owner Bob Baile will lead the toast. Plus, don't miss their Barrel-aged Big Shot, plus coffee and prizes from The Unseen Bean, the official coffee roaster for Twisted Pine. [3201 Walnut St, Suite A, Boulder, CO]

Wild Cider (Firestone) - Starting on Monday, April 21st, Wild Cider will start canning their hard ciders. And within a week you'll be able to get 16oz 4-pack cans of Pineapple, Apple or Berry Hard Cider. Start asking your local liquor stores to stock it.

Twelve Degree Brewing (Louisville) - It's a spectacular Friday to come sample a new beer they have on tap this week. Bruce Lychee is a farmhouse ale brewed with citrusy Sorachi Ace hops and tart lychee fruit added. A real wallop to your senses! Stanley Cup Playoffs will be on the big screen, too. Taproom is open! [820 Main St, Louisville, CO]

Northern Colorado

Forge Publick House (Ft. Collins) - Aged Beer is a Fort Collins Treat. [PRESS RELEASE] Sample the delicious surprise of aged beer at the Forge Publick House. Old Firehouse Books will be hosting Patrick Dawson, author of Vintage Beer: A Taster’s Guide to Brews That Improve Over Time. Dawson will guide us through the complexities and challenges of aging beer on Wednesday, May 7th at 7pm. New Belgium’s brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert, will be diving into their rarely tapped collection of aged beer just for this event. Like good wine, certain beers can be aged under the right conditions, a process that enhances and changes their flavors in interesting and delicious ways. Patrick Dawson explains how to identify a cellar-worthy beer, how to plan and set up a beer cellar, what to look for when tasting vintage beers, and the fascinating science behind the aging process. He also includes a comprehensive buying guide to help you select already-aged beers (from the readily available to the tantalizingly rare) to enjoy as your own collection is aging. [232 Walnut St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - Firkin Friday is back once again with a new treat that will be tapped at 5pm today. This time they took their Serenity Amber and soaked in some rye bourbon oak chips. Get there early and enjoy a beer out in the sun in their beer garden. [2961 29th St, Greeley, CO]

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - What better way to enjoy this BEAUTIFUL Friday afternoon than with a delicious beer? Enjoy $1 off all IPAs with their FrIPA Special, and from 5-9 pm, they'll be serving beer to-go so you can enjoy the The Lonely Biscuits on the 9th St Plaza, part of UNC's Derby Days fundraiser for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. But wait, there's more! Starting tonight, they will be offering a Kick the Keg special, only during Go Cup events. Tonight they're featuring Colorado Native Lager. $5 for a cup and drink until the keg is gone. And don't forget to get your tickets to tomorrow's Cellar Tasting: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/patricks-2nd-cellar-tasting-tickets-11024278915 [907 8th Ave, Greeley, CO]

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - For this fine Spring day, FCB will be releasing not one, but THREE different beers! They are: Tongue Slapper West Coast IPA, Beekeepers Braggot, and their American Pale Ale. Available in the FCB tasting room or inside Gravity 1020. [1020 E. Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Big Beaver Brewing (Loveland) - Regulars know the drill, but if you don't know yet, there's FREE beer on Friday at Big Beaver. They will pour 40 free pints of their Brown Ale today starting at 2pm. This deal runs every 1st half hour on the hour until the keg's kicked. [2707 W Eisenhower Blvd, Unit 9, Loveland, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Today's special firkin is a Rose Peddle Odds & Ends, a single hopped Pale Ale with a rose backing and Amarillo hop finish. Also - Stop in this Easter sunday from 1pm to 7pm. They will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for Adults! Search in and around the taproom for Easter eggs filled with coupons for discounts off beer, growler fills and merchandise. Limit 1 coupon per person. Plus more news: Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Adds 37% Production Capacity - [PRESS RELEASE] On the heels of the addition of a canning line just a few weeks ago, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse announced the addition of three 30 barrel fermentation tanks on April 19th The tanks come from California based Premier Stainless, as have most of Grimm Brothers other tanks. “With Little Red Cap being distributed in cans we needed to ramp up our production capacity. These tanks increase our production by 37%” Says Russell Fruits, Beer Evangelist at Grimm Brothers. [623 N Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Win 2 Free Tickets!Front Range Rally Beer Fest (Loveland) - The ticket giveaway continues today. Register to win 2 FREE General Admission tickets to the May 31st beer festival at the Loveland Food Share in Loveland, CO fro 2:30pm to 7:00pm. Visit the GIVEAWAYS Page on Fermentedly Challenged and sign-up to win tickets. The winner will be chosen and announced on April 25th on the blog. Many ways to earn multiple entries by visiting and following various sponsors. First drawing ends April 23rd, 2014. A pair of tickets will be given away each week now through the end of May. Sign up each week for your chance to win a pair of tickets (a $70 value). Taste beers from 40 different breweries. Several local food trucks will also be on site. Live music and more. [2600 N Lincoln Ave, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Steel City Homebrew Competition (Pueblo) - Pueblo-based homebrewers are organizing the inaugural Steel City Homebrew Competition in Pueblo Colorado. The judging will take place June 6th followed by a craft beer festival and awards ceremony the following evening June 7th. Beer styles for the competition are limited to "American Styles". Two bottles will be required and the entry deadline is May 23rd. Check their website for drop off locations along the Front Range. http://www.steelcitybrewers.com/comp/

Pikes Peak Brewing (Monument) - Today there's a new seasonal on tap. Stop in and try their Split Rail Pale Ale. It weighs in at a modest 4.8% ABV, 38 IBU and 11 SRM. It was made with Pacific Jade and Mosaic hops that give it a touch of citrus and melon. Enjoy! [1756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument, CO]

BierWerks Brewery (Woodland Park) - Lots of sunshine today and their brewer is busy brewing today. Currently on tap from BierWerks: Helles, Spring Water Pale Ale, Altbier, Hefeweizen, Hop Monster, Doppelbock, English Brown Ale, and an Imperial IPA. Guest beers include: Dunkel (Warsteiner) and Hard Apple Cider (Strongbow). Open today 12pm to 10pm. {121 E Midland Ave, Woodland Park, CO]

Colorado Springs Craft Week is coming! April 26 - May 4. Visit cscraftweek.com to check out all of the craft events happening around town that week. Craft beer, craft coffee, craft spirits and more!
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Blah Blah Blah Day. This is the dreaded day each year where you need to take care of those things on your long list of household projects and chores that people have been nagging you to do. There's no getting around it - best to just get as many of those things done today as possible. Then you can procrastinate all you want tomorrow. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, April 17th, 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]

Please note: Many breweries, bars & restaurants may be closed for Easter this Sunday. Call ahead before you venture out.

Metro Denver

Colorado Craft Beer Show (AM 760 Denver) - The good folks at the Colorado Craft Beer Show are planning to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of their show this Saturday, April 19th with a live radio show broadcast at Lone Tree Brewing Company in Lone Tree from 12pm to 2pm. There they will unveil their anniversary beer that was brewed at Strange Brewing Company. If you can't be there in person, tune in to AM 760 Denver or listen online on iHeartRADIO (www.am760.net).

Comrade Brewing Company (Denver) - Denver is about to get a new brewery this month. Comrade Brewing Company is set to open its doors on Saturday, April 26th. They plan to have several beers on tap including: an American Blonde, an Irish Red, a Milk Stout, an IPA, an International-style Pale Ale, and a collaboration American-style Black Ale that they did with Thai Me Up/Melvin Brewing. Until the opening, check them out on Facebook and Twitter (@ComradeBrewing). [7667 E Iliff Ave #F, Denver, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
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Epic Brewing Co (Denver) - Only in Colorado... Epic is sponsoring "Dankin' Donuts" this Sunday, 4/20. $4.20 gets you a pour of one of their special, danky firkins and a FREE Voodoo Donut! Donut supplies are very limited so get there early! Kick off one of Colorado's favorite holidays (and they aren't talking Easter here) with them at 11am before you head down to Civic Center Park. And to kick off the weekend, Big Kiwi Eats will be there on Saturday 4/19 with a special 'Smoke Out' menu - just because it's 4/20 in New Zealand! [3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

De Steeg Brewing (Denver) - Last night, De Steeg tapped three new beers and brought back one beer from the past as well. Stop in and try one of these: Citra Dark Ale, Dry Hopped Imperial Amber, or their Belgian Red. And from the past: Alley Ale.

BrüFrou Craft Beer + Culinary Pairing Event (Denver) - BrüFrou is this Saturday, April 19th and TODAY ONLY (April 17th) you can purchase tickets for 45% OFF! Use Coupon Code "thursday45" when you purchase tickets online and save 45% off your entire ticket purchase. Tickets can be purchased at: www.brufrou.com/blogfrou. There will be 70 craft breweries and eateries paired up for this special pairing festival at Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum. [7711 E Academy Blvd, Denver, CO]

River North IPA canRiver North Brewery (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] River North Brewery will release its second canned offering, River North IPA, on Saturday April 26th at 1pm in the Denver taproom. In an effort to offer this hoppy beer as fresh as possible, River North’s brewers will keg and can IPA less than 24 hours before the release party. IPA will join River North White in cans, providing Colorado adventure seekers with more options to fuel their outdoor endeavors. As with all their beers, the River North brewers put their own Belgian-style spin on this release, crossing pine and citrus American hops with yeast esters of white pepper and clove. The result is a Belgian-influenced red IPA like no other, coming in at 6% ABV and 55 IBU. River North will have IPA both on tap and in cans-to-go at the release. Four-packs of 16-ounce cans will cost $10. (Image courtesy River North Brewery) [2401 Blake St #1, Denver, CO]

Strange Brewing Co (Denver) - Today at 3pm the brewery will tap a Super Kriek firkin. This is a big 8% ABV 15 IBU brew and won't last long. This is their World Cup gold medal winner made in the Imperial style. Have one while you watch the Avalanche hockey playoff game on their screen tonight. Game starts at 7:30pm. [1330 Zuni St, Unit M, Denver, CO]

Kokopelli Beer Co (Westminster) - This Friday at 5pm as a kick-off to their Easter Extravaganza weekend, they will tap "Smokin' Jo", a smoked porter al. Proceeds from this beer will go to the Westminster Burn Fund. Also this weekend, bring the kids for an Easter egg hunt at 10am Saturday. Must register your child by 9am, plus a kids coloring contest all weekend long. Open Sunday 4pm to 9pm where house beers will be $1 off. [8931 Harlan St, Westminster, CO]

Station 26 Brewing Co (Denver) - Today is perfect patio drinking weather. They plan to tap a firkin of Cream Ale with green tea today at 4:00pm. They plan to be open all weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting at 1pm. [7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO]

Mountain Toad Brewing (Golden) - Today's tadpole tap has a special beer on it - a Craft Cream Ale. Perfect beer for this nice Spring day. [900 Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

Boulder County

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (Lyons) - The original home of Oskar Blues in Lyons is celebrating their 17th Anniversary this Saturday, April 19th. They will have two special groups performing: Halden Wofford & The Hi*Beams and also Bonnie & The Clydes. There will be food & drink specials available, including all your favorite Oskar Blues beer all night long. The cost for attending this event is $10. Stop in and help them celebrate. [303 Main St, Lyons, CO]

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - Today is a great day for the release of one of their spring seasonals, Honey Nut Blonde Ale. It was brewed with Colorado honey and aged on whole almonds. Get it today starting at 4pm! [5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO]

CHUBurger (Longmont) - Tomorrow, Friday April 18th, is DANK BEER SHOW DOWN DAY. Stop in and try 4 of the stickiest Imperial IPAs around. Ask for one who you order. [1225 Ken Pratt Blvd, Longmont, CO]

Northern Colorado

Win 2 Free Tickets!Front Range Rally Beer Fest (Loveland) - The ticket giveaway continues today. Register to win 2 FREE General Admission tickets to the May 31st beer festival at the Loveland Food Share in Loveland, CO fro 2:30pm to 7:00pm. Visit the GIVEAWAYS Page on Fermentedly Challenged and sign-up to win tickets. The winner will be chosen and announced on April 25th on the blog. Many ways to earn multiple entries by visiting and following various sponsors. First drawing ends April 23rd, 2014. A pair of tickets will be given away each week now through the end of May. Sign up each week for your chance to win a pair of tickets (a $70 value). Taste beers from 40 different breweries. Several local food trucks will also be on site. Live music and more. [2600 N Lincoln Ave, Loveland, CO]

Freedom's Edge Brewing (Ft. Collins) - New beer release today in Ft. Collins - "Blood Orange Imperial IPA". Here's how the brewery describes this beer: "Don't be fooled by the inviting reddish/ orange color, or the delicate citrus/ hop aroma. When this one hits your lips, be prepared for a flavor explosion and an all out assault on your taste buds." It was brewed with orange peel, coriander, blood oranges and plenty of American hops. Stop in and try a pint! [224 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Don't forget that tonight the brewery is debuting their "Dr. Pat's Double IPA #12". This batch has a lot more hop aroma - twice the amount of dry hopping too. Grab a glass and join in with their Open Mic Night that starts at 5:30pm. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - For their Craft Thursday special, Dry Dock Brewing Company Wee Heavy is just $2! The Irish Session starts around 7 pm and don't forget to buy your tickets to the Cellar Tasting happening this Saturday from 2-4 pm. They've got some incredible beers lined up, Kaelyn from MouCo Cheese Company will be pairing various cheeses with the beers, and all attendees are automatically entered into the drawing to win a bottle of Westvleteren XII! All that for just $15. Buy your tickets in person at the pub or online on Eventbrite. [907 8th Ave, Greeley, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Every season has its seasonals and Grimm Brothers has several seasonal beers on tap that you'll want to try if you haven't yet already. Stop in for one of these: Nitro Bastogne Red Ale, Iron John Milk Stout, Bearskin Irish Dry Stout, Gustavus Litchenhainer or Once Upon a Time 14 Flogen Flagen Bier. That plus their regular year-round brews. Prost! [623 N Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Grab $1 off pints of their "Not the Irish" Red Ale on Nitro tap tonight and watch the Avs playoff game. Pizza comes at 6pm - grab a slice while it lasts. Taproom opens at 1pm today. [1550 Taurus Ct, Loveland, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - For today's Outlaw Tapping they've come up with a brew called "Cop Car". It's their Best Bitter made with Doughnuts! So tasty it should be illegal. On tap now. [242 N College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - This Saturday, April 19th, Funkwerks will be releasing White - a malt beverage with spices. The brewer describes it as this: "This Belgian Style Wit is refreshing with ample character. The opaque pale color and voluminous white head results from a high percentage of raw wheat used in the recipe. Aroma is of orange zest and ginger combined with hints of chamomile and coriander. Flavors of lemon and orange citrus are complimented with a pleasant spiciness. The addition of raw oats gives the mouthfeel an interesting creaminess, yet finishes dry with a supple tartness." [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Big Beaver Brewing (Loveland) - Their Amber Ale release is next Friday, and they need YOUR help in deciding a name! The winner receives a FREE growler fill to take home and a FREE pitcher to enjoy in house. Submit your name idea on Facebook, privately message them, or bring it tonight and play ‪‎Geeks Who Drink‬ at 7:30pm and your 1st PINT (when the quiz starts) IS ON THEM! Playing the trivia quiz is free, with a bunch of chances to win FREE BEER. [2707 W Eisenhower Blvd Unit 9, Loveland, CO]

Southern Front Range

Paradox Beer Co (Woodland Park) - There's a preview cask tapping tonight at 5pm: "de Coup" Biere de Coupage. Get $5 pints until it's gone. This yet to be released Paradox beer is made by carefully blending a one year old, Puncheon barrel aged, Golden Saison with a much younger and freshly Strisselspalt dry-hopped, Amber Saison; with both fermentations completed using their proprietary blend of house strain Brettanomyces and Farmhouse Ale yeast. The result is vibrant, complex and balanced. [106 E Village Terrace, Suite 100, Woodland Park, CO]

Shamrock Brewing Co (Pueblo) - Now on tap! Their "Foot Burner IPA" is now available. This 6.8% ABV brew was made to remind their brewers to pay attention. From now on this beer will be released every year in mid-April on the anniversary of the “foot incident”. This beer will showcase hop aromatics and leave the bitterness behind. After all, it is not healthy to be bitter about past incidents. [108 W 3rd St, Pueblo, CO]

Rock Bottom (Colorado Springs) - Come in to Rock Bottom Easter night from 7pm-9pm for a chance to win the $100 gift card raffle. Everyone that sits in the bar area will also get an Easter egg with free beer or free schwag and 1 ticket to the raffle in it! Plus, every BEER you order from 7pm to 9pm will get you another raffle ticket for the drawing! So skip the hunt and drink a beer! [3316 Cinema Pt, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Pagosa Brewing Co (Pagosa Springs) - On-tap now exclusively at Pagosa Brewing Company is a collaboration beer called "We' Heavy Ale". It was brewed along with the help of Rockyard Brewing Company of Castle Rock. It's a big 8% ABV malty brew and is also available in 22oz bomber bottles. Individual draws are $5. Stop in for a pint. Also check out their other brews on tap at: pagosabrewing.com/brews/on-tap-now/ [118 N Pagosa Blvd, Pagosa Springs, CO]

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - While they will be closed for Easter Sunday, starting the next Sunday, April 27th, they will have extended Sunday hours from 12pm to 6pm. That way you don't have to rush over to get there before 4:30pm.
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