Thursday, October 30, 2014

Colorado Beer News 103014

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Devil's Night /Mischief Night. The night before Halloween is a night to make mischief. Play pranks on your friends and neighbors. have fun, but not too much fun. After all, we want everyone to stay safe during this fall holiday season. Just remember, what goes around comes around. The prankster can easily become the pranked! Then once your mischief is over, enjoy the night preparing for Halloween tomorrow. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, October 30th, 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

Coda Brewing Co (Aurora) - On Friday, Halloween, they are opening a bit early for a School of Pharmacy costume contest. Come dressed up in your best costume and ask for a pint of their award winning Sleepyhead Passionfruit Imperial Kolsch (last keg) and also their experimental Elixir Pumpkin Saison (single keg only). [2101 N Ursula Ct, Aurora, CO]

Westminster Brewing Co (Westminster) - Get excited about this one! Their American IPA is now on tap. Come try their "4 Horses IPA". It weighs in at 6.1% ABV and 75 IBUs. If you try it today between 4pm and 6pm you'll receive a free 4oz taster of it! [7655 W 108th Ave, Unit 600, Westminster, CO]

CAUTION: Brewing CO EAST (Denver) - Are you ready to party at CAUTION: East? Tonight's the night! They're giving away a VIP Growler to the winner of their costume contest along with other fabulous prizes! The party starts at 4pm and goes until they're done. Scotch Of All Trades, Toaster Bat Black, and a special raspberry IPA firkin to be released! Also - When is a beer like a wine? Their ‪#‎ExBeeriment‬ this week is a Cabernet Saison! They brewed a farmhouse ale fermented w/cabernet sauvignon grape must. And it's purple-ish. Available at both tap rooms! [12445 E 39th Ave, Unit 314, Denver, CO]

Cerebral Brewing (Denver) - Here's a follow-up to the breaking story from earlier this week. [Newsletter] Cerebral Brewing has a home! It has been a long time coming, but this is the spot they've been pursuing the entire time. Located at the corner of Colfax and Monroe, in the Bluebird District, the old Galaxie Auto Body has laid dormant for several years. New ownership has decided to give it a much needed facelift, and they're very excited about the direction things are headed. Cerebral Brewing will occupy 4,000 square feet of space on the Monroe side (east facing), with two other tenants on the Colfax side. Both of these tenants will be an eatery of some sort. Cerebral Brewing will be surrounded by established businesses like Denver Biscuit Company, Sprouts Market, The Bluebird Theater, and the PS Lounge. With these types of neighbors, this stretch of Colfax is full of history and new potential. Not to mention the fact that the closest brewery is Vine Street Pub at a little over 1.25 miles away. If everything goes according to plan, they'll be on track for a Summer 2015 opening! Things are going to start moving pretty quickly now as they plan out their remodel, file for brewery licensing, and continue to work on recipe development. Also, below is a conceptual look at what they have planned for an outdoor patio. [1477 N Monroe St, Denver, CO]


Baere Brewing Co (Denver) - Today they'll be tapping two new brews starting at 5pm. Rye So Much Wheat? - a spicy Belgian, and Pas De Nom - one which cannot be named, also a Belgian. All tips tonight go to Colorado Jobs with Justice! Come on down. Tomorrow on Halloween: They tap the Whiskey Barrel Aged Big Hoppy Brown at 5pm. Be IN Costume! [320 Broadway, Ste E, Denver, CO]

Mountain Toad Brewing (Golden) - Costumes + Candy + Craft Beer = Awesome. Today they kick off ‪‎Halloween‬ weekend with the release of the ‪#Dia De Los Muertos‬ Bride & Groom's wedding beer, the "I do brew", a Belgian ‎dubbel‬. Tomorrow, they continue the celebration of darkness with their ‎Black IPA‬ release. Who will the Toad turn you into? [900 Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

Dry Dock Brewing Co - South Dock (Aurora) - The next two Signature Series beers, the Double Brown Ale and Double Hazelnut Brown Ale, will be available at South Dock tomorrow! Join in for these special barrel aged beer releases! [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen (Denver) - Announcing the return of a fan favorite. Stop in and get a pint of their Belgian White Ale. Just right for these warm Fall days. [800 Lincoln St, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Crystal Springs Brewing Co (Louisville) - This Saturday, November 1st, Crystal Springs Brewing will be celebrating the first anniversary of their Louisville location and would like to cordially invite everyone to be there. The party starts at 1:00pm and will go until 9:00pm that evening. They will be releasing several new and seasonal beers and pulling out some beers from their beer cellar. There will be BBQ from Lulu's, lots of other beers on tap and great people. Also, they'll have the CU Buffs on the big screens too! [657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E, Louisville, CO]

Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette) - This Friday, Odd13 Brewing is hosting their second annual Halloween costume party. Come ready for a great night of costumes, live music, beer and prizes! They will have 3 categories for the costume contest: Best overall, best Odd13 superhero, and best couples costume. Winner's will receive a gift card or free beer! Party starts at 7pm and will go until 11pm. [301 E Simpson St, Lafayette, CO]

Vindication Brewing Co - Ready for a spooky fun time? Come party with Craig Cornett and the Phast & Wreckless at the Vindication Brewing Company’s Halloween Party, Friday October 31st at 5:30pm! There will be a costume contest so wear your coolest costume! The party starts when you get there – the tap room is open at 2pm - and the music will start by 6pm. The Vindication now has the Edge of Town Brown on tap as well as their many standard premium brews and Chow Down will provide the food. [6880 Winchester Cir, Boulder, CO]

12Degree Brewing (Louisville) - Plans for Halloween yet? Come on down to the taproom. They'll have classic horror films streaming on the big screen, and they'll be awarding free beer coins to those donning extra awesome and creative costumes, especially those inspired by one of their beers. Think Pink Panther, Rolling Gnome, Tigon, Foxx Rougge, Walter's White…so much possibility! [820 Main St, Louisville, CO]

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

Northern Colorado

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - FCB is excited to announce the start of Brewery Yoga, a new wellness program benefiting local nonprofit FoCo Cafe, beginning on Sunday, November 2nd from 9am to 10am. On the first and third Sunday of each month, FCB will host a power yoga class in their Community Room. For $15, participants will engage in an hour-long session, finishing with a complimentary FCB brew or Bloody Mary at Gravity 1020. Classes will be limited to the first 15 registrations via an online signup at fortcollinsbrewery.com/yoga/. More than half of registration revenue will go directly to FoCo Cafe, which stands for Feeding Our Community Our Selves. Set to open in November, FoCo Cafe’s mission is to build community by providing nutritious and delicious meals to the people of Fort Collins regardless of their ability to pay. [1020 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Today's Outlaw Tap is a caramel vanilla porter called "Trick or Treat". [242 N College Ave, Unit B, Ft. Collins, CO]

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - It's a Halloween Party at Crabtree! They haven't worked out all the details yet, but they are planning on having a big Par-Tay and Everyone is invited! They will be tapping a Halloween Firkin at 6pm - "TRICKY-TREAT ALE", an American Amber ale brewed with GHOST chilies and COCOA nibs. Come in costume for their Costume Contest. Prizes for Most Original, Best Beer Themed and Best Fictional Character costume. [2961 W 29th St, Greeley, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Join in for the Halloween Social Run. Meet up with the Berthoud Social Run crew for a festive jaunt around town. Meet at the taproom before 5:45pm and then burn some calories to prep for a weekend of stealing your kid's candy. Dress in costume for the run and your first beer is on City Star. The taproom will get a little funky on Halloween as they have DJ ShackOlove spinning for the annual Halloween party all night. Costume contest at 9pm with prizes for winning Costumes. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Your favorite Imperial Saison, Tropic King, is now available in single serving 12oz bottles! Now there's no need to share (unless you want to). [1900 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Buckhorn Brewers (Loveland) - With your help, they're trying to make room for yet another new beer. Today's special $3 pint is Jester's Ale. As soon as that is gone, they will introduce Fester's Ale, a darker, spicier take on their festival beer. [4229 W Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland, CO]

Equinox Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Get into the Halloween (er Sci Fi) spirit. They just tapped a firkin of Darth Vernal Dunkelweizen conditioned with Candy Corn! Happy Halloween Eve! [133 Remington St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Dodgeton Creek Brewing Co (Trinidad) - HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM DCBC! Is your costume ready? Theirs are! For everyone who shows up at the Tap Room on Friday IN COSTUME, you will receive $1.00 off each pint, and will be entered into a drawing to win a t-shirt and a pint glass. Pumpkin Stout is on tap too! A reminder of their hours: Thursday 2pm - 8pm, Friday and Saturday 2pm - 10pm, and Sunday Noon to 6pm. [36730 Democracy Dr, Trinidad, CO]

Fossil Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - They're staying open til 10pm tonight, and SuppenBar is currently setting up in front of the brewery. There's also 2 new small-batch beers on tap today, their Trilobite Tripel and Wet Hop SMaSH! [2845 Ore Mill Rd, Unit 1, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Carbondale Beer Works (Carbondale) - Halloween is going to be great with plenty of great beer, live music from "Let Them Roar", and a costume contest for prizes. Stop on in. Open Monday through Thursdays 4pm - 11pm, Fridays & Saturdays 11:30am to 12am and Sundays 11:30am to 11pm. ]647 Main St, Carbondale, CO]

Roaring Fork Beer Co (Carbondale) - Just one more day until the launch of their "Night of the Living Brews" Halloween Party. There will be big prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in their costume contest. They're staying open late and SILO will be open for food service to soak up those Zombie infusions. Ghoul out to the music from DJ Benny 6:30pm to 9:30pm. [1941 Dolores Way #81623, Carbondale, CO]

Horsefly Brewery (Montrose) - For Halloween Horsefly Brewery is going to be pouring some Blood Red Blonde beer along with their Pumpkin Ale. The kitchen boys are working on some ghoulish looking dishes and the Johnson County Coroners will start playing their style of music at 7pm. Come down and enjoy happy hour prices all day for those in costume. [846 E Main St, Montrose, CO]

South Park Brewing Colorado (Fairplay) - Today and Halloween Day anyone who comes in 21 years or older wearing a Halloween costume, your first pint of Ranch Hand Ale is on the house. Want to try some South Park beer but can't get up to the mountains? No problem. East Denver/DIA folks can now easily have their beer. Ranch Hand Ale now on draft at Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden in Denver. Please check them out and have a pint! [297 US Hwy 285, Fairplay, CO]

7 Hermits Brewing Co (Eagle) - Guess what beer is back on tap? Yup, their popular "The Bruiser IPA". Stop in, have a pint and get your hop on. [717 Sylvan Lake Rd #B-1, Eagle, CO]

Breckenridge Brew Pub (Breckenridge) - Drink with the Brewer First Mondays is just a few days away. Join in on Monday, November 3rd from 4-6pm for a free tasting of SIPL-Social India Pale Lager and engaging beer chats and fun with Brewer Greg. [600 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO]
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Colorado Beer News 102914

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Cat Day. Today's the day to honor our feline friends. There are always plenty of cats waiting to be adopted out there. If you love cats, consider visiting your local animal shelter and adopt a cat. Or, if you have a cat, do something nice for it today. While they probably won't show gratitude, they will at least know that you are someone worth keeping a closer eye on. Take time to spend some time with a cat today. If they stare at you while you drink a beer then they are simply pondering "I can haz beer?" - Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, October 29th, 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

Chain Reaction Brewing Co (Denver) - Come on down to try their first ever Firkin release this Saturday, November 1st at 3pm! They took their tap room favorite Northern English Mild and tossed it into a firkin then added more than a few generous handfuls of Colorado grown Habanero peppers! This will be a wild combo that you don't want to miss out on. Firkins don't last long in this beer thirsty town so make sure you are at the brewery ready! Plus you'll get to watch them swing that big hammer and drive the tap into the firkin. Then on Sunday, November 2nd from 12:30pm to 5pm it's Customer Appreciation Day. They wanted to do a little something different this week to show you all just how much they appreciate you coming in and drinking their beers. During that time on Sunday, they will be serving up free hamburgers and hot dogs to who ever comes through the door to enjoy some beers. Yep, they are providing the food this Sunday! So come down let them treat you to lunch or dinner, drink some beers and watch the Denver Broncos take on the New England Patriots. [902 S Lipan St, Denver, CO]

Two22 Brew (Centennial) - Tonight get $1 off growler fills. Come in and grab one so you can watch Game 7 of the World Series with a craft beer. They'll also have some tasty cheese curds from Cream City Market for you to enjoy. [4550 S Reservoir Rd, Centennial, CO]

WOBtoberfest (Denver) - World of Beer is partnering up with ESPN to bring you WOBtoberfest, the most interactive beer festival connecting people through sports, and great craft beer! Join in Thursday, Oct. 30th from 5:30pm to midnight (yes Thursday) at the Mile High Station for sports, passion and beer. This is the only beer festival that combines live music, sports, and an endless flow of craft beer. A variety of interactive games will be spread throughout the venue that are both physically and mentally stimulating for all guests, you will have local craft beer celebrities, including celebrity athletes and cheerleaders participating in the games and festivities! VIP tickets are available and include early entrance, exclusive access to rare beers, celebrity guest speakers, gift bags, awesome food trucks and many more surprises. Tickets and info at: www.thebeerfest2014.com. [2027 Old West Colfax Ave, Denver, CO]

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - On Friday, October 31st at 6pm Crooked Stave will be celebrating Halloween with a tapping of a special keg of Nightmare on Brett aged in Port Barrels. This is one beer you sour lovers won't want to miss. [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - Don't miss their special firkin tapping tonight at 4pm. They combined their Kolsch with oranges and came up with "The Bro Mosa". Plus, Gusto's Kitchen will be there on site tonight for your food needs. [18921 Plaza Dr, Parker, CO]

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - ESB fans! Today Odyssey is tapping a small batch of their Brick Lane ESB at 5:00pm (4pm for Adventure Club members). This batch won't be back for a while so don't miss it this time around. Also, Duke's BBQ will be there today also. Taproom open 3pm to 9pm with Happy Hour til 5pm. [5535 W 56th Ave, Ste 107, Arvada, CO]

Black Shirt Brewing Co (Denver) - American Red Porter (Track # 2014-04) hits the aps when they open today at 5pm. Come enjoy a couple pints, carve some pumpkins, and bring your vinyl - they'll spin it! They have 12 pumpkins and all the knives and such needed to carve them up. The staff-selected best pumpkin will win prizes. [3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

Shine Brewing Co (Boulder) - Shine Restaurant and Brewery is gearing up for some good old spooky fun with Boulder's Best Halloween Dance Party this Friday Night starting at 8pm! Come get your booooooogie on! Costume Contest, Prizes, Flash Mobs, DJ's and a good time guaranteed by all. AND its FREE! Just cause they love ya. Eat.Drink. DANCE.Shine. [2027 13th St, Boulder, CO]

Asher Brewing Co (Boulder) - Everyone is invited to a special Halloween Party at Asher Brewing this Friday from 2pm to close. Along with all their great beer, they will be hosting a Costume Contest winners will be announced at 7:30pm. There will be awards for Best Costume, Best Interpretation of one of their Beers, Best Duo, Couples or Group Costume! [4699 Nautilus Ct, Ste 104, Boulder, CO]

The Very Nice Brewing Co (Nederland) - Tonight is Euchre Night at Very Nice Brewing. Come play some cards and drink some beer. Euchre night is held every other Thursday night. The cards will be in action from 6pm to 8pm tonight. While you're there - check out these premium beers: Fuggly Pumpkin, Porter de los Muertos, and Chiller Clogger Red IPA. [20 Lakeview Dr, Unit 112, Nederland, CO]

City Star Brewing - Berthoud CO
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Northern Colorado

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - There's a lot going on this week with FCB. Thursday (10/30) is their Cheese Pairing Dinner with the awesome folks at The Denver Bicycle Cafe at 7pm, get your tickets online. On Friday they'll be having their annual Halloween Party from 5-9 pm in the parking lot and giving out great prizes for the best costumes, and malt monster costume! Bring a non-perishable good to donate to the Food Bank for Larimer County! Saturday, November 1st they roll into two great festivals, Fall Back Beer Fest and All Colorado Beer Festival! Sunday, they unwind with their first Brewery Yoga session! Learn more about it: www.fortcollinsbrewery.com/yoga/. [1020 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Zwei Brüder Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Join 1933, Black Bottle and Zwei Brüder on Thursday, October 30th for their combined Halloween celebration! Kids can trick or treat from 3pm - 5pm. Everyone over 21 is eligible to win a free beer if they visit all three breweries between the hours of 3pm - 8pm. And... if you can "find the brewer" between the hours of 3pm - 8pm at all three breweries you will be entered into a raffle and possibly win some sweet prizes. How do I play "find the brewer" you may be wondering? Find out more details at their website. Beers on tap now: Hell Munich-style Golden Lager, Pils, Dunkel, Weißbier, Weizenbockenspiel (strong wheat beer), Eins IPA, Wilhelm II IPA, Zwickle Lager, Keller Helles Lager, Amerika APA, and Braun (brown ale). Prost! [4612 S Mason St, Ste 120, Ft. Collins, CO]

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - Bring out the artist in you and have a couple beers while you're at it. Tonight in the taproom from 6:30pm to 8:30pm have fun painting pumpkins and drinking beer. For $30 you'll get all the art supplies you need to paint images of pumpkins (instruction included) and 2 beers. Plus you get to take your art piece home with you afterwards. Sign up and pay at the door. Drink a Chunkin' Pumpkin while you paint! Painters under 21 allowed, but they can't drink beer. Also for the rest of you - it's Double Punch Growler Day! Get two punches for each fill on your Growler card. [2961 W 29th St, Greeley, CO]

New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins) - This winter, IBUs will accumulate like Colorado snow with New Belgium's Accumulation White IPA, hitting shelves and taps now. Brewing a white IPA was not only a way to salute the white beauty falling from the sky, but a direct revolt to the longstanding tradition of brewing dark beers for winter. Their fans loved this beer so much last year they brought it back for another season. Get it before it melts away. [500 Linden St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Get $2 off growler fills all day today 1pm to 9pm. And for todays special they'll be filling growlers of their California Common, Uncommon Sweetheart brewed in collaboration with Crow Hop Brewing Co for only $10. Also - Who wants to play Halloween Bingo? We're offering a chance to win a variety of prizes and teaming up with our neighbors at Loveland Laser Tag and Harrington Arts Academy. Stop by the taproom to pick up your playing card and start collecting stamps. Runs until Nov 2nd. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Here's what's happening at H&D! Tough Enough to Drink Pink? Stop in on Friday, October 31, 12-6pm for a new release in the taproom: Betakölsch, a Kölsch-style ale that is subtly flavored (and not-so-subtly colored!) with fresh beets from Native Hill Farms. This beer's aroma and flavor both definitely hint at good things from the earth but the beer is not a beet-sweet beverage; it remains true to its Kölsch-style roots. Horse & Dragon Brewing Company will be donating $1 to Touchstone Health Partners for every pint of Betakölsch sold in our taproom from Halloween through the month of November. SHAVIN’! Movember: October 31st at 5pm, TimCo (one of Horse & Dragon’s owners) will be shaving his beard in honor of Movember, an international effort to raise awareness of and research funds for men’s health issues (in particular, prostate and testicular cancer and mental health) by growing one's ’stache during the month of November. People of all facial-hair-preferences are invited to come raise a pint (hot pink or other) to toast a clean-shaven TimCo. Thanksgiving Thankful Notes: During the month of November, write a note about what you’re thankful for when you stop in the taproom and place it in the cornucopia on the bar. They’ll be posting one each day on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. [124 Racquette Dr, Ft. Collins, CO]

Snowbank Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Come by the brewery for a pint of thei new Smirking Lantern Pumpkin Ale to make the time go faster - Gentle notes of caramelized pumpkin on the nose, sweet caramel, burnt sugar and a hint of pumpkin pie spice flavors with a smooth finish. This brew clocks in at 6.5% ABV.
Umami Mobile Eatery is arriving at 2pm today to serve up their delicious Asian fusion cuisine. Purchase anything from the truck and get a dollar off a pint of Silent Snow WIPA to pair. The taproom is open until 8pm tonight. [225 N Lemay Ave Ste 1, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Fieldhouse Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Today's Test Tap is a Caramel Apple Amber paired with sweet pork burritos and baked apple fries from Treehouse BBQ. It goes on tap at 5pm. This beer is the kickoff to their fall beers. The first two to release are their Cranberry Saison and Pumpkin Porter. Both of these beers have GF counterparts that will go on tap at the same time. Tapping will be Sunday, November 2nd starting at 12pm. Broncos game on the MEGA screen at 2:25pm and new beers to fill out their taps! [521 S Tejon St, Colo. Springs, CO]

All Colorado Beer Festival (Colorado Springs) - The ACBF is this Saturday November 1st! November's biggest beer festival is back for a 8th year. They expect to have from 60-70 Colorado-only breweries participate in the biggest ever event in Colorado Springs. There will be two sessions of tasting at 1pm and 6:30pm with options to get in early with VIP or Early Entry passes. Designated Drivers can attend for $10. There will be a special VIP zone where ticket holders can sample food and beer pairings and additional beers not available to the General audience. Tickets are still on sale. And for the first time, Oskar Blues will bring their famous Silent Disco to the All Colorado Beer Festival. More information and tickets at: www.allcoloradobeerfestival.com. Located at: Freedom Financial Services Expo Center [3650 N Nevada Ave, Colo, Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Fall Back Beer Fest 2014 (Estes Park) - Held each year on the weekend we turn the clocks back, Fall-Back Beer Fest is not only a celebration of beer, but also the people who make it. With 100+ beers being poured by the brewers themselves from 30+ Colorado breweries, festival goers are sure to walk away having learned something new about their favorite beer from the people who created it. FBBF also coincides with the American Homebrewers Associations Annual Learn To Homebrew Day. To help celebrate, a number of AHA sanctioned homebrewing clubs will be present and brewing for everyone to watch. With seminars from beer glass experts, food pairings from certified cicerones, demonstrations from homebrewing equipment fabricators, samples from hop farms, giveaways from local homebrew supply shops, and much more, there is sure to be something for everyone. Also, FBBF is family-friendly! Helping with the celebration of brewing are Colorado craft soda breweries pouring samples for guests of all ages! Plus, for everyone's entertainment, live music throughout the day! Tickets and info: www.fallbackbeerfest.com. Located at: Estes Park Events Center & Pavilion [1125 Rooftop Way, Estes Park, CO]

Tommyknocker Brewery (Idaho Springs) - Coming back this Friday, October 31st just in time for Halloween - come grab a pint of their Cocoa Porter - on draft! Also, still time to enjoy a Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale too. [1401 Miner St, Idaho Springs, CO]

Copper Club Brewing Co (Fruita) - There's going to be a Double Halloween Party in Fruita, Colorado on Halloween night. The fun starts over at The Hot Tomato Cafe & Pizzeria on Mulberry Street from 6-9pm and then follows up over at Copper Club Brewing from 9pm til the ghouls come home. There's also a two-part costume contest with prizes. Live it up in Fruita this Halloween! [233 E Aspen Ave, Fruita, CO]

Ska Brewing (Durango) - We all know beer and food go well together, but beer and comic books? Ska Brewing is releasing their very own comic book - "Tales of The Legion of Ska" and are putting it inside their Mixed 12 can packs. Check out their latest Press Release for all of the details. Also, look for their seasonal bomber release of "Dementia Aged & Confused", a bourbon bbl-aged Euphoria Pale Ale - coming soon to a store near you! [225 Girard St, Durango, CO]
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Ska Brewing to release their own comic book

And now for something completely different - a brewery releasing their own comic book! This colorful publication tells the entire tale of how Ska Brewing came to be. And you can get it in special mixed can 12 packs! Here's the latest Press Release from Ska Brewing detailing this venture.

Ska Brewing to Release Comic After 20 Years in the Making

DURANGO, Colo., (October 28, 2014) — Twenty years after the story began, Ska Brewing is releasing the entire comic book chronicling their naïve yet epic struggle against Rotgutzen International Beverage Corporation and its quest for world domination.

The complete 34-page tome tells the tale of Ska’s humble beginnings, how they’ve overcome challenges such as increasing their selling to drinking ratio, and have ultimately come out on top as the largest and only brewery in Durango, Colorado’s Bodo Park. Tales of the Legion of Ska is part David vs. Goliath, part Archie and Veronica, and part influential business book.

“I think Volume 01 of The Tales of The Legion of Ska will find its place among the annals of our generation’s greatest business books, alongside such titles as Roberts’ Leadership Secrets of Attila The Hun, and Calagione’s Brewing Up a Business,” says Ska Co-founder Bill Graham.

More likely, the Legion of Ska comic will be given away in specially marked 12-packs of Mixed-Up cans, and included for free with select merchandise orders off of Ska’s web site.

The road to the release of the Ska comic has been a long and grinding one, with only bits and pieces of the story making their way onto Ska’s beer labels and packaging over the brewery’s 20-year history.

“It’s great to have validation for our work against Rotgutzen’s “beer-like” substance,” says Graham, “but it’s only by standing on the shoulders of Ben Grimm, Peter Parker, The Tick, and the other giants that have come before us, that Good has been allowed to prevail.”

The Ska Boys will be signing copies of the comic at the official release party on Halloween at the Ska Brewing World Headquarters from 4:00-7:00 pm. The Skalloween Happy Hour/Comic Release will also feature pint glass giveaways and beer specials.

About Ska Brewing

Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and now produces over a dozen medal-winning beers including the Pinstripe Red Ale, True Blonde Ale and Steel Toe Stout. Ska was the second brewery in the U.S. to can its craft beers, and nine Ska beers are now widely available in cans: Modus Hoperandi IPA, ESB Special Ale, True Blonde Ale, four Seasonal Stouts and the summer and winter seasonals Mexican Logger and Euphoria Pale Ale. For more information, current offerings, music and a good time, visit www.skabrewing.com. Chat us up and get the latest news at facebook.com/skabrew and twitter.com/skabrewing.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Colorado Beer News 102814

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Chocolate Day. A day that chocolate lovers relish every year (or make that every day). And since Halloween is around the corner, just about everyone has some chocolate in the house. It's OK to indulge in chocolate for just one day. And you know what pairs great with chocolate? How about a porter or a stout? The combo makes a great pairing. Try it and see. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, October 28th, 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

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Seeing how the holidays are not too far off, Arvada Beer is busy brewing up this year's batch of Jolly Holiday today. This big beer will be ready around November 21st, just in time for the start of the holiday season. [5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO]

TRVE Brewing (Denver) - This Thursday, October 30th from 6pm to 11pm - come help support the Keep A Breast Foundation, a rad organization dedicated to empowering and educating young people about breast health and early detection. They'll get $1 for every pint sold that night. Let's crush some beers for boobies! [227 Broadway, Denver, CO]

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - Halloween will bring lots of activities to Odyssey Beerwerks from 2pm to close including a Pumpkin Carving Contest, a Costume Contest, and an Art Reception & DJ Party. Drop off your entry for the pumpkin carving before Friday 10/31 to help them decorate the taproom. Judging will take place during the party. Wear your costume to Odyssey and get your photo taken for the costume contest. They'll review all entries over the weekend and announce best costume prizes on Monday, November 3rd. Scott Trask is their October Artist and will help DJ the party starting at 9:30pm. Plus, stay for the special Halloween beer tapping of their "Fluffy Pumpkin Porter". [5535 W 56th Ave, Ste 107, Arvada, CO]

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - For their final October "Pumpkin" Cask tapping of the month, Copper Kettle will tap their Pumpkin Saison on Wednesday, October 29th. There's always something new on cask each Wednesday there at the brewery. [1338 S Valentia St, Unit 100, Denver, CO]

38 State Brewing Co (Littleton) - It's never too early (or too late) to start planning your Halloween Friday Night! - 38 State has a great evening planned including: A costume contest (complete w/ prizes), a live DJ, delicious eats from The Pasta Cart, and ghoulish games to keep the party rockin' all night long! Spread the word and trick or treat at Littleton's finest. [8071A S Broadway, Littleton, CO]

The Brew on Broadway (Englewood) - The release of their Orchard Place Caramel Apple Stout is now set to release on October 31st at 6pm. The brewer just blended and tasted it today and it turned out better than planned - you won't want to miss it! Wear your Halloween costumes that night for $1 off regular pints. [3445 S Broadway, Englewood, CO]

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Tonight at 6pm they're tapping a specialty keg of Raspberry Origins! This Burgundy sour ale aged in oak on fresh raspberries packs a tart punch to warm you on this chilly day. [3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO]

Wynkoop Brewing Co (Denver) - The Wynkoop now has their C.andy Brown English Ale back on the nitro tap. Enjoy it in a pint or mixed in the Candied Bananas beer cocktail. [1634 18th St, Denver, CO]

Hops & Pie (Denver) - Here's the list of freshly tapped beers at Hops & Pie today: Russian River's Supplication, Barrel Aged ODB from Oskar Blues, Strange's 1000 Barrel, Odell's Gramps and Victory at Sea from Ballast Point. Have a couple of those along with their Tuesday Night 23 special - get a 2 topping 18" pie and 2 drafts for 23 bucks. Get some 5pm to close. [3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO]

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - Coming up this week: Tonight is Taco Tuesday and Buy One Get One Free Pint when you wear your Big Choice gear! Friday: Halloween - wear your costumes and get Happy H our pricing on pints. PLUS - they are going to offer Wagon Growlers. Get $5 off growler refills all night! Sunday November 2nd - Open at noon and will have $1 off 4-packs until 2pm and Happy Hour during the Broncos game. Trivia and Family Movie at 3pm. [7270 W 118th Pl, Broomfield, CO]

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew (Denver) - Today from 4-10pm is another in their long line of "Keep The Glass" days. Today lucky glass #13 debuts and was designed by Dylan Fowler. Also, Five Points Pizza will be on site selling pies and slices. Always plenty of beer to go round. [2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO]

Mu Brewery (Aurora) - Last night it was the Pumpkin Carving contest. Tonight they'll host "Pictionary Against Humanity" starting at 6:30pm. To keep up with the Halloween theme, they'll also have Zombie Target Practice Night. [9735 E Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO]

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) - Don't forget Jagged Mountain's One Year Anniversary party this Saturday, November 1st from Noon til 11pm. They'll tap 4 different rare beers, one each at 12pm, 3pm, 6pm and 9pm (2 barleywines, an imperial stout, and an Old Ale). Plus, Truck Yeah food truck will be there. Giveaways throughout the day. [1139 20th St, Denver, CO]

Cerebral Brewing (Denver) - At long last, the owners have finally found a location for their brewery. The new spot will be at: 1477 N Monroe Street in Denver, CO in the old Galaxie building just off Colfax. This is a 4,000 square foot area that they will transform into a brewery and taproom.

Blue Spruce Brewing Co (Centennial) - Firkin Tuesday is back! Today's $3 firkin pint is their Citrus Medly. [4151 E County Line Rd, Unit G, Centennial, CO]

Diebolt Brewing Co (Denver) - Come join in for their Day of the Dead celebration and raise a beer to honor those no longer with us on Saturday, November 1st starting a 7pm. Plus, get some extra mileage out of your Halloween costume and win some prizes while your at it. Undead beats by DJ P-Cuz rocking the brewhouse at 7pm. Food truck: Mobile Meltz truck. Serving 6-9ish. And the return of the dreaded Graveyard Ale, their signature beer blend. Don't be scared of Cerveza De Los Muertos! [3855 Mariposa St, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats (Boulder) - Stop by on Tuesdays for All Day Happy Hour at BRU. Get $3 ales, $4 wine and delicious eats. Also - Join BRU on Halloween night for Trick or Treating for the kids, a complimentary pint for parents, and $3 pints for those in costume. Plus, BRU is serving Sunday Brunch weekly from 9:30am to 3pm along with Brunch Happy Hour 9:30am - 11:30am. [5290 Arapahoe, Boulder, CO]

Großen Bart Brewery (Longmont) - Grossen Bart Brewery is getting into full swing! They plan on opening their doors to the public November 10th! Their scheduled ribbon cutting for with the Longmont Chamber of Commerce will be on Friday, November 14th. And their "official" Grand Opening party is set for Saturday December 13th! Each of their beers will be associated with a different style of facial hair. You can expect to see everything from their Balbo Berliner Weiss, Anchor Amber, Imperial Whiskey Stout, Chin Curtain IPA, Soul Patch Porter, Friendly Mutton Chop Marzen, Dali Dunkelweizen, Chevron Dry Irish Stout, Horseshoe Hefeweizen, Five 0'Clock Kolsch, Regent Whiskey Brown, Garibaldi Black IPA, Fu Manchu Cider, Chevron Coffee Cream Stout, and Strip-Teaser Pale Ale! [1025 Delaware Ave, Longmont, CO]

Bootstrap Brewing Co (Niwot) - Here's what's happening at Bootstrap this week: Trivia tonight starting at 6:30pm along with Enchiladas by Niwot Market. Wednesday 10/29: - Euchre tournament at 6:00pm. Friday 10/31: Halloween Party starting at 5pm. Happy Hour prices for all in costume, plus live music as well. And Saturday November 1st brings live music from Watersong at 5pm. [6778 N 79th St, Niwot, CO]

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - It finally feels like Fall is in the air, and it's a great time of year to drink craft beer! Today two seasonal favorites are back - River Rock Brown (a smooth brown ale brewed with hot rocks) and Honey Nut Blonde (a blonde ale with honey and toasted almonds). It's also Happy Hour all night, every Tuesday! [5460 Conestoga Ct, Boulder, CO]

Crystal Springs Brewing Co (Louisville) - Today's the day! They will be celebrating their 1st year of business in Louisville and will be cracking open their new Imperial Red just for the occasion. They will also have some rare tasty Imperial Stouts too. Come on down, the fun starts at 4:00pm. [657 S Taylor Ave, Unit E, Louisville, CO]

The Post Brewing Co (Lafayette) - On November 6th at 6:30pm they are taking over the taps at The West End Tavern in Boulder, CO. Enjoy great conversation with Bryan Selders & Nick Tedeschi, good music by Flynn & Co and even better ‪‎craft beer‬. The first 48 people to buy a Post craft beer that night will get a free Post can glass! [The Post Brewing: 105 W Emma St, Lafayette, CO]

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - You asked for it and they're delivering. Tweak will be bottled and released on Sunday, November 16th at Avery Brewing. They aged this big 17.81% ABV stout in bourbon barrels and added heaps of Ozo Coffee Co's Organic Espresso Isabelle for the perfect combination of alcohol and caffeine. The bottle release happens at 1pm. More details coming soon. [5763 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO]

Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co (Lafayette) - It's Tap Tuesday! Today's beer release is a Raspberry Rye. Rye grain imparts a grainy, bittersweet, subtle spiciness to beer. The added fresh raspberries adds just the right amount of fruitiness and sweetness, and gives the beer a reddish hue. This is a small batch. Happy Hour today is 4:30pm to 5:30pm with $1 off pours. [297 N US Hwy 287 #100, Lafayette, CO]

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Northern Colorado

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - Starting Saturday November 1st, Broken Plow will have new business hours for Fall & Winter. Mondays - Thursdays 2-9pm, Fridays & Saturdays 2-11pm, and Sundays 2-8pm. Stop in tomorrow (Wednesday) for Trick or Drinking at 7pm. Drink some spooky beer-tails and play trivia. [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - For this spooky week, High Hops will be tapping a special Ales From The Crypt firkin on Wednesday at 5pm - it's a Pumpkin "EYE"PA. Then plan to attend Halloween @ High Hops on Friday. They'll have a special beer release of "Snick Or Treat Porter". Think of a candy bar with peanuts and caramel in a porter. They'll also host a costume contest with prizes for best costumes. Live music Friday and Saturday night too. [6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Don't forget! Tonight is their "Creepy Food"-themed Potluck Dinner tonight at 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Bring a dish to share. Cook with a City Star beer and receive a FREE beer! They'll supply paper plates, napkins and silverware. While you're there, be sure to give brewery owners Whitney and John Way a big CONGRATS on their expecting a baby in March! 10 beers on tap today including their newest - Fall Back IPA. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - What are you dressing up as for Halloween? Whatever your costume, wear it into Grimm Bros this Friday and get $1 off your beers all day. They will have a Mummy Wrap Competition at 7pm and a Costume Contest at 8pm for both group and individual. Also try the special Bloody Mary Little Red Cap firkin beer. Plus, plenty of Halloween beads and candy. [623 Denver Ave, Loveland, CO]

Black Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - The beer gone viral is going to be tapped this Thursday! Come try their new beer "Cerealiously Count Chocula" - they cleared out two entire grocery stores of Count Chocula to make it. It taps at 5pm on Thursday. Rumor has it that Count Chocula himself will be on hand for the release. [1611 S College Ave, Unit 1609, Ft. Collins, CO]

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - New brews are being released this week! They'll be tapping a Nut Brown Ale and a Gose (sour salted ale) later this week. More details soon. Open today from 3pm to 8pm. [4025 S Mason St, Ft. Collins, CO]

Southern Front Range

Dodgeton Creek Brewing Co (Trinidad) - Here's another brewery starting up their Christmas beer batches. Yesterday they brewed up a batch of their Christmas Lager. This beer will be ready by mid-December. Also, get your Halloween costume ready for their Halloween Party this Friday. Details on their party coming out later this week. [36730 Democracy Dr, Trinidad, CO]

Manitou Brewing Co (Manitou Springs) - They're bringing back Taco Tuesday today at 3pm til close. Get 3 tacos + a pint of MBC beer for $9. ALso, FREE 3 hour parking Monday through Thursday now through Spring, just remember to still use the parking kiosk and choose "3 hrs free" for the tickets. Then, Friday, HALLOWEEN NIGHT 6-9pm, they'll be giving away prizes {beer, gift certs, glassware, mugs, t-shirts, etc}, everyone has a chance to win, chances improved if you're dressed in a costume, and even better chance if it's a beer themed costume! [725 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO]

Smiling Toad Brewery (Colorado Springs) - Here's this week's Beer Menu: IPA, ESB, Amber, Lavender, Chili Lime, Wallonian Pale, and a Vanilla Porter. Plus more beer styles coming soon! Plus, every Tuesday they have Bite Me Gourmet Sausages on site serving up Rubens, Frankfurters, Green Chili Soup and more. [1757 S 8th St, Ste 100, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

Dillon Dam Brewery (Dillon) - Wear your Halloween costume to the brewery on the 31st from 3pm on. They'll offer great drink deals from 3-6pm as well as giving away some prizes. Also - Heads up! Their upstairs seating area will be closed off all this week October 27 through November 2nd in order to repair the subfloor and install new carpeting. Then they will be completely closed on November 3rd & 4th to install carpet in the downstairs. They'll be fully back open on Wednesday, November 5th. Come check them out - the carpet is reportedly very unique! [100 Little Dam Rd, Dillon, CO]

Casey Brewing and Blending (Glenwood Springs) - New releases this weekend! Saturday, November 1st from 11am-5pm. The new blends of Saison, Peach Fruit Stand and Plum Fruit Stand are all tasting great. Come get some bottles! [3421 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO]

Hard Cider Festival (Paonia) - Just a little reminder Cider Fest is fast approaching this Sat Nov. 1st. It's free to attend and there are 3 great bands starting at 11am to 7pm. They will be hosting 7 different hard cider companies from the Rocky Mountain Cider Association. There are still some really good apples for picking, Haunted Orchard maze and great food. Weather forecast is calling to be in the 70's and should be an amazing day. It's all happening out at Delicious Orchards in Paonia. [39126 Hwy 133, Paonia, CO]

Revolution Brewing (Paonia) - There is now fresh "Stout Ol' Friend" 6-pack cans available. Look for them in a local liquor store near you. So shiny, so delicious. [325 Grand Ave, Paonia, CO]

Dolores River Brewery (Dolores) - What's happening at the brewery for Halloween? Beer. Plus Wayne "the Train" Hancock will be performing honky tonk. There will be a costume contest, & boot skootin' fun. Cover is $10. Show starts at 9pm. [100 South 4th, Dolores, CO]

Upcoming Colorado Brewery Openings

- Mockery Brewing - Denver - November 7, 2014.
- Großen Bart Brewery - Longmont - November 10, 2014.
- Locavore Beer Works - Littleton - November 15, 2014.
- FERMÆNTRA - Denver - November 15, 2014.
- Alpine Dog Brewing Co - Denver - November 15, 2014.

See a complete list of all known Colorado breweries in planning.
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Oskar Blues CAN'd Aid Foundation raises $1M in 1st year

Oskar Blues CAN'd Aid FoundationIn their first year alone, Oskar Blues' CAN'd Aid Foundation has raised over $1 milloon. Oskar Blues Brewery matches every dollar donated.

"Without this program and funding from CAN'd Aid, more than 200 children in our county would go without Christmas. The grant means those kids will be able to shop with our officers and pick out a gift for themselves." - Moody Noreda, Cops for Kids Program.

[PRESS RELEASE] Longmont, CO, & Brevard, NC--The Oskar Blues CAN'd Aid Foundation has developed national partnerships in a variety of focus areas, including outdoor recreation, arts and music, and environmental sustainability, although the Foundation's initial focus in the first year was maximizing fundraising efforts for the expedited distribution of monies to the communities of ColoRADo that experienced massive devastation because of severe flooding that struck the Front Range in September 2013.

Lyons, ColoRADo, is still home to the original Oskar Blues Grill & Brew. When Oskar Blues Soul Founder Dale Katechis learned of other local businesses that suffered damage, some so severely that they were in jeopardy of closing their doors permanently, he jumped into action. Starting with a personal donation of $150,000, Dale reached out to the craft brewing industry and fans of Oskar Blues, and issued a matching challenge through the end of 2013. In just three months, CAN'd Aid raised and distributed $515,000 for flood relief and recovery efforts, directly assisting 235 families, 65 businesses and five organizations.

While CAN'd Aid continues to work directly with the Town of Lyons to support flood-related projects, the Foundation's focus has expanded to include the original concepts that Dale had in mind pre-flood.

The Foundation focuses on "Grassroots Grants"--a concept that celebrates the little guy with a big idea. By incorporating specific program areas, Tunes (music, arts & culture); Towns (disaster relief); Treads & Trails (outdoor pursuits/health & wellness); Love Yer Mama (sustainability & recycling); and throwing in a wild card, Total CANarchy (anything goes). One year after its launch, CAN'd Aid Foundation has emerged as a funky, unique and utterly atypical nonprofit organization.

"As our official transportation sponsor, CAN'd Aid makes it possible every day for 160 kids and teens from all over our county to travel to our Club by bus. The funds enabled us to expand our bus fleet, allowing kids faster and safer access to our programs, including outdoor excursions focusing on healthy and fit lifestyles, community service opportunities, and arts & music instruction," says Jackie Witherspoon of the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County.

"Love Yer Mama" offers recycling-specific grants to groups interested in starting sustainable recycling programs and incorporates education about the benefits of aluminum packaging over glass or plastic. A national recycling initiative, which the foundation kicked off in June with help from The Alcoa Foundation, Ball Foundation and Novelis, is gaining momentum and will soon incorporate OB-centric recycling hubs in both Longmont, CO, and Brevard, NC.

In addition to the $700,000 CAN'd Aid has given for ColoRADo flood recovery efforts, an additional $150,000 has gone toward grassroots community projects all over the U.S. Oskar Blues Brewery matches every dollar raised by CAN'd Aid, and people are starting to notice. ColoRADo Governor John Hickenlooper has repeatedly applauded the Foundation's work and recently cited CAN'd Aid as being instrumental in helping Lyons rebuild. Boulder-based eTown, a nationally syndicated radio program, recently awarded Dale and the Foundation their E-chievement award for giving back and having a tremendous impact in that community. (To hear Katechis' video interview with e-Town hosts Nick & Helen Forster, visit www.etown.org). The Colorado Rockies Baseball Club and Rockies Foundation have also supported CAN'd Aid generously, and Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer recently named CAN'd Aid as his charity of choice, resulting in a $7500 gift from Chevrolet through his Roberto Clemente Award nomination.

As CAN'd Aid enters year two, there is no sign of slowing down. Big focus areas will include partnering with nationally touring bands to fund "TUNES" programs and working with groups like Grassroots Outdoor Alliance and bike-centric companies to increase funding for "TREADS & TRAILS" programs.

For more information about the Oskar Blues CAN'd Aid Foundation, to make a donation or to get involved, visit www.foundation.oskarblues.com.

About CAN'd Aid Foundation
The Oskar Blues CAN'd Aid Foundation was formed as an immediate response to the massive flooding that devastated our hometowns of Lyons & Longmont, CO, in September 2013. To date, CAN'd Aid has donated $700,000 for flood recovery and an additional $150,000 to charitable causes focused on outdoor recreation, child and family advocacy, arts and culture, and sustainability initiatives. Shakin' things up in the world of non-profits, the public charity features funky, fractured, grassroots grants to fund worthy projects from coast to coast. By putting our own spin on what charitable giving looks like, we're able to stay nimble, respond quickly and stay true to our roots. Every dollar raised by the CAN'd Aid Foundation is matched by Oskar Blues Brewery-doubling the "do-goodery" and maximizing the reach.

About Oskar Blues Brewery
Founded as a brewpub by Dale Katechis in 1997, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse in 2002 using a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. In 2008, the makers of the top-selling pale ale in ColoRADo, Dale's Pale Ale, moved into a 35,000-square-foot facility in Longmont, ColoRADo. The brewery has since experienced explosive growth-packaging 59,000 barrels of beer in 2011 and 86,750 barrels in 2012. In December of 2012, Oskar Blues opened the doors to an additional brewery in Brevard, North Carolina. Together, the breweries packaged 120,000 barrels of beer in 2013, distributing its trailblazing craft brews to 36 U.S. states.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Colorado Beer News 102714

Colorado Beer NewsToday is American Beer Day. It's a celebration of America's most popular alcoholic drink - beer! Unfortunately, this "holiday" falls on a Monday this year, but once your workday is over it's time to grab a cold one and toast to this day with your friends. While this may not be an officially government recognized holiday (yet), it is certainly one that beer drinkers will want to mark on their calendars. Please remember to celebrate responsibly. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, October 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]

January and February 2015 Colorado Beer Fest Calendars are now up!

Metro Denver

Kokopelli Beer Co (Westminster) - This week is going to be a fun one! Monday: Brews and Board Games starts at 6pm. Tuesday: Irish Music starts at 6:30pm. Wednesday: Ladies Night featuring AdvoCare and Silpada starting at 6pm, ladies buy one get one half off all drinks! Friday: Halloween Party! Costume contest with multiple categories, games and great beer starting at 6pm and going all night. [8931 Harlan St, Westminster, CO]

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - Join in today for Pajama Party day. And tonight they will be hosting a Broncos jersey giveaway during Monday Night Football. Check out their full craft beer list on their Taphunter link. [6730 S Cornerstar Way, Ste D, Aurora, CO]

Chain Reaction Brewing Co (Denver) - Come on down for their 1st Annual Chili Cook off on Sunday, November 16th from 12pm to 10pm! It's free to enter and free to attend! They will have 3 categories of chili up for judging; Red, Green and vegetarian. You are welcome to enter in just 1 or all 3 if you think you've got the best of the best of each. Judging will be done by all the attendees who partake in chili eating. Prizes will be given to the top 2 chilis of each category then grand prizes will be given to the top 2 overall. If this fun chili cook off wasn't enough they will also be releasing the first ever Chain Reaction Brewing Company barrel aged beer! This extremely special brew will be a smoked hatch chili amber ale aged in a tequila barrel! That's right a beautiful amber ale that uses over 70 fresh roasted hatch chilis per barrel that are then smoked over pecan wood then put into the beer! Then they put all that goodness into a fresh tequila barrel! THey hope to see you there! Sign up sheets for the chili cook off will be available at the brewery so come on down and sign up to reserve your spot. [902 S Lipan St, Denver, CO]

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - The coming of November brings Big Choice's "MO"vember Awareness Contest. Awe Nuts! Yes, that's right guys - it's that time again - time to raise awareness for Prostate and Testicular Cancer. You don't want anything happening to those things would ya? Gentlemen, enter their contest and see if you have the best mustache / beard in Broomfield. It's $5 to enter and it goes to us.movember.com. Contest open to men only (sorry ladies). You must be clean shaven to start and growing either a "mo"stache or beard counts. You must come into the Tasting Room and get your picture taken from October 27th to October 31st. Your pic will be posted in the Tasting Room for all to see. Take a picture of you and your "Mo"stache and email it to andrea[at]bigchoicebrewing.com each week following so they can see your progress and us it to help promote your fabulousness. If you come into the Big Choice Tasting Room once a week to get your photo taken then your 1st pint is FREE! Final judging will be in the Tasting Room on Saturday, December 6th. Must be present to win. Brewers from different breweries will be the judges. Actual judging takes place at 1:30pm. 2 winners will be announced. Judges Choice wins "Beer For A Year" (1 growler fill a month). People's CHoice wins 6 free pints. [7270 W 118th Pl, Unit A, Broomfield, CO]

CAUTION: Brewing Co (Lakewood & Denver) - This is going to be one helluva week at CAUTION! They start with Trivia on Tuesday, karaoke on Wednesday, then it's Halloween time! If you know them, then you get how they throw down. Don't miss Thursday night's party at East, or Saturday's party at West! Prizes galore, music, fun, and beers. Oh, and welcome the return of Toaster Bat Black and TIM! [EAST: 12445 E 39th Ave, Denver, CO - WEST: 1057 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood, CO]

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) - Today is their Pumpkin Carving Contest. BYO pumpkin and the winner gets to name their first pumpkin beer! Then stop back this Saturday, November 1st for their One-Year Anniversary party. There will be 4 beer releases, giveaways, and more all day long. Then on Sunday, November 2nd is Non-Profit Day supporting Reading Partners. $1 from every beer sold that day will be donated. [1139 20th St, Denver, CO]

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - Today they release the newest beer at their South Dock location. Stop in to try their "Hop Eye the Sailor Man", a pale ale that weighs in at 7.1% ABV and 51 IBUs. It's described as a smooth, easy drinker. Available today! [15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO]

Two22 Brew (Centennial) - Here's what lies ahead this week. Monday: Open tonight from 3-9pm, Tuesday 10/28: Tacos and Trivia Night 6-8pm, Wednesday 10/29: $1 off Growler Fills, Thursday 10/30: Lena B BBQ at 5pm, Friday 10/31 Halloween Party - Brews & Boos. Boo!22 will be back on tap. Saturday 11/1: Walk or Bike in and get $1 off your 1st pint, and Sunday 11/2: Comfortable Food at 2pm and the Broncos game at 2:25pm. [4550 S Reservoir Rd, Centennial, CO]

Fiction Beer Co (Denver) - Coming up this Thursday, October 30th is a new beer tapping at 6:00pm - "Feely Effects", a green tea chocolate stout. Then on Friday, October 31st, wear your Halloween costume into to tap room. Every adult wearing a costume gets $1 off all beers (samples excluded). [7101 E Colfax Ave, Denver, Co]

Cannonball Creek Brewing Co (Golden) - This Friday October 31st is their 2nd Annual Halloween Throwdown starting at 12pm and lasting til close. At 12pm they will release their Chocolate Pumpkin Porter. Then at 7pm it's the "Jack O' Lantern Light-Off". BYO carved pumpkin. Winning Jack O' Lantern receives a $25 gift certificate to CCBC. Then from 8pm to 9pm it's the Costume Contest. Prizes for 1st ($100), 2nd ($50), and 3rd ($25) - all in gift certificate format. Must be present to win and 21+ only. [393 N Washington Ave, Golden, CO]

Mu Brewery (Aurora) - It's Halloween Week and Mu Brewery is going to help you relive all the joys of your childhood that have been sucked away from years of being a responsible adult. If you're having a hard time finding that inner child, they have 7 delicious beers on tap to help wake him or her up. All week they'll be doing fun Halloween things leading up to Halloween Night where they'll have a Costume Contest, Haunted Cellar, and Free Small Batch Brew for all of you. Tonight, Monday Night at 6:30pm they'll be carving up pumpkins. Come down, have a couple beers, and get your hands dirty. Feel free to let them know if you're coming down. That way they'll know how many pumpkins to grab. [9735 E Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO]

Westminster Brewing Co (Westminster) - Bring your best to the party this Friday night! Stop by the Frightmare Compound and tour the haunted facilities. Then head over to the Tasting Lab at Westminster Brewing Co for a fiendishly good time with music by Big Paddy Irish Groove Band (8pm - midnight), food by 5280 and prizes for the best costumes. No cover but plenty of fun and good beer! [7655 W 108th Ave, Unit 600, Westminster, CO]

The Brew on Broadway (Englewood) - This week at The BoB - Monday 10/27 - Happy Day 4pm to close with $1 off all beers, Tuesday 10/28 - Americana Open Mic Night 7-9pm, Wednesday 10/29 - live music 7-9pm with happy hour, Thursday 10/30 - Celtic Session Group 7-9pm, Friday 10/31 - Halloween Party 7pm to 10pm - wear a costume and get $1 off regular pints and contest for best and worst outfit. Try their seasonal release of Orchard Place Caramel Apple Stout! Several seasonal beers on tap, a coffee milk stout on nitro and an ESB on cask. [3445 S Broadway, Englewood, CO]

Station 26 Brewing Co (Denver) - Today they are tapping a Honey Blonde. Pair that with food from Chuey Fu's tonight from 4-9pm. Plus, they just brewed a batch of a Plum Dubbel today and will tap that later in November. [7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO]

Boulder County

The Industrial Revolution Brewing Co (Erie) - On Wednesday, October 29th, they will unveil their brand new brew - New Zealand Pale Ale. This brew uses hops from New Zealand and is gluten reduced. Also, don't forget to attend their Halloween Party this Friday, October 31st from 6pm to 10pm. Costume contest with prizes too! They're dying to see you there. [285 Cheesman St, Erie, CO]

West Flanders Brewing Co (Boulder) - Halloween "boos" are more fun with brews! Stop in this Friday, for Halloween from 6pm to close. There will be a Costume Contest, food, beer, and live music for your Halloween pleasure. [1125 Pearl St, Boulder, CO]

Front Range Brewing Co (Lafayette) - Tonight is Geeks who Drink Trivia at 7pm. Tuesday 10/28 is Open Mic night starting at 6pm. Wednesday's small batch release is a Hibiscus Saison. Thursday 10/30 brings Bluegrass music starting at 7pm. And Friday 10/31 they'll have a growler special and happy hour prices for anyone wearing a costume (21+ only). [400 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 1650, Lafayette, CO]

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Northern Colorado

1933 Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Starting today, October 27th, 1933 Brewing Company has new business hours. Mondays: CLOSED, Tuesdays-Fridays: 3pm - 8pm, Saturdays: 1pm - 8pm, Sundays: 11am-6pm. [4025 S Mason, Ft. Collins, CO]

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - Great news Patrick's fans! They are extending business hours and will now open daily at 3:00pm and stay open til 2:00am! Stop in between 3pm and 4pm any day this week and get one FREE 6oz sample of any beer they have on draft! Always 31 craft beers on tap and a huge craft beer bottle cellar. Tonight is Keep the Glass night featuring beer from Hofbrau. Then come folk-out with The Stubby Shillelaghs playing an Irish sing-along this Tuesday night starting at 9pm. Plus, now on Sundays from 7pm to 9pm stop in for Geeks Who Drink Trivia. [907 8th Ave, Greeley, CO]

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Today they've unleashed a new beer in the taproom - Fall Back IPA. This beer was brewed with several new and experimental hops from Germany - German Polaris, German Perle, German Mandarina and German Hull Melon hops. These hops impart subtle flavors of tangerine, strawberry and melon. Growlers welcome. Also - make your Halloween plans now and join City Star Brewing for a good ol' fashioned "Monster Mash" with DJ Mr. ShackOlove this Friday on Halloween 6pm - 11pm! Party will be "poppin" and great beer will be flowin'. [321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, CO]

Odell Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - The tap room will be CLOSED today for their quarterly staff meeting. They will be back open for regular tap room hours on Tuesday. [800 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins,CO]

Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Next week marks the 25th anniversary for Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing. And to celebrate, they are planning to host a week-long celebration from November 3rd through November 7th. Check out their latest press release to see what they have in store to mark this Silver Anniversary - hint - a chance to win FREE beer for a year! [5 Old Town Sq, Ft. Collins, CO]

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] Fort Collins Brewery (FCB) is excited to announce the distribution expansion into its 23rd state, Arizona by partnering with Young’s Market Company of Arizona and FCB’s Brand Builder, David Lamberti. FCB’s full time brews, including newly released 1020 Pale Ale and select seasonals will be available in 4-packs, 6-packs, 22 oz. bombers and on draft, along with the Brewer’s Lunch Box, a variety 12-pack. The first beers will be available in select locations of Young’s Market of Arizona’s statewide distribution starting early November. "Arizona’s thriving craft beer culture made for FCB’s expansion into the state a great opportunity,” said FCB’s General Manager, Tina Peters. “With the right relationships in place we’re excited to get the FCB brand into the hands of our neighboring state.” Along with Young’s Market of Arizona, the FCB brands will also be supported by the addition of their new Brand Builder, David Lamberti. Lamberti, Owner of Bev-Ind Brokerage Services, LLC, will cover FCB’s Arizona and Nevada territory. “With respect to the entry of Fort Collins Brewery, it has created a buzz to the craft beer enthusiasts in Arizona. We are excited to offer this brewery on a consistent basis throughout the market,” said Lamberti. Consumers in the Arizona market looking for specific establishments that will carry FCB products are encouraged to use the Beer Finder tool on www.fortcollinsbrewery.com/brews/beer-finder. [1020 E Lincoln Ave, Ft. Collins, CO]

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - It's Medical Monday! All Medical Personnel get $1 off pints. Show them your medical work ID and get $4 pints all day Monday. [4731 W 10th St, Greeley, CO]

Southern Front Range

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Winter Warlock is Coming! Stop in this Thursday, October 30th at 5:30am for the annual release of their Winter Warlock oatmeal stout. Embrace the changing of the seasons! [1604 S Cascade Ave, Colo. Springs, CO]

Red Leg Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - It's the start of another amazing week at Red Leg! Monday night is Sgt. Pilsner night, so come down and enjoy pints of their refreshing pilsner for $1 off all night. Treehouse BBQ will be set up out front cooking up some of their delicious BBQ classics and creations! Check out these spooky events we have going on for Halloween: Wednesday 10/29 - The Red Leg COSTUME 5K! Since Halloween is only a few days away be sure to wear your costume! Run begins at 6:30pm at the brewery. This 5k will now be a weekly event every Wednesday night! Friday 10/31 - Halloween costume contest and pumpkin beer release! Judging for the scariest and best overall costumes at 8pm, prizes for the winners! [4630 Forge Rd Ste B, Colo. Springs, CO]

Mountains and West

St. Vrain Brewing Co (Estes Park) - A new brewery is in development up in Estes Park. St. Vrain Brewing Company is being built by Nick Smith and is targeting a January 2015 opening. They plan to be brewing on a 15bbl system. They will feature a tasting room and an outdoor patio. They hope to have 6 beers on tap for the opening. Located at: [531 S. St. Vrain Ave, Estes Park, CO]

Ska Brewing (Durango) - Their tasting room will be closed today in order for them to perform some fixin' and cleaning - aka annual maintenance. Happy Hour Yoga will return next week. They apologize for the inconvenience. They will be back open for business as usual on Tuesday. Also, don't forget about their upcoming Skalloween Hop Hour this Friday, October 31st from 4-7pm. Get $4 pints and keep the Skalloween Glass. Also $2 pinstripes. Plus the release of their "Tales of The Legion of Ska" comic book! [225 Girard St, Durango, CO]

Eddyline Restaurant and Brewing Co (Buena Vista) - Temperatures are starting to creep down. Thank goodness. That means it's Red Chili Porter season! Come swing by the brewery for a tasty brew that will warm you up! Also try their recently released Pine Creek Porter. [102 Linderman Ave, Buena Vista, CO]

Breckenridge Brew Pub (Breckenridge) - Announcing their November "Drink with the Brewer" event featuring Brewer Greg, one week from today. Join in November 3rd from 4-6pm for free beer samples and fun. ‪#‎craftbeer‬ ‪#‎drinkwiththebrewer [600 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO]

Kannah Creek Brewing Co (Grand Junction) - It's Firkin Monday! They'll be tapping an Earl Grey Amber firkin tonight at 5pm. This specialty beer will only be available for tonight only, so get in there and try a pint before it's killed. Make it so! [19160 N 12th St, Grand Junction, CO]
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CooperSmith's to celebrate 25th Anniversary

Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing - Fort Collins, COCelebrating 25 years in the craft beer industry is no small feat as there are not that many craft breweries that have come close to reaching that milestone. CooperSmith's Pub & Brewing has just joined the small but growing list of Colorado breweries that has lasted that long. Here's a press released issued this month from this small Fort Collins, Colorado based business and what they are planning for this occasion. Grats to CooperSmith's!

[PRESS RELEASE] CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewing, famous for bringing the brewpub concept to Fort Collins, is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this November.

To thank the community for its ongoing support, CooperSmith’s is running anniversary specials and events during the week of Nov. 3 to Nov. 7.

“We do not for one second take for granted how lucky we are to do something we really enjoy, in a town we love. We are grateful for the tremendous support we have received from this wonderful community. Thank you Fort Collins! While we are proud of our first 25 years we are even more excited about making great food and beer for our friends and neighbors for the next 25 years,” said Dwight Hall, President and Managing Partner at CooperSmith’s.

Kicking off its anniversary dinner special on Nov. 3, guests can enjoy an appetizer, two entrees selected from a special anniversary menu, two Imperial Pints and two commemorative pint glasses for just $25.00.



CooperSmith’s will also feature a variety of events and giveaways each day of the week including live music, a Free Beer for a Year giveaway and more.

Monday, November 3rd
Free Pre-Filled Flip Top Growlers With Any Purchase For the First 25 People on Pubside and the First 25 People on Poolside (Pre-filled with select beer)

Tuesday, November 4th
$2.50 Imperial Pints ALL DAY
Buy 10 Beers for $25 Beer Punch Card, Only 100 Available! Pubside & Poolside, First Come First Serve

Wednesday, November 5th
Anniversary T-Shirt Giveaway With Any Purchase For the First 25 People on Pubside and the First 25 People on Poolside

Thursday, November 6th
Pizza Party Giveaway
LIVE Music from 6:00-8:00PM by Lakeside Blues Project
Pubside – Pizza Party Winner Announced at 8:00PM

Friday, November 7th
Free Beer for a Year Giveaway
LIVE Music from 6:00-8:00PM by Cool Hand Juke
Poolside – Beer for a Year Winner Announced at 8:00PM

For more information about CooperSmith’s Pub and Brewery, visit http://coopersmithspub.com/

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February 2015 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar

2015 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar

February 2015 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar

February is one of the coldest and snowiest months in Colorado. Beer festivals remain indoors and thoughts turn towards love and Valentine's Day. There will be several special Valentine events, beer dinners for two, special tasting events and even music and beer celebrations. These calendar listings are updated regularly 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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Steampunk Snowdown 2015
Sunday, February 1, 2015
Downtown area.
Durango, CO
Time: Various events - see schedule on web.
Cost: Free to attend - beer & food extra.
Web: www.snowdown.org.
Last day! Now in its 37th year! A long time ago back in 1979 the Land of Durango was covered in winter's darkness and the People and Commerce were depressed. A great lament was heard throughout the Land, as the days were short and bore little fruit. And so it came to pass one dark day The Founder John Murrah, heard this hue and cry. He enjoined the Lords of Business and the Lords of Information Dissemination that a winter celebration would bring Enterprise to the land and raise up the people in their time of need. Then the Founder said to the people, "Let there be FUN!" And SNOWDOWN was established as a winter Fun celebration. This year's theme is "Steampunk Snowdown". Think H.G. Wells, steam gadgets & gears, and Victorian-era costumes. And there's always plenty of beer related activities in this beer town.

WinterWonderGrass Festival
Fri-Sun, February 20-22, 2015
Harry A Nottingham Park - 1 W Benchmark Rd.
Avon, CO
Time: Daily beer tasting 2:30pm-5:30pm.
Cost: 3-day pass $129 to $299.
Web: www.winterwondergrassfestival.com
Mixing the finest ingredients of the Colorado lifestyle and delivering an authentic batch to our global winter audience and local music enthusiasts. Lively national, regional and local bluegrass and acoustic roots music, Colorado craft beers, wines, spirits and warm local food surrounds locals and the valley's experience seeking guests in a winter wonderland. Beaver Creek and the Rocky Mountains are the glowing backdrop for families and friends to dance, mingle and reconnect. This community gathering focuses on sustainability, local non profits and support of the arts while planting the seed for long term growth into the premier winter bluegrass, roots music & beer festival in the United States.

Other February 2015 Events Expected - Details and more events coming soon.

- Stout Month - February 2015 - At all Mountain Sun locations - Denver, Boulder, Longmont, CO.
- Valentine's Day Events - Sat. February 14, 2015 - statewide at many breweries and brewpubs. TBA.
- 3rd Annual Firkin Fest - High Hops Brewery - Windsor, CO - Date TBA.
- 5th Annual Winter Beer Fest - Ute Pass Cultural Center - Woodland Park, CO - Date TBA.
- 11th Annual Firkin Rendezvous - Bristol Brewing - Colo. Springs, CO - Date TBA.
- 4th Annual Beer, Bacon & Coffee Fest - Denver Beer Co - Denver, CO - Date TBA.
- 13th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest - Avery Brewing Co - Boulder, CO - Date TBA.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

January 2015 Colorado Beer Festivals Calendar

2015 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar

January 2015 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar

January begins the long cold winter and with it, most beer activities are indoors. The holiday season is over, but the winter seasonal beers are abundant. January has a few festivals, but winter means that beer drinkers will be looking to stay warm with bigger beers. These calendar listings are updated regularly 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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2015 Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines Festival
Thurs-Sat, January 8-10, 2015 (Commercial Tasting Saturday)
Vail Cascade Resort & Spa - 1300 Westhaven Dr.
Vail, CO
Time: Seminars 9:30am-2pm Sat. Commercial Tasting Sat. 2:30pm-6pm.
Cost: Commercial Tasting $65, Seminars $10 each.
Web: www.bigbeersfestival.com
Join in for the 15th Annual Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival Weekend! Come up to Vail to experience the event that beer connoisseurs are raving about. Homebrewers, Professional Brewers and Industry Gurus alike speak highly with regard to the unique format, the unusual international collection of beers, the organization and the overall quality of the event. For those of you who are Big Beers Festival veterans, this 15th Anniversary celebration promises to live up to your previous experiences and take it one step further. Look forward to more goodies from the culinary team at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, calibrate with Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Avery Brewing Co., enjoy special features by our 2015 Featured Brewmasters from Papago Brewing Co. and Brouwerij Van Steenberge, and sample over 200 amazing creations by breweries from around the globe.

52nd Annual ULLR FEST 2015
Sunday-Saturday, January 11-17, 2015
City wide events
Breckenridge, CO
Time: All week long.
Cost: Free to attend - food and beer extra.
Web: www.gobreck.com/events/ullr-fest.
Ullr Fest celebrates 52 years this Jan. 11-17, 2015 and Breckenridge invites snow lovers of all ages to join the party. During Ullr Fest in Breckenridge, don’t be surprised to see horned Viking hats adorning the heads of skiers and snowboarders, Ullympic competitors flinging frying pans for prizes, more than 12,000 Ullr enthusiasts filling the streets for the Ullr Parade and crazy float participants skiing off jumps on Main Street or gliding along town in a hot tub. Join in to rejoice with Ullr himself. Ullr is 52 – and is ready for a good party. In Norse mythology Ullr (pronounced Oool-er) was the winter god. Ullr loved the cold, and delighted in traveling over the country on his skis or skates. He also delighted in the chase, and pursued his game through the Northern Forests. Plenty of beer to be found around town with this festival.

2015 Denver Winter Brew Fest
Friday-Saturday, January 23-24, 2015
Mile High Station - 2027 West Lower Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO
Time: Daily 7-10pm, VIP entry at 6pm.
Cost: General $30 adv. VIP $45 adv. $55 2-day pass.
Web: www.denverbrewfest.com/winter/
Spanning two days! The Winter Brew Fest celebrates craft beverages from around Colorado and other U.S. craft brews and features live music, food, and other vendors. Over 50 breweries set for Friday and over 35 breweries on Saturday. Some different breweries will pour on different days so if you go both days you'll get brews you didn't get at the other session. All attendees get a souvenir glass and unlimited samples. Don't miss this winter beer fest tradition as it's a long way will the summer beer fest season! This event benefits Swallow Hill Music Association.

Steampunk Snowdown 2015
Wed-Sun, January 28 - February 1, 2015
Downtown area.
Durango, CO
Time: Various events - see schedule on web.
Cost: Free to attend - beer & food extra.
Web: www.snowdown.org.
Now in its 37th year! A long time ago back in 1979 the Land of Durango was covered in winter's darkness and the People and Commerce were depressed. A great lament was heard throughout the Land, as the days were short and bore little fruit. And so it came to pass one dark day The Founder John Murrah, heard this hue and cry. He enjoined the Lords of Business and the Lords of Information Dissemination that a winter celebration would bring Enterprise to the land and raise up the people in their time of need. Then the Founder said to the people, "Let there be FUN!" And SNOWDOWN was established as a winter Fun celebration. This year's theme is "Steampunk Snowdown". Think H.G. Wells, steam gadgets & gears, and Victorian-era costumes. And there's always plenty of beer related activities in this beer town.

Other January 2015 Events Expected - Details and more events coming soon.

- Ouray Ice Festival - January 8-11, 2015 - Ouray Ice Park, Ouray, CO - ourayicepark.com.


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