Saturday, May 9, 2009

Colorado brewery happenings for May

Colorado Beer NewsThings have been way too busy lately due to my crazy workload but that doesn't mean there hasn't been any great news coming out of the Colorado craft beer scene. Most of the May brewery newsletters have come out and I thought I'd share some tidbits with you to catch you up on what's been happening around Colorado.

First and foremost, I have some personal news that I need to pass along. After a near one-year run, I have decided to step down as the Northern Colorado Beer Examiner. It's been a wonderful experience getting to work for a great start up news site. During that time I've written over 100 articles about beer in Northern Colorado. My decision to step down came reluctantly after realizing that my regular day job needs to take more priority and also that I need to simplify things a bit. Thanks to all of my Examiner.com readers. I may return there someday in the near future but for now I just need to focus on one blog and my main career in IT.

Alaskan Brewing Company

Ok, so this isn't a Colorado brewery, but they do ship their great beers out here to Colorado. This week Alaskan Brewing is announcing that their new year-round brew Alaskan White is now available in over 9 other western states outside of Alaska. Alaskan White is a fresh tasting wheat ale that's brewed with spices. Look for the brew with a white label and a white polar bear. I've had the pleasure of sampling several Alaskan brews this last year. This should be another good one.

Odell Brewing Company

News out of Fort Collins, Colorado recently announced that Odell's newest summer seasonal beer St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale will start being available June 1st. St. Lupulin will be available from June through the end of September each year. This new extra pale ale will pay homage to the hop plant. It has a mix of Cascade, Perle and Centennial hops. The aroma is being emphasized in this brew. The beer will retail between $9.49 and $9.99 a six-pack.

Fort Collins Brewery

Just down the road from Odell's is news out of the Fort Collins Brewery (FCB). This coming week FCB is helping to celebrate Craft Beer Week here in America with specials running from May 11th to May 15th. Monday it's "Name That Hop Tasting". Name the hop and win a FREE pint or taster tray. Tuesday is FCB Poster Day. Purchase any item over $3.50 and get a FREE FCB poster signed by the head brewer. Wednesday is Craft Beer Trivia day. Answer questions and get $1.50 off a pint or taster tray. Thursday is Keep the Glass Day. Purchase 2 pints and keep any FCB pint glass FREE. And Friday is Name Two Malts Tasting Day. Get 3 FREE samples and guess 2 malts in them and win a FREE pint or taster.

Avery Brewing Company

Down the road in Boulder, the news is still buzzing about Avery's new Sixteen Anniversary Ale. Sixteen is a saison style ale brewed with peaches, jasmine and honey and is already receiving praise as another great anniversary offering from Avery. In honor of Craft Beer Week, Avery is going to offer 4 straight nights of with special tappings of experimental beers. From May 12th to May 15th these special brews will be poured. Avery is also announcing that on Friday June 12 from 5-8pm they will be celebrating Batch #10 of their Maharaja Imperial IPA and hosting a release party. Don't forget the live music every Thursday from 5-8pm and "Drinking Helmet Day" every Saturday. See their web site for details.

Crabtree Brewing Company

Back up north in Greeley, Colorado the beer labels finally arrived after much ado and Crabtree's Braggot in bottles will finally be available starting May 8th. Braggot is available on tap at the brewery and now 22oz bombers are available in stores. This release is limited and will most likely sell out quickly. I had the opportunity to be one of the first to sample the Braggot from a keg a few months ago and it is a wonder blend of a Stout and a honey mead. Worth trying!

Left Hand Brewing

The good folks at the Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont want travelers to know their fine brews are available at the Denver Airport (DIA) at the Timberline Steaks & Grille at the top of the escalators in Concourse C. Left Hand is also releasing their St. Vrain Tripel starting in late May. Their Tripel ale is a hefty 9% ABV brew and is only available for a few short months. Last time they made this beer was 2 years ago so don't miss your chance to try it. For those venturing down to their tasting room, this is the only place you can try their famous 400 Pound Monkey IPA test batch #2. If you love hops, then you'll want to try this special IPA. Left Hand is also sponsoring a beer dinner in Niwot on Wednesday May 13th at the Treppeda's Italian Ristorante. Check the Colorado Beer Fest calendar for details.

Upslope Brewing Company

One of the newest Colorado breweries, Upslope Brewing Company in Boulder is announcing the availability of their new Dunkelweizen seasonal brew. The Dunkelweizen is a dark wheat beer brewed with special malts and bittered with Hallertau hops. The brew has a roasted, caramel and chocolaty taste with hints of banana, nutmeg and other spices. Available at their tasting room on the north side of Boulder, CO. See the Colorado Brewery listings for the address.

Oskar Blues

Last but never least, Oskar Blues' new tasting room continues to be a popular hangout. Every Friday they offer something special and new in a Firkin at The Tasty Weasel. Friday May 15th it's Vanilla Bean Old Chub. May 22nd it will be Double Dry Hopped Gordon. Special firkins are tapped at 4pm every Friday. Worth the visit to Longmont to taste them.

That's all the news I have for you for now. Once my day job settles down a bit I'll be back to more regular posting. Thanks for reading the blog and be sure to drop me a comment every so often and let me know about what your drinking these days. Cheers!

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