Friday, July 31, 2009

Craft Lager Festival comes to Manitou Springs

Craft Lager FestivalHere's the official word on the upcoming Craft Lager Festival coming to Manitou Springs, Colorado on August 8th and 9th. For more festivals in Colorado like this, check out the 2009 Colorado Beer Festival listings.

The Seventh Annual Craft Lager Festival is coming to Manitou Springs on August 8th and 9th, 2009, 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM



Contacts: Julian Heron 719-930-5620, Jason Yester 719-287-0524
Email: craftlagerfest@yahoo.com
Website: www.craftlagerfestival.com

[PRESS RELEASE] Manitou Springs, CO (July 20, 2009) — Join us in Historic Manitou Springs, Colorado, for the best lager beers you have ever tasted! Over 30 brewers from around the U.S. will participate in this year’s festival. Also included for the first time is Michelob Brewing Company with a Sneak Preview of four new experimental lagers that never have been released out in the market. Other brewers scheduled to participate include Samuel Adams, Arctic Craft Brewing, Carver's Brewing, CB and Pott's (Fort Collins), Big Horn (Highlands Ranch), Full Sail, Kona Brewing, Maui Brewing, Rock Bottom (Colorado Springs), Il Vicino, Tommyknocker, Good Old Boys Brewing Co-Op, Phantom Canyon, New Belgium, Flying Dog, Left Hand Brewing, and San Luis Valley Brewing.

All proceeds from this event support open space and parks in Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs. The more tickets we sell, the more we can support our local trails and parks.

The 7th Annual Craft Lager Festival, held for two days this year, will feature:

* America’s first solar-powered beer festival
* The finest hand-crafted lagers in the U.S.
* Live music and dancing in Memorial Park
* Discounted tickets for sponsors!
* A non-profit event staffed by volunteers
* Brewers from more than 20 states on hand
* Rain or shine! Party tents for shade or shelter
* Solar-powered, sustainable, Earth-friendly!
* Free soft drinks for designated drivers
* Free parking, first come first served at the park
* Live music with Big Paddy & Grass It Up on Saturday and The Jack Trades & Creating a Newsense on Sunday

To pre-order discounted tickets or for more information, go online today at www.craftlagerfestival.com

Julian Heron, President of Craft Lager Festival, says, “Craft Lager Festival, Inc. is a 501c (7) non-profit organization staffed by volunteers. We host an annual beer festival for bottom-fermented, hand-crafted beers (craft lagers). USA Today rated us one of the Top Ten Beer Festivals in the country. We continue to be the only U. S. beer festival that highlights this specific type of beer, provides a setting with close access to the brewers, and offers a solar-powered, sustainable festival. To top it all off, the setting for this year is Memorial Park in beautiful Manitou Springs, Colorado. We have made it a two-day event for everyone to enjoy the beers!”

Heron continues, “All proceeds for this event support open space and parks in Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs. To date we have supported Section 16 and Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Friends of Cheyenne Canyon, and Soda Springs Park. The more tickets we sell, the more we can support our local parks. This year’s theme is DRINK A BEER – SAVE A TREE to show our commitment to help preserve the environment.”

This event is sponsored in part by Comcast, Michelob Brewing Co., 94.3 KILO and 103.9 KRXP, The Gazette, Classic Rock 98.1 KKFM, 92.9 The Peak, 95.1 KCAT Country, AM 740 KVOR, 98.9 Magic FM, The Independent, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, NODUICOSPRINGS, Elk Creek Technology Partners, Jake & Telly’s Greek Cuisine & Wine Bar, Pizzeria Rustica, Front Range BBQ, Lewan & Associates, Kinfolks Mountain Shop, Hop Union. Tajine Alami, Marilyn’s House of Fine Pizza and All About Merchants.

Historic Manitou Springs offers world-class outdoor activities, great sights such as Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods, and abundant nearby lodging and dining. It’s an easy walk to the festival in the big park in Manitou Springs, Memorial Park at 502 Manitou Ave. from local motels and B&Bs. Come discover this scenic, historic city at the foot of the Colorado Rockies.

We need your help! If you’d like to sponsor this event with a donation or services, please send us a message at craftlagerfest@yahoo.com. Your sponsorship will be marketed on event materials

(T-shirts, banners, cups, etc.), in media advertising (radio, print, cable, Internet, TV) and acknowledged during the two-day festival.

You will be proud to be part of this ground-breaking, non-profit event!

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Colorado Beer News July 31 2009

Colorado Beer NewsTime to catch up on all of the latest Colorado beer news. The following are some highlights of some recent beer releases here in Colorado.

Left Hand Brewing / Terrapin Brewing

Last year, these 2 craft breweries got together and collaborated on their Terra-Rye'Zd Black Rye Lager. This year, Left Hand Brewing of Longmont, CO and Terrapin Brewing of Georgia have got together once again and will be releasing their Midnight Project Brew #2 which will be called "Depth Charge - Espresso Milk Stout". No doubt Left Hand Brewing is expanding upon their wildly popular Left Hand Milk Stout and adding a touch of Terrapin's expertise in blending coffee into their beer. Look for this new collaboration on shelves here in Colorado (and other select states) in August.

Left Hand's Oktoberfest and St. Vrain Tripel (seasonals) are also now available

New Belgium Brewing

There will be two releases in 22oz bombers for New Belgium's Lips of Faith series of beers. The first is a returning favorite that has seen limited distribution - their "Le Fleur, Misseur?", a wild, dry and herbal brew with hints of pineapple, clove and honey. Also, NBB will be releasing another kriek beer named: Transatlantique Kriek - a spontaneously fermented lambic ale made with Polish cherries. This sour ale is a bit different than their recent Dark Kriek version.

Great Divide Brewing Company

Leave it to Great Divide to come out with 9 new beers this year and possible 2 more later this year. The recession certainly isn't slowing down this Denver brewery. Great Divide is releasing Hoss Rye Lager. A Marzen style beer that's described as earthy and spicey and loaded with Rye malt. In addition, if you go down to their tapping room in Denver you might be able to sample some of their limited supply of their new Sour Brown ale.

Avery Brewing Company

While Avery is busy celebrating their 16th anniversary this weekend they are already planning to release a brand new blended, Barrel-Aged Sour Ale the week of the Great American Beer Festival. According to the brewer's newsletter, this new beer was crafted in the tradition of their perennial tap room favorites like De Vegelbekdieren and Voltron. In addition, Avery will also be releasing their Gosling's Rum Barrel-Aged Oatmeal Imperial Stout sometime in late 2009. Look for this one just in time for the upcoming holiday season. And also, Cerasus, a sour-cherry infused brew, will be released in late 2009. Plenty to look forward to.

Avery and Ska Brewing (Durango) just released a collaboration brew named Wheelsucker Wheat Ale to celebrate the Tour de Colorado. This brew is limited and will be on shelves this week.

Two of Avery's regular seasonal brews will be out once again August 1st - both their Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest as well as The Beast Grand Cru.

Breckenridge Brewing

Certainly not new but the day has finally come that Breckenridge Brewing just released their Avalanche Ale in cans for the first time this last week. Now you can pack these lighter weight brews with you on hikes and campouts without the bother of glass bottles.

Crabtree Brewing

The little brewery that could in Greeley, Colorado is bringing back some old favorites for a short period of time and you can only get it on tap at the brewery. Crabtree is offering their Serenity Amber Ale, a nice robust 6% ABV amber as well as their limited Raz-A, an amber ale infused with raspberry goodness. Both these as well as their regular brews are available on tap along with some great food and live music (Friday nights).

Twisted Pine Brewing

Not to be outdone by anyone, Twisted Pine Brewing of Boulder, CO is also coming out with a new beer and a tapping party to boot. July 31st (today) marks the release of their new Forbidden Oak Aged Stout. It will only be available at their Ale House in Boulder. So go get some while it lasts.

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More details revealed on Denver Beer Fest

Here is a new update from the VISIT DENVER organization on further details surrounding the upcoming week-long Denver Beer Fest being planned for September 18-27, 2009. Looks like all existing activities are being pulled into this heading as well as many new events being launched. Read below for details. - ChipperDave

Local Attractions, Hotels, Restaurants, Breweries and Neighborhoods

Provide Unique Experiences Throughout Denver Beer Fest

VISIT DENVER Works to Highlight City’s Authentic Beer Legacy During 10-Day Fest

DENVER – (July 30, 2009) – Denver’s claim as one of the world’s great beer cities continues to hold true as venues across the city team up with various breweries, offering an unparalleled foray into the brewers’ world during the first Denver Beer Fest (www.DenverBeerFest.com), September 18-27, 2009.

The 10-day celebration of beer-centric experiences will include beer tastings at restaurants and taverns, beer-paired dinners, “meet the brewer” nights, beer tappings, brewery tours, and a variety of entertaining beer events.

Denver Beer Fest will be a celebration of all-things beer leading up to America’s most prestigious beer festival and competition, the Brewers Association’s Great American Beer Festival (GABFSM). Denver Beer Fest also bridges the two weekends of Denver’s Oktoberfest on Larimer Street.

Additional beer events VISIT DENVER supports during Denver Beer Fest include*:

· Former brew pub owner and current Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper will tap the first keg Sept. 18 at 4 p.m., proclaiming Sept. 18-27 as Denver Beer Fest.

· Rioja, Vesta Dipping Grill, Stubens, TAG, Elways, Rialto Café, Oceanaire, the Tavern, Duo and many other restaurants will be offering beer-pairing dinners, many with the brewer present.

· Pints for Prostates at Wynkoop Brewery will host a beer tasting of twenty rare beers.

· “Beer and Burlesque, Tastings and Tassels,” including an Avery Brewery tasting and “meet the brewer” night at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, Sept. 21.

· The Golden Hotel will be promoting events featuring the rare Coor’s Barman beer.

· Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Café will offer the “Cheek to Cheek” beer day trip to Winter Park.

· Boulder Country Brews Cruise will start with a breakfast of champions and runs all day.

· WaterCourse Foods will provide two evenings of beer tastings and a three-course pairings dinner.

*Subject to change.

“As ‘The Napa Valley of Beer,’ Denver has so many beer attractions and experiences during the week of GABF that it seemed natural to pull them all together under one umbrella,” said Richard Scharf, president & CEO, VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau. He described how many of the breweries visiting Denver for the GABF have historically held special beer-tasting dinners and events, but there was no central place to look for information.

The Web site, www.DenverBeerFest.com, will be a one-stop shop for all things beer that week. Scharf explained that a similar beer extravaganza in Philadelphia, timed around their annual beer festival, created 60 beer events the first year, but swelled to 600 new beer events the second year.

Two landmark events bookend the 10-day Denver Beer Fest:

· Oktoberfest on Larimer Street: This 40-year Denver tradition will be held Sept. 18-20 and Sept. 25-27. Modeled after Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, Oktoberfest on Larimer Street commemorates this world-famous and time-honored tradition of German heritage. The festival has truly become a Denver mainstay offering music from national touring groups, performances by international dancers, children’s activities, the Oktoberfest Denver 10K /5K Run, the Long Dog Derby, an accordion concert, and authentic cuisine.

· The Brewers Association’s 28th Great American Beer Festival (GABF) at the Colorado Convention Center: The GABF, Sept. 24-26, has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as offering the largest number of beer’s tapped of any place on earth and attracts 46,000 beer lovers each year, as well as the nation’s top beer writers and critics. More than 400 breweries are expected to attend, offering more than 2,000 beers for tastings and medal competitions.

“VISIT DENVER started Denver Restaurant Week five years ago to increase awareness of Denver’s fine dining,” Scharf said. “In five years, we’ve seen Restaurant Week grow from 84 restaurants to 225 this past year, with nearly 300,000 special-priced meals being served. We are inspired by the success of restaurant week, and the business it drove for our local restaurants. We hope Denver Beer Fest will increase awareness, both locally and nationally, of Denver’s important role in the nation’s brewing industry and of how many fine beers are made and sold in Colorado.”

About VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau

Celebrating 100 years of promoting the Mile High City, VISIT DENVER is a nonprofit trade association that contracts with the City of Denver to market Denver as a convention and leisure destination, increasing economic development in the city, creating jobs and generating taxes. Tourism is the second largest industry in Denver, generating $3.1 billion in annual spending in 2008, while supporting 65,000 jobs. For more information on Denver call 800-2-DENVER or visit Denver’s official Web site at VISITDENVER.com.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Fort Collins Brewery debuts 1900 Amber Lager

Come on up to Fort Collins tomorrow, July 31st to the Fort Collins Brewery as they will be hosting a new Release Party for their 1900 Amber Lager. The release party will run from 4pm to 7pm at the brewery at 1900 East Lincoln Avenue.

FCB will be serving up $2.00 pints of 1900 Amber all during the party. In addition, they will be grilling up some Z-Lager Bratwurst, raffling off some great FCB gear and providing live Bluegrass music to listen to while you sip on their brews.

According to the brewery:

“1900 Amber will be available year-round and will initially be released in CO, OK, NC, IA, PA, IL and NJ. Release is scheduled for the end of this month. 1900 was born from our desire for an easy drinking, refreshing, satisfying and well crafted brew that doesn’t need any explaining- it’s just damn good beer. We also think of it as something of an ode to our beginnings as a German Lagerhouse and, if all goes according to plan, it ought to be the last full time release to be formulated in this building.”

FCB is also making plans to build a brand new large brewery and restaurant. Hopefully they will be breaking ground soon once they clear things up with the city of Fort Collins. Stay tuned for more on that soon.

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Denver Tweetup planned for August

The following is a release from the organizers of the monthly #denvertweetup. Read below on the next get together and show up to get your share of some great company and FREE beer.

New Denver Tweetup Announced -- Free Beer!

Denver party people, on August 13th, 2009 the DenverTweetup is taking over the Flying Dog Brewery for a night of fun, networking, and shenanigans.

Flying Dog Brewery is providing FREE BEER from 6pm-8pm, and then all of our tweeple will be going on a pub crawl through LoDo. It's beer too good to be free, but Flying Dog is full of beer lovers too nice to mind!

But we're drinking responsibly! We're taking donations for the Rocky Mountain Food Bank at the door, with a $5 suggested donation (but please feel free to give more!). Every dollar you donate will help feed someone for 4 days! You don't have to donate, but we reserve the right to smack you upside your head for being a cheapskate! 100% of Donations will go to the food bank directly.

The pubs are expected to give us discounts for our crawl, and they will be announced the week before the event. Oh, and did we mention there is going to be FREE BEER?

To keep in the loop for the event, make sure to follow @FlyingDog, @DenverTweetup, @TheBigKlosowski, and @RedheadWriting for up to the minute status updates.

It should be a night to remember, and we hope to see you there. Because of the FREE BEER, we're limiting the event to 300 people, so you'll need to RSVP ASAP!

Let's spread the word. If we can get 300 people to attend and donate $5 each, we can feed 100 people for 45-days!

About DenverTweetup

The DenverTweetup is a group of people open to all twitterati and non-techies alike. We like taking over cool spots in Downtown Denver for a few drinks and and an opportunity to meet lots of new people. If you want to get connected, and make great friends in Denver, the DenverTweetup is the event to be at.

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Details start arriving on Denver Beer Fest

Denver Beer FestThanks to the VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau, more details on one of the first of two Denver beer weeks are now starting to come forth. Below is a preliminary release describing the upcoming Denver Beer Week slated to happen in the Denver Colorado metro area on September 18-27. The release and image are courtesy of VISIT DENVER. I'll be sure to post more details of this inaugural Denver Beer Fest as they become available.

VISIT DENVER to Sponsor Denver Beer Fest in September

An Anticipated 60 Events to Celebrate All-things Beer at Locations Across the Mile High City

DENVER – (July 25, 2009) – To celebrate Denver’s claim as one of the world’s great beer cities, VISIT DENVER is presenting the first Denver Beer Fest (www.DenverBeerFest.com), which will take place September 18-27, 2009.

Update: 2011 Denver Beer Fest is September 23 - October 1, 2011

“The Denver-Boulder-Fort Collins urban area brews more beer than any other metropolitan area in the United States, giving the Mile High City claim to another moniker – ‘the Napa Valley of Beer,’” said Richard Scharf, president & CEO, VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The week-long celebration of beer-centric experiences will include beer tastings at restaurants, beer-paired dinners, “meet the brewer” nights, beer tappings, brewery tours and a variety of entertaining beer events.

Denver Beer Fest will be a celebration of all things beer leading up to America’s most prestigious beer festival and competition, the Brewers Association’s Great American Beer Festival (GABF). Denver Beer Fest is also sandwiched in between the two weekends of Denver’s Oktoberfest on Larimer Street.

“Denver has so many beer attractions that it seemed natural to pull them all together under one umbrella the same week as the GABF and Oktoberfest,” Scharf said. He described how many of the breweries visiting Denver for the GABF have historically held special beer-tasting dinners and events, but there was no central place to look for information.

“The GABF had their events on their Web site, Oktoberfest had their information on their Web site, and brewers had information about their events posted on a variety of restaurant Web sites so someone would have to look at 15 resources to see everything that was going on,” said Scharf.

The Web site, www.DenverBeerFest.com, will be a one-stop shop for all things beer that week.” He explained that a similar beer extravaganza in Philadelphia, timed around their annual beer festival, created 60 beer events the first year, but swelled to 600 new beer events the second year.

Two landmark events bookend the 10-day Denver Beer Fest:

• Oktoberfest on Larimer Street: This 40-year Denver tradition will be held Sept. 18-20 and Sept. 25-27.
• The Brewers Association’s 28th Great American Beer Festival (GABF) at the Colorado Convention Center: The GABF, Sept. 24-26, has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as offering the largest number of beer’s tapped of any place on earth and attracts 46,000 beer lovers each year, as well as the nation’s top beer writers and critics. More than 400 breweries are expected to attend, offering more than 2,000 beers for tastings and medal competitions.

“VISIT DENVER started Denver Restaurant Week five years ago to increase awareness of Denver’s fine dining,” Scharf said. “In five years, we’ve seen Restaurant Week grow from 84 restaurants to 225 this past year, with nearly 300,000 special-priced meals being served. We are inspired by the success of restaurant week, and the business it drove for our local restaurants. We hope Denver Beer Fest will increase awareness, both locally and nationally, of Denver’s important role in the nation’s brewing industry and of how many fine beers are made and sold in Colorado.”

Some of the beer events VISIT DENVER is planning during Denver Beer Fest include:

• Former brew pub owner and current Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper will tap the first keg and read a proclamation declaring Sept. 18-27 as Denver Beer Fest at Oktoberfest on Sept. 18 at 4 p.m.
• Rioja, Vesta Dipping Grill, Stubens, TAG, Elways, Wynkoop Brewing Company, Rialto Café, Oceanaire, the Tavern, Duo and many other restaurants will be offering beer-pairing dinners, many with the brewer present.
• Pints for Prostates will be hosting a beer tasting of twenty rare beers.
• “Beer and Burlesque, Tastings and Tassels,” an Avery Brewery tasting and “meet the brewer” night at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, Sept. 21.
• The Golden Hotel will be promoting events featuring the rare Coor’s Barman beer.
• The Dusty Boot will have a bartending contest to benefit charity.

Information on Denver Beer Fest and a current of list of events can be found at: www.DenverBeerFest.com. People should check back frequently as more events are being added every day.

About VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau
Celebrating 100 years of promoting the Mile High City, VISIT DENVER is a nonprofit trade association that contracts with the City of Denver to market Denver as a convention and leisure destination, increasing economic development in the city, creating jobs and generating taxes. Tourism is the second largest industry in Denver, generating $2.9 billion in annual spending in 2007, while supporting 65,000 jobs. For more information on Denver call 800-2-DENVER or visit Denver’s official Web site at VISITDENVER.com.

With press or photo inquiries, please contact:
Rich Grant: (303) 571-9450 or rgrant@visitdenver.com
Jen Elving: (303) 571-9451 jelving@visitdenver.com

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Denver Rare Beer Tasting to benefit Pints for Prostates

Exclusive Event During the GABF Supports Pints for Prostates Campaign

All About Beer Magazine, in cooperation with BeerAdvocate.com, will present a prime minister tasting of rare and exotic beers on Sept. 25th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Wynkoop Brewing Company in Denver to confer a favor on the Pints for Prostates campaign.

The inaugural Denver Rare Beer Tasting is taking place in Mile High City during the annual Great American Beer Festival when thousands of beer fans will be in the city. The marked occurrence will feature a select group of else than 20 of America’s upper side vessel brewers each pouring a legendary beer. These very special, rare and exotic beers will have existence presented by the brewers who created them to an extremely limited audience.

“We wanted to constitute a unique event that would give beer fans a one-of-a-kind experience where they can sample some of America’s best beers in a relaxed environment and get the chance to meet more biggest names in the beer industry,” said Daniel Bradford, publisher of All About Beer Magazine, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. “The Denver Rare Beer Tasting is a chance to enjoy great beer and support a great cause: prostate cancer awareness.”

Money raised by the event goes to relieve the Pints for Prostates campaign, created in 2008 by Rick Lyke, a drinks journalist and prostate cancer survivor. The campaign uses the universal language of beer to reach men with one important message about the need for stated prostate health screenings. All funds generated by means of Pints for Prostates benefit the Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network, a 501(c)3 benefaction that works to support, educate and advocate for men with prostate cancer and their families. Us TOO was founded in 1990 and has a network of more than 300 local chapter support groups that help men dealing with the disease.

“This event will be the talk of Denver during this year’s Great American Beer Festival. We have a collection of America’s with mostly propriety brewers serving some of their most sought after beers, all to raise awareness and help fight prostate cancer. It’s great to have All About Beer Magazine and BeerAdvocate.com upper part the cause,” before-mentioned Lyke. “Each week 4,000 men in this country hear the words ‘you have prostate cancer.’ The goal of Pints for Prostates is to secure men to be in favor of charge of their soundness. This disease, if detected early and treated, is nearly 100 percent survivable.”

A preliminary partial prefer of participating brewers includes Alaskan, Allagash, Avery, Boston Beer, Bison, Dogfish Head, Foothills, Harpoon, Jolly Pumpkin, Matt, New Belgium, New Glarus, Pizza Port, Rogue, Stone, Stoudt, Victory and Wynkoop. Each will be the cause of a especial beer to the tasting.

The event decision be held at the Wynkoop Brewery at 1634 18th St. in Lower Denver. Only 450 tickets will be available for the event. Admission, which includes unlimited beer samples, hors upshot’oeuvres, a commemorative tasting glass and the chance to meet some of America’s top brewers, is $55 in advance and $65 at the door. Tickets can be purchased end Etix at www.allaboutbeer.com/pints and at the Wynkoop Brewery. For information call 800-977-BEER or visit www.ustoo.org/pints.

So in a great degree in 2009, Pints in favor of Prostates has already held events each in California, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina and Washington. In the coming months the assemblage has confirmed participation in the following events:

July 23rd-26th: Oregon Brewers Festival, Tom McCall Park, Portland, Ore.
July 24th: Rogue Distillery & Public House, 1339 NW Flanders, Portland, Ore.
Sept. 17th: The Pub at Polaris Fashion Place, Columbus, Ohio
Sept. 24th-26th: Great American Beer Festival, Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colo.
Sept. 25th: Denver Rare Beer Tasting, Wynkoop Brewery, Denver, Colo.
Oct 2nd: World Beer Festival, Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, N.C.

Additional events are being booked and information will be listed shortly at www.ustoo.org/pints. Pints because of Prostates also has a presence on Facebook and Twitter (www.twitter.com/Pints4Prostates).

“The growth of Pints for Prostates has been encouraging to watch,” said Thomas Kirk, President and CEO of Us TOO International, which is based in Downers Grove, Ill. “Our mission and program goal is to educate and empower men and their family members so men and their loved ones can take an active role in their health care. With Pints for Prostates we are able to reach a whole new arrange of men with a critical health message. The more men we reach, the more lives will be saved.”


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Update: Check out the summary of the 2009 event.

Beers at the Tasting:

Allagash Fluxus ’09: This saison from Maine is brewed with sweet potatoes and black pepper, weighing in at 8.3 percent alcohol by volume. Jason Perkins will represent the brewery.

Alaskan 1999 Vintage Smoked Porter: The last known draught keg of the 1999 vintage of Alaskan’s much decorated Smoked Porter. This beer will be served alongside a sample of 2008 Alaskan Smoked Porter for comparison.

Anheuser-Busch Pilot Batch: This is an experimental beer from Anheuser-Busch so rare that only brewery insiders and a few lucky beer journalists will ever get the chance to taste the brew. Get ready to be surprised. Kristi Saviers will represent the brewery.

Brooklyn Wild 1: This beer started off as a batch of the popular bottle-conditioned Brooklyn Local 1 farmhouse ale, then spent nine months in Bourbon barrels and then it was bottle conditioned with Belgian re-fermentation yeast and a strain of Brettanomyces bruxellensis. Only 80 cases were made for consumption by Brooklyn Brewery staff. Garrett Oliver will represent the brewery.

Deschutes Black Butte Porter XX: Brewed in 2008 to celebrate Deschutes’ 20th anniversary, this 11 percent alcohol by volume beer was pulled from the brewmaster’s private library. This beer starts off as a Double Black Butte Porter, has cocoa nibs and Bellatazza Coffee Roasters’ Sumatran and Ethiopian beans added, then it is aged in ex-Bourbon barrels. Brett Porter will represent the brewery.

Dogfish Head 2006 Raison D’Extra: This is a super charged 18 percent alcohol by volume version of the popular Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre. The brewery has not made this brew for the past two years.

Foothills Barrel Aged Total Eclipse Stout: One of only 10 kegs of this beer in the world. This North Carolina brewery took its award winning stout and aged it for three to four months in ex-whiskey barrels that previously held 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon. Jamie Bartholomaus will represent the brewery.

Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Glacier Harvest ’09 Wet Hop Ale: The 28th edition of Harpoon’s 100 Barrel Series, this deep copper colored beer is made using fresh Glacier hops. Todd Charbonneau will represent the brewery.

Highland Big Butte Smoked Porter: Winner of the Highland Cup homebrewing completion and based on a recipe created by Alex Buerckholtz, this beer is only available for a very limited time in North Carolina. Features smoked German malt and Fuggle hops. John Lyda will represent the brewery.

New Glarus Golden Ale: This Belgian-style ale is the first of the Wisconsin brewery’s R&D Series and previously was only available at the brewery. The 7 percent alcohol by volume beer is bottle fermented with Brettanomyces yeast. Dan Carey will represent the brewery.

Reunion – A Beer of Hope: This Double White Ale was collaboratively designed and brewed by four brewers across the U.S.: Bison Brewing and Pizza Port Brewing in California, Elysian Brewing in Washington and Terrapin Brewing in Georgia. This Belgian-style witbier uses sweet orange peel, coriander, lemongrass and rhubarb root. Sales of the beer support The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research. Daniel Del Grande and George Allen from Bison Brewery represent the brewers.

Rogue John-John Hazelnut Dead Guy: Named for Rogue Brewmaster John Maier and Rogue Master Distiller John Couchot, this brew starts off with Rogue’s famous Dead Guy Ale that is aged in Rogue Hazelnut Rum barrels. Brett Joyce will represent the brewery.

Saranac Imperial IPA: Part of the New York brewery’s limited release High Peaks Series this ale features 10 different hop varieties and 10 different malts.

Stone 2008 Old Guardian Barley Wine Aged in Red Wine Barrels: This 95 IBU barley wine has a massive malt character that is made even more complex thanks to the barrel aging. Greg Koch and Mitch Steele will represent the brewery.

Stoudt 2007 Barrel-Aged Reserve Old Abominable Barleywine: This vintage barleywine from Pennsylvania was aged for 10 months in oak whiskey barrels before being keg conditioned. Carol Stoudt will represent the brewery.

Wynkoop 2008 Barrel Aged Berserker Mead: This 11 percent alcohol by volume mead was made using Colorado wildflower honey and has spent about 20 months in barrels that were formally the home of Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. C. Andrew Brown will represent the brewery.

ChipperDave's note: I plan to be there and help to cover this event. Please consider donating to this cause even if you cannot attend this inaugural tasting.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Two official beer weeks coming to Denver

Beer Weeks in DenverPhiladelphia, San Francisco and San Diego have one, now Denver is about to get two of them. Two what? Beer Weeks that is. Or at least that is the plan according to a report by Ed Sealover at the Denver Business Journal (DBJ).

According to the DBJ story, there will soon be two separate and complete weeks where beer in Denver will be celebrated. The first is set for the week of September 18-27 which just happens to coincide with the 2009 Great American Beer Festival (GABF). Rich Grant, who is the communications director for Visit Denver, states that they are planning to organize between 50 to 100 activities in and around Denver to celebrate Denver Beer Fest. Over 50 events have already been planned in addition to the GABF.

Then in the Spring of 2010, another week long event is being planned called Denver Beer Week. Marty Jones, who works for the Oskar Blues Brewery from Lyons and Longmont, is helping to plan that second week long event.

Denver has been called the "Napa Valley of Beer" and organizers felt that Denver needed it's own events to expand upon that.

I'm excited to hear that Denver will stretch out events beyond just the Great American Beer Festival which runs from September 24-26 this year. There will be many more get togethers and tastings including beer dinners, seiminars, tastings and promoting of Colorado's local breweries and watering holes.

Is targeting Denver Beer Fest to fall during the GABF a good idea? Isn't the city already going to be busy that week with over 46,000 thirsty beer fans? Hopefully the beer faithful will be able to stomach a week long event.

Spring is normally a slow time for beer festivals so the 2010 inaugural Denver Beer Week shouldn't have to compete with any other beer festival going on. There are currently very little details as to what will be planned for the Spring beer week but you can be assured that there will be plenty of planned events scattered all over the Denver metro area for this celebration.

Just about every brewery or brewpub in and around Denver will end up sponsoring some kind of event during these weeks. They'd be crazy not to participate as this is likely to attract a much bigger crowd than the GABF does. I don't know about you, but I'm going to have to start saving up for all of these events now. It's bound to come with a price tag and if you're not prepared for it, both gastronomically and financially, you'll miss out on some of the best beer fest action of the year.

I'm already signed up to go to the Denver Rare Beer Tasting on September 25th as well as the Flying Dog's FBAG celebration in addition to the GABF. I'm taking most of that week off from work to participate. Should be a blast.

More events can be found on the September 2009 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events list.

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- All Colorado Beer Festival highlights
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Craft beer in cans more expensive than bottles?

Perhaps I haven't been paying attention lately but I was looking through my local newspaper this morning and saw an ad for craft beer in my favorite nearby liquor store. They listed the price of a New Belgium Fat Tire 12-pack in glass bottles for $12.99. Right below that listing they also printed the price of a 12-pack of New Belgium Fat Tire beer in cans. The price? $13.99. What gives?!

Rant on.

For years, a few well known craft brewers in this state have been touting the advantages of putting their craft beer in cans. They claimed that cans are more portable, cans are better for the environment and they weigh much less than bottles so the distribution costs would be lower. But in reality, certain stores are charging more for the same beer in cans. Ecksqueeze me?

I don't get it. Why would we be charged an extra $1 per 12-pack for the same amount of beer? Aren't cans supposed to be more compact than bottles? Aren't cans supposed to be cheaper to distribute than glass bottles? Can't liquor store owners fit more beer in a cooler in cans than they could with bottles? Given a choice wouldn't more people prefer cans over bottles?

So why is it that some liquor stores are now charging more for a 12-pack of craft beer in cans? Perhaps it was a major typo in the newspaper ad. I don't think so. I'd hate to think that we are paying more for what liquor store owners believe is a novelty. This stinks in my opinion. It counteracts the whole reason for going to cans in the first place.

To quote a famous movie (Network): "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this any more!"

Does this tick off any of you as it does me? Which do you prefer your beer in? Would you knowingly pay an extra buck for a 12-pack in cans if you could grab the same beer in bottles for less?

Tell me if I'm missing the point here but if the trend here is to charge more for cans I'm not sure I want to buy my craft beer in cans in the future. Come on brewers and store owners. Charge the same for the same quantity. I'm not willing to pay more just because of smaller lighter weight packaging. Get real.

Rant off.

Related articles:
- More Colorado craft beers heading to cans
- New Belgium to package Fat Tire in cans (Mar '08)
- Oskar Blues celebrates 6 years of canning

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