Thursday, September 1, 2011

Colorado Beer News 090111

Colorado Beer NewsHappy September GABF Fans! Today is "Emma M. Nutt" Day - celebrating the first female telephone operator on September 1st, 1878. To that we say - Sometimes you feel like a nut brown ale, sometimes you don't. This marks the month for the Great American Beer Festival and the Denver Beer Fest. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, September 1st, 2011.

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28 Days until the GABF

Yak & Yeti (Arvada) will be releasing “Haunted Hops” an Imperial IPA (IIPA) or Double IPA today to honor the ghosts that supposedly haunt the halls of their 1864 mansion that the brewery and restaurant reside in. Haunted Hops weighs in at 9.4% ABV and is packed with 75 to 80 IBUs. This is just one beer in their forthcoming Haunted Beer series.

Denver Broncos - tonight is the last pre-season game for the Broncos. Will Mr. Perfect, Tim Tebow, start as QB? Where will you be watching the game at? Be sure to watch with a Colorado craft beer, good food and a designated driver.

Avery Brewing (Boulder) will be celebrating 1st Friday Firkin at Hops & Pie - 3920 Tennyson Street in Denver with a tapping of their special Simcoe Dry-Hopped IPA. The hammer falls at 6pm on this limited creation.

Thursday's Trivia Question: This brewery had its humble beginnings as a bakery. Later it morphed into a coffee shop, restaurant and then a brewery in 1988. Since the opening, they've added an outdoor beer garden in 1994 and did two dramatic remodelings in 1998 and 2002. Business picked up and they expanded their brewery in 2007. Hint, they server primarily mountain folk. Who is this brewery?

Oktoberfest - the first Colorado Oktoberfest of the season starts this weekend, September 2nd through the 4th in Frisco. Head up to the mountains, escape the heat and enjoy Oktoberfest like a German! The full list of Oktoberfests in Colorado can be found here and here.

Book Tour (Loveland) - Ed Sealover continues his Mountain Brew book tour of Colorado breweries tonight at Grimm Brothers Brewhouse in Loveland at 5:30pm. Buy a book and get a pint.

Vine Street Pub (Denver) begins their month-long Belgian Beer Month celebration. Enjoy a new range of Belgian beers every day of the month. Specials on tap.

Arvada Beer Company (Arvada) announced that they plan to start brewing at their new facility as early as September 26th. Their official Grand Opening date has been set for October 28th. There will be some kind of soft opening around October 14th.

Carbondale Beer Works (Carbondale) is hosting the first KDNK Pub Quiz night tonight. Gather up a team of 2 to 6 people and compete for prizes (like beer). Afterwards at 9pm enjoy live music.

Avery Brewing (Boulder) will bring back their Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest tomorrow, Friday September 2nd at their tap room. Come grab a $5 half-litre stein. The entire staff will be decked out in lederhosen and dirndls. Brats will be on hand to munch as well.

Steamworks Brewing (Durango) is offering up a beer dinner on Friday, September 16h at 7pm with a 5 course offering. $40 tickets available at the brewpub. Brewmaster Ken Martin and Chef Sean Clark have a treat planned for all who attend.

Equinox Brewing (Fort Collins) is celebrating Spicy September. Every Thursday firkin this month will be conditioned with a different pepper variety. They'll get hotter as the month progresses! 1st one taps today at noon.

Telluride Brewing (Telluride) has set plans to start brewing next week! It won't be long now until the first pints of Telluride beer are pouring at the slopes. Get ready skiers - local brew will be happening this year.

Best Beer Selection (Denver-metro) - Channel 7's A*List winners for Best Beer Selection 2011 were announced. 1st place: Falling Rock Tap House, 2nd: Yard House (Lakewood), 3rd: Cheeky Monk (3 locations), 4th: Hops & Pie, 5th: Bull & Bush. Congrats to all who were selected by the people of Colorado.

Other Uses for Beer ( - Use Beer to Fertilize Plants - "if you have struggling indoor plants, using a bit of beer can actually help fertilize it and keep it growing strong. Use a small amount of a flat beer just at the base of the plant. If you have a house and your yard is prone to ugly brown patches, you can pour flat beer on that too. The acids in beer kill off fungi and pests, and the fermented sugars feed the grass".

Twisted Pine Brewing Co (Boulder) has released their GABF week plans. Mon 9/26 - special tappings + $3 pints, Tue 9/27 - Trivia night 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Wed 9/28 - Frozen t-shirt contest, Thu 9/29 - Free koozie with any pint, Fri 9/30 - Live music from Lee Johnson, Sat 10/1 - GABF sampler for $10 - all 6 GABF brews, Sun 10/2 Beer dinner at the brewery.

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