Thursday, September 8, 2011

Colorado Beer News 090811

Colorado Beer NewsToday is "National Beer Lovers" Day, so be sure to celebrate by visiting your favorite local brewery or pub and trying something new. (Editors note: OK so it was actually yesterday - but it has to spill over to the next day every once in a while.) It's the Great American Beer Festival and the Denver Beer Fest month. The GABF is just 3 weeks away. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, September 8th, 2011.

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Equinox Brewing (Fort Collins) is continuing their Spicy September adding even spicier peppers to each Thursday's firkin. Today's firkin is conditioned with Hungarian hot wax peppers. A step up from last week's Anaheim peppers. The firkin taps at noon today.

NFL Football - Pro football season returns tonight with the Saints vs. the Packers. Where are you going to be when they kick off? Several bars and breweries will be spotlighting the game. Be sure to get your Fantasy Football roster posted by kick-off.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) is hosting their 1st ever monthly cheese and beer pairing starting this afternoon, September 8th, at 6pm. Tickets are $20 at the brewery, and include four 10oz pours paired with fresh cheeses, fruit and crackers.

Thursdays Trivia Question: This brewery opened in 1995 and had their first beers brewed by industry legend Gordon Knight. Late in 1996, Gordon sold the company to his friend and current owner Bob Baile. Bob was then the owner and founder of Peak to Peak Brewing Company in Rollinsville, CO and merged the two companies together. By 1998, this brewery started selling 6-packs. In 2003, this brewery outgrew it's facility and moved to a larger one at the former Oasis Brewing Company location. They then opened a tap room in front of the brewery. Name this Colorado brewery.

Beer Barrels in the News ( - The Fort Collins newspaper ran a story today about how barrels are being used to impart distinct flavors in craft beers. Check out the article. Odell Brewing is featured as well as Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project.

Avery Brewing (Boulder) is sponsoring a night of "Heaven & Hell" at two LoDo bars, FreshCraft and the Blake Street Vault, during the 2nd night of the GABF, September 29th starting at 10pm. Six beers from their Holy Trinity and Demon series of beers will be tasted.

Man of the Cliff (Red Cliff) - there's an odd little mountain man competition coming to Red Cliff, Colorado on October 1st & 2nd that includes the following activities: Wood chopping, Caber tossing, Axe throwing, Archery, Keg tossing, and Beer drinking. If it were me, I'd ignore most of the categories and focus on the beer drinking (provided that it's good craft beer). Are you man enough? Women are also invited to compete.

Hops & Berries (Fort Collins) - the homebrew shop is hiring! They have an immediate position available through the holidays, possibly longer. 15-18 hrs Friday evening, Saturdays and Sundays through December. Ideal candidate has experience in homebrewing and retail. See their Facebook page for details and application.

CAUTION: Brewing Co (Denver) is looking for two craft beer lovers to don something that speaks "CAUTION" to roam the halls of the GABF. If you think you've got some great costumes for the GABF, show them off and get the chance to win two free tickets to the Saturday night GABF session. Email entries to: contest [at] or post them on their Facebook page.

GCB OktoberfestGolden City Brewery (Golden) - join them this Saturday at the brewery, September 10th for their Oktoberfest. They are raising money for the Golden Fire Department in memory of 9/11. A $5 suggested donation gets you a mug and your beverage of choice (while supplies last). Live music will be playing from 2pm to 6:30pm and they'll be serving up authentic German food also.

Upslope Brewing (Boulder) has their Pumpkin Ale back in the tap room. Made from organic pumpkins from Munson's Farms and six different spices. Get it while it's fresh.

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