Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Colorado Beer News 092011

Colorado Beer News Today is National Punch Day! (Sept. 20) This holiday is best celebrated in Hawaii - Oh Ya! Punch is a drink that originated in India and was brought back to England. Kind of a reverse IPA thing. It's Great American Beer Festival and the Denver Beer Fest month. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, September 20th, 2011.

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Oktoberfest (Statewide) - We're in the heart of Oktoberfest season here in Colorado. Celebrations this week include: Boulder (24th), Brush (24th), Castle Pines (24th), Denver (23-25), Estes Park (24-25), Fort Collins (25th), Glenwood Springs (24th), Granby (24th), Greeley (23-24), Gypsum (24th), Lyons (24th). For more event info check the September Beer Fest Calendar.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) now have a fresh Wet Hopped version of Red Cap (Altbier) on tap. It was made using an amazing amount of hops from High Hops in Windsor, Colorado. This particular batch was made in a short supply and is only available in their taproom.

Tuesday's Trivia Question: This beer style has strong malt aromas often with some rich melanoidins and/or toasty overtones with virtually no hop or alcohol aroma. It's typically light copper to brown in color. The taste has complex maltiness dominated by rich flavors of Munich and Vienna malts. Perhaps a hint of caramel notes. Hops are typically just enough to balance the malt. Medium to medium-full bodied. Its a dark, strong, malty lager beer. ABV range: 6.3% to 7.2%. IBUs: 20 - 27. What style of beer is this?

Great Divide Brewing Co (Denver) - ever wanted to get your body exfoliated with beer or get your body painted and hair shampooed with a Yeti imperial stout? The Ritz Carlton in Denver has a spa treatment that will let you get just that. Plus you get to drink some of the beer too! Details in an article in the Denver Post.

GABF Hotel/Tix Package (Denver) - The Brown Palace Hotel has a package deal just for GABF fans. Still need tickets? Their "Celebration of Suds" package includes a guest room with a fridge stocked with CO microbrews, 2 tickets to the GABF, pretzel necklaces with dips, and a tasting for two in the Ship Tavern (appetizers and beer). Contact (303) 297-3111 or (800) 321-2599 for reservations and details.

Odell Brewing (Fort Collins) is preparing for winter. They just started packaging their seasonal Isolation Ale this week. Look for this brew on shelves soon and lasting through the winter holidays.

Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) is packaging up more Chunkin' Pumpkin ale today. Their 4-packs are flying off shelves. Check them out this weekend - they will be pouring at the Greeley Oktoberfest Sept 23-24th in Lincoln Park.

Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora) and the Rackhouse Pub will be hosting a Dry Dock Beer Lunch on Thursday, September 29th from 2pm to 4pm at the Rackhouse in Denver. Five beers + four courses. Looking for a way to get warmed up for the GABF Thursday night session? Join Dry Dock owner Kevin DeLange, and head brewer Bill Eye for the encore of last year's popular beer lunch. Rackhouse Pub chef/owner Jayson Reynolds will once again pair 4 unique food courses with 5 of Dry Dock's award winning beers. Getting a solid meal in you before the Thursday night session is Surviving GABF 101. Tickets are $40 online.

Pateros Creek Brewing (Fort Collins) is sponsoring Half Price Growler Refill Day - all day today at their brewery in FoCo. Try out their latest creation - Owl Canyon Pumpkin Ale.

Oskar Blues (Lyons) will host their annual OSKTOBERFEST on Saturday, September 24th at 1pm in Lyons. A special release beer will be on tap along with German-style cuisine. Listen to 3 live bands and participate in traditional German gladiator events.

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