Thursday, September 22, 2011

Colorado Beer News 092211

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Hobbit Day and Car Free Day - so why not stay home, give your car the day off and watch Lord of the Rings while sipping on a fine ale, after all - it's the last day of Summer! The Great American Beer Festival happens next week! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, September 22nd, 2011.

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Colorado Craft Beer Radio (AM 760 Denver) will be doing a live remote this Saturday from Dry Dock Brewing Company in Aurora, Colorado during their Docktoberfest celebration. If you can't join 'em live - tune in between 12:00 noon til 1:00pm on Denver's AM 760. Then the next week, Gary V and Turk will be doing their show live from the GABF and with an extended show 12pm-2pm. Stop by their booth!

Pateros Creek Brewing (Fort Collins) has the perfect cure for these cool days - Today's Outlaw Tap is a Smoked Chipotle Porter and it comes in your choice of mild or hot! That should spice up your life a bit.

Steamworks Brewing (Durango) now has their Slam Dunkel Dunkelweizen on tap. Its dark, unfiltered and delicious.

Thursday's Homebrewing Trivia Question: Your latest batch of homebrew used an English ale yeast. Once the beer had fully fermented you notice that the brew has a distinctive aroma of bananas. What is one potential reason for this aroma?

Upcoming GABF Events - Which ones are you going to attend? - Euclid Hall 2011 GABF Events.
- FreshCraft 2011 GABF Events.
- Avery Heaven and Hell GABF Tappings.
- Oskar Blues GABF Events.
- GABF after parties.
- Falling Rock Tap House 2011 GABF Events.
- Summit Beer Garden during GABF.
- Ska Brewing 2011 GABF Events.
- Most Colorado breweries will be offering specials during GABF week.

Summit Beer Garden (Denver) - This 3-day event runs from 4pm to 1am Sept. 29, 30 + Oct. 1st at the Summit Music Hall (19th St. & Blake St.) in Denver. Free music event and a chance to rub elbows with national craft brewers and sample some 100 beers from around the world. Details here.

VIP Pass Giveaway: The first 3 people to find me (Chipper Dave) inside at the GABF each day and say "I'm Fermentedly Challenged" will win 2 FREE VIP passes to this event (includes beer and food). I'll be wearing my Fermentedly Challenged t-shirt Thurs night and a volunteer shirt at Island H with a Broncos hat during Friday + Saturday sessions.

Equinox Brewing (Fort Collins) continues with their Thursday Spicy September firkins by tapping a brew that steps up the heat at bit with their Hot Thai Chili Pepper brew.

Fort Collins Brewery (Fort Collins) will host their Parking Lot Party, tomorrow night (Friday Sept. 23) from 5pm to 8pm in their lot. Live music features the bands: Champagne Breakfast and Blue Grama. Also stop in to taste the new Red Hot Chili Porter - dark roasty malts highlighted with subtle roasted chili and soft dark chocolate - all with a building / lingering heat.

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) put a teaser ad on the back cover of Draft Magazine recently touting an upcoming release. The ad stated: "On September 29th we declare independence from imported stouts. Pour like a bottle, drink like a draught". Sounds like a Guinness-like stout may be coming our way soon.

Brewery Tour Scam - CBS News in Denver reports that a local front range brewery tour company is allegedly scamming customers out of their money. Get the full story on their web site. GABF attendees take note! Video report.

Pikes Peak Brewing (Monument) is planning to host Monument Beer Week - October 17th to October 22nd at the brewery from 4pm to 11pm each night. Events include: Beer Chef Contest, Beer and Cheese pairing, Beer Cocktail Night, Beer Academy, Mini IPA Fest, and an Oktoberfest. Details at Facebook event page.

Crooked Stave (Fort Collins) is releasing the second beer in their Wild Wild Brett Series today, Sept. 22, at 4pm in the Funkwerks Taproom. Wild Wild Brett Orange will be available in full or half glasses, for $4 or $6 respectively. Come in and taste the latest creation.

Sweet Action Ice Cream (Denver) is sponsoring their own "Denver Beer Ice Cream Fest" that starts tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 23rd) at 52 Broadway. They have six-packs of pints available. Breweries they used this year to make ice cream with include: Great Divide, Renegade, Denver Beer Co, New Belgium, Wynkoop, Dry Dock, Avery and the Rocky Mt Soda Company (there only N/A version for the kids). Web site.

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