Friday, September 23, 2011

Colorado Beer News 092311

Colorado Beer NewsToday is the Autumnal Equinox - aka the first day of Fall! On my calendar that's my official start of dark beer season. It's nearly time for the Great American Beer Festival and the Denver Beer Fest. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, September 23rd, 2011.

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Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) has released its official list of GABF Week activities. From arm wrestling, to politics, to 400 pound monkeys - Left Hand is planning events with everything in mind for this year's GABF week.

FREE VIP Passes! - During the GABF, there will be another fun event going on at the Summit Music Hall (19th St. & Blake St) in downtown Denver - the Summit Beer Garden. This 3-night event runs from 4pm to 1am September 29th & 30th and October 1st. There you'll be able to get free admission to hear some great live bands. There will also be a huge set of rotating taps that will sample over 100 different craft brews and pair them with some great food. If you want a chance to win some VIP Passes that will let you bypass the lines and get FREE beer and food at this event - check out the contest on the event details page.

Attack of the IPAs (Denver) - The Wazee Supper club (1600 15th Street) will host a special event on Monday, September 26th that will feature tastings from a big line-up of India Pale Ales. Try IPAs from Mad River, Great Divide, Ska Brewing and Grand Teton Brewing. Tickets go for $20 in advance and %25 at the door.

GABF Pointers for Newbies - One of the BeerAdvocate forum members posted a nice write-up about things newcomers to the GABF should know. What to do to prepare and what not to do at the GABF so you don't p*ss off other people in line behind you. It pays to plan ahead and know what to expect to survive amongst 10,000 other beer enthusiasts.

Govnr's Park Tavern (Denver) is giving away a pair of GABF tickets. For every Avery IPA draft beer you order, you'll get another entry into a drawing to be held on Sunday, September 25th around 2:30pm.

Sporting News Grill (Denver) - To kick off GABF week, the Sporting News Grill (near DIA) will be hosting a special tapping with their friends at Boulder Beer at 6 PM on Wednesday September 28th. They will be tapping a limited release Grapefruit Mojo IPA. The brewers at Boulder Beer added 15 lbs. of organic grapefruits to a small batch of Mojo. They then aged the beer for 3 months in oak barrels! This is a limited release, and they're pouring it until it's gone.

Odell Brewing (Fort Collins) has release their list of planned activities for the upcoming GABF / Denver Beer Fest week. Releases, tastings, tappings, mini-brewfests and more! Bourbon Barrel Stout returns tomorrow! (Saturday)

Eddyline Brewing (Buena Vista) is now taking delivery of their new canning line. It should be setup by next week and then canning shall commence in the very near future! Look for it happening very soon. Then set the 16oz Eddyline cans loose!

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - Celebrate Greeley's Oktoberfest at Patrick's on Friday and Saturday Night with Hofbrau Haus' special dark Munich Oktoberfest brew in their special Munich Liter Mug for only $9 only at Patrick's on 8th Avenue. 31 beers on tap.

Pateros Creek Brewing (Fort Collins) will have their never before tapped Stevetoberfest Marzen at their Stevetoberfest celebration as well as their latest batch of Owl Canyon Pumpkin Ale made with organic pie pumpkins and spices from local farms and merchants. Join in on the celebration of the harvest!

Telluride Brewing Company (Telluride) is now officially heating water and cleaning their tanks. 1st brew batch is almost ready to start. Stay tuned as they get ready to produce and pour their first beer in the very near future.

Phantom Canyon Brewing (Colorado Springs) is planning a Brewer's Dinner on October 13th at 6pm on the 3rd floor PCBC Banquet Hall. Over 7 different beers will be pairs with various courses and appetizers and dessert. RSVP by Monday, Oct. 10th (719) 635-2800. More info.

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