Monday, September 26, 2011

Colorado Beer News 092611

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Johnny Appleseed Day - so why not celebrate with a refreshing crafted hard cider today. It's time for the Great American Beer Festival and the Denver Beer Fest. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, September 26th, 2011.

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Crystal Springs Brewing (Boulder) has been working to install a variety of brand new equipment and plans to be fully operational with it by mid-October. Also, they are proud to announce the upcoming release of Black Saddle Stout - an imperial stout. They'll officially release it on October 13th. Look for it in stores and restaurants soon.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Matador Mexican Grill is hosting Grimm Brothers day today at their restaurant in Fort Collins. Tons of beer specials are going on along with some amazing giveaways. Then on Tuesday night, Grimm Brothers is having a beer dinner at the Pourhouse Bar and Grill in Loveland. Still a few seats open for this. $35 a person for a great beer pairing experience.

Funkwerks (Fort Collins) today, Funkwerks will be holding a fundraiser from 12pm to 8pm to help get Andy their assistant brewer back on his feet. He was hit by a car last Monday. Show your support by coming in anytime between 12pm-8pm and ordering a beer - all proceeds from Funkwerks beer will go directly to Andy. Drinking beer for a good cause - it doesn’t get any better! They will also be hosting brewery tours every day this week at 1pm for GABF week.

Choice City Butcher & Deli (Fort Collins) is hosting a Hoppin Frog Beer Dinner on Wednesday, September 28th at 6pm. 5 beers and 5 courses! Lowest abv is 8.4%. This is one not to miss!! FIRST Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale Served w/ a spicy pumpkin soup with crema and green pian ... SECOND Hop Dam triple ipa Served w/ a homemade spicy Italian sausage with kale and asiago cheese over penne. THIRD B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout Served w/ manchego cheese canap├ęs with olives and piqillo peppers. FOURTH Barrel-Aged B.O.R.I.S. Imperial Stout Served w/ braised short ribs with baby boc choy and carrots. FIFTH Barrel Aged BORIS Royale Served w/ chocolate whisky balls with smoked sea salt and black pepper vanilla ice cream. 970-490-CITY (2489)

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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.
- Ska Brewing 2011 GABF Events.
- Star Bar 2011 GABF happenings.
- Most Colorado breweries will be offering specials during GABF week.

Summit Beer Garden (Denver) - This 3-day event coincides with the Great American Beer Festival and runs from 4pm to 1am September 29, 30 and October 1st at Summit Music Hall (19th St. & Blake St.) in Denver. Free music event and a chance to rub elbows with national craft brewers and sample over 100 beers from around the world. Details here. VIP Pass Giveaway: First 3 people to spot me (Chipper Dave) inside at the GABF each day and tell me "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 at Thursday night's session and a volunteer shirt on Island H with a Broncos hat during Friday and Saturday sessions.

Pateros Creek Brewing (Fort Collins) - recently, the Brewer's Association did an interview with Cathy Jones (Creative Genius) of Pateros Creek. Check out the article on the BA website.

Revolution Brewing (Paonia) is offering up a variety of fresh brews this week including their Stout, Porter, Gold and Garage brew. Grab a taste before it's gone. Revolution is also busy working on their upcoming move into their new larger facility in Paonia. Stay tuned for their Octoberfest lager coming very very soon.

Peaks Lounge (Denver) - Come to a special VIP Reserve Tasting of Deschutes Brewery beers at the Peaks Lounge inside at the Hyatt Regency Denver - 650 15th Street - on September 28th (Wednesday) from 5pm to 8pm. Beers being poured include: The Stoic, The Abyss 2011, and Fresh Hop Mirror Pond. All these will be paired with light appetizers. Join brewmaster Larry Sidor and his brewers Jake Harper & Ryan Schmiege for a conversation about Deschute's craft beers.

Avery Brewing (Boulder) is sponsoring "Earn Your Brew" - a fun 5K run that will help you work off some of those GABF calories this Saturday, October 1st. Sign up for the Skirt Sports Skirt Chaser in Denver. Event takes place at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The 5K is followed by a Block party featuring live music, food, BEER, wine and of course - flirting! If you're single come to mingle and for fun-lovin' couples - make it an athletic date to remember. Ladies get a Running Skirt with entry.

Odell Isolation AleOdell Brewing (Fort Collins) is celebrating Fall and their returning cold weather seasonal brew - Isolation at the downtown Fort Collins Old Chicago on College Avenue tonight at 6pm. Stop in for a pint and grab some free goods from Odell! Then on Saturday, October 1st, Odell Brewing will officially release Isolation Ale to the masses with a tapping party at the brewery. Isolation Ale is available October through December wherever Odell beer is sold.

Strange Brewing (Denver) is offering an early Happy Hour today at the brewery. $1 off all pints until 4pm today. They'll also have extended business hours this week for GABF - 10am to 10pm Monday - Saturday.

President Obama is in Denver tomorrow. Apparently his aides forgot to schedule his trip a couple of days later so he could have attended GABF. Wonder if he entered his own White House homebrew in the Pro-Am contest?

Black Shirt Brewing (Denver) - brewery in the works is in need of raising some capital funding and has officially started a Kickstarter Red Ale Project campaign. They are trying to raise a minimum of $25,000 in the next 60 days and upwards of $75,000 to finish the brewery as they envision. If you'd like to help back this start-up operation and get in on some special rewards, check out their Kickstarter page and donate to their cause.

Strange Brewing (Denver) reminds everyone to not forget about the 5 brewery shuttle departing from Pints Pub (Denver) from noon to 5 pm Monday through Friday; last loop @ 4pm. Stops include Strange Brewing, Wit's End, Breckenridge Brewery, Renegade Brewing, and back to Pints Pub. Take advantage of this awesome tour, courtesy of Denver Brews Cruise.

Avery Brewing (Boulder) invites you to join them tonight from 4pm to 7pm for "Apps and Ales" at the Paramount Cafe (519 16th Street) in Denver. The Avery crew will be on hand for an appetizer and beer pairing.

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