Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Colorado Beer News 092811

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Good Neighbor Day - why not do something nice for the people you live next to today. Buy them a nice cold beer! It's time for the Great American Beer Festival and the Denver Beer Fest. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, September 28th, 2011.

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Odell Brewing (Fort Collins) is preparing a new collaborative-type beer release set for early next year. Odell Footprint RegionAle recently got label approval. It is celebrating the 10 states that Odell distributes to. Each of those states will be contributing one locally made ingredient to combine into this beer. Odell expects to release this barrel-aged brew sometime in February.

Denver Beer Ice Cream Fest (Denver) - Sweet Action Ice Cream (52 Broadway - Denver) is helping to celebrate Denver Beer Fest and GABF by releasing 8 different ice creams made with 8 different Colorado Craft Beers. For the last 3 years, Sweet Action has created beer ice creams and are continuing the tradition this year. Check out their flavors.

Oskar Blues (Longmont/Lyons) will release a special GABF brew that will only be available at Oskar Blues sites - look for their Local Grown Honey Badger Smoked Porter. This nasty little ale is made with Crisp Maris Otter pale malt, Gambrinus Honey Malt, roasted barley, chocolate malt and dark crystal malt along with a heaping, meaty dose of Oskar Blues home smoked malt (no kidding; there’s meat in it) and generously hopped with Columbus all the way through the boil. A huge dollop of Lyons Local Madhava Wildflower Honey at the end of the boil takes it up a notch.

Today's GABF Events - here's what's happening around Colorado today to get you prepped for GABF:
- Hoppin' Frog Beer Dinner - Choice City Butcher & Deli - Ft. Collins - 6pm
- Colorado Rare Beer Tasting - Rackhouse Pub - Denver - 6pm
- Stone Brewing Beer Dinner - Simms Steakhouse - Golden - 7pm
- TRiNiTY Pre-GABF Kick Off Party - Trinity Brewing - Colorado Springs - 11am
- Boulder County Brews Cruise - Denver/Boulder - several destinations
- Elysian Pumpkin Beer Fest - Falling Rock Tap House - Denver - 8pm
- Happy Beerthday - Wazee Supper Club - Women only - Denver - 5pm

More events and details can be found in the September 2011 Beer Fest Calendar or by searching this site for GABF. Also drop by any Colorado brewery this week for specials.

New Belgium (Fort Collins) will host Christian DeBenedetti, author of The Great American Ale Trail will be at New Belgium Thursday (tomorrow) between 2:30 and 4:30 hanging out and signing books. Come by, say hello and get your copy signed.

Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) is bringing back their "Hottest beer this side of hell" - Ghost Face Killah. It's made with six different hot chili peppers. They say its infused with Bhut Jolkia. Keep some cold milk handy to cool the burn from this brew.

GABF Factoid: If you wonder why certain lines at the GABF don't move very fast, it's probably the person in front of you tweeting or facebooking on their handhelds and not paying attention. Let's keep the updates to a minimum while standing in line people. Beware of distracted drinkers! And oh by the way, Oskar Blues will be announcing when Ten Fidy is being poured each night at GABF via FB and Twitter. Wonder if Samuel Adams will do the same for Utopias?

GABF Event Listings - This is going to be one busy week!
- 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.
- BeerAdvocate 2011 GABF ThrowDowns.

Front Range Brew Tours (Fort Collins) - brewery tour operator has suspended all tours until further notice. Some customers have been left holding the bags and without the bus they hired and have lost their money. Check out the full story in the Coloradoan.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) will soon be canning some of its beer into 16oz tall cans. They have ordered a new canning line from German firm KHS. This line will not only can larger 16oz cans, but also can 12oz cans at a much faster rate. Speculation is that Dales Pale Ale will be the first OB brew to go tallboy. Original story on Westword.

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Strange Brewing (Denver) will host live music tonight at the brewery. There will also be a food truck parked outside with eats from Nick's Bar-B-Q. Get your pre-GABF warm-ups done here.

<>Upslope Brewing Company (Boulder) wishes all a Happy Great American Beer Festival Week! They just tapped a keg of their 10% ABV Russian Imperial Stout aged in Whiskey barrels (brewed last December) and their GABF bronze medal winning Dunkelweizen. Swing by the tap room today to check these out as they wont last long, especially this week.

Steamworks Brewing (Durango) - heading to Durango on October 7? If you're in the area stop by Steamworks Brewing for a special Firkin Friday brew. Steamworks has created a unique Caramel Apple Firkin - made with a Steam Engine Lager base, some unfiltered Colorado apple juice and a bit more caramel flavoring. It smells just like a caramel apple. Better be quick, that firkin isn't very large and they only made one batch. Tapping starts at 3pm on October 7th.

Paramount Cafe (Denver) is hosting their own mini-beer fest tonight(September 28th) from 6pm to 9pm at the Paramont Cafe. Enjoy fabulous education and tastings from over 14 different represented breweries: New Belgium, ODell, Oskar Blues, Widmer, Kona, Matilda, Funkwerks, Great Divide, Breckenridge, Boulder Beer, Left Hand, Crabtree, Avery, Sierra Nevada & Tommyknocker. Should be a fantastic time and great educational experience. Tickets available pre-sale $15. Head to 519 16th Street, Denver.

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