Thursday, October 13, 2011

Colorado Beer News 101311

Colorado Beer NewsHey nut heads, today is National Peanut Festival Day! Remember, after eating a bucket load of roasted goobers you'll be needing to wash those down with a cold craft brew. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, October 13th, 2011.

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Mountain Sun (Boulder) - Saison month may be over but all 3 Mountain Sun locations still have some rare brews still rotating through their taps like: Saison Payaso, Saison Orange, Shadow Master Belgian Stout, and Champagne Lady. Also, look for these seasonals about to hit the taps: Pearl Street Porter, Cleveland Brown, Smokescreen Porter, Redemption Red, 1636 Belgian Dubbel, and Nihilist Imperial Stout. Then just before Halloween, look for Dark Harvest Pumpkin Stout and Killer Harvest Belgian Pumpkin Ale.

Bristol Brewing (Colorado Springs) announces the return of Winter Warlock season! Winter Warlock is one of their most complex beers to brew. The Warlock they bottled this week is only the second beer they've finished in their new 102-barrel fermenting vessels. In addition to being served on CO2 like most of their beers, Warlock is also served "on Nitro" in the Tasting Room. Bristol releases Winter Warlock tonight at 5pm. Come on down for the release party.

Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) - After winning a gold and silver medal at the 2011 GABF, what's next? Could canned beer be in their future? According to owner/brewer Jeff Crabtree, he is definitely considering it. Crabtree is interested in working with a portable canning line and doing a test run with one of his special brews like their seasonal Syzygy Black IPA in 16oz cans. They already have a prototype can design made up. Look for a canning run in the very near future. Also, look for a new Pinot barrel-aged Saison to debut soon! Also check out their new YouTube page.

Yak & Yeti (Arvada) - Tonight only (October 13th) - come watch a free 45 minute beer movie with free appetizers! They will be projecting the movie upstairs in their conference room. Show up early to get a seat. Movie starts at 8pm.

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) is expanding their business and due to this they will be hiring more employees! Bring in your resumes to get your shot at working at this popular beer bar (31 beers on tap). Yes Greeley! 901 8th Ave. Open M-F 4pm-2am, Sat 5pm-2am. Sundays too.

Pateros Creek Brewing (Fort Collins) - If it's Thursday then that means a new Outlaw tap! Today's brew is Car 21 dry hopped with whole leaf Nugget hops. They've only had one Outlaw make it to Saturday thus far and based on responses thus far, this one will not last long, so get in quick if you want a taste. Open from 12 to 7 today.

Denver Beer Company (Denver) is set to host a new Sunday Afternoon Concert Series starting this Sunday, October 16th. This weekly series is slated to run each Sunday at 2pm through November 13th. The music will start at 2pm and run through 6pm. For those of you willing to skip watching the Broncos games, this is the place to be. Full story in this article.

Bootlegger's Society (Durango) - the four Durango area breweries: Ska, Steamworks, Carver and Durango Brewing are sponsoring the "Pint for a Pint Blood Drive 2011" on Friday, October 28th from 11am to 6:30pm at the American Legion Hall (878 East 2nd Ave) in Durango. If you donate blood that day you will receive a voucher good for a FREE pint of your favorite beverage at any of the 4 local breweries. Be a Hero! Donate blood!

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) is co-hosting a Beer and Cheese Pairing, tonight at 7pm at the brewery. Tickets are $20/plate and include four 8oz beer samples paired with select local cheese and fruit. Hosted by The Truffle Cheese Shop in Denver, CO.

Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) now has a new taste on tap: Sexual Ha-razz-mint - it's a brew made with raspberries and mint leaves. Try it!

Equinox Brewing (Fort Collins) - It's time once again for a Thursday Firkin! Today's firkin is their Hazelnut Sunset Stout. The tapping happens at noon. Stop in for a taste of this dark brew.

New Breweries Coming (Colorado Springs) - the Colorado Springs Independent recently posted an article about three new breweries in the works coming to Colorado Springs. Steampunk Brewing Company - target mid to late 2012, Fieldhouse Brewing Company - mid to late 2012, and Great Storm Brewing - target Spring 2012 opening. Read up about these new up and comers in the CSI article. Thanks to Matthew Schniper (author) for the tip! Keep up with all the Colorado Breweries in Development with our new updated list.

Funkwerks (Fort Collins) - Recently, the guys over at New Brew Thursday paid a visit to Funkwerks and wrote up an article and shot some video of their trip. Check out their experience with Tropic King and learn about Funkwerks first year of business.

Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids (Longmont) - This Saturday the 15th they're tapping a firkin of cask-conditioned Firestone Walker Walker's Reserve Robust Porter at 11 AM - pouring until it's gone! It's the only cask of the Walker's Reserve in Colorado. They're also tapping a limited release Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout! Come on down!

Hops & Pie (Denver) is holding their monthly Littlest Big Beer Fest on Sunday, October 16th starting at 2pm. This month features the beers of Port Brewing & The Lost Abbey. Enjoy samples or single pours of four different brews from this California brewery combo.

Falling Rock Tap House (Denver) will host their 5th annual Fresh Hop Celebration on Saturday, October 15th from 12 noon to 5:00pm in LoDo. All the best fresh hop brews will be featured. Come out to their patio and parking lot for all the best brews. Tickets are $20 and include a commemorative glass, live music and four tastings. Co-sponsored by Deschutes Brewery, Ska, Full Sail, Oskar Blues, Great Divide, Sierra Nevada and others.

TRiNiTY Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Grats to Trinity for placing in four catagories in the Colorado Springs Independent's BEST OF voting. Best Beer Selection on Tap, Best Local Brewery, Best Local Micro Brew to Drink in the Summer AND Winter.

Colorado Craft Beer Radio (AM 760 Denver) recently interviewed Jim Koch, head honcho from the Boston Beer Company, at the 2011 GABF. They shot some video of their interview and have posted the interview on the CCBR web site. Jim is always the gracious brewer and spoke freely about the craft beer industry and the GABF.

Fall Harvest Brewfest (Fort Collins) - Brew fest this Saturday! Come to The Drake Center in Fort Collins on Saturday, October 15th from 6pm to 9pm for a huge beer fest aimed at benefiting the Animal House Shelter for dogs. There will be over 20 breweries attending and pouring their beers. VIP ticket holders get in at 5pm. Ticket includes 5oz tasting glass with unlimited samplings, also samples from local food vendors to pair with your brews.

New Belgium (Fort Collins) - put together a nice article about New Belgium's Kim Jordan and NBB's growth plans for the future. The brewery is planning to expand with a new facility somewhere on the east coast to keep up with demand there locally. Included in the article is an interview with Kim as she looks ahead to the future. - In other news, Snow Day (their winter seasonal brew) is now available!

Strange Brewing (Denver) just picked up 6 cases (210 pounds!!) of organic pie pumpkins for their upcoming Pumpkin Porter! Monday morning they will roast them over at Hops & Pie for an hour before throwing them in the mash Monday afternoon. It's gonna smell great in the Tasting Room Monday!

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) was also interviewed by as they talk about their plans for the future. Check out their video with Chris Lennert, VP of Operations at Left Hand Brewery.

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