Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Colorado Beer News 110911

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Chaos Never Dies Day and Carl Sagan's birthday (1934). While the Cosmos never seems to lack in chaos, the only chaos we're looking for here is how well hops balance with malts. We accept that life is messy, surprising and hectic. Stop fighting it and give in to the chaos at least for one day. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, November 9th, 2011.

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High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Hey Colorado - now you can start putting Windsor on your brewery map. The outfit that owns the High Hops homebrew shop in Windsor is planning to open up a brewery! This week they ordered their brewing equipment. High Hops already grows hops in the fields surrounding their shop and you can expect they'll be using that in their own beer. More info on this upstart brewery as it develops. Visit their homebrew shop at 6461 Hwy 392, Windsor, CO. (970) 686-9771.

Moonlight Pizza & Brewery (Salida) - Stop in today for the debut of Moonlight Pizza's new handcrafted beers! There will be a special event happening early today and they will be closed for lunch, but come by at 3pm to taste the new brew in Salida. Moonlight Pizza is located at 242 F Street (F and 3rd) in Salida, CO. (719) 539-4277.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) is planning to open a smaller nano-brewery on location at the new Backbone Gourmet Grub & Brewhouse in Loveland (1480 Cascade Ave). The restaurant is in the location of the old Aspen Leaf Grill that closed about a month ago. Grimm and Backbone have formed a partnership that will allow the Backbone restaurant to server Grimm Brothers brews and eventually make their own on location. Up to four or five Grimm Brothers brews will be available on site as well as smaller batches of specialty brews. See the full story in the Loveland Reporter Herald.

Colorado Cider Company (Denver) - It's cider season again! Only a couple more days until their tap room opens for regular hours on 11/11/11. Fridays 3-6pm, Saturdays 2:30-6:30. Get excited for cider! Check em out soon at 2650 W. 2nd Ave in Denver.

Oskar Blues (Longmont/Lyons) - Head to The Pullman restaurant (330 7th Street) in Glenwood Springs next Tuesday night, November 15th, at 7pm for the Oskar Blues Beermakers Dinner. OB head brewer, Dave Chichura, will be there to talk beer and enjoy the evening with you. 5 food selections and 5 Oskar Blues beers will be paired. You'll even be able to keep the pint glass! Cost is $57.63 per person. Call (970) 230-9234 for info and reservations.

The Fort Collins Brewery (Fort Collins) - Hey fishermen and fisherwomen! Its Bugs, Buggers, and Brews in the house TONIGHT at FCB! From 4-6pm come on in and learn how to tie some flies and drink some delicious beers.

Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) - Reminder - The Home Canning Exchange will take place this Saturday, November 12th from 4pm to 8pm at the brewery at 625 3rd Street. Do you have too many jars of Grandma's famous peaches? Can one too many of your favorite salsa? Wouldn't it be nice if you could go somewhere and swap your goods for someone else's? Crabtree has got your solution! Swap your jars of canned goods at our Home Canning Exchange! Bring a jar or 2 of your canned goods to barter & trade with someone else. All trades are by mutual agreement - No money is to exchange hands. Only bartering or trading allowed. Samples of your canned wares are always a good idea! Bring crackers to try your jam; Noodles for your marinara sauce; Chips for your salsa; etc. **Please make sure all jars have your name, a description of the goods, and a date of when it was canned.**

Wynkoop Brewing (Denver) - Mark your calendars for the Parade of Darks 2011 at the Wynkoop at 18th and Wynkoop in Denver. Wynkoop Brewing is hosting an event December 3rd to help raise funds for Metro CareRing (MCR), a downtown Denver food pantry that's experiencing another record year of demand for its services. Help a great cause and enjoy over 50 different brews from holiday seasonals, barley wines, sours and Belgians to porters, stouts and more!

Strange Brewing (Denver) - What have the brewers at Strange been up to? Yesterday they brewed a batch of Paint It Black Stout. Today they've got Le Bruit Farmhouse in the kettle. And tomorrow they will brew another batch of their famous Cherry Kriek. And for your gluten free fans, they even are working on a gluten free lemon beer. Plenty to look forward to.

Asher Brewing (Boulder) is in the process of installing a 3rd fermentation tank and it should be ready to go any time now. The new fermenter will increase their capacity to make beer by 50%. Sounds like more certified organic beer will soon be tapping at Asher.

Black Shirt Brewing (Denver) - It's Crunch Time! With only 16 days to go in their fundraising efforts on, Black Shirt has raised over $5500 out of the $25000 goal to help fund their brewery start-up. Generally, most funds come in at the last minute but Black Shirt needs your help to make YOUR brewery a reality. Head to their official Kickstarter Pledge page and consider donating anything from $1 up to $2500. Those who pledge money by the November 25th 3:03pm deadline are eligible to receive special thank you gifts. Check it out and help "kickstart" a brewery!

Odell Brewing (Fort Collins) - On October 29th, the Colorado State University Brewing Science and Technology class along with Professor Jack Avens joined Doug Odell in brewing this semester’s class beer. The class, part of the university’s department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, is now in its seventh year. This is the fifth year the students (all over 21) have brewed with Odell Brewing. “Three Sheets,” a Belgian Tripel, will be tapped on Thursday, November 17th. The brewery will host a celebration for the class on November 17th from 4-6pm. Guests can try the class brew and enjoy live acoustic funk music by Futaba. (Source:

Telluride Brewing Company (Telluride) now has new growlers in stock. Come on in for their Brown Ale now on tap, as well as their year-round Bridal Veil Rye Pale Ale. If you're in the area for a visit or a vacation be sure to stop on by the Lawson Hill area and see the brewery, then drink some brews there or in town.

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