Monday, November 21, 2011

Colorado Beer News 112111

Colorado Beer NewsToday is World Hello Day. In order to say hello in many languages you'll need a Universal Translator, and what better tool to do it with than a nice cold holiday brew! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, November 21st, 2011.

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Thanksgiving reminder: Many Colorado breweries will be closed for Thanksgiving in order to spend time with their families. Be sure to get your growlers filled early this week to ensure you have plenty to go around for this long holiday weekend and avoid the holiday shopping rush on Friday. Fermentedly Challenged will be open all day - we never close, although you might not see a new post that day!

Yak & Yeti (Arvada) - Just in time for the holiday weekend, Yak & Yeti will be releasing their robust porter - Sherpa Porter - this Wednesday, November 23rd at 4pm. This robust porter will also serve as a flavor platform to provide a weekly release of interesting beers including Vanilla Porter, Cherry Porter, Toasted Coconut Porter, Coffee Porter, and Peppermint Porter. Stay tuned for more about these releases.

The Mayor of Old Town (Fort Collins) - Today at the Mayor they will be hosting the KRFC Food Drive. If you bring in two cans of food (or more), you will receive a free Odell Brewing or Pateros Creek Brewing beer in exchange! Stop in between 4pm and 8pm with your donations. Listen to live music while you sip 'em down!

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - Expansion construction continues and they've got their fancy new drains completed. Plus, there are new beers in their tanks: BT's Brew (Red Ale), Horseshoes and Hand Grenades (American Style ESB), and Apres Cuvee (blend of barrel aged beers). Also - Sticky Fingers Fresh Hop Ale and Jolie Blonde Belgian IPA will be back on tap today (Monday). Time to fill up your growlers!

Rockyard Brewing (Castle Rock) - Coming Black Friday - November 25th all day - "Warning Sign 2010" is a collaborative Imperial Eisbock brewed by some of the best Craft brewers in Colorado in early 2010! This was one of the first collaboration brews the Jellyman took part in. This is the BLACK FRIDAY ALL DAY Deviation to be tapped and uniquely paired with an appetizer by our Chef Heffe. Stop by after shopping and try some.

Grand Lake Brewing (Grand Lake) - Planning to be up in the mountains around Grandby or Grand Lake for Thanksgiving? Stop in for their Thanksgiving Day Buffet at the Grand Lake Taphouse - it will be amazing. No need to cook. Come and have some great food and beer!

Global Climate (Weather) - What does the weather have to do with Colorado beer? Plenty, if you ask sustainability director Jenn Orgolini of New Belgium. A news article from the Public News Service states how extreme weather is already affecting availability of hops and malts. Read the complete article on the PNS web site.

C.B. & Potts (Several CO locations) - Announcing the availability of their winter seasonal - S'No Angel - a Weizen for the Season! S'No Angel, a Winter Seasonal is here... inspired by their 2009 Bronze Medal winning Weizenbock at the North American Beer Awards. Features a beautiful chocolate color. This winter wheat sports a creamy, complex body with a festive finishing form. Get this one soon, it's here only for a limited time.

This Week's Events - Here's what's tappening in Colorado this week:
* Renegade Brewing Customer Appreciation Night - Nov. 23 - Renegade Brewing - Denver
* Sausage Fest 2011 - Nov. 25 - Denver Beer Company - Denver
* Ho Ho Ho Slapdown - Nov. 26 - Dry Dock Brewing - Aurora
* CAUTION: Brewing's ThanksBEERing - Nov. 26 - CAUTION: Brewing Company - Denver
* Pliny the Elder Keg Tapping - Nov. 27 - Trinity Brewing Company - Colorado Springs

Avery Brewing (Boulder) is asking Boulderites and Coloradoans to sign an online petition to petition the Boulder City Council to allow tap rooms to make and server food. Allowing distilleries, wineries, and breweries to serve food at their tap rooms would promote a safer and more responsible environment for alcohol consumption. Also, if restrictions on all of Boulder's industrial zones are allowed to be affected by one business who had industrial land rezoned for non-industrial use, then we could lose the iconic and unique businesses that make Boulder so special. View and sign the petition on

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) says "Pardon Our Dust" as they start construction on their new bar for the taproom this week. They are hoping to have a grand re-opening sometime in early December for the new taproom. Plan on seeing several beer surprises to help celebrate.

Carbondale Beer Works (Carbondale) - Like to play music? Wanna jam with others? Come to Jam Night tonight at Carbondale Beer Works. BYO guitar, voice, fiddle, spoons, washboard or whatever you play and join in the fun. $1 off all CBW beers and appetizers all night too.

Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) - As winter settles in around Boulder, Colorado, fans of Twisted Pine Brewing Company are bristling with the excitement that surrounds the annual release of the brewery’s Northstar Imperial Porter. The Baltic-style porter will make its 2011 debut on December 1st to a select few ticket holders for the vertical tasting which coincides yearly with the beer’s release. The highly regarded ale will be available to the public at large beginning December 2nd. See the full press release on this.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - The brewery expansion got one step closer today. Two new 200 barrel fermenters arrived at the brewery today. There are still 4 more scheduled to arrive in addition to a 400 barrel bright tank. Stay tuned for 2012 and watch them grow!

Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) has received Federal approval from the TTB this morning! They were told to expect 4 - 6 months, it took 36 days. TTB went to a new online application system last month and we were one of the first applicants in the new system. They were caught a little by surprise, but they'll be working hard in the coming weeks to get the brewery ready to open. Great Storm may be pushing up their opening date a bit! 2012 can't get here soon enough.

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