Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Colorado Beer News 121411

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Monkey Day. A day to celebrate our closest cousin to the human race and go a little bit ape ourselves. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, December 14th, 2011.

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Equinox Brewing (Fort Collins) - This week's firkin continues their holiday series. At noon on Thursday they'll be tapping Borealis Winter Ale conditioned with cherries, raisins, orange peel and cinnamon. Get some!

Colorado Cider Company (Denver) - This winter look for their ciders in ski resort liquor stores, bars & restaurants! New listings on their website 'find us' page include: Vail, Aspen, Snowmass, Steamboat Springs, Wolf Creek and more! Now you can enjoy some local hard cider after you hit the slopes. Glide On!!

Lone Tree Brewing (Lone Tree) - Everyone is halfway through the week, so Lone Tree Brewing must ask...Have you started planning for your Thursday p.m. yet? Come on down! Jason will be brewing the double IPA you've been diggin', the Atlanta-Jacksonville game will be on, bring in or get food delivered to the brewery, and you're set for a great evening! Come see Colorado's newest brewery on the Metro's south side.

Aspen Brewing Company (Aspen) has now started brewing in their new production facility at the Aspen Airport Business Center after many delays. Thirsty Aspenite's and visitors will soon be able to throw back some Conundrum Red Ale which has been in short supply over the last several months. Aspen Brewing now have three new 40-barrel fermenters. Also coming in January will be their IPA and Blonde ales which will be packaged in aluminum cans. There's room enough in their new place to eventually quintuple their current output. That should hold them for the time being. The first new brews will come out fo the fermenters in two weeks. Stay tuned!

Hops & Pie (Denver) - Mark your calendars! On Sunday, December 18th, Hops & Pie will host Denver's Littlest Big Beer Fest featuring the beers of Avery Brewing Company. The event kicks off at 2pm and runs until 5pm. A wide variety of Avery beers in both keg and bottle will be available including Rumpkin, Maharaja Imperial IPA, Old Jubilation, Meph Addict and Avery IPA. It's one of the last brew events of the season.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - Can't get enough OB Mama's Little Yella Pils? Oskar Blues has been busy packaging up their latest batch in brand new 12-packs. Look for them soon wherever Oskar Blues beers are sold. Now you can stock up and take a 12-er with you.

Pateros Creek Brewing (Fort Collins) - Reminder, tonight is another edition of Pints and Purls at the tasting room. You'll get $1 off pints if you come in and bring in your needle craft. They'll have 10 beers on tap for you to choose from. Pull up a chair, knit one, purl two and drink a brew!

Yak & Yeti (Arvada) - Quick reminder that at 4pm tonight, their small batch release of Yak & Yeti's Vanilla Porter will start pouring. It's in limited supply so don't miss this special brew.

Moonlight Pizza (Salida) - Going to be in Salida on Christmas Eve and need a place to hang out for a while? Moonlight Pizza & Brewery plans to be open all day Christmas Eve. Now is a good time to start that new Christmas Eve pizza & brew tradition.

National Growler Day (December 17th) - From - the tradition continues this year. If you’re not already aware, many brewpubs and some breweries across the United States have the ability to sell you “growlers” of their house brewed beer for you to take home and enjoy. Typically, a growler holds 64 ounces and in many occasions you can bring them back for refills (a refill price is often cheaper than a first fill because you are paying for the glass container). So, a growler that you purchase today is a recyclable container full of beer that comes from a business that is local to you. Who wouldn't like that? If you have a brewpub nearby, you are urged to visit it on Saturday, December 17th (or anytime really) and ask for a growler of their finest beer to-go. If you use Twitter, tag your tweets with #growlerday so everyone can see who is able to buy fresh craft beer today!

Winter Bike to Work Day (Fort Collins) - Did you bike to work today in FoCo? Be sure to stop by Odell Brewing, Fort Collins Brewery or New Belgium on your way back from work. They have bike break stations set-up outside of their breweries today to offer some incentives and snack to you brave cyclists as you make your way home. You can win some spiffy prizes. FCB will be giving away stuff around 4:45pm. Be sure to get your boss to OK you getting off work a bit early for this! Hey - I rode my stationary exercise bike to work at my home office today - does that count?

Free Rides on New Year's Eve (Front Range) - It’s not too early to plan for New Year’s Eve parties. MillerCoors, is offering FREE cab vouchers at participating restaurants and bars across the Front Range of Colorado and RTD is offering FREE RIDES on New Year’s Eve! Ask around at your favorite restaurants and pubs if they will be participating. More info on CDOT's official web site page: Plan Ahead Colorado

Odell Brewing (Fort Collins) - On December 14th, Odell Brewing will begin shipping this year’s batch of Saboteur Brett Barrel Brown Ale, a classic brown ale aged in oak barrels with Brettanomyces. Named one of Draft Magazine’s Top 25 Beers of 2010, Saboteur is part of the brewery’s single serve series of beers. “Brewed on a big chocolaty brown ale base, Saboteur was aged with a clean and fruity strain of Brettanomyces in oak to give it nice vanilla and brown sugar layers,” said Zach Turner, quality assurance manager for Odell Brewing. “This beer ages beautifully as the culture continues to yield more tartness and fruit.” Saboteur is offered in 750ml Belgian style cork and cage finished bottles and will be available in the brewery’s ten state distribution region beginning in late December 2011 or early January 2012.

Rockyard Brewing (Castle Rock) - Get ready for another One-Off Deviation from the Jellyman - announcing Private Pyle's Jelly Doughnut - a double IPA made with real doughnuts and jelly. It has the taste of a "full mental jacket" of fresh dry hops. Rockyard states that they'll have a unique appetizer prepared to pair with this concoction if you are so bold. All this taps at 4pm til 7pm this Friday, December 16th. Location: 880 W. Castleton Road in Castle Rock.

Palisade Brewing Company (Palisade) is planning a New Years Eve party from 9pm to 12am this year. There will be drink and shot specials going on at the brewery all night long. List to the Uranium Blues Band while you celebrate. There will also be a champagne toast at midnight. Location: 200 Peach Avenue in Palisade, Colorado.

Big Beaver Brewing (Loveland) has expanded into another unit of their building among other things. As of this Friday, December 16th, you will now be able to enter through the front of the building via Unit 3. Unit 3 will take you into St. Pete's and from St. Pete's into Big Beaver. Parking is available at the front of the building (23 spots), down the right side (6), and along the back (4). Also, for those of you who missed last Saturday's Double Stamp Day, this Friday (12/16) and Sunday (12/18) will be Double Stamp Days for their Pint Club Membership Card holders.

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