Thursday, December 15, 2011

Colorado Beer News 121511

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Cat Herders Day. While you're contemplating doing something today that some may consider complicated or impossible, take time to sit back, relax and enjoy a tasty beer. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, December 15th, 2011.

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The Mayor of Old Town (Fort Collins) - Avery Brewing's Rumpkin is making another appearance around Colorado. The Mayor in FoCo will be tapping this barrel aged brew at 6pm tonight. Don't miss out! Plus 100 other beers on tap!

Tommyknocker Brewery (Idaho Springs) - What will probably be his last book signing of the year, stop in to Tommyknocker Brewery this Saturday, December 17th from 2 to 4pm and get your signed copy of Ed Sealover's popular Mountain Brew - A Guide to Colorado's Breweries. Make Idaho Springs your destination and avoid the ski crowds higher up the mountains.

Kannah Creek Brewing (Grand Junction) - Powderhorn ski resort opens today and Kannah Creek has delivered some tasty brews to the mountain. Apre ski - enjoy some Pigasus Porter and Standing Wave Pale Ale while you're there!

Oskar Blues Homemade Liquid & Solids (Longmont) will be closed today at 2pm for a private event. But fear not! They will re-open Friday at 11am with all your favorite Oskar Blues brews and guest brews on tap and great food.

It's a Canning Revolution - not only is Colorado known for it's great beers, it's also known as an innovator in canning it's craft beers. Now it seems that the local wine industry is catching on to canning as well and Colorado is once again leading the way. Infinite Monkey Theorem, a Denver based winery, began selling canned wines in June of this year. Their wines come in 250ml cans (about a glass and a half) and sell for around $6.99 each. It's a bit more than people usually pay, but they are selling. Read an interesting article by the NY Times about this surprising move for wine. What's next? Canned spirits? (Sorry, I'll stick to beer)

Steamworks Brewing (Durango) - Today is the FINAL DAY to get a screamin' deal on a lift ticket! Visit Steamworks Brewing Company TODAY, spend $20 and get a voucher for a FREE lift ticket at Purgatory/DMR with a purchased ticket on Monday, December 26th! All ticket users must be present when lift tickets are purchased at DMR - no exceptions. No cash value. Lift ticket voucher must be presented at DMR's Main Ticket Office for redemption.

#growlerday December 17th

Great Divide Brewing (Denver) - word on the street (Westword) is that Great Divide is adding a new seven-barrel pilot brewing system in January. This new system will allow Great Divide to put out several one-off brews similar to other breweries in Colorado. Read the full write-up on this at

Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) - One of our readers, Eric, posted a tip that Crabtree Brewing will be tapping a special keg of a Dunkelweizen aged on fresh Cranberries tonight. The tapping will start at 6pm tonight. Stop by and try out this special treat.

Freshcraft (Denver) - There will be a special tapping of Upslope Brewing Company's 3rd Anniversary beer, Baltic Porter, tonight at Freshcraft in Denver. They'll server this special brew up from 7pm to 9pm. If you mention that you heard this on Facebook (or Fermentedly Challenged) you'll receive a free gift.

Pateros Creek Brewing (Fort Collins) - Here's your chance to win Two tickets to tonight's beer dinner. They will go to the person who gives the best haiku about the brewery or their beers. Winner will be picked at 1pm MST today. Reply on their Facebook page.

Great Divide Brewing (Denver) - FOOD TRUCK ALERT!! Mestizos Food Truck will be at GDBC today around 3pm dishin' up eats. They recommend their carnitas quesadilla with their Hades beer.

Telluride Brewing (Telluride) - Lily Von Shtupp with Claybrook and Bryan will be playing music the 1 keg (er leg) of TBC's Grand Opening Party on Saturday, December 17th starting at 4pm and running til 7pm at the brewery. They'll be playing on the Brewhouse platform. At 10pm, Cameron and JES Crew will play at the Llama in Telluride during phase 2 of the party. Shuttles will run back/forth from the Llama to the Brewery from 4-7pm. Come celebrate beer in Telluride!

Oskar Blues Hops & Heifers (Longmont) - news from their blog: Hops and Heifers introduces their new Berkshire Pork program! In an effort to continually utilize the Farm to increase the overall Oskar Blues sustainable system, they have integrated Berkshire pigs onto the Hops and Heifers farm. The Berkshire breed dates back over 300 years to the swine heard of Windsor. From royalty to emperors, Berkshire pork is prized for exceptional taste and tenderness. Oskar Blues worked with the only breeder in Colorado endorsed by the American Berkshire Association to source their pigs Zimmerman Pork in Hotchkiss Colorado. An 18 year Berkshire breeder and producer, Rick Zimmerman delivered three seven week old pigs to the Hops and Heifers Farm. The pigs will be hand raised with TLC, fed the finest grains, and fresh kitchen scraps of fruits, vegetables, and breads from the Oskar Blues restaurants. Look for Hops and Heifers Berkshire Pork available Spring 2012! As Jason Rogers Executive Chief of Oskar Blues and Top Chef of Northern Colorado quoted abut Berkshire Pork, “It’s unbelievably the best pork you can eat, and we want the very best!” .

Bonfire Brewing's TebrewBonfire Brewing (Eagle) - response to the news about their Tebrew beer has been overwhelming and has spread nationwide. They've been answering non-stop questions about the availability of this Tebowing inspired brew. They only made 150 gallons of this beer and are saving some of it for the upcoming Big Beers Festival in Vail in January. Plus they only make their beers available in Colorado and in kegs only. I'm thinking that Bonfire will need to make more 150 gallon batches of this beer, provided of course that Denver's favorite QB can keep winning.

Renegade Brewing (Denver) - A reminder that this Saturday, December 17th is Renegade's Bad Sweater Party from 7pm to 10pm. Where the worst sweater you can find to the brewery for a chance to win growler giveaways for the funniest, the itchiest, the most Cosby-like and the ugliest sweater there is. Stay for the special Raspberry Ale beer release that night too.

Bristol Brewing (Colo. Springs) - It's time for another famous Bristol Brewing Dock Sale. It's happening tomorrow, Friday, December 16th from 5pm till all the beer is gone. They have about 100 cases going for $20/case - cash only. That's less than a buck for each craft beer! Mostly shuffle packs, but lots of other treasures there too.

New Beers on Tap Today:
- Hop Bomb Imperial IPA @ Rock Bottom Denver
- The Ginger Red Man @ Colorado Mountain Brewery
- Saaz infused Saison @ Funkwerks
- Hallertau infused Saison @ Funkwerks
- Tripel Play (Belgian tripel) @ Dad & Dude's Breweria
- Ginger Snap Brown @ Dad & Dude's Breweria
- Hop Burst Cascade IPA @ Dad & Dude's Breweria
- Russian River Pliney the Elder (full case) @ Colt & Gray (Denver bar)
- Shamrock Brewing @ Chairish Porter (Holy Keg)
- The Griffin @ Grimm Brothers Brewhouse + Backbone Gourmet Grub

All Colorado Beer Festival - Remember that Colorado Springs beer festival back in November? Who says beer festivals aren't good for the community? This week, the All Colorado Beer Festival donated $7,500 to The Home Front Cares, a support organization for families of deployed troops. Thanks to all the beer fest goers and the ACBF for making this donation possible!

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