Friday, January 13, 2012

Colorado Beer News 011312

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Friday the 13th, one of three such days in 2012. Before you crawl inside a cave to hide from bad luck, be sure to stock the fridge for the weekend with all your favorite Colorado craft beers. You can always choose to celebrate Rubber Duckie Day instead. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, January 13th, 2012.

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Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - Yesterday, Big Choice Brewing signed a lease! Now they are essentially official. Depending on licensing, build-out and setup, they should be open sometime in April 2012. Their address on Facebook is listed as: 7270 W. 118th Place, Broomfield, CO 80020.

Estes Park Winter Festival (January 13-16) - Their official counts: 9 wineries, 1 cidery, 14 breweries, 2 distilleries (Friday only), 24 restaurants serving chili, 55 individuals cooking chili, 5 bands, 2 jalapeno eating contests, 1 ice castle, 2 gourmet food trucks, 7 weddings and a camel in a petting zoo! Details about all of this and more at Are you going? Come on, you can still make the Broncos game on TV after the festival.

The Library Sports Grille & Brewery (Winter Park) - Here's a surprise for those in Winter Park, The Library has 3 brand new TV's in the restaurant! Two 60" and one 70" all set up for the football games on Saturday! Stop in to warm up and cheer on the Broncos.

Colorado Mountain Brewery (Colo. Springs) - It's Tebow Time! Join them this Saturday, 1/14/12 for Denver vs. Patriots at 6:00pm. They will be serving $3 draft beers and selling wings by the dozen for $4 as well as $5 nachos. They will also be offering quarterly giveaways! Come join the party, Go Broncos!

Ghost Plate & Tap (Denver) - Hey guys - looking for a nice place to take your sweetheart for Valentine's Day dinner in downtown Denver? Consider a Valentine's Day Beer Dinner at the Ghost Plate & Tap. On February 14th from 7pm to 10pm, you can get a four course meal each with a beer pairing for $100 per couple. Call (303) 297-1738 to make your reservations. Located at: 800 18th Street in Denver. Featured beers from Wynkoop, Breckenridge and more!

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - To celebrate Friday the 13th, Grimm has HALF OFF PINTS of Fearless Youth, Coffee Thief and Master Thief all day long. Never be afraid of the dark (beers). Growlers are now back in stock too.

Dostal Alley Brewing Company (Central City) - Betcha didn't know that Dostal Alley has bomber bottles of their Jacob Mack Mild Ale and their GABF 2011 Bronze Medal winning Shaft House Stout. These bottles are available to go. After you hit the slots, drop by the brew taps and get some to take home.

Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) - Ever have a Ghost Face Killah from Twisted Pine? Dave from Fermentedly Challenged recently dared himself to drink one of the hottest beers this side of hell. Check out his reaction to this 6 pepper hot brew in his beer review. Think you could handle one? Only one way to find out. Be sure to have some milk handy.

Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) - Saturday, January 14th, Take a pre-game knee with beer at 2:00pm. It's the release of Bitter Sunday Brewer, The Pale Ale. There's only a very small amount of this delicious brew, so don't miss out.Oh, and they have to share the description that the brewer gave us for this awesome beer: Brewing beer on a Sunday during football season is rough. Brewing beer on a Sunday when you can't even pick up the games on the radio is even worse. Brewing beer on a Sunday during this miraculous Broncos season, when all you can do to follow the game is press the refresh button on your computer...well, that just sucks! This American Pale Ale originally started out as the 'Tebow Kool-Aid,' a light, easy drinking beer with a lot of bright, fruity hops flavors that cleansed the palette and the soul. However, during a series of 'unfortunate' events (mainly Broncos deprivation), the Sunday Brewer made some 'miscalculations' resulting in this bitter, yet citrusy, full bodied, pale ale. Don't you just love beautiful disasters?!

Pikes Peak Brewing (Monument) - 4319 Smoke Red Ale - This month, they will be celebrating the service and commitment of their local firefighters with a smoked red ale brewed specifically for them. The 4319 Smoked Red Ale is loosely based on Devils Head Red, but with smaller hop profile, less alcohol strength and the addition of 80 lbs of smoked malt. The addition of malt cured over cherry wood provides a nice smoked backbone that balances a sweeter red beer, but finishes dry and satisfying. Join them for the release party on Saturday, January 14th at 5pm. A portion of sales from the 4319 will benefit the local union and the citizens they serve. The local union, which includes Tri-Lakes/Monument, Wescott, and Black Forest fire districts, helps pay for additional training, equipment, and firefighter safety.

Wit's End Brewing (Denver) - "The Mad King" a 8.3% ABV weizenbock, will debut today in the taproom. They are also expanding their taproom hours slightly to include Thursdays 4-8pm starting next week! Also, their Green Man Ale is back on tap again today.

Breckenridge Brewery (Denver) - If you haven't visited Breck's web site lately, go take a look today. Yesterday, they debuted their brand new web site look at: It sports a whole new look with easier navigation. See their news and events up front. Read about their line of craft beers.

Crystal Springs Brewing (Boulder) - Happy Friday the 13th! Watch for their Friday the 13th series this year - each dedicated to one of the three Friday the 13th days this year, each of which occurs 13 weeks apart. First up: Port Barrel Aged Black Saddle Stout. Look for it soon at select stores and restaurants in Boulder.

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - SELL OUT ALERT! Tickets for Avery's 10th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest are almost gone! Those available online have all been purchased, and Saturday March 10 is completely sold out. They do have a handful of Friday tickets available in the Avery Brewing Company Tap Room. Come by for a pint of today's Friday Special Tapping of Mint Chocolate Stout and pick up your Friday Strong Ale Fest tickets as well!

Hops & Pie (Denver) - This month's Littlest Big Beer Fest features 5 beers on tap from Firestone Walker Brewing Company of California. This takes place on Sunday, January 22nd at 2pm at Hops & Pie - 3920 Tennyson Street in Denver. This is your chance to sample a wide variety of brews including: Pale 31, Parabola, Walker's Reserve, Double Jack Double IPA and Velvet Merkin. Call (303) 455-7000 for more info.

Hogshead Brewery (Denver) - one of 8 new breweries coming to Denver in 2012, Hogshead Brewery plans to open it's doors at: 4430 West 29th Avenue in a renovated service station. The brewery will specialize in English-style beers. Look for them to open sometime in March 2012. Their web site will be located at:

Renegade Brewing (Denver) - There's going to be a New Beer release today at Renegade - Descendant Pale Ale! This is a new session beer from Renegade at 6% ABV and 35 IBUs. Come be the first to try it and pair it with some delicious food from Manna from Heaven! Yes, a session beer can weigh in at 6%.

Lone Tree Brewing (Lone Tree) - Planning a party for the Broncos game? LTB has growlers and kegs to-go. And, YES Hopheads, they're now selling growlers of their Hoptree Double IPA. Be sure to get your keg order in today for pick-up Saturday morning! GO BRONCOS!

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