Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Colorado Beer News 012412

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Canned Craft Beer Day (#cannedcraftbeerday). While most beer drinkers will claim that everyday is worthy of being a craft beer day, just be sure to reach for a can today instead of a bottle for your 1st brew. Weighs less and still tastes awesome! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, January 24th, 2012.

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Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) - Speaking of cans, Twisted Pine is planning to bring it's Hoppy Boy (American IPA) to 16oz tallboy cans in April 2012. We can look forward to packing in some tall ones on trails and campsites this year.

Winter Brew Fest (Denver) - If you haven't gotten tickets yet for this week's Winter Brew Fest on Friday then you are officially out of luck to get in at the open. The last 100 tickets sold out yesterday. In order to get in, now you'll have to wait outside the event in a waiting line. $35 at the door (cash only). As 1 person leaves then 1 person can get in.

Great Divide Brewing (Denver) - Tonight at 6:30pm at The Avenue Grill there will be a Great Divide Beer Dinner. Cost is $35 plus tax & tip. 6 brews spread across 4 courses. Taste Nomad Pilsner, Wild Raspberry Ale, Claymore Scotch Ale, Hercules Double IPA, Old Ruffian Barley Wine, and Barrel-aged Yeti. Call Avenue Grill for reservations (303) 861-2820.

Star Bar (Denver) - In honor of Canned Craft Beer Day, they'll be celebrating with most of their "Nice Cans" on special for ONLY $3 all night. The Gubna himself is coming down from Oskar Blues - The first craft brewery to can their beers, to help Star Bar celebrate this big day. They'll also be tapping a very special keg - Oskar Blues G'Knight aged in a Leopold Brothers Apple Whiskey Barrel.

Carver Brewing Company (Durango) - In classic Snowdown behavior, Carver Brewing couldn't restrain themselves and have tapped their 2012 Snowdown Durango brew early: Fairy Tale Pale Ale - a delicious IPA approved by ogres, pixies and white rabbits everywhere.

Odell Brewing (Fort Collins) - This Thursday, January 26th from 7pm to 9pm at Stoney's Bar and Grill in Denver - Odell Brewing will be sponsoring a Cornhole Challenge. Enter to WIN a custom Odell snowboard from OZ Snowboards of Colorado. Stoney's is located at: 1111 Lincoln Street in Denver. Be there for some fun and Odell beer specials!

Great Divide Brewing (Denver) - More news! GDBC dropped a hint on their Facebook page today that they are anticipating the arrival and installation of new tanks at the brewery this week. More expansion is happening! Look for additional word on the size and scope of these new vessels later in the week. Get your hard hats on!

Parry's Pizzeria & Bar (Highlands Ranch) - New Beer Bar Alert! This weekend marks the opening of a new beer bar - Parry's Pizzeria & Bar - a NY-style pizzeria. This is their 3rd location. The new one is located at 9567 S. University Boulevard in Highlands Ranch. They will have a state of the art draft system with 50 different tap handles with beers from Colorado and around the nation. They are doing an opening party this Thursday night and then open to the public this weekend.

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - There are a lot of events coming up at The Fort Collins Brewery and Gravity Ten Twenty restaurant. Tonight is a Beer Pairing Dinner - Winter Wonderland (see Beer Fest Calendar). Then for Valentine's Day (Feb. 14th) there will be a Prix Fixe dinner for two at Gravity Ten Twenty. On February 21st there will be another select Beer Pairing Dinner at Gravity Ten Twenty. On February 25th there will be a benefit dinner/concert Pressing for a Cure with several live bands starting at 6pm. Help find a Cure for Cystic Fibrosis.

Choice City Butcher & Deli (Fort Collins) - Attention Pliny the Elder fans! One of Russian River's most popular beers will be tapping this Wednesday, January 25th at Choice City Butcher & Deli in FoCo at 5pm. This type of keg never lasts long due to its popularity. Grab a pint while it lasts. Located at: 104 W. Olive - Fort Collins.

Aspen Brewing Company (Aspen) - Tonight kicks off their first ever Tappin’ Tuesday and they’ll be tapping into Coffee Porter! Now that they have the brewery up and running and their main beers back on tap, Aspen Brewing has started experimenting with some new flavors and styles of beer. Mark you calendars, every Tuesday night they will tap a keg of something new and different. Coming up in the next few weeks they’ll have a Belgian Blonde, Imperial Stout, Vanilla Porter, Oak Aged Red, Double Hopped IPA, and more.

Denver Beer Company (Denver) today welcomed the arrival of two additional 7 barrel fermenters to add to the brewery’s existing four fermenters. This delivery marks the first expansion for the local craft brewery which opened in August, 2011. With now six 7 barrel fermenters, Denver Beer Co. has the capacity to produce up to 1750 barrels of craft beer per year. Though the brewery still plans for the majority of its beer sales to occur on premises, expanded brewing capacity will allow Denver Beer Co. to distribute to a limited number of draft accounts at local bars and restaurants. The brewery recently purchased 100 kegs and plans to acquire a delivery van to handle distribution efforts. With brewery patrons on-track to consume over 1000 barrels in 2012, the increased brewing capacity will also allow Denver Beer Co. to support individual keg sales.

New Belgium (Fort Collins) - Brewbound.com stated today that New Belgium's decision on where to build a new East coast brewery will be pushed back to sometime between February and "late Spring". Asheville and Philadelphia are still on top of their list.


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