Thursday, January 26, 2012

Colorado Beer News 012612

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Spouse's Day. Spend a little more time with your spouse or better half today. Take them out for a beer and a meal to celebrate. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, January 26th, 2012.

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Pateros Creek Brewing (Fort Collins) - It's Outlaw Tap Thursday. Today's outlaw is a big 75 IBU Car 21. The added bitterness makes this brew a bit closer to its big brother, the ESB. Should they call it CarHop?

Ska Brewing Company (Durango) - Tomorrow, Friday January 27th, come to the big release party for Ska's latest creation: Ska Work Orange Cream Stout (an oak aged brew) and find out the details on the upcoming Durango Independent Film Festival coming up Feb. 29 - Mar. 4th. There will be live music tonight by Sean Costanza and plenty of great beer available. Starts at 5:00pm.

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - If you're headed up to the mountains on Friday, stop by Crazy Mountain in Edwards for their 2nd Anniversary Party at 6:00pm to 9:30pm. They'll be pouring $2.00 beers and playing live bluegrass music from The Laughing Bones. Come help them celebrate their first 2 years of brewing beer. With their pending expansion, 2012 is going to be an even bigger year.

Vine Street Pub & Brewery (Denver) - February is Stout Month at all three Mountain Sun locations and on Saturday, January 28th starting at 3:00pm, you can get a preview of stout month early. Tickets are selling fast ($50 each) for this big preview bash. There will be over a dozen different stouts to try out. Then come February, get ready for an endless list of dark brews being offered up on tap all month long!

Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) - Just a reminder, this Saturday, January 28th at 5:00pm to 8:00pm will be Crabtree's 2nd Annual Crock Pot Cook-Off at the brewery in Greeley. Everyone is encouraged to bring their best crock-pot disk (still in the pot) and accompanying serving utensils for this event. The brewery will provide the plates, plastic-ware and napkins and a Judge. There will also be plenty of beer on hand to pair with your dishes. Come for the fun and the great food (and beer)!

Mario's Pizza & Pasta (Gunnison) - Oskar Blues and Mario's are hosting an Oskar Blues Beer Dinner in Gunnison on Sunday, January 29th fro 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Chef Lefebvre will be cooking up a mouth-watering 4 course meal using all Oskar Blues brews, then they will pair their tasty creations with some bold Oskar Blues beers. Stop by the restaurant at 213 West Tomichi Avenue. The cost is $35 per person or $120 for a table for 4. Get tickets early (970) 641-1374.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - Also this Sunday, there will be a special Breakfast Stout Brunch being hosted at Copper Kettle Brewing Company at two different times: one at 10am and the other at 12 noon. Yes, beer for breakfast. They'll be serving a great breakfast and featuring their new High Country Breakfast Stout - an imperial stout made with coffee, dark chocolate, and Kentucky Aged Bourbon. Cost is $30 per person while tickets last. Located at: 1338 S. Valentia Street in Denver.

Equinox Brewing (Fort Collins) is planning to tap two O'rion Red Ale firkins today at noon. The first is dry hopped with Tettnanger and the other is dry hopped with Horizon. Can you taste the difference? Come find out.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - The next meeting of the Can Can Girls Women's Beer Club will be held at the Tasty Weasel tap room in Longmont on February 16th at 6pm. This ladies-only meeting will feature four samples of special winter brews including Ten Fidy, Vanilla Cafe au Chub and one non-Oskar Blues beer from another local brewery. Cost for tickets is $10. Located at: 1800 Pike Road, Unit B in Longmont.

Arvada Beer Company (Arvada) - Today at 4:00pm is their next tapping of the "Brewers Limited Release" - a mystery beer until it is tapped. What will it be tonight? Hint: it's not based on Poolhall Porter. A new mystery brew every Thursday.

Avery Brewing Company (Boulder) - There's been a change in plans for tomorrow's Avery tap room tapping. Instead of opening some Chai Brown Ale (postponed til later), they will instead be tapping their newest batch of Eremita III - their 3rd rendition of their Tap Room exclusive sour ale. This brew was blended from 12 Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. Eremita III is "a sour ale without the training wheels".

Bonfire Brewing (Eagle) - The TTB recently approved a new label for a beer that Bonfire Brewing will soon be bottling. Look for their Awry Rye Pale Ale heading to bomber bottles in the very near future. This will be a limited distribution. This beer is already available on tap at the brewery and at select restaurants.

New Brewery Rumors - I've been poking around the various beer sites and found some interesting tidbits on possible new breweries coming to Colorado. Jagged Mountain Brewery coming to Denver. Steamboiler Brewing coming to Windsor, City Star Brewing in Berthoud and Wiley Brewing Company coming to Greeley. Does anyone know anything about these breweries in the works? I've found a couple web sites and Facebook but no definitive info on targeted opening dates. Chime in if you know anything about them.

Strange Brewing Company (Denver) - Expansion plans are in order for Strange Brewing as they just ordered a new 10 barrel fermenter and 10 barrel serving tank from Premier Stainless. Look for more beer in their future!

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