Friday, January 27, 2012

Colorado Beer News 012712

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Thomas Crapper Day. Don't ask me why - it just is. One of the original folk who no doubt prayed to the porcelain god from time to time and made a few improvements to it as well. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, January 27th, 2012.

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City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - As reported yesterday, there's a new brewery in the works coming to downtown Berthoud Colorado by the name of City Star Brewing. They are hard at work getting ready to open sometime in the Spring. In addition to 5 regular American ale taps, you can expect to see 5 rotating specialty taps including (but not limited to): a green chile ale, a raspberry brown, a chai stout and some big hoppy IPAs. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for a FAQ post about their brewery. They will be located at: 321 Mountain Avenue in Berthoud.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) wanted the ability to store more beer on site without having to keg everything, so they've just ordered a new 10 barrel fermenter and 3 10-barrel serving tanks (all stainless). Cheers for more beer! It's always good to hear about businesses expanding.

Snowdown (Durango) - Once upon a time, in a land not so far away in a beautiful village called Durango, there were princesses and woodsmen, wolves and fairies, some pigs and even a few billy goats gruff. And in the winter they all came down with a serious case of cabin fever! Yikes! The cure? SNOWDOWN! The original cabin fever reliever! February 1-5, 2012. Plenty of beer related activities are available in town sponsored by the 4 local Durango breweries. Past events included a Waiter/Waitress Race (for beer), a Beer'd Growing Contest, Beer Pong Tournament, Polar Beer Plunge, a beer Burping contest, pole dancing contest, plus a big chili cook-off with lots of beer! There should be lots of these events going on next week.

New Planet Beer Company (Boulder) - The popularity of Colorado gluten-free beer is spreading. Now New Planet distributes it's beer to 29 states. They just opened up into Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Washington DC, South Dakota and Pennsylvania. It's not just for people with gluten intolerance. Try one!

Odell Brewing (Fort Collins) is kicking off the weekend this afternoon with a Beer & Cheese pairing at Bullfrog Wine & Spirits from 4:00pm to 6:30pm. Then swing by Cranknstein in downtown FoCo for a special Red Ale firkin with ginger tapping at 7pm! Don't let a little snow slow ya down.

Winter Beer Fest (Denver) - Tonight's the big night for the Winter Beer Fest at Mile High Station in Denver. Are you going? There's going to be a lot of Colorado breweries represented. If you didn't get a ticket you're probably out of luck as they have a 1-out/1-in policy for adding additional people at this point. They are SOLD OUT. Looking forward to hearing what people thought are the best brews at the festival. Have fun Denver and be safe!

More Upcoming Breweries - The discussion on Fermentedly Challenge's Facebook page yielded yet more upcoming breweries that were previously unknown to this author. Fort Collins will be getting yet another brewery soon in the form of Hoppy Dog Brewing. Brewmasters John Kure and Daniel McCue have a website and a Facebook page, but no information as of yet. Also, Berthoud will be getting not 1, but 2 new breweries. City Star (as reported yesterday) and 1 more. Look for word on Seasons Brewing Company coming soon.

Rockyard Brewing (Castle Rock) - Distribution of Rockyard brews are expanding out to more locations. You can now find their beer at Cheers Liquor Mart in Colorado Springs including their popular Bourbon Barrel Stout.

Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) - Their popular Twisted Creek Wheat is finally back on tap along with several other brews. Hungry? Padre Polo's Holy Smoke Barbecue will be on hand tonight outside the brewery and Ben Pu will be providing some live music. Stop on over to the east side of the tracks to Crabtree. Location: 625 3rd Street in Greeley.

Mountain Madness Brewing (Durango) - Thanks to a tip from a reader (Roger), who stated that an existing restaurant/pub in Durango, Mountain Madness Brewing Company, is planning to begin brewing their own beers by this fall. Mountain Madness would become Durango's fifth brewing operation in the small college/ski town. Ya think that town loves it's beer! Darn right!

Falling Rock Tap House (Denver) - February is DAIN BRAMAGE Month at Falling Rock (aka Barleywine Month). Starting the 1st FRTH will begin tapping into some of the current crop (a couple to begin with, then more on Friday the 3rd). Then on Thursday Feb. 9th they will start tapping the vintage Kegs (13 this year!). Come on down, public transportation or designated drivers are heartily encouraged. Tickets are on sale behind the bar for the 15th Annual Barleywine Dinner. Chef Cheryl is working on the menu. The main dish is a Jerked Pork Tenderloin entree that totally rocks the barleywine. Tickets are $55 per person (tax & Gratuity included) until Sunday Feb. 5th, $65 After (if still available).

Check out what's happening on the 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals and Events Calendar.

Live Music at the Breweries - There are 16 listed bookings of live music tonight at your favorite Colorado breweries and beer bars around the state. Something for just about everyone. Check out the Colorado Brewery Music Listings page for details.

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