Monday, January 30, 2012

Colorado Beer News 013012

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Curmudgeons Day. It's an annual celebration of the crusty, yet insightful, wags who consistently apply the needle of truth to the balloons of hypocrisy and social norms. Celebrated on the birthday of W.C. Fields, one of America's most beloved curmudgeons. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, January 30th, 2012.

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The Mayor of Old Town (Fort Collins) - I'd like to officially welcome The Mayor of Old Town in Fort Collins, CO as an official sponsor of Fermentedly Challenged. Ever since their opening day in 2011, The Mayor of Old Town has been a popular beer destination in Northern Colorado. With over 100 different beers on tap and with over 35+ different bottle selections, The Mayor of Old Town has become a big drawing spot. Stop in and see why Draft Magazine named them one of the 100 Best Beer Bars in America for 2012. Located at: 632 S. Mason Street in Fort Collins, CO. Guys! Stop in for the men's beer club "Gary Brewsy" tonight at 5:30pm and their Battle of the Beers.

Pateros Creek Brewing (Fort Collins) - Steve Jones, owner and head brewer at Pateros Creek was a guest on the new Colorado Craft Beer Show on AM760 Denver this last weekend (Jan. 28th). Check out the podcast of that broadcast and hear about how Steve is doing at Pateros Creek.

Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora) - During the weekend, The Brew Hut and Dry Dock Brewing held a big homebrew competition. Over 327 entries were submitted and the overall Best of Show winner was Eli Gerson in the Brown Beer category. Eli will get to brew his beer on Dry Dock's 7 barrel system and have his beer featured on tap at Dry Dock. Congrats Eli!

Lone Tree Brewing (Lone Tree) - Need a place to hang out for the upcoming big game this Sunday? Lone Tree Brewing will be hosting a pot luck during the game. Bring in your best dish and share with everyone. Lone Tree will have plenty of beer available for the game. Please post what dish you will be bringing on their Facebook page so they know who is bringing what.

Odell Brewing (Fort Collins) - Odell will be closed all day today (Jan. 30th) for their yearly co-worker meeting. They will be back for normal operations tomorrow, (Jan. 31st) for all you thirsty fans.

High Hops (Windsor) - Attention home hop growers! Since it's been a dry winter and we've had lots of relatively warms days this month, High Hops reminds you that you should be watering your hop plants during the winter and covering them with a little mulch if you have not already done so.

Eddyline Brewing (Buena Vista) - Today, Eddlyline will be tapping their much anticipated Mountain Fairy Raspberry Wheat. It's on tap in both Eddyline locations in Buena Vista.

Phantom Canyon Brewing (Colo. Springs) - A new brew was tapped yesterday - their Jebus Braggot - a cross between beer and mead (honey wine). It's being served in a wine glass and weighs in at 9.5% ABV - oh my! Get some while it lasts. Also new on tap is their Moltke the Younger Belgian Style Tripel Ale (9.6% ABV), and the SeƱor Biggles English-style Extra Spcial Bitter (6.4% ABV).

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Tickets are now available for Pressing for a CURE at FCB. Just stop by 1020 East Lincoln Avenue or call 970-682-2260. Remember for only $50 you get a 4 course beer paired meal created by the head chef at Gravity 1020 and a great show. Or for $20 you get a great show and 2 free beers. Grab some tickets while they last! If you miss the dinner or pre-sale tickets don't worry you may miss a great deal but you can still pay at the door the night of the show - February 25th. Dinner starts at 6pm - show starts at 8pm.

Winter Beer Fest (Denver) - did you attend the Winter Beer Fest in Denver last Friday night? What did you think of this year's event and beer selection? Beer fests during the winter are few and far between, but there are still a LOT of beer related events planned for February already. Check them out here.

Voss Farms Colorado (Hop Farm) - Front range hop farm, Voss Farms, dropped off the last of their 2011 hops (6 pounds of Nugget) to CB & Potts in Fort Collins yesterday. Those hops will be used in an upcoming collaboration brew that several Fort Collins brewers will make together as a prelude to the upcoming Craft Beer Week 2012. Voss Farms grows 5 main varieties of hops in their 1 acre hopyard in Arvada, Colorado - Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Nugget and Willamette.

Trinity Brewing (Colo. Springs) - Tonight at 5pm at Trinity, they will be hosting a Barley Wine night featuring several barleywines from around the state and other states. Beers include: Left Hand Widdershins, Avery Hog Heaven, Boulevard Harvest Dance, Bristol Old #23 AND Great Divide Old Ruffian! Stop by and indulge in some big beers.

Colorado Mountain Brewery (Colo. Springs) - Besides having a nice selection of in-house craft beers, Colorado Mountain Brewery is releasing their brand new food menu today with new classics like Pepita Crusted Salmon Salad, Seared Ahi Tuna, Wild Mushroom Ravioli and the Mount Massive Burger. Stop in for a brew with your lunch or dinner.

Vine Street Pub & Brewery (Denver) - This past weekend, the Mountain Sun chain of pubs held a special preview of their upcoming monthly Stout Month inside the new brewery room at the Vine Street Pub. While the brewery may still not be officially open (pending paperwork), they will wanted to show off their spanking clean and new brewhouse to the public and feature some awesome stouts that all 3 locations will featuring during the month-long stout month in February. Vine Street Pub & Brewery, once open, will become the flagship brewery for Mountain Sun and the Southern Sun. Read the review of their Stout Month Preview in the Westword article.

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Vail Valley) - It's Batter meets Beer! No, it's not baseball they're talking about - it's cupcakes! There will be a special cupcake and beer pairing this Friday, February 3rd at 5:30pm at the brewery. $10 tickets are available in advance at the brewery.

Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) - The canning of their Eclipse Black IPA is going well and on February 8th Crabtree Brewing Company will be canning their 2nd beer. Look for Crabtree Oatmeal Stout in 16oz tallboy cans on shelves sometime soon after the 8th. Also, if you're in Greeley today you may have noticed a crane hoisting a new large tank into the brewery. Crabtree is starting an expansion of their own. This tank will be used as a grain silo.

Elevation Beer Company (Pancha Springs) - Colorado will soon have another new brewery opening. Today, Elevation Beer Company sent out their first ever press release announcing their opening soon and the release of their new barrel-aged craft beers and their upcoming brewery opening just outside of Salida. Read all about them in their official press release from today.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - The Tasty Weasel Taproom is planning to celebrate their 3rd birthday at the Oskar Blues brewery in Longmont. And they're throwing a party on February 24th just for the occasion. They'll be hosting a Silent Disco, hand canning of your own beer and the OB BoneWagon will be outside to satisfy your munchies. More details to come.

Ska Brewing (Durango) - Need to learn how to stretch a bit? How about some Yoga and a beer? For $10 you'll get 1 hour of yoga training and 1 pint of Ska beer when you're done. Now that's learning how to relax! Yoga at the brewery every Monday at 5:30pm.

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

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