Friday, February 3, 2012

Colorado Beer News 020312

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Give Kids A Smile Day. And for many kids here in Colorado today they're smiling already - many schools are closed due to bad weather. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, February 3rd, 2012.

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Kettles Homebrew Supply (Fruita) - There's a brand new homebrew shop that opened yesterday in Fruita - Kettles Homebrew Supply. They are located at 233 E. Aspen Avenue (downtown). The owners are Daniel and Michele Collins. Please give them a warm welcome. Visit them on Facebook or on their website Better yet, visit their shop directly when you're in Fruita! View all the listings for Colorado Homebrew Supply Stores.

Pateros Creek Brewing (Fort Collins) - For some, the 64oz growler is a handy way to take fresh tapped beer home. For others, that's more than they need. For that reason, Pateros Creek has now stocked new 32oz mini-growlers. Just enough for two pints. Stop in to pick one up, starting at $12 new with a fill and $5 refilled. Check out their Facebook pic for a view. Full growlers are also available for those who like to share (or horde for a long snowy weekend).

Yak & Yeti (Arvada) - Remember their gluten-free Apple Ale back in November? For those who are gluten-sensitive, gluten-intolerant or have been formally diagnosed with Celiac’s Disease they will be happy to know another batch of Yak & Yeti's gluten-free (GF) beer is back on tap. The recipe is deliciously simple: sorghum, apple cider and a hop pellet (but just one). The beer tastes more of a sweet hard cider than a beer, but that is what they were going for …cider! Now on tap.

Pumphouse Brewery (Longmont) - Heard from the brewer... "Not sure if you've heard yet, but that sneaky Hooligan Double IPA has resurfaced! Shhh! Don't tell anyone! This is our brewers' (and many other staff members') favorite so let's just keep this between friends, shall we?" - well, the cat's out of the bag now. Drink up!

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - The Tasty Weasel Taproom is going to host their Three Year Anniversary celebration on Friday, February 24th and it all starts around 4pm and runs til 10pm. There will be plenty of awesome Oskar Blues brews flowing, plus a Brewskee Ball Tournament too. Patrons will be able to CAN their own 16oz stovepipe cans of specialty brews and participate in their famous Silent Disco. Brewery tours and food from the OB Bonewagon will also be available that day. Come help them celebrate getting out of their terrible two's and into the thrilling three's!

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - Direct from the Avery Monthly Mash newsletter - "February brings us love in so many ways... Not only will doe-eyed couples bat lashes at each other over Valentine's Day dinners, but our fair brewery will spread its arms (pints in each hand) for that drinking hug you've come to know. We celebrate the unity of craft beer with our annual release of Collaboration Not Litigation Ale. As closet oenophiles, we pay homage to the glorious grape with our release of Muscat d'Amour and R├ęcolte Sauvage, marking our first DUAL Barrel-Aged Series release. And we gather at the Tap Room for the sincerest 'I love you, man!' around."

What's happening in Colorado this weekend (besides the snow storm?):
- SnowDash - Echo Mountain - Extreme 5K - Feb. 4th, 8am-12pm
- Batter Meets Beer Cupcake Pairing - Crazy Mt. Brewing - Edwards - Feb. 3rd. 5:30pm
- Artisan Ale Release Party - Twisted Pine - Boulder - Feb. 4th 12pm - 9pm
- Big Game Party - Choice City Butcher & Deli - Ft. Collins - Feb. 5th 4pm
- Super Firkin Saturday - Lucky Pie - Louisville - Feb. 4th 2pm - 5pm
- Breakfast Stout Party - Copper Kettle Brewing CO - Denver - Feb. 4th 12pm-9pm

Check the February Beer Event Calendar for details.

Beer Lovers of Fort Collins (Meetup Group) - If you enjoy craft beer and sharing a brew with fellow enthusiasts, consider coming to one of the upcoming Meetup events in Fort Collins. They will be meeting at the following locations in February:
- Old Chicago - 147 S. College Ave - Saturday, Feb. 4th at 5:00pm.
- The Mayor of Old Town - 632 S. Mason St. - Saturday, February 11th at 6:00pm.

Frozen Dead Guy Days (Nederland) - Mark your calendars! This year's Frozen Dead Guy Days has been set for Friday, March 2nd through Sunday, March 4th. Don't miss out on all the winter fun. Details at:

Beer on the Radio - This weekend starts the Battle of the Craft Beer Radio Shows. There will be two craft beer shows airing at the same time on two different radio stations. Join the Gubna and Turk on the Colorado Craft Beer Show on AM 760 Denver OR you can listen in to Gary V's American Craft Beer Radio on FM 102.3 ESPN. Both shows air at Noon. If you want to listen to both, no worries - you can always catch their recorded podcasts online later in the week.

Shamrock Brewing (Pueblo) - In Pueblo for the Big Game? Stop in at Shamrock Brewing Company at 108 West 3rd Street. They're sponsoring a big Sunday Brunch from 10am to 2pm. Then a tailgate party starts at 3pm with free appetizers. Plus $2 pint of the day goes from 10am to 4pm. Get a $12 "Pitcher and Appetizer" special during the game. If you wear either a Patriots or Giants jersey at kick-off you'll get a FREE HOUSE BEER!

San Luis Valley Brewing (Alamosa) - The brewery is celebrating the arrival of a new baby to the family and in honor of that big event they are releasing a special beer today - Caden's Rather Large Ale. It's a 6.9% ABV light red colored ale with a slight hop dominance and a crisp finish. It's available on tap for $2.50 all day and in bottles for take home. This brew was made along with their friends at Amica's in Salida. Also, during the Big Game this Sunday, stop in for 1/2 off appetizers and $2 pints of Hefe Suave from pre-game to the end of the game.

Eddyline Brewing (Buena Vista) - in honor of their 2000th Like on Facebook, Eddyline is offering up $2 Pints of beer for the next 24 hours starting at 11:00am today. Stop by on your way back from Monarch Mountain and get a pint.

Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora) - There will be an In-Store tasting tonight from 4pm to 7pm tonight at Hampden Crossing Liquors at the NW corner of Hampden & Tower in Aurora. Buy any 2 Dry Dock bomber bottles and get a free pint glass and free beer token. Come and taste their new Tripel!

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - Not afraid of the snow? Prove it! Come out to Dad & Dude's today and just for braving the weather they will give you your first beer for just $1! Isn't that worth the drive? Located at: 6730 S. Cornerstar Way, Suite D in Aurora, CO.

Strange Brewing Company (Denver) - Drink with the Girls Scouts tonight at Strange Brew after 6pm. Er, that is, they will be selling their Girl Scout cookies there. But you can pair your Cherry Kriek or Paint It Black Stout with some Thin Mints if you like! $1 off pints with every box you purchase! Those girls will go anywhere to make a sale these days!

Breckenridge Brewery (Denver) - they done it again. Twice! Breckenridge has put out two new spoof TV ads poking fun at Dos XX and Corona in their latest Truth in Beervertising series of ads. Check them out below or on YouTube.

The Least Interesting Man in the World

Watch on YouTube instead.

Find Your Couch

Watch on YouTube instead.

Funkwerks (Fort Collins) - Funkwerks' Valentine’s Day Hibiscus Saison, Roselle, is being bottled today! They had the opportunity to pour a glass out of the brite tank, and they claim it’s beautiful! Roselle is due to be released early next week and they’ll be running a special once it’s released: two of their glasses, designed specifically for Roselle with heart-etched nucleation points, and a 750ml bottle for $20.

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - This Valentine’s day, bring your honey down to the Tasting Room for a special line-up of Left Hand beers paired with local artisanal chocolates. $6 will get you three samples of beer carefully paired with 3 hand-made chocolates, while supplies last.

Equinox Brewing (Fort Collins) - and you thought 64-oz growlers were huge. Now Equinox Brewing is offering up 80oz. Nalgene growlers! These are unbreakable, BPA-free plastic. They work great for outdoor activities where glass isn't allowed. It's like getting an extra pint in every fill.

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

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