Monday, March 5, 2012

Colorado Beer News 030512

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Multiple Personalities Day. Is it Monday already? Do people sometimes think you're not acting like yourself? There may be a good reason why. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, March 5th, 2012.

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Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) and Hunters Moon Meadery (Severance) - There was a huge international mead competition, The Mazer Cup International, held this last weekend in Boulder Colorado where the best meads from all over the world come together and are judged side by side. It's like the GABF for mead. Northern Colorado had a couple of medal winners. The first was Crabtree Brewing taking a Gold medal in the Braggot category (mead/beer blend) for their beer - Menage a Trois - that has yet to be officially released and will be debuted as their 6th Anniversary product. The second local business to win was Hunters Moon Meadery taking two medals, a Silver for their Sweet Mountain Berry Mead and a Bronze medal for their upcoming Semi-Sweet Coffee Mead. Grats to both businesses on their success!

Hops & Berries (Fort Collins) - A while back, Hops & Berries announced that they would be opening a 2nd store on the eastern outskirts of town. The new store's remodeling is coming along well. The plumbing and HVAC are now done. The framing and sheet-rock are almost done. They hope to open the new store (location TBA) in late March or early April of this year. Stay tuned for more details on this newest homebrew shop. Also - Hop Growers! Are you ready for Spring? Hops & Berries are expecting hop rhizomes in over the next couple of weeks. Check their Facebook page for news on when these arrive.

Pateros Creek Brewing (Fort Collins) - Today they are opening 1 hour early due to the nice weather. They'll be open from 3pm to 8pm with $1 off pints!

Steamworks Brewing (Durango) - Mark your calendars - Saturday, March 17th (St. Patrick's Day) from 2pm to 5pm On the Beach at Purgatory (Durango Mountain Resort), Steamworks will be sponsoring CLAM BACK 2012. Get $4 bowl of clams, $4 Steamworks beers, or combo them both for $7. This is also a fundraiser. Proceeds from the Clam Bake will benefit La Plata Country Search and Rescue.

River North Brewery (Denver) - Denver's newest brewery has a new beer on tap - come try their new Hypothesis, a Belgian-style Double IPA. It weighs in at 9.0% ABV and has a whopping 130 IBUs. Not for the faint of heart (or palate). They hope to bottle this brew in the near future as well and have drawn up a prototype label design for it. Stay tuned!

Funkwerks (Fort Collins) - a quick reminder - Funkwerks will be closed all day Tuesday, March 6th. Don't worry, they'll be back on Wednesday.

Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora) - Join Dry Dock each Friday starting at 3pm for Firkin Friday. One firkin is tapped around 3pm and another later in the evening, usually around 7pm or so. This weeks firkin (March 9th) will be Hop Project: X - an X-perimental Dry Hop Pale Ale. Are you bold enough to try it?

New Belgium - The Lost Abbey - Brett BeerNew Belgium (Fort Collins) - That recent meeting between Tomme Arthur of The Lost Abbey and New Belgium Brewing has resulted in a new upcoming beer. This brew will become part of New Belgium's Lips of Faith Series and will be called: The Lost Abbey & New Belgium Brett Beer. The label was just approved. This brew will weigh in at 7.5% ABV and come in a 22oz bomber bottle. (Image courtesy of New Belgium - click to enlarge).

Denver Restaurant Week (now - March 9th) - Just five days left in Denver Restaurant Week. Stop in to the numerous Denver food businesses this week and take advantage of their special menus just for this occasion. Consider pairing your meal with a Colorado craft beer. Details on their website:

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Tonight is game and beer night at Grimm Brothers. Join them in the taproom and play some friendly games while you sip a brew or two. Have a fun game you like to play? Bring it along! Happy Monday!

Yak & Yeti (Arvada) - Recently, Yak & Yeti recently held a informal competition with the local KROC homebrewing club. Winning submissions got to brew on the Yak & Yeti's pilot system. The first beer's date has been set for the Green Tea Pale release party, March 9th (this Friday) from 4PM til close. The recipe has 1/2lb of green tea leaves in the boil along with 1/4lb of brown rice tea. Then instead of dry-hopping the beer, they dry-tea’d the beer with another 1/4lb of green tea. Any other questions are welcome to any of the brewers during the release. It will be interesting how the beer pairs with their Indian/Nepal-style cuisine. Coming up later are two more beers from the KROC club competition: Friday, March 23rd - Ryan Thomas' "Imperial Common", and on Friday April 13th - Rick Bobbitt's Dark Belgian Strong (oak aged).

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - Congratulations to Ethan St.Germain, the winner of Crazy Mountain's 2nd Annual Homebrew Pro-Am! His Wail Pale Ale beat out 38 other entries. He will be scaling up his recipe and brewing with CMB's brewmaster next week. His finished product will be unveiled on March 30th at a big party with live music by Laughing Bones.

Looking for some music to go along with your beer? Check the daily Brewery Music Listings and see who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar in Colorado.

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