Thursday, March 15, 2012

Colorado Beer News 031512

Colorado Beer NewsToday is the Ides of March. It's not one of Julius Caesar's favorites days anyway. It is a day to "beware" and think twice about turning your back to your friends and enemies. Just to be safe, you'd better buy everyone a round of beer today. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, March 15th, 2012.

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Pateros Creek Brewing (Fort Collins) - Spring weather is here, our Rams are in the tourney today, and St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner. Their Outlaw Contest is on Spring Break this week but they decided to make a beer that pays tribute to the wonderful goings on. Stalwart ale is their Stimulator pale ale infused with Szechuan Peppercorns and Grains of Paradise, it's got a fantastic spring flavor. Also it's green. Stop in today starting at noon for a taste.

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Friday is the official day that High Hops will break ground on their 4800 square foot brewery behind the Windsor Gardener and homebrew shop. Their cellar tans are completed and are ready for delivery. They have been working on this for over two years. Still a lot to do before a grand opening this summer. Stay tuned!

Funkwerks Brett DreamFunkwerks (Fort Collins) - Funk lovers! If you love your brett beer as much as we do, then you'll eagerly anticipate today's release of Funkwerk's latest beer "Brett Dream". For those who can't wait, here's a sneak peek at the bottles. Available now at the brewery and soon on shelves. (Image courtesy Funkwerks)

Echo Brewing Company (Frederick) - This new upcoming brewery is nearly ready to open. The Echo crew have been busy, they ran their glycol lines, installed the new brewhouse and brew up their first beers (an ESB and a Kölsch). They are now prepping to brew up their IPA and Brown ale this weekend. Look for them to open sometime around Saturday, April 7th. Their brewery is located at: 5969 Iris Parkway in Frederick, CO.

Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) - This Saturday, wear your green and kick your St. Patrick's Day off right with a green beer at the brewery this Saturday!! Get $1 off that pint by showing us your best Irish Jig for 30 seconds! Videos of your jig will be put on our YouTube page where our fans will vote for the best one!! The winner will receive an amazing prize to be announced later! Stop in between 12pm the 4pm to enter the contest.

Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) - According to their Facebook page, Great Storm stated: "I realize our announced opening's next Saturday, but we have a few beers on tap now. If you want to come in for a low key beer before opening, we'll be pleased to pour you one. W-Th: 11-9, F-Sa: 11-10. Check greatstormbrewing.com for what's available."

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - Left Hand’s Smokejumper is back! Last released in ‘09, their Smoked Imperial Porter took 2009 GABF Gold for the smoked beer category. As we speak, the beer is making its way to shelves across the U.S.! Smokejumpers are those fearless wildland firefighters who specialize in parachuting into the wilderness so that we can continue to enjoy it. Smokejumper Imperial Porter is a tribute to them - a twenty-one degree plato porter made with barley malt hand- smoked by their brewers. Roasty brown in color, the long lingering smokiness wraps around flavors of molasses, toasted malt and an earthy hoppiness. Here’s to smoke in your glass, not in the woods. Below is a new video about the brew. If you can't view it below, you can check it on YouTube.


Black Shirt Brewing (Denver) - On Tuesday, the upcoming brewery received their State Liquor License (manufacturing license). Look out Colorado - this brewery is coming to you soon!

Taps Sports Bar (Fort Collins) - Taps' famous Beer Bracket is kicking off today. The match-ups are: Modus Hoperandi vs. Avery IPA, Breck's Vanilla Porter vs. New Belgium's 1554, Tank 7 vs. Grimm Bro's Snow Drop, and OB's Mamas Little Yella Pils vs. Sunshine Wheat. All these beers are $1 off today. Pick 'em!

Upslope Brewing (Boulder) - Join Upslope this Saturday, March 17th as they dress in green and drink dark beer! In true Irish fashion, they will be tapping a keg of their Foreign Style Stout which was aged in Whiskey barrels for four months! They use Irish ale yeast to ferment our stout and thought that some good Whiskey and oak notes would pair lovely with this roasty brew (and it does!). The non-barrel aged version of this beer was their first Limited Release canned beer; they are almost out so grab some while you can.

AC Golden Brewing (Golden) is providing beer drinkers with another chance to grow hops for inclusion in its Colorado Native Lager. Those who sign up will receive two Chinook rhizomes from AC Golden, along with planting, growing and harvesting information. Any harvested hops can be dropped off at Colorado Native Hop Drop parties around the state in the fall. The Chinooks will then be added to a Colorado Native brew. In 2011, more than 500 consumers volunteered to grow hops for Colorado Native with over 125 achieving harvests. More than 60 pounds of volunteer hops were harvested and included in a brew. To sign up, just 'Like' Colorado Native Lager on Facebook (Colorado Native Lager). Then click on the Hop Growers Submission Tab posted on the left and fill it out. On April 10, Chinook hop rhizomes will be mailed out to volunteers, along with planting and growing instructions. Since Colorado Native uses only Colorado ingredients, only hops grown in Colorado can be added to the brew.

American Craft Beer Radio (102.3FM ESPN Denver) - Ok Beer Lovers, the stage is set for this Saturday when ACBR will be live from Blake Street Tavern at 23rd and Blake right after the St. Paddy's Day Parade. They will go on at noon and their guests will include Ashleigh Carter from Dry Dock Brewing Company, Tina Pachorek from The Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe, Kim Jordan from New Belgium Brewing, and even a conversation with the Beer Chicks, from Santa Monica, CA. (If you haven't seen their special "Eat This, Drink That" on the cooking channel yet, the remaining dates and times are listed below on a post we put up last Sunday) It all starts at noon this Saturday from The Blake Street Tavern on 102.3 ESPN. www.denverssportsstation.com

Focus on the Beer (Blog) - your Pikes Peak Region beer source, is asking you to spend a weekend drinking together. They've planned two back to back events that will prove to be killer. On Friday, March 30th they are hosting a Meet the Brewer event at Another Pint with Doug Odell, Odell Brewing. On Saturday, March 31st they are hosting Battle of the Brewers at Brewer's Republic. Come drink with us!

Star Bar (Denver) - Get your Irish on early on March 17th for Star Bar's St. Patrick's Day party. Join the crew of Denver Off The Wagon for pre-parade festivities starting at 8am. Show up early for your chance to ride on their float. There'll be food from Fat Daddy's BBQ outside at 11am. Live music from Kentucky Street Parlor Pickers at 2pm and from Midlife Crisis at 6pm. Come taste a special collaboration brew made just for Star Bar and Rackhouse Pub from Odell Brewing called: Seamroy Irish Red. Location: 2137 Larimer Street.

Charlie Papazian (Brewers Association) - Visit Denver hosted the 13th Annual Tourism Hall of Fame awards last night and they inducted Charlie Papazian into their ranks of the honored. As the founder of the Brewers Association, Papazian started the Great American Beer Festival, which fills Denver every Fall with thousands of beers and tens of thousands of beer fans. In his greeting to the group, "my peeps," Governor John Hickenlooper, who founded a brewpub back when he was a laid-off geologist, compared Papazian to Moses, leading us out of the desert...and into an oasis of good beer.

Great Divide Brewing (Denver) - They’re Baaaaack! It’s that time again, when warming temperatures and longer days beckon us to cast off the shroud of winter and get outside. It also means that three of Great Divide's most-coveted seasonals return: Colette, Chocolate Oak Aged and 18th Anniversary. All three seasonals will return April 1st and each offer something delightful and different. Colette, a farmhouse ale, is a GABF silver medal winner and crowd favorite. It’s light, dry notes pair perfectly with the setting sun. Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti is one iteration of their Yeti Imperial Stout. It’s brewed with cocoa nibs and cayenne pepper to give it a little extra something. Lastly, their 18th Anniversary Ale is a perennial celebration of doing business. This wood-aged Double IPA is a real palate pleaser.

Falling Rock Tap House (Denver) will be opening at 9am on Saturday, March 17th for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The patio will be open, and the cash only beer booth out front will have $6 pints of Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks, Murphy’s Irish Red and Murphy’s Stout. There will also be $6 shots of Strannahan’s Colorado Whiskey at the cash only booth. Don’t worry, there is an ATM inside the bar if you need it. Also they will have their St. Pat’s lunch special of corned buffalo and cabbage available around 10 or so, as soon as it’s tender. This is a FRTH tradition you don’t want to miss. Please, do not ask for green beer. They like their beers to taste like beer, not food coloring.

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