Friday, March 23, 2012

Colorado Beer News 032312

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Day of Unplugging. Starting tonight at sundown across the nation, everyone is asked to try to set aside all aspects of technology, including your cell phone and just unplug. Challenge yourself not to use your electronic devices until the following sundown on Saturday and simply reconnect with people face to face. (LOL OMG WTF is that even possible?) Yes, it can be. Go visit your favorite brewery or watering hole and have a beer with a friend. #UNPLUG Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, March 23rd, 2012. TGIF!

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Best Brewery You Never Heard Of - Colorado - I have a mission for you! Fermentedly Challenged has been recruited by the 2012 Beer Drinker of the Year J. Wilson to come up with a story about "The Best Brewery You Never Heard Of" in an upcoming series of nationally contributed articles to be featured on his blog Brewvana.net in April. What I need from you is a nomination for a CO brewery in your neck of the woods that you feel is outstanding yet perhaps is not well known to the rest of the nation. Please add your nomination on our Facebook page. Winner will get a write-up by Fermentedly Challenged. Please click on the Facebook question link first and then also on the More link below on the next screen to see all of the current nominations. Deadline for nominations is March 30th by 11:59pm Mountain time. Also please add a comment as to why you feel this brewery is worthy of your nomination. Over 235 votes cast already!

Crystal Springs Brewing (Boulder) - This small Boulder-based brewery is currently coming back up to speed and has some new brews coming out in the near future. They're brewing a classic 1980s American wheat beer that should be available in a week or two. This will be available in kegs and later in 12oz bottles. Also in the works is a lambic style ale that will take a year to finish, expect to see that by Spring 2013. There's also a full brett beer being worked on that is tart and similar to a Berliner Weisse. Their Tic Wit and Butch Extra (Special) Pale Ale is also being readied. Plus, in the late fall look for their barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout to debut. In May, they expect to release Summertime Ale in 16oz cans with the help of Mobile Canning of Longmont.

Odell Brewing (Fort Collins) - Word on their Facebook page stated that Odell's Double Pilsner will soon be coming back to taps and store shelves. Look for this brew to return in the coming weeks.

Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora) - Today's the day when Ruby Street Brewing (brewing systems) is going to be outside in front of Dry Dock Brewing starting at 2:00pm. Duane Taylor from the Brew Hut will be available to answer questions and teach customers how to homebrew. Come by, have a beer, and and watch the Ruby Street Brewing system in action!

Colorado Brewer's Festival (Fort Collins) - Mark your calendars now. This year's 23rd Annual Colorado Brewer's Festival will be held on June 23rd and 24th, 2012. Ton's of Colorado breweries and a huge selection of craft beer. Over 20 bands across 3 stages. It's going to be another great festival!

New Belgium (Fort Collins) - Just 9 more days until the official premiere of Shift Pale Lager. That is all!

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - today starts the Trinity Brewing 4th Annual Beers N Boards Art Show. The show runs from 5pm Friday March 23, thru 8pm Sunday, March 25. Come out and support local artists and check out some hand crafted skateboards! Oh, and enjoy yourself a brew or two! (Image courtesy CS Independent)

Boulder Beer Company (Boulder) - Yesterday Boulder Beer worked with the folks from Mobile Canning and put their Hazed and Infused beer in cans. Look for these on shelves soon.

Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) - It's been an award winning year for Crabtree. Within the last 12 months they have brought home 5 medals from three different competitions for their beers. Gold at the 2011 Colorado State Fair for Syzygy (barrel aged Black IPA), a winner of the John Handley award and a Bronze medal for their Berliner Weisse Ale, a 2011 GABF Gold medal for their Berliner Weisse Ale and a 2011 GABF Silver medal for their Oatmeal Stout (now in 16oz cans), and recently a Gold medal at the Mazer Cup for their upcoming 6th anniversary braggot (Menage a Trois) to be released soon at their anniversary party.

Great Divide Brewing (Denver) - Here's another date to mark on your calendar. On Saturday, June 16th - Great Divide will be turning 18 and will be throwing another great anniversary party at the brewery. Stay tuned for more details on this and their 18th anniversary beer.

The Trading Post (FM 91.9, FM 93.9 Durango Area) - Did you know that Ska Brewing's Dave Thibodeau has his own radio show? Tune in every Friday in SW Colorado or live stream on KDUR 11:30am to Noon every Friday.

Funkwerks (Fort Collins) - Good news! Just in time for the weekend, their new Belgian Breakfast Stout is now on tap at the brewery.

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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