Friday, March 30, 2012

Colorado Beer News 033012

Colorado Beer NewsToday is I am in Control Day in remembrance of Alexander Haig's famous statement, "I am in control here" spoken on the day President Ronald Reagan was wounded back in 1981. So if you feel that you are in control today - shout it out and have a beer while you're at it. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, March 30th, 2012.

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The Mayor of Old Town (Fort Collins) - Their new outdoor patio is coming along nicely. They plan to have a Grand Opening party for it on Friday, April 6th with a live band. Plan on making it! Also, The Mayor is hiring! They are looking to pick up a couple of new bartenders, a couple of servers, a couple of bussers and a couple of kitchen folks to handle the upcoming patio expansion. Do you know of anyone who would be awesome for them to hire? Have them email their resume and cover letter to jobs(at) .

Twisted Pine (Boulder) - On April 7th, Twisted Pine will release their next in line of Artisan Ales with their West Bound Braggot. A braggot is a mix of both mead and beer and was popular back as far as the Middle Ages. West Bound Braggot weighs in around 8% ABV and has 35 IBUs.

Hunters Moon Meadery (Severance) - For those in Northern Colorado who haven't tried the meads from Hunter Moon yet, you now have another outlet for their fine beverages. Hunters Moon meads will now be available at Thompson Valley Liquor in Loveland starting today. Also available in Fort Collins, Estes Park and Greeley.

American Craft Beer Radio (102.3FM Denver) - Tomorrow on ACBR, with guest co-host Eric Sprinkle, Gary V. will catch up with Scott Witsoe from Wit's End Brewing Company, and David Parry of Parry's Pizza to talk about the new Restaurant / Tap House in Highlands Ranch. They will also be checking in with Ted Rice, Owner of Marble Brewery, in Albuquerque, NM as his first shipment to Colorado will arrive and be on shelves this week. That's tomorrow at noon on 102.3 ESPN.

Ouray Brewery (Ouray) - It's Spring cleaning time at the brewery. They will be closed for cleaning from April 2nd through Friday, April 6th until 5pm that day. Stop in this weekend to get your fill of food and drink before then.

My Handle Bar (Fort Collins) - If you don't have plans tomorrow afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m., please join the gang in Old Town Fort Collins for a FREE ride on the MyHandleBar party bike! There are a few spots left on the bike. If you + a friend or two would like to join in, email and they will give you the meet up point! They'll be hitting up some breweries and possibly a bar along the way, and afterwards converging on Odell Brewing Co for the 4 p.m. tapping of their Double Pilsner with a cheese tasting from MouCo Cheese Company!

Best Brewery You Never Heard Of - Last day to vote! 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 in April. What we 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 333 votes cast already for 35 different breweries!

Colorado Craft Beer Radio (AM 760 Denver) - A fun show is coming up tomorrow with a lot of road show announcements! The CCBR crew will be talking and sampling beers with Tim Myers from Strange Brewing Company and Matt Hess from River North Brewery. Tune in this Saturday from 12-1 on AM 760 throughout Colorado. It's the Colorado Craft Beer Show brought to you by Breckenridge Brewery of Colorado and Argonaut Wine & Liquor!

Funkwerks (Fort Collins) - Yesterday, Funkwerks released a new beer in their taproom! Alchemy is the newest (and most deceptive) beer on their lineup. Inspired by Belgian Tripels and Golden Strong ales. This light-hued Belgian style beer is well balanced and easy to drink, but be aware of it’s ABV sitting at 8.5%!

Voss Farms Colorado (Arvada) - The hops are really sprouting up with all this hot weather. They're watering them now because it is so dry. They've also replaced the wee fabric that was torn off in the big winds this winter and added compost and cow manure. Voss Farms is also adding low level (8-10 inches above hop crowns) 14 gauge wire along the rows in order to hand drip irrigation lines from them and also to use as the string tie point from the upper trellis cable. They still have hop rhizomes available to sell - $3/each or 10 for $25 with pick up at the farm. Contact

Great Divide (Denver) - Join Great Divide this Saturday, March 31st from 5-7pm for Meet The Brewer at Lyons Den Wine and Spirits in Greenwood Village. One of their brewing superheroes, Bryan Brauer, will be on hand chatting about their handcrafted ales and lagers. Located at: 5332 DTC Boulevard in Greenwood Village.

Denver Best Of Awards ( - Congrats to Colorado beer industry winners in the Westword Best of 2011: Denver Beer Co, The Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe, Wit's End Brewing Company, Falling Rock Tap House, Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery, Oskar Blues Brewery, Renegade Brewing Company, Copper Kettle Brewing Company, Great Divide Brewing Co., Dry Dock Brewing Company, Bull & Bush, and Euclid Hall. Check the full list and categories here!

BierWerks Brewery (Woodland Park) - They'll be having their Maibock beer coming out around May 1st. They also will have a new Hefeweizen out today (with luck). James will be brewing another round of Helles this week also. Still plenty of beer here! Come in and play the new bean bag/washer toss game they just bought for Bierwerks, some summer fun while you are outside drinking and taking in the sun.

Pateros Creek Brewing (Fort Collins) - Don't forget - Saturday, April 7th is Session Day - drink beers that are < 4.5% ABV this day! (#SessionDay on Twitter). Pateros Creek will be having $3 pitns of session ales all day long including: Old Town Ale, Car 21 and Remittance Ale. Live music on hand from 2pm to 4pm from Rosewood Divine. Stop in anytime from noon to 9pm. Tap and Handle (Fort Collins) - They may have been open for a while already this year, but this Sunday, April 1st (no foolin') will be their big Grand Opening party celebration. Stop by and check out their specials from the kitchen, talk with local beer reps and try one of their 75 different beers on tap. Beer will all be at happy hour prices all day long this Sunday. They open at noon. Located at: 307 S. College Avenue in Fort Collins.

New Brewery Coming - An anonymous tip told me the other day that a new brewery is headed for Denver, CO. Be on the lookout for Halcyon Brewing Company. They are targeting a Fall 2013 opening. That's a way's off but always good to hear that more breweries are coming to the state. They have a reserved website at:

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - There are a few dates that Grimm Brothers wants you to remember coming up. Ante Up for a Cure - March 31st (Saturday) and is a fundraiser to fight blood cancer. Stop by the taproom for details. Also they will be having a beer release for Rifraff on April 11th (Wednesday). This is their new Dunkelweizen - a fantastic spring wheat beer. And don't forget that the Taste of Loveland is scheduled for April 12th (Thursday). Grimm Brothers will be on hand pouring their beers. 6pm - 9pm - cost $35 a ticket.

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - For a while now, Avery has made a special batch of their "Meph Addict" coffee stout for limited releases and wanted to use that name on a label. However, during a recent request to the TTB, they refused to grant a label based upon the name being too close to a drug reference. So, instead, Avery renamed the beer to "Tweak" and can now be sold via keg to select retailers. They will be tapping some for their weekly Friday taping this week at their Tap Room. Come get some as this powerful brew tends to move quickly.

Yak & Yeti (Arvada) - There are some new drinks coming up at the Yak & Yeti that they'd like you all to know about. How about a Bacon Maple Soda? A breakfast drink made according to the German Swineheitsgebot. To be released on Wednesday, April 4th at 4pm. As for beer, look for their West Coast Glutton DIPA to be on tap by Easter. Also coming just before Easter will be their Oaked Himalayan IPA and their GF Apple Ale, a gluten-free brew made with cider and sorghum. Then on Friday, April 13th at 4pm look for their Dark Belgian Strong aged on oak. On hand will be guest brewer Rick Bobbitt.

Today's Tappings - here's what's rolling off the lines and onto taps today:
- Great Divide (Denver) - Oaked Colette - firkin
- Shamrock Brewery (Pueblo) - Zerbert - farmhouse Saison
- Backcountry Pizza (Boulder) - Crazy Mountain Black Ale & Oskar Blues Red Knuckles
- Wynkoop Brewing (Denver) - Cottonwood Organic White - wheat beer - 5pm

Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora) - There's going to be a Breweriana gathering at Dry Dock on Saturday, March 31st from 11am to 2pm. There's going to be a huge collection of brewery memorabilia being shown and for sale and a chance to talk with brewers about brewery history. Breweriana is a club dedicated to brewery collectibles and puts on a great show to boot.

Vine Street Pub & Brewery (Denver) - It's taken nearly 4 years, but at long last the Vine Street Pub can prepare to add "& Brewery" to it's moniker. As early as this Sunday, April 1st, Vine Street will begin brewing it's own beer on site. Vine Street will take over making 8 of Mountain Sun's standard brews and will free up their other locations to make more experimental batch beers. Their new brewhouse has a capacity for 5000 barrels a year.

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