Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Colorado Beer News 040412

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Tell a Lie Day. So if ever there was a time to bend the truth or be a little bit dishonest, today would be that day. But just remember, lies tend to come back to haunt you. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, April 4th, 2012.

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Pateros Creek Brewing (Fort Collins) - By now you may be aware that the employees at Pateros Creek are having a little competition to see who can brew up the best Outlaw Tap each week and which of them drains their keg the fastest. Well, the competition is getting tough! Last week's keg kicked at 5:44. This week they (Lauren) will tap a Blueberry Lemon Kolsch, and Buttercream Cupcakery is providing FREE cupcakes for the first 30 people to order it. So stop in on Thursday, April 5th. The beer taps at noon and Lauren needs you to kill the keg as fast as you can!

Atom Brewing Company (Erie) - There's a new brewery coming to Erie, Colorado. Owners Jeff Porn and Mark Spaulding are making plans to open up a new unique brewery called Atom Brewing Company. Their company is targeting November 2012 for a possible grand opening. They are in the process of gathering equipment and finding a permanent location. Stay tuned for more news on this new venture.

The Offero Omnis glassOffero Vessels (Glassware) - Looking for something different in a beer glass? Colorado based Offero Vessels is coming out with a new design in glassware that aims to enhance the beer drinking experience. Fermentedly Challenged recently got some sample Offero Omnis glassware to test out and we put them through some tests to see how its sloped shape holds up to some other popular glassware. Check out the article here.

Rockyard Brewing (Castle Rock) - Today Rockyard is racking a Grand Cru into red wine barrels today for aging. This is the brew they collaborated with several south of Denver breweries in memory of Danny Williams. After this ages for several months, look for it to be released with some fanfare.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - Don't forget to get your tickets for the beer and cheese pairings with The Truffle Cheese Shop next Thursday, April 12th. They still have spots. Email kristen [at] or stop by the brewery for tickets. Also - there will be a release party for their Black Belgian Quad on Friday, April 20th at 3:00pm. Mark your calendars!

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Easter is just around the corner. Grimm Brothers are out hiding Easter Eggs starting today. Look for these little black eggs full of wonderful prizes. Clues to follow on their Facebook page. Also, don't to forget to attend their release celebration their new Riffraff beer - a Dunkelweizen on Wednesday, April 11th at 6pm in their taproom.

River North Brewery (Denver) - According to a post from, River North Brewery has started offering bottles of one of their beers for sale today. River North is using 22oz bomber bottles to externally sell their Hypothesis, a Belgian-style Double IPA that weighs in at a big 9.0% ABV. The bottles are currently available at the brewery for take home and will soon be in select stores. Soon after this release, they will also begin selling bottles of J. Marie - a Saison.

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) and Oskar Blues Brewery (Longmont) both grew about four times faster than the overall industry rate of growth in 2011 according to a report from the Denver Post yesterday. Left Hand produced over 36,380 barrels of beer in 2011, up 49.4% over 2010. On the other side of town, Oskar Blues produced around 59,000 barrels in 2011 - up 40% over 2010. Both breweries plan to keep increasing capacity either through expansion or adding more equipment.

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - Here's the details on the upcoming Sour Ale Fest direct from Avery Brewing. "Come help us celebrate some of the best Sours in the business. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 27th at 9 am MDT. All sales will be online only. Tickets are $50 and limited to two per transaction, in order to provide more of an opportunity for all who want to attend. We will post a direct link to purchase tickets on as the 27th approaches! All proceeds from the Fest will go to Project Walk, in support of their quest to provide an improved quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries through intense exercise-based spinal cord injury recovery programs, education, support and encouragement." - The festival hours will be from 12:00pm to 5:00pm at Avery Brewing in Boulder, CO on June 2nd, 2012. Located at: 5763 Arapahoe.

The Fort Collins Brewery / Gravity 1020 (Fort Collins) - On Tuesday, April 17th at 6pm, Gravity 1020 Chef Sean Taylor has invited special guest Mark DeNittis of Denver’s Il Mondo Vecchio to lead a special night featuring the deconstruction of a whole hog, house-made sausages, a guided tour & barrel sampling – with their brand new Incredible Hop IPA! Learn the “behind the tank secrets” of creating our hand crafted sausages and craft beers. Join in on the festivities, including a demonstration on making sausages, a lesson on how to pair hand crafted sausages with the right beer, and a family style dinner with their brewers. Cost is $45.00 per person which includes tax and tip. Space is limited so get your tickets now at Gravity Ten Twenty and the Fort Collins Brewery, via 970-682-2260 or at their EventBrite page!

Hops & Pie (Denver) - It's time for another Littlest Big Beer Fest. This time Hops & Pie will feature the beers of Equinox Brewing of Fort Collins, CO. The fest will feature four beers from Equinox including a Belgian Style Golden Strong Ale, A Barleywine, an Imperial Brown Ale and a Double Dark IPA. The event will be held on Sunday, April 15th starting at 2pm. Flights and single pours will be available. Located at: 3920 Tennyson Street in Denver.

Asher Brewing Company (Boulder) - Asher Brewing will be on featured on HLN (formerly CNN Headline News) and CNN this week! The first airing of the piece is on this afternoon between 3pm and 4pm. Come get a beer and watch with them at the brewery. Mention this post and get $1 off beers! Check out the following schedule if you want to catch it on TV. CNN - 4/7 Saturday 8-9 am. HLN - 4/4 Wednesday 3-4 pm, 4/5 Thursday 1-2 pm, 4/7 Saturday 1-2 pm, and 4/8 Sunday 2-3 pm. Asher Brewing is located at: 4699 Nautilus Ct. Suite 104 in Boulder, CO.

Dillon Dam Brewery (Dillon) - recently, Summit News TV did a 13-minute video story featuring Dillon Dam Brewery in a segment called: "Around Town with the Dillon Business Association". The story featured Corey Forster, brewmaster at Dillon Dam Brewery. View the video on the site.

Cactus Bend Brewing Company (Fort Collins) - While plans are still a "go" for opening sometime this summer in Fort Collins, John Weber, owner, stated in a Coloradoan article today that he is no longer looking at the property on 220 E. Olive Street. But fear not, they plan to find another location soon and get to work on getting ready for the opening. They have a ton of beer already brewed from perfecting their recipes and hopefully won't have to get rid of all that via the drain.

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