Monday, May 7, 2012

Colorado Beer News 050712

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Melanoma Monday. Not a very appetizing day, but since we live in a state with 300+ days of sunshine (except maybe today) and are at higher altitude, we tend to get a lot more sun on our skin than most people. So give your skin a spot check and then go have a beer. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, May 7th, 2012.

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2012 World Beer Cup (San Diego, CA) - Congrats to Rocky Mountain Brewery, Blue Moon Brewing, Bull & Bush, Crabtree Brewing, Odell Brewing, Crooked Stave, Rock Bottom Denver, The Sandlot, Dillon DAM Brewery, AC Golden Brewing, Steamworks Brewing, Rockyard Brewing Ska Brewing, Dry Dock Brewing, Odell Brewing, Oskar Blues, Telluride Brewing and Miller-Coors on all their medals at the 2012 World Beer Cup this last weekend. Bull & Bush was the biggest craft beer winner in the state with 4 medals. To see all of the winners check out the Colorado results post on this blog.

Weekend Samplings - Ever tried a 12 year old barleywine? Aging barleywines are usually recommended. Fermentedly Challenged came upon a bottle of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale brewed in the year 2000 and gave it a try. Check out the beer review here. Do you like aged barleywines? For many, it's an acquired taste.

Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) - Major news coming out of Crabtree Brewing this weekend. News involving a new Beer Club membership, Crabtree in Japan, a new tasting room, a contract brew for baseball and a win at this years World Beer Cup. Check out all the details in today's article on this blog.

Parry's Pizza (Highlands Ranch) is planning a huge Odell Brewing Tap Take over on May 19th from 11am to close. It's on the final day of Colorado Beer Week. The craft of great beer is taking center stage. Odell's taproom is becoming Parry's taproom. Enjoy a fiar share of their finely crafted brews including rare releases and tap room only beer on their taps all day long. There will also be raffles every house giving away Odell branded merchandise. Also talk to some of the brewery reps while you're there. See 50 beers on tap total at Parry's.

Atom Brewing Company (Erie) - Upcoming new brewery Atom Brewing is busy perfecting their recipes. Over the weekend they racked a couple more beers and kegged a few. So far things are "really tasty" according to the brewers. Things are on track so far for a 2012 opening later this year. Stay tuned for more on this upcoming business.

Steamworks Brewing (Durango) - Steamworks Brewing Co.’s Berliner Weisse topped the German-Style Sour Ale category at the 2012 World Beer Cup, earning the unique brew a gold award in the international judging that was announced May 5, 2012. Steamworks’ Assistant General Managers Dave Woodruff and Steve Kammerer were on hand to accept the award. “Steamworks is garnering a growing reputation for brewing more exciting, specialty beers, in addition to our staples,” said Co-founder Kris Oyler, referencing the Steam Engine Lager, Colorado K├Âlsch and Third Eye PA. “We’re very proud of our ‘Brew Dawgs’ for pushing the envelope and taking Steamworks to new heights.” “This was really a team effort,” added Martin. “(Assistant brewer) Spencer Roper and I are getting the pats on the back, but truly it’s the evolving culture at Steamworks that has allowed us to go in new directions. We’ve only been doing sour beers for about a year and a half and we’re still learning, so to win this award is a real honor.” While Steamworks currently has no Berliner Weisse on tap, fresh barrels are now aging with the expectation to offer the award-winning brew sometime this summer.

Brewer's Republic (Colorado Springs) - Round Two of Battle of the Brewers is just around the corner. Last time Focus on the Beer brought you eight local brewers, they put the brewers into brackets, chose sixteen random ingredients, and you were the judge for the beers. It was a blast. You selected your four favorite beers in a blind tasting and now the winners of round one are paired up against each other. They've been working endlessly to perfect this round's offering. On May 19th, join them for Round Two of Battle of the Brewers, where once again you'll be the judge. Be there at Brewers Republic at 4pm SHARP to participate. When the round is over they will announce the winners for the finals and randomly select the two ingredients. For $10 you will get a sample tray with four beers AND you will get a 10oz pour of a beer from a specialty keg. The Players: Lone Tree vs. Phantom Canyon (Pineapple and Honey), and Rockyard vs. Shamrock (Almonds and Ginger).

Tommyknocker Brewery (Idaho Springs) - Drop into Tommyknocker Brewery to celebrate American Craft Beer Week with them and receive a free Tommyknocker brat, locally made by Continental Sausage, with the purchase of any of their mountain town craft beers or all natural soda selections. They are open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. While you're there take advantage of trying their newest seasonal brew Nice Saison, or their popular Cocoa Porter. They also have a full restaurant menu. Don't forget to ask about their free brewery tours. This offer is good for one free brat with purchase, one per person, per visit.

#03 Brewing Company303 Brewing (Denver) - Upcoming brewery 303 Brewing Company just came out with a new logo for their brewery on Facebook. Check it out! Look for a new updated website in the near future as well. Stay tuned to more news on a possible opening time frame. (Click to enlarge)

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - Join Left Hand Brewing at Freshcraft in Denver on Thursday, May 17th from 11am to 5pm for a wonderfully fun event–Kill the Keg. They will be tapping a keg of their "Beer Week Sauce" to celebrate American Craft Beer week. This specially concocted beer pours jet black with aromas of intense cold extracted coffee. But what’s the deal you say? Well, the person who orders the last pint gets a Left Hand Survival Pack. This consists of a 12pk, 2 pint glasses and a T-Shirt. OK, so why not just come later? No, come early because they will be giving out your very own pint glass to take home with you for the first 50 folks who order a Beer Week Sauce between 11am and 1pm. And if they do make it to 50 by 1pm there will be something cool to give away then too! Then at 5pm they’ll do the pint glass giveaway again for the first 50 of you that come in straight from work. But wait…there’s more. As they pass key numbers in the killing of the keg they’ll have some cool stuff to give away.

Great Divide Brewing (Denver) - After over a year in Colorado whiskey barrels, Barrel Aged Old Ruffian is ready to make its debut. This celebrated barley wine is made exquisitely round, forward and luscious after its time in oak. It is distributed in all of Great Divide's markets in extremely limited quantities. You can also find it at their Tap Room.

Crooked Stave (Denver) - A previous report from Westword about the new chosen location for the Crooked Stave brewery at The Source in RiNo were apparently premature. According to Chad Yakobson (owner/brewer), he has a lot of remaining questions left to answer before finalizing the location for his Denver based brewing operations. He stated that we'll know when he picks a location when he puts out an official statement.

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

Beer Fest CalendarLooking for a beer festival? Check out the listings on the 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar.

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