Thursday, May 10, 2012

Colorado Beer News 051012

Colorado Beer NewsToday is International Monty Python Status Day. A day to celebrate everything Monty Python. Update your social media status today with a quote from your favorite MP movie, show, musical or event. "She turned me into a newt! A newt? I got better." Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, May 10th, 2012.

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Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Today, Trinity is brewing 2 new Farmhouse summer Saisons! First, Farmhouse Du Tomme, made with Amaranth, Grains of Paradise, rose hips, and lemon grass. Second, GOPrisais, brewed with Grains of paradise then aged on fresh apricots and Chardonnay grapes. Look for these brews within the next couple of weeks.

Pateros Creek Brewing (Fort Collins) - Chad Laszlo's beer is the 12th entry to the Outlaw Contest as PCBC begins the final stretch. Chad has decided to go with some complexity and make a rhubarb, roasted sirrano pepper, pineapple, K├Âlsch he calls “S to the T to the double S.” He stated that it was hard to get the different flavors to come out just right but after much trial and error, he finally got a combination that worked well. There seems to be a sense of pride coming from this one as the hurdles were achieved and what was left was a great tasting beer with some subtle flavors that play nicely together. A sweet, tart, spicy, smoky beer. Stop in to try this one of a kind creation. Tapping at noon, Thursday 5/10 and available until it is gone.

Strange Brewing Company (Denver) - Work on their new Biergarten continues. Gravel will be delivered tomorrow. And most exciting, today they received pictures of the wonderful long tables that will furnish the Biergarten. These tables are being built of beetle-kill pine harvested right here in Colorado. Get ready for some outdoor fun.

Gravity Brewing (Louisville) - Their new mash tun is currently being fabricated by Practical Fusion in Portland, OR. This new piece of equipment along with a new brew kettle should be delivered to Louisville, CO by the end of this week. Stay tuned here for more news on their progress towards opening sometime this summer.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Today Grimm welcomes the Stubby Shillelaghs and their high energy, acoustic Celtic folk music to their taproom. The music starts at 5:30pm tonight. Come hungry too - the Chalkboard Gourmet will be serving up their delicious grub outside.

Rock Bottom Brewery (Colorado Springs) - Today at 6:00pm, Rock Bottom will be tapping their Goat Toppler Helles Bock. For the first 30 minutes, they will give you a free beer of this new creation. Get there before 6:30pm to get a free brew.

Elevation Beer Company (Poncha Springs) - Come out tonight and meet the Elevation brewing team and enjoy some delicious food and beer appetizer pairings by the great chefs at Currents in Salida. Also try their Brewers Playground Series Porter for the first time on tap! Event runs from 4:00pm to 11:00pm, music from local musician Chris Nasca at 8:00pm! Currents is located at: 122 North F Street in Salida.

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - Friday is Military Spouse Appreciation Day. For any Military and their spouse, show up with your military ID and you'll get one FREE pint from Big Choice. That's a great way to start the weekend!

Tommyknocker Brewery (Idaho Springs) - Friday night at 7pm at their brewery will be Tommyknocker's 2012 Beer Dinner. Contact Tommyknocker for tickets as seats will go quickly for this beer and food event.

Breckenridge Beer Festival (Breckenridge) - The festival crew thanks everyone who showed up for the April brew festival. Did you know that another one is just a couple months away? Make plans to attend the Breckenridge July Beer Festival on Saturday, July 14th. Tickets are at:

Judge Baldwin's (Colorado Springs) - Sad news: The last keg of their own beer at Judge Baldwin's will soon be gone. Focus on the Beer confirmed that the hotel-based brewery is no longer brewing its own beer. If you want a last taste, they still have some Yardwork Pale Ale on tap but that will soon be gone. The brewery sited that expenses were getting too high to maintain brewing. They were only producing extract beers which are inherently more expensive than all-grain beers. As of now, their taps will be filled with Colorado craft beers, just not their own any longer.

Rocky Mountain Homebrew Supply (Fort Collins) - Sad news, the three year old homebrew business is closing it's doors after this weekend. There's still a lot of stuff they want to get rid of. All grains and extracts are now 50% off and all other items are 30% off. They are running low on base malts, but there are still plenty of specialty grains. Get there quick, doors close after the close on May 12th. Located at 4631 South Mason Street in Fort Collins.

Crazy Mountain (Edwards) - Come to The Rackhouse Pub on Friday, May 11th from 4pm to 6pm as they get together for a Crazy Mountain Brewing Pint Night. There will be 4 Crazy Mountain brews on tap including: Bourbon Barrel Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Hookiebobb IPA, Lava Lake Wit, and Cara de Luna Black Ale. The first 50 people in attendance receive a pint glass from Crazy Mountain. Come meet and talk with the Crazy Mountain brewing staff. Rackhouse Pub is located at: 208 S. Kalamath Street in Denver, CO.

Outside Magazine just named their Top 10 Canned Beers of 2012 and several Colorado beers were on the list including: New Belgium's Shift Pale Lager, Oskar Blues Old Chub Scotch Ale, Ska Brewing's True Blonde Ale, and Wynkoop B3K Black Lager. Grats to those breweries for making the list and doing Colorado proud! See article here.

Freshcraft (Denver) - Mark your calendars for American Craft Beer Week at Freshcraft. May 14th - Boulevard Brewing day, May 15th - Victory Brewing night, May 16th ACBW Beer & Food Pairing Dinner w/Oskar Blues, May 17th - Kill the Keg with Left Hand Brewing, May 18th - Odell Tap Takeover, May 19th - Avery Pedal Poker Run. Ask your server for details. Located at 1530 Blake Street Suite A in Denver, CO.

Hop Acres (Fort Collins) - There will be a hop planting party at Hop Acres farm in Fort Collins on Saturday, June 2nd from 1pm to 4pm. Come help plant hops! They've started a 3 acre hop yard and would love some help planting it! Come get your hands dirty while enjoying some beer, food and music. Bring a small hand spade if you have one as we will be putting 2,000 plantlets in the ground (1000 Chinook, 500 Cascade and 500 Nugget). There are 28 acres for the kids to run so bring the family and some lawn chairs. Please RSVP so they have your info, everyone that plants is welcome to come pick what they want for their own brewing this fall and is welcome out to the farm anytime. We look forward to a fun afternoon with family, friends and fellow beer lovers. The farm is located at 8173 Shamrock Ranch Road, just west of Douglas Reservoir, north of Fort Collins. Join the hop crew for a fun-filled day of hop planting with great company, music, food, and delicious beer! For more info, email: hopacres [at] or call (970) 215-1276.

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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