Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Colorado Beer News 052212

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Buy A Musical Instrument Day. Stop by a music store and purchase that instrument you've always wanted to try. Dedicate yourself some practice hours and get a start on a new source of fun. Invite some friends over to play something with you and share a beer. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012.

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Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) - On Wednesday, May 23rd at 7pm at Crabtree Brewing, there will be a free showing and discussion of the movie "Carbon Nation". The EPA is releasing the first federal limits on the amount of carbon pollution power plants can spew into our air. Carbon pollution is a lead contributor to climate disruption and poses serious threats to Americans' health and our economy. To learn more about the opportunities in accounting for carbon pollution, come see a free showing of "Carbon Nation" at Crabtree Brewery this Wednesday! As a special bonus for Sierra Club supporters, the first 30 of-age attendees to arrive who are on their RSVP list will get their first drink on them! After the film, there will be a short presentation and discussion about what the film means for us locally, and what we can do to get involved. RSVP on their Facebook event page.

The Pub Dialogues (Denver) - It's time for another Pub Dialogues get together! The next discussion will be held at Vine Street Pub & Brewery on Tuesday, May 29th from 5:45pm to 8:00pm. The topic of discussion will be "A Weary Superpower: America's Role in a New World". As the only superpower, what should America do? What roles should America undertake? To leave alone? What are the primary concerns for America in the first half of the 21st century? Join in and discuss these questions and more. OvalOptions will provide facilitators to guide small groups in discovering the world of artisan beverages, the complexities therein, and the challenges they face. Grab a pint and join in! Questions - contact Jason Gladfelter at (720) 295-7119.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Lots of things happening at Grimm Brothers this week. Tonight is Damsels' Night - ladies get $1 off all pints. Wednesday is Fabled Firkin day - try some Snow Drop dry hopped with Mt. Rainier and Ahtanam hops and try some Bedrock BBQ. Thursday it's Bike In / Buck Off - if you ride your bike to the taproom you'll get $1 off pints. Listen to live music and try some eats from the Chalkboard Gourmet. Friday the Giggling Greek will be on premise and the Bike In/Buck Off special continues. Then on Saturday, it's MAIFEST from noon to 10pm and the release of Little Farmer (Maibock). Get details on Maifest in today's press release.

Vine Street Pub & Brewery (Denver) - It's T-Shirt Tuesday over at the Vine Street Pub and Brewery (and also over at Pearl Street in Boulder)! Buy a Mountain Sun shirt and get a free pint, wear your shirt and get happy hour prices all day long! Over 21 beers on tap to choose from.

Cranknstein (Fort Collins) - Attention Hewlett Gulch fire firefighters! Cranknstein still has FREE beer for the wildland firefighters! Pass the word, they want to thank them for all of the hard work they put in this last week fighting the Hewlett Gulch fire!

Renegade Brewing Company (Denver) - On Sunday, June 10th from 11am to 1pm - Time for another vinyassa of Renegade's Bend and Brew! Join their faithful yoga instructor, Kristen for an hour of twists, binds, folds, and stretches. After yoga, enjoy 3 tasters of your choice and a full pour of your favorite Renegade brew. Space is limited and this is not to be missed. Sign up now! They are now doing an online sign-up, you can sign up and pay for the event.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - Their Pints for Purpose continues. Today $1 from every pint sold will go towards benefiting the American Red Cross. Come in, have a brew and help support a great organization!

Echo Brewing Company (Frederick) - One of Colorado's newest breweries now has a fresh batch of Kirby Kolsch on tap. Stop in for a pint and bring your growlers for a fill this week.

Palisade Brewing Company (Palisade) - Join in on Saturday, May 26th at 3pm for their Summer BBQ. Live Music from, Lowlands and Russ Chapman. Palisade Brewing will be firing up the grill around 3pm and serving some yummy BBQ all evening long. Don't miss this afternoon/night of great music, great food and great beer. Get here early and grab a seat on the NEW Patio!! Don't forget your dancing shoes!

Angry Orchard (Cincinnati, OH) - Ever tried a hard cider? Did you know that the folks who bring you Samuel Adams has a cider company? Fermentedly Challenged recently tried some bottles of Angry Orchard hard ciders. They come in three styles: Crisp Apple, Traditional Dry and Apple Ginger. The Apple Ginger was particularly good. Check out the reviews on these fairly new nation-wide hard ciders and perhaps try one as a change of pace.

MillerCoors (Golden) - The big boys up in Golden are experimenting with some new beers in their "Coors Master Brewers" series. A new beer coming out soon is called "Third Shift" - an amber lager. This brew won an award at the 2012 World Beer Cup. It's already on shelves in California, Texas and Nevada and I imagine will hit Colorado soon enough (after all they make it here). Look for it in 16oz cans. More and more, the macro brewers are creating more "craft-like" brews in efforts to make up for sliding sales of their yellow fizzy beers.

Backcountry Brewery (Frisco) - Recently, the mountain-area brewery has been experiencing a growth spurt and has sign a lease for additional space to increase the capacity of their brewery. They hit their current capacity of 2400 barrels earlier this year and with the new space they'll be able to grow to 6000 barrels a year and begin bottling their products. It will also allow them to expand their Front Range presence. This move is being called an "interim step" as they have more long term plans to build a larger scale brewery within the next two years. See the full story in the Summit Daily newspaper article.

New Belgium (Fort Collins) - Whispers of a new possible collaboration are going around Fort Collins this week as one of the brewmasters from Westmalle, Jan Adriaensens (trappist brewery), was spotted at Tap and Handle in Fort Collins this week. Beerpulse.com and Trinity Brewing was reporting that he had been spotted talking with representatives from New Belgium (Peter Bouckeart) and Allagash Brewing (Bo) in the New Belgium brewhouse and around town this week. If there is a collaboration coming out of this meet-up we'll be sure to pass on the news as it unfolds.

New Brewery Rumors (Manitou Springs) - FocusOnTheBeer.com is reporting that Manitou Springs may soon be getting it's own brewery according to a Colorado Springs Independent article. The article states: "It appears that Kevin LeGrande of LeGrande Accents Boutique — also owner of the Promenade Building at 725 Manitou Ave. — has notions to open a brewery at that site in partnership with another Colorado brewing outfit, yet to be named. As the agenda documents outline, the brewery would only allow on-site consumption (and guest food to be brought in by clientele). It would not bottle or can, and would keep limited nighttime hours, closing by 10 p.m."

Funkwerks (Fort Collins) - On their blog today, Funkwerks announced that they are converting one of their staple beers, White, into a seasonal beer instead of a year round beer. They have been constantly tweaking the recipe trying to get it just right. The new seasonal White sports a new light blue label and has some subtle changes including the use of lemon peel instead of grapefruit peel as well as using a slightly different yeast and adjusting the the malt base and boosting the ABV from 5.5% to 6.5%. Enjoy it while it's there. You'll miss it when it's out of season. But fear not, it'll come back each year.

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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