Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Colorado Beer News 060612

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Running Day. Take strides toward leading healthier, fitter lives and put on your running shoes and get out there! Grab a friend and go. Heck, you can always run down to your local brewery and grab a growler to go. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, June 6th, 2012.

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TRVE Brewing (Denver) is starting a CVLT! A beer cvlt that is and they will be initiating members this Saturday at their new brewery location starting at 12 noon. They'll be selling 266 memberships and will have samples of their first beer Wanderlust on hand. Details on the program can be found at their website at: Look for their grand opening coming on Wednesday, June 27th at 4pm. Located at: 227 Broadway #101 in Denver, CO.

Did You Know (Factoid) - Due to a national cherry shortage, some breweries are having to postpone making some of their beer recipes that call for cherries. Ed Sealover, author of Mountain Brew, reports that Strange Brewing Company had to put it's Cherry Bomb Stout on hiatus due to this shortage. Guess we need more cherry trees.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - The barrel cellar for Crooked Stave keeps getting bigger and bigger. They are now up to nearly 100 oak barrels. This means even more tasty beer is in the future. Speaking of which, they just got done harvesting a whole lot of fresh spruce tips to put in their upcoming beer - Wild Wild Bret Blue - think of it as a dark IPA. Also, Cellar Reserve Members - don't forget the next members only release (Persica) is coming up on June 16th and 17th at Falling Rock Tap House and Backcountry Pizza.

Denver Brews Cruise (Denver) - Attention Denver Brews Cruisers, past and present! The plan has been finalized. This coming Saturday June 9th is the 3rd anniversary of tours for DBC. Please come join them at Strange Brewing Company for a special tapping of the "drei Jahren" German Hefeweisen brewed by Cruise Captain Brent and Tim. Tapping will be at 3:30pm just after the 1pm tour arrives at Strange. They would love to see you there and they thank you for your support. Come enjoy a beer they brewed for you!

Pateros Creek Brewing (Fort Collins) - Bag the Peaks! Announcing 14 limited edition small batch India Pale Ales (IPAs) coming soon to a tap near you and named after one of Colorado's famous 14ers. The first in this new series is called Mt. Oxford, an English IPA that has moderate bitterness and earthy, fruity hops. This brew will debut at a tapping at The Forge Publick House in Fort Collins tomorrow, Thursday June 7th at 6pm. For more info check the new series web site at:

Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) - Cheers to 17 years! Twisted Pine is turning 17 and will be celebrating on Saturday, July 14th from 2pm to 7pm. It'll be a parking lot party full of good times, great people, live music and delicious beers. Over 25 beers will be on hand for the celebration including rare and aged beers from their cellar. The event will be marked with the grand opening of their expanded taproom and the limited release of Red Rye-der, Twisted Pine's 17th anniversary brew. Red Rye-der is a hoppy, red rye beer that pours a rich ruby color. Enjoy live music from Danny Shafer, Longest Day of the Year and Hot Soup. The first 20 entrants receive a commemorative T-shirt. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at our ale house or online at

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - If it's Wednesday, that means it must be time for another Grimm Brothers firkin tapping. Today at 4pm, they'll be tapping a dry hopped cask conditioned Red Cap. Come get some as these firkins don't last long and are popular with the patrons. Also stop by on the 4th of July for a new beer called "Water of Life", it's an American IPA. There will be a 5K Run/Walk at the brewery to benefit Life for the Innocent on that day as well.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - Head out to their Tasty Weasel taproom on Friday, June 8th from 2pm to 10pm. They've got a new outdoor patio, bar and a BIGGER WEASEL! You can try some of their Mango Dale's Pale Ale on firkin tapping at 5pm. There will be live music from 4pm to 6pm and also from 6:30pm to 8pm. There will be some good food from their new smoker as well.

Yak & Yeti (Arvada) - Saison is the Belgian word for “season.” Their Yeti Saison is back on tap now for early summer. Saisons are usually a straw-colored beer, cloudy and very dry in the finish, not unlike lemonade, which are both equally satisfying on a hot-summer day! This batch of saison falls out of the traditional range for alcohol content at 8.5%ABV, but served responsibly in a 10oz Belgian beer glass.

Bristol Brewing Company (Colorado Springs) - In honor of National Running Day (today) come celebrate by registering for The Bristol Mile happening on June 30th at 8am starting at 1626 S. Tejon Street in the Springs. Proceeds benefit the Cheyenne Mountain heritage Center. You'll get a cool looking race shirt and a free pint when you sign up. For details check out:

Bands on the Bricks (Boulder) - There is nothing quite like great live music and splendid craft beer. Bands on the Bricks brings these favorite past times together on Boulder's Pearl Street Mall (1300 block). From oldies to alternative and everything in between Bands on the Bricks is Boulder County's premiere outdoor summer concert series taking place in the heart of the city. A not-to-be-missed summer tradition with 10 weeks of free concerts through mid-August all starting at 5:30pm. Join in every Wednesday in June for Twisted Pine pints and live music! Upslope Brewing pours in July, and Avery Brewing pours in August. Check out the complete musical line-up here.

Snowmass Chili Pepper & Brew Fest (Snowmass Village) - Kick Off Your Summer with the 9th Annual Snowmass Chili Pepper & Brew Fest. Once again chili cooks, brewers & music combine into one smokin' weekend, June 8th and 9th, 2012. Once again Snowmass Village hosts its annual Hot Times Chili Cookoff and Sizzlin’ Snowmass Regional Championships! Sanctioned by the International Chili Society, both competitions feature Red and Green chili categories and a salsa competition ta’ boot. Come on out and vote for your favorite chili in the Peoples Choice Chili Cookoff! Meanwhile, 30 brewers from around the globe face off in the prestigious “Snowmass Summer Ale” competition for their seasonal brew on Friday, followed by a Grand Tasting for a sampling of their latest & greatest on Saturday! Fanny Hill sizzles with hot music all weekend, against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains and scenic Snowmass Village, for a weekend not to be missed! Visit: for info and tickets.

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - The finishing touches are getting put on #12 in the Barrel-Aged Series! In honor of their old friend and chief consultant of their new brewery, Avery christened their Flanders-esque dark brown sour Oud Floris. They're not sure any will make it out of the state, and release party will go down on June 24th at 4pm.

Loveland Ale Works (Loveland) - The Loveland City council approved their facade grant. Keep your eye out for some big changes at their end of 4th St. Here is a sneak peek at that the new facade will look like. (Image courtesy Loveland Ale Works and Hauser Architects - click to enlarge).
Loveland Ale Works front

Craft Lager & Small Batch Festival (Manitou Springs) - Fermentedly Challenged would like to welcome a new sponsor today - the Craft Lager & Small Batch Festival. This festival celebrates Lagers of all kinds and also small specialty batches including craft spirits from distilleries. This event will happen on Saturday, August 4th, 2012 with two 4-hour sessions spanning from 11am to 8pm. For tickets and more info please visit:

New Belgium (Fort Collins) - Another Lips of Faith collaboration beer is coming. New Belgium is teaming up with Alpine Beer Company (San Diego, CA) to create "Super India Pale Ale". One edition was brewed in California and another edition will be brewed and bottled in Fort Collins, CO. It's going to be a triple dry-hopped imperial IPA made with Amarillo, Centennial, Columbus and Simcoe hops. 9% ABV. Look for it soon.

Lone Tree Brewing (Lone Tree) - It's their 6 Month Anniversary this Friday, June 8th. Stop in and help them celebrate. There will be pizza available starting at 5pm and live music from 6pm to 8pm as well as a whole line-up of LTBC beer! Lone Tree Brewing will also be pouring beers at the Old South Pearl's BrewGrass Festival on Saturday, June 9th. Music starts at 1pm and goes to 10pm. If you stop in the brewery today, they'll be tapping a returning selection: Marienplatz Pilsner. Then on Wednesday, June 20th, their Acroes O'Green Irish Red is making a return tapping. Want more news? LTBC is introducing 32oz growlers - 2 pints to go! And coming soon - look for news on their Growler Club membership.

Crystal Springs Brewing (Boulder) - Big news - they are finally canning their Summertime Ale and they're really excited about it. The can is such a great vehicle for this beer. If you want to try it - Cured, The Boulder Wine Merchant, Pettyjohn's in Boulder and Mondo Vino in Denver have it in stock. They're working very hard at upping their production so that you can find it everywhere. They also have South Ridge Amber and Solano Chili beer ready - they're just waiting on label approval from the TTB. As soon as they have that, you'll find it on tap at the Kitchen Upstairs and possibly in bottles at your favorite liquor store. CSBC will also be pouring beers in the Mobile Canning tent at Burning Can Festival this Saturday.

Breckenridge Beer Festival (July 14, 2012) - Summer beer festival season is underway and now is the time to plan out which festivals you'll be attending this year. Better mark down July 14th to head up to the mountains for the Breckenridge Beer Festival. It's in the heart of their downtown and will run from 1pm to 6pm. Live music will be happening on the Summit Stage. More info at:

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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