Monday, June 11, 2012

Colorado Beer News 061112

Colorado Beer NewsToday is King Kamehameha Day. This day named after the monarch who first established the unified Kingdom of Hawai'i comprising the Hawiian Islands. Celebrate today by wearing your Hawaiian shirt and saluting with a Hawaiian craft beer (yes they do distribute here to Colorado). Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, June 11th, 2012.

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The Lost Abbey (California) - This last Saturday, a collaborative effort between New Belgium Brewing and The Lost Abbey resulted in a beer called Mo' Betta Bretta, a wild ale made in separate batches - one at each brewery. The Lost Abbey's version was released in California - a bottle ran for $7.99. New Belgium's version will be part of their Lips of Faith series and be released later this year.

Burning Can Beer Festival (Lyons) - Did you miss the fun in Lyons, Colorado on Saturday? Fear not! Fermentedly Challenged was on sight and posted over 40 pictures and 2 videos of the action up in Bohn Park. Over 25 breweries, 50+ beers, live music, dirt jumping on bikes, foot races, kayaking and more. A perfect day was had by all. Check out the festival in the summary. Also, Fermentedly Challenged was on the radio on the Colorado Craft Beer Show. Check out their podcast, I'm feature in Hour 1segment at the 42:30 mark.

BierWerks - Prost CollaborationBierWerks Brewery (Woodland Park) - There is a new collaboration between BierWerks Brewery, located in Woodland Park, Colorado and the new Prost Brewery in Denver, CO. James McGraw from BierWerks and Bill Eye and Ashley Carter from Prost began a ten barrel batch of Helles on Saturday the 9th. The beer will be served at BierWerks, and in two weeks, the team from Prost will return to Woodland Park to harvest 30 gallons of yeast. Eye and Carter will then use this yeast to begin one of their new lagers. Prost Brewery has a 72.5 barrel all copper 50 year old German brewing system. They are located on 2540 19th Street, Denver, CO. The yeast was supplied by The Brewing Science Institute from David Bryant, and Bryan Pearson, owners, and Jon LaVasque. Others that observed and assisted include John Landerman, home brewer, and Austin Weatherford, employee of BierWerks brewery.

Yak & Yeti (Arvada) - This Wednesday, June 13th at 4pm, Yak & Yeti will tap their Very Cherry Belgian Ale. This brew has plenty of cherry flavor and color, but resembles more of a Belgian beer than a fruit wine. It's low in ABV and hoppiness, but specially treated with lots of cherries and cherry juice. The beer will be served in 10oz Belgian glasses. Plan to stop in and try some.

Odell Brewing (Fort Collins) - On Saturday, Odell released their collaboration beer with Thornbridge at the brewery. Their Pond Hopper is now available on tap at the brewery and also in bottles.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Many of you have heard there is a major wildfire just to the west between Fort Collins and Loveland. If you're local and want to help call Larimer 211. If your not local visit the Red Cross to make a donation. Many of Grimm Brothers' friends have been impacted by this event, including some who have been forced to evacuate and may have lost their homes. After the fire is out they will talk about what they can do to help those effected. In other news, Grimm Brothers will soon be expanding their beer distribution to Boulder very soon. They are adding new tanks and hiring another brewer soon.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - Less than a week away now til Father's Day. Don't forget to stop by Copper Kettle Brewing and pick up your Father's Day gift card with FREE beer loaded on it! You'll soon become Dad's favorite.

New Belgium (Fort Collins) - Tour de Fat, the nation’s most colorful bike festival, has passed the $2 million mark for total funds raised for nonprofit organizations. Tour de Fat began 13 years ago and has grown into a 15-city nationwide tour focused on honoring mankind’s favorite invention: the bike. Over the course of Tour de Fat, raised funds have made a tremendous impact across the country, with money going toward trail maintenance, safety education, lobbying for better bicycle communities and a wide variety of other impactful initiatives. The Tour de Fat heads through Fort Collins on September 1st and then in Denver on September 8th this year.

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - Summer is essentially already here! Shorts, flip flops, cooler full of IPA cans, and all the bike rides, fishing trips, and days at the pool that you can muster. Not to mention, the release of the 12th in their Barrel-Aged Series Oud Floris is coming! On Sunday, June 24th at 4pm - The Barrel-Aged Series gets a new family member with Oud Floris, a Flanders-esque dark brown sour ale - sweet with pucker power and notes of fruitiness. This experimental ale gives honor to the brewing tradition of Belgium's Flanders region. Bottles will be $8 each and a limit of 6 per person. In other news, Avery is reported as saying they could be breaking ground on their new brewery facility in August. Stay tuned.

Wynkoop Brewing (Denver) - Last Thursday, the Wynkoop brewery released a new and highly anticipated (at least by us) beer, Brewjolais Nouveau. This was a very special collaboration for them, because they brewed it with one of their heroes, Peter Bouckaert of the mighty New Belgium Brewing. Their head brewer Andy Brown developed the concept for the draft-only beer, then he and Peter brainstormed the idea with Ben Parsons at Denver winery Infinite Monkey Theorem. The beer is part of their continuing effort to uphold the trailblazing history of their original brewer, the late and great Russell Schehrer, for whom the Brewers Association’s annual Innovation Award is named. They are releasing just a handful of 5-gallon kegs of the Brewjolais Nouveau to very select draft accounts in Denver. Look for it.

Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) is hosting an impromptu "Screwin' Around Party" at their new tasting room that's under construction at 2961 29th Street in Greeley, CO. They've been demolishing walls and have a lot of screws and nails still left in the studs that they need help removing. The more hands they have to help, the faster the clean-up job will be. Those willing to help out will be rewarded with beer! Let them know if you can help out between 7:00pm and 10:00pm on Tuesday, June 12th. See their Facebook page for details. The new tasting room is scheduled to debut sometime around the 4th of July.

Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery (Boulder) - El Chupacabra goes on tap at all 3 pubs at 4:20! This 7.2% Imperial Mexican style lager is brewed with maize and agave nectar. Stop in to try this brew - it goes perfect this time of year.

Jax Fish House (Fort Collins) - In an effort to assist those residents affected by the High Park Fire, Jax Fish House is inviting all evacuees to come to their "house" for a Caesar Salad and a choice of Gumbo with Cornbread or Shrimp Pasta on them. Please be sure to bring your ID with you to verify addresses. Also, if you are an active Firefighter or Emergency Service Worker, they'd like for you to stop in for a complimentary pint of Pateros Creek Brewing Company beer on them. They wish to thank you for all the work that you do to help keep their community out of harms way. Jax Fish House is located at 123 N. College Ave in FoCo.

Breckenridge Brewery (Denver) - During a segment on the Colorado Craft Beer Show last weekend, Breckenridge marketing director Todd Thibault let it be known that Breckenridge Brewery that the brewery plans to stay put in Colorado. Apparently, there is a possible workaround with the state liquor agency related to licensing that could allow them to expand production while still running all of its brewpubs.

Mountain Brew (Book) - Ed Sealover announced that the second edition of his book Mountain Brew - A Guide to Colorado's Breweries - will be hitting shelves as early as this week. The first edition sold out and the second edition included updates, corrections and info on some of the newest breweries in the state. Ed will soon begin another book signing tour and head around to lots of breweries and pubs around the state. Look for him to come to a brewery near you soon. Ed was also the co-host on last Saturday's American Craft Beer Radio with Gary V on ESPN 102.3 FM.

Black Fox Brewing (Colorado Springs) - There is some big news coming out of the brewery this week. They are officially moving to Denver to open up their own brewery. They have temporarily ceased production (at Bristol Brewing) and will no longer be contracting. They will not brew again until they are opened in Denver with the only exception that they will be doing a collaboration brew with Trinity Brewing for a December release. They hope to get their Denver operations rolling soon. According to them they are "definitely going to put the F U back in fun".

TRVE Brewing (Denver) - Over the weekend, TRVE Brewing held a soft opening to allow anxious fans a sample of one of their 1st beers and also to sign up new CVLT members, part of a growler club and fundraising effort. Owner Nick Nunns sold around 2/3rds of their available growlers that day. They plan to have an official grand opening around the 27th of June at 4pm. Stay tuned for more details on their opening day.

Crystal Springs Summertime AleCrystal Springs Brewing (Boulder) - Mobile Canning and Crystal Springs Brewing are teaming up on a canning run. They are now canning their Summertime Ale and you can find it at a growing list of stores including: Cured and The Boulder Wine Merchant in Boulder and at Mondo Vino in Denver. More places will soon follow. Also, they are gradually filling some oak rum and bourbon barrels they recently received. More of their beers will be headed to barrels in the next couple of weeks. Their chili (Salano) and amber (South Ridge ) beers will be going out this week. Look for them on tap at The Kitchen Upstairs in Boulder soon. Both will also be in bottles soon. If you want to know more about this brewery, check them out on Facebook and Twitter as @CrystalSpringsB.

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Dark beer lovers - have you tried their special beers lately? Now on tap is their Up All Night Watchman, their Night Watchman stout infused with coffee (Starbucks). Also try their Vanilla Bandit - a brown ale with a hint of vanilla added. Coming soon - a new wheat beer and a saison or two!

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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