Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Colorado Beer News 061312

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Juggling Day. Try your skill at keeping several objects in order while tossing them into the air. It's fun! Just be sure you don't try learning how to juggle in a china shop. With practice, you might just get good at it. If not, you can always celebrate your attempts with a nice craft beer afterwards. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, June 13th, 2012.

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Carver Brewing (Durango) - This Saturday in Durango from 10am to 5pm is the 8th annual Daddy Fest, a street festival on Main Street celebrating Dads everywhere. There will be plenty of activities for everyone including non-stop live music on the City Stage from 10am to 5pm. Carver Brewing is hosting the beer garden where you can get pints of their tasty beers all during the festival. Stop by the food court, play some of the fun games, participate in The Wet Zone & Dunk Tank. More info here.

The Fort Collins Brewery (Fort Collins) - Help raise funds for the victims of the High Park Fire. On Saturday, June 16th, the Fort Collins Brewery and Gravity 1020 will donate $1 from every taster try sold to the American Red Cross for High Park Fire Relief. Additional donations are also welcome.

Brewery Openings This Month - The non-stop summer of brewery openings continues. This coming week there will be two breweries opening their doors in Colorado. On Saturday, June 16th the J Wells Brewery, a nano-brewery, will open their doors in Boulder at 2516 49th Street. Then on Wednesday June 20th, Bootstrap Brewing Company will celebrate their grand opening in Niwot at 6778 North 79th Street. The numbers keep rising. Stay tuned for more openings including TRVE Brewing in Denver on June 27th!

Gravity Brewing (Louisville) - While they may not be opening this month, progress is still being made at the new brewery at 1150 Pine Street, Unit B in Louisville, CO. This week they were pouring concrete both inside and outside of the building. Their brewery trench drain system was set up along with other underground piping. The brewery is planning to open later this summer in late July or early August and feature full flavored high gravity beers. Are you getting ready Louisville?

Father's Day (June 17th) - Stuck for a gift idea to get your Dad for Father's Day? You can't go wrong by getting him a growler of his favorite beer from his nearby local craft brewery. It definitely works better than giving him a tie! Or how about getting him the latest 6th edition of the Beer Drinker's Guide to Colorado map? It's got a coupon book inside that will end up giving him dozens of FREE beers at breweries all over Colorado.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Locals know that Loveland is not only getting known for it's beer, but it's primarily a place to appreciate art. All this month, Grimm Brothers is combining both. Stop in for a pint and admire the artwork of local artist Jon-Michael Willert. Come view his paintings on display and enjoy the craft artistry of beer. Located at 623 North Denver Avenue in Loveland, CO.

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - Have you been to Dad & Dude's for a beer lately? If not, here's what your missing on tap: What's the Saison?, Parietal Porter, The Heat of Passion Pale (with passionfruit), D&D IPA, and their Peaches + Cream Ale (on nitro tap). Stop in for a glass and grab some pizza while you're at it. Located at: 6730 S. Cornerstar Way, Suite in Aurora, CO.

Glenwood Canyon BrewPub (Glenwood Springs) - This weekend is the 115th annual Strawberry Days Festival. To honor this festival, the brewpub has made a couple of batches of their Strawberry Daze Ale. It's on tap now and ready to go, literally, in their 1/2 gallon growlers. Stop in at get some. Located at 402 Seventh Street in Glenwood Springs, CO.

Downtown Greeley - Did you like the "Go Cup" District (open liquor containers) last Friday? How about EVERY Friday! Yes-- Stampede Kick Off with Luke & the Cool Hands this Friday. Band starts at 6 pm! If you want this to be successful-- each of you bring 10 friends down to join in the fun! The downtown restaurants and pubs will sell you a Go Cup with your favorite alcoholic beverage that you can wander the 9th Street Plaza with.

Colorado Brewers' Festival (June 23-24) - As of yesterday, the festival was still in need of about 130 volunteers to help run the festival in Fort Collins. If you'd like to help volunteer you can sign up at this location. Must be 21+ to volunteer. You'll receive a festival t-shirt for helping out.

Durango Brewing Company (Durango) - Attention Beer and Brisket Lovers! This Saturday, they are having a "Smoke Out" at the brewery. Juicy brisket, cole slaw, beans, and bread for $10. The party starts at noon and the food will be served at 3pm sharp. Don't forget to wash it all down with a nice craft beer.

Silverton Rockin' Brews (Silverton) - Due to uncontrollable circumstances and a reported lack of support from the Town of Silverton, the annual Silverton Rockin' Brews festival, originally scheduled for this Saturday, June 16th, has been cancelled. The organizers hope that they will be able to bring back the event next year in 2013. They apologize for having to call off this popular local event.

AB-INBEV Batch 540Anheuser-Busch In-Bev (Fort Collins) - It's rare that I put in a mention of the big macro brewery on the north side of Fort Collins, but apparently there was a new label released that bares the resemblance of an attempt to create a craft beer. This brew is named: "Brewmaster's Small Batch - Batch No. 0540". It's a 5.2% ABV Wheat Ale brewed with citrus peels and spice. Could this be their answer to Blue Moon? Gaze upon the label if you care, er dare. It joins other similar labels from their other breweries in St. Louis, Los Angeles, Fairfield, CA, Baldwinsville, NY and Williamsburg, VA - each with a different batch number.

Black Bottle Brewery (Fort Collins) - Brewery owner Sean Nook revealed that they just received their official brewers permit today from the TTB. Grats! Can you sense another brewery opening in the near future?

Upslope Brewing (Boulder) - New beers in their tap room! Tomorrow, Thursday, June 14th, Upslope will be releasing two new lagers, a Doppelbock and Maibock, in the tap room at 2:00pm! Some lucky folks might have had the chance to try their Doppelbock which saw a sneak peek in the tap room last month. The Doppelbock will be their Pro/Am entry in this year's Great American Beer Festival. They partnered up with homebrewer extraordinaire, Ed Moore, who won "Best of Show" at this year's Dredhop Homebrew Competition with this recipe. This brew is a malt lover's dream; dark, caramel, bready flavors with 9% ABV to back it up. THey'll stash a few kegs so they can watch this brew change with age. Their Maibock is another traditional German lager brewed for the tap room. This beer is paler in color but is still malt forward in flavor. More delicate and lighter than the Doppelbock but no less impressive.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - In honor of Saturday's G'Knight Ride, Oskar Blues is tapping some Small-Batch Specialties from the little brewery in Lyons, Colorado that started the Oskar Blues Canned Beer Revolution! They have one keg of rare REEB Rye'd Pale Ale going on the line up at 11 AM Saturday June 16th at their Home Make Liquids & Solids restaurant till it's dry!

Strange Brewing (Denver) - On tap for tonight: The return of One-Barrel Wednesdays. It's FINALLY ready beer Strangers! Mama Jo's Rhubarb Pie Ale. It put up a good fight. It tried to get dumped too many times to list. But after weeks and weeks of anticipation it's finally ready! Imagine a crunchy sweet graham cracker crust topped with Mama Jo's tasty Rhubarb Pie filling. Mmmmmmm. Beer and Pie... Or even better: Mama Jo's Rhubarb Pie Ale. Get some before it's gone!

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - For your tasting pleasure, today's Firkin Wednesday beer is a Saffron Helles. This is a beer you are not going to want to miss. Grimm Brothers gives a big thanks to the Simpson's for the saffron and Cy for the Helles recipe. Come get some!

Eddyline Brewing (Buena Vista) - Ooooooh-La-La! Eddyline has gone French! They kept their South Main location's Brewer's License active (Yes, technically BV has 2 breweries) and to keep it active they made a very small batch of a French Saison finished with lavender and rosemary! Come try a glass before it's gone! They will be regularly brewing very small (1/2 barrel) batches of all the exotic and fun seasonals they don't get to make when brewing 20 barrels at a time!

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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