Thursday, June 28, 2012

Colorado Beer News 062812

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Handshake Day. It's a cultural symbol of greeting that's been practiced since at least the 2nd century B.C.. A handshake can tell you a lot about a person (supposedly). A firm handshake represents a sense of confidence. A weak handshake can symbolize shyness. And a cold handshake may mean you just had to put down your glass of beer. Which glass of beer will you shake hands with next? Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, June 28th, 2012.

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Fight Fire With Beer Festival (Boulder) - As part of a newly created Firefighter Appreciation Week, September 8th - 15th 2012, All of Colorado's finest brewers are invited to participate in a competition called the Fight Fire With Beer Governor’s Cup, which will be judged by Colorado fire chiefs and Governor Hickenlooper. The winning brewery will have the honor of creating the “Official” Fight Fire With Beer beer, which will be featured in bars, restaurants, and made available for retail sale the entire year - until a new winner is selected. Proceeds will be donated to provide fire education throughout the state. If you are a brewery interested in participating please fill out the 'Submit Your Beer' form on the Firefighter Appreciation Week web site. The inaugural Firefighter Appreciation Week will culminate with the Fight Fire With Beer Festival. Enjoy some of the Colorado's best craft beer, food and music at the 29th Street Mall in Boulder. This family friendly festival will begin at noon, and go until 10:00pm. Firefighters from around the State will be encouraged to turn out in force to meet residents of Colorado who want to say thank you.

Equinox Brewing (Fort Collins) - Today's firkin is Regulus Maibock dry hopped with Centennial hops. Once again we are donating 100% of firkin sales to the Red Cross to help those affected by the fires.

BierWerks Brewery (Woodland Park) - Here's an update from the brewery owner who had to shutdown yesterday due to the wildfires. "I will open Bierwerks later today for anyone wanting to stop by and chat about the fire or life in general. I was evacuated, but just setup shop behind Bierwerks. So James and I will serve you great beer, I think it's the only beer in town now." - Please continue to keep them and all the other people affected by these fires in your prayers.

Arvada Beer Company (Arvada) - Today at 4pm GuerillaGrill will be at the brewery serving up some great food. Arvada Beer Co will release their Brewers Limited Reserve, based on their Irish Red (a version of a favorite Thursday beer). Come on down and check it all out. Tomorrow they will release a Belgian IPA and water Tower Wheat makes a return. Saturday from 12 to 2, the Colorado Craft Beer Show Will be broadcasting live and have some great stuff they will be giving away, come join the Fun!

Hogshead Brewery (Denver) - Although they've been open unofficially for a couple of weeks, they plan to have their official opening tomorrow according to reports on Facebook. Stop by and get the feel of an English pub and English style beers. Located at: 4460 W. 29th Ave in Denver, CO. Open at 2pm.

Steamworks Brewing Company (Durango) - Recently this week, members of Steamworks Brewing went up in the mountains to harvest bags and bags of spruce tips for this year's Spruce Goose Ale. Look for this beer to be released sometime in the fall. Pictures of their harvest can be seen on their Facebook page.

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Last night was the first time that Loveland Aleworks hosted an event at their soon to open brewery in Loveland. Engaging Loveland, who is organizing and promoting the upcoming Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & Brews event in July, hosted a BBQ and Beer pairing competition. Two of Loveland Aleworks beers were used in the pairings including their Belgian-style Pale Ale and American Wheat Ale. Founder and brewmaster Nick Callaway stated that they still have some work left to do and finalize some inspections before they can officially open for business. Currently there is scaffolding in front of their building while they finish up work on the front of their business. Nick stated that they could do a soft opening as early as this weekend! For photos and coverage of this event, check out the event posting on this blog.

Breckenridge Brewery (Denver) - today through Sunday the Breckenridge Brewery Tasting Room (471 Kalamath Street, Denver) and Breckenridge Colorado Craft (formerly our Breckenridge Ballpark Pub at 2220 Blake Street, Denver) will donate $1 for every Avalanche sold to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Please note that the Tasting Room is closed on Sunday, so go to Breckenridge Colorado Craft to participate on Sunday! In addition, they've added a dunk tank to their 22nd Anniversary Party festivities on Saturday, July 7th, - the proceeds from the dunk tank fun will be donated to the American Red Cross as well! So come join in, and bring your swimsuit and some extra dollars to help our fellow Colorado citizens!

The Mayor of Old Town (Fort Collins) - Attention to the ladies and guys of their beer clubs: On July 24th, they will be having a special event! David Walker, owner of Firestone Walker will be addressing the clubs during a special 'joint session' at 6:30pm. Then, plan on staying for the tapping of the 1-year aged 15th Anniversary Ale. Please mark you calendars now!

Dillon Dam Brewery (Dillon) - Be at the brewery tonight for a great night of Trivia with Shawn and prizes from Crown Royal! And it's Ladies Night! Ladies drink FREE half pints of DAM beer from 9-11pm! Sure to be DAM fun!

Odell Brewing (Fort Collins) - Odell Brewing is preparing to release Deconstruction, a blended beer made of 42% beer aged in wine barrels and 58% ale. According to the label: "A golden ale created by blending the final recipe with its own barrel aged pilot beers fermented with wild yeast and lacto. Each individual barrel contributes a unique flavor from the wood chosen and the cultures resident to achieve subtle complexities that devlop(ed) over time. A beer that starts sweet, filling the mouth with fruit-like esters and a mild spiciness, changing to a tart and lingering flavor reminiscent of apples and grapefruit living amidst an earthy, citrusy hop aroma". Look for this in 750ml corked bottles in the near future. This bad boy weighs in at 10.5% ABV.

New Belgium (Fort Collins) - By the end of 2012, if the world doesn't end, New Belgium will once again release Transatlantique Kriek, a spontaneously fermented lambic beer made with Polish cherries. This brew is slightly sour and weighs in around 8% ABV. The beer has been aging in oak barrels in Belgium for nearly 2 years.

Echo Brewing Company (Frederick) - Today, Echo Brewing is tapping their long awaited Munich Helles. Stop by for a pint or two. Reportedly a refreshing beer for these hot summer days. And boy is it ever hot.

Funkwerks (Fort Collins) - In a story posted by David Young in the Coloradoan, Funkwerks will be expanding into the space previously occupied by Crooked Stave. Chad Yakobson removed its 60 barrels of beer freeing up about 200 square feet of brewery space. Funkwerks will install 3 new tanks into that area and increase production.

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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