Friday, June 29, 2012

Colorado Beer News 062912

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Hug Holiday Day. It's a day that encourages us to go out and give a hug to someone who needs one. How about a firefighter or evacuee? Or perhaps an old friend. While the focus is normally on senior citizens or the sick, just about everyone could use a hug these days. It's the last weekday of the month too! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, June 29th, 2012.

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Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora) - Today's Friday and that means it's time for another Firkin Friday at Dry Dock. Today's creation is a Roasted Almond Brown Ale. The brew taps at 3pm so head there right after work to enjoy a glass. Located at: 15120 E. Hampden Avenue in Aurora, CO.

Choice City Butcher & Deli (Fort Collins) - Join in on Tuesday July 10th at Choice City Butcher & Deli (104 W Olive Street) for an epic Brewers Dinner with Epic Brewing of Salt Lake City, Utah. There will be 5 beers matched with 4 courses. Meet David Cole, owner of Epic along with Kevin Crompton, Epic's head brewer. The social beer will be served at 6:30pm with the first course being served at 7pm. Tickets are $55 (plus tax and tip) and are available at Choice City in advance.

Renegade Brewing (Denver) - Guess who's turning 1? Yup, it's Renegade Brewing Company and they're celebrating with a first anniversary party this Saturday, June 30th from noon to 10pm. They'll have special brews on tap like their triple IPA, live music and plenty of food trucks parked outside. This also marks the official debut of their first canned beer: Ryetous IPA. Come check it out and wish them a happy anniversary. Located at: 925 W. 9th Avenue in Denver, CO.

TRVE Brewing Company (Denver) - Their Grand Opening on Wednesday turned out to be a great success, so great in fact that they had to temporarily halt growler fills until further notice so that they can catch up on beer production. They debuted with 3 beers: Wanderlust (Belgo-American Pale Ale), Black Cascade (India Black Ale), and their Prehistoric Dog (Salted Wheat Beer). If you missed their opening, stop on down to 227 Broadway #101 in Denver, Colorado, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue.

Grimm Brothers Water of Life IPAGrimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Yesterday, samples of their upcoming "Water of Life IPA" were given out to select customers as a preview of the beer to be released on July 4th as part of their Loveland Liberty 5K Run and Walk celebration. The foot race will start and end at the brewery in Loveland and Grimm Brothers will be donating part of the proceeds from their 10 barrel batch of IPA to help support "Life for the Innocent", a charity that rescues children in India from the sex trade and places them in foster families. This is their first IPA, and I can tell you it's hoppier than anything they've put out so far. The IPA was made with Magnum, Hallertau, Cascade and Amarillo hops. Starts out bitter, but goes down easy. This is a once a year type of batch so get some starting on July 4th and enjoy while it lasts.

Ale House Brew Fest (Grand Junction) - For those of you on the Western Slope, there'll be a mini beer fest going on at The Ale House in Grand Junction tomorrow, Saturday, June 30th from 5pm to 10pm. Plenty of Colorado craft beers will be available on one of Grand Junction's best outdoor patios. Located at: 2531 North 12th Street in Grand Junction, CO.

Black Bottle Brewery (Fort Collins) - Sean Nook, founder and brewmaster, has now set a target opening date in September 2012 for Black Bottle Brewery. They will be a full service brewpub with 40 taps including guest taps, a big bottle beer list, wine and mead on tap, top shelf liquor and great food. Keep it tuned here for more news on this new brewery as they unfold. They'll be located at: 1605 South College Avenue at Prospect in Fort Collins, CO.

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - As sections of Colorado Springs come back under control, surviving homes and businesses are re-opening. Trinity Brewing stated today that they will be back open for business starting tomorrow, June 30th with regular hours. UPDATE: THEY ARE OPEN! They are also planning to release Chardonnay Barrel Ages Saison Man at 5pm.

Go Cup Fridays (Greeley) - The open liquor area downtown Greeley has become a hit! Stop downtown again tonight for some free music while you wander the streets with your Go-Cup. Seven Sundays (band) will play a free concert downtown from 6pm to 9pm. Grab a brew at one of the local downtown pubs and take it outside and listen in.

Wynkoop Brewing Company (Denver) - Coming in July, Wynkoop Brewing is bringing back their GABF medal-winning Wixa Weiss beer and then fan favorite Belgian-style sour golden ale - Orville. Check out or their Facebook pages soon for release dates. And don't forget about their United Tastes of Belgium event on Saturday, July 21st from 1pm to 4pm. It's their annual showcase of Belgian-style beers from Colorado, the US and Belgium.

Steamworks Brewing (Durango) - The brewers at Steamworks are planning a "lusty" brew for their July's Firkin Friday, a shandy-style beer named the Randy Firkin. This cask will be tapped on Friday, July 6th at 3:00pm. A shandy is beer mixed with citrus-flavored soda, carbonated lemonade, ginger beer or ale or cider. This beer combines their lemonade with their Hefeweizen. Stop in if you're in the Durango area and try some. It'll help beat the heat.

High Hops Farm & Brew Shop (Windsor) is having their 12th annual open house today and tomorrow, June 29 & 30. This means 20% off the entire brewshop and 20-75% off storewide (some exclusions). This includes all ingredients and in-stock equipment for wine and beer! Be sure to come in today or tomorrow (June 29 & 30), because this offer won't be valid Sunday. Also, check out the progress their making on their new brewery set to open late this summer.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - News from a recent Press Release: "Ernst & Young LLP today announced that Dale Katechis, Founder, Oskar Blues Brewery, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Award in the Consumer Products & Services category in Mountain Desert Region. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Dale was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala on June 28, 2012 at the Seawell Ballroom in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts." - Grats to Dale and Oskar Blues on this nice honor!

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - Tonight at the brewery, Left Hand Brewing will be hosting a benefit concert that will support the Northern Colorado chapter of the Red Cross and the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department. The band playing, Dark Star Orchestra, is a tribute band to the Grateful Dead and will highlight the concert. Music by THUNK, a Boulder-based band will also start playing at 5pm. Tickets are $35 and are available at the brewery.

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Now on tap - Dead or Alive Double IPA. This outlaw of an imperial IPA was brewed with Centennial, Columbus, Warrior, and Magnum hops. The malt backbone lends this beer an amber hue and nicely balances the onslaught of the hops. City Star advises to approach this beer with caution! Weighs in at 8.8% ABV and 100+ IBU.

Rackhouse Pub (Denver) - July is Sour Month at Rackhouse Pub. Starting on Tuesday, July 3rd, they will be tapping 18 different sour beers, one on each of 18 different days. Brews from AC Golden, New Belgium, Bristol Brewing, Dry Dock, Avery, Crooked Stave, Great Divide, and Odell Brewing. For a complete list of beers and dates see the official schedule. Located at: 208 S. Kalamath Street in Denver, CO.

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival (Telluride) - Holy cow! This year's 2012 Telluride Blues & Brews festival will have 56 breweries in attendance pouring beer at their Grand Beer Tasting on Saturday, September 15th from Noon to 3:00pm on the festival grounds. Are you going? Check out the list of breweries.

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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