Friday, July 6, 2012

Colorado Beer News 070612

Colorado Beer NewsToday is International Kissing Day. Originally started in the United Kingdom, it's a day to remind yourself of the simple pleasures associated with kissing for kissing's sake. Whether you choose to kiss the one you love or simply an old friend, give a kiss today to someone you're fond of and make their day (and perhaps yours as well). Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, July 6th, 2012.

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The Pub Dialogues (Denver) - It's time once again for another round of The Pub Dialogues. Each month, people get together at a designated Denver pub or brewery and talk about an important topic of mutual concern. This month, the topic is Congress. How is Congress doing? What do they need to do? Are you being represented? Discuss these questions and more during the Pub Dialogues at Pints Pub and Free House on July 16th, 5:30-8pm. Facilitators from OvalOptions will keep groups on topic, civil and engaged. Grab a real ale and join the conversation! It's free to participate; please support local pubs! For more info on The Pub Dialogues, visit their website.

Hops & Pie (Denver) - Today is Firkin 1st Friday at Hops & Pie in Denver and featured today is Old Man Bitter - based on Ska Brewing's Modus Hoperandi. A mix of citrus & pine that will remind you of the time you wnet on a vision quest & woke up in a pine grove full of grapefruit trees. This special firkin taps at 6:00pm. Then mark your calendars for Sunday July 22nd at 2pm for this month's Littlest Big Beer Fest. This month featuring the beers of Firestone Walker. Taste Parabola, Wookey Jack, Double DBA, Double Jack and Solace.

Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) - The brewery is offering up a Facebook coupon highlighting their July lunchtime special. During July 2012, print off their Facebook coupon, bring it in along with your lunch to the brewery (or have it delivered there). If you buy any two pints, you'll get a coupon for a third pint free, to be used at any time. This offer is valid only between 11:00am and 2:00pm Wednesdays through Fridays each week during July 2012.

Upslope Brewing (Boulder) - Upslope Brewing Company will be hosting a women’s beer night on July 9th from 5:30-8:00 PM. The event is designed for women to learn, discuss and broaden their craft beer knowledge. You’ll meet fellow beer loving ladies, tour the brewery and pair beer with Boulder’s own Cured wine & cheese shop. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to support Front Range Rescue Dogs. Tickets are $15 or 2 for $25. Tickets are going fast on EventBrite, click here to register! This event returns again on Monday, August 6th.

Speculation on Beer Prices - With the record heat and drought affecting the entire state of Colorado (over 70% of the state is categorized in extreme drought), speculation is that crop yields this year will be well below last years totals. A shocking 62 of Colorado's 64 counties now qualify for federal disaster relief due to drought conditions. We can expect to see less malt and hops available from Colorado farms for local breweries this year and therefore resulting in higher local beer prices in the coming months. How much more will you be willing to pay for a 6-pack of your favorite craft beer?

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - The craft beer in the can brewery is now offering up a new canned product - B. Stiff & Sons Old Fashioned Root Beer. This root beer will be packaged in the resealable 16oz Ball Alumi-Tek "bottles". This is the same package that their Chaka Belgian-style ale collaboration beer was packaged in. Knowing that Oskar Blues is also getting into the distillery / whiskey business, perhaps we can look forward to seeing their new whiskey product heading to the same type of packaging.

Breckenridge Brewery (Denver) - Tomorrow, July 7th, officially marks the 22nd anniversary of Breckenridge Brewery and they are hosting a party at the brewery from 11:00pm to 6:00pm, and for $22 a ticket, you can join in the fun. Your ticket will get you into a party with 3 live bands, unlimited Breckenridge beer (firkins, limited releases and never released beers) and a Pig Roast. Joining in will be a live remote of the Colorado Craft Beer Show broadcasting from 12 noon to 2:00pm. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets or at the tasting room.

Clockwork Brewing Company (Aurora) - They weren't the first and they won't be the last, but this new wanna-be brewery is trying to raise $20,000 in funding to get their brewery plans moving with their own Kickstarter campaign. The brewery is still looking for a permanent location and hope to open for business (with the help of funding) in early 2013. They already have 4 regular beers planned including Bad Medicine Oatmeal Stout, Golden Spike Pale Ale, Scantily Clad Blonde Ale and Salinger Rye IPA.

KB Kraft Beer (Colorado Springs) - Today is their One Year Anniversary! To celebrate, they've come up with two new firkins today for your enjoyment. Stop by the brewery for a taste of their Amber Ale and their ESB. Located at: 3668 E. Bijou Street in Colorado Springs, CO. Open today from 4:00pm to 9:30pm.

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - We knew it was coming sometime this week, and now it finally happened, Loveland Aleworks officially opened for business on Wednesday, July 4th! Their business hours are Monday through Thursday 2pm to 8pm, Friday and Saturday 12pm to 10pm, and Sundays 1pm to 5pm. Last week they hosted a BBQ/Beer pairing and offered a peek inside their brewhouse. Their final inspections passed and the doors came open just in time for the big holiday. Come by and visit them - Loveland's 4th brewery! They are located at 118 West 4th Street (just west of the railroad track).

Steamworks Brewing Company (Durango) - If you're in the Durango area today, stop in at Steamworks at 3pm. That's when they'll be tapping a special Firkin Friday - their Randy Shandy. They used their Hefeweizen as a base and added a mix of sugar, lemons, lemon zest and fresh ginger to make a unique lemonade brew. The result is a refreshing wheat beer with some citrus and spice. $1 draws and $2 tankers 'til she's kicked!

Pateros Creek Brewing (Fort Collins) - As a special thanks to those who helped fight the High Park fire, Pateros Creek is hosting a "We Love Firefighters" night on July 10th from 7pm to 9pm. Beers and snacks will be on the house for the families of firefighters, National Guard and the Forest Service (ID required). This is just one of 5 such Thank You nights planned by Fort Collins breweries. On July 9th, Odell Brewing will be hosting from 7pm to 9pm, on July 11th - Funkwerks, July 12th - Fort Collins Brewery, and on July 13th - New Belgium Brewing. All times are 7pm to 9pm.

Awesome Toss 'Em Cornhole FestivalAwesome Toss 'Em Cornhole Festival (Fort Collins) - Are you ready for Beer, Barbecue and Cornhole? On Saturday, August 18th from 11am to 3pm at Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, bring your best 2-person team and compete to win BEER FOR A YEAR in Northern Colorado's largest cornhole event. 2-person teams are guaranteed 3 games minimum, get tasty brews from Odell Brewing, and scrumptious Nordy's BBQ. Entry fee is $30 per person, or $50 per team. VIP admission is $60 per person or $100 per two-person team. Warm up your tossing arm and come on over. Register online at: This event benefits

Dry Dock Brewing Company (Aurora) - What's "tappening" at Dry Dock? For one, you can now get their Nitro Milk Stout on tap. It's brewed with flaked oats and lactose milk sugar bringing a rounded, fuller-bodied taste. And also try their La Vie Haute Summer Saison now on tap as well. This summer Saison has an earthy citrus flavor with a hint of pepper. It's deceptively light-bodied and is sure to please.

#IPADay (August 2, 2012) - It's back! Last year's Twitter-spawned event - #IPADay - has been set for Thursday, August 2nd, 2012. IPA Day is a universal movement created to unite the voices of craft beer enthusiasts, bloggers, and brewers worldwide, using social media as the common arena for connecting the conversation. On this day, you are encouraged to try either a new or revisit your old favorite India Pale Ales and toast to a friend about the big hoppy-style brew. Look for special events and drink specials from breweries and bars that day to help in the celebration. More info at:

Paradox Beer Company (Woodland Park) - Despite all the recent wildfires, a new brewery is getting ready to open in Woodland Park, Colorado and it may be happening as early as the end of this month. Say hello to Paradox Beer Company, headed by Jeff Aragon and Brian Horton. This brewery will be located at: 106 E. Village Terrace Ste 100. Paradox will be known for their wayward beers and barrel bound beers. All of the beers will be barrel aged for some sort of time, depending on the type of beer. At the end of the month they will have a Belgian IPA, Belgian Blonde, American Pale Ale and an Amber Saison on tap. Stay tuned for more!

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - Two upcoming events for the Ales for Females group. On Saturday, July 14th from 10am to 2pm a meeting of the Ales for Females club will feature the topic of homebrewing. Leading this meeting will be the very talented and knowledgeable team of Lauren Wiersma, Cinzia Wallace and Michael Romeo. Collectively, they will be teaching the group on brewing a Kolsch and a Hefeweizen with lavender and lemon grass. And, because the co-gender Ales4Females meeting went so well in June, this meeting will also be co-gender.So, bring the boys for an after and come spend a Saturday night learning from the best in the industry! Then on July 23rd, the Ales for Females group will meet again for a beer and chocolate pairing. Tickets for these events at the Ales for Females ticket page.

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Looking for way to say THANK YOU to all of the firefighters who have worked so hard to keep your community safe? Today Trinity Brewing is starting a "Buy a Firefighter a Beer" Program! For every beer you buy for a firefighter, they will match it! Firefighters, come on in and enjoy a cold one. Just one way to express how much we all appreciate everything you have done and continue to do! Thank You!

Beer and live music go great together and many of your Colorado breweries and top watering holes offer up tunes on a regular basis. Check the Brewery Music Listings and see who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar near you 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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