Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Colorado Beer News 071012

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Don't Step On A Bee Day. Think about it. Bees are responsible for pollinating our trees and flowers and many plants we use for food. Without them we'd have a lot less fruit and vegetables. Bees also make honey, which in turn helps make mead and braggots. We wouldn't want to lose that would we? Besides, you might just get stung if you do. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, July 10th, 2012.

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Upslope Brewing Company (Boulder) - In an article from the Boulder Daily Camera yesterday, Upslope Brewing Company has announced that they have leased a 12,000 square foot building at 1898 S. Flatiron Court in Boulder, CO and intend to open up a 2nd brewery at that location. This new facility would house a brand new brewhouse and taproom and become their primary brewing location. The existing brewery and taproom would remain open and become the place where experimental and pilot batches would be made. This expansion would potentially grow output from 5,500 barrels to nearly 9,500 barrels per year and would be ready by Q1 of 2013.

Bootstrap Brewing (Niwot) - This Friday, July 13th, stop over at Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids in Longmont as they will be tapping 3 beers from Bootstrap Brewing Company. The tapping happens at 4:30pm. If you're among the first 50 pints served of their brew you'll get a free Bootstrap logo pint glass. Steve-O and Dave will be there leading the party. They'll be tapping their IPA, Flagstaff Amber and Boomer Brown. Try some!

Funkwerks (Fort Collins) - Stop in tomorrow, Wednesday July 11th, at the Forge Publick House in FoCo from 6pm to 8pm for a special "Meet the Funkwerks Brewer" event. They'll have two Funkwerks beers on tap and their co-founder Brad Lincoln will be there to visit and talk beer.

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - Coming up this week is a Food & Beer Pairing Dinner this Friday the 13th at Flame Restaurant in the Four Seasons Resort Vail. 4 courses and 4 beers on the patio overlooking the pool for $45. Call for reservations: 970-477-8650.

New Belgium (Fort Collins) - Dust off your virtual beer can stacking skills. New Belgium is hosting an online event that will award the winner one of those awesome New Belgium Cruiser Bikes. New Belgium has come up with the Beer-a-Mid challenge. Stack virtual NB cans and get your chance to win that bike. Head over to their blog for details.

River North Brewery (Denver) - On Wednesday, River North will offer up another in their mid-week barrel-aged release series. This week's offering will be: Barrel Series No. 3, Whiskey-Aged Quandary Quadrupel. This will be a limited draft release, but will also debut in individually numbered bomber bottles to take home. Starts at 3pm on July 11th! Sorry no reserving - 1st come 1st served.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - Folks in the Windy City (around Chicago) will soon be finally able to enjoy some Oskar Blues beer. A distribution deal is being finalized that will open up an 8 county area around Chicago for Oskar Blues to distribute beer. The deal is expected to launch around August 20th. What can we say other than - Fuh Can Eh Chicago! Get your hands on some Oskar Blues! Oskar Blues also recently entered the Alabama market in late June. Oskar Blues is on track to break 90,000 barrels this year!

Yak & Yeti (Arvada) - Continuing with their Wheat Wednesdays this week the Yak & Yeti will release a keg of Cherry Wheat at 4PM on July 11th. Last week the Strawberry was very well received and lasted about 2 days. If you want to try it, don’t wait until the weekend, because it probably won’t make it that long!

CooperSmith's Pub & Brewing (Fort Collins) - Everyone who dines and/or drinks at CooperSmith's today, July 10th, will see 20% of their bill donated to the American Red Cross to help assist victims of the High Park fire. Enjoy great food and drink and know that you're helping your neighbors!

Colorado Irish Festival (Littleton) - Thanks to HeidiTown.com for reminding me about the Colorado Irish Festival happening this weekend July 13-15, 2012 at Clement Park in Littleton, CO. Lots of food, music, dancing, other events and of course lots of Irish-style beer. This year the festival will be serving up Killian's Irish Red and also the debut of Killian's Irish Stout! Tickets are available at local King Soopers / Tickets West outlets or at the admission gate. Tickets do not include food or drink. Visit: www.coloradoirishfestival.org.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - Today, $1 of each pint sold will go towards Denver Urban Ministries to help provide food and clothing to those in desperate need. This is part of their #pintsforpurpose Tuesdays.

Annual Biergarten Festival (Morrison) - It's a traditional Biergarten as found in southern Germany. This is a two-day family friendly event with Schuhplattlers, German music, dancing, food and, of course, beer. Also games for children and appearance by professional sports figures. Dates are July 13 & 14, 2012 at the TEV Edelweiss Pavilion on Highway 8 near Morrison, Colorado (about one-half the distance between The Fort restaurant and the town of Morrison). Hours are 4pm to 10pm Friday and 11 am to 10 pm Saturday. Admission $5 for Friday, $10 for Saturday or $12 for a two-day ticket.

Palisade Organic Hops Farm (Palisade) - What a strange growing season it's been this year. According to a report from them, they will actually be helping to begin harvesting some hops at the Hippie Chicks Organic Hops location in Palisade later this week! Hop harvest in July? Yup, believe it. Fire up the Hopfenpflücker!

Wynkoop Brewing Company (Denver) - Now there will be even more United Tastes of Belgium beers: Mountain Sun, Duvel, Epic and Wit's End have joined their event, very exciting. The UToB beer list has now topped 50 beers! Advance tix for the 7-21-12 bash are available online at www.wynkoop.com while they last.

Echo Brewing Company (Frederick) - Today marks the debut of their new Wind Forest Wheat. It's billed as a refreshing summer wheat. It's brewed with Cluster and Cascade hops and weighs in at 5.5% ABV and 20 IBUs. Stop by the brewery after work today and try one.

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 the next beer festival or beer-related event in Colorado? Check out the listings on the 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar. Updated weekly.

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