Thursday, July 19, 2012

Colorado Beer News 071912

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Get to Know Your Customers Day. Businesses are encouraged to take the extra step today to speak with their clientele and find out more about them. Who knows, you might just find out something from them that might help change things for the better in your business. Cheers to that! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, July 19th, 2012.

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Bristol Brewing (Colorado Springs) - A reminder of today's RyePA release from 5pm to 9pm. Also enjoy $3 pints of Laughing Lab from 4pm to 9pm. Stop in, they'd love to see you.

Rackhouse Pub (Denver) - Sour Month continues today at Rackhouse Pub. Today's tapping is Crooked Stave Surette. Enjoy a new sour tapping each of the following days: 7/20, 7/21, 7/25, 7/26, 7/27 and 7/28. Tomorrow is Odell Shenanigans. See the full schedule here.

Beer Myth - Saw this quote from the people who bring us The Springs Beer Fest. A common myth is: "A good beer must be high in alcohol. Many people unfairly associate low alcohol with low flavor. There are plenty of poor quality beers that are high in alcohol content, and the opposite is also true. Some of the famous Belgian and German beers have traditionally high average alcohol content – perhaps 8% or 10%. However, the alcohol content is only one feature and doesn’t necessarily account for the good taste. In England, many of the best mild ales have alcohol content of 4% or less – resulting from a higher tax on stronger beer. Of course, the advantage is finding good-tasting, lower alcohol beers is that you can drink more of it!" - Funny how the majority of high rated beers on RateBeer and BeerAdvocate are high ABV brews.

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) wants you to know that their Chainsaw Ale (Double Sawtooth) is back in town for a limited time on draft only. Described as: "...a connoisseur version of our award-winning Sawtooth Ale, designed to befuddle silly generalizations about life. This Double ESB pours a brilliant deep ruby amber with a rocky near white head. The nose opens with bright spicy and herbal hops, with hints of dried fruit and port. The flavor starts with a chewy, bready malt and hints of brulee and kola nut that are suddenly swept away by thyme-like and hoppy bitterness. The strong herbal flavors then give way to a dry finish of licorice, gentian, and Italian bitters." - Limited run - get some while it lasts at the taproom.

Ouray Brewery (Ouray) - Their restaurant is closed on Friday, July 20th from 5pm to close for a private function. But come on down to the tap room for some great beer, music and company. Joe Johnson plays from 6pm to 8pm.

CarbondaleBW (Carbondale) - Tonight is their Open Call for the Mountain Fair Adult Singer-Songwriter Competition. Bring your best and show it off. Starts at 7:00pm. Be there!

Equinox Brewing (Fort Collins) - Today's Thursday firkin is Mr. Delicious Oatmeal Stout that was conditioned with vanilla beans. The firkin taps at noon and will be gone long before close - so get some early.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - On Saturday, August 4th, Copper Kettle will be tapping 2 new beers: Basil Blond and Cherry Wheat. Live music will also be on hand starting at 6:00pm for you to enjoy. Plan on it.

Odell Brewing (Fort Collins) - The Wapiti Colorado Pub in Loveland is planning to host a Beer Dinner on Thursday, July 26th at 6pm. Located at the Mariana Butte Golf Course - the meal includes 5 courses and 6 beer offerings fro Odell. Beers include some classics, and some great single serves. There will also be a raffle held with proceeds used for the High Park fire relief. Located at: 701 N. Clubhouse Drive in Loveland.

Pateros Creek Brewing (Fort Collins) - If it's Thursday, that means there will be an Outlaw Tap at the tasting room today. Rumor has it, it's an Irish red ale called Raging Red that was made with the hottest pepper known to man - Ghost peppers. If you like it hot, get over to Pateros Creek this afternoon and dare yourself to try it.

Crooked Stave (Denver) - Construction on the new brewery continues this week as Chad Yakobson and company get ever closer to opening their artisan brewery in Denver. This week they are installing floor drains. The brewery will be located at 1441 W. 46th Avenue, Unit 19 in Denver, CO. Stay tuned for updates on their upcoming grand opening in Denver. In the meantime, their Wild Wild Bret Blue is currently available on shelves.

Pub 17 (Denver) - A revamped pub and restaurant called Pub 17 is now in place at the Grand Hyatt Denver and beer fans take notice, this place is featuring all Colorado beers. In addition, some Colorado spirits and several Colorado wines will be available as well. Taplines will be changed out every few weeks and highlight some of the smaller nano-breweries around the area. The location replaces they old 1876 restaurant and will serve up tasty local and seasonal food offerings. Starting in September, you can look forward to beer and wine-pairing dinners about once a month. Pub 17 is located at 1750 Welton Street in Denver, CO.

Beer on the Radio (Denver) - This Saturday at noon on the Colorado Craft Beer Show (AM 760), Turk and the Gubna welcome the folks from Clockwork Brewing in Aurora and also Whitney and John from City Star Brewing in Berthoud. Over on the FM dial (102.3) also on at Saturday 12 noon, the American Craft Beer Radio show with host Gary V will speak with some BJCP judges and talking about beer styles while doing some on-air beer tastings.

Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids (Longmont) - The next Funk'n Wild Sour & Wild Ale Club meeting will host Crooked Stave brewery Chad Yakobson who will be talking about his beers and his upcoming brewery opening in Denver. Featured sour beers will be tasted from Jolly Pumpkin, New Belgium, Russian River, Crooked Stave and more. Be there, Saturday, July 21st from 3-6pm.

Mead Day (August 4th) - Like beer? Then you might also like to find out about mead. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) wants you to learn more about it. What is mead? The AHA says: "Mead is perhaps the oldest fermented beverage. It's made by combining honey, water and yeast and is often referred to as honey wine. Mead can range from sweet to very dry and can be left as a traditional mead, or it can be flavored with flowers, fruits, herbs, spices, vegetables or virtually anything you can think of, making a versatile array of aromas and flavors. Celebrate Mead Day August 4 with your local homebrew club!"

Steamworks Brewing (Durango) - Steamworks wishes to announce that their Co-assistant General Manager Steve “Duder” Kammerer has taken the “next step” in the national Cicerone (sis-uh-rohn) Certification Program, achieving “Certified Cicerone,” a title held only by approximately 400 in the country. Kammerer now joins Steam Team Brewers Ken Martin and Spencer Roper and fellow Co-assistant General Manager Dave Woodruff as Certified Cicerones. Martin, Roper and Woodruff earned their credentials in December 2011. The ultimate certification is “Master Cicerone,” with only four in the country having earned that distinction.

Funkwerks (Fort Collins) - The brew crew of Andy and Gordon were working on some future deliciousness in their brewhouse yesterday. They were transferring Codename: Roeselare (a sour ale based on an Oud Bruin recipe) into barrels. Their friends at New Belgium Brewing were kind enough to donate a number of their previously used barrels, where the beer will sit for at least a year! So, there's something new to look forward to at Funkwerks. Can you wait?

Arvada Beer Company (Arvada) - Today at 4 PM they will tap their Brewers Limited Reserve, a Jalapeno Golden Ale. Goldline IPA is back on tap as well as Poolhall Porter, and Happy Hour goes until 7pm. Also at 4pm Guerilla Grill will be on-site serving up their Mex-Indian Fusion. Stop by and give them a try. Tomorrow, they release Manneken Pis, a beer they made for their neighbors Manneken Frites one year anniversary. 8.2% abv and all the goodness you expect from a Belgian Strong Golden Ale.

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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