Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Colorado Beer News 073112

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Mutt's Day. We've all seen a mutt, those scraggly looking dogs that wander the streets and look like nobody cares for them. Help out a mutt and consider adopting one from your local animal shelter. They may just end up being one of your best friends! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, July 31st, 2012.

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Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Limited time only - there's a new beer on tap called "Toast", a deviant pale ale with big portions of toasted malts and toasted hops. Toasted hops? Yup. Unique in every way. Also try their returning favorites - Shine On Belgian Golden Strong and their Lightning Wit. Then mark your calendars for their Oktoberfest party next month on Saturday September 22nd. Live music plus some new seasonals including wheat wine, pumpkin beer, rye beer and of course an Oktoberfest beer. Check them out on Twitter @GreatStormBrew.

Cheers Beer & Wine Tasting (Greeley) - This Friday, August 3rd starting at 6:00pm at the St. Michael's Event Center & Amphitheater in Greeley, CO it's a beer & wine tasting event to benefit A Woman's Place. Taste a wide variety of craft beers and wine. Tickets are $40. Live entertainment, pig roast & Silent Auction & Raffle. More info here. A 21+ only event. (970) 351-0476.

Clockwork Brewing Company (Aurora) - Signs aren't looking good for this start-up prospect brewery. Their Kickstarter fundraising page was taken down as was their Facebook page and web site. No news (yet) also on Twitter as to why this effort seems to be shutting down. Stay tuned as we hear more about this situation.

Kdubbs Hop Farm (Wheat Ridge) - Another hop farm has "cropped" up on the horizon. Kdubb Hop Farm is located just outside of Denver in the town of Wheat Ridge. This 11 acre site grows hops on a 1/4 acre section. They grow Cascade, Centennial and Zeus hops and are now in their 2nd year of growing and will experience their first hop harvest in the coming days. They are selling their harvest to local home brewers and also to local breweries such as Strange Brewing Company and a few others. More local hops means more local hoppy beers! Find this farm and others on the Colorado Hop Farm list.

Echo Brewing Company (Frederick) - Looking for a dark hoppy brew? You're in luck. Stop by Echo Brewing on Friday, August 3rd for the release of Nocturnal - a double black IPA. It weighs in at 9.5% ABV and has about 100 IBU - so watch out! Not for the timid.

Fort Collins Brewery Bam Bostic RauchbierThe Fort Collins Brewery (Fort Collins) - Be sure to stop by the tasting room and try their tap club beer, Bombastic! It is a Bamberg-style Helles Rauchbier made with 100% smoked malt. Ashley will be happy to pour you a taste! It's a smokey brew you'll want to savor.

Go Cup Law (Greeley) - For the last two months on Friday nights, the downtown area of Greeley transforms into an open container liquor zone via Go Cups. The big success of this new law is prompting Denver officials now to meet with the City of Greeley to explore this further and hopes to bring the same thing to Larimer Square in Denver. This Go-Cup policy has attracted a lot of people and business sales downtown is up. This success is prompting a new restaurant to come to Greeley called "The Greeley Chophouse". This restaurant is associated with the 4th Street Chophouse in Loveland, CO. View the 7News video on this story here.

New Belgium (Fort Collins) - Seems like the folks over at New Belgium plant in charge of social media had some time on their hands and put out a short 1-minute video about their new Red Hoptober seasonal beer that's available now in stores. Check out the video below, or if you can't see it, head to YouTube and watch it.

Great American Beer Festival (Denver) - Tickets went on sale this morning for the AHA Members only session for Saturday October 13th, but according to the GABF officials, Ticketmaster was having issues with their "terms & conditions" and had been causing problems with completing ticket sales earlier today. They fixed the issue and tickets sold out in less than 2 hours for that session. AHA Members who tried early to get their tickets may wish to call Ticketmaster to confirm that they either did or did not get their tickets purchased. The mobile site for GABF tix was shutdown due to the inability to put in member numbers in the order. General Admission tickets for non-AHA members go on sale August 2nd at 10am MDT. Hopefully all of these sales issues won't be repeated. Expect a TON of people to hit the ticket site on Thursday when it opens. GABF tickets sold out last year in just a week and may sell out this year in a day or two. Read more about this ticket-interuptus here.

Boulder Beer Company (Boulder) - What are you doing on #IPADay August 2nd? Well how about heading to Boulder Beer for their National IPA Day celebration. They're serving up their Mojo India Pale Ale three different ways - CO2, Cask and on Nitro. They will also be serving up IPA-inspired food including a Cuban sandwich with Mojo beer mustard. Celebrate the IPA on Thursday!

Crabtree Brewing Company (Greeley) - A reminder - the tasting room is moving! The brewery has announced their business hours for the upcoming week: Friday August 3rd open regular hours. August 4th through 7th - CLOSED for moving. August 8th OPEN at 4pm at the new location - 2961 29th Street, Greeley, CO 80634. New place is located between the IHOP restaurant and the Harley Davidson dealer just south of US 34 bypass. A new homebrew shop will open in the same building as well "Juice of the Barley".

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - The brewers at Copper Kettle are busy. In the next week or so they will be putting out three beers on tap including Basil Blond Ale on August 4th, Cherry Wheat (homebrew winner) on August 4th, and White IPA on August 11th. All releases happen at 12 noon. Plan to stop in and try one (or more).

Oktoberfest (Statewide) - It may only be the last day of July, but already plans are underway for dozens of statewide celebrations. Even local Colorado brewers like Rockyard Brewing in Castle Rock is busy brewing up this year's batch of Octoberfest beer today! Check the calendar listings for upcoming Oktoberfest celebrations in Colorado towns and look forward to drinking some awesome Oktoberfest beer soon!

Cranknstein (Fort Collins) - Tonight - live music and great beer specials. Listen to Rocky Mountain Ramble at 9pm. Get a pint of Black & Brew and keep your glass (while supplies last) starting at 7pm.

J Wells Brewery (Boulder) - According to the brewer, the last hurdles with the TTB over their federal application have been cleared up and they should have their TTB license by next week. Now it's a matter of getting all the Colorado state paperwork completed and they can open. Stay tuned for more news on this nano-brewery.

Live Music - 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 CalendarFestival Listings - Looking 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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