Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Colorado Beer News 081512

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Relaxation Day. We all live in a world full of stress. Why not give some of that stress the boot today, sit back and unwind and decompress a little. After work today, be sure to open up a nice cool bottle of craft beer and enjoy. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, August 15th, 2012.

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Boulder Brew Festival (Boulder) - Tickets are now on sale for the 3rd Annual Boulder Brew Festival taking place on September 1, 2012 at the Boulder Theater. Tixs are $40 in advance and $45 at the door (if still available). VIP tickets are also available and will get you in the door 1 hour early at one of their two sessions (2pm-5pm or 7pm to 10pm). Around 20 breweries will be pouring. Listen to live music on stage during the fest. More info at

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Beer Release Alert! Tonight at 6:00pm at the Grimm Brothers taproom they'll be releasing their Klein Elsa, a German-style Kölsch beer. Enjoy this summer-time brew that's straw-yellow with a prominent, but not extreme, hoppiness. Don, their brewer, developed this recipe after having the opportunity to brew a Kölsch with a brewery in Köln. The name of the beer is based on a mix of a Grimm Brothers story called “Clever Else” and Don’s youngest daughter named “Elsa”. This beer was originally brewed in honor of Elsa’s Birth and was dubbed “Kleine Elsa” or in English “Little Elsa”.

Prost Brewing Company (Denver) - Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 23rd at noon. Prost Brewing will open their doors for business with their Weißbier, Pils and Dunkel beers flowing on tap. The brewery is located in the LoHi section of Denver, Colorado at 2540 19th Street. More selections coming on tap soon. Be there for opening day!

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - It's pumpkin harvest time and City Star is already busy brewing up a batch of pumpkin ale for their thirsty patrons. Look for this brew to be on tap soon in the coming weeks. Also, this coming Tuesday, August 21st, at 6:00pm - come to City Star for a Community Potluck. Bring something to share. Cook with City Star beer and receive a FREE Beer! paper plates, napkins and silverware will be provided. Coming without food? Dig in but be sure to offer a beer to someone who brought a dish.

Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) - Have you seen their new taproom yet? They moved to their new location at 2961 29th Street in Greeley. Try some of their regular tap offerings or taste one of their August Seasonals including: Barrel Monkey Brown (aged in bourbon & merlot barrels), ESB (Extra Special Bitter), or their Peach Berliner Weisse (their Gold medal ale with a hint of peach). Look for their Buddy Pass in today's Greeley Tribune and get a coupon for a Buy a Pint Get a Pint free. Enjoy it in their bigger outdoor beer garden.

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - They still have a few tickets left for the VIP Farm-To-Fork Dinner this Friday from 6-9pm there at the brewery. $35 gets you all a lot of food plus specialty beers from breweries participating in their beer festival on Saturday, Ed Fest. Call ASAP for reservations: (970) 926-3009.

Mountain Sun (Boulder) - What's the best way to celebrate Hump Day? How about this: Nitro Old School Dry Irish Stout, XXX American Pale Ale,Blackberry Wheat, Annapurna Amber Ale, Java Porter, Quinn’s Golden Ale, Colorado Kind Ale, Nitro & CO2Illusion Dweller English I.P.A., F.Y.I.P.A., Motherlode Lager, Pearl Street Porter, Vagabond I.P.A., Super Kind American Barleywine, Jah Mon Ginger Wheat Ale, Resinous Rye I.P.A., Cat Burgler American-Belgo India Black Ale, Ciel Lumineux, Canterbury Special Bitter, and Grasshopp-ah Cider. Need they say more? All that on tap today.

The Mayor of Old Town (Fort Collins) - Join in tonight on their patio for live Jazz, fancy $5.00 mixed drinks and fine cigars from Edward's Pipe & Cigar Shop. You can also select from the 100 beers on tap.

The Fort Collins Brewery (Fort Collins) - Come join local brewery employees at The Fort Collins Brewery on August 24th from 4pm to 6pm for the Northern Colorado Brewer's Olympics. A portion of the proceeds will benefit A Puppy's Voice Shelter Fund! Local breweries will be completing a series of fun events, with proceeds helping to benefit our organization. The events should be a lot of fun, with great beer, and a guaranteed good time! (The Loveland, Berthoud and Greeley breweries apparently weren't invited - wonder why not - they're NoCO also).

Renegade Brewing Company (Denver) - Renegade just got a little bigger. For anyone who has visited their taproom in the last few weeks and has found their usual atmosphere of relaxing music and pleasant conversation replaced by the sounds of hammers, generators, and welders; they apologize. For those who remember the growing pains of childhood, you have something to relate to. Renegade is changing and growing. While the process is noisy, messy, and a little smelly, they are extremely excited about what is on the way. Recently they installed a 30 barrel fermenter that can turn 930 gallons of sweet hop-water into roughly 5,000 cans of delicious beer. Next to that sits an equal-sized bright tank to ensure your Renegade brews are clear, crisp, and well-carbonated. Stop in and try one.

Oktoberfest in Colorado (Annual List) - The harvests are coming in, the weather is starting to cool, and towns and communities in Colorado are planning their Oktoberfests! The first celebration has already been set for August 25th and the 2012 Colorado Oktoberfest page has compiled a list of over 30 communities in the Centennial state that have Oktoberfest or harvest festivals planned. Check it out and visit one of more of these activites. Festivals run from late August through early October.

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