Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Colorado Beer News 091912

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Talk Like A Pirate Day. Aaarrrgh mateys! Shiver me timbers, yo ho ho and bottles of rum barrel aged beer. If'n you be talkin' like a pirate today, best be dressing de part as well. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, September 19th, 2012.

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Great Divide Brewing Company (Denver) - Thanks to the 7 barrel pilot system they installed early this year, Great Divide has been able to produce several pilot beers over the last 8 months. Today, in celebration of that pilot system, Great Divide will host it's own mini tap takeover in their tasting room today. There you will be able to try one of 8 different pilot brews including a Schwarzbier, an India Pale Lager, Clayton Bigsby Tripel, an Altbier, an Oaked Smoked Dunkelweiss, a Hefeweizen, a Baby Yeti (just 3.5% ABV), and a Baby Hercules (also low alcohol). The takeover runs from 2pm til 10pm.

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - While still not having their official grand opening yet, their Hop Hut tasting room will be open today from 12pm to 7pm. Come enjoy the views and brews. While you're there, visit the High Hops Home Brew Shop next door to the tap room and get your supplies. Located at 6461 Highway 392 in Windsor, CO. Check out the mini-review of this new location.

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - Today's firkin is something not to be missed! It's a Coffee Stout. Come check it out today while it lasts. You can also get a special Catfish Platter from Nola's today along with other menu items.

Oskar Blues-Sun King Brewery - The DueceOskar Blues (Longmont) - Remember that collaboration beer Oskar Blues did with Sun King Brewery a while back called Chaka Belgian Style Ale? Well, those two breweries are at it again. This time they collaborated on a new beer called "The Duece - Hopped Up Brown Ale". And this time, it looks like each brewery did something slightly different. Both breweries are brewing up the same beer and packaging them individually at each brewery, only this time you'll notice a difference in ABV between the two beers. Check out their labels side-by-side. You'll see that the Sun King version is 8.0% ABV and the Oskar Blues version is 7.0% ABV. Viva la difference!

Breweries Coming to Boulder - Boulder is a booming beer town. Not only do they have a lot of existing breweries like Twisted Pine, Boulder Beer, Asher Brewing, Avery Brewing, Crystal Springs, Mountain Sun, Southern Sun, BRU, Shine Brewing, BJ's Brewery, Upslope Brewing, Walnut Brewery and others, but they are also getting a lot of new breweries including: Black Cat Brewery (late 2012/early 2013), Fate Brewing Company (late 2012), J Wells Brewery (this month), The Kettle and the Stone (2013?), Rhino Brewing Company (2013?), West Flanders Brewing (this month), Whooda Mon Brewery (2013?), and Wild Woods Brewery (this month). How many breweries can one town support? Guess were going to find out soon enough. What do you think? Is there room enough for all of these breweries?

Arvada Beer Company (Arvada) - Their GABF Release Party is tonight at 5pm. Tickets will be available at the door. Get samples of all 9 of their beers they entered in the GABF, plus a pint of your favorite for $20. You can still come down and hang out with them even if you are not taking part in the release party.

New Keg and Label Approvals (Colorado) - Recently the government has approved labels for the following beers in Colorado. Blue Moon Brewing Company (Golden) has two coming out, some may be in test markets first: Blue Moon Tongue Thai-ed Ale (2013) - made with lemongrass and basil, also Blue Moon Valencia Grove Amber Ale - made with Valencia oranges. Elevation Beer Company (Poncha Springs) recently got approval for their Downpour Double India Red Ale, and Oil Man Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout. Look for these beers in the coming months.

New Planet Brewing (Boulder) - In honor of National Celiac Day last Friday, Sept. 14, Women’s Health Magazine published a list of gluten-free beers with New Planet’s Tread Lightly Ale listed as #1. The list broke down seven different brands and New Planet’s Tread Lightly Ale comes out on top even with low calories, low carbohydrates it still has great taste. “New Planet is growing rapidly and is now available in 40 states nationwide,” said Pedro Gonzalez owner and founder of Boulder-based New Planet Brewing Company. “Word is spreading not only about our availability, but also our great taste. We are thrilled that a magazine like Women’s Health recognized our brand so prominently and know that this will help spread the word to those on a gluten-free diet that there is a great – not just good – gluten-free alternative for beer from New Planet.” See the full chart as it appears in Women’s Health at:

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - It's back because you asked for it. Three Golden Hairs - Bohemian Pilsner is back by popular demand and will be on tap this afternoon at 4:00pm. Hungry? Got that covered too. The Daily Dawg LLC will be outside cooking up some delicious brats to go with your beer. They're open til 8:00pm tonight. Also, stop back on Thursday night. The Stubby Shillelaghs will be getting rowdy with their Celtic songs and music around 5:30pm. Wear a kilt and get half price pints.

Longmont Oktoberfest (Sept 28-29) - Coming up in just over a week is the city of Longmont's annual Oktoberfest celebration. Three Longmont breweries will be pouring beer in the beer tent (Left Hand Brewing, Oskar Blues and Pump House Brewery). There will be brat eating competitions, best dressed awards, stein holding competitions and more. Bring the kids - there will be a Kid's Zone with Face Painting and a Bounce House. Live music. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 that will help Kiwanis, Bicycle Longmont, and Longmont Symphony Orchestra. Friday hours 4-10pm, Saturday 12pm-10pm. It takes place in Roosevelt Park in Longmont - September 28-29.

Big Beaver Brewing (Loveland) - The taproom area now has a dartboard set up along with several other games available. Beer, Beaver, Darts - what could go wrong? Stop in for a pint and some fun games.

Oktoberfest in Colorado (Annual List) - The harvests are coming in, the weather is starting to cool, and towns and communities in Colorado are celebrating Oktoberfest! The 2012 Colorado Oktoberfest page has compiled a list of over 30+ communities in the Centennial state that have Oktoberfest or harvest festivals planned. Festivals run from late August through early October.

Beer Dinners & Pairings - Looking for something special to eat? How about a Beer Dinner? Check out the new Colorado Beer Dinner and Pairing Events listings.

Colorado Brewery Music ListingsLive 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 Colorado Brewery Music Listings and see who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar near you. 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 daily.

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