Thursday, September 27, 2012

Colorado Beer News 092712

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Crush A Can Day. No matter how you prefer to do it: against your forehead, alone with one hand, or stomping it by foot - when you're done with that can of beer simply CRUSH IT! Then be sure to recycle it when you're done. It's also the last Colorado Rockies Home Game today. With 2012 being a year to forget we'll just have to start looking forward to 2013. The good news? After today - more parking room for brewery fans! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, September 27th, 2012.

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Vine Street Pub & Brewery (Denver) - FREE BEER ALERT! According to their Facebook page, if you stop by Vine Street Pub today BEFORE 4:00pm and mention that you saw their Facebook post via the Mountain Sun page - they might just buy you a beer. The post tells you that Vine Street is open for lunch today and had a long list of fresh beers on tap.

Denver Beer Crawl (Denver) - During Denver Beer Fest October 5th - 13th, there will be 12 locations spread throughout the Denver area that are participating in the 1st Annual Denver beer Crawl. These spots include: Highland Tap & Burger -Ale House at Amato's -Ernie's Bar & Pizza -cheeky monk -Breckenridge Brewery -Denver Beer Co - Euclid Hall - Freshcraft - Great Divide Brewing Co. - Rockbottom Restaurant & Brewery - Vine Street Pub & Brewery - Wynkoop Brewing Co. Each featuring different - and spectacular - Colorado beers all week. From the tried-and-true to the truly unique, the Denver Beer Crawl has something for every taste! Check out the details on Denver.org.

The Mayor of Old Town (Fort Collins) - Hey iPhone users! The Mayor is releasing a new beer app just in time for GABF week. On October 8th you'll be able to download their new app that shows in real time what's on tap at The Mayor along with a full description of the beer and links to the brewery. Don't fret Android users, they are going to work on a version for you right after that. Check out the video on their Facebook page.

Odell Brewing Co (Fort Collins) - Odell Brewing got together with The Silver Grill and came up with a very unique collaboration beer. On Tuesday, October 2nd from 4-6pm, stop in and try their Cinnsation Ale. The Silver Grill is known for their awesome colossal cinnamon rolls. Odell helped them put the essence of that into a beer. The result is a sweet cinnamon flavored beer. You can pair that with an actual cinnamon roll at the release party on the 2nd. Try it - you'll be pleasantly surprised.

BeerAdvocate GABF Pub Crawls (Colorado) - Used to be that BeerAdvocate would just hang around Denver for their beer crawls, now they head all over the front range. They are planning beer crawls daily from Sunday, October 7th through Saturday, October 13th. Sunday night they will be up in the mountains around Summit County, Monday is their Fort Collins / Loveland swing, Tuesday is the 2nd half of their Fort Collins jaunt, then Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday they will be hanging out around Denver. Check out the complete schedule on their website.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Well that didn't take long! Despite having licensing issues that temporarily shut down live draft sales at their new tap room, Crooked Stave is once again open and pouring beers. They've now got new tap menus posted and invite everyone to stop on down. As one fan put it: "Chad fought the law and ... Chad won!".  What's still missing is a manufacturing license, so they won't be able to make any more beer until that comes (in about 2 months). In the meantime, they have enough beer i stock to last the two months.

Live Brewery Music Tonight (Colorado) - If you're wanting to listen to live music while you sip on a craft beer tonight - you might wish to head to one of the following breweries or tap rooms. Here's what's playing tonight.
- Acoustic/Vocal Open Mic Night - Mayor of Old Town - Ft.Collins - 7:00pm - 11:30pm.
- Liam & Marcy (80s + pop) - Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - Loveland - 5:30pm - 7:30pm.
- Eric Anderson - City Star Brewing - Berthoud - 6:00pm.
- Brandon Snipes - Home Made Liquids & Solids - Longmont - 5:30pm - 8:30pm.
- Bonnie Raitt tribute w/Megan Burtt - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew - Lyons - 8pm - 11:30pm.
- Miss Tess and the Talkbacks - Dolores River Brewery - Dolores - 8:00pm.
- Marcy Stonecipher - Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - Loveland - 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - The GABF is two weeks away and Left Hand Brewing is participating in a ton of special events from October 8th through the 12th. Check out their poster: "A Left Handed Guide To the GABF" below or visit their blog page for more info. (Click image to enlarge)
Left Hand 2012 GABF Guide

Asher Brewing Co (Boulder) - Tonight come hungry, Ablaze will be at the brewery this afternoon. Delicious pizza to go with our tasty brews! Also, if you haven't tried it already they have a fantastically fresh new offering on tap, the Green Dream Fresh Hopped Pale Ale is here! Located at: 4699 Nautilus Court, Suite 104 in Boulder, CO.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - It's an FAC at Grimm Brothers. They're starting something new. They'll be opening at Noon on Fridays for lunch and afternoon fun. Chaulkboard Gourmet Express will be providing the food with a delicious Bacon Cheeseburger special for $5 and you'll get a dollar off on pints from Noon 'til 3:00. Come on in and start your weekend off a bit early. Then don't forget to come back on Saturday for their Oktoberfest celebration and the release of The Farmer's Daughter (Oktoberfest beer).

Weekend Beer Fests and Events (Colorado) - It's the last weekend of September and here's what's happening around Colorado that you should take note of:
- Butterflies and Beer - Sept. 27 - Butterfly Pavilion - Westminster, CO - 6-8pm.
- Hop Nouveau Day - Sept. 29 - Nationwide celebration - 12pm - 4pm.
- Boulder Beer 33rd Anniversary Beer Rave - Sept. 29 - Boulder Beer Co - Boulder, CO - 2pm.

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - The CS Indy is reporting this week that Bristol Brewing was approached by SSP America to open up a new Bristol Taproom at the Colorado Springs Airport. The previous occupant was the Gordon Beirsch bar which never really "took off". The new taproom will look similar in feel to their downtown tasting room and will have up to 10 taps. Look for this to be opening sometime around the holiday season this year.

Black Bottle Brewery (Fort Collins) - Five 7 barrel fermenters and a couple new brite tanks were installed this week at the upcoming Black Bottle Brewery at the corner of Prospect and College Avenue in Fort Collins this week. Construction of the new brewpub is coming along. Owner Sean Nooks hopes to start brewing within the next 2 weeks and hopefully open by Halloween. Their 40-tap handles will hold 5 of their own beers as well as a few dozen other craft beers from other breweries at the open. A full bar and small plate items will also be available once they open.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - Sometimes the graphic says it all. Check out the image below to view all of the Oskar Blues related activities for GABF week. So many! (Click to enlarge)
Oskar Blues 2012 GABF Events

Colorado Beer News from earlier this week:
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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 through early October.

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

Colorado Brewery Music ListingsLive Music at CO Breweries - Beer and music go great together and many of your Colorado breweries and top watering holes offer up live entertainment on a regular basis. Check the Colorado Brewery Music Listings and see who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar near you. Most places have no cover charge. Updated daily.

Beer Fest CalendarBeer Festival 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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