Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Colorado Beer News 100912

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Face Your Fears Day. It's a day to embrace your fear and take steps to acknowledge and overcome them. Afraid of a certain style of beer? Face your fear! Try one that you've avoided. Who knows, you might just end up liking it. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, October 9th, 2012.

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Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Their GABF cask Ale-athon starts today with their American Brown Ale. This 5.8% ABV ale features a solid hop bouquet that is backed with a toasty nuttiness. Will you be toasty and nutty today? Be ready for different casks daily this week.

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - This Wednesday, stop by for a Wednesday Hump Day firkin. It's going to be either a Belgian Stout, a Peach IPA, or a Cherry Milk Stout, which ever one is ready first. Then get ready for their official Grand Opening Party which is set for the weekend of October 19-20. There will be live music starting at 6pm Friday and 4:30pm Saturday and various food trucks available outside all weekend long. There will be corn hole and other activities happening. Their back greenhouse has been converted into a patio for the weekend as well. Stop in and try some tasty new beers and welcome Windsor's new brewery!

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - Tomorrow, October 10th, Left Hand Brewing will be releasing their limited collaboration pumpkin beer "4 Foodies Ale". Often you will hear of two or more breweries working together for a greater beer. This fall, Left Hand is teaming up with THREE of their peers in the world of craft food & drink: Old Chicago, Savory Spice, and Guerrilla Farms. Together the four organizations will be giving life to a truly Colorado community Pumpkin Ale. Lewis Timpson with Guerrilla Farms grew the pumpkins in Niwot. Mark Newman & Old Chicago then roasted the pumpkins in their Louisville test kitchen. Dan Hayward of Savory Spice Shop in Boulder provided the various spice mix for the mash. And Ro Guenzel of Left Hand in Longmont of course brewed the beer! On draft at all Colorado Old Chicago locations.

Kokopelli Beer Co (Westminster) - They may not be open yet, but you can get a chance to try some of their beers at an upcoming beer dinner at the Golden Elks Lodge on Saturday, October 13th. Get a German dinner for $10 and Kokopelli beer $10 for several pints and keep the glass. Dinner starts at 6pm. Located at: 16795 W. 50th Avenue in Golden, CO. All donations given towards supporting Homeless Veterans.

Black Shirt Brewing Co (Denver) - Their official Grand Opening is this Saturday, October 13th! Hours will be 3:00pm to 10:00pm. That's right, they're open early so you can have a Red Ale before heading to the Great American Beer Festival. You can also buy a BSB shirt so you look extra "BADASS" at the festival! They are expecting to see you at: 3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO.

GABF Week is Here! Check out the List of GABF Week Events and Links.

Bonfire Brewing (Eagle) - This week, in the wonderful world of Bonfire - they're brewing a collaboration beer with Breakside Brewery (a beer which is destined for a high school reunion after some barrel aging). They will also be pouring free beer at Vail Cascade Resort & Spa on Wednesday October 10th. Stop in and listen to "The Big Naturals" on Friday while they release a cherry red ale whose name is only appropriate for viewing at the tap room.

National Teach A Friend To Homebrew Day (November 3rd) - The first Saturday of November is designated as National Teach A Friend to Homebrew Day. Homebrew clubs all over the USA will be setting up demonstrations on homebrewing. Beginners are welcome to join in the fun for free lessons and demos on how to brew your own beer. It's easy and with some practice you can make some truly wonderful beers. Check out the list of Colorado Homebrew Clubs and contact them for details on how they plan to celebrate.

Cicerone BeerSavvy (Education) - This fall, the Cicerone Certification Program launches BeerSavvy, an interactive computer-based learning program covering beer and beer service. This program teaches what's needed to pass the Cicerone Certified Beer Server exam in less than one day. Best of all, it uses state-of-the-art eLearning technology to make the course engaging and fun. Come by the Cicerone booth at the GABF to see a short sample of BeerSavvy training and enter to win one of the Nexus 7 Android Tablets with free access to the BeerSavvy program that they'll be giving away during these events. Plus you'll also receive a free coupon good for $50 off on the full BeerSavvy program for the rest of 2012. Head to Booth D1 at the GABF at the front of the hall facing the Brewers/Industry Entrance.

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Work continues across the street at their Ivywild School project. They've come up with a video showing their progress on converting an old elementary school into their new brewery. Check it out.

Asher Brewing Co (Boulder) - This Sunday, October 14th at 2pm, Asher Brewing and Gears are hosting a 24-team Cornhole Tournament. Cost is $20 per team of 2 people. Cash prize for 1st and 2nd place. Raffle prizes also all day long. Sign up at www.gearscommunity.org/cornhole and get entered. Asher will have 4 special brews on tap just for the tournament. Food available from the Heirloom Food Truck. Located at: 4699 Nautilus Court in Boulder, CO.

New Belgium (Ft. Collins) - News flash! New Belgium's Shift Pale Lager is now available in 12oz cans! Previously only available in 16oz 4-packs, now you can get them in 12oz size in various quantities! Clock out, Crack open, Enjoy.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - According to the Beer Street Journal, Oskar Blues' secret packaging that will be revealed on Thursday during the GABF may actually turn out to be something bigger than first thought. Instead of announcing Dale's Pale Ale in a 16oz tallboy, they may be going bigger and offering a new 19.2oz sized can (a royal pint). Further speculation is that these cans could also be resealable similar to the recent Chaka and The Duece collaboration beers. Guess we'll find out for sure on Thursday - stay subscribed to find out! (yes, we do love speculation!) - For hard core fact - check out their Press Release today regarding their canlaboration beer The Duece Hopped Up Brown Ale.

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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