Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Colorado Beer News 102312

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Mole Day, a day created to commemorate Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 10^23), which is one of the basic measuring units in chemistry. Speaking of chemistry, where would brewing be without chemistry? A brewer is simply one form of a chemist who works with 4 basic ingredients: water, malt, hops and yeast. Mix them up in just the right measures and you've got beer! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012.

New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Clips of Faith, New Belgium Brewing’s traveling philanthropic beer and film festival, recently wrapped up its third successful season, raising $117,656 for local nonprofits (see the city breakdowns below). Approximately 16,400 people came out for homemade films and handmade beers as the tour visited 18 cities across the country. All proceeds from beer sales benefit local nonprofit partners and over its three-year run, Clips of Faith has raised approximately $208,650. If you are a filmmaker, or an aspiring filmmaker, and would like to be part of New Belgium’s 2013 Clips of Faith tour, entries will be accepted January 1 – April 15 at www.clipsoffaith.com.

Bootstrap Brewing Co (Niwot) - Today, the brewery is honoring the anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising and are offering 50 cents off pints of their 1956 Golden Ale in the tasting room. This is their Gold medal winner form the 2012 Colorado State Fair. Stop in for a taste.

Colorado Boy Brewery (Ridgway) - Like authentic tasting English beer? On tap tonight is their Best Bitter on cask only. This is a new recipe using Palisade hops and whole hops from West Elk Hops in Paonia. This is VERY ENGLISH. The type you would expect in a warm English pub. Get your English on!

Oskar Blues Home Made Liquid & Solids (Longmont) - The O.B.-themed restaurant is celebrating their 3rd anniversary this Friday, October 26th. Get happy hour prices all night. There will be a staff Halloween Costume Contest. Bring in a carved Jackolantern to be judged at 7:00pm and get a free pint of beer or a can of their root beer. Face painting and balloon maker on hand for the kids between 4-7pm. Live music both downstairs 5-7:30pm and upstairs 8-11:30pm.

Strange Brewing Co (Denver) - Already brewers are starting to make some big brews for the upcoming Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival coming up in January in Vail. Strange Brewing is whipping up a 7-barrel batch of their Dr. StrangeLove Barleywine. Look for it just after New Years Day.

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - Sticker Wednesday's will be an event held every Wednesday in the Left Hand Brewing Tasting Room. With any purchase (beer or merchandise), you will receive a complementary beer logo sticker. These stickers can ONLY be obtained when making a purchase on Wednesdays. First up is their Warrior IPA sticker. After we run out of these Warrior stickers, they will move onto the next beer logo. So, don't miss you chance, come and join us this Wednesday! Collect them all.

Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) - The brewery is planning to move their entire brewhouse over to the new location on 29th Street by the end of the year. Demolition of the old bar on 3rd Street has already taken place. Stop in the new taproom Wednesday for discount growler fill night and also for CSK's Grill (food vendor) who will be on hand serving up a fresh pot of chili, some brisket and other tasty treats for your dinner.

Bristol Brewing Company (Colorado Springs) - Ever wanted to drink a beer and pet a baby tiger all at the same time? Ya? Well here's your chance. Serenity Springs Wildlife Center (SSWC) will be bringing over a cute baby tiger during their Karma Hour tonight at the taproom. This is your rare opportunity to interact with this rare breed of cat. The baby tiger will be on site at 5:00pm tonight. They'll donate $1 per pint sold during the Karma Hour to SSWC.

New Belgium (Ft. Collins) - More news from New Belgium today. Today marks the return of their winter seasonal brew - Snow Day Winter Ale. This brew will be available now through January. Just in time for that storm that's coming in this week supposedly bringing snow to the Front Range of Colorado. Snow Day is bold, not too heavy and finishes hoppy and dry - not spicy like other holiday beers. Enjoy today's 70 degree weather while it lasts. Winter is coming.

Wynkoop Brewing Co (Denver) - Got your tickets yet for the Beers of the Year 2012 event? On Saturday, November 3rd from 1pm to 4pm you can sample every wynkoop beer made in 2012, plus some special Wynkoop cask & reserved beers, and some select 2012 beers from other US and CO breweries. Pair those with some gourmet cheeses as well. Cost is $25 if you buy in advance, or $32 at the door day of. Details at wynkoop.com.

Yak & Yeti (Arvada) - Adam Draeger, brewmaster, recently tapped a few small 1-barrel batches of beer that you might want to know about. 1> Oaked IPA - their Himalayan IPA aged for 4 months in a Leopold Bros Rye Whiskey barrel. 2. Blueberry Tart - inspired by the dessert, this brown ale has plenty of tart blueberries, over 1.5lbs per gallon! 3. Milk Stout - an un-spiced version of their Chai Milk Stout will be on tap throughout the winter months for those who prefer it plain. Coming in November: 1: Pumpkin Ale, 2. Sherpa Porter - weekly releases with variations including - toasted coconut, cherries, peppermint tea, orange, vanilla, and coffee. Plus! Even more in their Haunted Series - Chocolate Frosting Stout and a Belgian IPA.

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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