Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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Colorado Beer NewsToday is Food Day - a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Try a new healthy food product today and while you're at it - pair that food with a tasty craft beer. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, October 24th, 2012.

Two Rascals Brewing Co (Montrose) - This Friday and Saturday, October 26th and 27th, come to their Grand Opening celebration events. Each day featuring live music, food trucks and food delivery, $3 pints with 5 brews on tap - plus Door Prizes! On Saturday, they're having a costume contest. Best costume will win a free growler full of beer. Check out the latest brewery in Colorado - located at: 147 N. 1st Street in Montrose, CO.

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - Tonight they will be tapping their Starry Night Cascadian Dark (Black IPA). Come try this dark roasty and hoppy brew. Also, this Friday and Saturday, stop by the brewery wearing your Halloween best costume and you may get a "treat" from Big Choice.

Ska Brewing (Durango) - Stop by the brewery today for their Pumpkin Carving Contest. For a $5 fee, you'll get a pumpkin. 1st prize is a 5 gallon keg. Other prizes for 2nd and 3rd place. Pumpkin must be hand-carved and the patrons will be the judges.

Bonfire Brewing (Eagle) - Speaking of pumpkins, Bonfire is going to be slashing up a bunch of pumpkins tomorrow night at their tap room in Eagle, CO from 6pm to 10pm. BYO Pumpkin (but they'll have a dozen too). They'll supply the carving tools, candles for the pumpkin and of course beer! Prizes for the best pumpkins and a special award for anyone that wears one on their head.

Elevation Beer Co (Poncha Springs) - Attention Chaffee, Lake and Summit Counties - you're about to be the first to get shipment of Elevation's new First Cast IPA in 16oz bottles at local liquor stores. First Cast IPA is part of their Blue Diamond Series, but it won't be available along the Front Range (not yet anyway). Head up to the hills if you want to try some of this hoppy brew.

KB Kraft Beer (Colorado Springs) - Word of a seasonal pumpkin beer making a debut for Halloween was let out on Facebook today. Stop by the tasting room to try this beer on October 31st. You might just get a discount if you are wearing a costume.

STOCK UP COLORADO! - Snow is coming in tonight and tomorrow and it's going to get cold. Stop by your favorite brewery taproom and get some growlers to go before it hits. And if by chance this storm turns out to be a dud - hey at least you'll have beer in the fridge for later.

AHA Learn To Homebrew Day (November 3rd) - With homebrewing’s popularity growing by leaps and bounds, there’s never been a better time to learn how to make beer. The public’s thirst for homebrewing instruction is increasing alongside the growing ranks of homebrewers, now estimated at approximately 1 million nationwide. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) organizes the annual Learn to Homebrew Day event on the first Saturday of November to introduce friends and family to the hobby. This year, on November 3, thousands will gather at homebrewing events throughout the U.S. and beyond to share the fun of brewing beer at home. Experienced homebrewers who want to share their knowledge with newcomers will organize events—small and large alike—at their homes, local homebrew shops and other locations. Those seeking to learn the hobby or participate at an existing event will find a complete listing of Learn to Homebrew Day events posted on the AHA website. Currently, nearly 100 sites are registered, with new locations being posted every day.

Breckenridge Brewery (Denver) - For the first time, Breckenridge's Christmas Ale will be available in a new 5-litre (1.32 gallon) mini-keg this year. This package holds 10 pints of this special holiday beer. This 5-litre size is popular in Germany where the mini-keg container is manufactured. In addition, Breckenridge's Christmas Ale will also be available in 12-oz bottles and 1/2 barrel kegs. These will be available starting in November. (If this catches on who knows what else will be packaged in the 5-litre size). See the full story in the Press Release.

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - When this year's Big Shot Seasonal Ale is released, it will be sporting a new look and logo. The snowman is still there, but in a less animated form. Check out the new label (right) for this year's edition.
Early edition 2012 Edition

The Brew on Broadway (Englewood) - aka The BoB, this new start-up nano-brewery and coffee house is coming to 3445 South Broadway in Englewood, CO as early as January 2013. Paul + Suzanne Webster are planning to open in a space formerly occupied by Acoustic & Music Revival. They will have the capacity for more than 2,400 barrels a year. Look for more news on this upcoming brewery as it develops. (Source: Westword)

Colorado + Liquid Art Works (Wheat Ridge) - aka CPlus - another new brewery just announced will be located at 6995 W. 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO. Owned by Eugene Khang, formerly of Vern's Liquor Store. He's hired brewmaster Adam Draeger of Yak & Yeti to moonlight at this new beer bar. This nano-brewery will have a small 1-barrel brewery w/56 Colorado only beers on tap. Planned opening by February 2013.

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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