Friday, October 26, 2012

Colorado Beer News 102612

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Frankenstein Friday - celebrated each year on the last Friday of October to commemorate one of the greatest gothic stories of all time. Frankenstein isn't the monster, but rather the young scientist Victor Frankenstein who discovered how to give live to a dead body. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, October 26th, 2012.

New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins) - New Belgium Brewing recently unveiled a new 10-hectoliter brewing system (~8.38 barrels) that will allow the Fort Collins brewer of Fat Tire to create small batch experimental beers. The new system is comprised of a two-vessel brewhouse with one mash/lauter vessel and one brew kettle/whirlpool. Four fermenters and two bright beer tanks for conditioning complete the facility, which will primarily be used for research and new product development. In addition to research, there will be opportunities throughout the year to collaborate with other breweries, bars and restaurants to develop small batch beers. So far in the first month of production, New Belgium has brewed five batches of beer with a goal of producing 100 batches throughout the year. Each batch is eight barrels or around 250 gallons of beer. Many of the beers will pour only at the brewery’s tasting facility.

The Very Nice Brewing Company (Nederland) - Today is opening day for Nederland's newest brewery. Doors will open at 3:00pm today. Their initial hours will be: Fri-Sat 3pm to 9pm with extended hours coming soon. They will have four beers on tap - Monk's Wild Phunk (Trappist style), Very Nice IPA, Logical Fallacy (India Black Ale), and Very Nice Hefeweizen. Also be on the look out for their upcoming "Crazy Local" Brews - dreamed up by local patrons from across the bar. Join their MUG CLUB - 1st 50 patrons to drink 50 beers will become a member of their Mug Club. Ask for a punch card. Also, take home some brew in their stainless steel growlers. Located at: 20 Lakeview Drive #112 in Nederland, CO in the Caribou Village Shopping Center. Tell them Fermentedly Challenged sent ya. Website:

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - Dueling firkins tonight across the USA. Their Quadzilla is tapping at the Tasty Weasel in Colorado & at the Frisco Tap House in Columbia, Maryland, with a live stream from both locations, 5pm MDT / 7pm EDT respectively.
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Colorado Mountain Brewery - both locations (Colorado Springs) - Their Pumpkin Ale is going to be on tap today! Come on in and get some and then enjoy the Air Force football game tonight. It'll be 32º at the stadium or a pleasant 72º inside with awesome beer and food. Your choice. Choose wisely.

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - Party Time! It's their 2nd annual Halloween Costume Party on Saturday, October 27th, 2012 from 6pm to 11pm. Costumes are optional, but clothes are still mandatory. Come join the fun with music, food and their awesome beer. Pumpkin beer will also be on tap. Bring in your carved Jack-o-lantern. A prize will be given to the best costume and best carved Jack-o-lantern.

The Mayor of Old Town (Ft. Collins) - They've added a little something special for you this afternoon!! For today's FAC, The Mayor decided to add some live music - come down and enjoy the strummings and singings of Colleen Glynn. Don't forget to choose one of the 100 different beers on tap while you're at it.

Brewery Engagements (Colorado) - Looks like a trend is happening. Just days after City Star Brewing's owners Whitney Taylor & John Way got engaged, Gravity Brewing's owners Kate Andrus and Steve Hartsock announced their engagement. Is there something in the beer? Could be. Watch out you other single brewers - it might happen to you. Grats to the happy couples.

Hops & Pie (Denver) - Next Friday, November 2nd at 6:00pm is the Firkin 1st Friday at Hops & Pie. They'll be tapping a firkin of Left Hand Brewing's Warrior IPA - an alluring, complex & dangerous beer, brewed with fresh, whole flower cascade hops from the Colorado western slope. At 6.9% ABV and 69 IBUs, this warrior is ready to fight. Come get some.

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Rocky Mountain Brew Fest (Denver) - Another beer festival is coming to the Colorado Convention Center in Denver on Friday and Sunday, November 2-4th during The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo. There will be four 3-hour sessions. If you are attending the Expo, for an additional $12 advanced ($15 at the door) you can get access to a beer fest area and enjoy a limited number of samples plus one full beer of your choice. 10 different Colorado breweries will be on hand pouring their beers. Additional sampling tickets will be available for purchase.

All Colorado Beer Fest (Colorado Springs) - Also coming up on November 3rd, 2012 there will be two sessions of the 6th annual All Colorado Beer Fest taking place at the Freedom Financial Expo Center at 3650 N. Nevada Ave in Colorado Springs, CO. Tickets are $30 regular, $25 military or $10 designated driver. Sample all the brew you care to drink from dozens of Colorado-only breweries. This year should prove to be bigger and better than ever.

Ska Brewing (Durango) - Remember their Autumnal Mole Stout brewed for the Fall Equinox? Well get ready for their next beer in their series of Equinox and Solstice stouts. Ska Brewing just got approval for the name Ska Vinifera Stout. While no official word on what kind of stout this will be, the name Vinifera refers closely to a European grape. Could this be a grape stout? Or perhaps a wine barrel-aged stout? Stay tuned for the Winter Solstice to find out.

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) - The brewery is planning to can and release a limited edition Upslope Christmas Ale. Cans were being filled this week. Also coming in the months ahead are their 4th anniversary Saison (Nov. 3rd), also another release of their Foreign Stout in January and then a Belgian Pale Ale returning in April.

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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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