Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Colorado Beer News 103112

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Halloween. A time for Tricks and Treats, costumes, parties and for some ghoulishly delicious seasonal beverages. What do you plan on drinking tonight? Best to hide it from the kids, but they'll be too full of candy to care. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, October 31st, 2012.

New Brewery Announcements (Colorado) - It looks like Golden, Colorado is going to get two more breweries in town in addition to two others that were already announced. In the coming months look for openings from Barrels and Bottles, a nano-brewpub owned by Zach & Abby George. Also, CODA Brewery with owner Luke Smith is planning a nano-brewery in town as well. Add those to Cannon Ball Creek Brewing Company (opening in November) and Mountain Toad Brewing (opening late 2012) that we already let you know about recently. Looks like Coors and Golden City Brewery are going to have a lot of company soon. Thanks to Adam Draeger of Yak & Yeti for sharing this info.

Pug Ryan's Steakhouse & Brewery (Dillon) - Head up to Dillon tonight for their Halloween Party. They're featuring $2.50 pints of pumpkin beer, $4 Captain Morgan drinks, a costume contest, prizes and swag including a pair of Kahlua Ski's. Live music will be playing at 9:00pm from The Luv Brothers. Once those kids are done with their trick-or-treating - come spend some time at Pug Ryans.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - The brewhouse at Grimm Brothers has been getting smokey lately, that's because they've been brewing up a returning favorite: Sooty Brother, a smokey Grätzer Ale which will be tapped on Saturday, November 10th. Grätzer is the German name derived from the town of Grätz, formerly in western Prussia and a style that's been brewed since the 15th century. It's known for having a full hop bouquet with a smoky finish. Be sure to stop by to try it once it's tapped. Also, stop in today for their Halloween Growler Sale - Get $2.00 off all growlers today (new or refill).

Phantom Canyon Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Hey Barley Wine fans! Their 2012 Barley Wine is going into bottles this week. They brewed it on January 2nd, 2012 and it's been in Templeton Rye whiskey barrels since February. Winston Smith's Barleywine Style Ale goes on sale November 23, Black Friday! Snag one for the holidays.

Echo Brewing Co (Frederick) - Attention Ladies! The next Barley Belles (beer club) meeting will be a week from today, Wednesday, November 7th at 7:00pm at the brewery. They'll be doing a food pairing with Echo's Pumpkin Ale. It'll be $10 at the door. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend. All ladies welcome 21+.

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - It's Finally Here! HAPPY HALLOWEEN! They hope to see everyone tonight for $3 ESB Pint Specials in The Tasting Room at The Fort Collins Brewery and Buy 1 Get 1 Shared plates from Gravity 1020! They have LIVE Music starting at 6:00pm, face painting at 6:30pm, games and the Costume contest at 7:00pm! The event runs from 4-9pm today. Better be in costume!

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - Do you love ski movies? There will be a ski movie screening at the tasting room on Friday, November 2nd at 8pm! Powderwhore Productions will debut their new awesome ski movie, "Choose Your Own Adventure - A Ski Odyssey". It's a great way to get excited for the upcoming ski season. Vail Mountain opens in 16 days! Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 online at

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - Help Greeley "Keep the Kress" theater downtown open! On Wednesday, November 7th, Patrick's will give 50% of their sales to the fund. It's a Wednesday Open Mic night too. Sign up at 8pm and music starts at 8:30pm. Check out their Kickstarter page to learn more. The Kress needs to upgrade to a digital projector in order to keep showing movies. Help out this small independent theater/pub stay open for all to enjoy. Drink a pint - Help save the Kress!

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew (Denver) - Their new taproom hours for this weekend have been posted: Thurs: 4-10pm, Fri: 4pm-12am, Sat: 2pm-12am, and Sun: 2-10pm. The Waffleganger food truck will be parked outside on Saturday too! Located at 2810 Larimer Street in Denver, CO.

Odell Brewing Co (Fort Collins) - Odell Brewing and Rio Grande Mexican Restaurants got together to brew a chili pumpkin stout. In celebration of this unique collaboration, Odell Brewing and the Rio will be hosting tapping parities today on October 31st 2012. The keg tapping festivities will begin at Odell's Tap Room,
800 East Lincoln Avenue, from 4:00pm and at 6:00pm. Guests are encouraged to dress up and enjoy samples of the brew, local snacks, and live music by Lee Holiday and The Time Off. The crowds will then be directed to the Rio patio, 143 W. Mountain Ave, where the festivities will continue with another keg tapping of La Calavera and live music by The Constant Tourists.

New Belgium Imperial Coffee Chocolate StoutNew Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins) - In today's press release: New Belgium Brewing’s Lips of Faith Series is rolling out its fourth and final round of Lips of Faith beers for 2012. The selections are Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout and Biere de Garde, a collaboration ale with Michigan-based Brewery Vivant. New Belgium recently began selling its products in Michigan, affording the opportunity to collaborate with Grand Rapids-based Brewery Vivant. The breweries first worked together to create Escoffier, which was met with high regard, and now they’ve created a beer for the Lips of Faith series. The bright and refreshing Biere de Garde ale has a citrus bite from the peels of oranges and bergamots, reinforced with Sorachi Ace hops. The copper-colored beer is brewed with pale malt, oats for creaminess, and a hint of clove from Vivant's house yeast, which brings a spicy bite to the finish. Alcohol by volume: 9%. To read more visit here.

Colorado Brewers Guild (Colorado) - The Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) has had great success with their marketing programs and events this year. Buy Colorado Beer, S.O.C.I.A.L., and an event working with the City of Denver where the Mayor helped brew his own beer, have all generated increased awareness of the craft beer industry in Colorado. The goal of these programs has been to strengthen the Colorado craft beer industry, which accounts for about 5.7% of all beer sales, while appealing to retailers and consumers alike. Earlier this year, CBG launched S.O.C.I.A.L., “Supporter of Colorado Indigenous Ales and Lagers”, which has been extremely popular, gaining 2,000 members in the first eight months. The annual membership provides beer lovers with a T-shirt, membership card, invitations to member-exclusive events, and discounts at participating breweries. More info, visit:

Halloween Week Beers Released (Colorado) - Just this week there has been a ton of new releases. Check out these beers at a brewery or bar near you while they last:
Arvada Beer Co - Syrah Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout - October 27th.
Boulder Beer Co - Nitro Obovoid - oak-aged oatmeal stout - October 26th 4pm.
Boulder Beer Co - Boulder Cup Cyclocross Rum-Barrel Brown Ale - Oct 28th
Bristol Brewing Co - Venetucci Pumpkin Ale - October 25th 5pm.
Bristol Brewing Co - Red Baron Octoberfest - cask - October 27th 12pm.
Bru (Boulder) - Sasquash Pumpkin Porter - October.
Carbondale Beer Works - Punkin' Porter - late October.
C.B. & Potts - Pumpkin Beer - October 30th.
Colorado Mountain Brewery - Dead Chef Milk Pumpkin Ale - October 26th.
Crabtree Brewing Co - Peachtree Cezanne Saison - October 27th 5pm.
Crazy Mountain Brewing - Pumpkin Ale - late-October.
Crooked Stave - Autumn Saison - w/acorn squash, pumpkin, spices - October 31st.
Crooked Stave - 100% Brett Baltic Porter - barrel-age w/coffee beans - October 31st.
Echo Brewing Co - Pumpkin Ale - October 27th 6pm.
Elevation Beer Co - Downpour - double India red ale - late October.
Funkwerks - Deceit - bottles - October.
Funkwerks - Mistral - Belgian Pale Ale - October 25th.
Funkwerks - Cinnamon Chai Saison - October 31st 12pm.
Gravity Brewing - Imperial Belgian Pumpkin Ale - October 31st 6pm.
Great Storm Brewing - Pompion Ale - golden ale w/pumpkin - October 31st 11am.
Great Storm Brewing - Gdansk Gdansk Revolution - baltic porter - October 31st 11am.
Great Storm Brewing - Death Star Imperial Stout - October 31st 11am.
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - Orange Griffin - pumpkin spiced hefeweizen - October 27th.
High Hops Brewery - The Honeyed One - Red Ale w/honey - October.
High Hops Brewery - The Noble One - Belgian-style Ale w/ Noble hops - October.
High Hops Brewery - The Dark One - Milk Stout - October.
Hops Grill and Brewery (Littleton) - Pumpkin Spice Lager - October 31st.
KB Kraft Beer - Pumpkin Ale - October 31st.
Left Hand Brewing - Fade to Black Volume 4 - October 30th.
Lone Tree Brewing - Rauchbier - October 31st 12pm.
Loveland Aleworks - Dark and Scary Stout - October 31st.
Mountain Sun - Killer Harvest Belgian Pumpkin Ale - October 30th.
Mountain Sun - Dark Harvest Pumpkin Stout - October 30th.
Odell Brewing - La Calavera - Pumpkin Chili Stout - October 31st 4pm.
Oskar Blues / Sun King - The Deuce Ale - during GABF - mid-October.
Oskar Blues - Ten FIDY Imperial Stout - returning seasonal - late October.
Pagosa Brewing Co - Great Pumpkin Ale - October 30th.
Pagosa Brewing Co - Oak-aged ESB - October 31st.
Phantom Canyon - 1923 XLK Bitter - Revival Series #17 - October 30th.
Prost Brewing - Altbier - October 31st.
Rocky Mountain Brewery - Albino Porter - October 30th.
Rockyard Brewing - Unspiced Pumpkin ale aged in run barrel - October 31st 5pm.
Trinity Brewing - Chilly Water Baltic Porter - October 26th 5pm.

Twisted Pine Modern Day Pine-eerTwisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) - As the trees around us shed their prismatic plumage, beer drinkers don their winter wear and shop great shelves swollen with pumpkin ales. The esteemed seasonal style has ridden a meteoric surge in popularity this last decade, and proved a perfect fit for Twisted Pine Brewing Company’s Artisan Ale Project. On November 3rd, the brewery will release an India Pumpkin Ale named Modern Day Pine-eer, the eleventh offering in this year’s series. The project recently garnered nationwide attention when April’s West Bound Braggot bested 32 other beers to secure gold in the Specialty Honey Beer category at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. Pine-eer weighs in at 6.4% ABV and 45 IBU. The brewers added over 500 pounds of pumpkin into the mash as well as the kettle, where a mixture of fresh-milled spices joined Pilgrim and Columbus hops in the boil. There will be a release party at the brewery on Nov. 3rd from noon to 9pm. Take home bottles available.

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Beer Dinners & Pairings - Looking for something special to eat? How about a Beer Dinner or Pairing event? Lots of events are taking reservations now. Check out the 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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