Thursday, November 15, 2012

Colorado Beer News 111512

Colorado Beer NewsToday is I Love To Write Day. Bring out the writer in you today. Compose a poem, start writing a book, update your blog, put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and celebrate writing today. Putting your thoughts to page is good for your soul. And the occasional craft beer doesn't hurt either. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, November 15th, 2012.

Oskar Blues (Longmont/Lyons) - This Saturday marks their 10th year of canning big, bodacious brews, and they're celebrating at the original Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons, CO. Come out and party with O.B., The White Buffalo, Interstate Stash Express & Erik the Viking, plus show off your silent disco moves while enjoying beers in the CAN & tasty food from the Oskar Blues Bonewagon. Be sure to try the new "oSKAr the G'Rauch" smoked IPA when you're there.

Breckenridge Colorado Craft (Denver) - The old Breckenridge Brewery Ballpark Pub, now renamed to Breckenridge Colorado Craft, is marking their 20th birthday this month. In restaurant years, turning twenty calls for a face-lift, and that's just what Breckenridge Brewery's original Denver location received. In addition to a significant interior renovation that incorporated more natural materials, they added 16 new taps behind the bar offering more beer selection that includes other craft beer, and also several wines, a house-crafted margarita on tap and a craft cocktail program! They also revamped the entire menu to showcase more locally sourced ingredients, smaller plates and healthier dining options. If you haven't been there lately, stop by and check out their new look.

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - Today's the day for their annual release party for The Czar Imperial Stout. The party starts at 5:00pm and also includes a food drive to benefit the Community Food Share. If you bring in 3 or more items on their "high needs list" (see Facebook) then you'll receive a voucher for a free 10oz Czar pour at the party. For every 3 items donated you also get 1 raffle ticket good for a drawing at the release party for either a 5 gallon keg or two cases of The Czar!

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - Tonight Left Hand Brewing will be hosting a fundraiser for Forward Steps (a charity that benefits former foster youth in their transition into being a self-sufficent adult) in their Malt Room between 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. This event will include a silent auction, live music, and food. Please help us support a good cause! A donation will be accepted at the door in lieu of a cover charge. All your favorite Left Hand beers will also be pouring on tap.

Grand Lake Brewing Co (Grand Lake) - If you'll find yourself without any family coming over for Thanksgiving and don't want to cook a meal yourself, consider joining the crew at the Grand Lake Brewing Taphouse for their Thanksgiving Day Buffet on Thursday, November 22nd from 12pm to 6pm. They'll be serving up turkey, roast beef, ham and all the holiday fixings. Reservations suggested but not required (970) 627-9404. Cost is $17.95 for Adults and Children 12 and under $7.95. And yes, fresh tapped craft beer will also be available that day (21+ only).

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Today is the last day this week to take advantage of their growler sale. From 1:00pm to 3:00pm you can get $2 off any growler, new or refill. Also, mark your calendars now, on Saturday, December 15th from 12pm to 9pm Grimm Brothers will be hosting Weilnachtsfest, a charity event in the German Style Celebration of the early Christmas season. They'll even be tapping a special Weilnachts Bier (Christmas Beer) - part of their Fabled Series of beers.

Today's Beer Releases (Colorado) - Here's what's fresh on tap starting today - The Czar Imperial Stout @ Avery Brewing, Chestnut Brown Ale firkin @ Dry Dock Brewing, Mocha Java Mr. Delicious Oatmeal Stout @ Equinox Brewing, Odell Brewing's #OhMyGourd pumpkin beer @ Westword #WebAwards, Hot Shot Green Chili Ale @ Pikes Peak Brewing, D's Nut Brown Porter @ Pateros Creek Brewing - And many more recent releases.

The Mayor of Old Town (Ft. Collins) - Like to play music and/or sing? Sign up for Open Mic Night tonight at the Mayor's. Sign up at 6pm. Listen to warm-up singer Jeri Lynn Nichols-Park then you'll be on the schedule! Open mic runs from 7pm to 11:30pm. Every Thursday til further notice.

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - If you missed their High Country Bourbon Breakfast Stout Brunch last year, here is your chance! On Sunday, November 18th, they'll be partnering with Harvest Food Truck to bring you a three course sit down brunch, featuring a side by side pairing of their original bourbon breakfast stout (aged over a year) with the newest batch aged in Breckenridge Bourbon barrels! The High Country Breakfast Stout is an imperial oatmeal stout made with coffee, chocolate and Kentucky aged bourbon, aged to perfection! Tickets must be purchased in advance at the brewery ($25/pp) for either their 9:30am session or 11:00am session - 25 seats each session. Try this stout one week before the public does!

Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe (Denver/Westminster) - Tonight - it's the Coast to Coast Toast! You’re invited to the biggest Belgian Beer toast in the nation - held at the most awesome array of specialty beer bars assembled for a single celebration. And the Cheeky Monk is one of them! It’s called the Coast to Coast Toast™. The C2CT2 takes place on Thursday, November 15th with a Coast to Coast Toast at 8PM at Westminster and at 9PM at Colfax. Join in as they celebrate Saison Dupont, Cuvee des Trolls, and Scaldis!

Parry's Pizza & Bar (Highlands Ranch) - Don't forget about the upcoming Odell Brewing Pint Night on Friday, November 16th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. While supplies last, buy an Odell beer and keep the pint! Be sure to join their Ale Yeah Club while your at it for even more specials that only members get (free to join). Plus - 50 beers on tap!

Hops & Pie (Denver) - Time once again for the Littlest Big Beer Fest at Hops & Pie on Tennyson in Denver. This month's feature brewery is Fifty Fifty Brewing Company of Truckee, CA. They'll be tapping flights and single pours of 5 different and special brews ranging from a porter, an IPA, an imperial stout, a Rye IPA and a bourbon barrel aged brew. Don't miss out. Happens from 2pm on.

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Beer and music go great together and for the next several Fridays you can listen to live music while you sip on some great fresh beer at High Hops. The line-up includes: Nov 16th Chainstation Mountain Band, Nov 23rd Franklin Taggert, Nov 30th Sharon Glassman and Grant Mcintosh, and Dec 7th will be Ash Ganley. Music starts at 6:00pm and goes til 8:00pm.

CO Beer Dinners - Expand your palate! How about a beer dinner or pairing event? Lots of events are taking reservations now. Check out the Colorado Beer Dinner & Pairing Events listing.

Live Music - Beer and music go great together and many Colorado breweries and watering holes offer live entertainment every day. Check out the Colorado Brewery Music Listings and find who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar. Updated daily.

CO Beer Festivals - Looking for info on upcoming beer festivals or related events in Colorado? Check out the listings on the 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar. Updated daily.

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