Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Colorado Beer News 121112

Colorado Beer NewsToday is International Mountain Day. It's a day to celebrate mountain communities and look for ways to improve and sustain them. Did you know that 12% of the world's population live in mountain communities? Head to to the mountains and enjoy the day! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, December 11th, 2012.

Metro Denver / Boulder

Wit's End Brewing (Denver) - At long last the brewery is bringing back Ugly Sweater! Wit's End will be releasing their beloved winter ale next Friday, December 14. Come help up celebrate by wearing your ugly sweater to the taproom. They will be raffling door prizes for those wearing an ugly sweater as well as a special prize for the best (or worst?) ugly sweater. Hours will be extended slightly from 2-9 PM ish. Also, Friday will be the only day they will sell Ugly Sweater to go — and only in their 40oz containers. So bring your 40 in for a refill or grab a new one.

Rockyard Brewing Co (Castle Rock) - Are you trying to figure out what to get that special someone for Christmas? Rockyard has some awesome merchandise, including their 64oz and 40oz Stainless Steel Growlers! The 64oz comes with a punch card for 5 fills, and the 40oz comes with a punch card for 3 fills. It's the gift that keeps on giving! Ask your server or the hostess for one and then sit and have a beer knowing that you have just made someone's life a whole lot better!

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - Help end Alzheimer's! ‎$1 of each pint sold today will go towards the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado for #pintsforpurpose. Come on out today and support a great cause just by drinking a pint (or two!).

Atom Brewing Company (Erie) - The owners/brewers will be presenting their vision to the Erie Board of Trustees tonight Tuesday the 11th at 6:30pm. At that time anyone from the public is given a few minutes to say anything they would like. If any of you feel strongly about your support of Atom Brewing Company opening in Erie you are invited to show up at 6:30 and do so. Thank you in advance to anyone who decides to show up.

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - In a recent statement from the brewery: Avery is projecting a 20% increase in production in 2012 over 2011. Avery Brewing Company is seeking solutions to meet a growing demand for its beers. While the brewery finalizes plans and begin construction on a new facility in Boulder, brewery managers have incorporated new equipment and processes to bring the current facility to a potential maximum volume of 65,000 bbls per year. Once completed, the new facility will offer an immediate capacity of 100,000 bbls with expansion to 350,000 bbls possible, and completion is estimated for late spring/early summer 2014. In the mean time, they plan to base Avery’s sales strategy on maintaining inventories with key partners in order to ensure consistent turnover and the freshest beer possible. The decision to pull out of Minnesota did not come easy. Of the departure, they stated, “We love Minnesota dearly. Until we finish our new brewery, we’re forced to limit our markets. When we do come back to Minnesota, and we will, it will be with quality rep support, tons of fresh beer and even more tons of excitement to be drinking with those guys again.”

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Just a reminder folks, Crooked Stave will be closed this Saturday, 12/15, for their Cellar Reserve Members party, then their Crooked Stave holiday party. 2012 Cellar Reserve Members - be there from 11-3pm this Saturday for some tasty times!

Arvada Beer Company (Arvada) - Tickets go on sale tomorrow for their New Years Eve Party - December 31st 8am to 1am. Cost is $50 per person and included admission, unlimited beer, appetizers, DJ music and dancing, and a special beer toast at midnight. Limited to 100 people. ABC will be closed on both Christmas and New Years Day. New releases this week: Renovator Dopplebock on Thurs. Dec 13th, and Jolly Holiday Ale on Fri. Dec. 14th.

Northern Colorado

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Sour Kraut? No, it's Brett Bock! This beer was so popular this year that they're doing it again. Michael is loading up the barrels right now. Don't hold your breath, however. It will be ready when it's ready (Standard Brewer Answer) which could be a year or more. Still, it's something to look forward to in late 2013. Also, don't forget about Weihnachtsfest - A German Christmas Celebration on December 15th (Saturday) from 11am to 9pm. Throughout this week, there will be special Cask Conditioned Beer releases. The entire proceeds from each release will be donated to Food Bank For Larimer County and Santa Cops of Larimer County on an alternating schedule.

Choice City Butcher & Deli (Ft. Collins) - Shmaltz Brewing of New York is turning sweet 16 and is throwing parties all over the USA. According to the Coloradoan, Choice City was chosen from 1 of 16 bars in the country to get their "Jewbelation Sweet 16" limited edition beer. The release party is scheduled for this Wednesday, December 12th. It's loaded with 16s: 16 malts, 16 different hops and 16% ABV. Don't be surprised when you walk in the door as you'll see unicorns, rainbows & ponies decorating the place courtesy of Shmaltz Brewing.

Southern Front Range

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - At NOON tomorrow (12.12.12) Trinity is planning a tapping of 16 Winter Beers! They'll have beers from The Bruery, Port, Lefthand, Avery, Rogue, Pikes Peak, Elysian, New Belgium. Then, on 12.21.12 join Trinity for a night to remember ...if we are still around, that is. Put on your best zombie costume because they are releasing 'Little Death Ride,' a collaboration with Blackfox Brewing. This beer was crafted with indigenous Mayan ingredients in celebration of the end of the 13th Mayan Baktun. It will be available in 750 ml bottles, and they are tapping ONE keg. This will be the only time it's available on draught...ever.

Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) - On Wednesday, Dec. 12th Great Storm is hosting a Holiday Party all day long. There will be 5 new beers being tapped that day, and live music from 6pm to 8pm. Beers include: Working Girl Coffee Stout, Thunderstroke Barleywine, Wilder Brewing's Singularity, John Paul George Stingo (English Old Ale), and Wassail Ale made with apples and cinnamon.

Mountains and West

Dostal Alley Brewpub & Casino (Central City) - It's that time of year! Dostal Alley's Annual Christmas party is this Friday, Dec. 14th starting at 8pm and you're invited. They will have food, beverage and music and you will be surrounded by LOTS of friends! Come and get your Merry on and Celebrate with them!

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - There's a trend starting... The end of the world is near! Celebrate it with a beer! Crazy Mountain is throwing an end of the world party to see if the Mayan Calendar prediction is correct. Party like there's no to-maya!! 12/21/12 from 5pm to 11pm. $2 pint specials on select beers. Go out with a bang (what kind of bang is up to you).

Ska Brewing (Durango) - Ladies! Tis the Season! Join Ska for the Barley Pop Betties Holiday Open House and dessert pairing on Wednesday, December 12th (12.12.12) from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Feel free to bring a dessert and beer pairing to share or just come check it out. Learn more about the Betties, try some tasty beers and join the fun! Bring a friend!
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Catch up on Colorado Beer News from earlier this week:
Monday

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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