Friday, December 14, 2012

Colorado Beer News 121412

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Monkey Day. According to National Whatever Day, the concept for Monkey Day was brought on by the drunken debauchery of several young hooligans with a special affinity for monkeys, spending the first Monkey Day touting their simian virtues and screaming obscenities at the local pub. While this is not recommended for you, visiting your local pub and enjoying a local craft beer isn't a bad way to celebrate the day. Just don't make a monkey out of yourself! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, December 14th, 2012.

Reminder: Due to the holiday season, many breweries, brewpubs, bars and restaurants are holding holiday parties and may be closed to the public during certain hours. Be sure to check your favorite destination before venturing out this next week or so.

Metro Denver / Boulder

Arvada Beer Company (Arvada) - Their Renovator Doppelbock was just tapped yesterday. This German style winter beer is 9.6% ABV. Malty with very little hops. Also starting today, they will bring back Jolly Holiday Ale. At 8.6% ABV, this beer will also help warm you up. Made with Mulling Spices, Juniper Berries, a little Orange peal, and some Dutch Cocoa, this beer was their fastest selling beer they have ever made. Make sure to get down and try some as soon as you can, The last batch sold out in 8 days. They only have 30 Mug Club memberships left. Get yours now before they are gone!

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - Avery Brewing just took a big step towards opening their new 30,000 square foot brewing facility. This week they closed the deal for their 5.6 acre property that overlooks the Twin Lakes Open Space park. The new facility won't be ready until 2014, but once completed it will allow them to immediately raise their capacity to 120,000 barrels per year in 2014 with a 120 barrel brewhouse (up from 65,000 expected in 2013) and have the potential to eventually produce up to 350,000 barrels per year. The new facility will also house a new tap room and restaurant, an aerial walkway with self-guided tours and a merchandise shop.

Breckenridge Brewery (Denver) - A new batch of "Truths in Beervertising" videos came out this week. These popular spoof commercials poke fun and the big beer companies while quietly promoting small brewery craft beer. Check out the video below or view it on YouTube.

Northern Colorado

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Join High Hops Monday through Friday for Happy Hour from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. Get $1 off pints. Tonight, stop in for live music from Aaron McCloskey from 6pm to 8pm. Sunday night is also Ladies Night at High Hops with 1/2 price pints for all the ladies (21+). High Hops brews can now be found at your favorite spots around Northern Colorado - The Forge, Tap and Handle, The Mayor of Old Town in Fort Collins, and Old Chicago's in Loveland.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Happy Friday! Grimm Bros are open at noon today. For you early birds, get $1 off all pints until 3:00pm today. Today's special firkin release is a Cranberry Master Thief. Hungry? Stay for the Chaulkboard Gourmet Express Bacon Cheeseburger special - only $5. Don't forget - Saturday is the Weihnachtsfest starting at 11am and running til close. Wear your ugly sweater!

Free Beer FridayBig Beaver Brewing (Loveland) - It's another Free Beer Friday up at the Beaver. Starting at 2pm, Customers can get 1 pint of Potent Pecker Pilsner from the 1/6th barrel keg. PPP is their lightest beer by far at 4.7% ABV, very clean & crisp. Limit 1 pint per customer and lasts until it's all gone (which won't take long). A new beer is chosen every Friday.

Odell Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Due to the start of their next big expansion, tours of their brewery have been temporarily suspended. But fear not! Their tasting room is still open with 20 different beers on tap including Spent Grain - a chocolate Milk Stout (a preview test batch of their upcoming Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout due out January 6th).

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) and Echo Brewing Company (Frederick) are both expanding! City Star is getting a new 7 barrel fermenter and 7 barrel brite tank shipped at the same time as two 15 barrel fermenters for Echo Brewing. This can only mean one thing - lots more beer is going to be available soon in Northern Colorado!

Southern Front Range

Colorado Springs Breweries - In an article posted today by the Colorado Springs Business Journal, four of the largest breweries in town (Trinity, Phantom Canyon, Bristol and Colorado Mountain Brewery) are featured in a report about all the recent brewery expansions that have taken place in the Springs during the last year. Check out the article and see what's been happening down South in Colorado.

Mountains and West

Ouray Brewery (Ouray) - After a short hiatus, the brewery is all spruced up and ready for the holidays. They re-open today at 4:00pm! While most breweries are closing up for the holidays, they plan to stay open. They'll be open Christmas Eve 11am to 4pm, Christmas Day 5pm to 9pm, New Year's Eve 11am to close, and New Year's Day 11am to 9pm. So if you want to get out of the house, they'll be open!

Glenwood Canyon Brewpub (Glenwood Springs) - The brewpub is serving up some tasty seasonal beers this week. Have you had one yet? Check these out: Cattle Creek American IPA - with a distinct American hop character, Diamond Jack Pilsner - a smooth golden lager, Crystal River Helles Lager - a Bavarian style golden lager, and finally, Cardiff Double Brown - dark and luscious. They won't be around for long, so sample one during this cooler season.

Bars, Restaurants and Misc.

Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe (Denver on Colfax) - The Cheeky Monk is attempting to cleanse their souls and get rid of all their "demons" before 2013. Avery Brewing's Demons of Ale beers to be specific. They're hosting an event on Friday, December 28th at 7:00pm. They'll have a supply of Avery 2011 Samael's, 2012 Mephistopheles and 2012's The Beast. Join them and get rid of a few demons of your own!

Hops & Pie (Denver) - Today: Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale, Dry Dock's ESB on the hand pull & Coconut Porter from Maui Brewing TAPPED! Tomorrow: Littlest Big Christmas Beer Festival, tapping is at noon & here is the full lineup in no particular order: Noel de Calabaza, 5 Golden Rings, Gingerbread Man, Rudolph's Revenge, Delirium Noel, Gift of the Magi, Santa's Little Helper, Port Barrel Aged G'Knight, Barrel Aged Averice, Spent Grain, Radiator & Peppermint Porter. The guys from Craft Beer Radio will be broadcasting live from 12-2, no tickets necessary.

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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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