Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Steamworks to bring out the Irish Car Bomb

Steamworks Brewing CompanySteamworks’ upcoming Firkin Friday to honor St. Patrick’s Day

Special firkin tapping of the “Irish Car Bomb” scheduled for Friday, Mar. 16

February 28, 2012 - DURANGO, Colo. – To coincide more closely with St. Patrick’s Day, Steamworks Brewing Co. will hold its monthly Firkin Friday on Friday, Mar. 16, 2012, and reprise the popular “Irish Car Bomb” firkin. The cask will be tapped at 3 p.m.

“We decided not to mess with a good thing,” said Ken Martin, Steamworks head brewer, noting that typically the brew dogs explore a new specialty beer each Firkin Friday. “The Irish Car Bomb was one of the quickest to sell out in our firkin history. People really liked it.”

The Irish Car Bomb, named for the beer’s effect and not intended as a political statement, has as its base Steamworks’ Backside Stout, which features complex malt and oat flavor. Its second fermentation is with Irish Cream and Jameson whiskey flavors.

“As we found out last year, it’s a very smooth brew, but it could hit you hard, and you probably won’t feel it coming,” said Spencer Roper, assistant brewer.

A firkin is an old English unit of volume, typically a wooden cask equal to approximately one-quarter of a regular barrel, or nine gallons. Unlike most draft beers, firkin beer is served at about 55 degrees - cool but not cold, and is unpasteurized, unfiltered. Because it contains no preservatives, a firkin beer is designed to be consumed after tapping.

Reminded Martin, “Unlike most draft beers, firkin beer is unpasteurized, unfiltered and naturally carbonated, or conditioned, it its cask. The yeast transforms the sugar into alcohol within the cask, and carbonation results from the trapped carbon dioxide occurring as a byproduct.”

Steamworks initiated its Firkin Fridays to introduce additional and unusual specialty craft beers to its regular offerings. Traditionally held the first Friday of the month, Firkin Friday will resume its regular schedule on Friday, April 6.
The award-winning Steamworks Brewing Co., open 11 a.m. to closing seven days a week, is located at 801 E. Second. Ave., Durango (970.259.9200). For further information, visit www.steamworksbrewing.com.

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Colorado Beer News 022912

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Leap Day. A day where we postpone the beginning of March by 1 day once every 4 years. We can thank the Earth for having an orbit of 365.24 days. Go do something today that you won't do again for another 4 years! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, February 29th, 2012.

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Breckenridge Brewery (Denver) - Going to be up in Breckenridge tonight? Why not make it an evening to remember and attend a special "Leap Beer" Dinner tonight at Sevens (Grand Lodge, Peak 7) at 5:30pm. Price is $65 per person for this once-every-4-years menu featuring a separate Breck beer paired with each course. More info on Facebook.

Hi*Rise Handcrafted Bread (Denver) - this bread, sandwich and coffee shop is now offering up special brownies made with Great Divide's Yeti Imperial Stout. Need another reason to visit? Check it out at 2162 Larimer Street.

Wynkoop Brewing (Denver) - The Wynkoop is launching a series of acoustic music Tuesdays with a showcase of local artists heading to South by Southwest. Stop by for the first one on March 6th from 7pm to 10pm for some great tunes.

Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora) - What has roasted marshmallows, graham crackers and a big brown ale have in common? They're all showing up together in one tasty firkin this Friday at Dry Dock. Get some of this extra special "mallowed up" Graham Cracker Brown. The firkin taps at 3:00pm this Friday.

Crazy Mountain SnowCat Coffee StoutCrazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - The brewery just received TTB approval for a new label for their SnowCat Coffee Stout. This brew will be packaged into 22oz bomber bottles and distributed at all their current accounts. This 5.9% ABV dark brew is blended with real coffee for extra flavor. It's good for either the AM or PM.

The Mayor of Old Town (Fort Collins) - Beer bars and breweries are getting together more often these days for producing a special brew that you can only find in one location. Keep your eyes open next week for the tapping of a collaboration beer between The Mayor of Old Town and Odell Brewing. It's going to be a heavily dry hopped double IPA tentatively called Fat Old Sun.

Denver Beer Company (Denver) - Were you "lucky" enough to be born on February 29th? If so, bring your ID to DBC and get a free beer for your birthday today. The same offer applies over at Twisted Pine Brewing in Boulder and The Fort Collins Brewery in FoCo for your 1st pint.

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival (Telluride) - Tickets for this year's 19th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival (September 14-16, 2012) go on sale tomorrow, March 1st at 10:00am. Buy early and save! Details on the website.

Big Beaver Brewing (Loveland) - In honor of the leap year, Big Beaver will be doing a BUY 1 GET 1 GROWLER FILL special! Come in and get your Big Beaver growler filled, and receive a card for a free growler fill to use at a later date. If you have 2 Big Beaver growlers, you can get your free one today. You must already have a Big Beaver growler in order to receive the deal. They're open 2-8pm.

Asher Brewing (Boulder) - Asher fans! Check out some new places that they're on tap! The Corner Bar and The Kitchen [Next Door] in Boulder, Smokin' Daves BBQ in Lyons and Estes, Choice City and Tap & Handle in Fort Collins. Check out these awesome restaurants and grab some organic Asher pints while you're there!

Taps Sports Bar (Fort Collins) - You are invited! Taps celebrates 1 year in business this week. March 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Enjoy Beer, Shot, and Food specials each day, All day. And be sure to stop in between 7 and 8pm every night for our random gift card giveaways to each tab. $5, $15 or $30! Get them while they last!

Funkwerks (Fort Collins) - Happy Leap Day!! Funkwerks is adding a kick to their specialty kegs today by infusing them with peppers. Swing by the taproom to try out the Green Chile Saison or the Habanero Saison. Some like it hot!

Great Divide Brewing (Denver) - Happy Leap Day - leap back into time with these special brews on tap today only at Great Divide's taproom: 2007 Yeti, 2010 Yeti and 2009 Oak Aged Yeti. Yum! #freeyetihugs

Phantom Canyon (Colorado Springs) - From focusonthebeer.com: Phantom Canyon's Methuselah Rookie Card will be available for at-home consumption very soon. This is a sour red ale with cherries, aged in French oak barrels for two years. The name Methuselah Rookie Card comes from a Simpson's episode. The beer is bottled and ready to go and tastes great! There's only 100 bottles of this so you'll need to act fast. 750ml bottles, $20/bottle (+tax), and a limit of three bottles per customer. Released March 10th at Noon at the brewery!

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March brings another Artisan Ale from Twisted Pine

Twisted Pine Brewing CompanyTwisted Pine Artisan Ale #3: Sacred Spice Chai Porter

Third release in Artisan Ale Project coming March 3rd

Boulder, Colorado –February 29th 2012 – On March 3rd Twisted Pine Brewing Company will release Sacred Spice, the third beer in its Artisan Ale Series. Fans of Twisted Pine and craft beer in general have received the endeavor – which pairs a distinctive new brew with a different local artist each month – with open arms, eyes and mouths. In its first two months the popular project has gained attention statewide and the brewery hopes to build on that success with March’s offering.

Sacred Spice is an Imperial Porter invigorated with traditional masala chai spices skillfully blended by Boulder-based Sanctuary Chai. The enchanting ale carries the delightful scent and flavor of dark, roasted barley as well as the provocative aroma of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and other spices used for centuries to embolden Eastern teas. However, much like the brewery’s heralded Big Shot Espresso Stout, Sacred Spice strikes a fine balance whereby the flavors exhibit a seemingly natural harmony so that no taste bud is dominated but rather each one satisfied. The bold, black ale is 10.1% ABV with 33 IBU.

Twistede Pine Sacred SpiceSacred Spice’s label features a piece titled ‘Life is Beautiful’ by local artist Millicent Kang. The release party will double as an art show for Kang, whose works will adorn the Twisted Pine ale house for the entire month of March. The artist will also be on hand to discuss her art and sign bottles for collectors in what has quickly become a celebrated monthly event. Further details can be found at the brewery’s website. A sneak peek of next month’s Artisan Ale can be seen here.

Details: Sacred Spice release party – March 3rd, 2012 – 12-9p @ Twisted Pine. The Artisan Ale Project is a yearlong celebration of the artistic creativity which makes Colorado unique. On the first Saturday of each month in 2012, Twisted Pine will release a new, small batch beer in 750ml bottles with labels featuring a different Colorado artist.

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Based in Boulder, Colorado Twisted Pine Brewing Company has been handcrafting beer since 1995. They are the brewers of such favorites as “Hoppy Boy IPA,” “Raspberry Wheat Ale” and “Billy’s Chilies.” The Ale House is a very popular local hangout and boasts 17 taps, 5 rotating. Twisted Pine is active with local charitable organizations and a strong believer in sustainable business practices. You can find more information at www.twistedpinebrewing.com.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Colorado Beer News 022812

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Public Sleeping Day. It's a day where you should feel free to catch a quick nap during the day and revitalize yourself. Just be careful where you grab some Z's, it might endanger your life or your job! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, February 28th, 2012.

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Freshcraft (Denver) - Looking for a change of pace brew? Freshcraft just got in some Ska Pinstripe Red Ale (5.15% ABV) and it's on tap. Stop in for a taste.

Oskar Blues (Lyons/Longmont) - Once again, Oskar Blues surprises everyone with an announcement that they will begin a distilling operation this summer and plans to put whiskey and a tequila-like drink in cans by sometime this summer. In addition, Oskar Blues is making plans to put it's own brand of Root Beer into cans as well. Oskar Blues is looking to come up with a resealable can innovation that will allow consumers of their upcoming distilled beverages to reseal their 16oz cans in order to help keep the product fresh tasting.

Yak & Yeti (Arvada) - They've released Belgian-style beers before, but this one is particularly outstanding. On Leap Day, February 29th at 4pm, Yak & Yeti will release "La Bhutan Citra". This is a 6.4% ABV ale fermented with an Ardennes strain of yeast. It's loosely based on a strong Belgian blonde ale but flavored with Citra hops. If you happen to be born on a February 29th, bring in your ID or birth certificate and the first pint for you is on the house.

West End Tavern (Boulder) - Join String Cheese Incident keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth to celebrate his birthday this Friday, March 2nd, at 6:15pm at The West End Tavern in Boulder, CO. Kyle will tap collaboration beers he made with Avery Brewing Co. and Breckenridge Brewery Breckenridge Brewery in anticipation for his BrewSki Tour next week in the mountains of Colorado.

Odell Brewing (Fort Collins) - Mark your calendars - this weekend at Odell Brewing - Whole Foods Fort Collins will be selling hot dogs & brats for the Whole Planet Foundation! $5 gets you a brat or dog & a bag of chips! Goes great with beer, for a great cause, sounds like a great idea!

Mountain Sun (Boulder) - Stout Month is almost over! (Say it ain't so!) Today at 4:20 PM at all three pubs will be the last official Stout Month Release! They will be tapping 3 very special barrel aged stouts. Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Aged Ten Fidy from Oskar Blues, Bourbon Barrel Aged Obovoid Oatmeal Stout from Boulder Beer, and, their very own Buffalo Trace Barrel Aged Nihilist Imperial Stout! Don't miss these rare beers today at all three pubs!

Denver Beer Company (Denver) - Join DBC on March 10th from 12pm to 4pm for the best New Orleans-style throw-down west of the Mississippi - Denver Beer Co is a hosting a crawfish boil Big Easy style. Tickets are $25 and include two beers, plus crawfish and all the fixings. Beads, beers, and les bon temps guaranteed. Tickets are limited so call the Brewery to reserve your spot in the beer garden. 303-433-2739.

New Belgium (Fort Collins) - New Belgium is going even greener this year, and not because of the upcoming St. Patrick's Day either. They recently acquired 2 new Nissan Leaf electric cars and will be using them for local sales calls. They will open up 2 electric fill-up stations for free use by customers at their brewery. They also plan on converting many trucks to hybrid models later this year. More details here in their press release.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Next Wednesday, March 7th, Grimm Brothers will release their new Czech Style Pilsner. According to the brewery: "This clean crisp Czech Pilsner is brewed with German Pilsner malt and Saaz hops, giving it a clean crisp malt back accentuated by the floral hop aromas and flavors of the hops. This is a perfect beer to bring in the spring." The Cheeky Monk (Denver) - Another Pliny the Younger tapping alert! Join in at the Cheeky Monk for a Leap Year celebration as they tap their last keg of Pliny the Younger tomorrow (2/29) 7PM at Colfax! It's a great way to spend an extra day of the year!

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Yet another Pliny the Younger tapping - this time at Trinity Brewing on Thursday, March 1st at 5pm. Because they sold out in 11 minutes last year, they are passing out tickets starting at 5 PM. If you get a red ticket, you are guaranteed a PtY. They will also be passing out some additional tickets for whatever is left in the keg. This doesn't guarantee you a beer, but it is likely you will get one. The beer will be tapped at 6 PM! See you then!

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New Belgium goes greener with electric cars

New Belgium BrewingNew Belgium Brewing Adds Plug-in Electric Vehicles to Local Fleet

Brewery selects Nissan Leaf for new vehicles and offers free electric fill-ups to the public

FORT COLLINS, CO – February 28, 2012 – New Belgium Brewing announced today that it is adding two fully electric plug-in Nissan Leafs to its local delivery fleet and making its on-site electrical charging stations open and free to the public. The two vehicles will be used for local sales support.

“We chose to move into the electric vehicle realm because electric vehicles have the potential to be zero-emissions whereas gasoline and diesel cars do not,” said New Belgium Sustainability Specialist Katie Wallace. “Even charging a car on a coal grid emits fewer greenhouse gasses than an average gasoline-powered engine.”
On average, plug-in vehicles are 33 percent more efficient than conventional combustion engines and perform on par with hybrid vehicles for fuel efficiency. Few charging stations currently exist along the Front Range, so New Belgium has worked with Schneider Electric to implement two stations on-site and will allow free charges to the public.

The two on-site level 2 charging stations were donated by Schneider Electric and co-opted through an EV strategy group with the City of Fort Collins utility department.

Nissan Leaf“New Belgium Brewing is really a leader in energy efficiency practices and social responsibility,” said Mike Calise, Director, Electric Vehicles, Power Business, Schneider Electric. “Schneider Electric, as a global specialist in energy management, is proud to partner with them to provide electric vehicle charging infrastructure at their Fort Collins facility to support their initiatives.”
Electric vehicle drivers can fill up for free during New Belgium’s tasting hours (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday) by checking in at the reception desk.

In addition to the fully electric Leaf vehicles, New Belgium is contracting with Kenworth to replace its entire local delivery truck fleet with hybrid vehicles starting this spring.

New Belgium Electric Pump“Ultimately we want to set an example for exploring various options when making a vehicle purchase,” added Wallace. “For some people, a hybrid is a better option, but others may opt for an electric car. But, of course, our first preference will always be the bike.”

About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, began operations in a tiny Fort Collins basement in 1991. Today, the third largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium produces eight year-round beers; Fat Tire Amber Ale, Ranger IPA, Belgo IPA, Sunshine Wheat, Blue Paddle Pilsner, 1554 Black Ale, Abbey and Trippel, as well as a host of seasonal releases. In addition to producing world-class beers, New Belgium takes pride in being a responsible corporate role model with progressive programs such as employee ownership, open book management and a commitment to environmental stewardship. For more information, visit www.newbelgium.com.

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Breckenridge Brewery and Stranahan's Release Collaboration Beer

Breckenridge Well Built E.S.B.Denver, CO – February 23, 2012 - Breckenridge Brewery of Colorado has been neighbor and friend of Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey Distillery since Stranahan’s opened in Denver just a few blocks down Kalamath Street from the brewery. The friendship has blossomed into a collaboration that will bring to market “Stranahan’s Well Built™ E.S.B.,” an Extra Special Bitter beer aged for 3 months in Stranahan’s whiskey barrels.

Well Built™ launches February 24 in liquor stores in Colorado. The small batch beer is packaged in 750ml cork and caged bottles and can also be found on draft in select tap rooms in the state. Brewed with four varieties of hops, this ESB is complex, yet balanced with traditional English Ale maltiness. Most evident and interesting in Well Built™ is the Stranahan’s whiskey flavor that the barrel-aging process lends; a hint of vanilla and oak with a nutty finish.

“We are flattered that Stranahan’s came to us with their idea for a collaboration beer,” says Todd Usry, Brewmaster and Director of Brewery Operations. “This release of Well Built™ is a tribute to our friendship and is just the first release in our long-term Well Built™ plans.”

“Working with Breckenridge Brewery on Well Built™ has been an exciting venture for us,” says Pete Macca, General Manager of Stranahan’s Distillery, “We’re proud to have our name associated with such a great product, and work with our neighbors here in Denver.”

Well Built labelAbout Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey is a distinctive small batch whiskey distilled in Colorado’s first ever micro-distillery. Founded in 2004 and located in Denver, CO, Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey is available throughout Colorado at major retailers, bars and restaurants. To learn more about Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey and to receive advance alerts on the latest news, visit the brand online at www.stranahans.com, follow them on Facebook, or call 303-296-7440.

About Breckenridge Brewery
Breckenridge Brewery was founded in 1990 in Breckenridge, Colorado. In the past two decades Breckenridge Brewery has grown from a small 1,000-barrels-a-year brewpub to one of the most successful craft beer and restaurant companies in the nation. It now handcrafts 41,000 barrels of fresh beer annually and owns and operates five brewpubs and ales houses in the state of Colorado. Visit www.breckbrew.com for more information.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Dry Dock Hefeweizen review

Dry Dock HefeweizenDry Dock Brewing Company is no stranger to awards. In fact this beer has won at least one award in each of the last 3 years including a GABF Gold Medal in 2011 and a Colorado State Fair Best of Show 2011. This beer is none other than Dry Dock Hefeweizen.

This is one of several beers that Dry Dock now puts into 22oz bottles. Dry Dock Hefeweizen weighs in at a sessionable 4.3% ABV and has a low 12 IBU rating for bitterness. If this was ever a candidate for enjoying more than one of during a session I don't think you could go wrong.

I am normally skeptical about trying new wheat beers as I've seen a wide variety of quality of this style and have been disappointed by others in the past. Would this beer live up to their recent awards? I wanted to find out.

Appearance: Dry Dock Hefeweizen poured a classic straw yellow with a full bright white head. There was a nice silk lacing that remained around the edges of the glass when swirled. The brew itself is cloudy as expected from an unfiltered wheat beer.

Aroma: I've grown to like the smell of a wheat beer, particularly in German-style hefeweizens. This brew had the aroma of grass and banana with a hint of clove-like spice. Even when cold, this beer's aroma reminded me of the beers I've had in the warmer months.

Taste: I poured this brew cold, right out of the fridge. It was light in body with a smooth creamy finish. It had just a touch of sweetness added to the wheaty brew. In this style, there wasn't any sourness, but rather it was very easy drinking. The wheat and the yeast took center stage. It was refreshing and had just enough bitterness to balance out the hint of sweetness.

Overall: I can see why this brew won medals for 3 years straight. It's a highly sessionable easy-going drink. It could easily be my lawnmower beverage. In the wintertime like it is now, it would even make a great snowblower beer. I could easily drink a few of these beers without feeling too buzzed.

If in my past I had avoided wheat beers, I probably would have enjoyed this style much earlier if I had started out with this one. Dry Dock did an exceptional job making a beer that most everyone could appreciate.

Disclosure: This beer was given to me as a gift by Dry Dock Brewing during a recent tour in February 2012, however, this was not a paid endorsement of the product, rather a fulfillment of a promise to give this beer a timely review. The normal retail price was approximately $5.50.

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Colorado Beer News 022712

Colorado Beer NewsToday is International Polar Bear Day. While these big white furry creatures may look cute, you'd probably wouldn't want to meet one face to face out in the wild. Nevertheless, toast to these big white bears today. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, February 27th, 2012.

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Arvada Beer Company (Arvada) - Bummed out because the big race got postponed yesterday? Not to worry, come watch the race with Arvada Beer Company at 5pm Mountain time. Bring a meal or order from Olde Town and have it delivered.

The Mayor of Old Town (Fort Collins) - To Celebrate the end of stout month, they've tapped another keg of Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast and will be offering it at the very special price of $5.00 per glass! Also, at 7pm tonight the Mayor, it's Firkin Monday. They will be tapping a firkin of Breckenridge 471 Double IPA dry hopped with Columbia hops. Don't miss that.

Beerdrinker of the Year 2012 J. WilsonWynkoop Brewing (Denver) - Congratulations to J. Wilson of Prescott, Iowa for winning the 2012 Beerdrinker of the Year competition at the Wynkoop on February 25th. For his efforts, he gets the official winning t-shirt, a certificate, and free beer for life at the Wynkoop. He'd better plan on moving to Denver after that! (Image courtesy Wynkoop Brewing Co.)

American Craft Beer Radio (102.3FM ESPN) - It was Blogger Day on the radio show this last Saturday. Four beer bloggers and writers joined Gary V and talked craft beer for a full 90 minutes. Jonathan Shikes (Westword), David Young (Coloradoan), PJ Hoberman (Denver Off The Wagon) and Dave Butler (Fermentedly Challenged) told stories and shared a few good beers during the show. For a recap and some pictures from the show check out the summary. Once the link to the podcast is up it'll be posted along with the article.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - Trivia buffs! Don't forget - there are two sessions of PUB TRIVIA tonight at 6:30pm and 7:30pm. Here are some hints for tonight's questions: Leopards who can't hear and Groups who are terribly Dressed. "No Flag, no country, that's the rules". The Heart and the Colorado Territory Rivers.

Bonfire Brewing (Eagle) - Coming this Spring, Bonfire Brewing will start packaging their Firestarter India Pale Ale in 16oz cans. The label was just approved by the TTB. This is the popular 6.6% ABV, 72 IBU hoppy IPA soon to be portable in cans. This will only be available in Colorado for the immediate future.

Vine Street Pub (Denver) and Southern Sun (Boulder) - today at 4:20pm only at the Southern Sun and Vine Street Pub locations they will be tapping Black Gold Peanut Butter Cup Imperial Milk Stout! This is a very limited supply brew and won't last long. Get some today.

Eddyline Brewing (Buena Vista) - Good news Eddyline fans! They have officially signed with Mountain Beverage Distributors! Mountain Beverage distributes in Eagle, Garfield, Chaffee, Summit, Lake, Park and Pitkin Counties. Live in one of those areas? Help them out and tell Eddyline about your favorite store/restaurant and they'll try to get them stocked.

Big Beaver Brewing (Loveland) - Fly Fishing fans! Come down tomorrow (Feb. 27) for "Open Vise Night" at the brewery, put on by the Elkhorn Fly Rod and Reel. Bring your fly tying vise and materials and tie a few flies, or just drop by to check it out. Non-tyers are welcome and encouraged to attend! Starts at 6pm.

Odell Brewing (Fort Collins) - Jax Emersum Oyster Stout is being released this Thursday, March 1st at 2pm - 5pm at the Odell taproom. Jax Fish House will be joining us in the Tap Room on Thursday March 1st from 2-6pm to celebrate & tap our collaboration brew! There will be COMPLIMENTARY Emersum Oysters on the half shell - while supplies last. Also $15 CRAB BOILS - crab, crawfish, shrimp, andouille sausage, red potatoes. $9 HOT ‘PEEL & EAT’ SHRIMP, and $7 SPICY CAJUN CRAWFISH. All available at Odell during this celebration. Enter to win a "VIP JAX & ODELL BREW DAY" and brew the next batch of Emersum Oyster Stout with Odell master brewer, Brent Cordle.

Oskar Blues (Lyons) - According to the Beer Street Journal, Oskar Blues is making plans to start canning something new and it’s not beer. It’s Whiskey. Soon Colorado will get to know Lyons Soul Distilling. The barn where the Oskar Blue’s can beer revolution got started, and The Foo Fighters have played will house a new distillery. Read more about it in the article. The distillery should be running by sometime this Summer. The Longmont Times-Call also wrote a feature article on this.

Lowry Beer GardenLowry Beer Garden (Denver) - A huge new project is kicking off at the Hangar Two Complex at the old Lowry Air Force Base site near Denver. This will be a giant 8000 square foot restaurant and bar and feature beers from all over Colorado and have a kitchen serving up local beer and brats made locally. The facility will seat over 385 people. According to 9News (Denver), the centerpiece, which will take up half the space - will be the familiar outdoor beer garden. Target opening will be around mid-May of this year. (image courtesy 9News.com)

Vine Street Pub (Denver) - Here's another chance to get a taste of Russian River's Pliny the Younger. A keg will be tapped at Vine Street Pub on Thursday, March 1st at 4:20pm. Show up early to guarantee your spot.

Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) - This Saturday, March 3rd from 12pm to 9pm is the official debut of the 3rd Artisan Ale Series beer - Sacred Spice Chai Porter. Millicent Kang, the local artist who created the label will be at the brewery to sign bottles, display his artwork, and answer any questions you may have regarding his work. This is a Baltic porter infused with chai spices.

Ska Brewing (Durango) - Check out this upcoming release headed for the Boulder Strong Ale Fest on March 10th - Ska will be bring some of their Necherrious (Nefarious aged on tart cherries in Peach Street Distillers Colorado Straight Bourbon barrels). Hopefully they'll save some of that for their taproom.

Hops & Pie (Denver) - Looking for something different? How about a Mint Chocolate Yeti? Yup, a Great Divide Mint Chocolate Yeti in a firkin. It'll tap this Friday, March 2nd at 6pm at Hops & Pie - 3920 Tennyson Street in Denver.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Filling the air with craft beer

American Craft Beer RadioWhat do you get when you mix 4 bloggers, a lot of beer, a brewery worker and an FM radio station? You get an episode of the American Craft Beer Radio show, hosted by Gary Valliere.

A handful of Colorado bloggers and writers were invited to participate in a 90-minute radio show on Saturday February 25th, 2012 on 102.3 FM ESPN Denver. Gary, aka Gary V, hosted the show and led a rag-tag band of beer geeks (writers) in a fun, fast-paced dialog covering everything from homebrewing, beer festivals and beer styles.

In attendance that day were Dave Butler (Fermentedly Challenged), David Young (The Coloradoan), PJ Hoberman (Denver Off The Wagon) and Jonathan Shikes (Westword). A phone-in guest, Todd Thibault, aka The Original Tebo, from Breckenridge Brewery also joined in from a remote beer festival in Arizona.

The show was originally set to air from 12 noon to 1pm, but due to a following college basketball game on ESPN radio, they allowed the show to go an additional half hour, which ironically ended up working out perfectly as the topics and discussions seemed to quickly fill up the time slot.

Dave Butler was asked to step in as the guest host and helped Gary V read off one of their classic Hops Report news segment from sponsors.

During the show, each participant in the show brought along a beer to share. Some of the brews included: Funkwerks Aurora, Oskar Blues Deviant Dales IPA, Grimm Brothers The Count Imperial Stout and a few more out of state premium brews. One things for sure, drinking beer during a radio show tends to loosen things up a bit.

Luckily for us, nobody slipped any f-bombs and the technicians didn't have to bleep out any questionable dialog. The real dialog happened during the commercial breaks anyway!

The show was a lot of fun. Hopefully, Gary will do another blogger segment sometime down the road and invite some other bloggers from around the area.

Below are a few snapshots of the show during the taping. If you have trouble viewing these photos, please visit Flickr to view them.


Tune in each Saturday from noon to 1pm on 102.3 FM ESPN Denver for the American Craft Beer Radio show.

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A Photo Tour of Dry Dock Brewing Company

Dry Dock Brewing CompanyTake a visual tour behind the scenes at Dry Dock Brewing Company and The Brew Hut in Aurora, Colorado.

I had the opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at Dry Dock Brewing Company courtesy Gary Villiere who not only hosts the American Craft Beer Radio show on 102.3 FM ESPN in Denver, but who also works at Dry Dock Brewing Company.

After being a guest on Gary V's radio show on February 25, 2012, he graciously invited me over to Dry Dock Brewing for a look around and taste of their beer. Dry Dock Brewing happened to be just a couple of miles from the ESPN Radio studios and I was happy to finally visit this brewery for the first time.

During my tour I was treated to a couple of their brews including their USS Enterprise IPA and also one of their Double IPA's. Both were fantastic IPA's that I look forward to trying again.

The place was absolutely packed on a nice fairly warm and sunny February day. I can tell that this place has a great following. Their tasting room is a lot bigger now and is directly adjacent to The Brew Hut including a walk-thru entrance directly from inside the brewery tasting room.

Below is a Flickr slideshow of the tour. If you have problems viewing this slide show, you can always head directly to Flickr to see them.


I left the brewery just shy of 4:30pm. Unfortunately, I couldn't stick around for their 7:00pm release of a Homebrew winner's tapping of a Graham Cracker Brown ale. That would have been awesome to try. I have no doubt that I'll be back to Dry Dock Brewing for another visit in the near future.

Dry Dock Brewing Company
15120 E. Hampden Ave
Aurora, CO 80014
303.400.5606
www.drydockbrewing.com

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Hunters Moon Meadery Sweet Mountain Berry review

Hunters Moon Meadery Sweet Mountain BerryA good salesman knows that in many cases when you give out a free sample you'll get people coming back for more. And this is exactly what happened to me with this mead. The subject for this review is another from Hunters Moon Meadery of Severance Colorado called: Hunters Moon Meadery Sweet Mountain Berry. This is a honey wine with natural fruit flavor added.

I was attending a monthly meeting of the Treehouse Homebrew Club on the first Monday of February at Crabtree Brewing in Greeley. Greg, one of the owners of Hunters Moon was in attendance. He is also a member of the homebrew club. The club was having a homebrew sharing event. Greg had brought in a bottle of this mead to share. I had just a small taste at the meeting, but I knew I'd want to get more after that.

Hunters Moon products are only sold in three locations in Northern Colorado: 1 in Fort Collins, 1 in Greeley and one in Estes Park. The only other place to get their meads is at the meadery itself in Severance. Lucky for me, this mead is sold at my favorite store in Greeley - Bittersweet Liquors.

Appearance: Sweet Mountain Berry appeared a reddish-orange color. It wasn't carbonated, left no head and was for the most part clear with little to no haze. It reminded me of a glass of wine at first glance.

Aroma: The aroma is perhaps one of this drink's more notable quality. As with most of their meads, there is a strong honey aroma only with a bonus of a fruity bouquet as well. While it's hard to describe, if you've ever smelled a wild huckleberry or chokecherry then you'll have an idea of what I picked up on the side with this mead. I could also pick up on the alcohol heat in the nose as well. Curiously inviting.

Taste: This mead was very sweet indeed and very smooth. The berries added an extra dose of drinkability to this honey mead. It was highly sweet, but not tart. It's so easy drinking you should be warned not to drink it too fast as the alcohol warmth will quickly sneak up on you. This type of beverage is one to sip slowly and enjoy. At 12% ABV, a 375ml bottle could be easily shared by two people as a good choice for a dessert or after dinner drink.

Overall: This is a similar recipe to their Mountain Berry Melomel only it was lighter in color and a touch sweeter in taste. I was afraid that it might be a bit too sweet based on its smell, but it was remarkably smooth, tasty and very enjoyable.

Silver Medal 2012 Mazer CupIf you're looking for a change of pace from beer and want to give your friend or significant other (or even yourself) a special treat, try this mead. Drink it cold, sip slowly and enjoy! I certainly did.

Disclosure: I bought this at a liquor store at a Valentine discount of $9.99.

Update 3/5/2012: During the recent 2012 Mazer Cup Internation competition, Hunters Moon Meadery's Sweet Mountain Berry won a silver medal for this mead in the "Other Fruit/Vegetable Melomel" category. Grats on this award winning mead! (Medal picture courtesy Hunters Moon Meadery)


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Colorado Beer News 022412

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Tortilla Chip Day. Grab some chips and salsa and wash them down with your favorite craft beer. Perhaps a nice chili beer will pair well! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, February 24th, 2012.

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American Craft Beer Radio (102.3 FM Denver) - Coming up on tomorrow's show, it's all about the bloggers! Joining us in studio to share their beer experiences live will be Jonathan Shikes from the Denver Westword, Dave Butler from Fermentedly Challenged, David Young with the The Coloradoan and Sean Buchan from Denver Off The Wagon. It should be a really fun show and it all kicks of at noon on 1023 ESPN

Arvada Brewing Company (Arvada) - Today marks the release of their Barth Berry Blast (or Triple B) - their first full batch of fruit beer. It's descbribed as a light golden ale with black berries and raspberries added to the secondary fermentation.

Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Taproom (Longmont) - They’re partying big today at the Tasty Weasel, the taproom that makes it possible for you to enjoy Oskar Blues beer on site at the brewery, amongst the canning & production lines, and sip on specialty beers. They are turning three and they want to party! Today from 4-10pm, they’re hostin’ a shindig, complete with a silent disco, BrewSkee Ball tournament, brewery tours, the Firkin Friday Double Dry-Hopped G’Knight, the Oskar Blues Bonewagon servin’ up tasty morsels of food, and DEVIANT DALE’S in 16OZ CANS for the first time! And, if you feel like hoppin’ on a bike,join the Bicycle Longmont Cruiser Ride to the party from Downtown Longmont. Best lit up bike wins a $25 gift certificate to the Tasty Weasel.

Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) announces that their GABF Gold medal winning Berliner Weisse Ale is once again back on tap at the brewery and in stores. Also on tap this weekend is their Head Turner Blonde, Dearfield Ale, Twisted Creek Wheat, Ginger Bee, Raspberry Amber, Serenity Amber, GABF® Silver Medal winning Oatmeal Stout, and the Cherry Chocolate Stout! Stop in for a taste or a pint.

Mountain Sun (Boulder) - This is the last week of Stout Month - have you had your allotment of dark beer yet? Today the Southern Sun in Boulder will be tapping the Stoked oak Stout. They only have 1 keg of their Chai Stout left so get some before it's all gone.

Odell Brewing (Fort Collins) - Today at the Odell brewhouse, Doug Odell and Thornbridge Brewery's Caolan Vaughan (UK) are brewing up their international collaboration beer - Pond Hopper. It's a Double Extra Pale Ale using English malts and American hops. Look for it to be brewed both here in Colorado and in the UK. Expect to see bottles sometime in May 2012.

Taps Sports Bar & Grill (Fort Collins) - This popular pub in Fort Collins is turning 1 Year Old in March and they plan on celebrating next week. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday (March 1-3) they will have specials on beer, food and shots all day long to thank everyone for supporting them. Taps was named by Fermentedly Challenged as one of the Best Beer Bars in Fort Collins.

Breckenridge Brewery (Denver) - Looking for a free seminar on craft beer in Vail? There's one this weekend at the Vail Cascade Resort on Saturday, February 25th at the Fireside Bar from 5-7pm you can meet and greet Brewer Todd Usry who will be there talking about his beers and the craft beer revolution. Todd will also host a 1-hour educational seminar showcasing 4 of his favorite Breck beers at 3pm at the Atwater on Gore Creek. This is FREE and open to the public. Limited to the first 50 attendees - 1st come 1st served.

Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora) - Come down to Dry Dock Friday for Firkin Friday where they will tap a special one-off beer that has been cask-conditioned, usually with a twist! The firkins are tapped at 3PM and one later in the evening, sometime around 7pm or 8pm. In other news, Dry Dock is looking to expand into a bigger production facility. They are looking for a 25,000 square foot space for a 40 barrel brewhouse. If they can find a new facility in the next several months they might be able to get that operational by early next year. Their current location would remain the same (via Brewing TV).

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - Looking to dry something a bit different? Their Milk Stout dry hopped with Cascade is on cask today at The Left Hand Taproom. Come have a few before it's gone!

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - Today's 5 o'clock tapping is Chai Brown! Come down to the Avery Tap Room and enjoy a pint of this American style Brown Ale infused with Chai. Celebrate the weekend!

Wynkoop Brewing (Denver) - Stop by the Wynkoop tomorrow, February 25th, for the annual Beerdrinker of the Year award competition finals at 2pm. Three finalists will do their best to convince a panel of robed and wigged judges to earn their votes for the best beer drinker of 2012. The winner receives free beer for life at the Wynkoop plus several other prizes. This year's finalists include: Warren Monteiro (NY), Greg Nowatzki (NV), and J. Wilson (IA). This is a free event to attend. Audience cheering is highly encouraged during the competition.

Big Beaver Brewing (Loveland) - Come over to Big Beaver this weekend, Friday through Saturday (2/24 - 2/26), for FREE samples of their Shaved Tail Ale & their Screw the Pooch Pale Ale. You might even want to bring some home in a growler after you do.

Funkwerks (Fort Collins) - For those of you who didn’t know, their boiler was out of commission last week, and they’re glad to announce they have it up and running again! This has lead to back-to-back brew days for their brewers, Andy and Gordon, who worked hard yesterday brewing their flagship Saison, and are trucking away today at a new beer, which is a golden strong saison.

Bonfire Brewing (Eagle) - Bonfire beer in bombers is now a reality! They just finished labeling 14 cases of beer. It's available tonight at the tap room in Eagle and in local liquor stores shortly after.

Blue Moon Brewing (Denver) - Three test beers initially brewed at the Sandlot inside of Coors Field will be going on a national taste testing tour in March. Boulder will host a tasting at the Salt Bistro on March 14th from 6pm to 8pm. Get your chance to try their: Caramel Apple Spice, Blackberry Tart and Dark Chocolate Bacon Porter. These flavors are part of the brewery's Pick The Next Blue Moon contest. You decide which beer they should keep making and distribute.

Beer Caucus (Colorado) - Excerpt from the Denver Business Journal (Ed Sealover) - Anyone doubting how powerful Colorado’s brewing sector has grown need only know this: Legislators have formed a Beer Caucus to discuss its impact on the economy. The caucus is informal and has yet to meet. But its founding establishes the brewing industry as one of the few in the state that has a group of legislators dedicated to discussing and promoting it. “It’s exciting,” said John Carlson, executive director of the Colorado Brewers Guild, whose members include 81 of the roughly 130 breweries in the state. “But then again, this is one of the bright spots in the economy.”

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

AC Golden branches out with India Pale Lager

AC Golden Brewing CompanyAC Golden Brewing Co. Introduces India Pale Lager

For Inclusion in Old Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Mini Beer Tour

Golden, Colo., 2/22/12 -- AC Golden Brewing Company has developed an India Pale Lager (IPL) that Colorado Old Chicago restaurants will feature during their St. Patrick’s Day Mini Beer Tour, February 22 through March 18.

“We felt that, even though the IPA category is crowded, there was room for a beer with the hoppy goodness of an IPA but without the fruity esters that ale yeasts create,” said Glenn Knippenberg, president and co-founder of AC Golden. “Using lager yeast instead of ale yeast allows the delicate hop characters to shine through as only a lager can do. Our brewers jokingly call it our hop delivery vehicle.”

The result is a beer with a huge hop aroma and a long-lasting billowy head. The beer has a slight haze from being unfiltered. It is a dry and drinkable brew with a surprisingly clean finish. AC Golden’s IPL contains 3.3 pounds of hops per barrel – Cascade, Centennial, Chinook and Simcoe – with one of those pounds being in the dry hop.

“Being a part of Old Chicago’s Mini Beer Tour is a great opportunity for us to sample the beer with Colorado drinkers,” said Knippenberg. AC Golden’s brewers will be visiting various Old Chicago’s to talk with guests about the IPL and to hear what they think about this relatively new style of beer.

Alcohol content: 6.8% ABV
IBU: 75
Calories: 200 per 12-ounce serving
Yeast: Bottom-fermenting Lager Yeast
Bittering hops: Chinook
Finishing hops: Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe
Dry hops: Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe
Malts: Two-row Moravian Pale, Munich
Pairings: Pairs well with big blue goat cheeses like Gorgonzola or Roquefort. The huge floral hops will help balance out the funky notes of the cheese and the CO2 will help mellow the creaminess.

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About AC Golden Brewing Company:
AC Golden Brewing Company, located in Golden, Colo., was established to create specialty beers for discriminating beer drinkers. It specializes in small batch, hand-crafted brewing. Its beers include: Colorado Native, and amber lager made with all Colorado ingredients; Herman Joseph’s, a German-style lager, and Barmen Pilsner.

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Colorado Beer News 022312

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day. I'd suggest showing that special girl or woman in your life the engineering art of brewing beer. Whether you be a professional brewer or a homebrewer. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, February 23rd, 2012.

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Equinox Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Before they transition into Mushroom March they have one more Fromage February Firkin. Today at noon they will be tapping a firkin of O'rion Irish Red Ale conditioned with Grains of Paradise. They've paired this spicy version of their red with Colona cheese from Windsor Dairy.

Ouray Brewery (Ouray) - Pat's Purple Haze Porter is now on tap at the brewery. Come in and enjoy a pint of their special tribute beer to their late friend, Pat Morris.

Eddyline Brewing (Buena Vista) - Eddyline posted a short 1 minute video from inside the tasting room of some fans enjoying their beers. Check it out! (YouTube)


Dolores River Brewery (Dolores) - This Saturday, Dolores River Brewery is celebrating their 10th anniversary! Stop by in Dolores, CO to hear some live music from Cody Jordon and The League of Justice starting at 8:00pm. Plenty of great beers on tap to listen with.

Pateros Creek Brewing (Fort Collins) - It's Thursday, meaning it's time for their second entry in the staff Outlaw contest! Today's is named No. 8, it's a Maple Roasted Pecan Kolsch made by our tap room worker Ryan. Read more about it here.

Arvada Beer Company (Arvada) - Today at 4pm, "Brewers Limited Reserve" will be released. Tomorrow they will release a full batch of "Barth Berry Blast" or Triple B, a light golden ale with Blackberries and Raspberries. Come try their new beers. They still have both Coffee Porter and Double IPA on tap. Get them before they are gone.

Denver Off The Wagon (Denver) - Fellow beer and drink bloggers over at Denver Off The Wagon are celebrating their 1st anniversary today. Grats on a great 1st year to everyone on the DotW Team!

Gunnison Brewery (Gunnison) - Come down to Gunny tonight for River Bingo at the brewery. Cash and door prizes for the lucky winners. All for a good cause. Starts at 5:30pm.

Denver Beer Company (Denver) - Join in this Saturday, February 25th for their Collaboration Release party along with Upslope Brewing. Come taste the Belgian Chocolate Cherry Imperial Stout. Beer starts pouring on Saturday at 2:00pm. The beer will be on tap at both breweries. The first 50 people to try the beer at each brewery get a coupon for a free beer at the other brewery.

American Craft Beer Radio (FM 102.3 ESPN Denver) - Tune in this Saturday from noon to 1pm. Host Gary V's guests include 4 Colorado beer bloggers and writers including David Young (Coloradoan), Jonathan Shikes (Westword), one of the Denver Off The Wagon team and yours truly, Dave Butler (Fermentedly Challenged). We'll be talking Colorado beer and sharing stories about writing about beer. If you don't get 102.3FM in your area, listen in LIVE from the 102.3FM ESPN Radio web site.

Wild Mountain Smokehouse & Brewery (Nederland) - Think you can play a mean air guitar? Prove it! Come to the Extreme Air Guitar Competition at the Wild Mountain Brewery on Sunday, March 4th starting at 2:30pm. The Winner receives $100!!

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Upcoming releases at FCB: Maibock (2/24), Oak Aged Maibock (3/9) tap-only, Red Banshee (3/17), Incredible Hop Imperial IPA (3/30) 150 IBUs. Don't forget live music every Thursday from 4pm to 7pm at the FCB tap room. See the Music Listings for specific performers.

Odell Brewing (Ft. Collins) - According to TheFullPint.com, Odell Brewing is working on a collaboration beer with Thornbridge Brewery in the UK called "Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale". The beer is being brewed this week and will debut at SAVOR later this year. The beer is a take on the Odell Red recipe with a UK twist. The beer will be bottled in 750ml bottles with a cork and cage and will be available in both the UK and wherever Odell beer is distributed.

Grand Lake Brewing (Grand Lake) - Berthoud Pass was closed for most of the day today due to high winds and snow forcing some key deliveries to the brewery & restaurant to be canceled. Therefore they will be closed this evening (Thursday) and re-open on Friday through Sunday. They apologize for any inconveniences.

Bru Handbuilt Ales (Boulder) - Bru is proud to announce that they have officially been approved by the TTB this week!! Watch out Boulder, here they come! Stay tuned for details on their pending opening.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Brewers Association announces American Craft Beer Week 2012

American Craft Beer Week 2012May 14-20, 2012: American Craft Beer Week

Breweries and Retailers Spanning 50 States to Toast
“The Mother of All Beer Weeks”

WHAT: For the seventh consecutive year, the Brewers Association will recognize American Craft Beer Week® (ACBW), a celebration of U.S. craft brewers across the country. Last year, all 50 states hosted official ACBW events, marking the largest-ever celebration of craft beer in America with over 1,500 events at more than 1,300 different breweries and retailers.

In 2012, ACBW will once again provide an opportunity for small and independent brewers, craft beer enthusiasts and the community of better beer retailers to celebrate the ever-advancing beer culture and epicurean art form in the U.S. Events include exclusive brewery tours, special beer releases, multi-course food and beer pairing dinners, collaboration beers and much more.

WHEN: Monday, May 14- Sunday, May 20, 2012

WHERE: Visit the official American Craft Beer Week events calendar, hosted by CraftBeer.com, for a full list of local celebrations in all 50 states.

WHY: America’s craft beer industry is booming, with upwards of 1,900 small and independent brewers responsible for a vibrant craft beer scene. With the average American living within 10 miles of a brewery, ACBW gives tens of thousands of beer beginners, beer enthusiasts, full-on beer geeks, and everyone in between, the opportunity to toast these brewers and support the advancement of America’s craft beer culture.

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About the Brewers Association:
The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their craft beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience and American Craft Beer Week. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today's craft brewers and homebrewers.

Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com and about homebrewing via the BA's American Homebrewers Association. Follow us on Twitter.


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Colorado Beer News 022212

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Be Humble Day and also Inconvenience Yourself Day. Is being humble an inconvenience for you? If so, it's happening on the right day. You can always get over it by sharing a brew with a friend today. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012.

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Hoppy Dog Brewing (Fort Collins) - This brewery is still in the planning stages but already their beer is starting to win awards. They just found out that their Cranberry Dim Wit took 2nd place in the fruit beer category at the Paterson AFB Homebrew Competition recently. Stay tuned for more news on this brewery coming to Fort Collins.

Arvada Beer Company (Arvada) - Each and every Wednesday, Arvada Beer Company is giving away $50, that is if you can prove yourself to be a master at Texas Holdem. They play for free at the brewery at 7pm on Wednesday nights. $25 for 1st, $15 for 2nd and $10 for 3rd - gift checks good towards anything they sell. Most weeks they have around 20 people playing so your odds of winning aren't too bad.

Boulder Beer Company (Boulder) - Tomorrow night (Thursday 2/23) at the Denver Athletic Club located at 1325 Glenarm place, join Boulder Beer for beer and brats with Brewmaster David Zuckerman at 6pm. A $20 entry fee includes all beer samples and a tasty Planet Porter brat. Call (303) 534-1211 for more details.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - Guess who's turning 3? The Tasty Weasel Taproom at Oskar Blues that's who! And to celebrate they are throwing a celebration party on Friday, February 24th at 1800 Pike Road in Longmont from 4pm(ish) to 10pm(ish). There will be a Brewski Ball Tournament, a Silent Disco, brewery tours and lots of food from the OB Bonewagon. Come party. There will be a Bicycle Lonmont Cruiser Ride from downtown Longmont to the brewery as well. www.oskarblues.com

Winter Bier Fest (Woodland Park) - This Saturday from 12pm to 4pm at the Ute Pass Cultural Center (210 E. Midland) in Woodland Park is the Winter Bier Fest. This event runs in conjunction with the Woodland Park Arts Alliance Wine Tasting. You can sample beers from over 10 Colorado breweries including: AC Golden, Arvada Beer Company, BierWerks, Bristol Brewing, Del Norte, Dry Dock, Durango Brewing, Kevin Baity Kraft Beers, Odell Brewing and Ska Brewing. Cost is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Info at the BierWerks website.

Mountain Sun (Boulder) - There's only 1 more week left in Stout Month! Have you had your fill of dark beer yet? If not, then head to any of the three Mountain Sun locations (Southern Sun and Vine Street Pub). They still have over a dozen unique stouts on tap for you to try. Hurry over soon before Stout Month is just a memory.

Asher Brewing (Boulder) - Today at Asher, come in and mention you saw their post on Twitter or Facebook (or Fermentedly Challenged) and get $1 off pints from 3-6pm today. The Verde Food Truck will be there from 3-6pm as well to satisfy your noms.

Frozen Dead Guy Days (Nederland) - The annual celebration of Cryonics is coming up fast. This year's event spans March 2nd through the 4th in Nederland. Come for a big line-up of live music, coffin races, polar plunges, frozen t-shirt contests, ice turkey bowling, brain freeze contests and of course lots of good Colorado craft beer in the "ReAnimate Yourself" Beer Tent at Chipeta Park. More info at: frozendeadguydays.org.

American Craft Beer Radio (FM 102.3 ESPN Denver) - Tune in this Saturday from noon to 1pm. Host Gary V's guests include 4 Colorado beer bloggers and writers including David Young (Coloradoan), Jonathan Shikes (Westword), one of the Denver Off The Wagon team and yours truly, Dave Butler (Fermentedly Challenged). We'll be talking Colorado beer and sharing stories about writing about beer. If you don't get 102.3FM in your area, listen in LIVE from the 102.3FM ESPN Radio web site.

Horsefly Brewing (Montrose) - Come to the brewery on Tuesday, February 28th for Community Tap Night benefiting the Black Canyon Boys and Girls Club. Horsefly will donate 75 cents of every pint sold to that organization. Starts at 6pm.

Lone Tree Brewing (Lone Tree) - Join LTB's head brewer Jason Wiedmaier and Rock Bottom's Head Brewer Phil Phifer on Tuesday, March 13th from 5:30pm til the beer runs out at Rock Bottom (Park Meadows) for some informal side by side beer comparisons. The brewers will be pouring samples of styles they brew and will discuss similarities and differences between them. Mark your calendars!

American Craft Beer Week (May 14-20, 2012) - CraftBeer.com just released a new video promoting the upcoming ACBW. Watch on YouTube.


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