Friday, March 30, 2012

Colorado Beer News 033012

Colorado Beer NewsToday is I am in Control Day in remembrance of Alexander Haig's famous statement, "I am in control here" spoken on the day President Ronald Reagan was wounded back in 1981. So if you feel that you are in control today - shout it out and have a beer while you're at it. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, March 30th, 2012.

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The Mayor of Old Town (Fort Collins) - Their new outdoor patio is coming along nicely. They plan to have a Grand Opening party for it on Friday, April 6th with a live band. Plan on making it! Also, The Mayor is hiring! They are looking to pick up a couple of new bartenders, a couple of servers, a couple of bussers and a couple of kitchen folks to handle the upcoming patio expansion. Do you know of anyone who would be awesome for them to hire? Have them email their resume and cover letter to jobs(at)mayorofoldtown.com .

Twisted Pine (Boulder) - On April 7th, Twisted Pine will release their next in line of Artisan Ales with their West Bound Braggot. A braggot is a mix of both mead and beer and was popular back as far as the Middle Ages. West Bound Braggot weighs in around 8% ABV and has 35 IBUs.

Hunters Moon Meadery (Severance) - For those in Northern Colorado who haven't tried the meads from Hunter Moon yet, you now have another outlet for their fine beverages. Hunters Moon meads will now be available at Thompson Valley Liquor in Loveland starting today. Also available in Fort Collins, Estes Park and Greeley.

American Craft Beer Radio (102.3FM Denver) - Tomorrow on ACBR, with guest co-host Eric Sprinkle, Gary V. will catch up with Scott Witsoe from Wit's End Brewing Company, and David Parry of Parry's Pizza to talk about the new Restaurant / Tap House in Highlands Ranch. They will also be checking in with Ted Rice, Owner of Marble Brewery, in Albuquerque, NM as his first shipment to Colorado will arrive and be on shelves this week. That's tomorrow at noon on 102.3 ESPN.

Ouray Brewery (Ouray) - It's Spring cleaning time at the brewery. They will be closed for cleaning from April 2nd through Friday, April 6th until 5pm that day. Stop in this weekend to get your fill of food and drink before then.

My Handle Bar (Fort Collins) - If you don't have plans tomorrow afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m., please join the HeidiTown.com gang in Old Town Fort Collins for a FREE ride on the MyHandleBar party bike! There are a few spots left on the bike. If you + a friend or two would like to join in, email TheMayor@HeidiTown.com and they will give you the meet up point! They'll be hitting up some breweries and possibly a bar along the way, and afterwards converging on Odell Brewing Co for the 4 p.m. tapping of their Double Pilsner with a cheese tasting from MouCo Cheese Company!

Best Brewery You Never Heard Of - Last day to vote! Fermentedly Challenged has been recruited by the 2012 Beer Drinker of the Year J. Wilson to come up with a story about "The Best Brewery You Never Heard Of" in an upcoming series of nationally contributed articles to be featured on his blog Brewvana.net in April. What we need from you is a nomination for a CO brewery in your neck of the woods that you feel is outstanding yet perhaps is not well known to the rest of the nation. Please add your nomination on our Facebook page. Winner will get a write-up by Fermentedly Challenged. Please click on the Facebook question link first and then also on the More link below on the next screen to see all of the current nominations. Deadline for nominations is March 30th by 11:59pm Mountain time. Also please add a comment as to why you feel this brewery is worthy of your nomination. Over 333 votes cast already for 35 different breweries!

Colorado Craft Beer Radio (AM 760 Denver) - A fun show is coming up tomorrow with a lot of road show announcements! The CCBR crew will be talking and sampling beers with Tim Myers from Strange Brewing Company and Matt Hess from River North Brewery. Tune in this Saturday from 12-1 on AM 760 throughout Colorado. It's the Colorado Craft Beer Show brought to you by Breckenridge Brewery of Colorado and Argonaut Wine & Liquor!

Funkwerks (Fort Collins) - Yesterday, Funkwerks released a new beer in their taproom! Alchemy is the newest (and most deceptive) beer on their lineup. Inspired by Belgian Tripels and Golden Strong ales. This light-hued Belgian style beer is well balanced and easy to drink, but be aware of it’s ABV sitting at 8.5%!

Voss Farms Colorado (Arvada) - The hops are really sprouting up with all this hot weather. They're watering them now because it is so dry. They've also replaced the wee fabric that was torn off in the big winds this winter and added compost and cow manure. Voss Farms is also adding low level (8-10 inches above hop crowns) 14 gauge wire along the rows in order to hand drip irrigation lines from them and also to use as the string tie point from the upper trellis cable. They still have hop rhizomes available to sell - $3/each or 10 for $25 with pick up at the farm. Contact vossfarmscolorado@yahoo.com.

Great Divide (Denver) - Join Great Divide this Saturday, March 31st from 5-7pm for Meet The Brewer at Lyons Den Wine and Spirits in Greenwood Village. One of their brewing superheroes, Bryan Brauer, will be on hand chatting about their handcrafted ales and lagers. Located at: 5332 DTC Boulevard in Greenwood Village.

Denver Best Of Awards (Westword.com) - Congrats to Colorado beer industry winners in the Westword Best of 2011: Denver Beer Co, The Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe, Wit's End Brewing Company, Falling Rock Tap House, Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery, Oskar Blues Brewery, Renegade Brewing Company, Copper Kettle Brewing Company, Great Divide Brewing Co., Dry Dock Brewing Company, Bull & Bush, and Euclid Hall. Check the full list and categories here!

BierWerks Brewery (Woodland Park) - They'll be having their Maibock beer coming out around May 1st. They also will have a new Hefeweizen out today (with luck). James will be brewing another round of Helles this week also. Still plenty of beer here! Come in and play the new bean bag/washer toss game they just bought for Bierwerks, some summer fun while you are outside drinking and taking in the sun.

Pateros Creek Brewing (Fort Collins) - Don't forget - Saturday, April 7th is Session Day - drink beers that are < 4.5% ABV this day! (#SessionDay on Twitter). Pateros Creek will be having $3 pitns of session ales all day long including: Old Town Ale, Car 21 and Remittance Ale. Live music on hand from 2pm to 4pm from Rosewood Divine. Stop in anytime from noon to 9pm. Tap and Handle (Fort Collins) - They may have been open for a while already this year, but this Sunday, April 1st (no foolin') will be their big Grand Opening party celebration. Stop by and check out their specials from the kitchen, talk with local beer reps and try one of their 75 different beers on tap. Beer will all be at happy hour prices all day long this Sunday. They open at noon. Located at: 307 S. College Avenue in Fort Collins.

New Brewery Coming - An anonymous tip told me the other day that a new brewery is headed for Denver, CO. Be on the lookout for Halcyon Brewing Company. They are targeting a Fall 2013 opening. That's a way's off but always good to hear that more breweries are coming to the state. They have a reserved website at: www.halcyonbrewing.com.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - There are a few dates that Grimm Brothers wants you to remember coming up. Ante Up for a Cure - March 31st (Saturday) and is a fundraiser to fight blood cancer. Stop by the taproom for details. Also they will be having a beer release for Rifraff on April 11th (Wednesday). This is their new Dunkelweizen - a fantastic spring wheat beer. And don't forget that the Taste of Loveland is scheduled for April 12th (Thursday). Grimm Brothers will be on hand pouring their beers. 6pm - 9pm - cost $35 a ticket.

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - For a while now, Avery has made a special batch of their "Meph Addict" coffee stout for limited releases and wanted to use that name on a label. However, during a recent request to the TTB, they refused to grant a label based upon the name being too close to a drug reference. So, instead, Avery renamed the beer to "Tweak" and can now be sold via keg to select retailers. They will be tapping some for their weekly Friday taping this week at their Tap Room. Come get some as this powerful brew tends to move quickly.

Yak & Yeti (Arvada) - There are some new drinks coming up at the Yak & Yeti that they'd like you all to know about. How about a Bacon Maple Soda? A breakfast drink made according to the German Swineheitsgebot. To be released on Wednesday, April 4th at 4pm. As for beer, look for their West Coast Glutton DIPA to be on tap by Easter. Also coming just before Easter will be their Oaked Himalayan IPA and their GF Apple Ale, a gluten-free brew made with cider and sorghum. Then on Friday, April 13th at 4pm look for their Dark Belgian Strong aged on oak. On hand will be guest brewer Rick Bobbitt.

Today's Tappings - here's what's rolling off the lines and onto taps today:
- Great Divide (Denver) - Oaked Colette - firkin
- Shamrock Brewery (Pueblo) - Zerbert - farmhouse Saison
- Backcountry Pizza (Boulder) - Crazy Mountain Black Ale & Oskar Blues Red Knuckles
- Wynkoop Brewing (Denver) - Cottonwood Organic White - wheat beer - 5pm

Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora) - There's going to be a Breweriana gathering at Dry Dock on Saturday, March 31st from 11am to 2pm. There's going to be a huge collection of brewery memorabilia being shown and for sale and a chance to talk with brewers about brewery history. Breweriana is a club dedicated to brewery collectibles and puts on a great show to boot.

Vine Street Pub & Brewery (Denver) - It's taken nearly 4 years, but at long last the Vine Street Pub can prepare to add "& Brewery" to it's moniker. As early as this Sunday, April 1st, Vine Street will begin brewing it's own beer on site. Vine Street will take over making 8 of Mountain Sun's standard brews and will free up their other locations to make more experimental batch beers. Their new brewhouse has a capacity for 5000 barrels a year.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Crooked Stave Blackberry Petite Sour review

Crooked Stave Blackberry Petite SourWhen a members only opportunity opened up in a fairly new brewing operation that specializes in sour beers and particularly beers made with brettanomyces, I had to jump on it. Crooked Stave, formerly based in Fort Collins but now moving to Denver, recently released the 1st of many members only beers from their "Cellar Reserve Membership". The first was named Crooked Stave Blackberry Petite Sour - a wild ale aged with blackberries in oak barrels. I was on hand in Boulder at Cured to pick up my 1st bottle and couldn't wait to get it home to try it out.

Crooked Stave described this unfiltered wild beer as follows: "We took a small portion of our Petite Sour base beer and aged it with blackberries in oak barrels for an additional nine months. The introduction of blackberries adds another layer of complexity to the already fruity aroma, bright citrus flavor and dry tart finish. This beer is bottled with the natural yeast, if cellared in a cool dark place it will develop more complex characteristics and evolve for years to come".

Blackberry Petite Sour was produced in a limited quantity with roughly 60 cases of these 750ml bottles available. My bottle was labeled as bottle 378/857. Some of this batch was put in kegs for just a couple of clients from what I was told directly by the brewer Chad Yakobson.

I was already a big sour beer fan, but would this first batch live up to the hype and expectation worthy of a limited membership?

Appearance: Blackberry Petite Sour poured a colorful dark red color and reminded me of a wine in appearance. There wasn't much of a head, and what little there was of the off-white 1-finger tall head made a loud fizzy noise that quickly dissolved down to nothing. The beer itself appeared to have very good clarity and was modestly carbonated. Swirling yielded no additional head nor any lacing.

Aroma: I chose to pour this beer into the new Offero Omnis stemless glass. This glass was designed to enhance the aroma of many types of beverages including wines, beers, cognacs and brandy. I immediately recognized the tell tale aroma of brettanomyces. Mixed in with the brett was some tangy fruit, a hint of vinegar and definite sense that this beer was aged in wood. It was an aroma very similar to what I've received from a New Belgium La Folie, only with more sweetness in the nose.

Crooked Stave Cellar Reserve MembershipTaste: This beer was definitely had a nice tartness to it. There was an underlying berry sweetness offset by a tart sour tang. It had the consistency of wine and also a light to medium bodied ale. The beer left a nice dry tart sensation in my mouth. It was sour, bitter, slightly acidic, semi-sweet and with a balanced fruity taste. It wasn't as carbonated as I would expect, but then again, a sour like this didn't need much carbonation to taste good.

Overall: As the label suggested, I let this beer open up and breathe for a bit before sampling. It is best served between 45 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Crooked Stave seemed to have found a nice base to work from with it's Petite Sour. The blackberries and oak barrels added a wonderful flavor sensation to this ale.

As a sour ale lover, this beer fits the bill for my sour needs. It rests in the middle of the "puckerness" scale. It's got just enough sour funk and tartness to be a nice slow sipper without going over the top on the sour. I was very well pleased with this first members only release and am glad I picked up a second bottle. I plan to store the second bottle and age it for a while to see how it can change over time.

If you love sour ales, especially those that have a bit of fruit in them, you'll love Crooked Stave's Blackberry Petite Sour. Wild ales like this are wonderful!

Look for a full review of the Offero Omnis glass coming soon.

Disclosure: I paid full retail price for this beer.

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- Crooked Stave releases their 1st Cellar Reserve beer.
- Crooked Stave releases more Wild Wild Brett brews.
- Crooked Stave plans to move to Denver.


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Get Medieval this April with Twisted Pine

Twisted Pine West Bound Braggot
Twisted Pine Gets Medieval with April Artisan Ale

West Bound Braggot fourth offering in crafty local series

Boulder, Colorado –March 27th 2012 – When designing the Artisan Ale Project, Twisted Pine Brewing Company intended to have its brewers flex their creative muscles in much the same manner as the local artists whose work is celebrated on each label. With the fourth installment in the series, West Bound Braggot, the Twisted crew has made it evident that they are both willing and able to match their creative might with the rest of Colorado’s artistic community.

West Bound Braggot, which will debut April 7th, is Twisted Pine’s modern take on a medieval classic. Braggot, more or less a hybrid of mead and ale, was popular throughout Europe in the Middle Ages and Chaucer even made mention of the drink in his Canterbury Tales. The Twisted rendition began with malted barley, orange blossom honey and Citra hops, before the brewers shifted into adventure mode and added Tasmanian pepper berries and Buddha’s Hand to the kettle. Then for the finishing strokes this unique ale was fermented with a Belgian saison yeast.

The resulting unfiltered brew pours the color of hazed champagne and the aroma that wanders off the snowflake head is a mosaic of pleasant flagrances. Scents of nectar sweetness and ripe citrus, along with earthy malt tones, a slight pinch of pepper and the farmhouse esters of the yeast all meet the nose in perfect proportions. As the first sip finds the tongue, the beautiful balance is upheld and the ale slides sweet and smoothly across the palate, highlighted by a wink of citrus and pepper and punctuated with a dry, crisp finish. The beer weighs in at 8% ABV and 35 IBU.

The label for West Bound Braggot features the painting “Running Wild” by Boulder artist Lael Har. The Twisted ale house will relinquish their wall space to Lael for the release-party on Saturday April 7th, where the artist will be on hand from 4-8pm to sign bottles and meet fans of brush and beer and both. Her pieces will remain on display in the ale house for the remainder of the month and until the following release on May 5th. For more details on the Artisan Ale Project, visit www.twistedpinebrewing.com.

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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Fermentedly Challenged on a break for a couple days

Hi everyone. I haven't been able to write-up the daily Colorado Beer News the last couple of days due to my wife being in the hospital and having to be there for her. She is doing OK. She had to have some painful surgery and will be laid up for a while. When I can get her back home again I will be able to resume writing again. Sorry for the delay, in the meantime thanks for all your good wishes and prayers. Hope to be back at this real soon.

Dave Butler - Fermentedly Challenged


Update: My wife is doing well and will be home within 24 hours. On breaks I'm posting a few things here and there. Hope to be back at it regularly by Friday. Cheers!

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Tour de Fat goes national

New Belgium's Tour de FatNew Belgium Brewing’s “Tour de Fat” Announces National Schedule, Including First-time Festivals in Atlanta and Washington, DC

Rollin’ Into a City Near You; Countdown Begins for Crafting Costumes

Ft. Collins, CO, March 27, 2012 – New Belgium Brewing today announced the much-anticipated Tour de Fat 2012 schedule. Now in its 13th season, Tour de Fat brings together passionate bike lovers for a day of two-wheeled revelry while raising money for local nonprofits. Tour de Fat is a thrilling rite of passage that includes an unparalleled costumed bicycle parade, New Belgium beer, dazzling entertainment, local food, unusual bike contests and much more. Coming to 15 cities across the country, New Belgium has added Atlanta and Washington, DC to this year’s lineup.

In 2012, Tour de Fat, which is a free event, will exceed the $2 million mark for money raised for local nonprofits through beer and merchandise purchases. Funds generally go to organizations in the world of bike advocacy, with money spent in a wide variety of ways, including trail maintenance, safety education, lobbying for better bicycle communities and a wide variety of other impactful initiatives.

The pinnacle of Tour de Fat is the ceremonious car-for-bike trade. At each Tour de Fat, one person becomes the center of the show as he or she gets up on stage, hands over car keys, and pledges to live one year car-free. Tour de Fat is now seeking volunteers to accept the swapper challenge. Each car-for-bike swapper will choose a local bike shop to help them turn their $2,250.00 budget into their ultimate car-replacement commuter bike. The cars will be auctioned by Vehicles for Charity, with proceeds to benefit local cycling organizations.

Swappers are chosen after submitting an application that describes why they are willing to trade in their vehicle for a shiny new bicycle. To submit an entry, go to the New Belgium Tour de Fat Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TourDeFat), click on events and your city of choice, and upload your application video. Applications may also be written and sent to: trademycarforabike@newbelgium.com.

“This is a big year for Tour De Fat as we added two terrific cities to the roster and look to surpass $2 million in funds raised for organizations that do great things for bicyclists and beyond,” said Matt Kowal, Tour De Fat Impresario. “In addition, our community of car-for-bike swappers is about to grow, which is a highlight of our whole year. Bike advocacy should always be this much fun.”
A few tidbits about Tour de Fat:

• Start sewing, collecting and dreaming up something to wear as Tour de Fat encourages embracing your inner costume-loving self. Come dressed up to help put on the most colorful, respectful and creative bike parade ever witnessed in each city.

• Tour de Fat seeks to leave as small an environmental imprint as possible and composts and recycles waste. Bring only what you need and watch for proper receptacles. We’ll do the rest!

• All performers grab your attention from alternatively empowered stages decked out in recycled materials; trucks and transport use biofuel sourced from recycled waste oils; and all vendors operate off the grid.

• This is a pro-bike celebration, not an anti-car rally. Non-cyclists are more than welcome to join the festivities.

In 2011, Tour de Fat traveled to 13 cities, attracting a total of 69,550 festival attendees and 41,150 parade cyclists. In addition, the festival raised $331,428 and boasted an impressive 90 percent diversion of waste from landfills.
See https://www.facebook.com/TourDeFat for the Tour de Fat credo, schedules, videos and to submit your entry to swap your gas guzzler for a fancy new bike. To see a video from last year's season click on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ekxuu5j9BVk.

Tour de Fat 2012 will cycle through each of the following cities:

Nashville, TN – June 2 – Centennial Park
Washington, DC – June 16 – Yards Park
Durham, NC – June 23 – Diamond View Park on the American Tobacco Campus
Atlanta, GA – June 30 – Historic 4th Ward Park
Milwaukee, WI – July 14 – Coast Guard Event Area, McKinley Park
Chicago, IL – July 21 – Palmer Square
Minneapolis, MN – July 28 – Loring Park
Boise, ID – August 18 – Ann Morrison Park
Fort Collins, CO – September 1 – Civic Center Park Area
Denver, CO – September 8 – City Park
Los Angeles, CA – September 15 – Los Angeles State Historic Park
San Francisco, CA – September 22 – Lindley Meadow in Golden Gate Park
San Diego, CA – September 29 – Golden Hill Park
Tempe, AZ – October 6 – Tempe Town Lake
Austin, TX – October 20 – Fiesta Gardens

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 nine year-round beers; Fat Tire Amber Ale, Ranger IPA, Belgo IPA, Sunshine Wheat, Shift Pale Lager, 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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- Shift Pale Lager to be 16oz cans only.
- New Belgium goes greener with electric cars.
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Monday, March 26, 2012

A Springy Firkin Friday at Steamworks

Steamworks Spring Fever FirkinFirkin Friday at Steamworks Brewing Co. to celebrate Spring

Unique “Spring Fever Firkin” to be tapped on Friday, April 6

DURANGO, Colo. – Spring has sprung at Steamworks Brewing Co., and the brewpub is set to celebrate during its monthly Firkin Friday, April 6, 2012, with a special “Spring Fever Firkin. The cask will be tapped at 3 p.m.

According to Ken Martin, Steamworks head brewer, the firkin’s base beer is Steamworks’ One Wit Wunder, the Belgian style wheat beer spiced with coriander and Curacao (bitter) orange peel.

“We then added extra spice in the form of sweet orange peel and lemongrass and re-fermented it with freshly pureed pineapple and its juice,” said Martin. “The result should be a spicy, citrusy wheat beer with the sweetness of pineapple and a subtle herbal essence of lemongrass.”

“It should be a refreshing spring elixir,” added Spencer Roper, assistant brewer. “Perfect to enjoy on a warm Friday afternoon on Steamworks’ back deck.”

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. Firkin beer is unpasteurized, unfiltered and naturally carbonated, or conditioned, it its cask. It is served at approximately 55 degrees - cool but not cold, and because it contains no preservatives, it’s designed to be consumed after tapping.

“We’ve got a large following for Firkin Fridays, and it’s growing as more people discover the opportunity to sample a unique brew that they truly can’t get anywhere else,” said Martin. “Come early to make sure you get a pint.”

Steamworks initiated its Firkin Fridays to introduce unusual, specialty craft beers to patrons, and augment its regular, award-winning offerings.

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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Volume share for craft brewing jumps 13 percent in 2011

Brewers AssociationTotal U.S. brewery count tops 2,000

Boulder, CO • March 26, 2012 — The Brewers Association (BA), the trade association representing small and independent brewers, today released 2011 data on U.S. craft brewing1. Craft brewers saw volume2 rise 13 percent, with a 15 percent increase in retail sales from 2010 to 2011, representing a total barrel increase of 1.3 million.

In 2011, craft brewers represented 5.68 percent of volume of the U.S. beer market, up from 4.97 in 2010, with production reaching 11,468,152 barrels. Additionally, the BA estimates the actual dollar sales figure from craft brewers in 2011 was $8.7 billion, up from $7.6 billion in 2010. Increased retails sales represented 9.1 percent of the $95.5 billion dollar U.S. beer market3.

“While the overall beer market experienced a 1.32 percent volume decrease in 2011, craft brewing saw significant growth, surpassing five percent total market volume share for the first time,” said Paul Gatza, director, Brewers Association. “It’s becoming increasingly clear that with the variety of styles and flavors to choose from, Americans are developing a strong taste for high-quality, small-batch beer from independent brewers.”

2011 Craft Beer Statistics

With 250 brewery openings and only 37 closings, the BA also reported that 1,989 breweries were operating in the U.S. in 2011—an 11 percent increase from the previous year. Small brewers employed approximately 103,585 workers in the U.S in 2011.

“We saw rapid growth in brewery openings last year, particularly with microbrewery start-ups, and these numbers are poised to rise even more in 2012,” added Gatza. “In February 2012, we already topped 2,000 operating breweries—a truly remarkable milestone. We look forward to even more success and the continued expansion of the craft beer market.”

Note: Numbers are preliminary. The Association will publish its full 2011 industry analysis in the May/June 2012 issue of The New Brewer highlighting regional trends and sales by individual breweries. Additionally, a more extensive analysis will be released during the Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego, Calif., from May 2-5.

1 The definition of a craft brewer as stated by the Brewers Association: An American craft brewer is small, independent, and traditional. Small: Annual production of beer less than 6 million barrels. Beer production is attributed to a brewer according to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Flavored malt beverages are not considered beer for purposes of this definition. Independent: Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member who is not themselves a craft brewer. Traditional: A brewer who has either an all malt flagship (the beer which represents the greatest volume among that brewers brands) or has at least 50 percent of its volume in either all malt beers or in beers which use adjuncts to enhance rather than lighten flavor.

2 Volume by craft brewers represent total taxable production.

3 The Brewers Association does not include flavored malt beverages in its beer data set.

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- Denver beer culture highlighted in new video.

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Colorado Beer News 032612

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Australia Day. It's a day to give the Aussies their due and celebrate the way they do things down under. How about some shrimp on the bar-b and a drink that reminds you of what's Australian for Beeya! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, March 26th, 2012.

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High Hops Brewery and Brew Shop (Windsor) - Attention hop growers! With all this warm weather, your hop plants are bound to be sprouting up. Now is the time to start watering them and add some compost to the soil. Mother Nature is giving us all a nice head start to this year's growing season.

The Mayor of Old Town (Fort Collins) - Look for the Mayor to tap a keg of Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA today. Better get it quick, this keg won't last long.

Crooked Stave Dual Bottle CarrierCrooked Stave (Denver) - Chad Yakobson and crew celebrated their 1st Cellar Reserve Membership release of their Blackberry Petite Sour this weekend - with events at both Falling Rock Tap House (Denver) and at Cured (Boulder). Read all about the event in today's full article.

Black Bottle Brewery (Fort Collins) - Renovation is underway at their 5,000 square foot brewery location at 1605 South College Avenue in FoCo. They are planning to include a 50 seat outdoor patio. Right now, they plan on opening by late Summer this year. Stay tuned for more info on their progress.

Choice City Butcher & Deli (Fort Collins) - It's time to clean out their beer fridge to make way for new beers. Choice City is offering a bottle blowout! Today and Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm they are offering $1 bottle specials. Who knows what gems lie in the back of their fridge!

Rueben's Burger Bistro (Boulder) - Rueben's has greatly expanded their tap system. They just installed a brand new state of the art tap system and are now offering 42 taps of beer! 30 of these taps will be reserved exclusively for Belgian beers! The other 12 taps will be for Colorado only beers. They've stocked up on new proper glassware and have trained their staff on the fine points of serving these beers. Don't let the name fool you - this burger bistro is more than just food. This tap system was designed by Paul Olsen who also built the tap system at Tap & Handle (75 taps) in Fort Collins. Located at: 1800 Broadway in Boulder.

Ska Brewing (Durango) - Calling all Homebrewers! Submit your best brews for the Fourth Annual Ska Brewing GABF Pro-Am Homebrewers Competition! The winning brewer will be invited to Ska Brewing in Durango, Colorado to help brew a commercial batch of their beer for release this fall AND entered in the Pro-Am category of the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. Ska will also provide the winner with a ticket for the members-only awards ceremony! In order to have your winning beer sent to the GABF, you must be an AHA member at the time of the competition.

Best Brewery You Never Heard Of - Colorado - we have a mission for you! Fermentedly Challenged has been recruited by the 2012 Beer Drinker of the Year J. Wilson to come up with a story about "The Best Brewery You Never Heard Of" in an upcoming series of nationally contributed articles to be featured on his blog Brewvana.net in April. What we need from you is a nomination for a CO brewery in your neck of the woods that you feel is outstanding yet perhaps is not well known to the rest of the nation. Please add your nomination on our Facebook page. Winner will get a write-up by Fermentedly Challenged. Please click on the Facebook question link first and then also on the More link below on the next screen to see all of the current nominations. Deadline for nominations is March 30th by 11:59pm Mountain time. Also please add a comment as to why you feel this brewery is worthy of your nomination. Over 300 votes cast already for 23 different breweries!

Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) - The doors opened for the Grand Opening of Great Storm Brewing Company in Denver this last weekend. The opening was well attended and looked to be standing room only. The raves about their beers have started coming in. Fan favorites included their Zwartbier, the IPA, the Rum Raisin Stout and their Belgian Strong ale. Stop by to check them out later this week. They are open Wednesdays through Saturdays starting at 11:00pm and running to at least 9:00pm and later on weekends. Located at 204 Mount View Lane #3 in Colorado Springs.

New Belgium (Fort Collins) - While most of us here in Colorado enjoyed near 80 degree weather on the eastern slope this last weekend, New Belgium wants to remind you that there is still a lot of winter snow fun to be had this coming Saturday, March 31st up on the ski slopes at Loveland ski area. They will be hosting a mountain-wide Loveland Scavenger Hunt all day from 9am to 3pm. Get your costumes together and find hidden items on the slopes at Loveland. Proceeds from entry fees to towards Alliance for Sustainable Colorado. Details at www.newbelgium.com/hunt.

Odell Brewing (Fort Collins) - Colorado beer blog FocusOnTheBeer.com and Another Pint is hosting Meet the Brewer night this Friday, March 30th from 7pm to 10pm. This event will feature none other than Doug Odell. They'll have a couple classic Odell beers like the IPA, Myrcenary, and their first beer, back in 1989, 90 Shilling. They'll also have Footloose Golden Sour and Shenanigans, a couple beers you perhaps of not had before. You won't want to miss this event! Located at Another Pint - 13860 Gleneagle Drive in Colorado Springs, CO.

Floodstage Ale Works (Brighton) - According to the forums at BeerAdvocate, Floodstage Ale Works is back brewing beer once again and have a Helles and Porter now available at their site. Stop in and try one. Located at: 170 S. Main Street in Brighton, CO.

Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) - Two new labels just got approved for Crabtree brews. The first is for Peachtree Cezanne Saison, described as: "... the second in four installments of our Saison Series. Following a traditional Belgian Farmhouse Ale approach, this Saison was brewed when the Palisade peaches were coming into harvest. One bushel of peaches was added to each Zinfandel wine barrel & aged for six months for your peachy enjoyment". The second label is for their upcoming "Woody B. Barley Wine Ale". This beer was brewed with Jeff Crabtree's homegrown Zeus, Fuggle, Cascade, Nugget & Centennial hops. A spicy, aromatic, and well-balanced barley wine ale aged in Pinot Noir barrels for a year. Look for these to debut in the near future.


Hops & Pie (Denver) - This Sunday marks another edition of the Littlest Big Beer Fest. This month it's all about barrel aged beers featuring nearly a dozen different barrel aged beers from a variety of Colorado, national and international breweries including: Odell Brewing, Dogfish Head, Upslope Brewing, Left Hand Brewing, Firestone Walker, Boulder Beer, Boulevard Brewing, Brouwerij Bavik, Brouwerij Verhaeghe and Dry Dock Brewing. It's first come first served on beer. Get it before they run out. Call (303) 477-7000 for details.

Funkwerks (Fort Collins) - The brewers at Funkwerks are going to busy this week as they're going to have three back-to-back-to-back brew days! White will be brewed on Tuesday, Tropic King on Wednesday, and word on the street has it that a strong dark Belgian amber of sorts will be brewed on Thursday, which is set to be aged in red wine barrels for a number of months. They look forward to having plenty of beer available for you, both on draft and in bottle.

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - Calling all Hop Heads! On Wednesday afternoon (around 4-ish) they need your beer tasting input! D&DB will be tapping 3 small-batch versions of their D&D IPA, each fermented with a different yeast strain. They'd like to know which of the 3 versions you think is the best for R&D purposes and what will soon become the new Dank IPA.

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Crooked Stave releases 1st Cellar Reserve beer

Crooked Stave Cellar Reserve Membership"Membership has its privileges" and in the case of Crooked Stave, their members finally received their 1st bottle from the Crooked Stave Cellar Reserve Membership program this last weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, March 24th and 25th, Crooked Stave held membership release events at Falling Rock Tap House (Saturday) in Denver, and at Cured (Sunday) in Boulder. The first release for members was their Blackberry Petite Sour, a sour ale infused with blackberries that weighs in around 5% ABV and was aged in oak barrels.

The Blackberry Petite Sour is just the 1st of 9 planned members only releases that members will pick up this year in 2012. There will be even more releases that members will have access to in addition to the general public.

Chad Yakobson, owner and brewmaster of Crooked Stave, stated that there were 155 members who signed up for the 2012 Cellar Reserve membership, each paying $300. This amounts to just over $46,000 worth of investment. Of those 155 members, roughly 25% of them were from out of state. Crooked Stave won't ship bottles to members, so members or their designated trustees have to show up in person to claim their allotted bottles. Members who can't make one of the releases will have their bottles held for them and can pick them up at a future release.

Crooked Stave Cellar Reserve Membership releaseFor this first batch, Chad said that there were 700 bottles of Blackberry Petite Sour made (around 60 cases). Other batches will have roughly the same or higher quantities made.

Most of the members attended the Denver release on Saturday at Falling Rock Tap House. Chad set up a tent in the parking lot at Falling Rock. All three owners of Falling Rock are also members of the Cellar Reserve Membership and stocked up on bottles. Members were given 1 bottle per their allotment, but were given the option to purchase additional bottles.

The second half of the release was on Sunday in Boulder at Cured, a cheese, meat and wine shop on Pearl Street. This shop also roasts and grinds their own blends of coffee and has a nice little wine shop in the back. Crooked Stave set up a booth inside Cured in the back and handed out bottles to members there.

In addition to their 1st bottle, members also received their members only t-shirt and a custom neoprene dual-bottle carrier. Members will also be receiving 2 custom stemware glasses in the future. These are still on order and will be shipped from Germany and given out at a future release.

Dual Bottle CarrierYakobson stated that for future Cellar Reserve member releases up until they open up in their new brewery location, they will choose two different locations to handle the releases, with Falling Rock Tap House being one of them.

Crooked Stave is still in the process of locating a final destination for their brewery in Denver. Optimally, they would like to be located in the River North area of Denver just north of the Coors Field area. Chad wants to start out with as big a location as possible, investing as much as $1.4 million dollars into a facility that has plenty of room for future production and a large tasting room.

Next up in the Crooked Stave Cellar Reserve Membership release will either be their Persica, a sour peach brew or their "Batch #1" a 100% barrel fermented, 100% Brett beer sometime in April 2012.

Memberships will be available each year and run from January through December. Existing members will have first right of refusal for future memberships. There are approximately 400 slots available each year in the membership. More information about membership can be found on the Crooked Stave membership website: membership.crookedstave.com.

The following photos were taken at the Sunday release at Cured in Boulder on March 25th, 2012.


Crooked Stave Blackberry Petite Sour


Related articles:
- Crooked Stave releases more Wild Wild Brett brews.
- Crooked Stave readies their Cellar Reserve Memberships.
- Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett Red review.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Odell Double Pilsner returns for 2012

Odell Double PilsnerDouble Pilsner Flies Again

Odell Brewing celebrates the return of Double Pilsner

[PRESS RELEASE] Fort Collins, CO. – On March 31, 2012, Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of Double Pilsner. Double Pilsner, a creative take on the traditional Bohemian Pilsner, replaces Mountain Standard for the warmer months as one of the brewery’s four pack offerings.

Bohemian by tradition American by craft, Double Pilsner is filled with rich sweet German Pilsen Malt and spicy Noble Hops. The Odell brewers took the storied style and increased both the malts and hops to increase the ABV and body while balancing the crisp hop character that is so prominent in this style of beer.

“Aromatically, Double Pilsner buzzes with notes of beeswax, ginger and a sharp Riesling white wine,” said Lee Williams in his 2011 review for Denver Off the Wagon. “On the palate, flavors of fresh mint leaf, lemon pith and quinine all busily vie for attention and cumulatively give the beer a breezy Czech pilsner freshness.”

Odell Brewing will celebrate the Double Pilsner release with a tapping party in the brewery’s Tap Room on Saturday, March 31st featuring local food, back yard games, and live music by the Gin Mill Gypsies from 4-6pm.

Double Pilsner is available through September within the brewery’s ten state distribution region.

Double Pilsner bottleFounded in 1989, Odell Brewing was started by Doug Odell, his wife Wynne, and his sister Corkie. Twenty-three years later, the culture of family and collaboration still thrives fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people. It is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create quality, hand-crafted, innovative brews. As a regional craft brewery, Odell Brewing is committed to serving the communities in which it distributes by sourcing local raw materials, and through its charitable giving program known as Odell Outreach. Odell Brewing was recently named a “Top Company of 2010” by ColoradoBiz Magazine and is an award winning brewery, nationally and internationally: 2011 Great American Beer Festival® - gold medal for Friek. 2010 North American Beer Awards – gold medal for Woodcut No. 3. 2009 BrewNZ Awards – gold for 5 Barrel Pale Ale. 2008 World Beer Cup® – gold for IPA. 2007 Great American Beer Festival® – gold medal for IPA.

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- Odell Double Pilsner review.

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Colorado Beer News 032312

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Day of Unplugging. Starting tonight at sundown across the nation, everyone is asked to try to set aside all aspects of technology, including your cell phone and just unplug. Challenge yourself not to use your electronic devices until the following sundown on Saturday and simply reconnect with people face to face. (LOL OMG WTF is that even possible?) Yes, it can be. Go visit your favorite brewery or watering hole and have a beer with a friend. #UNPLUG Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, March 23rd, 2012. TGIF!

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Best Brewery You Never Heard Of - Colorado - I have a mission for you! Fermentedly Challenged has been recruited by the 2012 Beer Drinker of the Year J. Wilson to come up with a story about "The Best Brewery You Never Heard Of" in an upcoming series of nationally contributed articles to be featured on his blog Brewvana.net in April. What I need from you is a nomination for a CO brewery in your neck of the woods that you feel is outstanding yet perhaps is not well known to the rest of the nation. Please add your nomination on our Facebook page. Winner will get a write-up by Fermentedly Challenged. Please click on the Facebook question link first and then also on the More link below on the next screen to see all of the current nominations. Deadline for nominations is March 30th by 11:59pm Mountain time. Also please add a comment as to why you feel this brewery is worthy of your nomination. Over 235 votes cast already!

Crystal Springs Brewing (Boulder) - This small Boulder-based brewery is currently coming back up to speed and has some new brews coming out in the near future. They're brewing a classic 1980s American wheat beer that should be available in a week or two. This will be available in kegs and later in 12oz bottles. Also in the works is a lambic style ale that will take a year to finish, expect to see that by Spring 2013. There's also a full brett beer being worked on that is tart and similar to a Berliner Weisse. Their Tic Wit and Butch Extra (Special) Pale Ale is also being readied. Plus, in the late fall look for their barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout to debut. In May, they expect to release Summertime Ale in 16oz cans with the help of Mobile Canning of Longmont.

Odell Brewing (Fort Collins) - Word on their Facebook page stated that Odell's Double Pilsner will soon be coming back to taps and store shelves. Look for this brew to return in the coming weeks.

Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora) - Today's the day when Ruby Street Brewing (brewing systems) is going to be outside in front of Dry Dock Brewing starting at 2:00pm. Duane Taylor from the Brew Hut will be available to answer questions and teach customers how to homebrew. Come by, have a beer, and and watch the Ruby Street Brewing system in action!

Colorado Brewer's Festival (Fort Collins) - Mark your calendars now. This year's 23rd Annual Colorado Brewer's Festival will be held on June 23rd and 24th, 2012. Ton's of Colorado breweries and a huge selection of craft beer. Over 20 bands across 3 stages. It's going to be another great festival!

New Belgium (Fort Collins) - Just 9 more days until the official premiere of Shift Pale Lager. That is all!

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - today starts the Trinity Brewing 4th Annual Beers N Boards Art Show. The show runs from 5pm Friday March 23, thru 8pm Sunday, March 25. Come out and support local artists and check out some hand crafted skateboards! Oh, and enjoy yourself a brew or two! (Image courtesy CS Independent)

Boulder Beer Company (Boulder) - Yesterday Boulder Beer worked with the folks from Mobile Canning and put their Hazed and Infused beer in cans. Look for these on shelves soon.

Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) - It's been an award winning year for Crabtree. Within the last 12 months they have brought home 5 medals from three different competitions for their beers. Gold at the 2011 Colorado State Fair for Syzygy (barrel aged Black IPA), a winner of the John Handley award and a Bronze medal for their Berliner Weisse Ale, a 2011 GABF Gold medal for their Berliner Weisse Ale and a 2011 GABF Silver medal for their Oatmeal Stout (now in 16oz cans), and recently a Gold medal at the Mazer Cup for their upcoming 6th anniversary braggot (Menage a Trois) to be released soon at their anniversary party.

Great Divide Brewing (Denver) - Here's another date to mark on your calendar. On Saturday, June 16th - Great Divide will be turning 18 and will be throwing another great anniversary party at the brewery. Stay tuned for more details on this and their 18th anniversary beer.

The Trading Post (FM 91.9, FM 93.9 Durango Area) - Did you know that Ska Brewing's Dave Thibodeau has his own radio show? Tune in every Friday in SW Colorado or live stream on KDUR 11:30am to Noon every Friday.

Funkwerks (Fort Collins) - Good news! Just in time for the weekend, their new Belgian Breakfast Stout is now on tap at the brewery.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Colorado Beer News 032212

Colorado Beer NewsToday is International Goof-off Day. A day of relaxation and a time to be oneself; a day for some good-humored fun and some good-natured silliness. Everyone needs one special day each year to goof off. Why not today?! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, March 22nd, 2012.

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Kettles Homebrew Supply (Fruita) - Attention Western Slopers - Kettles will be offering a free class on Introduction to Homebrewing this Sunday, March 25th at 2:00pm. Learn about the basic equipment, ingredients, and techniques to get started making beer at home. Class length will be approximately 1 hour. Located at 233 E. Aspen Avenue in Fruita, CO.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - Stop by the Copper Kettle this Saturday. They will have an ESB (Extra Special Bitters) firkin on their traditional hand pump. Thomas from Harvest Food Truck will also be on hand with food pairings.

Yak & Yeti (Arvada) - There's a new beer on tap at the Yak & Yeti. It's slightly different from the last La Bhutan Citra as they changed the hops to Styrian Goldings (one of the classic Belgian hops). The beer is less fruity and has more “Belgiany” esters. This batch was large enough that they decided to sell growlers. (Usually the Haunted Beer Series and Belgian Tap beers are not available in growlers.) La Bhutan is on tap now! A Belgian Blonde that tops out at 7.6% ABV (which is on the high side for a blonde according to the BJCP), in addition to malted barley this recipe also includes other fermentables like malted wheat and cane sugar. If you like Avery Brewing’s Salvation but want something more sessionable, try this out.

Fort Collins Brewery Incredible Hop SeriesThe Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - There will be a new release of FCB's Incredible Hop series - Imperial India Pale Ale at an upcoming "Know Your Brewer" session on Friday, March 30th at 4pm. Then on Thursday, April 5th at The Forge Publick House in Fort Collins from 6-8pm there will be Incredible Hop beer specials and FCB brewer Adam Glasser will be on hand to talk about this brew. In other brew news, FCB's Woody, an oak-aged American Strong Ale will be back by popular demand as their April Tap Club Brew. Available only at FCB on tap in pints and in growlers. You can also get Barrel Aged Maibock and Barrel Aged Black IPA in the FCB tasting room. Look for 1900 aged in Dancing Pines Whiskey Barrels coming out at the end of April.

Bristol Brewing Company (Colorado Springs) - At long last, The Ivywild School closing is now official as of Wednesday, March 21st and Bristol Brewing can now proceed with the development of that property and transform it into their new brewing facility. Bristol will gain much-needed brewing capacity and new office space in Ivywild and have an expanded tasting room complete with food offerings.

Steamworks Spring Fever FirkinSteamworks Brewing (Durango) - Spring Fever Firkin! April’s firkin is set to be tapped on Friday the 6th and it goes like this: The base beer is their One Wit Wunder, the Belgian style wheat beer that is already spiced with coriander and Curacao (bitter)orange peel. They’ve added extra spice in the form of sweet orange peel and lemongrass then re-fermented it with freshly pureed pineapple and its juice. The result should be a spicy, citrusy wheat beer with the sweetness of pineapple and a subtle herbal essence of lemongrass. It should be a refreshing spring elixir.

Wynkoop Brewing Company (Denver) - Wynkoop has been selected by the NCAA to be one of four Denver establishments that will serve as home-away-from-home bases for the teams (and their fans) that win regional brackets in the 2012 NCAA women’s basketball tournament. They will start serving Malt Madness Ale, March 26, in honor of the Final Four here in Denver.

Pateros Creek Brewing (Ft. Collins) - There's another new brew being tapped today, #5 in their Outlaw Contest - this time they took Car 21 (ESB) and soaked the beer with a cedar cigar box and dry hopped it with Chinook hops and called it Cuban Miss-Ale Crisis. It taps at noon today.

Rackhouse Pub (Denver) - The entire month of April will be designated IPApril at the Rackhouse and will feature Double IPAs on tap from ten different Colorado breweries. Hop lovers should enjoy this line-up including: Avery Maharaja, Boulder Beer Mojo Risin, Breckenridge 471, Dry Dock Double IPA, Great Divide Hercules, Odell Myrcenary, Oskar Blues Gubna, Renegade Elevation Tripple IPA and Ska Decedent IPA. Located at: 208 S. Kalamath Street in Denver.

AC Golden (Golden) - The new Hidden Barrel Project sour series beer should start arriving at select Colorado locations around the end of March. These 750ml bottles will sell around $22 each.

Tommyknocker Nice Saison Seasonal AleTommyknocker Brewery (Idaho Springs) - This mighty mountain brewery is planning to release their new "Nice Saison Season Ale" in the very near future in 12oz bottles, but you can try some of this new beer at the brewery and test it out for yourself.

Equinox Brewing (Fort Collins) - Two more weeks of Mushroom March! Today they will be tapping a firkin of Sunrise Golden Ale conditioned with Cinnamon Cap mushrooms from Hazel Dell.

American Craft Beer Radio (102.3 FM Denver) - coming up this Saturday at noon on ACBR they will sit down and sample great beers with Jeff Griffith from Golden City Brewery, and talk with James Poston from Celebrity Lanes, that new state of the art bowling facility in Centennial with 40 tap handles! Co-Hosting with Gary V this week will be none other than Steve "Stevo" Headstream from The Brew Hut, in Aurora. He might even talk a bit about homebrewing. So tune in this Saturday at noon on 102.3FM ESPN.

Del Norte Brewing (Denver) - they will be tapping their black lager tomorrow and is their second such batch of this brew. Stop by Manana (tomorrow) anytime after 3pm for some awesome lagers.

Silverton Brewery (Silverton) - Want to know how to get a $1 off your next pint at Silverton Brewery? Simple - go "Like" them on Facebook and print off the page showing that you "like" them and bring it in and show them. Located at: 1333 Greene Street in Silverton, CO. Pick up some 12oz 6-pack cans and bottles to go while you're there.

Best Brewery You Never Heard Of - Colorado - I have a mission for you! Fermentedly Challenged has been recruited by the 2012 Beer Drinker of the Year J. Wilson to come up with a story about "The Best Brewery You Never Heard Of" in an upcoming series of nationally contributed articles to be featured on Brewvana.net in April. What I need from you is a nomination about a CO brewery in your neck of the woods that you feel is outstanding yet perhaps is not well known to the rest of the nation. Please add your nomination on our Facebook page. Winner will get a write-up by Fermentedly Challenged. Please click on the Facebook question link first and then also on the More link below on the next screen to see all of the current nominations. Deadline for nominations is March 30th by 11:59pm Mountain time. Also please add a comment as to why you feel this brewery is worthy of your nomination.

Rockslide Brewery (Grand Junction) - If you like their beer (or any liquor for that matter) you should think about signing up for MUG CLUB! $50 for the year gets you: mug club t-shirt, mug and plaque, happy hour drinks all the time, coupons $2 drinks and 1/2 priced dinner on Wednesday Night. If this sounds like a good deal talk to any of the bartenders or management at The Rockslide and they'll get you signed up!

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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Colorado Beer NewsToday is Kick Butts Day. And no, it's not about literally kicking someone's butt, rather a day to do what we can to stop smoking and to talk to our kids about the dangers of smoking. Help spread the word on Twitter today with hashtag #KickButtsDay. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, March 21st, 2012.

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Black Bottle Brewery (Fort Collins) - Once this new Fort Collins brewery opens this Summer you can expect to see them host classic car shows right there in the brewery parking lot on occasion. Their location at 1605 S. College Ave (corner of Prospect and College) has a lot of parking spaces around the brewery and will be able to host events like this.

Colorado Craft Beer Show (AM 760) - This Saturday at 12 noon, the guys from the Colorado Craft Beer Show will broadcast their weekly radio show live from Arvada Beer Company in Arvada. On the show, the brewers will announce details for their upcoming Pro-Am GABF competition where the winner will be able to brew a beer at Arvada Beer Company. ABC will also have Happy Hour prices from 11am to 3pm that day with $1 off all pints. Be there Saturday and/or tune in to the radio show.

Denver Beer Company (Denver) - This Monday, March 26th at 6:30pm join your friends at Denver Beer Co. for their first Beer Feast! Gather round the table for a cozy evening filled with four delectable courses matched with four of your favorite Denver Beer Co. beers. Their brewers have partnered with the Chefs of Mikes2 Kitchen to bring you a special menu that is sure to warm the belly. Cost is $55 a person and reservations are required. Call (303) 433-2739 for info and reservations. Only 60 tickets available to this event. More info on their website. Located at 1695 Platte Street in Denver.

Oskar Blues (Mountain Division) - This promo struck me as a bit funny and just had to share. An Oskar Blues rep will be at The Sandbar in West Vail tonight at 10pm for "White Trash Wednesdays". The first 24 people to buy a Dale's Pale Ale will get a free @oskarblues pint glass. Plus, anyone that looks real "trashy" will also get a glass too. What some people will do for a pint glass...

The Forge Publick House (Fort Collins) - Thursday night, March 22nd, is brewery night at The Forge. Oskar Blues will be hosting this week with a keg of Deviant Dale's IPA. From 6-8pm come down for $3 pints and free schwag from the brewery. The Forge is located at 232 Walnut in FoCo. They open at 4pm daily.

Wynkoop Cottonwood WhiteWynkoop Brewing Company (Denver) - On Friday, March 30th 2012 at 5pm - Wynkoop Brewing Company will host a party for the release of its latest beer, Cottonwood Organic White - an unfiltered, American-style wheat beer. Cottonwood Organic White is made with organic malts and wheat, kaffir lime leaf and organic agave nectar. The custom-made beer is fermented with an American strain of wheat beer yeast and is 4.6% ABV. Wynkoop is donating fifty cents from the sale of each draft of the beer to Denver’s Cottonwood Institute, an environmental education nonprofit group that works with inner-city students and local schools in the Denver/Boulder area. Wynkoop is also donating the profits from special glasses and T-shirts bearing the beer’s logo, which was created by local design house AOR. The draft-only beer will be available at Wynkoop Brewing Company and a small number of Wynkoop vendors in the Denver area.

Beer Collaborations - Yesterday, we told you of a special beer collaboration going on to honor Danny Williams. It turns out, there may be up to six other collaborations underway that will also help raise money for his family's one of a kind gold mine beer cellar. Another local Colorado collaboration from Oskar Blues, Wynkoop Brewing, Redstone Meadery and Boulder Beer could soon get together and put out another tribute beer. And down south in Colorado Springs today, Rockyard Brewing, Strange Brewing, Black Fox, Pikes Peak Brewing, CAUTION Brewing, Lone Tree Brewing and Dry Dock Brewing are getting together to brew an amber Grand Cru for Danny. For more info on this, check out Jonathan Shike's article in Westword today.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - In their recent newsletter dated March 20th, Grimm Brothers is offering a coupon (see below) - Buy One Get One Pints - valid for their mainline beers only. This offer is valid now through Thursday March 22nd. One per person please. They now have 12 beers on tap. Their taproom is at 623 N. Denver Avenue in Loveland. (And yes there is a typo on the coupon)


Bonfire Brewing (Eagle) - The "snow machine" is currently off, but they're releasing a beer they made when the snow was still falling with hopes that it will revive the Snow Gods from their slumber for a few more powder days: "Dumpin' Dunkel" - a Munich dunkel lager - goes on tap today at 5:30pm.

Ska Brewing (Durango) - Calling all Homebrewers! Submit your best brews for the Fourth Annual Ska Brewing GABF Pro-Am Homebrewers Competition! The winning brewer will be invited to Ska Brewing in Durango, Colorado to help brew a commercial batch of their beer for release this fall AND entered in the Pro-Am category of the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. We will also provide the winner with a ticket for the members-only awards ceremony! For more info visit Durango Homebrew.

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