Friday, June 29, 2012

Colorado Beer News 062912

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Hug Holiday Day. It's a day that encourages us to go out and give a hug to someone who needs one. How about a firefighter or evacuee? Or perhaps an old friend. While the focus is normally on senior citizens or the sick, just about everyone could use a hug these days. It's the last weekday of the month too! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, June 29th, 2012.

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Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora) - Today's Friday and that means it's time for another Firkin Friday at Dry Dock. Today's creation is a Roasted Almond Brown Ale. The brew taps at 3pm so head there right after work to enjoy a glass. Located at: 15120 E. Hampden Avenue in Aurora, CO.

Choice City Butcher & Deli (Fort Collins) - Join in on Tuesday July 10th at Choice City Butcher & Deli (104 W Olive Street) for an epic Brewers Dinner with Epic Brewing of Salt Lake City, Utah. There will be 5 beers matched with 4 courses. Meet David Cole, owner of Epic along with Kevin Crompton, Epic's head brewer. The social beer will be served at 6:30pm with the first course being served at 7pm. Tickets are $55 (plus tax and tip) and are available at Choice City in advance.

Renegade Brewing (Denver) - Guess who's turning 1? Yup, it's Renegade Brewing Company and they're celebrating with a first anniversary party this Saturday, June 30th from noon to 10pm. They'll have special brews on tap like their triple IPA, live music and plenty of food trucks parked outside. This also marks the official debut of their first canned beer: Ryetous IPA. Come check it out and wish them a happy anniversary. Located at: 925 W. 9th Avenue in Denver, CO.

TRVE Brewing Company (Denver) - Their Grand Opening on Wednesday turned out to be a great success, so great in fact that they had to temporarily halt growler fills until further notice so that they can catch up on beer production. They debuted with 3 beers: Wanderlust (Belgo-American Pale Ale), Black Cascade (India Black Ale), and their Prehistoric Dog (Salted Wheat Beer). If you missed their opening, stop on down to 227 Broadway #101 in Denver, Colorado, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue.

Grimm Brothers Water of Life IPAGrimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Yesterday, samples of their upcoming "Water of Life IPA" were given out to select customers as a preview of the beer to be released on July 4th as part of their Loveland Liberty 5K Run and Walk celebration. The foot race will start and end at the brewery in Loveland and Grimm Brothers will be donating part of the proceeds from their 10 barrel batch of IPA to help support "Life for the Innocent", a charity that rescues children in India from the sex trade and places them in foster families. This is their first IPA, and I can tell you it's hoppier than anything they've put out so far. The IPA was made with Magnum, Hallertau, Cascade and Amarillo hops. Starts out bitter, but goes down easy. This is a once a year type of batch so get some starting on July 4th and enjoy while it lasts.

Ale House Brew Fest (Grand Junction) - For those of you on the Western Slope, there'll be a mini beer fest going on at The Ale House in Grand Junction tomorrow, Saturday, June 30th from 5pm to 10pm. Plenty of Colorado craft beers will be available on one of Grand Junction's best outdoor patios. Located at: 2531 North 12th Street in Grand Junction, CO.

Black Bottle Brewery (Fort Collins) - Sean Nook, founder and brewmaster, has now set a target opening date in September 2012 for Black Bottle Brewery. They will be a full service brewpub with 40 taps including guest taps, a big bottle beer list, wine and mead on tap, top shelf liquor and great food. Keep it tuned here for more news on this new brewery as they unfold. They'll be located at: 1605 South College Avenue at Prospect in Fort Collins, CO.

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - As sections of Colorado Springs come back under control, surviving homes and businesses are re-opening. Trinity Brewing stated today that they will be back open for business starting tomorrow, June 30th with regular hours. UPDATE: THEY ARE OPEN! They are also planning to release Chardonnay Barrel Ages Saison Man at 5pm.

Go Cup Fridays (Greeley) - The open liquor area downtown Greeley has become a hit! Stop downtown again tonight for some free music while you wander the streets with your Go-Cup. Seven Sundays (band) will play a free concert downtown from 6pm to 9pm. Grab a brew at one of the local downtown pubs and take it outside and listen in.

Wynkoop Brewing Company (Denver) - Coming in July, Wynkoop Brewing is bringing back their GABF medal-winning Wixa Weiss beer and then fan favorite Belgian-style sour golden ale - Orville. Check out www.wynkoop.com or their Facebook pages soon for release dates. And don't forget about their United Tastes of Belgium event on Saturday, July 21st from 1pm to 4pm. It's their annual showcase of Belgian-style beers from Colorado, the US and Belgium.

Steamworks Brewing (Durango) - The brewers at Steamworks are planning a "lusty" brew for their July's Firkin Friday, a shandy-style beer named the Randy Firkin. This cask will be tapped on Friday, July 6th at 3:00pm. A shandy is beer mixed with citrus-flavored soda, carbonated lemonade, ginger beer or ale or cider. This beer combines their lemonade with their Hefeweizen. Stop in if you're in the Durango area and try some. It'll help beat the heat.

High Hops Farm & Brew Shop (Windsor) is having their 12th annual open house today and tomorrow, June 29 & 30. This means 20% off the entire brewshop and 20-75% off storewide (some exclusions). This includes all ingredients and in-stock equipment for wine and beer! Be sure to come in today or tomorrow (June 29 & 30), because this offer won't be valid Sunday. Also, check out the progress their making on their new brewery set to open late this summer.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - News from a recent Press Release: "Ernst & Young LLP today announced that Dale Katechis, Founder, Oskar Blues Brewery, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Award in the Consumer Products & Services category in Mountain Desert Region. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Dale was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala on June 28, 2012 at the Seawell Ballroom in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts." - Grats to Dale and Oskar Blues on this nice honor!

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - Tonight at the brewery, Left Hand Brewing will be hosting a benefit concert that will support the Northern Colorado chapter of the Red Cross and the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department. The band playing, Dark Star Orchestra, is a tribute band to the Grateful Dead and will highlight the concert. Music by THUNK, a Boulder-based band will also start playing at 5pm. Tickets are $35 and are available at the brewery.

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Now on tap - Dead or Alive Double IPA. This outlaw of an imperial IPA was brewed with Centennial, Columbus, Warrior, and Magnum hops. The malt backbone lends this beer an amber hue and nicely balances the onslaught of the hops. City Star advises to approach this beer with caution! Weighs in at 8.8% ABV and 100+ IBU.

Rackhouse Pub (Denver) - July is Sour Month at Rackhouse Pub. Starting on Tuesday, July 3rd, they will be tapping 18 different sour beers, one on each of 18 different days. Brews from AC Golden, New Belgium, Bristol Brewing, Dry Dock, Avery, Crooked Stave, Great Divide, and Odell Brewing. For a complete list of beers and dates see the official schedule. Located at: 208 S. Kalamath Street in Denver, CO.

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival (Telluride) - Holy cow! This year's 2012 Telluride Blues & Brews festival will have 56 breweries in attendance pouring beer at their Grand Beer Tasting on Saturday, September 15th from Noon to 3:00pm on the festival grounds. Are you going? Check out the list of breweries.

Looking for some music to go along with your beer? Check the Brewery Music Listings and see who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar in Colorado. Updated daily.

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Loveland Aleworks prepping for opening

Loveland AleworksIt's been a long time coming, but construction on the new Loveland Aleworks is nearly complete and owner / brewer Nick Callaway is about ready for an opening.

It all started back in August 2011 when Callaway signed the lease at the old building at 118 W. 4th Street in the downtown area of Loveland. Since then, he's been hard at work gutting and refitting his new brewery. And now, there's just a couple more city inspections, some taps to install and some new facade work to complete out front before they opened their doors for the first time.

Nick graciously gave a tour of his facility during a recent BBQ-Beer Pairing Competition hosted at the brewery on Wednesday. There were two Loveland Aleworks beers being paired that night - their Belgian Pale Ale and their American Wheat Ale. Callaway stated that he didn't intend to give his beers official names, rather he's going to just call them what they are.

Callaway said that he doesn't plan to particularly stick to traditional style guidelines with his beers. He likes to stick to his tried and true recipes that he's perfected in the 11 years that he's been homebrewing.

If all goes according to plan, Loveland Aleworks could do a soft opening as early as this weekend. No official date for a Grand Opening has been set until the last of the inspections are completed this week. (Update: Officially opened July 4, 2012)

Loveland Aleworks has a 10 barrel brewhouse. The mash tun can actually put out nearly 11 barrels and his multiple 10 barrel fermenters can churn out a lot of beer. Callaway plans to initially brew twice a week and pick up the pace as business progresses.

Owner/Brewer Nick Callaway Loveland Aleworks beers

The brewery has a conditioning area, a malt storage area, a big walk in cooler with 5 big brite tanks, a keg room and a tap room that has the capacity to seat 82 people inside and another 17 or so people outside on the sidewalk patio out front.

Expect to see at least 3 beers on tap on opening day. In addition to the two beers mentioned above, they are also finishing up an IPA as well. Callaway plans to eventually host regular firkins and specialty beers on site.

Loveland Aleworks will become the 4th brewery in Loveland behind Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Big Beaver Brewing and Rock Bottom Brewing. A 5th brewery, Verboten Brewing is also in the works in Loveland slated for a December 2012 opening.

Loveland Aleworks
118 West 4th Street
Loveland, CO 80537
(970) 405-7465
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Update: Loveland Aleworks officially opened on July 4th, 2012!!


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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Colorado Beer News 062812

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Handshake Day. It's a cultural symbol of greeting that's been practiced since at least the 2nd century B.C.. A handshake can tell you a lot about a person (supposedly). A firm handshake represents a sense of confidence. A weak handshake can symbolize shyness. And a cold handshake may mean you just had to put down your glass of beer. Which glass of beer will you shake hands with next? Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, June 28th, 2012.

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Fight Fire With Beer Festival (Boulder) - As part of a newly created Firefighter Appreciation Week, September 8th - 15th 2012, All of Colorado's finest brewers are invited to participate in a competition called the Fight Fire With Beer Governor’s Cup, which will be judged by Colorado fire chiefs and Governor Hickenlooper. The winning brewery will have the honor of creating the “Official” Fight Fire With Beer beer, which will be featured in bars, restaurants, and made available for retail sale the entire year - until a new winner is selected. Proceeds will be donated to provide fire education throughout the state. If you are a brewery interested in participating please fill out the 'Submit Your Beer' form on the Firefighter Appreciation Week web site. The inaugural Firefighter Appreciation Week will culminate with the Fight Fire With Beer Festival. Enjoy some of the Colorado's best craft beer, food and music at the 29th Street Mall in Boulder. This family friendly festival will begin at noon, and go until 10:00pm. Firefighters from around the State will be encouraged to turn out in force to meet residents of Colorado who want to say thank you.

Equinox Brewing (Fort Collins) - Today's firkin is Regulus Maibock dry hopped with Centennial hops. Once again we are donating 100% of firkin sales to the Red Cross to help those affected by the fires.

BierWerks Brewery (Woodland Park) - Here's an update from the brewery owner who had to shutdown yesterday due to the wildfires. "I will open Bierwerks later today for anyone wanting to stop by and chat about the fire or life in general. I was evacuated, but just setup shop behind Bierwerks. So James and I will serve you great beer, I think it's the only beer in town now." - Please continue to keep them and all the other people affected by these fires in your prayers.

Arvada Beer Company (Arvada) - Today at 4pm GuerillaGrill will be at the brewery serving up some great food. Arvada Beer Co will release their Brewers Limited Reserve, based on their Irish Red (a version of a favorite Thursday beer). Come on down and check it all out. Tomorrow they will release a Belgian IPA and water Tower Wheat makes a return. Saturday from 12 to 2, the Colorado Craft Beer Show Will be broadcasting live and have some great stuff they will be giving away, come join the Fun!

Hogshead Brewery (Denver) - Although they've been open unofficially for a couple of weeks, they plan to have their official opening tomorrow according to reports on Facebook. Stop by and get the feel of an English pub and English style beers. Located at: 4460 W. 29th Ave in Denver, CO. Open at 2pm.

Steamworks Brewing Company (Durango) - Recently this week, members of Steamworks Brewing went up in the mountains to harvest bags and bags of spruce tips for this year's Spruce Goose Ale. Look for this beer to be released sometime in the fall. Pictures of their harvest can be seen on their Facebook page.

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Last night was the first time that Loveland Aleworks hosted an event at their soon to open brewery in Loveland. Engaging Loveland, who is organizing and promoting the upcoming Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & Brews event in July, hosted a BBQ and Beer pairing competition. Two of Loveland Aleworks beers were used in the pairings including their Belgian-style Pale Ale and American Wheat Ale. Founder and brewmaster Nick Callaway stated that they still have some work left to do and finalize some inspections before they can officially open for business. Currently there is scaffolding in front of their building while they finish up work on the front of their business. Nick stated that they could do a soft opening as early as this weekend! For photos and coverage of this event, check out the event posting on this blog.

Breckenridge Brewery (Denver) - today through Sunday the Breckenridge Brewery Tasting Room (471 Kalamath Street, Denver) and Breckenridge Colorado Craft (formerly our Breckenridge Ballpark Pub at 2220 Blake Street, Denver) will donate $1 for every Avalanche sold to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Please note that the Tasting Room is closed on Sunday, so go to Breckenridge Colorado Craft to participate on Sunday! In addition, they've added a dunk tank to their 22nd Anniversary Party festivities on Saturday, July 7th, - the proceeds from the dunk tank fun will be donated to the American Red Cross as well! So come join in, and bring your swimsuit and some extra dollars to help our fellow Colorado citizens!

The Mayor of Old Town (Fort Collins) - Attention to the ladies and guys of their beer clubs: On July 24th, they will be having a special event! David Walker, owner of Firestone Walker will be addressing the clubs during a special 'joint session' at 6:30pm. Then, plan on staying for the tapping of the 1-year aged 15th Anniversary Ale. Please mark you calendars now!

Dillon Dam Brewery (Dillon) - Be at the brewery tonight for a great night of Trivia with Shawn and prizes from Crown Royal! And it's Ladies Night! Ladies drink FREE half pints of DAM beer from 9-11pm! Sure to be DAM fun!

Odell Brewing (Fort Collins) - Odell Brewing is preparing to release Deconstruction, a blended beer made of 42% beer aged in wine barrels and 58% ale. According to the label: "A golden ale created by blending the final recipe with its own barrel aged pilot beers fermented with wild yeast and lacto. Each individual barrel contributes a unique flavor from the wood chosen and the cultures resident to achieve subtle complexities that devlop(ed) over time. A beer that starts sweet, filling the mouth with fruit-like esters and a mild spiciness, changing to a tart and lingering flavor reminiscent of apples and grapefruit living amidst an earthy, citrusy hop aroma". Look for this in 750ml corked bottles in the near future. This bad boy weighs in at 10.5% ABV.

New Belgium (Fort Collins) - By the end of 2012, if the world doesn't end, New Belgium will once again release Transatlantique Kriek, a spontaneously fermented lambic beer made with Polish cherries. This brew is slightly sour and weighs in around 8% ABV. The beer has been aging in oak barrels in Belgium for nearly 2 years.

Echo Brewing Company (Frederick) - Today, Echo Brewing is tapping their long awaited Munich Helles. Stop by for a pint or two. Reportedly a refreshing beer for these hot summer days. And boy is it ever hot.

Funkwerks (Fort Collins) - In a story posted by David Young in the Coloradoan, Funkwerks will be expanding into the space previously occupied by Crooked Stave. Chad Yakobson removed its 60 barrels of beer freeing up about 200 square feet of brewery space. Funkwerks will install 3 new tanks into that area and increase production.

Looking for some music to go along with your beer? Check the Brewery Music Listings and see who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar in Colorado. Updated daily.

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Loveland Aleworks hosts BBQ Beer pairing

Loveland AleworksThey may not be open yet, but that didn't stop founder & brewmaster Nick Callaway from lending out his Loveland Aleworks tasting room to help Engaging Loveland host a kick-off BBQ-Beer Pairing competition last night at the brewery.

Several dozen people were on hand to watch as two local competing BBQ businesses, Bottlecap BBQ and Bedrock BBQ go head to head with sample recipes each paired with local beers made from Loveland Ale Works, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse and Blue Moon Brewing Company to see which pairing was to be named the best in town. There were a variety of meats and sauces. Sauces were both hot, spicy, sweet and surprising.

Dave Butler, yours truly, was invited to be one of the 5 judges for this events. Among the other judges included bloggers Lauren Hoff (Napa of Beer) and Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer (HeidiTown.com) as well as representatives from local Loveland area businesses. The event was a kick-off to the upcoming Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & Brews event coming to downtown Loveland in July.

Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & BrewsKristine Koschke of Engaging Loveland and Nicole Yost of Fyn Public Relations helped organized the event which lasted over 2.5 hours. There were chicken dishes, pork dishes, and beef dishes - each made with one of the local beers. Added to each dish was a special BBQ sauce which was also infused with a local beer. Judges were asked to evaluate each pairing based off of overall taste, use of beer in the BBQ sauce, Success of the pairing, and also Presentation.

In the end, the winning dish was selected by judges (a pork dish) and that will be used as a primary offering at a competition at the upcoming Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & Brews on July 13th and 14th in downtown Loveland on Railroad Avenue between 4th & 5th streets. My personal favorite was a pulled port dish that had a delicious spicy Carolina vinegar sauce and was paired with The Griffin (hefeweizen) from Grimm Brothers.

Check out the photos from the event below. You'll drool over some of these pairings. If you can't view the slides via the RSS feed, please view them on the blog.

(Photos by Dave Butler - Fermentedly Challenged)

So what about Loveland Aleworks? When will they open? How were their beers? Here's a follow-up post with a sneak peek inside the brewery.

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Colorado to Fight Fire With Beer

Fight Fire With Beer FestivalWhen the going gets tough in Colorado, the people rally and help give thanks to those who put their lives at risk to save our lives, property and the beauty of our state. A new celebration has been planned to give back some thanks to our state's firefighters. It's called: Firefighter Appreciation Week and surprisingly, it involves celebrating with a beer brewing competition and a beer festival.

The following statements come directly from the official web site of Firefighter Appreciation Week (www.firefighterappreciaionweek.org) and explain what is being planned.

Governor John Hickenlooper Salutes Colorado Firefighters

Firefighter Appreciation Week and the First Annual Fight Fire with Beer Festival

Firefighter Appreciation Week in Colorado will be observed September 8th – 15th, culminating with the Fight Fire With Beer Festival September 15th in Boulder. The event was created to honor firefighters currently risking their lives battling fires across the state of Colorado as well as to provide an annual non-partisan platform to enable all residents of Colorado to say “thank you” to firefighters who work to keep them safe 365 days a year.

During Firefighter Appreciation Week, every restaurant and bar in Colorado will be asked to add their names to the Firefighter Appreciation Honor Roll by supporting Colorado Fire Departments through a variety of promotions designed to raise funds for them.

The week will culminate on September 15th with the Fight Fire With Beer Festival on Boulder’s 29th Street Mall. This family friendly festival of food, music and beer will begin at noon and go until 10p.m. with firefighters from across the state in attendance. At the festival local brewers will be asked to participate in a competition called the Fight Fire With Beer Governor’s Cup, which will be judged by Colorado fire chiefs and Governor Hickenlooper.

The winning brewery will have the honor of creating the “Official” Fight Fire With Beer beer, which will be featured in bars, restaurants, and made available for retail sale the entire year - until a new winner is selected. Proceeds will be donated to provide fire education throughout the state.

For more information on this new planned event, please visit the official web site:

www.firefighterappreciaionweek.org


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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Black Shirt Brewing to feature Offero glassware

Black Shirt Brewing Offero Omnis GlassA couple of months ago, Fermentedly Challenged was approached by a glassware designer to review a brand new type of glass that could be used for both beer and wine. This Colorado company, Offero Vessels, had taken their idea for a special coffee mug and expanded it into an idea for beer and wine drinking. The result was the Offero Omnis glass. This glassware comes in both stemmed and stemless versions and holds a full 12 ounce sampling.

One of the new breweries coming to Denver - Black Shirt Brewing Company - is planning to embrace this new glassware and feature it as part of their Red Ale Project. They spoke regularly with Offero Vessels owner Mitch Bangert to make their decision to use a new beer glass that they feel would revolutionize the way craft beer will be consumed from this point forward.

In a statement released today from Carissa Miller, CFO of Black Shirt Brewing Company, she told Fermentedly Challenged about their plans for this glass:

"We were looking for a distortion pedal for our beer; something that coaxed all of the incredible layers of aroma and flavor out of the glass - a sort of olfactory overload! As brewers, we work endlessly to create beers of complexity, intrigue, depth, and distinction and we were looking for something that shined a light on all of this.

At first we attempted to design our own glass, but taking the glass from design to production was a bit much for us - and then we met Mitch Bangert. He was in the process of adapting his award-winning coffee cup design to a beer glass, and after a few conversations about the ability of aroma to drive flavor, a beautiful partnership was formed. After much brainstorming and testing/tasting we are proud that we helped create a glass that draws nuances and flavors out of our Red Ales that have never been sensed or experienced before. The Omnis glass by Offero truly allows our craft to be heard like it should be - with the volume up high!"

Look for this unique glassware to be featured almost exclusively when the brewery opens later this summer. They also have something "special" in the works that would be served in a different format although still a creation from Offero.

Once open, they will be showcasing four versions of their Red Ale for the Red Ale Project.

For more information on this glassware, contact Black Shirt Brewing Company at info [at] blackshirtbrewingco.com.

Black Shirt Brewing Company
3719 Walnut Street
Denver, CO 80205
www.blackshirtbrewingco.com

(Image courtesy Black Shirt Brewing Company)

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Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & Brews event gives back

Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & BrewsMore Than BBQ, Bands and Brews – Loveland Community Festival Designed to Give Back to Community Nonprofits

LOVELAND, Colo.Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands and Brews, slated for July 13 & 14 in downtown Loveland and presented by McKee Medical Center, is not only a community festival for all to enjoy, it also acts as a fundraiser for two local nonprofits. House of Neighborly Service (HNS) and Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County (BGCLC) will receive a portion of all sponsorships and sales from the festival planned and hosted by Engaging Loveland and Loveland’s Sertoma Club, which are both nonprofit organizations themselves.

“John D. Rockefeller Jr. said, ‘Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.’ We here at Engaging Loveland and Loveland Sertoma couldn’t agree more,” said Kristine Koschke, executive director of Engaging Loveland. “It is part of our mission to enhance the well-being of our community.”

HNS provides a safety net for Loveland residents by providing for basic needs: food, clothing, utility, Rx, transportation assistance, shelter for families and individuals, educational opportunities and case management. To assist the cause even further, Platinum Sponsor Country Financial, is hosting its own canned food drive at each of their Loveland locations to support HNS. Residents may bring in one canned food item to be traded for one event token (limited one trade per visit) to be used for food and drink purchase at the festival.

HNS Executive Director, Glorie Magrum said, “Fifty one years of Service and Community support, such as this great event, is why HNS is able to provide a strong safety net for families in crises in Loveland.“

“It is very important for us to give back to the communities that we live and serve in,” said Brian Lacey, agency manager for Country Financial.

The other event beneficiary, BGCLC, opens its door to great futures for Loveland kids and teens. They are open every day after school, all day during the summer and all school breaks, giving kids opportunities to excel in programs that include education, the arts, sports, character & leadership and healthy lifestyles.

“Events like Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands and Brews not only raise awareness about the Boys & Girls Club, but provide vital financial support to keep our doors open and programs running,” said Kathi Wright, executive director for Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County.

A special thanks is in order for the generosity of event donors such as presenting sponsor, McKee Medical Center; platinum sponsor, Country Financial; gold sponsors Bank of Colorado, Clear Channel Radio, City of Loveland, Mueller & Associates, CPA, and the other wonderful sponsors participating in this year’s event. Visitors and residents alike are encouraged to celebrate summer the American way – with BBQ, bands and brews all the while helping the community.

For more information on the event or ways you can be involved, contact Kristine Koschke at (970) 980-4764 or Kristine@engagingloveland.org.

About Engaging Loveland, Inc.

Engaging Loveland Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance and support the development of community-wide events and celebrations; and enhance tourism and attendance. Engaging Loveland produces the Sweetheart Balloon Rally, Loveland: A City with HeART project, Snow Sculpture in the Dark, Loveland Art Studio Tour, partners with Sertoma to produce Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands and Brews; as well as partners with the Loveland Chamber of Commerce to create the annual Old-Fashioned Corn Roast Festival.

About Sertoma:

Founded in 1912, Sertoma is an international service organization of business professional and civic-minded persons dedicated to the betterment of the human community; locally, nationally and abroad. The three syllables (Ser-to-ma) are an acronym for SERvice TO Mankind. Loveland Sertoma has supported approximately 15 local community organizations.

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- July 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar.

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Colorado Beer News 062712

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Sunglasses Day. Whether your future is bright or you wear them at night - today is a day to put on those shades and go outside and soak up some sun (but not too much). It's an awareness day to protect your eyes whenever you step outdoors. It's also Bike To Work Day here in Colorado. Look for additional cyclists on the roads today and share the road. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, June 27th, 2012.

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Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Due to the huge Waldo Canyon Fire affecting Colorado Springs, Trinity Brewing has closed down temporarily as wildfire is affecting their neighborhood. Nearly the entire west side of the Springs north of Fillmore is being evacuated according to FocusOnTheBeer.com. Stay tuned for more info on when they will re-open for business. Please keep everyone affected by these fires in your prayers.

Equinox Brewing (Fort Collins) - The Equinox Bike to Work Day station will be open from 3:00pm to 5:00pm today. They have a special Maraschino Cherry O'Rion Irish Red firkin available. It pairs perfectly with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Park in the new bike lot, sign in to get your wristband and find your way to the beer garden. There you will get a free 1/2 pint, beer ice-cream float, or root beer float.

Eddyline Brewing (Buena Vista) - The following message was posted on their Facebook page today and thought it was well stated: "Colorado and many other states are suffering from drought and fire. We may not be able to change the impact of these events but we can help those affected by these events. Support the locally owned businesses in the affected communities and you help reverse the impact of these events. Colorado and other western states are still full of pure mountain air and water and by visiting, you will have a great time while helping the small businesses of those communities. All those in the fire affected areas, hang in there... ".

Denver Beer Company (Denver) - Come down to the brewery by 3:00pm and get your shot at a vertical-horizontal tasting of a '11 and '12 Russian Imperial Stout and a '11 Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout. They'll be giving out all 3 samples for $6. Taste all 3 side by side and see what affect time and wood has on this beer style.

Bristol Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Yesterday, Bristol Brewing announced that they had cancelled their Bristol Mile event this year due to the fires. Race organizers will be sending information out to all who had registered. Instead, they will be holding a special Karma Hour on Saturday in the tasting room. All day (June 30th), from 9am to 9pm, they'll donate $1 from every pint to the Waldo Canyon Fire Fighters Fund.

Ouray Brewery (Ouray) - For their two-year anniversary Ouray Brewery has created Belgian style versions of three of their flagship recipes – IPA, Rye and Amber. A European twist on their traditional favorites and a super summer brew. These are available for a limited time. Stop by for a cold one. On tap at Ouray Brewery at 607 Main and their Tap Room at 1900 Main (on the river).

Boulder Beer Company (Boulder) - Tickets are now on sale at the Boulder Beer Pub for Kyle's Brewfest on July 28th. It's sure to be a rockin' good time! 60 craft beers and 30 breweries not to mention the music! More info on their website. Also check out the article in the Denver Post about this event.

Freshcraft (Denver) is planning a Boulevard Saison Brett Tapping on Thursday June 28th at 7pm. They'll open the 2012 version at this event. The 2011 version won gold at the GABF last year and this year's brew is highly anticipated. Come try some of this award winning brew. Also sign up for their Summer Food & Beer Pairing Dinner on Wednesday July 18th featuring beers from Funkwerks, Green Flash, Great Divide and Dogfish Head. Get full details on Facebook.

The Forge Publick House (Fort Collins) - Tomorrow, June 28th from 6pm to 8pm, come see Elizabeth from Firestone Walker at the Forge Publick House. Firestone Walker's Wookie Jack will be on tap along with specials on 2011 Parabola and their 15th Anniversary bombers. Find them tucked away in Old Town at 232 Walnut in FoCo.

TRVE Brewing CompanyTRVE Brewing (Denver) - Today marks the official Grand Opening of Denver's newest brewery - TRVE Brewing Company (pronounced true). The doors open at 4pm and they'll be serving up four different beers on tap including: Wanderlust (Belgian American Pale Ale), Prehistoric Dog (Salty Wheat), Black Cascade (Black IPA) and Tunnel of Trees (a piney IPA). There's also some Cvlt memberships still available as well. Basic Kneads (food truck) will be on hand on Broadway. TRVE Brewing is located at 227 Broadway #101 in Denver. (303) 351-1021.

Hogshead Brewery (Denver) - Many of you may not know, but Hogshead Brewery is now indeed open for business. The brewery is located at 4460 W. 29th Avenue in Denver, Colorado. They specialize in English-style beers. Come try their Chin Wag (5.4% ABV), Gilpin Black Gold (dark with coffee and chocolate), and their Lake Lightening (Summer ale). Visit them online at: www.hogsheadbrewery.com.

KRFC's Bikes and Beer Show (FM 88.9 Fort Collins) - Tune in tonight from 6pm to 7pm on FM 88.9. Taylor from Hops & Berries will be talking with Zach & Gordon about everything that is homebrewing. And yes, they will talk bikes as well. Tune in with a brew and listen.

Who's Denver's Best Brewpub? - The Denver A List is now conducting their Best Of 2012 voting for the best brewpub and best beer selection in Denver. You can vote for your favorite Denver nightlife spot by visiting and voting on the web here. You have until August 17th to cast your vote. Make it count!

Odell Brewing (Fort Collins) - Expansion is happening once again today at Odell Brewing as they are receiving and installing three huge new fermenter tanks today. Check out the photo on Facebook.

Best Breweries in the USA (Poll) - Zymurgy Magazine just released their top Brewery Rankings according to the results of their readers poll with over 16,445 votes. Colorado had 6 out of the top 25 ranked breweries. They are: #6 New Belgium, #12 Avery Brewing, #13 Oskar Blues, #14 Odell Brewing, #16 Great Divide, and #21 Left Hand Brewing. Grats to these breweries for making a big impression on America's homebrewers.

Renegade Brewing Company (Denver) - They've finally done it! Renegade's Ryeteous Rye IPA is now in 16oz cans! Check them out at their anniversary party on Saturday. Available soon in select stores in the Denver area.

Hops & Pie (Denver) - According to an article in the Denver Post online, Hops & Pie, a well known pizza and tap room in Northwest Denver, it planning to open its own brewery. Supposedly, that's been part of their plan since they opened. If all goes according to plan, look for their brewery to open sometime in 2013. They plan to mix it up with a wide variety of styles and offer them up side by side with all the great beers they have on tap now.

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - The city of Loveland is about to get yet another brewery to its list. This brewery just signed a lease to open at 1550 Taurus Court in Loveland, CO. It will be situated across the street from Dancing Pines Distillery, just within a mile of Grimm Brothers Brewhouse. This brewery plans to be an artisan nano brewery and come up with daily rotating beers on tap. Look for them to be open by the end of 2012 or early 2013.

BierWerks (Woodland Park) - Due to the nearby forest fires, BierWerks has also been forced to close down until conditions change. They hope to re-open just as soon as conditions permit.

Top of the Town Breweries 2012 - 5280 Magazine released their lists of the best or "Top of the Town" businesses this week. Listed under the Diversions category for New Brewery was: Renegade Brewing Company (editor's choice) and Denver Beer Company (reader's choice). Grats to these two breweries for being named among the best in Denver!

Waldo Canyon Fire affecting breweries (Woodland Park / Colorado Springs / Monument) - A brewery that has been in the planning stages, Paradox Brewing Company, may already be in jeopardy. The area around their proposed location is now in the Waldo Canyon fire burn area according to Foam Fest organizers. Also, BierWerks Brewery may also be in harms way from the fire. The folks at Pikes Peak Brewing in Monument are also under a pre-evacuation order and will close early today to let their staff prepare. Stay tuned for more details.

Looking for some music to go along with your beer? Check the Brewery Music Listings and see who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar in Colorado. Updated daily.

Beer Fest CalendarLooking for a beer festival? Check out the listings on the 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Colorado Beer News 062612

Colorado Beer NewsToday is It's So Hot Day. How hot is it? It's so hot, I saw people in the unemployment line holding signs saying "Will Work For Shade". It's supposed to be the 5th day in a row over 100 degrees here along the front range of Colorado. To beat the heat, instead of drinking a cold craft beer today, better drink two. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, June 26th, 2012.

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Red White and Brews (Pagosa Springs) - This event is a Fourth of July music festival / beer garden being held in downtown Pagosa Springs, Colorado in Yamaguchi Park on July 4, 2012 from 3pm til the fireworks fly and then some. A portion of proceeds raised at the festival will go toward the Pagosa Springs fireworks fund! They've invited some of Colorado's finest breweries to the party such as New Belgium, Coors, Ska Brewing and Breckenridge Brewery. Non-stop music will keep you rockin' for hours. More info at: www.redwhiteandbrews.com.

Echo Brewing (Frederick) - Stop by the taproom at Echo Brewing this Saturday for some great specials. From 11am to 2pm get $1 off all pints. Listen to American Craft Beer Radio as Gary V and company do a live remote from the taproom from 12 noon to 1pm. Echo Brewing will be tapping their Powder Daze Pale Ale that day and will be giving away some nice prizes and giveaways. Hungry? Get your fill from the Ablaze and Moo Mobile foot trucks on site. Plenty of room in their big taproom to get out of the heat.

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew (Denver) - Word came down thanks to Jonathan Shikes on Westword that a new 1-barrel nano-brewery is planning to open in Denver in August. Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew will be located at 2810 Larimer Street in Denver, CO. They've started up a website at: ourmutualfriendbrewing.com and also a Facebook page. The brewery is owned by Brandon Proff, Bryan Leavelle and Andrew Strasburg. Stay tuned for further news as it develops.

River North Brewery (Denver) - The brewery will be open all week long for the Rockies home stand starting at 5pm Tuesday and noon on Thursday for the early game. Also, it's time for their second rendition of Barrel-Aged Wednesdays. This week they will tap 5 gallons of J. Marie Saison aged in Chardonnay starting at 3pm til it's gone. They'll also have another new beer for you to preview on Wednesday - Avarice Belgian Imperial Stout! Lastly, this weekend they will have two new bomber bottle releases of their Unified Theory (oak-aged imperial wit) and their Whiskey-aged J. Marie Saison.

Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora) - The brewery is in desperate need of 5 gallon kegs. If you know of any yet-to-be returned Dry Dock 5 gallon kegs please return them to the brewery as soon as possible. When you return them they will give you your deposit back and buy you a free beer as well! Thanks for helping them out and keeping their 5 gallon keg business going.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - According to the Boulder Daily Camera, Oskar Blues recently raised over $4500 to help the victims of the High Park fire by donating a dollar from each pint sold during a special event over the weekend. (Thanks to all you thirsty supporters) - The brewery also served up over 180 meals to displaced families at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland via their Bonewagon food truck.

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - From 7:00pm - 8:30pm tonight they will be hosting the WordPress MEET-UP Group in their Community Room. This group is for lovers of WordPress. Whether you blog, design, code, sell, or anything in between, if you use WordPress then you belong there. Even if you're just interested in finding out more about this powerful piece of software, please feel free to join in!

Del Norte Brewing (Denver) - Here's a tip from the Hopped Up Dames, Del Norte is looking for volunteers to help out in July at several brewfests, including a band party at the brewery on July 7th, also for Blues and Brews (South Pearl - 3 locations to serve) July 14th, Summer Brew Fest in Denver July 27th and Kyle's Brew Fest at Boulder Beer July 28th. Check with the brewery if you'd like to help out.

Greeley Beef Fest (Greeley) - No, it's not a beer fest, it's a BEEF fest. The Greeley Tribune is hosting its 1st Greeley Beef Fest on July 14th at the Family FunPlex. The event includes a beef cook-off competition, a BEER GARDEN, an art show, and a free music concert by Austin Wahler and other groups. The event is located at 1501 65th Avenue in Greeley, CO. The event runs from 11am to 6pm or later. Food vendors on hand starting at noon. The Backyard Beer Garden opens at noon as well. Music plays all day and Austin Wahlert performs at 5:30pm. The art exhibit runs from 11am-6pm. Event is free to attend.

Breckenridge Brewery (Denver) will be a major sponsor of The Denver Post's Underground Music Showcase, a 4-day music showcase festival happening between July 19th through the 22nd at several venues around Denver, Colorado. There will be over 300 bands performing at over 20 different venues. Breckenridge Brewery will be pouring beers for all thirsty fest goers. They expect over 13,000 people to attend performances this year. More info on this festival at: www.theums.com.

The Rockslide Brewery (Grand Junction) is hosting a tapping party for their RYE IPA this Thursday, June 28th at the brewery at 9:00pm. Come try Zorba's newest creation on the back patio! There will be live music, and each pint of RYE IPA will only be $2. This beer is for the hop-heads; rich caramel flavors balance bright citrus and tropical fruit hop notes from extensive dry hopping and conditioning using Centennial, Willamette and (experimental) Bravo hop varieties. Brewed with rye for a spicy dryness that accentuates the blast of bitter found within to really make it pop. Ruby hued thanks to three types of Crystal malt and just a touch of chocolate malt, this concoction is sure to please those after something unique!

Pateros Creek Brewing (Fort Collins) - Come beat the heat today. They now have misters out on the patio to help keep you cooler on a hot day like today. Get $5 growler fills today as well.

Phantom Canyon Brewing (Colorado Springs) - There are three new beers on tap this week! 1) Dampfbier Bavarian Mountain Ale, 2) Goose Rider West Coast Style IPA (around 100 IBUs), and 3) Wrong Trousers English Brown Ale. If you signed up for their newsletter online, look for today's newsletter and see how you can get a FREE beer. That offer expires July 31st. Located at: 2 E. Pikes Peak Avenue in Colorado Springs, CO.

Yak & Yeti (Arvada) - The brewers just released their big schedule of Wheat Wednesdays special beers. Starting on June 27th it's Victorian Sunrise Wheat. Other wheat flavors coming: July 4th - Strawberry, July 11th - Cherry, July 18th - Clove, July 25th - Blueberry, August 1st - Ginger, August 8th - Cantaloupe, August 15th - Raspberry, August 22nd - Roasted Peppers. Wednesdays until 6pm is also Meet the Brewer Night too. And more to come through September. Just another reason to visit the Yak & Yeti.

CooperSmith's Pub & Brewing (Fort Collins) - As a token of their appreciation, the firefighters who are battling the High Park fire will get free beer anytime they visit CooperSmith's. (Of course you'll need to prove that you are a firefighter to get it though). Cheers to these brave men and women!

Aspen Brewing Company (Aspen) - It's Tappin' Tuesday and Aspen Brewing is serving up their oak-aged Pyramid Peak Porter. Stop in to try this limited batch before it's all gone. If you're in Aspen tonight, stop by the Limelight Lodge tonight for a beer pairing dinner. Call 970-925-3025 for reservations. Also, they have their Summer Seasonal Hefeweizen available now in 22oz bomber bottles. Stop in to enjoy one on draft then take some home!

Colorado Craft Beer Show (AM 760 Denver) - Stop by Arvada Beer Company this Saturday between 12 noon and 2pm and watch John Turk and guest host Thibault from Breckenridge Brewery do a live remote radio show from the brewery. Guests will include David Parry and crew from Parry's Pizza. They'll have some free giveaways to give out during the show as well as tickets to the upcoming Hops For Habitat.

Colorado Cider Company (Denver) - Announcing a new cider! Colorado Cider Company is having a little "Mel" launch party on Saturday for their newest cider: Pome Mel. It's a apple/honey cider, or "cyser" with a little lavender and rosemary added in. Yummy. They'll be pouring Mel and selling bottles for a dollar off during regular tasting room hours 2:30 to 6:30 June 30th. They are located at: 2650 W. 2nd Ave #10 in Denver, CO.

Bristol Brewing (Colorado Springs) - KARMA HOUR is tonight from 5pm to 9pm at the brewery. $1 per pint sold tonight will benefit the Friends of Red Rock Canyon. Friends of Red Rock Canyon is a non-profit advocacy and stewardship organization dedicated to preserving the Open Space for all the citizens to utilize. Doing good never tasted better. Stop in for a pint or two and beat the heat and help out a good cause.

New Belgium (Fort Collins) - The little film festival that could - Clips of Faith - is coming to Boulder, Colorado this Friday evening on the 29th Street Mall. Join in and watch some great amateur homemade films and help to raise money for Community Cycles. The Clips of Faith films embrace many genres, including comedic shorts, animation and environmental documentaries. Some of the selected films for the 2012 tour include: The Canning Queen of the Desert: Classie Parker, a tale about deep conversations in the kitchen; DamNation, highlighting the controversy over water rights in the west; and Foxy Shazam – Unstoppable, a film entirely created with old school theater trickery, puppeteering and black light. Films start around 8:00pm.

Looking for some music to go along with your beer? Check the Brewery Music Listings and see who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar in Colorado. Updated daily.

Beer Fest CalendarLooking for a beer festival? Check out the listings on the 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Colorado Beer News 062512

Colorado Beer NewsToday is LEON Day. That's NOEL spelled backwards and it's exactly 6 months until Christmas! If you'd rather not celebrate that fact, it's also Lightning Day, a day to "spark" interest in storm safety awareness. We here in Colorado know all too well about lightning and the terrible consequences it can bring. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, June 25th, 2012.

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Back from Vacation - Sorry for the lack of Colorado Beer News last week, but everyone needs a vacation once in a while. And no, I wasn't abducted by aliens, I was having a blast in Times Square in New York City. Without further ado, here's what's happening in Colorado Beer News!

Colorado Local Beer Tasting (Denver) - There's a new beer event scheduled for Tuesday, July 3rd from 7pm to 9pm at the Whole Foods Market 870 S. Colorado Boulevard in Denver. They've invited some of your favorite Colorado breweries for this tasting. 100% of all proceeds will benefit Elephant Talk, a local 501C3 supplying food to families across the front range. Event is 21+ only. More info at: http://goo.gl/5jA1J - cost is $12 for logo taster glass, music, photo booth, and more.

Colorado Brewers Festival (Fort Collins) - Did you survive the heat at the Colorado Brewers' Festival this last weekend? Mother Nature put out a sweltering 102 degrees of hot sizzling smack-down on festival goers this year. Luckily, there was plenty of cold beer to keep fest goers cool. Hopefully those who went were able to find a shady spot and relax with their beer along with some great music. With all this heat, we could use some more cold craft beer this week! Did you attend the festival? How was it for you? You're gonna need another cold beer today as it's going above 100 degrees again today.

Breckenridge Brewery (Denver) - Don't forget! Breckenridge Brewery is celebrating their 22nd anniversary with a party on Saturday, July 7th from 11am to 6pm and you're all invited to get tickets. For $22 (all inclusive) you'll not only get great unlimited beer, but also listen to live music from 3 different bands, and get some tasty pig roast grub while it lasts. Check out the Colorado Craft Beer Show doing a live remote from the part while you're there from noon to 2pm. Tix available at the brewery.

Lone Tree Brewing (Lone Tree) - Is your chili recipe the best you've ever tasted? Settle it once and for all at Lone Tree Brewing's 1st annual Red Chili Challenge on Saturday, June 30th from 12pm to 3pm in their tasting room. This event will support the victims of the High Park Fire. This event also marks the return of their Acres O'Green Irish Red. Bring your best homemade red chili (about 1 gallon) in a crock pot or with a hot plate that can keep it warm along with a serving spoon and any condiments or extra ingredients you think it'll need. They will provide electricity, serving bowls + spoons, and refreshing beers to pair with your chili. Register with Lone Tree Brewing.

Kannah Creek Brewing (Grand Junction) - It's another firkin Monday! Kannah Creek will be hand tapping a dry hopped IPA today at 5pm. They hope to see you there with all of your firkin friends. Stop in and cool off!

Lowry Beer Garden (Denver) - Guess what? The Lowry Beer Garden now has a Birthday Club. Just sign up on their website and you'll get invited to drink for FREE (up to $20) on your birthday. What could be better than that!

Oskar Blues (Longmont) reminds you to Drink BEER, ride BIKES, repeat... its Great Outdoors Month! Get out & RIDE this Wed 6/27 for Bike to Work Day. Bike home from work & grab a cold beer at the Tasty Weasel! First 50 people to show a beertender their helmet get an OB water bottle. Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids is also offering up free koozies & $2 brews for bikers thru 6pm that day.

TRVE Brewing (Denver) - Just like a popular superhero movie happening this summer, TRVE Brewing Company will rise on June 27th for their Grand Opening at 227 Broadway #101 in Denver, Colorado. While they may have technically celebrated their 1 year anniversary as an official business on June 21st, they will open to the public with a variety of craft beers that will be sure to please including Wanderlust (Belgo-American Pale Ale), Black Cascade (India Black Ale), and Prehistoric Dog (Salted Wheat Beer). Their business hours for Wednesday should be 4pm to 10pm but may be earlier on opening day. Get ready.

The Mayor of Old Town (Fort Collins) - Need an application to help you find out what beers are on tap? The Mayor's beer list is always up to date and is located at: http://www.themayorofoldtown.com/beer/ or, you can download an iphone or droid app for other bars (and theirs) at: http://www.findmytap.com/ !!

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - Coming up on the weekend of July 6th and 7th - Enjoy a weekend of Avery beers, an awesome 4 course beer pairing, and a meet and great with Avery's Head Brewer Matt Thrall and Vail Cascade Resort's Executive Chef Todd Bemis! Meet the Brewmaster on Friday, July 6th at 4-7pm, and $20 small plate and Avery pairings guided by Matt and Todd on Saturday, July 7th at 5-6:30pm. http://www.vailcascade.com/atwater/ - Reservations for the resort are running out, so book as soon as you can - cheers! The event happens at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa - 1300 Westhaven Drive in Vail, CO.

Boulder Beer Company (Boulder) - It may be Bike To Work this Wednesday, but the real party happens when you bike "from" work to the Cactus Bike From Work Bash starting at 5pm at Cactus - 2128 15th Street in Denver, CO. Building on the success of last year, the 4th Annual Cactus Bike From Work Bash presented by Primal will once again be an evening of two-wheeled delight at the Cactus offices at 15th & Little Raven – a perfect stop for commuters, located next to Confluence Park, the Platte River and Cherry Creek trails, and just minutes from Union Station. The event will feature FREE BEER (from Boulder Beer), food, entertainment and a chance to party with Denver’s diverse bike community while supporting the work of BikeDenver. In other news, Boulder Beer just got label approval for their Boulder Stage 6 Bourbon Barrel-aged Rye Pale Ale. Look for it coming in August.
Colorado Mountain Brewery (Colorado Springs) - Come on out for the 4th and see the only fireworks show in town (so far it has not been cancelled). They'll have a beer garden starting at 4pm and festivities throughout the day. Make your restaurant reservations for the evening patios (call 719-434-5750). Located at: 1110 Interquest Parkway in Colorado Springs.

Dillon DAM Brewery (Dillon) - It pays to subscribe to brewers' newsletters. Just today I received a nice upcoming birthday notice from Dillon Dam Brewery and along with it a coupon for 30% off my next visit's food and drink tab within 15 days following my birthday. If you'd like stay informed with them, sign up on their web site at: www.dambrewery.com.

Telluride Brewing Company (Telluride) - The brewery is looking for a couple of volunteer canners next week on Monday and Tuesday. For a 5 hour shift, they are offering: a case of beer and a t-shirt; 2 cases of beer, or 7 growler fills - your choice. The shifts will be from 8am to 1pm and 1pm to 6pm. If you are interested please respond (via Facebook) and let them know how to get in touch with you.

Denver Beer Company (Denver) - Many of you have probably seen the YouTube video of the Washington National's player Bryce Harper being asked what his favorite beer was and giving a reply of "That's a clown question bro". Well now, Denver Beer Company has come up with a Canadian lager-like beer called "Clown Question Bro Canadian Lager" and the first taps should be coming around today or a bit later this week. However, this "lager" was made with an ale yeast and fermented cool. You gonna try one? That may be another clown question bro.

Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) - Later this year, Twisted Pine is going to celebrate their 17th anniversary and they are planning to kick off that event with a beer called Red Rye-der 17th Anniversary Ale. According to Twisted Pine's recently approved label: "Santa comes every July. To celebrate our 17th year brewery, we all made lists and asked for a Red Rye-der. An official carbine-action hoppy red rye ale, our new anniversary beer is stocked with Munchen and Rye malts and loaded with all-American hops for an evenhanded shot of mighty flavor that does each ingredient justice. Pop a bottle with us as we say cheers to 17 years, and don't let Mom block you from getting your Red Rye-der this year!" - This beer will be sold in 22oz bomber bottles.

Prost Brewing (Denver) - On June 21st, Prost Brewing stated on Facebook that "We will open approximately 6 weeks after our first brew. We anticipate starting to brew next week". And brew they will. According to the TTB, they just approved some labels for these upcoming beers including: Prost Dunkel and Prost Weißbier. Stay tuned for more news on their pending opening soon.

Bootstrap Brewing (Niwot) - Did you catch their Grand Opening last week? They opened with 4 beers on tap including: 1956 Golden Ale, Backfire Chili Beer, Boomer Brown, and IPA Batch #1. Then over the weekend they release their first "wildcard" called Cherry Ginger. If you haven't been there yet (like me - I was on vacation), then get over to 6778 North 79th Street and try one of their beers.

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - What's brewing over at Trinity? Jason is busy Brewing 2 Farmhouse Saisons today. First, is Farmhouse PhanTome, brewed with large amounts of pumpkin, sweet potatoes, fresh strawberries and grains of paradise. Second, a brand new Saison brewed with copious amounts newly harvested English Cucumbers and Basil! Look for them soon.

Looking for some music to go along with your beer? Check the Brewery Music Listings and see who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar in Colorado. Updated daily.

Beer Fest CalendarLooking for a beer festival? Check out the listings on the 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar.

There's even more Colorado beer happenings and discussions on the Fermentedly Challenged Facebook page. Thanks for helping us grow to over 900 "Likes" so far in 2012! Be sure to visit the Page directly on Facebook as now you aren't guaranteed to get new FB posts on your Feed due to their new pay to promote policy.

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BRU Handbuilt Ales expands to 3 barrel system

BRU's Ian ClarkSmall Boulder Nano Brewery Takes the Next Step

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Boulder, CO): Executive Chef Ian Clark of Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace opened BRU handbuilt ales, a small half barrel nano brewery in his garage last April. Since then he has tirelessly been working to keep up with demand. Brewing four to six times a week to supply a consistent tap handle of his flavorful Obitus, an American Brown handbuilt with dates and caramelized sugar, at his restaurant Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace, and providing limited quantities of both Obitus and Citrum, an American IPA handbuilt with lemon zest and juniper to The West End Tavern. With hopes of expanding and staying on top of demand Beer Chef Ian Clark ordered a three barrel system and is thrilled to announce its arrival. With the increased capacity he plans to soon offer his beer at additional restaurants in Boulder as well as begin bottling and selling to liquor stores.

For more information please visit www.bruboulder.com or follow the progress at facebook.com/bruboulder.

ABOUT BRU:

BRU Handbuilt AlesOur beer isn’t just a beer. It’s great beer, and a great beer isn’t just about malt, water, yeast, and hops. A great beer is about the people that make it; it is an expression of who we are. Our craft, our passion, and our love captured in a bottle (or a glass) for you to enjoy. First, it starts with writing the recipes and the thoughtful selection of the ingredients that go in them. Ingredients only a chef would know, because our brewer, or beer chef, as we like to call him, spends his nine to five life (or ten to ten in the restaurant world) in a kitchen, as the Executive Chef of a seriously delicious restaurant called Centro Latin Kitchen. Beer Chef Ian Clark uses ingredients that aren’t unique for unique sake, but ingredients that bring out the best flavors in our beer. As any great chef knows, great recipes take patience. Our beer has the flavor only time can bring to it because we don’t believe a great beer can be made without allowing carbonation to occur naturally. That’s why we bottle and keg condition all of our beer. We also don’t filter or pasteurize it because after we’ve put in all of that good stuff, why would we take anything out? Last, our beer is great because not only does it go beyond the typical beer experience by using the skillful ingredients and the fine-tuned techniques that only a chef would know, our beer also has our values in it; like using wind power and eco-friendly chemicals, as well as composting, recycling, and donating 1% to the planet.

So while we may list all of the ingredients on our label, we’ve left out a few; passion, joy, honesty, creativity, technique, sleepless nights, and a whole lot of love. We hope when you’re in one of the restaurants or liquor stores that carry our beer you’ll buy one, and that this time your tilt, tip, and sip is followed by the bubbling flavor of handbuilt BRU.

ABOUT BEER CHEF IAN CLARK:

If we had to choose two words to describe Ian, it would be passionate and fearless. He is a brewer, a chef, a gardener, a beekeeper, and a modern day MacGyver. He'll try anything once, and somehow whatever he puts his hands on turns out with a little bit of remarkable mixed in.

His cooking career started at the young and eager age of 14. He went on to graduate from New England Culinary Institute and then travelled from one kitchen to the next learning his trade. Working at the acclaimed Black Point Inn in Prouts Neck, Maine, for the highly awarded Chef Mavro in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the Ritz Carlton in Dana Point, CA before finding a home in Boulder, CO. In Boulder, he spent hours behind the lines at Q's, Jax Fish House, and then Rhumba before helping open Centro in 2007. As Executive Chef at Centro he has defined soulful Latin cuisine. Winning numerous awards and accolades like an appearance on National Television on The Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats, which showcased his brunch program. As well as being selected, along with 5-leading chefs across the country, as the Mexican-cuisine expert for Atkins Chef Recipe Program. Under his skillful hands, Centro has been named as “Denver’s 10 Best New Restaurants” and “Denver’s Best Restaurants” by 5280 Magazine as well as being highlighted in national publications including Tasting Table and Sunset Magazine.

Ian's passion and insatiable curiosity for food led seamlessly to his art of building seriously delicious beer. The weekend hobby quickly became an obsession as the four simple ingredients lead to endless possibilities in his chef's mind. Ian continuously puts his soul and passion in everything he does, and you can truly taste it in his beer and food.

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