Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Arvada Beer Company brings life to Olde Town Arvada

Arvada Beer CompanyOlde Town Arvada is a hidden gem. A few connecting streets with dozens of small intimate shops, most all recently renovated is pleasing to the eye and has many inviting places to visit including the Arvada Beer Company. Cary and Kelly Floyd opened their dream business back in October 2011 and since then it's been full speed ahead to keep up with their beer production for thirsty customers.

I arranged to head down to Arvada Beer Company (ABC) to meet up with both the Floyds, one of my family and also with the guys from the Colorado Craft Beer Show for their monthly remote live radio broadcast from the brewery. The owners, Cary & Kelly Floyd were kind enough to show me around the brewery and gave me the tour of their brewhouse and storage rooms. The brewery is located in the heart of Historic Olde Town Arvada and has been open since October 28th of 2011.

Arvada Beer Company brewhouseABC has a 7-barrel brewhouse with an over-sized mash tun that can handle slightly bigger batches. Add to that they had 4 big fermenters - 1 15-barrel and 3 7-barrel stainless steal units. The brewhouse room did have more room to expand and Cary Floyd told me that they were planning to add 3 new 15-bbl fermenters to the room in the near future. Downstairs in the basement, they keep a big row of brite tanks connected to the glycol chilled lines running up to the taps. Add to that a big walk in cooler where they keep all of their kegs. I even spotted a few wine barrels filled with some upcoming brews. Look for an imperial stout coming out in a couple weeks and from that a couple barrels will be filled with that for tapping on their 1st Anniversary party coming in October.

Kelly and Cary Floyd - Arvada Beer CoI had an hour to kill before sitting down on the radio show so I took the opportunity to try some of the beers at Arvada Beer Company. ABC keeps several regular beers on tap as well as several seasonals and special brews. Some of the regular beers included: Water Tower Wheat, Goldline IPA, Ralston's Golden Ale, Flanigan's Irish Red, Barth Berry Blast, and Pool Hall Porter. Today's special brews were: Manneken Golden Strong, Lemon Shandy, BLR Butter Pecan Brown, and the Goldline IPA on Nitro tap. I opted for a glass of their Flanigan's Irish Red first, followed by their Goldline IPA on Nitro next. (Wow on both of them! 3/5 stars for the Red and 4/5 stars for the Nitro IPA. So good).

One of the nice features of this business is their connectedness (literally) to the Manneken Frites food shop next door. They have a hallway that connects the two businesses together. You can wander over and order and they will bring it to your table inside the brewery! That was awesome. Beer, Belgian frites and a spicy polish sausage - yum! Also just down the block is a Winery where Arvada Beer Company is getting some barrels from and a guitar shop where people stop in to play all day long.

Colorado Craft Beer ShowAn hour into the Colorado Craft Beer Show (AM 760 Denver - Saturdays 12pm to 2pm) I was invited to sit down and chat with hosts Chris "The Gubna" Katechis from Oskar Blues and John Turk, as well as the ABC owner Cary Floyd and talk craft beer and Colorado beer news for about 10-15 minutes.

During the radio show, we poured some beers and sampled them. They included not only some great Arvada Beer Company beers, but also beers from Crabtree Brewing (Menage a Trois - braggot), Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (The Count Imperial Stout) and Bristol Brewing Company (Imperial IPA and RyePA). The radio show has done a live show there once a month (last Saturday of the month) for the last 6 months and hopes to continue doing their show there on a monthly basis. They hand out free giveaways with ticket draws for anyone who buys a beer during the show.

Arvada Beer Company interiorOther guests on the show included David Boone from Bristol Brewing Company, and Nicol Winkler and Adam Lenfest - event organizers. I also managed to talk with Bill Eye (The Beer Guy) from Prost Brewing and Arvada Beer Company brewer Dennis O'Harrow, both great guys who are highly knowledgeable about brewing, who were also watching in the audience. I could have spent hours with those guys.

Arvada Beer Company is doing all it can to keep up with demand for their handcrafted beers. Along with their upcoming fermenter tank farm expansion, they plan to get more into barrel aging beers and even plan to do some sour ales in the future. One planned beer will include blending lactobacillus and cherries and aging the beer for at least 6 months. Some other upcoming beers include: Floyd's ESB on August 3rd, and Nikolai Imperial Stout on August 12th. They even make their own Root Beer for the kids - FREE for 12 and under.



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More information:

Photo by Deb WarrenArvada Beer Company
5600 Olde Wadsworth Boulevard
Arvada, CO 80002
(303) 467-2337
Open 12pm-10pm Mon-Thur, 11am-11pm Fri-Sat, Sun 11am-9pm.
www.arvadabeer.com

Colorado Craft Beer Show
Saturdays 12pm to 2pm
AM 760 - Colorado's Progressive Talk
Hosts: Chris Katechis & John Turk
Denver, CO
www.coloradocraftbeershow.com

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Colorado Beer News 073112

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Mutt's Day. We've all seen a mutt, those scraggly looking dogs that wander the streets and look like nobody cares for them. Help out a mutt and consider adopting one from your local animal shelter. They may just end up being one of your best friends! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, July 31st, 2012.

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Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Limited time only - there's a new beer on tap called "Toast", a deviant pale ale with big portions of toasted malts and toasted hops. Toasted hops? Yup. Unique in every way. Also try their returning favorites - Shine On Belgian Golden Strong and their Lightning Wit. Then mark your calendars for their Oktoberfest party next month on Saturday September 22nd. Live music plus some new seasonals including wheat wine, pumpkin beer, rye beer and of course an Oktoberfest beer. Check them out on Twitter @GreatStormBrew.

Cheers Beer & Wine Tasting (Greeley) - This Friday, August 3rd starting at 6:00pm at the St. Michael's Event Center & Amphitheater in Greeley, CO it's a beer & wine tasting event to benefit A Woman's Place. Taste a wide variety of craft beers and wine. Tickets are $40. Live entertainment, pig roast & Silent Auction & Raffle. More info here. A 21+ only event. (970) 351-0476.

Clockwork Brewing Company (Aurora) - Signs aren't looking good for this start-up prospect brewery. Their Kickstarter fundraising page was taken down as was their Facebook page and web site. No news (yet) also on Twitter as to why this effort seems to be shutting down. Stay tuned as we hear more about this situation.

Kdubbs Hop Farm (Wheat Ridge) - Another hop farm has "cropped" up on the horizon. Kdubb Hop Farm is located just outside of Denver in the town of Wheat Ridge. This 11 acre site grows hops on a 1/4 acre section. They grow Cascade, Centennial and Zeus hops and are now in their 2nd year of growing and will experience their first hop harvest in the coming days. They are selling their harvest to local home brewers and also to local breweries such as Strange Brewing Company and a few others. More local hops means more local hoppy beers! Find this farm and others on the Colorado Hop Farm list.

Echo Brewing Company (Frederick) - Looking for a dark hoppy brew? You're in luck. Stop by Echo Brewing on Friday, August 3rd for the release of Nocturnal - a double black IPA. It weighs in at 9.5% ABV and has about 100 IBU - so watch out! Not for the timid.

Fort Collins Brewery Bam Bostic RauchbierThe Fort Collins Brewery (Fort Collins) - Be sure to stop by the tasting room and try their tap club beer, Bombastic! It is a Bamberg-style Helles Rauchbier made with 100% smoked malt. Ashley will be happy to pour you a taste! It's a smokey brew you'll want to savor.

Go Cup Law (Greeley) - For the last two months on Friday nights, the downtown area of Greeley transforms into an open container liquor zone via Go Cups. The big success of this new law is prompting Denver officials now to meet with the City of Greeley to explore this further and hopes to bring the same thing to Larimer Square in Denver. This Go-Cup policy has attracted a lot of people and business sales downtown is up. This success is prompting a new restaurant to come to Greeley called "The Greeley Chophouse". This restaurant is associated with the 4th Street Chophouse in Loveland, CO. View the 7News video on this story here.

New Belgium (Fort Collins) - Seems like the folks over at New Belgium plant in charge of social media had some time on their hands and put out a short 1-minute video about their new Red Hoptober seasonal beer that's available now in stores. Check out the video below, or if you can't see it, head to YouTube and watch it.


Great American Beer Festival (Denver) - Tickets went on sale this morning for the AHA Members only session for Saturday October 13th, but according to the GABF officials, Ticketmaster was having issues with their "terms & conditions" and had been causing problems with completing ticket sales earlier today. They fixed the issue and tickets sold out in less than 2 hours for that session. AHA Members who tried early to get their tickets may wish to call Ticketmaster to confirm that they either did or did not get their tickets purchased. The mobile site for GABF tix was shutdown due to the inability to put in member numbers in the order. General Admission tickets for non-AHA members go on sale August 2nd at 10am MDT. Hopefully all of these sales issues won't be repeated. Expect a TON of people to hit the ticket site on Thursday when it opens. GABF tickets sold out last year in just a week and may sell out this year in a day or two. Read more about this ticket-interuptus here.

Boulder Beer Company (Boulder) - What are you doing on #IPADay August 2nd? Well how about heading to Boulder Beer for their National IPA Day celebration. They're serving up their Mojo India Pale Ale three different ways - CO2, Cask and on Nitro. They will also be serving up IPA-inspired food including a Cuban sandwich with Mojo beer mustard. Celebrate the IPA on Thursday!

Crabtree Brewing Company (Greeley) - A reminder - the tasting room is moving! The brewery has announced their business hours for the upcoming week: Friday August 3rd open regular hours. August 4th through 7th - CLOSED for moving. August 8th OPEN at 4pm at the new location - 2961 29th Street, Greeley, CO 80634. New place is located between the IHOP restaurant and the Harley Davidson dealer just south of US 34 bypass. A new homebrew shop will open in the same building as well "Juice of the Barley".

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - The brewers at Copper Kettle are busy. In the next week or so they will be putting out three beers on tap including Basil Blond Ale on August 4th, Cherry Wheat (homebrew winner) on August 4th, and White IPA on August 11th. All releases happen at 12 noon. Plan to stop in and try one (or more).

Oktoberfest (Statewide) - It may only be the last day of July, but already plans are underway for dozens of statewide celebrations. Even local Colorado brewers like Rockyard Brewing in Castle Rock is busy brewing up this year's batch of Octoberfest beer today! Check the calendar listings for upcoming Oktoberfest celebrations in Colorado towns and look forward to drinking some awesome Oktoberfest beer soon!

Cranknstein (Fort Collins) - Tonight - live music and great beer specials. Listen to Rocky Mountain Ramble at 9pm. Get a pint of Black & Brew and keep your glass (while supplies last) starting at 7pm.

J Wells Brewery (Boulder) - According to the brewer, the last hurdles with the TTB over their federal application have been cleared up and they should have their TTB license by next week. Now it's a matter of getting all the Colorado state paperwork completed and they can open. Stay tuned for more news on this nano-brewery.

Live Music - Beer and live music go great together and many of your Colorado breweries and top watering holes offer up tunes on a regular basis. Check the Brewery Music Listings and see who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar near you in Colorado. Updated daily.

Beer Fest CalendarFestival Listings - Looking for the next beer festival or beer-related event in Colorado? Check out the listings on the 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar. Updated weekly.

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Ticketmaster or Ticketdisaster? GABF sales hit snag

2012 Great American Beer FestivalOOPS false start! Ticket sales for the AHA-BA members only session of the 2012 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) hit a temporary but highly visible snag today during the first hour a and still managed to sell out in less than two hours. The social media sites like Twitter and Facebook were a buzz over the apparent bugs with the "terms & conditions" check-box feature that refused to work and caused many people to fail or having to retry their purchases repeatedly to get tickets.

GABF tickets for the popular Members-Only tasting session for Saturday, October 13th went on sale at 10:00am MDT and within minutes the complaints started piling up on the Internet. Some ticket buyers resorted to using Ticketmaster's mobile site and had better luck but soon found out that the mobile site didn't ask for the AHA-BA membership number that was required in order to purchase tickets. Soon after that was discovered, the GABF officials and Ticketmaster shut down the mobile site for ticket sales for that event as that may have allowed non-members and scalpers to get a hold of tickets.

Over 12,000 people can reportedly attend this session and they ran out of tickets within the first two hours. This left several people who had issues trying to get tickets earlier shut-out and mad about the whole process and wondering about how Thursday morning's sales will turn out coming up on August 2nd at 10:00am MDT for the other three General sessions of the GABF.

Even tickets to the Friday Farm to Table Pavilion are now sold out and almost all Thursday Farm to Table Pavilion tickets are gone by 1:00pm MDT.

During the issue, the GABF updated these statuses on Facebook:

"American Homebrewers Association and BA members, Ticketmaster reports that they have fixed the "terms & conditions" issue. Please give it another shot if you haven't been able to purchase your pre-sale tickets yet." - although many claimed after this statement came out that ticket sales were still not working properly. Several people reported missing out after multiple attempts to complete their buying form online.

"Some of you have asked about the Members Only Entrance (the separate line reserved for members of the Brewers Association & the American Homebrewers Association). These tickets are offered during the pre-sale and are limited to four tickets per AHA member/individual BA member. Capacity is limited to the first 2,000 member purchases. Tickets will indicate if they are for the Members Only Entrance." - this was also a source of concern as this fact was not well known leaving many to wonder if their tickets allowed them access into the members only entrance.

"Friends, Saturday afternoon Members-Only session tickets are now sold out. We look forward to sampling some award-winning beers at the festival with you on Saturday afternoon, October 13!" - just before 12 noon.

If you want to read all of the buzz that happened on Twitter this morning, check out the hashtag #GABF on Twitter and read what others had to say. Facebook messages and updates from the official GABF Facebook page also had many Followers leaving frustrated and angry comments - some calling for the dismissal of Ticketmaster.

The Great American Beer Festival has grown tremendously in popularity and is one of the Fall's biggest events in Colorado each year for the last 30 years. Counting volunteers, press, organizers and attendees, the GABF draws in over 100,000 into Denver each year and with it millions of dollars of business for the state. The event also coincides with Denver Beer Fest that spans October 5th through the 13th this year.

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- Plans revealed for 2012 Denver Beer Fest.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

New Belgium Releases 2011 Waste Diversion Report

New Belgium Brewing
New Belgium Brewing’s 2011 Waste Diversion Report Highlights Tactics and Goals to Become a Zero-Waste Brewery

In 2011, New Belgium had a waste diversion rate of 94.38 percent

FORT COLLINS, CO – July 30, 2012 – New Belgium Brewing’s 2011 Waste Diversion Report is now available at newbelgium.com and shows the brewery diverted 94.38 percent of its waste from landfills last year. However, this number would climb significantly if the craft brewer included spent grain, spent yeast, spent Diatomaceous Earth (DE), or Process Water Treatment Plant sludge, since these materials are diverted to local farms. When including these brewing byproducts, the diversion rate jumps to 99.88 percent for 2011.

The 2011 report, which can be found at http://www.newbelgium.com/files/sustainability/2011%20NBB%20Waste%20Diverion%20Report.pdf, takes a look at the improvements, success and challenges of New Belgium’s 2011 waste diversion and reduction efforts. It also outlines future projects and tasks that New Belgium hopes will increase its diversion rate and overall waste reduction.

“Our ultimate goal is to someday be able to say that we send zero waste to landfills,” said New Belgium Waste Reduction & Diversion Specialist Alie Rich. “We’re close, but we definitely still have some work to do. That’s why every year we take a good look at what’s working and what’s not so we can ultimately meet and exceed our objectives.”

In 2011, some of the ways that New Belgium worked to improve its waste systems included:

• Eliminating two trash dumpsters at its Process Water Treatment Plant and Malt building and replacing them with recycling containers for super sacks, plastic bags and Mylar bags.
• Adding compost collection to New Belgium’s offsite warehouse.
• Diverting plastic bags, super sacks, Mylar bags, chip bags and compost discs out of landfills. Additionally, the brewery improved systems to collect more Styrofoam and paper packaging than in previous years.

For 2012, New Belgium has several tasks and initiatives outlined as well, including:

• Working to identify waste opportunities where New Belgium can eliminate waste before it enters the brewery.
• Eradicating or reducing waste that New Belgium sends to the landfill.
• Activating projects that will work to increase New Belgium’s waste diversion rate.

For a complete list of specific goals and projects to meet these initiatives, you can view at the full report at http://www.newbelgium.com/files/sustainability/2011%20NBB%20Waste%20Diverion%20Report.pdf. For more information on New Belgium Brewing, visit www.newbelgium.com.

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, Sunshine Wheat, Ranger IPA, Belgo IPA, 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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Colorado Beer News 073012

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Father In-Law Day. Do something nice for your better half's old man today. Consider taking him out for a beer and letting him know how much you appreciate everything he did for your spouse over the years. Who knows, he may just repay the favor someday with a beer for you. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, July 30th, 2012.

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Kokopelli Beer Company (Westminster) - Come out this coming Saturday, August 4th from 2pm to 5pm for a beer tasting at the Denver Elks right off of I-25 (Red, White & Brew II). It's a fund raiser for the Freedom Service Dogs for our Veterans. Kokopelli Beer is going to be serving at least 8 of their test batches for you to try ~ till they run out. They'll even have some Oktoberfest Ale. There will be other brews there too. After the 3 hours of tasting they're going to have an awesome dinner. Reservations for dinner are separate. More info + tickets here.

Great American Beer Festival (Denver) - This is the week! Tickets for the 2012 GABF go on sale THIS WEEK! AHA Member tickets go on sale July 31st at 10am MDT and General Public tickets go on sale August 2nd at 10am MDT. This event will sell out quickly, perhaps as fast as under a week so don't get shut out! Details at www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com.

Phantom Canyon Brewing (Colorado Springs) - The brewery has brought back an old style of beer called 1942 Burton Ale. Originally brewed by Barclay Perkins Brewery, Southwarke, London as the tide was beginning to turn for allied forces in World War II. Burton Ale is a practically extinct style named after the city that produced it. For centuries, Burton upon Trent has been associated with the brewing industry due to the quality of the local water. Burton Ale is a pale and well-hopped style of beer was developed in Burton in parallel with the development of India Pale Ale. You can try this brew on tap now at Phantom Canyon. If you were on their email list this week, you would have received a coupon for a free beer! It pays to subscribe. Name their new Hefeweizen and get a chance to win $100.

Kannah Creek Brewing (Grand Junction) - August 2nd is IPA Day and who doesn't love celebrating beer! This is an open event for anyone that would like to join. One of their brewers Matt will be holding an informative drinking session in Kannah Creek's backroom. If you can't make it right at 5pm don't worry you can still join in whenever you get off of work. Their Broken Oar IPA will be $3.00 all day on August 2nd.

Steamworks Brewing Company (Durango) - Ken, Spencer and BMc spent this past Friday in the “fish tank” at the brewery bottling a very special version of their “50/50” Imperial Pale Ale. This beer is a blend of our two biggest beers: The Conductor and Elephant Rider Imperial Pale Ales which were then "put to the wood" and aged for 4 months in a Wild Turkey Whiskey Barrel. It is on tap (almost gone) and available to-go in 25 ounce bottles at the pub. Better get some soon.

Avery Brewing Company (Boulder) - Less than one week left before they throw down for their 19th birthday!! All-you-can-eat BBQ, live tunes, and BEER! If you want to try some extra special creations from the cellar, try out the VIP ticket. You can find the link for tickets on their homepage www.averybrewing.com.

Eddyline InnerGlow Red Chile PorterEddyline Brewing Company (Buena Vista) - They submitted a new label for approval to the TTB for their Innerglow Red Chile Porter in 22oz bombers. If everything goes well, they should have these available in a few weeks! Described as: "Innerglow is the beer for the story of your backcountry adventures. Icy cold on the outside, a warm clile burn on the inside, gently smoked to take you home to your wood-fire in your cabin. Made with cherry wood smoked malt, New Mexico red chile, and a ton of love."

Lowry Beer Garden (Denver) - Want to show your support for the people who helped fight the Colorado wild fires? Here's your chance. For every pint of Bristol Brewing's Laughing Lab sold, the Lowery Beer Garden will donate $1 to the Colorado Springs Fire Department Waldo Canyon Fire Gift Trust Fund. This offer runs through the end of August 20th, 2012.

Hall Brewing Company (Parker) - Word on Facebook (a tip from the owner Aubrey Hall) says that he has a new brewery coming to Parker, Colorado somewhere in the Fall 2012 called Hall Brewing Company. The brewhouse is nearly completed now and official word on their opening should be forthcoming soon. No address given yet. They do have a website reserved but with no information on it yet. Bookmark: www.hallbrewing.com. From their pictures on Facebook, it looks like they will have at least six 7-bbl fermenters in the brewhouse. This place has been in the works for well over a year. Stay tuned!

The Mayor of Old Town (Fort Collins) - Have you been to one of their "Keep it Classy Cigar Nights at the Mayor? They're happening on Wednesday nights at 6:00pm. Come for the beers, socialize and light up your favorite pipes and cigars outside on the patio.

#IPADay (Thursday August 2nd) - Where are you going to be to enjoy a nice hoppy IPA on IPA Day? Everyone is encouraged to imbibe an India Pale Ale on Thursday. Several local breweries and bars will be hosting IPA-related events and specials to help everyone the world over celebrate the hopulous delicious beverage called the IPA.

Echo Brewing Company (Frederick) - At last! Echo Brewing has received 3 new tanks. Now they will be able to provide more Echo beer for everyone and do a few outside accounts down the road as well. Huzzah!

Ironworks Brewery & Pub (Lakewood) - Their Vienna is now gone, but their Kolsch has now been put in its place. The Kolsch is a great summer beer that is light, dry and crisp. Stop by and cool down with this tasty beer.

Freshcraft (Denver) - Join in on Thursday 8/29/12 at 7 pm to try some impressive barrel aged beers from Elevation Beer Co at Freshcraft. They'll be pouring two different versions of Elevation's Signal De Botrange Belgian Ale - one aged in Chardonnay barrels and the other aged in Cabernet barrels. They'll also be pouring a version of the Apis IV quad that was aged in red wine barrels. For good measure they'll have the "regular" (outstanding) Apis IV on draft plus a firkin of First Cast IPA aged with bourbon soaked maple chips. Don't miss this one!

Crooked Stave (Denver) - The location of their new operation is: 1441 W. 46th Avenue, Unit 19 in Denver, CO 80211. It's just north of the Highlands in Denver, and very close to where I-25 and I-70 intersect. They have been fully moved in with all their equipment out of Fort Collins and on sight since June 29th! What that has meant is a lot of long nights painting and working to get the current spot up to Crooked Stave standards. The new location will not be their new brewery however. The plan is to continue to brew at two different breweries in Denver (Prost Brewing for one) and producing a wide range of the Crooked Stave beers they plan to release as year around and seasonal batches. Crooked Stave will have a taproom at their new location where anyone can come and drink Crooked Stave beers and take bottles home too!

Live Music - Beer and live music go great together and many of your Colorado breweries and top watering holes offer up tunes on a regular basis. Check the Brewery Music Listings and see who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar near you in Colorado. Updated daily.

Beer Fest CalendarFestival Listings - Looking for the next beer festival or beer-related event in Colorado? Check out the listings on the 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar. Updated weekly.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Crazy Mountain Mountain Livin' Pale Ale review

Crazy Mountain Mountain Livin' Pale AleIt's finally here in Northern Colorado! Crazy Mountain canned craft beer has hit the shelves here in my home town. And I didn't have to head to the mountains to get it! Crazy Mountain Mountain Livin' Pale Ale was one of three canned beers now being shipped throughout most of Colorado. I had seen my local store announce it's arrival on Facebook and I didn't wait long to go grab some.

I had the pleasure of sampling Mountain Livin' Pale Ale up at the Burning Can Festival in Lyons earlier this summer. I enjoyed the sampling I got and was looking to try a full can of this. Glad they came to town. Like Oskar Blues, they put several of their beers in cans, however they do also put many in bottles as well.

Mountain Livin' Pale Ale uses Simcoe and Citra hops and weighs in around 5.7% ABV and has around 40 IBUs and was brewed under the supervision of head brewer Grant Smith and Brewmaster Kevin Selvy.

Appearance: For a pale ale, Mountain Livin' Pale Ale is darker than most as it poured a dark copper orange with an off-white head. It's hard to tell just how well carbonated the brew was in the can, but swirling the glass gave up a lot of small bubbles. This brew was just sticky enough to leave a small lacing around the top of the glass. This beer was well filtered and had great clarity.

Aroma: I definitely picked up a tropical fruit-like aroma off of the hops in this beer. It had some sweetness to it as well from the malts and I could tell this was going to have a lot of flavor just from the whiffs coming out of the glass. There seemed to be a trace of butterscotch in there as well.

Taste: Ah nice. This brew had a big full bodied feel. Rich malts followed by a nice bitterness on the follow through. The brew drank smooth and didn't leave any aftertastes which was nice. Not as dry as I would have thought, but rather quenching. This is probably one of the maltier pale ales I've tried. A lot less hops than an IPA, but enough to know that they are there ready to jump you if needed.

Overall: I'm thrilled to finally be able to buy 3 of the Crazy Mountain brews in Northern Colorado now and not have to wait for this to show up at a beer fest. Crazy Mountain is a worthy brewery and I feel will benefit greatly from their expanded distribution in the state. Mountain Livin' is a wonderful Pale Ale and I will look forward to finishing up this 6-pack.

Disclosure: I paid full retail price for this beer.

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Colorado Beer News 072712

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Talk in an Elevator Day. Know that awkward feeling of being in a crowded elevator and nobody talks? Well here's your chance - break the ice and start up a conversation in an elevator. Be bold! Chances are you won't ever see that person or persons again, but then again, you might just make a new friend. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, July 27th, 2012.

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Festivals on Tap This Weekend
- Summer Brew Fest - Mile High Station - Denver - July 27 7pm-10pm.
- Kyle's Brew Fest - Boulder Beer Co. - Boulder - July 28 3pm-7pm.
- Pies and Pints Festival - Denver Beer Co. - Denver - July 28 1pm-5pm.

More details and more events in the Colroado Beer Fest & Events Calendar.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - On Wednesday, August 1st at 4pm, stop by Grimm Brothers to check out their latest creation: Grandfather Grimm Stout. This brew was originally the Pro-Am winner from last years Gnarly Barley Brew Festival. Give in to the dark side and try a pint.

Yak & Yeti (Arvada) - The Yak and Yeti is having a "sale" today. You might say "The Price is Right". Stop in today and get 27% to 30% all of their hand-crafted beers. These price discounts are good until 6pm today - so stop in early and try a brew or two.

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - This Saturday, July 28th starting at 12 noon, come help Elk Mountain Brewing celebrate their 2nd Anniversary! There will be free BBQ, give-aways, live music and random tappings throughout the day. Stop in and wish them well and enjoy a pint or two.

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - The new brewery facility is nearly complete. High Hops just updated their Facebook page with a photo of the completed exterior of their brewhouse. The equipment is in and things are moving along. Look for them to do a grand opening early this fall. Stop by their homebrew shop and check out the view from their upcoming taproom. The Hop Harvest is quickly approaching. Look for news on when the hops will be gathered as they will be needing volunteers once again this year.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - Saturday (July 28th) is Meat Head Night at CKBC. Bacon AND Beer in ONE! They smoked 15 lbs of locally produced bacon and added it to a Scottish Brown Ale base. Don't be afraid of this one, the bacon flavor is just for a very mild smoked flavor. Very mellow bacon flavor. As a side treat, add to that some fresh bacon and maple syrup ice cream! The tap release is from 12pm to 1pm. At 5pm-?? the ice cream will be served until gone. Outside get some Sully's Pizza Truck from 5pm to 9pm. It all happens Saturday!

New Belgium (Fort Collins) - There's a firkin in the Liquid Center today - Shadow of the Foeder. Reportedly delicious and worth trying at least once. Tapped and waiting for you now.

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - It's finally under cap, behind glass and in a case and it's barely enough to contain The Beast (Grand Cru that is). A small number of tickets remain for his release party on Wednesday, August 1st! If you can't join them there, then keep your eyes on the shelves and bars for this annual arrival!

Asher Brewing Company (Boulder) - This year's hop crop over at Niwot Hops is looking amazing right now and soon it'll be time for a fresh hop beer. The hops are coming in early this year so be looking for it in the tap room in the very near future. Some crops are being harvested as early as this weekend.

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - This Saturday, July 28th, Big Choice will be hosting a fund raising event to support WomenInNatural.com. For every beer sold that day after 4pm - $1 will go towards the fight against breast cancer. Stop by and support this worthy cause.

Lucky Pie (Denver LoDo) - Got plans for tomorrow afternoon? If you're in the LoDo area, stop by Lucky Pie starting at 1pm Saturday for their Patio Party. They'll be giving away Rockies tickets, hosting some lively Cornhole matches, offering up special Odell Brewing beer tappings, and offering up some great Pint Specials. It's hot, so come cool down with some great Odell brews.

Rockyard Brewing Company (Castle Rock) - Brew Kjell (Jellyman) has once again come up with one of his unusual "Deviations" or one-off brews that they'll be tapping at 4pm today. Stop in to try their "Smokey Treat", it's a hand-smoked malt ale with low hops, mild smoke and with a bit of an acidic tang. Located at: 880 Castleton Road in Castle Rock, CO.

Hops & Pie (Denver) - Remember we said that Prost Brewing would be delivering kegs of their Weißbier to select bars? Well, Hops & Pie is one of them. They just got a keg delivered today and it's on tap!! Come get one of the first commercial tastes from this new Denver brewery. Prost!

Great American Beer Festival (Denver) - Thanks to Jonathan Shikes of Westword for hand counting all of the Colorado breweries that will be attending the 2012 GABF this year so wouldn't have to. There will be 87 Colorado breweries (out of 140+) pouring anywhere from 2 to 10 different beers at their stations. And of those 87 breweries, 12 of them are new to the GABF and/or Colorado this year.

Live Music - Beer and live music go great together and many of your Colorado breweries and top watering holes offer up tunes on a regular basis. Check the Brewery Music Listings and see who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar near you in Colorado. Updated daily.

Beer Fest CalendarFestival Listings - Looking for the next beer festival or beer-related event in Colorado? Check out the listings on the 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar. Updated weekly.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

New Belgium Unveils Conceptual Asheville Site Plan

New Belgium's Proposed Asheville Plant
New facility to feature packaging hall, tasting facility, improved bike lanes

FORT COLLINS, CO, July 26, 2012 – New Belgium Brewing executives unveiled conceptual drawings for their new brewing facility to a packed house in Asheville yesterday. The drawings included a “liquid center” tasting room, a 200-barrel brewhouse, malt building, packaging hall and cellar space. A warehouse facility will be built offsite. Executives wanted Asheville residents to see the plan first and have an opportunity to offer feedback.

“There will be impact but we will work hard to make it right,” said New Belgium CEO Kim Jordan. “We could have built on a lot of sites but we wanted to be on a livable, walkable site. This site will be a challenge, but we are up for that challenge.”

The new facility will have to be elevated above the 100-year flood zone along the French Broad River. Buildings and material from the old Asheville stockyard will be recycled during deconstruction this fall with heavy demolition being done November thru December and ground-breaking in January.

The brewery is working with the city and state Departments of Transportation to make infrastructure improvements including the widening of roads, smoothing of curves and the addition of traffic signals. An off-site warehouse facility at a yet-to-be-determined location will minimize trucking traffic in the area.

The brewery will have a 700,000-barrel capacity, producing both bottled and kegged beer for distribution along the east coast. The project is slated for completion in 2015.

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, Sunshine Wheat, Ranger IPA, Belgo IPA, 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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New Belgium Ashevill Main Plaza View New Belgium Asheville Site Concept
(Images courtesy New Belgium Brewing - click to enlarge)

Fermentedly Challenged's thoughts: Oh man, I'm jealous of what Asheville is going to get here. Sounds like a beer lovers paradise. 2015 still seems like a long way off but it'll be great for Western US distribution once it opens as more of the Fort Collins-made brews won't have to travel quite as far anymore.

Related articles:
- Red Hoptober debuts as New Belgium's Fall Seasonal.
- New Belgium Establishments to Open in Snowmass.
- New Belgium wants everyone to Enjoy the Ride.

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Wynkoop helps the Brown Palace celebrate 120th year

Wynkoop Brewing Company(Denver, CO) – Wynkoop Brewing Company is now serving a new beer brewed in honor of the 120th anniversary of the opening of Denver’s famed Brown Palace Hotel & Spa.

1892 Artesian Lager is a custom-made, retro-minded beer brewed with water from the underground aquifer that supplies the Brown Palace’s water.

“We wanted to do something very special for our 120th,” says Mark Shine, sales director for the Brown Palace, “and having another Denver icon create a special beer for us was a great way to do that. The beer gives us a unique way to share a piece of our history with the people of Denver.”

“Colorado brewers have been touting the state’s water for over 150 years,” says Wynkoop’s Marty Jones. “We’re adding a small-batch chapter to that tradition, while showcasing the Brown and one of its many treasures.”

Wynkoop enlisted the help of Longmont, Colorado’s McDonald Farms to truck 800 gallons of water from the hotel and deliver it to Wynkoop, where head brewer Andy Brown brewed the beer.

The draft-only beer is fermented with a lager yeast at a slightly warmer temperature than modern-day lagers, to mirror the early days of Colorado’s brewing history.

It is brewed with American two-row malts and US-grown, pilsner-style hops. For a contemporary twist, the beer’s grain bill included flaked oats, flaked barley and several other grains and oats that provide body and aroma.

“Our goal,” Brown says, “was to create a beer that echoes Colorado’s early beers and the beers that were served in the Brown Palace’s first years. It’s a cross between a late 1800s steam-style beer and a modern cream ale.”

Highly sessionable and designed for summer drinking, 1892 Artesian Lager is a crystal-clear filtered beer with a straw color, a substantial snow white head, and champagne-like effervescence. It has subtle flavors of blonde malts and oats, a delicate sweetness, and restrained hops. It’s a very quaffable 4% ABV.

“We wanted a beer that left room to highlight the hotel’s water,” Brown says, “and it has a slight mineral character that does that. It also has an especially creamy head for such a light beer.”

Wynkoop 1892 Artesian LagerWith its delicate flavor, 1892 Artesian Lager also gives Wynkoop a chance to highlight a particular side of its craft. “This is a very unforgiving beer,” Brown says. “So it allows us to showcase our skills in making very clean beer in small batches.”

This limited-release beer is available on tap at Wynkoop (on the guest taps upstairs) and the Brown Palace’s Ship Tavern.

This is the second beer Wynkoop has brewed for the Brown Palace. Last fall Wynkoop brewed Rooftop Honey Saison, a Belgian-style saison that was crafted with honey from the Brown’s rooftop beehives. Wynkoop will brew that beer again this fall.

In 1888, Henry C. Brown, the namesake of The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, had a well drilled on the site of his early Denver grazing land, which was bordered by 17th Street, Tremont Place and Broadway. In 1892, the Brown Palace Hotel was constructed at that site and the water from the well was used to supply the hotel.

Today the well continues to provide water to Brown Palace guests. A water fountain in the hotel lobby provides attendees a drink straight from the aquifer. The pressure gauge for the well can be found just outside the entrance to Ship Tavern.

The well is 780 feet deep, about as “tall” as the nearby Republic Plaza.

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- Growth leads to expansion at Wynkoop Brewing.

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Colorado Beer News 072612

Colorado Beer NewsToday is All or Nothing Day. Originally a motto adopted by one of the Roman Caesars, it means to fully dedicate yourself to whatever task is at hand, or don't bother doing it at all. Take charge today and do something with your whole heart and do it right! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, July 26th, 2012.

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Pateros Creek Brewing Company (Fort Collins) - Looking for something different? Try their new Outlaw tap: Chocolate Chipotle Porter. It's got a big chocolate note with a smokey spiced finish. It taps just after noon and runs until it's tapped out.

Tap and Handle (Fort Collins) - The pub is hosting a local benefit this Saturday, July 28th from 11am to 9pm to raise awareness and support for Jeff Milan & Leukemia & the Lymphoma Cancer. There will be live music, beer (over 70 on tap), and lots of cool items to raffle, and it supports a great cause-families and friends fighting cancer for their loved ones. No cover. Family friendly. Just stop by and join the fun!

The Springs Beer Fest (Colorado Springs - August 11th) - Got your tickets yet? Over 50 breweries will be in attendance this year along with even more food vendors than ever before. Live music from Andy Clifton & Company and also J. Miller Band. It takes place in Antlers Park in Colorado Springs from 12pm to 5pm. Be there! Tickets available online.

Crested Butte Arts Festival (Crested Butte) - If you're up in the Gunnison / Crested Butte area the weekend of August 3rd through the 5th take note. Now in its 40th year, the Crested Butte Arts Festival features incredible art, fantastic cuisine, exhilarating entertainment, artist demonstrations, chef demonstrations, children’s activities and an art auction. There’s something for everyone at the Festival, where surrounding beauty, artistic talent, and appreciative patrons merge for one, glorious weekend. At the fest will also be a handful of Oskar Blues events, including the "Art of the Ride: Beer, REEB, & BBQ" on Friday evening, an Oskar Blues Beer Pavilion on Saturday & Sunday, a culinary demonstration with our head chef Jason Rogers, & a farm to table dinner with Jason on Saturday night. Info & tickets at: CrestedButteArtsFestival.com.

Dillon Dam Brewery (Dillon) - Head to the mountains tonight for live music from Strive Roots at 9:30pm. Plus, it's Ladies night and the gals drink free 1/2 pints of good DAM beer from 9:00pm to 11:00pm. Need another reason to drop by? Didn't we just say BEER?

Icelantic & Oskar Blues Kick Off Party (Denver) - Come down to Battery 621 Art Gallery (621 Kalamath Street - Denver) on Friday, August 3rd from 7pm to 10pm to celebrate Oskar Blues buddying up with an awesome Colorado ski company for the coming winter season & kicking off their 1st First Friday of the season. Live music, Oskar Blues brews & Colorado ski art. Check out their snow equipment at: www.icelanticboards.com. A Passion Party for Beer, Skis & Tunes.

Awesome Toss 'Em Cornhole Festival (Fort Collins) - Don't forget to get your two-person team signed up for the big Cornhole tournament at Odell Brewing Company in FoCo on Saturday, August 18th from 11am to 3pm. Get ready for some beer, BBQ and Cornhole fun. Visit AwesomeTossEm.com for details and to sign up. Why play? How about getting the chance to win BEER FOR A YEAR!

Ska Brewing Company (Durango) - It's a Ska-B-Q! Tonight from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Listen to live music from Second Class Citizens along with $3 pints, $2 Tacos and some yummy burgers. A pint of Modus Hoperandi with your name on it is calling you.

Crabtree Brewing Company (Greeley) - It's now official - the Grand Opening of the new tap room location (2961 29th Street, between I-Hop and Harley Davidson) will be on Wednesday, August 8th at 4:00pm. The last day to stop by the "old" tap room & brewery will be Friday, August 3rd. Yup, that means no tap room for a few days in-between. Regular hours at the new location will be: Sunday: 1pm-6pm, Mon-Thur: 1pm-10pm, Fri-Sat: 1pm-12am. They can't wait to show off their new place!

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Things since opening day in May have been great! A new 7-bbl fermenter was installed and is helping them keep up with local demand. Stop in soon for 8 beers on tap (5 mainstay and 3 specialty). Coming up in August, you can look forward to trying these new brews: Ol' One Eyed Wheat, Berthoud Beet Saison, Country Pumpkin, and Chai Wallah Watchman. Also, live music in the tap room twice a week (Friday and Saturday) and trivia on Wednesdays. Happy Hour Monday thru Friday 4pm-6pm. Visit: www.citystarbrewing.com for details.

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Colorado Beer News Page 2Welcome to Page Two of today's Colorado Beer News. With so much news going on these days it needs a second page. Here's more of what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, July 26th, 2012. More news being added to this page throughout the day til 3:00pm MDT. If you missed it, read Part One.

Wynkoop Brewing Company (Denver) - New on tap today - 1892 Artesian Lager. It's a throwback beer brewed with water from the Brown Palace's underground aquifer. It's a brew made in honor of the Brown Palace's 120th anniversary. More details at www.wynkoop.com.

Rackhouse Pub (Denver) - Good news for those planning on attending Avery Brewing's 19th Anniversary Party on August 5th. The Rackhouse has reserved a bus that will pick up at the Pub in Denver and drop you to/from the Avery event. Cost is $20 and leaves the Rackhosue Pub at 10:30am SHARP. It returns at 5:00pm from Avery. Get tickets for that bus on BrownPaperTickets.com.

Boulder Beer Company (Boulder) - Need a bike for an hour or so? Today just outside of Boulder Beer Company a new B-cycle station has been set up where you can check out a bicycle yourself at a kiosk with your credit card or membership card. Stop by the brewery today from 4:30pm to 7:00pm for the launch party of their stations in front of the brewery. For more info on how B-cycle works, visit their website.

Hops & Pie (Denver) - Want something cold and tasty to go with that pizza tonight? How about one of these: Steel Toe Stout from SKA, Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker, Monchshof Schwarzbier, St. Bernardus Witbier & Dry Dock's Milk Stout on the hand pull all TAPPED now!

New Belgium (Fort Collins) - According to an article in the Asheville Citizen-Times, the new New Belgium facility will reside on a large 18-acre property and include a European-style beer garden along with many improvements to the area. Since the new brewery will be located right next to a river, it will be raised at least above the existing 100-year flood level. Improvements to the roads, including bike lands and sidewalks will also be added. Expect to see them begin brewing there by 2015.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - The dream to host a beer train that would run from Longmont to Boulder and drop passengers off at a new brewpub there at a historic depot in Boulder have been dropped, according to an article from the Longmont Times-Call. Efforts instead will be focused on opening up a new 2nd brewery in North Carolina.

The Fort Collins Brewery (Fort Collins) - FCB and the Chimney Park Restaurant & Bar in Windsor, Colorado are planning a beer pairing dinner on Wednesday, August 1st starting at 6:15pm. 5 beers and pairings will be included in the $55 per person price. Call (970) 686-1477 for reservations.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Tonight your ears and taste buds will be in for a treat. At the tap room, Grimm Brothers welcome in Grant McIntosh and his magical guitar skills to entertain all night. And if that isn't enough, you can enjoy Bedrock BBQ for de-lish food. Oh and yes, there is plenty of beer available as well. Tonight only at Grimm's.

Equinox Brewing (Fort Collins) - Firkin time! On the firkin tap today is their Apex Extra pale Ale that's dry hopped with Mount Rainier hops. Hungry? Good cuz Primal Echo's Organic Crepes will be in their bike parking lot.

Live Music - Beer and live music go great together and many of your Colorado breweries and top watering holes offer up tunes on a regular basis. Check the Brewery Music Listings and see who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar near you in Colorado. Updated daily.

Beer Fest CalendarFestival Listings - Looking for the next beer festival or beer-related event in Colorado? Check out the listings on the 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar. Updated weekly.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Colorado Beer News 072512

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Culinarians Day. It's a day known for celebrating all those people who work hard to make some of the best food in town. If you see a chef today - go out and thank them for all they do, then spend some time enjoying some of the food they prepare. And pair some of that food with a great craft beer. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, July 25th, 2012.

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Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - Their expanded distribution in Colorado is happening! Spotted today on shelves in Northern Colorado (even Greeley) are cans of their Lava Lake Wit, Crazy Mountain Amber Ale, and Mountain Living Pale Ale. Look for cans of their beer in your neck of Colorado soon!

Crabtree Brewing Company (Greeley) - Happy Hump Day! In celebration of getting over the hump, bring your empty clean growlers in for a $6 fill all day. Hard to beat that! Stop in soon. It's getting to be the last handful of days in the old tasting room before their big move to the new location.

Tap and Handle (Fort Collins) - Did you catch the David Walker (Firestone Walker) sighting at Tap and Handle last night? Most people missed it - here's why in a quote from them: "Several of you have asked why we didn't give notice that David Walker would be at our place. We were asked to host a private function (invite by American Eagle and Firestone only) and respectfully keep it on the down low. We obliged, then at the last minute spread the word when given the go ahead. We know some of you got to catch him at The Mayor where he held a public meet and greet. If you missed out all together, rest assured, for future visits we'll give good notice of visitors' full agendas so that everyone gets a chance to share in the love. That's what good beer in FC is all about right? (Although Walker is gone, Wookey Jack and Parabola are still on draft.)"

The Forge Publick House (Fort Collins) - This Thursday, July 26th, the featured brewery for Brewery Night will be Upslope Brewing Company of Boulder, CO. Stop in between 6pm to 8pm and try some of their beer at a nice discount and talk to some great people.

Craft Lager & Small Batch Festival (August 4th - Manitou Springs) - A TV commercial for a Colorado beer fest? You bet! Check out this :30 second spot that's hitting the air and YouTube. Plan to attend this year. It's going to be bigger and better than ever! More info on the festival at: www.craftlagerfestival.com.


Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - Join them on Thursday, August 2nd from 3-10 PM as they raise a pint in honor of Brew Club Member #28, Alex Teves who was killed at the Aurora theater Friday, July 20th. 100% of beer sales will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House, per his family request. 50% of food sales will be donated as well. Copper Kettle will remember all of the victims that night and pay tribute to their honor and heroic measures that they took that night. Raise a pint, raise your spirits and help raise some money! To all of those affected by the shooting, their hearts go out to you and Alex will forever be in their hearts at Copper Kettle.

Pateros Creek Brewing (Fort Collins) - Pateros Creek is asking for your help to make their upcoming expansion a reality. Visit their fundraising page on CommunityFunded.com, watch their video, read about their project and consider helping them raise $30,000 to make their expansion a reality. They've got 23 days left to get funding for their taproom expansion and ask their fans to help support them. Those who donate will receive a gift in return. The more you donate the better the gift!

Funkwerks (Fort Collins) - Funkwerks will be releasing the first of their prototype batch series this Thursday, July 26th! Bastogne will be available on draft in the taproom and at various accounts, but will only be available for purchase in bottle in the taproom. This Belgian style amber ale was dry hopped and conditioned with Brettanomyces and they’re extremely excited to share it with you! Oh Funk ya! And don't forget that today they have a returning favorite on specialty keg: Green Tea Saison.

Gnarly Barley Brew Festival (August 4th - Loveland) - They have officially sold all of their VIP Tickets! If you have already pre-purchased or will purchase your tickets between now and August 4th, you will be able to enter Gnarly Barley 15 minutes befor the general public that purchase their tickets day of. They have a few more spots available for the Brew Master's Dinner featuring a delicious menu paired with some Funkwerk's brews. Get your tickets now!

Bootstrap Brewing Company (Niwot) - Sour fans, something to look forward to at the turn of the new year. "2 Tickets 2 Paradise" - a cherry-ginger golden ale headed into the barrel this week. Lactobacillus lambicus joined the trip. Check back in 6 months for a taste of this special batch.

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Welcome to Page Two of today's Colorado Beer News. With so much news going on these days it needs a second page. Here's more of what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, July 25th, 2012. More news being added to this page throughout the day til 3:00pm MDT. If you missed it, read Part One.

CAUTION: Brewing Company (Denver) - There has been a lot of updates on their website this week. Bunnies, events, and new beer this weekend! Big Bunny Cascadian Dark Ale (a Black IPA) will be unleashed this Friday! They're giving a free pint of beer to anyone who brings in a clean stuffed bunny this weekend (of any design, but it must be a bunny, no tigers, cows, piggies, buffalos, or any other kind of animal). Limit to one free beer per person, but you're welcome to bring in more than one bunny. For more info visit: http://www.cautionbrewingco.com/news.html. You can also taste this brew at the Summer Brew Fest on Friday.

River North Brewery (Denver) - This week, they have two special releases for you: For Barrel-Aged Wednesday, the BPR aged in Whiskey will return. This one was a pleasant surprise, so if you missed the initial offering, come try it today! First pour at 3pm. Also, on Thursday, they will release bombers of their Barrel Series No. 2, J. Marie Saison Aged in White Wine. Like the other barrel-aged bottle premiers, these will be hand numbered, and #1 will be signed by the River North crew. Come own a piece of history! Sales begin at 3pm.

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Don't miss it! This Friday, July 27th, Loveland Aleworks will be serving up a 10 gallon cask of their Premium Bitter - part of their weekly keg tapping events. It's busy being dry hopped with an additional 2oz of leafy Goldings hops. Try some this Friday!

The Very Nice Brewing Company (Nederland) - Construction on the new brewery officially begins today at 20 Lakeview Drive Unit 112 in Nederland, Colorado. Visit their Facebook page and follow their progress this summer in pictures.

Echo Brewing Company (Frederick) - He's back! Kirby (their Kolsch style ale) returns tonight along with ribs, brats, pulled pork and more available from High Plains Meats from 4pm-8pm. Stop by at: 5969 Iris Parkway in Frederick. They open at 2pm in case you get thirsty early.

New Beer Labels Approved - News of upcoming beer releases and label approvals are non-stop here in Colorado. Here's some new or returning beers you can look forward to later this year. Bristol Brewing - Red Baron Octoberfest Lager, Kannah Creek Land End Amber Ale, Rockyard Home Brewers Gone Wild Saison, and New Belgium More Fun Blonde Ale (keg only?).
Bristol Brewing Red Baron Octoberfest Lager Kannah Creek Lands End Amber Ale Rockyard Home Brewers Gone Wild Saison
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Mountain Sun (Boulder) - Attention dark beer lovers. Head brewer Jeff Ramirez is maxing out the Mountain Sun mash tun to brew Oatimus Prime, an imperial oatmeal stout. This beer is so big that it needs two mashes to produce one batch of beer. Look for it next month on the Mountain Sun beer list. More than meets the eye indeed!

Support Your Local Brewery Network - Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Delaware and Brewers Association's Chair of the Board of Directors discusses in the video below why joining Support Your Local Brewery network is so important. If you can't view the video here, you can also catch it on YouTube.


Prost Brewing (Denver) - Want to get a taste of their Weißbier a bit early? Their beer is being delivered to select tap houses around Denver this Friday. Rackhouse Pub will be one of them. Prost Brewing plans to officially open their taproom on August 23rd. Get ready Denver for some good German-style brews! Hopefully they will share the complete list of places to sample this brew shortly. Check Facebook for clues.

Steamworks Brewing Company (Durango) - In the Durango area on August 3rd? You're in luck then. Steamworks will be tapping a special Friday Firkin that day of "Not That Marion Berry" - a marionberry and red raspberry hefeweizen conditioned with dark sweet berries. The tapping starts at 3pm and you can get $1 draws and $2 tankers til she's kicked.

Live Music - Beer and live music go great together and many of your Colorado breweries and top watering holes offer up tunes on a regular basis. Check the Brewery Music Listings and see who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar near you in Colorado. Updated daily.

Beer Fest CalendarFestival Listings - Looking for the next beer festival or beer-related event in Colorado? Check out the listings on the 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar. Updated weekly.

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