Friday, August 31, 2012

Ska Pinstripe Red Ale review

Ska Brewing Pinstripe Red AleWorking my way through a Mixed Up variety 12-pack from Ska Brewing of Durango, Colorado. One of these was a bottle of their Ska Pinstripe Red Ale. Four different beers are included in their mix 12-pack. The Pinstripe Red Ale was one of the lighter colored brews in the mix. After sampling the 3rd one I finally remembered to write a review on this beer. It's nice to find a variety pack from a craft brewer, especially when I haven't had half of those beers before.

Ska's Pinstripe Red Ale is one of their flagship beers and is technically classified as an Amber Ale. Some red ales can be more like an IPA or an Irish Ale or an Amber, so I had to check online to see what this was classified as. The brew weighs in at 5.15% ABV and has roughly 42 IBUs, so it is a bit higher in IBU than the standard American Amber Ale. This brew was bittered with Liberty hops that give beer a bit of spicy character in the aroma.

Appearance: Ska Pinstripe Red poured a classic amber color. The beer had fairly good clarity with just a bit of haze. A small 1 to 2 finger off-white head rose in the glass that didn't stick around too long. Swirling the beer kicked up a bit more head, but left a very slick foam that didn't stick to the edges. The beer seemed adequately carbonated out of the bottle.

Aroma: The hops in Pinstripe Red Ale gave off a low to moderate spice in the aroma. On the side came I detected some sweet malts. I could also smell a bit of citrus or fruit in the nose, but the hop spiciness and malts were more dominant here. The malts were moderate and the hops were just underneath with a slight spice and resiny feel. The brew seemed to coat the inside of my mouth and left my mouth with a slightly dry feeling.

Taste: This amber ale started off with a balanced caramel malt and a moderate bitter hop taste that remained constant from start to finish. The brew had a moderate body and the bitterness lasted a bit after the taste was gone. I couldn't detect any off flavors in this beer.

Overall: Ska's Pinstripe Red was satisfying in that the malts and hops were well balanced. As a Summer brew it seemed a bit heavier than other selections for the season. I might suggest drinking this in the Spring or Fall for best enjoyment. This beer won't kick the pants off of you and you could probably drink 2 of these without any problem. While this beer met all my expectations, it was simply a standard kind of Amber ale and most people would enjoy. This beer wasn't designed to surprise or overwhelm, but rather simply to satisfy the need for a decent beer, and that's what it is. It won't get big high ratings or scores, but you can sure drink several of them and walk away happy.

Disclosure: I found this beer in a variety 12-pack at my local store. It was on sale for $13.99 for the entire 12-pack. I drank this beer a few days past it "Best By" date.

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Colorado Beer News 083112

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Trail Mix Day. This nation seems to be endured with naming special days after food and today is no different. Trail mix was designed to give people on the go a bit of an energy boost. End August today with a bit of a boost and perhaps wash it all down with a cool refreshing pint of craft beer to start your long holiday weekend. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, August 31st, 2012.

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Colorado Mountain Brewery (Colorado Springs) - The second brewing facility will finally be opening for Colorado Mountain Brewery at the Roundhouse at 600 South 21st Street in Colorado Springs on September 7th. CMB will occupy a 120 year old building that's been rennovated a few times. The new brewery / restaurant will offer wood-oven pizzas and other entrees as well as a full line of beers from it's 5-barrel system. There will be up to 30 tap handles available at their bar. Check out a full review with pictures from the CS Indy news.

American Craft Beer Radio (102.3 FM Denver) - Don't forget, their weekly radio show goes on at 2pm tomorrow instead of the usual time. Gary V and company will be back in studio. Tomorrow's Co-host is Kevin Delange from Dry Dock Brewing Company, and Gary will be joined by James and Zach from Lucky Pie. Also joining them will be avid home brewer and lead vocalist for the band Lost Caravan, Lindsay Meredith and beer writer for the North Denver Tribune, home brewer and certified beer judge Patrick Dawson will be in to talk about his new book. It all starts at 2pm Saturday on 102.3 FM ESPN.

Black Bottle Brewery (Fort Collins) - Progress is being made in getting Fort Collins' newest brewery opened. This week, Sean Nook and company are working on their patio, which will hold up to 50 people, the sub-floor down to the brewing area which will be ready for their tanks in about 2 weeks, and also the bar itself which will be huge and come fully surrounded with bar stools once ready. Get thirsty, because more great beer will soon be tapped at the SW corner of College and Prospect in FoCo. Check out their Facebook page for pictures of the brewery construction.

Rockyard Brewing Company (Castle Rock) - This week's Deviation is the EisCavator! It's their 2010 Excavator Doppel Bock that's been iced to create a strong, malty, yet smooth amber lager. Powerful at 14%abv. Silver Medal 2012 CO State Fair. Don't miss it. Also, Wondering when their next beer dinner will be? They're planning it now! Look for a menu, date and time early next week.

Breckenridge Brewery (Denver) - Hey Skaters! The TS Board Shop (Thrifty Stick) is planning a Parking Lot Party with a skate ramp & mini park featuring the TS skate team. There will be pizza from Fired Up Wood Fired Creations & Libations and plenty of beer tapping from Breckenridge Brewery. Lots of live music on hand from 6 different bands. It all happens on Saturday, September 8th from 12pm til it ends. The TS Board Shop party is located at 135 S. Broadway in Denver, CO.

Arvada Beer Company (Arvada) - The countdown to their 100,000th customer is on! Whoever becomes their 100,000th customer will receive a growler fill of each beer they release for 1 year. Plus the chance to brew with Dennis, Cary or Kelly, your choice. Get in there, and often to be able to win. They are so close to 100,000, they can taste it. It could be any day now. Located at 5600 Olde Wadsworth Blvd in Arvada, CO.

Parrys Pizza Tap TakeoverParry's Pizza (Highlands Ranch) will be hosting their second Oskar Blues Tap Takeover of the year coming up real soon on September 15th, 11am - 11pm. Here is the list of the 16 fine beers that will be tapped on that glorious day: Nitro Gknight, Nitro Chub, Nitro Dales Pale Ale, Chaka, Homeskillet, Legends India Brown, Dave’s Pale Ale, Barrel Aged Chub, Barrel Aged Ten Fidy, Barrel Aged Gubna, Red Wine Barrel Aged Gknight, Chardonnay Wine Barrel Aged Mama's Lil Yella Pils, Mama's Lil Yella Pils, Deviant Dale’s, Gubna, and Ten Fidy. A taste for just about everyone. Don't miss it! Located at: 9567 S. University Blvd - Highlands Ranch, CO.

Renegade Brewing Company (Denver) - Do you want to get it in the can? Now you can! You'll find their Ryeteous Rye and other beers (kegs) at the following locations: Argonaut Wine & Liquor, Tipsy's Liquor World, Masterpiece Delicatessen, Wallaby's Liquor Warehouse and more! Over 32 locations and growing.

The Mayor of Old Town (Fort Collins) - The owners talked a couple of kitchen folk and a few servers into coming in early this Saturday morning to serve up some pre-Tour De Fat breakfast/beers and bloodies. So, it's official, they are opening at 8:00am this Saturday! Wear your Tour de Fat gear and wake up at the Mayor's.

Avery Brewing Company (Boulder) - Today's Friday tapping is a special one indeed. At 5pm, Avery will unveil Lizzie Lee's Riverside Ale, a slightly sweet hazy golden 4.8% abv Belgian with estery notes of banana and spice. This easy-drinking brew not only makes a perfect end to August, but more importantly, was brewed by their beloved brewer Riley for his very own wedding this weekend!

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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 Friday, August 31st, 2012. More news being added to this page throughout the day til 3:00pm MDT. If you missed it, read Part One.

Bonfire Brewing (Eagle) - "Gentlemen, Start Your Beards." The "Man of The Cliff" event in Red Cliff, CO is a bit over a month away, and so is their beer of the same name. Man of the Cliff, a Czech-style Pilsner, is coming to you soon, exclusively leading up to and during the event. Look for in in late September in 12oz cans and also on tap.

Pateros Creek Brewing Company (Ft. Collins) - Announcing Stevetoberfest 2012! On Saturday, September 22nd from 12pm to 9pm at the brewery - Pateros Creek will host their annual Stevetoberfest featuring live music from 5 local bands, two great food vendors and lots of beer - plus the release of Stevetoberfest 2012 beer! It will be a blast just like last year in the parking lot of Pateros Creek. New this year: Posters, T-shirts, and ALL people of age name Steve (and its derivatives lincluding Stphanie) get their first beer Free! This event coincides with FORToberfest in downtown Fort Collins that same weekend.

New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins) - In the aftermath of the local wildfires this summer, the Poudre River water has been tainted with ash and soot causing the water to take on a smokey flavor. New Belgium is being affected by this and has had to resort to using reserve water supplies. However, they are being asked to soon stop using that reserve leaving them with the possibility of smokey flavored water in the beer. Denver's 9News did a story about this on their news last night. Check out the video here.

Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) - Ever wonder if the world is running out of unique names for brewers to call their beer? Get a load of this name, Twisted Pine will soon release a beer called - Lupuliopheliac Fresh Hop Pale Ale. This will be their October Artisan Ale Project beer. Look for it come the start of October in 750ml black glass bottles.

Beer School at the Rackhouse PubRackhouse Pub (Denver) - Has anyone told you that you could use some additional education? How about some Liquid Education - beer school that is and during the week of GABF, October 9-12, 2012 you can get schooled at The Rackhouse Pub in Denver. During the week of the Great American Beer Festival, the Rackhouse Pub wants to educate you as much as they can. That’s why they’re bringing you Liquid Education, 4 days of beer school at the Rackhouse Pub from October 9-12, 2012. They’ve lined up some heavy hitters in the beer industry to school you in many areas of brewing, and drinking. All events are ticketed, capped at 60 participants, and are held at the Rackhouse Pub at 208 South Kalamath Street, Denver, Colorado, 80223. October 9th - Sensory Training 101 with Gwen Gonley, Lost Abbey. October 10th - Yeast 101 with Ro Guenzel of Left Hand Brewing and Neva Parker of White Labs. October 11th - Hops 101 - with Kevin DeLange of Dry Dock Brewing and Justin Livengood of Brewers Supply Group. And October 12th - Sours 101 with Andy Parker of Avery Brewing, Troy Casey of AC Golden and Chad Yakobsen of Crooked Stave. More info here.

Bull & Bush Pub & Brewery (Denver) - As of 5pm yesterday, the beer started flowing once again at the Bull & Bush Brewery. While the kitchen is still getting it's face lift, the power is on and the new floors are in, so come on by for a beverage and a snack from some of Denver's best food trucks. They will also be resuming their 41 beers in 41 days starting today. Check the website for the updated schedule. Oktoberfest in Colorado (Annual List) - The harvests are coming in, the weather is starting to cool, and towns and communities in Colorado are planning their Oktoberfests! The first celebrations have already begun and the 2012 Colorado Oktoberfest page has compiled a list of over 30 communities in the Centennial state that have Oktoberfest or harvest festivals planned. Check it out and visit one of more of these activites. Festivals run from late August through early October.

Colorado Brewery Music ListingsLive 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 Colorado Brewery Music Listings and see who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar near you. 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, August 30, 2012

Twisted Pine releases Big Sticke Double Alt

Twisted Pine Big Sticke Double Alt
TPBC’s September Artisan Ale pays tribute to the classic German seasonal

[PRESS RELEASE] Boulder, Colorado – August 30th 2012 – Twisted Pine Brewing Company has embraced and utilized this year’s monthly Artisan Ale Project by crafting an array of bold beauties such as Canis Lupulus (an Imperial Black IPA), Sacred Spice Chai Porter, West Bound Braggot (silver medal winner at this year’s Colorado State Fair), Black Swan (a black saison), and Wagon Wheel Stout (aged on cherries over a year in bourbon barrels). September finds the brewers once again flexing their flexibility as they present the Big Sticke (pronounced “Schtick-uh”).

The style known as Sticke Altbier originated and is still brewed seasonally in small quantities in Düsseldorf. The story goes that Sticke (meaning “secret” in the regional German dialect) began as a brewer’s mistake batch, likely the result of extra malted grains accidentally finding their way into the mash. This fortuitously stronger version of the local Altbier was tasted and relished and soon gained the admiration of the townspeople. The ‘secret’ recipe passed in whispers through the ears of several neighboring brewers and a tradition was born. A few breweries from the region, such as Uerige and Schumacher, continue to release their Stickebiers biannually, once towards the end of Summer and again in the wintertime.

Twisted Pine’s homage to the seasonal style is colored somewhere between crimson and copper under an enticing almond head. Subdued sweetness with a dash of black pepper aroma drift from glass to nose, revealing the Vienna malt which comprises the majority of the recipe’s grain bill along with the Saaz hops steeped in the beer after fermentation. Big Sticke hits the tongue with a rush of smooth, malty goodness rounded off by crisp, savory notes provided by the German hops, Magnum and Perle. The flavor is balanced with finesse and despite weighing in at 7.1% ABV and 71 IBU, is extremely gentle on the palate.

The label for Big Sticke features a piece by local artist Jennifer Mosquera, entitled “Fall Acrylic on Wood Panel”. Jennifer’s artwork will be on display throughout the taproom during the release party, which runs from noon to 9pm on Saturday September 1st, and she will be on hand to personally sign bottles. The artwork will remain on the walls for the rest of the month and the beer, in 750ml bottles and on draft, will be available at Twisted Pine’s ale house while supplies last. In addition, a few select local accounts will have bottles and draft of the very limited Big Sticke. For more information about the brewery and its Artisan Ale Project, visit www.twistedpinebrewing.com.


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Vine Street Pub to host 2nd annual Block Party September 15

[PRESS RELEASE]
Who: Vine Street Pub, flagship brewery for Mountain Sun Pubs and Breweries, will host this year’s event in collaboration with leading Colorado breweries (www.mountainsunpub.com).

What: The Uptown Block Party and Second Annual Brewer’s Olympics, a free community event featuring the “best beer garden” on the Front Range. (Beer sold for $5 a pint). Featuring live music from Keith Mosley of String Cheese Incident with Scott Law & Friends. Participating breweries include: Mountain Sun, Breckenridge, Upslope, Wynkoop, Boulder Beer, Twisted Pine, Avery Brewing, Great Divide, Odell, Oskar Blues and Renegade. Food provided by Vine Street Pub.

Where: Vine Street between 17th and 18th Avenue will be blocked off for this pedestrian-only event.

When: September 15th, 2012 from 1:00 pm – last pour at 9:00 pm.
· 1:00 – First beers poured, food served.

· 1:00 – Brewers’ Olympics starts.

· 5:00 – Award ceremony.

· 5:30- 7:00 – Keith Moseley, Scott Law, Friends.

· 7:30- 9:00 – Keith Moseley, Scott Law, Friends.

· 9:00 – Last beer poured.

Brewers’ Olympics Awards Ceremony, presented by guest presenter TBA.

Why: Come celebrate Denver’s Uptown Neighborhood with an ode to great beer, food and music. Join the fun and watch as Denver’s 10 top craft breweries face-off in the Second Annual Brewer’s Olympics. The brewers’ excellence in beer-making will not prepare them for the raucous events that make up the Brewer’s Olympics: Look for tricycle races, blind-folded grain stacking relay, moving keg obstacle course, and beer transfer competition (no tools or vessels allowed!), as brewers fight for the gold medal. All proceeds from the event benefit New Era Colorado.

For further information please contact Cassidy Tawse-Garcia at Cassidy@freshideasgroup.com or (303)913-8897.

Vine Street's Uptown Block Party
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Colorado Beer News 083012

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Frankenstein Day. This day celebrates the birth of Mary Shelly, the author of the Frankenstein novel. Today, the word Frankenstein is practically a pop icon during the Fall season when people's attention turns to Halloween. So lift your stein today to Franknstein! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, August 30th, 2012.

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Gravity Brewing (Louisville) - While their official Grand Opening won't be until Saturday, September 8th, Gravity Brewing will be open today through Sunday for some early tasting sessions during their soft opening weekends. Thurs: 6-9pm, Friday: 4-10pm, Saturday: 2-10pm, Sunday: 2-8pm. Gravity Brewing is located at 1150 Pine Street, Unit B, in Louisville, CO. Gravity plans to have Double IPAs, Belgians, and even a Russian Imperial Stout by their grand opening. Stop in and say hello to co-founders John Frazee, Julius Hummer and Ryan Bowers. For more info on this brewery, check out the article from the Boulder Daily Camera.

Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery (Boulder) - Now on tap - Addiction! This 9.5% ABV Coffee Imperial Stout uses a proprietary coffee blend by Conscious Coffee. Huge coffee and malt with flavors of chocolate, dark fruit, and caramel; deep dark and layered. Stop in to try a pint this weekend!

Eddyline Brewing Company (Buena Vista) - It's the pumpkin harvest season and despite it still being over 90 degrees in Colorado all week, Eddyline has been busy brewing up a batch of their Pumpkin Patch Pale Ale. Look for this brew to be on tap in the next couple of weeks.

Bristol Brewing Company (Colorado Springs) - Join the fun at their Shack It Up Party today from 6-8pm! They'll be celebrating the The B-52's at Springs Orleans (alley patio) with Beehive specials, B-52 drinks and giveaways including a chance to win tickets to the show, a meet-and-greet with the band and autographed swag! Come in costume (Love Shack-style or in your best Beehive) and you'll be guaranteed a prize!

Big Beaver Brewing Company (Loveland) - Don't forget this weekend is Buy 1 Get 1 Growler Fills! Rules and Regulations: there are none. They will fill any brewery's growler! If you only want to fill one growler, they will give you a voucher to use in the future. This offer is good this Friday, Saturday, Sunday 2-8pm August 31st - September 2nd.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Guess who's coming to dinner? Chaulkboard Gourmet Express will be at the Taproom this evening. Billy is always cookin' up something great to enjoy with one of their Great Beers. Finish it all off with a Java Bites Espresso Cookie for dessert. Have you tried the Big Bad Wolf yet? It's a big imperial version of their Little Red Cap ale. Now available.

Dry Dock Brewing Company (Aurora) - Grats to Dry Dock for being named the Denver A-List Best Brewpub for 2012! Also, today marks the day that Dry Dock begins construction on their new production facility out on Tower Road. This means that more Dry Dock brews will soon be heading your way.

Denver A-List Top 5 Brewpubs 2012 (Denver area) - Rounding out the top 5 - Arvada Beer Company, Great Divide Brewing Company, Wynkoop Brewing Company and Parry's Pizza (Parry's doesn't brew beer however). Grats to all these winners for being voted for by their fans.

Denver A-List Top 5 Best Beer Selection (Denver area) - The voting results are also in for the Top 5 Best Beer Selection 2012 in the Denver area. #1st place goes to Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe, 2nd - Yard House - Lakewood, 3rd - Falling Rock Tap House, 4th - Hops & Pie - Denver, 5th - Ale House at Amato's - Highland.

Equinox Brewing (Fort Collins) - Today's special firkin is Sunrise Golden Ale with fresh peaches from Happy Heart Farm. You can almost feel the juice running down your arm with every sip. Tapping at noon.

Michael Jackson (Beer Writer) - Today marks the 5th anniversary of the passing of the well known beer writer Michael Jackson. He died this day on August 30th 2007. He is still missed by the international beer community. If you're out hoisting a pint today - give his memory a toast today.

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Colorado Beer News 083012 continued

Colorado Beer News part 2Welcome to Page Two of today's Colorado Beer News. With so much news going on these days it often needs a second page. Here's more of what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, August 27th, 2012. More news being added to this page throughout the day til 3:00pm MDT. If you missed it, read Part One.

Sour Beer Day (September 8th) - There is an effort underway to designate the 2nd Saturday of September - Sour Beer Day. A day to commemorate sour ales and the stuff that makes them including: Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus and Pediococcus. This day is not a contest, not a debate, just an excuse to celebrate Sour Beer. Join the Facebook page or email: sourbeerday@gmail.com for more info. Also use hashtag #SourBeerDay on Twitter.

Pateros Creek Brewing Company (Fort Collins) - Today's Outlaw: A very special treat. The winner of the people's choice award at the ft.collin's peach fest "Piche Him'e". A peach/almond porter. This will be the grand finale of the August dessert beer's. It tapped at 11am today!

Left Hand Brewing Company (Longmont) - Join in this Friday at Left Hand Brewing for the inaugural tapping of their 2012 Pro Am beer: Java Lava, a Vietnamese coffee stout! Have your first sip along with a first glimpse at their film on the Pro Am journey! See you in Longmont.

Trinity Brewing Company (Colorado Springs) - For all you Eco-Region Foodies out there !!! Trinity just decided that the Date of their 6 course Harvest Saison dinner will be held on Sunday Nov. 4th, with seating at 8pm. All food will be sourced within 100 miles of the pub and Saison is their favorite style to brew! Be certain to sign up quick when they release the menu and tickets next week! Their last beer dinner sold out in 3 hours!

Hops & Pie (Denver) - On Friday, September 7th at 6pm, stop in to Hops & Pie on Tennyson for a special firkin featuring Oskar Blues. Tim Matthews, firkin Master, is blending equal parts of G'Knight, Deviants Dale's and Dale's Pale Ale - conditioned in a cask and dry hopped with Simcoe hops. This results in a tasty 7.6% ABV 80 IBU hop wonder. Mark your calendars to attend a week from Friday.

2013 Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines (Vail) - Tickets for the 2013 festival set for January 10-12, 2013 at Vail Cascade Resort & Spa go on sale this Saturday, September 1st at 10am MDT! This event tends to sell out very quickly, so prepare and get your tickets early. Tickets for the tasting and seminars are as low as $55 and go all the way up to $500 for the full VIP experience. Find out more at: www.bigbeersfestival.com.

New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins) - When their new Shift Pale Lager debuted in the Spring, this brew was only available was in 16oz cans. Now, according to a new label approval released this week, Shift Pale Lager appears to be headed to 12oz cans as well. No word yet on if/when the smaller 12oz cans will be made available.

New Label Approvals (Colorado) - The TTB just accepted three new label approvals for Colorado breweries including two keg-only approvals for Avery Brewing Company: Avery 3Point5 Session Pale Ale and Avery Lizzie Lee's Riverside Belgian Ale. Also, Dry Dock Brewing Company had a label approved for their Dry Dock Hop Abomination IPA in 12oz cans. Look for word coming soon on availability for these new beers.


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Vine Street Pub & Brewery (Denver) - Vine Street Pub is throwing the Second Annual Uptown Block Party and Brewer’s Olympics, on September 15th, 2012 at 1pm (music starts at 5:30pm); a free community event featuring live music from Keith Mosley of String Cheese Incident with Scott Law & Friends. “The best beer garden in the Front Range” will feature beer from Mountain Sun, Breckenridge, Upslope, Wynkoop, Boulder Beer, Twisted Pine, Avery Brewing, Great Divide, Odell, Oskar Blues and Renegade breweries, available for $5 a pint. Among other brews, Mountain Sun will pour the ‘Number One,’ a Belgian ale that is the first beer to be brewed at the new Vine Street Brewery. Watch as Denver’s 10 top craft breweries face-off in the Second Annual Brewer’s Olympics. The brewers’ excellence in beer-making will not prepare them for the raucous events that make up the Brewer’s Olympics. (Check out this video from last year’s event, for a hint of what to expect.)

Oktoberfest in Colorado (Annual List) - The harvests are coming in, the weather is starting to cool, and towns and communities in Colorado are planning their Oktoberfests! The first celebrations have already begun and the 2012 Colorado Oktoberfest page has compiled a list of over 30 communities in the Centennial state that have Oktoberfest or harvest festivals planned. Check it out and visit one of more of these activites. Festivals run from late August through early October.

Colorado Brewery Music ListingsLive 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 Colorado Brewery Music Listings and see who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar near you. 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, August 29, 2012

Ska begins new seasonal stout releases in September

Ska Autumnal Mole StoutSka Brewing Kicks Off Seasonal Stout Program With Autumnal Mole Stout

[PRESS RELEASE] DURANGO, COLO., (Aug. 29, 2012) — Ska Brewing’s Seasonal Stout program—featuring a different canned stout released near the equinox or solstice of each of the four seasons—kicks off September 22nd with the series’ first release: Autumnal Mole Stout.

The Autumnal Mole Stout is an ale brewed with cocoa nibs, spices and three varieties of chile peppers: Mulato, Ancho and Hatch green chiles, (also known as Anaheim Peppers.)

An important source of inspiration for the Autumnal Mole Stout is Ska Brewing’s location in the high desert of Southern Colorado, not far from the New Mexico border. “Mexican, New Mexican, Southwestern—that’s just the way we eat here,” said Ska President and co-founder Dave Thibodeau. “Around this time of year, chile roasters show up at the farmers market and grocery store parking lots and you can smell fresh-roasted chiles all over town. Given our Steel Toe (Milk) Stout’s 2011 GABF Gold and 2012 World Beer Cup Gold medals, we thought this new program should showcase our stouts. The balance between the milk stout sweetness and the chile spice and flavor seemed like a perfect combination for autumn.”

The packaging for the Autumnal Mole Stout (picture below) features a black, 12-oz. can, with Ska’s comic book-inspired take on the Mayan snake-god Kukulkan. The beer’s release will be celebrated on the Equinox at Ska Brewing World HQ in Durango, but according to Thibodeau “all the points on the celestial sphere should align, creating a national celebration on that most scientifically important day. At least in our nine markets.”

Ska will release three more new, canned seasonal stouts this year, with releases coming in December of this year, then in March and June of 2013, when—assuming the 12/21/12 calamity howlers are wrong— the cycle will begin again.

Ska Brewing CompanyAbout Ska Brewing

Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and now produces over a dozen award-winning beers including the Pinstripe Red Ale, True Blonde Ale and Steel Toe Stout. Four Ska beers are now widely available in cans: ESB Special Ale, True Blonde, Modus Hoperandi IPA and the winter seasonal Euphoria Pale Ale. For information, music and a good time, visit www.skabrewing.com. Find out what “calamity howlers” are, chat us up and get the latest news at facebook.com/skabrew and twitter.com/skabrewing.

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- Ska Modus Hoperandi review.
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- Left Hand Milk Stout review.

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West Flanders Brewing Company to open Sept. 24

West Flanders Brewing CompanyBrewpub to open in old BJ's location in Boulder

Successful restaurateurs and iconic brewmaster create THE place for beer and food in Boulder

[PRESS RELEASE] Boulder, Colo. (August 29, 2012) — West Flanders Brewing Company (WFBC) will open in the old BJ’s Pizza location on the Pearl Street Mall on Monday, Sept. 24. The owners are restaurant veterans Mark and Chris Heinritz who have owned The Sink in Boulder since 1992, and were founders of the Redfish New Orleans Brewhouse, which was tremendously popular in Boulder in the mid-to-late 90s, and whose beer and food-centric menu was one of the first of its kind. Mark and Chris are joined by longtime restaurateur Barry Wolfman who will be the operating partner.

They are also joined by award-winning brewmaster Brian Lutz, previous brewmaster at Left Hand Brewing Company, Redfish and Oskar Blues. Lutz is known for his audacious beers with creative flavor profiles, and for being instrumental in helping Oskar Blues become the first craft brewery to can their beer (Dale’s Pale Ale).

West Flanders will be the fulfillment of decades of dreaming and planning to build a brewpub that celebrates both community and beer. “When we heard that BJ’s would be vacated, it reignited all the unfulfilled dreams from the Redfish days,” said Mark Heinritz. “It’s the perfect second act, but in a better location - and with the addition of decades of collective experience.”

“The world’s beer drinkers have also been evolving since that first batch of Angry Monk I made,” says Lutz. “Now the craft beer community is finally ready for beers with complex flavor that are as dynamic as they are intriguing. Make sure your seat belt is buckled, because we are about to go on one hell of a ride!”

Jamie Lucas was a natural choice as executive chef. He had an innate understanding of how to pair food with beer to create entirely new flavor combinations. Together Lutz and chef Lucas have created a never before seen beer-centric menu that will surprise and delight beer and food lovers alike.

West Flanders Brewing Company will be open 7 days a week, from 11 am–1 am, serving lunch, dinner, and late night snacks. For more information visit http://wfbrews.com.

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West Flanders Brewing Company is a brewpub where the traditions of Old World brewing are married with New World passion. Located on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder at 1125 Pearl Street, West Flanders is open 7 days a week, from 11 am–1 am, serving lunch, dinner, and late night snacks. For more information, visit http://wfbrews.com or call the brewpub at 303.447.2739. For interviews with the owners, or the brewmaster Brian Lutz, call Kuvy Ax, PR, at 720.329.7327.

Fermentedly Challenged's note: If you want to get a sneak peek, there will be a Soft Opening Party on Saturday, September 22nd. Tickets to this party are $20 per person and include: an entree, appetizer or salad, and 2 West Flanders beers or 1 specialty cocktail. Reserve your spot by emailing: beer@wfbrews.com or call (303) 447-2739 between 1-4pm starting September 1st, 2012.

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Colorado Beer News 082912

Colorado Beer NewsToday is According to Hoyle Day. Get carded (so to speak). Edmund Hoyle is the man who is credited with inventing the modern day 52-card playing deck back in the mid-1700s. His rules for card games became a standard. So the next time you're playing cards - give a toast to Mr. Hoyle. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, August 29th, 2012.

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Copper Kettle Brewing Company (Denver) - The brewery recently completed an expansion and for those who'd like to check it out, come to their upcoming Beer & Cheese Pairing on Thursday, September 13th at 7pm. Cost is $20 per person. They will be hosting the event in their new space. Details here.

Hop Harvest (Colorado) - Yes, it's the middle of the hop harvest season and many of Colorado hop yards have been busy picking and drying out this years hop crop. Niwot Hops and High Hops recently held their harvest with the help of many volunteers. Look for many of these hops to be included in several "wet hop" beers soon to debut on tap at a brewery near you.

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - It's a tap takeover! New Belgium will be taking over the majority of the taps at Patricks on Tuesday, September 18th around 7pm. Come meet the New Belgium rep and try one of 7 or more different New Belgium beers including: Tart Lychee, Red Hoptober, Cocoa Mole, Super India Pale Ale as well as Abbey, Trippel and Shift. Located in the heart of downtown Greeley - 907 8th Avenue.

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Grats to all the brewer teams who participated in the recent 2012 Northern Colorado Brewers Olympics at FCB last weekend. Big Beaver Brewing took GOLD, Pateros Creek Brewing took SILVER and Funkwerks took BRONZE. Check out the fun picture gallery on the FCB Facebook page. Also, the brewery has recently released 1020 Amber. This year's batch was aged in oak whiskey barrels from Dancing Pines distillery in Loveland.

Fall Festival of Beers (Mt. Crested Butte) - Mark your calendars! On Saturday, September 8th head down to Crested Butte for a day filled with Chili and Beer. Breweries from all over will be on hand with their finest brews to take the heat off the chili prepared by Crested Butte locals. In addition to beer & chili tasting, attendees will be able to enjoy live music while taking in the beautiful backdrop of Mt. Crested Butte. The Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce expects to bring well over 1,000 beer enthusiasts to the festival. Tickets are $25 per person. More details here.

New Belgium - Elysian Trip Series Imperial Fresh Hop IPANew Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins) - New Belgium is once again collaborating with Elysian Brewing to produce another in their Trip series of beers. This time, they plan to release "Trip Series Imperial Fresh Hop IPA", an IPA brewed with Orange peel. No word yet on when this beer will be released. The label is shown here.

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - Their "goddess" of IPA is returning! Today marks the return of their duganA (Hindi for double or twofold) India Pale Ale. This double IPA is chock full of resiny Chinook hop goodness. It's on tap in the Avery Tap Room and will soon be on retailer shelves for another season.

Pateros Creek Brewing Company (Fort Collins) - The next beer in their "Bag The Peaks" series is being released this Friday, August 31st - Mt. Bierstadt is a Black IPA and comes loaded with Apollo and Cascade hops and a blend of roasted, chocolate and crystal malts. This beer will be pouring at The Mayor of Old Town in Fort Collins this Friday between 6pm and 8pm. Stop in and try this featured ale.

Upslope Brewing (Boulder) - Yesterday Upslope tapped their Dunkelweizen in the tap room. Their dark wheat beer is brewed with Special B and de-husked Carafa Specialty II malts, and then hopped with Hallertau. They combined these ingredients to produce a dark, complex beer with a sweet, nutty aroma. This Dunkelweizen has a roasted, caramelized and chocolaty taste with hints of banana, nutmeg and other spices. Upslope Brewing won a bronze medal in the 2009 Great American Beer Festival with this brew in the German Wheat Beer Category. Stop by and try one.

Beer Festivals Coming This Weekend - There's a long Labor Day weekend ahead. Looking for a festival to attend? Check these out:
- Smokin' Brew BBQ - Aug. 31 - Sept 2 - Parker Station lot - Parker, CO.
- Frisco Oktoberfest - Aug. 31 - Sept. 2 - Adventure Park - Frisco, CO.
- Beaver Creek Oktoberfest - Sept. 1-2 - Beaver Creek, CO.
- Boulder Brew Festival - Sept. 1 - Boulder Theater - Boulder, CO.
- New Belgium Tour de Fat - Sept. 1 - Downtown area - Ft. Collins, CO.
- Leftapalooza - Sept. 1 - Left Hand Brewing Co - Longmont, CO.
Details on these events can be found in the Calendar.

Yak & Yeti (Arvada) - Did you know that Happy Hour lasts from 11am to 6am every day at Yak & Yeti? That's when you'll get $1.50 off all their beers, wells and house wines. They will be tapping their Peach Wheat today at 4pm - this one won't last long so get some asap!

Grimm Brothers Big Bad WolfGrimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Today is the day that Grimm Bros releases Big Bad Wolf - an imperial version of their Little Red Cap. This release will be both on tap and in 22oz bomber bottles. Bottles will be available at the brewery today at 4pm - limit 2 cases per person and sell for $11 a bottle. Yup, it's big and bold just like the big bad wolf.

Black Shirt Brewing (Denver) - Could an opening be far behind? Today BSB released a short 2:45 minute video showing some of the work that's going on behind the scenes getting their brewery ready for opening. If you can't see the video below, watch it on YouTube.


Oktoberfest in Colorado (Annual List) - The harvests are coming in, the weather is starting to cool, and towns and communities in Colorado are planning their Oktoberfests! The first celebrations have already begun and the 2012 Colorado Oktoberfest page has compiled a list of over 30 communities in the Centennial state that have Oktoberfest or harvest festivals planned. Check it out and visit one of more of these activites. Festivals run from late August through early October.

Colorado Brewery Music ListingsLive 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 Colorado Brewery Music Listings and see who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar near you. 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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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Colorado Beer News 082812

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Radio Commercial Day. It was on this fateful day back in 1922 when the first radio commercial was broadcast. Back then, this commercial was 10 minutes long and cost a whopping $100. Luckily, commercials today don't typically last anywhere near 10 minutes (thank goodness), yet we are bombarded with them all the time. After all, nothing good for free can come without sponsorships. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, August 28th, 2012.

Colorado Beer News is continually updated during the day (10am to 3pm) with new stories as they break from newsletters, emails and social media sites, so stop back here often for all the latest. If you'd like to subscribe to this daily by email, sign-up here.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Oktoberfest season is coming and Grimm Brothers wants to throw a special celebration of their own. Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 29th at their taproom in Loveland. Several bands will be playing that day including The Stubby Shillelaghs. Grimm Brothers has also ordered custom Grimm steins and will make them available during Oktoberfest for $30 each which will include two fills. Don't forget also - tomorrow, August 29th marks the debut of Big Bad Wolf, a Sticke Alt Ale in 22oz bomber bottles and on tap at the brewery. Limit 2 cases per person. Plus, if you purchase any size Master Thief or Grandfather Grimm beer you'll get free Javabites cookies to try.

Clockwork Brewing Company (Aurora) - There's been a name change for one of the upcoming breweries. Clockwork Brewing Company (formerly TwinHops Brewing) will be headed up by Scott and Brad Burton. Their former Facebook, website and Twitter accounts will all be replaced with the new Clockwork Brewing Co name. They needed to change the name from TwinHops Brewing to avoid taking legal action to use the name. The spirit of their old business lives on and they plan to soon share their passion for beer with all of you.

Crystal Springs Brewing (Boulder) - Lots happening at Crystal Springs Brewing. First, an expansion is in the works. They are looking for a new place to grow and additional investors to help make that happen as business is good. Second, their Black Saddle PBA Stout won two medals - gold for Wood Aged Beer and the John Hanley Memorial Award for Best of Class Wood Aged Beer at the Colorado State Fair. That beer has been in the works for almost 2 years and will be released next week. They'll also release Doc's Porter by next week. They are also going to put their South Ridge Amber in cans by late October. Look for a special rum-related release in November. Look for their brews soon to come to Estes Park. Find their beer also at the Steamboat Oktoberwest on September 22nd.

Upslope Brewing Company (Boulder) - Today on Twitter, Upslope posted a picture of their upcoming Limited Release series beer - Pumpkin Ale. This beer is being packaged in a limited run of 16oz cans and should be available very soon wherever Upslope beer is sold.

Colorado Craft Beer Show (AM 760) - Join the Gubna this Saturday at noon at Freshcraft for their 2nd anniversary party! There will be some special beers and a day full of BBQ. Or if you are in the 4 corners area join Turk at Ska Brewing. It will be a special split remote as Ska is also preparing for their 17th anniversary!

Freshcraft (Denver) - Speaking of their 2nd Anniversary Party - on Saturday, September 1st from 11am til close Freshcraft will throw a party featuring firkins and several other special tappings throughout the day. In addition to their regular menu, they will offer up some great BBQ all day. Check out their Facebook page for details on this event.

Gravity Brewing (Louisville) - By popular demand, they brewed their Imperial Stout this last weekend. Followed by a Belgian Abbey/Dubbel. Both should be ready for their grand opening on 9/8/12. They want to thank everyone that came in this past weekend.

Ska Brewing Company (Durango) - If you are in Durango September 8 from 4:00pm to 9:00pm stop by Ska Brewing World Headquarters for their 17th Anniversary party. Reel Big Fish will be jammin' and so will some guest beers from Ouray Brewery. This event sold out last year, so get your tickets early. Tickets are available at Ska Brewing and Southwest Sound in Durango, and online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/246806.

Pateros Creek Brewing (Fort Collins) - Today in the taproom - Pateros Creek will be tapping their Pro-Am beer - Beardless Baltic Porter at 6:30pm. Come meet Nate Boot who's recipe this beer originated from and enjoy this special dark brew.

Arvada Beer Company (Arvada) will be throwing a GABF Release Party on Wednesday, September 19th from 5pm to 9pm. All 9 of their GABF entries will be on tap. The cost is $20 per person, buy tickets now, $25 at the door, includes a taster of all 9 beers they are entering as well as 1 pint of your favorite beer. Also they will have meats and cheeses from Olde Town's own Woodburn Deli. Buy your tickets now. Limited to the first 100 people.

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Colorado Beer NewsWelcome to Page Two of today's Colorado Beer News. With so much news going on these days it often needs a second page. Here's more of what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, August 28th, 2012. More news being added to this page throughout the day til 3:00pm MDT. If you missed it, read Part One.

Save The Ales (Denver) - ALERT: Global warming may ruin one of Colorado's most treasured natural resources - BEER! Why? Because hops, one of beer's most important ingredients, is extremely sensitive to climate change- causing higher prices on materials, scarce crop levels, and other adverse effects. Join Colorado Conservation Voters Education Fund and Colorado Environmental Coalition for a fun-filled evening with delicious beer and appetizers to help protect Colorado's land, air, water, and people. Participating breweries: Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Great Divide Brewing Co., Breckenridge Brewery, Oskar Blues Brewery, New Belgium Brewing, Wynkoop Brewing Company, Del Norte Brewing Co., Strange Brewing Company, Estes Park Brewery, Copper Kettle Brewing Company, Rock Bottom Brewery, Colorado Cider Company, and many more! Join them on Tuesday, September 18th at 6:00pm at Casselman's Bar & Venue at 2620 Walnut Street, Denver. $35/person for unlimited tastings! This event is open to those 21 and over. To purchase tickets visit www.ourcolorado.org/ales or call Travis Leiker at 303.605.3481. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

The Cheeky Monk (Denver) - Ladies - here is a beer event just for you. Thanks the Saints! A beer event for women with Ginger Johnson. To be held on Tuesday, October 9th from 7pm to 9pm at the Cheeky Monk - 534 E. Colfax Avenue in Denver, CO. Cost is $25 per person. Join in for a fun time talking about Belgian beers and specifically st. Hildegard of Bingen's role in Belgian beers. Plus a tasting of some of their favorite Belgian brews. Get tickets at: www.thecheekymonk.com/tickets.

San Luis Valley Brewing Company (Alamosa) - For the Brewery, Labor Day Weekend marks the transition from summer to fall, and they are excited to turn that corner with fun and festivity. Here's what on tap: TODAY! Tuesday, Aug. 28th: Stop in after 5pm for $2.50 Pints of their new release "ELEGANCE", 427 IPA. They brewed this India Pale Ale to celebrate the 2012 Early Iron Best of Show ('Elegance' 427 Corvette), and to welcome the Rodders to town this weekend. They are proud to announce the completion of a 9KW Solar Array on their building that is now providing clean energy for the food and brews they produce. Come on by, have a solar supported brew, and take home a limited edition bottle of 'Elegance IPA'.

Freshcraft (Denver) - More news from Freshcraft. Tomorrow, August 29th at 7pm stop in to try some impressive barrel aged beers from Elevation Beer Co. They'll be pouring two different versions of their Signal De Botrange Belgian Ale - one aged in Chardonnay barrels and the other aged in Cabernet barrels. Freshcraft will also be pouring a version of their 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 surprise or two!

Odell Brewing Company (Fort Collins) - Recently, Odell Brewing took 1800 pounds of Palisade peaches including Red Haven and JH Hale varieties, pureed them and put them into a brew based on a 7.4% ABV pilsner malt recipe and came up with Haven and Hale Peach Ale. There's literally almost a complete peach in every growler's worth of this beer. According to Odell Brewing: "you can almost taste the skin with every sip". Look for this brew on tap only at the brewery and select locations. Also look for The Meddler - Oud Bruin Ale in 750ml bottles coming soon to stores.

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - Broomfield's new brewery is giving away 2 tickets to the Great American Beer Festival for the Friday, October 12th session. To enter, find them on Facebook, Like them and read the instructions on the WIN TICKETS event and follow them. 2nd place is Beer for a Year, and 3rd place is One Free Growler Fill. Winners will be announced via email on September 19th.

Rumored New Brewery Names(Colorado) - The Brewers Association keeps a list of new planned breweries and the following names came up as being in the planning stages in Colorado.
- Alien Farms - Westminster, CO.
- Mountain Toad Brewing - 900 Washington Ave. Golden, CO.
- Pachamama Brewing Company - Arvada, CO.
- The Kettle and The Stone - 6880 Winchester Circle Unit F - Boulder, CO.
- X-Mormon Ale Works - Denver, CO.
If you've heard of any of these and can confirm please post a comment to this page.

Oktoberfest in Colorado (Annual List) - The harvests are coming in, the weather is starting to cool, and towns and communities in Colorado are planning their Oktoberfests! The first celebrations have already begun and the 2012 Colorado Oktoberfest page has compiled a list of over 30 communities in the Centennial state that have Oktoberfest or harvest festivals planned. Check it out and visit one of more of these activites. Festivals run from late August through early October.

Colorado Brewery Music ListingsLive 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 Colorado Brewery Music Listings and see who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar near you. 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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Monday, August 27, 2012

Lost Caravan offers fans chance at GABF tickets

Lindsay Meredith of Lost Caravan[PRESS RELEASE] August 24, 2012 – Denver, CO – After the fastest sellout in the Great American Beer Festival’s 31-year history, Coloradans and beer lovers everywhere are scrambling for tickets for this popular event. In minutes, all 49,000 tickets to this premier beer festival were snatched up, leaving many beer lovers empty-handed. While locals might adopt the, “better luck next year” approach, many travelers planning vacations around the event, weren’t so lucky.

Websites such as Stubhub and Craigslist have a handful of tickets for sale, but with prices averaging around $250,versus $65 face value, it puts a financial stain on just about everyone. But, where there is demand, supply will inevitably arise and this is no exception. Local radio station, KBCO, and beer-centric website craftbeer.com are both offering up a chance at winning tickets for fans that “like” their Facebook page.

However, one of the more creative opportunities comes from the local gypsy rock band, Lost Caravan. They’ll be raffling of one pair of GABF tickets to a lucky fan in just a few weeks. To enter, all you have to do is simply visit their website, www.lostcaravan.net, or sign up at one of their upcoming shows.

The idea for the ticket giveaway came from lead singer, Lindsay Meredith. After buying tickets for a group of friends she ended up with two extra. Rather than resell them online, she decided to use the opportunity to show her appreciation to her fans, and possibly pick up a few more. “Yeah, I’m putting it out on our Facebook page and Twitter feed and so far the response from our fans has been great. I’m really hoping though that this will introduce our band to people who haven’t heard of us yet,” says Meredith.

The Lost Caravan plays what Meredith has coined, Gypsy Rock. “It’s a blend of pop rock and gypsy jazz,“ Meredith explained, “It’s got a catchy beat, is unique, and gets people on the floor”. Landing regular shows in the Front Range, and with a growing online and live fan base, the band has high hopes of putting this new musical style on the map. Their next gig is slated for Labor Day weekend at the Boulder Brew Fest which should give many Colorado beer lover’s an easy opportunity to sign up for a chance to win.

Fermentedly Challenge's note: While this blog is not associated with this giveaway, please be sure to visit the band's web page to read all of the rules behind their contest before entering. Void where prohibited.

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- Colorado Brewery & Festival Music Listings.
- GABF articles on Fermentedly Challenged.

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Colorado Beer News 082712

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Global Forgivemess Day. It's a day where we recognize everyone's need to forgive and be forgiven. Holding a grudge over someone? Forgive them. Did something wrong to someone else? Ask for their forgiveness day. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, August 27th, 2012.

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Dry Dock Brewing Company (Aurora) - This popular brewery in Aurora brought home some bling from the Colorado State Fair this weekend. They won 4 medals including: Gold for Hefeweizen, Silver for Apricot Blonde, and Bronze for both the Irish Red and the HMS Victory Amber! Grats to Dry Dock!

Rock Bottom (Colorado Springs) - More results from the Colorado State Fair. Rock Bottom took home 3 medals in the Craft Beer Competition. Bronze for both their Rail Slide and Warning Sign Strikes Back, and a gold for their Fire Chief. Congrats!

Echo Brewing Company (Frederick) - The Colorado State Fair medal winners keep rolling in. Echo Brewing won Gold for their Munich Helles and a Silver for their Irish Red. Not bad for their first couple of months of operation. Echo Brewing has also built a nice deck for all their customers to enjoy. Stop by and try a brew and take it outside to soak up some sun.

CAUTION Brewing Company (Denver) - The crew at CAUTION took home the bronze in the Specialty Category for their Lao Wang Lager at the Colorado State Fair. Grats!

Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Come join in on Saturday, September 22nd, to celebrate the first day of Oktoberfest at Great Storm Brewing. They'll have live music by local bluesman BJ Estares from 6-9 pm, and starting at 11 am they'll be offering new beers: Our fall seasonal, Red Oktober, a mashup between traditional German and Irish styles, with a Russian name; Lightningstorm Wheat Wine, a very high gravity beer made from mainly white wheat with a citrusy punch from Citra hops, Ralphie's Red Rye, a fall ale with a crisp rye and caraway zing to chase of creeping marauders; and some other surprises. See you there!

Strange Brewing Company (Denver) - Two medals were earned at the Colorado State Fair from Strange Brewing including a Silver in the Herb & Spice beer category for their Z.O.R.A Rosemary Pale, and a Gold once again for their Cherry Kriek. Cheers!

Funkwerks (Fort Collins) - It must be September... Next weekend will be the last weekend the Funkwerks taproom stays open til 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. After Labor Day we will be changing our hours to the following: Sunday-Thursday: 12pm-8pm; Friday-Saturday: 12pm-9pm; Again, this change will begin the weekend after Labor Day, September 8th and September 9th.

Bootstrap Brewing (Niwot) - They may have only been opened for a very short time, but already Bootstrap Brewing is starting to win awards. During the Colorado State Fair Foam Fest, Bootstrap took Gold in the Light Hybrid category for their 1956 Golden Ale. Grats on this award!

Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) - After they started winning medals a couple years ago, the medals just keep pouring in for Crabtree Brewing. During Foam Fest at the Colorado State Fair, Crabtree Brewing took home 3 medals: a Bronze for their Menage a Trois (braggot), a Bronze for their Oatmeal Stout, and a Silver for their Berliner Weisse. All three of these beers had previously earned awards in other competitions and re-enforces their brand as being among the very best. Grats.

Great American Beer Festival (Denver) - In order to clear space for 110 additional breweries in the festival this year, the awards ceremony will be held in the Wells Fargeo Theatre on the 1st floor of the Colorado Convention Center at 10:30am. This two hour ceremony will NOT be open to festival goers, but rather the brewers, judges, media, sponsors and festival staff only. This will allow attendees more time to sample the award winners during the Saturday afternoon members-only tasting session. The ceremony will be streamed live on The Brewing Network.

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Colorado Beer NewsWelcome to Page Two of today's Colorado Beer News. With so much news going on these days it often needs a second page. Here's more of what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, August 27th, 2012. More news being added to this page throughout the day til 3:00pm MDT. If you missed it, read Part One.

GABF Week Events (Denver) - As the Great American Beer Festival quickly approaches (October 11-13, 2012), more and more related events are being announced. From the Oskar Blues GABF Ordeal, the Avery Midnight Breakfast at Euclid Hall, the Alpha King Challenge at Rock Bottom Denver, the Denver Rare Beer Tasting at the Wynkoop, to the Cigar City special tappings at Star Bar, Freshcraft and Falling Rock Tap House. The list is starting to grow. The Brewers Association is keeping a list on their calendar as will Fermentedly Challenged. Stay tuned for more events as they are announced.

Cigar City Brewing (Florida) - A GABF favorite brewery will temporarily distribute a select number of their beer to Denver during the GABF and give Colorado attendees several opportunities to try some of these hard to get beers. Cigar City Brewery will be hosting tastings at three separate venues during the GABF. They will be at Star Bar the afternoon of October 10th, FreshCraft from 3pm - 5pm on October 11th, and at Falling Rock Tap House from 2pm - 5pm on October 12th. They will be pouring Jai Alai IPA and Maduro Brown along with some surprise selections. More details as they become available.

Wit's End Brewing Company (Denver) - Another first time medal winner! Wit's End gathered two medals at Foam Fest during the Colorado State Fair for their Wilford (Belgian Oatmeal IPA) and Jean-Claude Van Blond - both Bronze medal winners. Grats!

Crystal Springs Brewing (Boulder) - This small Boulder brewer won two medals also at the Colorado State Fair this weekend for their Port Barrel Aged Black Saddle (a gold) and also the John Hanley Memorial Award. Big kudos to Crystal Springs!

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - They may not be open yet, but already they are brewing up beer for their opening in a few weeks. Wild Woods is busy brewing their Honey Nut Blonde today - made with local wildflower honey and toasted almonds. That and several other flagship beers will be ready for you on opening day in September. They will be located at: 5460 Conestoga Court in Boulder, CO.

Colorado State Fair (Pueblo) - Now that the winners are starting to be announced, we found the entire list of medal and award winners in a handy formatted document for the 2012 Colorado State Fair Craft Beer Awards. To view the list of winners visit the Colorado State Fair official document. The biggest winner was Rockyard Brewing with 7 medals and an honorable mention. Best in Show was awarded to Pikes Peak Brewing Company for their "Brits Are Back" brown ale.

Homebrew Auction (Boulder) - Hop Barley and the Alers, Boulder's homebrew club, will be hosting their annual club auction Tuesday August 28 at 7PM (Boulder Masonic Lodge) Stop and check out their silent auction featuring lots of great swag for homebrewers and beer drinkers alike! Food and beer will be served too.

The Fort Collins Brewery (Fort Collins) - Late last week, FCB got in a lot of hop vines from a local farm in Fort Collins and they are going brew with them immediately. It will be the first time they have made a wet hop beer and it is a unique experience! These will be used for their 4th Incredible Hop Series release October 1st!

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Won't be long now. This Wednesday, August 29th at 4pm at the brewery tap room they will be releasing their Big Bad Wolf - Sticke Alt Ale for the first time. It's also available in 22oz bomber bottles for you to take home as well. Stop in to try it and take some bottles home with you.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - Thanks to all who voted, Oskar Blues will have a featured craft beer on Frontier Airlines during the entire month of October. If you're flying Frontier during that month and get thirsty ask for a can of Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale. Fuh-Can-Eh at 35,000 feet!

Oktoberfest in Colorado (Annual List) - The harvests are coming in, the weather is starting to cool, and towns and communities in Colorado are planning their Oktoberfests! The first celebrations have already begun and the 2012 Colorado Oktoberfest page has compiled a list of over 30 communities in the Centennial state that have Oktoberfest or harvest festivals planned. Check it out and visit one of more of these activites. Festivals run from late August through early October.

Colorado Brewery Music ListingsLive 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 Colorado Brewery Music Listings and see who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar near you. 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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