Friday, September 28, 2012

Elevation Prostator Smoked Doppelbock review

Elevation Beer Co Prostator Smoked DoppelbockA name like Prostator may not sound appealing, but a portion of the proceeds from this beer go to help Pints for Prostates, an organization that is an advocate for men to get regular prostate exams and potentially save their lives. So in a sense, drinking beer may help save someone you know down the road. Despite the name, Elevation Beer Company's Prostator Smoked Doppelbock is a beer that comes from a fairly new Colorado brewery that is already making a big name for itself in brewing beer. So when they offered me a bottle to review, how could I pass that up?

Prostator was brewed in the Summer of 2012 and is packaged in 750ml bottles and on draft and targeted for release around the 2012 Great American Beer Festival (GABF). The beer's label lists all of it's ingredients which homebrewers will appreciate should they wish to try to duplicate this beer. They even list food pairing suggestions as well. This beer was designed in the tradition of the smoked beers of Bamberg, Germany and is Elevation's first lager beer.

This smoked lager weighs in at 7.5% ABV and has around 24 IBUs. The brew is bittered with Northern Brewer and Tettnanger hops. Leave it to the Feds to insist that Elevation state on their label: "Provides no medical benefit to the Prostate". So while sales may help fight prostate cancer, it won't do it by drinking it.

Appearance: Prostator poured out dark, a dark reddish brown color similar to a cola that quickly built up a thick, foamy tan head. When I opened the corked bottle there was just a light pop and it seemed too have just enough carbonation in it to be fresh. Held up to the light, I could just barely see through the entire beer. The beer was just dark enough not to see through everything, yet it seemed like it had good clarity. The beer maintained a small ring of bubbles around the glass throughout the entire tasting session.

Aroma: Smoke! Ah yes, you can't help but notice the rich smokey malt aroma. I picked up a hint of caramel sweetness between the smoke and a bit of spiciness as well. It had a very full scent (for a lack of a better word), meaning that with every sniff I picked up a full spectrum. The smoke was very inviting, somewhat reminding me of a smoked porter and smoked meats only less roasty and more sweet. If you're a fan of smoked beers then this one should grab your attention right away.

Taste: There was an underlying base of caramel malt that first hit me with each sip. The smoke in the aroma and the beer stayed with me throughout the entire taste. There was no harshness at all, rather smooth yet with a nice bitterness that didn't change or linger too long. It definitely had the character of an Alaskan Smoked Porter, but without being a porter. The bottle stated that it was beechwood smoke, but it was almost like a birch. No aftertaste. The beer hit me all at once up front and maintained throughout. I loved how the flavor kept coming out more and more as it warmed up. Definitely don't drink this too cold or you'll miss out on some of the flavor.

Overall: For a smoked beer, Elevation Prostator was a good example of it's style. I think I like this Doppelbock a bit better than one without smoke. Sometimes smoked beers can be to much, but this one definitely found a good balance with all the malts, hops and aromatics. I think Elevation Beer got it right the first time with this beer. Who knows, this type of beer just may age well too under the right conditions. I'd like to compare a 2012 bottle next year with a 2013 should they keep making this.

I'll be interested to hear what others think of this. Many of you attending the Denver Rare Beer event at the Wynkoop this year will get a chance to try this as well.

Disclosure: I was given this bottle via a free shipment directly from Elevation Beer Company in Poncha Springs, CO for me to write about and give my opinion. I was not paid to do any endorsement of this beer.

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Colorado Beer News 092812

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Ask A Stupid Question Day. This "holiday" was created by teachers back in the 1960s to encourage students to ask more questions in the classroom. Sometimes even a stupid question is better than not asking a question at all. It's also reportedly National Drink Beer Day! Isn't every day National Drink Beer Day? (See, ask a stupid question!) Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, September 28th, 2012.

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Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - New releases keep coming at Grimm Brothers. They have a Barrel Aged Wee Heavy release planned for Saturday, October 6th at their taproom. Grimm Barrel Aged Wee Heavy is a malty strong brown ale that has been aged for 6 months in bourbon barrels. It's classified in the Scottish Strong Ale style. This beer features a strong malt flavor and aroma blended with the sweet vanilla oaky flavors from the bourbon barrels and just enough hop bitterness to balance out the finish. The brew weighs in at a hefty 9% ABV so be prepared! Also, Grimm Brothers is planning to release a Dunkelweisen in the next week or so.

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Hey Boulder! If you head over to Alfalfa's Market (liquor store) today from 4-6, if you buy a 6-pack of Bristol beer you'll get a 7th bottle free. Look for Brady, he'll be there with tastings of Beehive Honey Wheat, Mass Transit, Red Rocket, and Laughing Lab. Alfalfa's is located at 1651 Broadway in Boulder, CO.

Prost Brewing Co (Denver) - ‎"Follow that Cart" will be on hand for the Oktoberfest celebration today at Prost Brewing Company. A Maß or two of Märzen bier would go great with their delicious sandwiches. Also, The Rhinelanders will also be there today playing live music from 5-8 p.m. Come check out their Alpenhorn. PROST!

Hops & Pie (Denver) - A week from today on October 5th at 6:00pm, Hops & Pie will be tapping a special 1st Friday firkin of Dry Dock Brewing's Whiskey Oaked Wee Heavy Strong Scotch Ale. This is a rare treat not to be missed. It's big and bold just like a Scotsman and weighs in at 9.5% ABV and 30 IBUs. This firkin will not last long so get there early to get a taste. Then stop back on Saturday, October 7th starting at 2pm for their Littlest Big Beer Fest. This month they will be featuring the beers of Great Divide Brewing Company. Six different beers including some vintage 2008 Old Ruffian, 2010 Hibernation Ale, Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, Grand Cru, Altbier, and Fresh Hop Ale. Don't miss it! Located at 3920 Tennyson Street in Denver, CO.

Trinity Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - For those of you who missed out on their first batch of Emma's Pumpkin Saison, fear not! Their second batch of Emma's is being released tonight in their taproom! Both in draught and in bottles. Don't miss it the second time around. Also, tonight their Houdini Hopper - Simcoe Fresh Hopped Ale is being released at 5pm.

All Colorado Beer Festival (Colorado Springs) - One of Colorado's biggest Colorado only beer fests and one of the few fests in November now has tickets on sale. It's the 6th annual All Colorado Beer Festival. Breweries are already starting to sign up including Paradox Beer Company. The fest is scheduled for Saturday November 3rd. Two different sessions at the Colorado Springs Expo Center. Details at: www.allcoloradobeerfestival.com.

Hop Tips - Attention hop growers. Now that the harvest is over be sure to leave the bines any where from 2-4 ft and feed the plants some slow release fertilizer. This will give you a great head start for next year. If you live somewhere where the weather gets really cold and dry like here, mulching with plain old straw helps keeps the roots moist and warm. If you bought from High Hops Brew Shop in the first years of their sales you should have some mature plants and should be able to harvest rhizomes this upcoming spring! This tip brought to you by High Hops, Hop Farm and Brew Shop in Windsor, CO.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - If you head to Daveco Liquor in Thornton today for their Oskar Blues tasting from 4pm to 6pm, if you buy some Oskar Blues beer during their special they will give you some extra Oskar Blues beer Free! Stock up for the weekend ahead.

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - Boulder's newest brewery now has another new beer on tap today - Honey Nut Blonde, made with Colorado wildflower honey and toasted almonds. It joins the 6 other flagship beers also on tap. Stop in for a taste if you've yet to discover this new nanobrewery. Located at: 5460 Conestoga Court in Boulder, CO.

The Colorado Affair (Denver) - The Beer for Brains Foundation will be hosting the 2nd annual beer festival The Colorado Affair at the Ghost Plate and Tap in Denver, CO on Friday, October 12th from 9pm to midnight. This event is co-sponsored by Breckenridge Brewery and Wynkoop Brewing Company and will feature not only beer but also some light appetizers. Beers include: Breckenridge Well Built ESB, Breckenridge Barrel Aged Christmas Ale, Breckenridge Porter's Pride (meant only for GABF winners), Ska Brewing Hoperation Ivy, Colorado Cider Grasshop-ah (a hopped cider), and Elevation Beer's Apis IV. They will also have barrel aged specialties from over a dozen other breweries. The cost is $50/pp and limited to about 70 people. Check out http://www.thebeerforbrainsfoundation.org/ for details.

New Belgium (Fort Collins) - New labels and beer names just got approval for three new New Belgium beers. We can look forward to these beers in the coming weeks: New Belgium Biere de Peach Barrel Ale, New Belgium Prickly Pear Passion Barrel Ale, and New Belgium Dunkel Apple Barrel Ale. No other details were available.

Fireman's Brew (California) - Fireman’s Brew, a Los Angeles-based craft beer company founded by two firefighters, announced that it has secured a distribution agreement with Republic National Distributing Company to distribute its award-winning beers throughout the state of Colorado. Fireman's Brew is now available at numerous on-premise and off-premise locations serviced by Republic National Distributing. Through the agreement, Republic National Distributing Company will distribute Fireman’s Brew signature beers in 12 ounce bottle six-packs, twelve-pack samplers and kegs including: Fireman's Brew: Blonde (Pilsner), Fireman's Brew: Brunette (Dopplebock), and Fireman's Brew: Redhead (Amber ale). More info at: www.firemansbrew.com.

Twisted Pine Brewing Co (Boulder) - The work is finally done! The curtain that's been hiding their new expansion is coming down tonight at 6:00pm! There's still a bit of work left to be done but they didn't want to wait to show it off to everyone. Lot's more room for enjoying Twisted Pine beers!

Colorado Beer News from earlier this week:
Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday

Oktoberfest in Colorado (Annual List) - The harvests are coming in, the weather is starting to cool, and towns and communities in Colorado are celebrating Oktoberfest! The 2012 Colorado Oktoberfest page has compiled a list of over 30+ communities in the Centennial state that have Oktoberfest or Harvest festivals planned. Festivals run through early October.

Beer Dinners & Pairings - Looking for something special to eat? How about a Beer Dinner or Pairing event? Check out the new Colorado Beer Dinner and Pairing Events listing.

Colorado Brewery Music ListingsLive Music at CO Breweries - Beer and music go great together and many of your Colorado breweries and top watering holes offer up live entertainment on a regular basis. Check the Colorado Brewery Music Listings and see who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar near you. Most places have no cover charge. Updated daily.

Beer Fest CalendarBeer Festival 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 daily.

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Lyons Fork hosts 3rd Annual Beer Re-Union

Lyons Fork Beer ReunionBeer Festival to Benefit the Family of Kellner Schoenke

[PRESS RELEASE] Lyons, CO - Lyons Fork will host the 3rd Annual Beer Re-Union and Brewery Invitational on Wednesday, 10/10 from 4-9pm. An evening of live music and world-class beer donated by 10+ breweries. The event is a fundraiser to benefit the family of Kellner Schoenke.

Lyons Fork (restaurant) will host the 3rd Annual Beer Re-Union and Brewery Invitational on Wednesday, October 10th from 4-9pm at 450 Main Street in Lyons, Colorado. The event is a fundraiser to benefit the family of Kellner Schoenke. Cost is $20 per person and includes all beer and music. Donations will be gratefully accepted.

The original Beer Re-Union in Lyons was a spontaneous gathering of a group of friends who had lost one of their own to a tragic motorcycle accident. Like many congregations of this sort, folks just needed folks to lean on. It was right around Denver's Great American Beer Festival time and some brewer friends showed up with amazing beer. We laughed and cried, told stories and all came away thankful that we had each other and thankful for the time that we had with our friend Kellner.

Kellner was a true original, a modern renaissance man. He was a family man who adored his wife and two small kids. His passions included travel, food, wine and great beer. Kellner was a trained sommelier; he loved to cook and was forever in search of the best this life had to offer. Kellner was also a loyal friend who always took the high road and would never leave a friend high and dry; he just always seemed to showed up. His cheerful, positive nature and unwavering friendship made him unique, a man’s man and so much more.

Inspired by Kellner’s life, the Beer Re-Union will again be a celebration of the good life and great friends. We’ll grease the wheels with some of the best beers and music this area has to offer. Participating breweries this year include Avery, City Star, Boot Strap, Upslope, Oskar Blues, Stone, Ska and Victory with a few surprises we don’t want to let out of the bag just yet. Music will be provided by some of the best local talent from the musically talent-rich Lyons area: Los Fear of Shrimp, featuring Ash Ganley and Terry Kishiyama.

Visit http://lyonsfork.com for restaurant information and additional event details.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

New Planet partners with Find Me Gluten Free in an App

New Planet BeerThe Search for Gluten-Free Beer is Over, Thanks to a Partnership Between Find Me Gluten Free and New Planet Beer Company

BOULDER, Colo - Finding the great taste of the nation’s fastest-rising, popular gluten-free beer just got a lot easier thanks to Find Me Gluten Free, the most downloaded gluten-free restaurant and business finder app for iPhone and Android. Starting immediately, Find Me Gluten Free has chosen New Planet as its one and only featured beer. FMGF lists most of the restaurants and natural food locations in the 40 states where New Planet gluten-free beer is available.

“Just because someone is gluten-free, doesn’t mean they have to sacrifice the great taste of beer,” said Pedro Gonzalez owner and founder of Boulder-based New Planet Beer Company. “But, for those seeking a gluten-free beer, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly where it’s available. Now, by simply downloading the free Find Me Gluten Free app, beer lovers can easily find New Planet.”

With the two organizations sharing similar core values and planets in their logos, the partnership is a natural marriage in the gluten free world. New Planet Beer is the only gluten-free beer found on Find Me Gluten Free. “New Planet is one of the nation’s most widely available and popular gluten-free beers and our app is for people all across the United States,” said Darin Alpert, COO of Find Me Gluten Free. “New Planet is one of the best-tasting gluten-free beers we’ve ever tried. It’s something we felt great about recommending to our very discriminating users.”

About New Planet Beer Company
New Planet is based in Boulder, Colo., and was founded by Pedro Gonzalez who was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2003. Always a craft-beer lover, Gonzalez could not find a gluten-free brand with great taste, so he began his quest to make a great-tasting gluten-free craft beer that everyone could enjoy.

Today, New Planet Beer is available in 40 states with plans to expand to more. New Planet offers three styles of beer in 4-packs of 12-ounce bottles: Tread Lightly Ale, Off Grid Pale Ale and 3R Raspberry Ale. www.newplanetbeer.com

About Find Me Gluten Free
Find Me Gluten Free is the most downloaded gluten-free restaurant, business and product finder website and app for iPhone and Android. Both were created to provide a solution to those with Celiac Disease or a gluten-intolerance, as well as for friends, family or anyone consistently influenced by a gluten-free eater. The app offers the ease of finding gluten-free friendly restaurants, products and businesses, while connecting all users with safe dining options throughout the United States and Canada. Find Me Gluten Free provides a solution not only for the gluten-free community, but the friends, family, co-workers, etc. who dine with gluten-free consumers. http://www.findmeglutenfree.com.

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Colorado Beer News 092712

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Crush A Can Day. No matter how you prefer to do it: against your forehead, alone with one hand, or stomping it by foot - when you're done with that can of beer simply CRUSH IT! Then be sure to recycle it when you're done. It's also the last Colorado Rockies Home Game today. With 2012 being a year to forget we'll just have to start looking forward to 2013. The good news? After today - more parking room for brewery fans! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, September 27th, 2012.

Colorado Beer News is published daily (Monday through Friday) with craft beer stories as they break from newsletters, emails and social media sites. Stop back here often for all the latest. This news is intended for audiences of legal drinking age (21+). If you'd like to subscribe to this daily by email, sign-up here. Please, always drink responsibly and use a designated driver.

Vine Street Pub & Brewery (Denver) - FREE BEER ALERT! According to their Facebook page, if you stop by Vine Street Pub today BEFORE 4:00pm and mention that you saw their Facebook post via the Mountain Sun page - they might just buy you a beer. The post tells you that Vine Street is open for lunch today and had a long list of fresh beers on tap.

Denver Beer Crawl (Denver) - During Denver Beer Fest October 5th - 13th, there will be 12 locations spread throughout the Denver area that are participating in the 1st Annual Denver beer Crawl. These spots include: Highland Tap & Burger -Ale House at Amato's -Ernie's Bar & Pizza -cheeky monk -Breckenridge Brewery -Denver Beer Co - Euclid Hall - Freshcraft - Great Divide Brewing Co. - Rockbottom Restaurant & Brewery - Vine Street Pub & Brewery - Wynkoop Brewing Co. Each featuring different - and spectacular - Colorado beers all week. From the tried-and-true to the truly unique, the Denver Beer Crawl has something for every taste! Check out the details on Denver.org.

The Mayor of Old Town (Fort Collins) - Hey iPhone users! The Mayor is releasing a new beer app just in time for GABF week. On October 8th you'll be able to download their new app that shows in real time what's on tap at The Mayor along with a full description of the beer and links to the brewery. Don't fret Android users, they are going to work on a version for you right after that. Check out the video on their Facebook page.

Odell Brewing Co (Fort Collins) - Odell Brewing got together with The Silver Grill and came up with a very unique collaboration beer. On Tuesday, October 2nd from 4-6pm, stop in and try their Cinnsation Ale. The Silver Grill is known for their awesome colossal cinnamon rolls. Odell helped them put the essence of that into a beer. The result is a sweet cinnamon flavored beer. You can pair that with an actual cinnamon roll at the release party on the 2nd. Try it - you'll be pleasantly surprised.

BeerAdvocate GABF Pub Crawls (Colorado) - Used to be that BeerAdvocate would just hang around Denver for their beer crawls, now they head all over the front range. They are planning beer crawls daily from Sunday, October 7th through Saturday, October 13th. Sunday night they will be up in the mountains around Summit County, Monday is their Fort Collins / Loveland swing, Tuesday is the 2nd half of their Fort Collins jaunt, then Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday they will be hanging out around Denver. Check out the complete schedule on their website.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Well that didn't take long! Despite having licensing issues that temporarily shut down live draft sales at their new tap room, Crooked Stave is once again open and pouring beers. They've now got new tap menus posted and invite everyone to stop on down. As one fan put it: "Chad fought the law and ... Chad won!".  What's still missing is a manufacturing license, so they won't be able to make any more beer until that comes (in about 2 months). In the meantime, they have enough beer i stock to last the two months.

Live Brewery Music Tonight (Colorado) - If you're wanting to listen to live music while you sip on a craft beer tonight - you might wish to head to one of the following breweries or tap rooms. Here's what's playing tonight.
- Acoustic/Vocal Open Mic Night - Mayor of Old Town - Ft.Collins - 7:00pm - 11:30pm.
- Liam & Marcy (80s + pop) - Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - Loveland - 5:30pm - 7:30pm.
- Eric Anderson - City Star Brewing - Berthoud - 6:00pm.
- Brandon Snipes - Home Made Liquids & Solids - Longmont - 5:30pm - 8:30pm.
- Bonnie Raitt tribute w/Megan Burtt - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew - Lyons - 8pm - 11:30pm.
- Miss Tess and the Talkbacks - Dolores River Brewery - Dolores - 8:00pm.
- Marcy Stonecipher - Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - Loveland - 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - The GABF is two weeks away and Left Hand Brewing is participating in a ton of special events from October 8th through the 12th. Check out their poster: "A Left Handed Guide To the GABF" below or visit their blog page for more info. (Click image to enlarge)
Left Hand 2012 GABF Guide

Asher Brewing Co (Boulder) - Tonight come hungry, Ablaze will be at the brewery this afternoon. Delicious pizza to go with our tasty brews! Also, if you haven't tried it already they have a fantastically fresh new offering on tap, the Green Dream Fresh Hopped Pale Ale is here! Located at: 4699 Nautilus Court, Suite 104 in Boulder, CO.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - It's an FAC at Grimm Brothers. They're starting something new. They'll be opening at Noon on Fridays for lunch and afternoon fun. Chaulkboard Gourmet Express will be providing the food with a delicious Bacon Cheeseburger special for $5 and you'll get a dollar off on pints from Noon 'til 3:00. Come on in and start your weekend off a bit early. Then don't forget to come back on Saturday for their Oktoberfest celebration and the release of The Farmer's Daughter (Oktoberfest beer).

Weekend Beer Fests and Events (Colorado) - It's the last weekend of September and here's what's happening around Colorado that you should take note of:
- Butterflies and Beer - Sept. 27 - Butterfly Pavilion - Westminster, CO - 6-8pm.
- Hop Nouveau Day - Sept. 29 - Nationwide celebration - 12pm - 4pm.
- Boulder Beer 33rd Anniversary Beer Rave - Sept. 29 - Boulder Beer Co - Boulder, CO - 2pm.

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - The CS Indy is reporting this week that Bristol Brewing was approached by SSP America to open up a new Bristol Taproom at the Colorado Springs Airport. The previous occupant was the Gordon Beirsch bar which never really "took off". The new taproom will look similar in feel to their downtown tasting room and will have up to 10 taps. Look for this to be opening sometime around the holiday season this year.

Black Bottle Brewery (Fort Collins) - Five 7 barrel fermenters and a couple new brite tanks were installed this week at the upcoming Black Bottle Brewery at the corner of Prospect and College Avenue in Fort Collins this week. Construction of the new brewpub is coming along. Owner Sean Nooks hopes to start brewing within the next 2 weeks and hopefully open by Halloween. Their 40-tap handles will hold 5 of their own beers as well as a few dozen other craft beers from other breweries at the open. A full bar and small plate items will also be available once they open.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - Sometimes the graphic says it all. Check out the image below to view all of the Oskar Blues related activities for GABF week. So many! (Click to enlarge)
Oskar Blues 2012 GABF Events

Colorado Beer News from earlier this week:
Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday

Oktoberfest in Colorado (Annual List) - The harvests are coming in, the weather is starting to cool, and towns and communities in Colorado are celebrating Oktoberfest! The 2012 Colorado Oktoberfest page has compiled a list of over 30+ communities in the Centennial state that have Oktoberfest or Harvest festivals planned. Festivals run through early October.

Beer Dinners & Pairings - Looking for something special to eat? How about a Beer Dinner or Pairing event? Check out the new Colorado Beer Dinner and Pairing Events listing.

Colorado Brewery Music ListingsLive Music at CO Breweries - Beer and music go great together and many of your Colorado breweries and top watering holes offer up live entertainment on a regular basis. Check the Colorado Brewery Music Listings and see who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar near you. Most places have no cover charge. Updated daily.

Beer Fest CalendarBeer Festival 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 daily.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Colorado Beer News 092612

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Johnny Appleseed Day, named for Jonathan Chapman (1774 - 1845) who introduced apple trees to large parts of the Midwest US. And what a better day to toast the man with a drink of your favorite apple beverage - hard cider, apple ales and more. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, September 26th, 2012.

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Crystal Springs Brewing (Boulder) - More and more people are discovering the great beer that Crystal Springs is putting out. They went through two full kegs at the Steamboat Springs OktoberWest fest last weekend. This weekend, they will be pouring a special brew at the 33rd Annual Boulder Beer Rave. Taste their latest rare offering called DRUM - a rum barrel aged porter. Also, the brewery is getting closer to having a new home where they can brew more beer and have a tasting room. Stay tuned for updates on that.

Mountain Madness Brewing Company (Durango) - This brewery in the making in Durango is seeking an experienced professional brewer to help create, run, and grow their small brew operation. They are seeking a brewer who is looking for a long-term position with unlimited growth potential while fulfilling their passion for brewing. Mountain Madness been in business for a year as a pub and are now ready to take the next step building their brewery. They are looking for a dedicated professional with a long-term outlook and the possibility of investment and ownership. If interested please send email to info[at]mountainmadnessbrewing.com.

Choice City Butcher & Deli (Fort Collins) - Stop by the deli tonight around 5:00pm. They will be tapping a firkin of dry hopped Dales Pale Ale. Located at: 104 W. Olive in Ft. Collins, CO. They've also got 37 specialty beers on tap.

Hops and Pie Birthday FestivalHops & Pie (Denver) - Don't forget that this Saturday, September 29th starting at noon Hops & Pie will be celebrating their Birthday with a festival of Avery Beer Awesomeness. Over 16 different Avery Brewing beers will be tapped including some rare and vintage brews. Hops & Pie will be giving away a Firestone Walker IV Anniversary bomber, a pair of GABF tickets for the Thursday nite session, 2 Beer Club memberships, Glassware, T-Shirts, Gift Certificates and more. It's their birthday but YOU get all the presents. Located at: 3920 Tennyson Street in Denver, CO. (Click image for details)

Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery (Boulder) - Do yo like Stouts and Porters? It's dark beer season and Mountain Sun has a variety of them on tap today including: Oatimus Prime Imperial Oatmeal Stout, Oatlord Oatmeal Stout, Trickster Stout, Belgo-Java American-Belgo Coffee Porter, Nitro Old School Stout, and Java Porter. That plus over a dozen more styles on tap.

Beer Fact (Colorado) - On this day back in 1933 (79 years ago), Colorado ratified the 21st amendment repealing prohibition! Cheers to that!

Dillon Dam Brewery (Dillon) - Come up to Dillon on Wednesday, October 5th from 5-8pm for a special Benefit Party for Miracle House (www.miracle-house.org). Admission is $15 and includes one complimentary beverage, and a food buffet. There will also be a silent auction to benefit Miracle House International Children's Homes.

Oskar Blues Party TicketOskar Blues (Longmont) - Here's your ticket. Print off this image and you'll get into a special Launch & GABF After Party at the Blake Street Tavern (2301 Blake Street) on Thursday, October 11th at 9:30pm. Oskar Blues will be doing a special launch of one of their favorite beers in a new package. Listen to live music by Halden Wofford & The Hi Beams. There will be big giveaways and some big badass brews available. Also limited transportation will be provided from the GABF to the Party from 9-11pm just outside the convention center. Don't forget - to get in you must print the ticket or show it on your phone! (Click to enlarge)

The Mayor of Old Town (Ft. Collins) - Thursday night is Acoustic/Vocal Open Mic Night. Steve Ertle and some friends will be guest artists this week and take the stage at 8pm. Sign up starts at 6pm and start at 7pm. Listen in and try one of their 100 beers on tap.

Black Shirt Brewing (Denver) - One of Denver's newest breweries is throwing another party! This time in their back yard and they are pouring a wet-hopped Red Ale that was made with Voss Farms Colorado Centennial and Willamette hops. These hops came off the bine in the morning and were in the beer by the afternoon! The wet hop party runs on Saturday, September 29th from 5-8pm. Located at 3719 Walnut Street in Denver, CO.

Steamworks Firkin FridaySteamworks Brewing Co (Durango) - Next Firkin Friday happens on October 5th at 3pm - "Jim and Ginger". Fresh minced ginger and a Jim Beam (bourbon) soaked oak spiral has been added to the base blend of Lizard Head Red Ale and apple cider. The result should taste like it’s been oak-aged, and be a spicy twist on the typical hard cider. Get $1 Draws and $2 tankers.

Oktoberfest in Colorado (Annual List) - The harvests are coming in, the weather is starting to cool, and towns and communities in Colorado are celebrating Oktoberfest! The 2012 Colorado Oktoberfest page has compiled a list of over 30+ communities in the Centennial state that have Oktoberfest or harvest festivals planned. Festivals run from late August through early October.

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Welcome to Page 2 of today's Colorado Beer News. Here's more of what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, September 26th, 2012. More news being added to this page throughout the day til 3:00pm MDT.

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - This Friday at 5pm, Avery will tap Old Jubilation at their Tap Room! They're celebrating the return of their winter seasonal (yes already) with a Tacky Sweaty Sweater contest - This year, the sweater that gets the best crowd cheer takes home a case of Old Jubilation!

World Brewers Forum (Denver) - KROC (Keg Ran Out Club) proudly presents the 18th Annual World Brewers Forum to be held at the Denver Marriott, 1701 California Street in Denver, CO on Thursday, October 11th from 8pm to 12am. If you're not attending the GABF that night, then check this out. Speakers from Stone Brewing, No-Li Brewhouse and others will be on hand to talk up our favorite subject - BEER! There will also be 18+ unique homebrews on tap, a drawing for free stuff and a silent auction benefiting the Children's Hospital of Denver. Free to attend, but please RSVP to wbf@kroc.org.

Denver Beer Fest (Denver) - The 2012 Denver Beer Fest is about to kick off in October and Visit Denver and Denver Beer Company have put together a short 94 second video describing what's coming up.


Bike Prom (Fort Collins) - Need another alternative to the GABF? Bike Prom is back on Saturday October 13th - this time with a twist! You have all day Saturday to pedal your way through a unique self-guided scavenger hunt through local Fort Collins watering holes. Show up to prom with your scavenger hunt card and get entered into the midnight drawing for awesome bike & beer prizes. Stop by the Bike Library (in Old Town Square) during open hours on Saturday the 13th to purchase tickets and receive your scavenger hunt clues. This is not your high school prom, but you should probably dress like it is. Alter-egos encouraged. Hot bikes very much encouraged. One free beer per person while supplies last. Music by Drifter, Fort Collin's most FUNK'd up DJ! Get your prom photos taken at our quintessential prom photo corner. Prom Court Sponsors include: Cranknstein, Fort Collins Brewery and Funkwerks. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door. Proceeds go toward sustaining the Fort Collins Bike Library.

Parry's Pizza & Bar (Highlands Ranch) - Your GABF week just got busier! Parry's Pizza is planning several special tappings and events during the upcoming GABF week. Check out this upcoming list:
- Monday, October 8th - Avery Brewing will be pouring their Lilikoi Kepolo (White Rascal infused with Passion Fruit).
- Tuesday, October 9th - Reps from Odell Brewing, Anderson Valley, Saranac, Uinta and Rogue will be handing out beer samples and sharing their knowledge for FREE! Try Odell's The Meddler and Isolation, Anderson Valley's Brother David's Trippel, Saranac's Pumpkin Ale, Uinta's Black Labyrinth, Rogue's Oregasmic Ale, and a special announcement from New Belgium.
- Wednesday, October 10th - It's a Great Divide Tap Takeover including 5 different Yetis on tap.
- Saturday, October 13th - Come try GABF award winning Sun King Brewery's two special tappings.

Great Divide Brewing Co (Denver) - Another wave of seasonals is about to be released at Great Divide in Denver. On October 1st you can welcome back three Great Divide beers including: Hibernation, Fresh Hop and their Oak Aged Yeti. Betcha can't wait eh? In a recent press release, Great Divide announced that their production has increased 34% through August 2012 over the same period last year.

Grimm Brothers Farmers DaughterGrimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Grimm Brothers Brewing of Loveland Colorado will celebrate Loveland's Oktoberfest September 29th from 11am to close. Continuing their ongoing commitment to local non-profits the event will be supporting Loveland based Colorado Youth Outdoors. The event will include the release of the Farmers Daughter Oktoberfest style beer, food, music, and contests for young and old alike. Wendy Woo will take the stage at 2pm, and the Celtic punk band Stubby Shillelaghs will be starting at 5pm. Food will be provided by Cramer's Handmade Bread of Loveland, Abalze mobile wood fired pizzaria, and The Daily Dawg. Grimm Brothers is located at 623 N Denver Ave in Loveland. This event is open to all ages.

Prost Brewing (Denver) - This week on Friday, Saturday and Sunday Prost Brewing brings a slice of Munich to Denver with their inaugural Oktoberfest celebration. In keeping with tradition, the folks at Prost are honored to have Denver's Mayor Michael B. Hancock tap the first keg of Prost Maerzen to start the party. Come down on Friday at noon, and enjoy the beautiful Colorado weather in their biergarten.

Yak & Yeti Brewpub (Arvada) - New Beer Release! Today at Yak & Yeti their tapping a new beer called Dragon's Wort Ale. It's a Belgian-style behemoth that weighs in at 8.5% ABV. It's got Dragon's Wort spice in it. This beer is big and bold and goes over the top with flavor. Stop in to try one today if you dare. Better bring your sword.

Beer Dinners & Pairings - Looking for something special to eat? How about a Beer Dinner? Check out the new Colorado Beer Dinner and Pairing Events listings.

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 daily.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Colorado Beer News 092512

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Comic Book Day. Whether you're a fan of the classic or new comics, their movies or action figures, this is a day for you. Celebrate today by reading or watching your favorite or sharing one with a friend. Any coincidence that The Avengers is being released to video today? I think not. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, September 25th, 2012.

Colorado Beer News is published daily (Monday through Friday) with craft beer stories as they break from newsletters, emails and social media sites. Stop back here often for all the latest. This news is intended for audiences of legal drinking age (21+). If you'd like to subscribe to this daily by email, sign-up here.

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - The brewery is getting to be so popular that they are extending their Hop Hut hours. Their new hours are as follows: Monday (closed), Tuesday through Thursday 2pm to 8pm, Friday and Saturday 12pm to 9pm, and Sunday 12pm to 7pm. Stop in to try their brews. Their Fresh Hop Ale is quickly disappearing. This once a year red ale was crafted using fresh hops from their field just hours after they picked them. Also, with any beer you can opt to have a Hop Shot, a device that infuses even more hop goodness into your brew. Ask about it at the Hop Hut tasting room. Located at: 6461 Hwy 392 in Windsor, CO.

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - Now that their Dank IPA is in local stores in 12oz cans, look for them the next time you shop for beer. Meanwhile at their brewpub, stop in for Take Your Glass Tuesdays. They feature other breweries and you get to take home a pint glass for your own. Upslope Brewing will be featured tonight. Stop back on Thursday nights for Trivia Night. And finally, something NEW. Poker Night Wednesdays! Show off your poker skills for a chance to win some gift certificates. If you happen to knock out one of them in a game they will give you a special prize. Sign up is 7pm and games start at 8pm every Wednesday. Located at: 6730 S. Cornerstar Way in Aurora, CO.

Boulder Beer Company (Boulder) - September 25th, 1979. Yup, it was exactly 33 years ago today that Boulder Beer Company officially became a business. Everyone please wish them a very Happy Birthday today. That's pert near 1/3rd of a century of bringing craft beer to the people of Colorado. Join in their celebration at the 33rd Anniversary Beer Rave on Saturday, September 29th from 2pm to 6pm at the brewery. There will be lots of other breweries joining in and bringing some hard to get taproom-only brews to share. Tix are $30. See their website for details.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Call it the bane of paperwork, The Denver Post is reporting that the Crooked Stave Barrel Room has to shutdown draft sales temporarily due to a miscommunication between them and the Department of Revenue Liquor Enforcement Division. Crooked Stave has a wholesaler's license, but they don't have a manufacturer's license yet. So, in the meantime, they can still sell bottles for off-site consumption, but they can't serve beer to be consumed on site until all the proper licenses are obtained. That process could take weeks if not a couple of months. Hopefully, things can get straightened out sooner than later and they can resume draft sales at their Barrel Room. Read the full Denver Post story.

Kokopelli Beer Company (Westminster) - Sometimes unexpected incidents are a good thing. Instead of having a 7 barrel brewhouse, Kokopelli Beer Company will have a 10 barrel system thanks to finding one in storage in a small Pennsylvania town. They are now awaiting arrival of this new brewhouse in the coming weeks. Previously, some of their original equipment was damaged in transit and forced them to look for replacements. Look for more updates in the coming weeks on their progress.

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - Today is the day! They open for business for the first time at 4:00pm today. Owners Jake and Erin Evans want to welcome you to their taproom today at 5460 Conestoga Court in Boulder. It's near the intersection of 55th Street and Arapahoe. Wild Woods may be small (only a 2 barrel brewhouse), but they plan to serve up 6 year-round beers and some seasonal beers as well. Today's tastes to include: Treeline IPA, Campfire Red Ale, Wildflower Pale Ale, Ponderosa Porter, Smores Stout and a Beery Wheat Patch.

Say Cheese! (#GABF) - In the latest news from the upcoming Great American Beer Festival - "While almost everyone comes to the festival for the beer, the American Cheese Society’s (ACS) booth is a must-try for anyone craving a quick snack. With a selection that would knock the socks off even Wallace and Gromit, the ACS is sure to have something you’ll enjoy, whether it’s a creamy chevre or a sharp cheddar. If you’ve made it to one of the last two GABFs, you’ve seen how popular their booth can be. So how much cheese is really needed to feed hordes of hungry beer lovers? The ACS serves 500 pounds of cheese at the festival." - source GABF official site.

Great American Beer Bars 2012 - The voting is in and CraftBeer.com's readers have selected the top Great American Beer Bars for 2012. And sweeping the awards for the Mountain West region are three Colorado beer bars. 1st place went to Falling Rock Tap House (Denver), 2nd place went to Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids (Longmont) and 3rd place went to The Mayor of Old Town (Fort Collins). Grats to these businesses for being selected as the best in the region. For the full story and details please read the Press Release on this site.

Oktoberfest in Colorado (Annual List) - The harvests are coming in, the weather is starting to cool, and towns and communities in Colorado are celebrating Oktoberfest! The 2012 Colorado Oktoberfest page has compiled a list of over 30+ communities in the Centennial state that have Oktoberfest or harvest festivals planned. Festivals run from late August through early October.

Beer Dinners & Pairings - Looking for something special to eat? How about a Beer Dinner? Check out the new Colorado Beer Dinner and Pairing Events listings.

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 daily.

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The 2012 Great American Beer Bars

Brewers AssociationCraftBeer.com Readers Select the Country's favorite Beer Bars

Inaugural “Great America Beer Bar” Contest Draws Nearly 30,000 Votes

[PRESS RELEASE] Boulder, CO • September 25, 2012 — Celebrating the passion and ardor of American craft beer lovers, CraftBeer.com—the beer lover site of the Brewers Association (BA)—released a list of the greatest American beer bars, as voted on by its readers. The list recognizes both the top three overall most popular craft beer bars in the country and the top three from each of five U.S. geographical regions.

Overall winners:
• First Place: Mekong Restaurant, Richmond, VA
• Second Place: Hopcat, Grand Rapids, MI
• Third Place: The Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

Regional winners:

South
• First Place: The Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC
• Second Place: Hoppy Monk, El Paso, TX
• Third Place: Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Mountain West
• First Place: Falling Rock Tap House, Denver, CO
• Second Place: Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids, Longmont, CO
• Third Place: Mayor of Old Town, Fort Collins, CO

Pacific
• First Place: APEX, Portland, OR
• Second Place: Urban Family Brewing, Seattle, WA
• Third Place: Beer Revolution, Oakland, CA

North Central
• First Place: Hopcat, Grand Rapids, MI
• Second Place: Founders Taproom, Grand Rapids, MI
• Third Place: Vintage Estate Wine and Beer, Boardman, OH

Northeast
• First Place: Mekong Restaurant, Richmond, VA
• Second Place: The Ruck, Troy, NY
• Third Place: Willimantic Brewing Company, Willimantic, CT

Great American Beer Bars

“With more than 2,100 operating breweries in the U.S. today, CraftBeer.com’s Great American Beer Bars contest salutes some of the most amazing establishments around the country, who are showcasing the diverse, innovative and fuller flavored beers made by today’s small and independent producers,” said Julia Herz, publisher of CraftBeer.com and Craft Beer Program Director of the Brewers Association. “Being recognized as a Great American Beer Bar was no easy feat. In this inaugural year of polling, nearly 30,000 votes were cast by craft beer lovers. No matter where you reside in this country, there’s a great beer destination just around the corner. Congratulations to all the winners.”

For a more detailed description of this year’s winner and semi-finalists in the Great American Beer Bar competition, visit CraftBeer.com.

Methodology: CraftBeer.com asked readers to nominate their favorite craft beer bars in the country, and received over 3,300 nominations. The choices were narrowed down to the 10 most nominated bars in each of the five regions of the country. Almost 30,000 votes were cast, resulting in the top three overall and regional winners. Voting was conducted from September 13 until September 20, 2012.

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

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Colorado Beer News 092412

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Punctuation Day. It's an homage to the apostrophe, the bracket, the colon, comma, dash, ellipsis, exclamation point and all the other special marks we use to write sentences with. Be sure to use them properly today! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, September 24th, 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. This news is intended for audiences of legal drinking age. If you'd like to subscribe to this daily by email, sign-up here.

Rueben's Burger Bistro (Boulder) - Grats go out to Rueben's for being voted as the Best Beer Selection At A Restaurant as part of the Boulder Daily Camera's 2012 People's Choice Awards for Boulder County. They received the GOLD in this category. Rueben's has over 125 different beers available. To celebrate, Rueben's is offering a 1/2 off ANY Beer coupon on their Facebook page. Go Like them and save and print their coupon. Offer good through September 30th. Limit 1 coupon per person. Located in Boulder at the corner of Broadway & Walnut.

Hall Brewing Company (Parker) - Their new building is up. The fermenters and bright tanks are in place, and now they are expecting their new 20 barrel brew system to be delivered in two weeks from today. Stay tuned Parker, it won't be long now until your new brewery will be up and in operation. Hall Brewing will be located at 8530 N. Vinegaroon Way.

City Star PotluckCity Star Brewing (Berthoud) - The last one was so popular they're doing it again! Tomorrow, September 25th at 6:00pm at the brewery, they're hosting another Community Potluck. Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish of food to share. And if you happen to create one of your dishes with a City Star beer as one of the ingredients you'll receive a FREE Beer! Paper plates, napkins and silverware will be provided. Listen to live polka music while you enjoy the potluck from 6-7pm. Good Food. Good Beer. Good Company. Located at: 321 Mountain Avenue in the heart of downtown Berthoud.

Front Range BBQ (Colorado Springs) - FocusOnTheBeer.com is hosting another in a series of Meet The Brewer nights. This time it's at Front Range BBQ and joining in will be Eric Salazar from New Belgium. Come listen to Eric talk about beer and sample some of their special beers like: Biere de Mars, Eric's Ale, Fall Wild Ale, La Folie, Super IPA, and Trippel Firkin Dry Hopped. The event will be on Thursday, October 4th at 7pm. Front Range BBQ is located at: 2330 W. Colorado Ave, in Colorado Springs, CO.

The Mayor of Old Town Tap Into Northern ColoradoThe Mayor of Old Town (Fort Collins) - The GABF is almost here and The Mayor is planning to hold a huge celebration. "Tap Into Northern Colorado" is being planned for October 1st - 14th, and with it there will be a complete tap takeover at The Mayor. All 100 taps will feature Northern Colorado beers exclusively to showcase the great tastes from the breweries in this area. Breweries include: New Belgium (up to 18 different Lips of Faith beers), Odell Brewing, Funkwerks, Equinox, Grimm Brothers, Avery, Upslope, Asher, Oskar Blues, Left Hand and Crabtree Brewing. There will be some rare cellar selections included along with some collaboration beers and some Pro-Am beers as well. Taps will keep rotating with new NoCo beers. There will also be buses picking up and dropping off people right outside who wish to tour the area breweries. This will become a big annual event! Keep your eyes on the Mayor's event Facebook page for additional details. Located at 632 S. Mason Street in Fort Collins, CO.

Black Bottle Brewery (Fort Collins) - Have you been blacklisted yet? Over half of their limited memberships (200 only) have been sold and there's still openings for several more members. Check out the special deal you get for signing up for membership at their website: www.bbbblacklisted.com. The brewery will be opening this Fall so get ready for great beer, drinks, food and more!

Wit's End Brewing Co (Denver) - Wit's End is celebrating their 1 year anniversary this Saturday, September 29th, from 12-8pm! They will have Marco’s Coal Fired Pizza on hand and they plan to have their full line up of beer on tap, plus some new ones. Stop by and revisit Wit's End and see how they've grown in the last year. Located at: 2505 W. 2nd Ave, Unit 13 in Denver, CO.

Pagosa Brewing Company (Pagosa Springs) - A new brew has been created in honor of one of Colorado's newest National Monuments - Chimney Rock Archaeological Area in southwestern Colorado. Pagosa Brewing's Ancestral Ale was made with natural ingredients found in and around that area. Look for this beer where ever Pagosa Brewing beers are sold. For more information, read today's Press Release on this beer.

Dry Dock Hop AbominationDry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - Hop lovers rejoice! Dry Dock just announced and showed off their new can design for their Hop Abonimation India Pale Ale. While a specific date for the 12oz can release wasn't given, expect to see this brew in cans in the very near future. (Image courtesy Dry Dock Brewing)

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - Saturday September 29th is the Second Annual Brewski Bones Paws N' Pints: A Charity Walk Benefiting Search and Rescue Dogs of Vail Mountain Rescue. The event kicks off at 3pm with a 3mile walk around Edwards followed by a human/canine after party! A $20.00 entry fee gets you 2 pints of CMBC brew, BBQ and a bandanna for your pouch! Plentiful doggy snacks will be provided by Brewski Bones and there will be a silent auction with some incredible items. For more information or to register early, call the tasting room at (970) 926-3009.

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Colorado Beer News page 2Welcome to Page 2 of today's Colorado Beer News. Here's more of what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, September 24th, 2012. More news being added to this page throughout the day til 3:00pm MDT.

Yak & Yeti (Arvada) - When is a cider NOT a cider? When it's actually an ale! The brewmaster at Yak and Yeti has come up with a fresh batch of gluten-free Apple Ale and it's just been tapped today. It's billed as being very crisp and refreshing. Tell all your gluten-free friends to stop in and try it.

Lone Tree Brewing (Lone Tree) - Early this morning, Lone Tree Brewing took delivery of 4 new 20 barrel serving tanks. Expect to see a lot more beer on hand in the days after they are installed.

Boulder Beer Company (Boulder) - Boulder Beer Week starts tonight, with a wet-hopped firkin of what they're calling "Patio-Track." Their cask beer specialist Chris Coyne pulled some fresh Singletrack Copper Ale off a cellaring batch, and wet-hopped it with some hops freshly picked from Boulder Beer's own patio crop. Served cask-style and poured through their beer engine, this will surely be a naturally carbonated, full flavored, aromatic pleasure!

Fort Collins Brewery Halloween PartyThe Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Get ready to party and experience something fun! The Fort Collins Brewery Halloween Party is set for October 31st from 4-9pm! There will be Carnival Games, Live Music, Gravity Ten Twenty at Fort Collins Brewery FOOD, and a Costume Contest at 7pm with great prizes including a FCB Themed costume as well! Kid friendly and lots of fun! Located at: 1020 E. Lincoln Avenue in Fort Collins, CO.

Beer Label Approvals (Colorado) - The feds recently gave approval for the following beer labels. Look for these coming in the weeks and months to come: Paradox Candid Kaiser Project Wine Barrel-aged Pale Ale, Blue Moon Pine in the Neck Double IPA, Blue Moon Tongue Thai-ed Ale, Blue Moon Valencia Grove Amber Ale, Breckenridge Brewery Porter's Pride Imperial Porter, Elevation Downpour Double India Red Ale, Eddyline Mountain Fairy Raspberry Wheat, and Elevation Oil Man Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout.

Pub 17 on Welton Street (Denver) - On October 11th from 9pm to midnight - Join both Left Hand and Ska Brewing Companies as they take over the taps at Pub 17 inside the Grand Hyatt Denver. There’ll be plenty of fun and eclectic beers to choose from along with the chance to try some of Pub 17′s amazing food! Just a very short walk from the GABF!

Paramount Cafe (Denver) - Speaking of GABF week events, there will be the annual Beer Festival at Paramount Cafe happening on Wednesday, October 10th from 6pm to 9pm. The cost is $15 to try some of your favorite beers from some of your favorite Colorado breweries. Proceeds from this event will assist the Denver Children's Home. paramount Cafe is located at: 519 16th Street in Denver, CO.

Arvada Beer Company (Arvada) - ‎Their 59'er is back on tap today, their Dark German Lager. Go give it a try. This Saturday from 12pm to 2pm the Colorado Craft Beer Show will be broadcasting live from the tasting room. They will also have some GABF tickets to give away. You must be there in person to win. It is always a fun time when Turk and the Gubna are in the house doing their show. Come join the fun, and get a chance to win tickets to the sold out Great American Beer Festival.

Oktoberfest in Colorado (Annual List) - The harvests are coming in, the weather is starting to cool, and towns and communities in Colorado are celebrating Oktoberfest! The 2012 Colorado Oktoberfest page has compiled a list of over 30+ communities in the Centennial state that have Oktoberfest or harvest festivals planned. Festivals run from late August through early October.

Beer Dinners & Pairings - Looking for something special to eat? How about a Beer Dinner? Check out the new Colorado Beer Dinner and Pairing Events listings.

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 daily.

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New Pagosa Brewing beer honors Chimney Rock

Pagosa Brewing CompanyPagosa Brewing Company Launches Limited Edition ‘Ancestral Ale’ Honoring Colorado’s New Chimney Rock National Monument

Brewed with Essence of Squash and Prickly Pear, Beer Pays Tribute to Pueblo Indians’ Cultural Heritage

[PRESS RELEASE] Pagosa Springs, CO -- In honor of President Obama’s landmark designation of the Chimney Rock Archaeological Area in southwestern Colorado as a national monument, the Pagosa Brewing Company & Grill has launched a new limited-edition Ancestral Ale incorporating many of the same ingredients used by the ancestral Pueblo Indians, who made Chimney Rock their home for more than 1,000 years.

Delicately crafted with local yellow squash, Anasazi beans, sweet corn and a whisper of prickly pear cactus fruit, the Ancestral Ale is a refreshing beer that captures the spirit of this one-of-a-kind archaeological site.

Chimney Rock, often referred to as “America’s Stonehenge” because of its deep spiritual significance, is only the third monument to be protected by President Obama under the Antiquities Act. The site plays host to over 12,000 visitors a year, and the designation could double annual visitation and tourism revenue within the next five years, providing a boost to the local economy.

“We are proud to be able to offer this special beer to celebrate the collective efforts that made the monument designation possible,” said Tony Simmons, Pagosa Brewing Company’s President & Head Brewer.

“Chimney Rock National Monument will serve not only to preserve our community’s past, but also to secure its future,” Simmons added. ”As more visitors come to see this truly impressive cultural site, they will be investing in our economy by eating at our local restaurants, drinking local beer, shopping at local stores, and staying at local hotels.”

For more information on Pagosa Brewing Company’s Ancestral Ale, or to speak with Tony Simmons, please contact Tania Stewart at tstewart@mrss.com or (202) 478-6174.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Elevation Signal de Botrange review

Elevation Beer Signal de BotrangeA Double Black Diamond designation is meant for only for the most experienced of skiers to attempt. Could Elevation Beer Company believe that their Double Black Diamond Series of barrel aged beers should also be for the most experienced? Well, perhaps not for beginners, but definitely for those looking to embrace a challenge - to their taste buds that is. I was sent a bottle of their Elevation Signal de Botrange, a Belgian Ale aged in oak barrels and was curious just how bold this beer might be.

Elevation Beer has only been in business a handful of months, but already they've put out some beers that have already gotten people talking about them. Signal de Botrange is designated as a Saison / Farmhouse style of beer, a style meant to include a bit of funk and a lot of flavor. It's also their first beer in the Double Black Diamond Series

Signal de Botrange is measured at 7.5% ABV and around 26 IBUs. It comes in both 750ml bottles and on draft as select locations. The brew was made with a balance of Belgian Pale, Munich, Premium Pilsner, and Colorado White Wheat malts along with Northern Brewer, Saaz, and Strisselspalt hops. Strisselspalt? Ya, apparently that's an aroma hop from France that has a relatively low alpha acid content (3% to 5%). Elevation suggests that this beer might well be paired with slow roasted chicken, duck or pheasant, and aged hard cheeses. But for now, I'll try this beer just by itself.

Each bottle has an individual number on the label. This particular bottle was numbered 03327 and was bottled in the Summer of 2012. This brew was aged in Napa Valley Chardonnay oak barrels. The beer is named after the highest tower on the highest point in Belgium.

Appearance: Signal de Botrange opened with a loud pop and poured a cloudy dark copper color with a generous off-white head. Being a barrel aged beer, I expected to see some cloudiness. There was just a slight lacing on the glass, but the majority slid off quite quickly.

Signal de Botrange labelAroma: Almost immediately, this beer reminded me of a classic Belgian beer. I could smell some dark fruits, a bit of funk, some floral notes from the hops, a bit of the oak and chardonnay even managed to give off some highlights. Early on, I couldn't pick up any vanilla notes as the bottle suggested. A hint of alcohol hit my airways as well, but wasn't too much to call it boozy.

Taste: Within a moment I tasted a distinctive oak character along with the subtle funkiness in this Farmhouse ale. I tasted what seemed to be a touch of spice and fruit in this beer with a classic Belgian taste. The beer had a sharp character, very crisp and clean tasting. There wasn't any lingering after taste at all. The feel of this beer was medium bodied with plenty of carbonation, perhaps affecting the taste just a bit. The oak really made this beer taste that much better than it would otherwise. Just a nice noticeable character. The alcohol was definitely there

Overall: The more I drank this beer, the better I liked it. This is a beer I want to get more of. I'm not usually a Saison or Farmhouse fan, but this beer might just convert me. This is a beer that tasted good both cold and as it warmed up. I highly suggest trying this in a tulip or globe shaped glass in order to bring out all the full aromas and best possible flavor. So far, this is the 2nd beer I've tried from Elevation and I was impressed with both. I think Colorado is going to love their series of barrel aged beers.

Disclosure: This bottle was sent to me directly from Elevation Beer Company in Poncha Springs, CO. They asked for me to taste this beer and give it a review.


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Denver Beer Week events at Renegade Brewing Company

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RENEGADE BREWING COMPANY SPREADS THE BEER-LOVE

Denver Beer Week and Great American Beer Festival events at Renegade Brewing Company

[PRESS RELEASE] Beer-lovers rejoice this second week in October, Denver Beer Week. This week, which coincides with the Great American Beer Festival is an annual celebration of all things beer in the Mile High City. Denver based brewery, Renegade Brewing Company, has put together a week of events for beer lovers enjoy. Events are planned for Monday through Saturday, and Renegade will open at 1pm every day during Denver Beer Week for extended hours of enjoyment of their brews.


Monday: Beer Blogger Night. (Oct. 8th)

Beer Bloggers will be treated to a behind the scenes look at Renegade on a night planned just for them. With a GABF media pass or proof of ownership of a beer blog (printout of administrator page) all bloggers will be admitted to a VIP media night hosted in the Renegade brewery.

Tuesday: Elevated Wood Release Party. (Oct. 9th)

After sitting in a bourbon barrel for six months, Elevation, Renegade’s triple IPA will be available like it never has before. Elevated Wood will be packaged in 22 ounce bombers and sold at this exclusive early release in the Renegade taproom on October 9th starting at 6:00 PM. Renegade brewers will be present for a meet and greet as well.

Wednesday: Tour Night. (Oct. 10th)

Renegade will be offering tours to the public on the hour starting at 5 with the last tour at 8. Renegade has only offered tours to the public on a few previous occasions. Anyone present has the opportunity to learn about Renegade, see the beer-making process, and win prizes.
Wednesday night Renegade will also be participating in the 3rd Annual Colorado Rare Beer Tasting at the Rackhouse Pub. This is said to be one of the most under-rated events of GABF week.

Thursday: GABF Kickoff Party. (Oct. 11th)

Thursday Renegade will be participating in Rendezbrew, this first annual event is a beer tasting at Breckenridge Brewery involving brewers from around the country that have partnered with Brews Cruise. Brews Cruise is a tour company with locations in Denver, Asheville and Portland. Tickets can be purchased at http://rendezbrew.brownpapertickets.com

Thursday night will be a great event for those without Thursday night GABF tickets. This is an opportunity to meet some beer-lovers from across the country and enjoy Renegade’s finest brews. Live music by The Stormcellars will start at 7:30.

Friday: Renegading Around. (Oct. 12th)

Renegade will be participating in the CHEERS event held at the Falling Rock Taphouse starting at 10:30 PM. This event is led by Dogfish Head and features 20 different craft brewers from Colorado each featuring beer. Proceeds from this event go to the Colorado Brewer’s Guild.

Saturday: GABF Last Night to Party. (Oct. 13th)

Renegade will keep the festivities rolling through Saturday night with a wrap-up party. Renegade will be tapping their brandy barrel-aged Belgian Strong Ale at 6:00 PM and live music will start at 8:00.

Every Night:

Food trucks will be outside Renegade serving up some delicious snacks or dinner every night of Denver Beer Week. Renegade will also be tapping extremely limited small-batches at the beginning of the day, every day of this week.

For additional information, see: Renegadebrewing.com.


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