Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Trinity Brewing TPS Report review

Trinity Brewing TPS ReportAlways follow your instincts! I try to keep decent notes when I attend the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), and when I sampled this brew at the fest I knew I wanted to come back someday for a full serving. So when chance struck to visit Colorado Springs I paid a quick visit to Trinity Brewing Company on Garden of the Gods Road and picked up a bottle of their Trinity Brewing TPS Report.

TPS Report just won a Bronze medal at the 2012 GABF in the American Style Brett Ale category this month and had previously won a GABF Gold medal for this beer in 2009. It's a sour ale, which is one of my favorite types of beer, and while the cost of a 750ml bottle goes for $23.95, I still wanted to get one.

I was worried that driving with a bottle of this in a hot car for two hours might affect the taste, but lucky in this case I believe it didn't affect this beer much, if at all.

TPS Report was made with coriander, 3 different kinds of citrus zest (lemon, lime and tangerine), was aged in French oak barrels with rose petals, and dosed with Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus (the stuff that turns beer sour). I couldn't wait to dive into this bottle.

Appearance: TPS Report poured a pale straw yellow with some noticeable haze. I got a nice bright white 1+ finger head of foam that stuck around just for about 20 seconds before disappearing. Swirling the glass didn't yield much lacing and when left for a minute the head completely disappears.

Aroma: Here is where I got a nice surprise. I could immediately tell that this was a sour ale with Brett. There was a tart, funky, and somewhat citrus aroma in the glass. I could tell that the citrus peels in this beer were making a statement. The beer also had a spicy whiff about it, most likely from the coriander. The overall aroma to me seems fresh, funky, yet very inviting to a sour beer lover. This stuff smelled good!

Taste: Oh yes, this is what I remembered from GABF. This beer is very crisp and refreshing with a mildly sour taste and a hint of citrus and spice. It has such a big flavor for a 4.8% ABV pale colored brew. TPS Report also has that classic Brett/Lacto sour taste that I love in other beers. It was hard to pick up on any of the oak at first, but after it warmed up a bit I could pick out some woody distinction.

Jason Yester at GABFOverall: If you're not a sour fan, I'm sorry for you, but this may be one of those sours you might actually enjoy. It's has just enough sour in it to notice, but not over the top like some can be. I'd love to drink this beer year round. TPS Report is lower in ABV than most beers, it's very refreshing and won't over power. I just loved this beer. Jason Yester, brewmaster of Trinity, does a fantastic job with the beers they make. I've sampled several of their beers at GABF and now wish I lived closer to the Springs so I could get this more often.

What was surprising to me is that on the bottle label Trinity states that this beer is "Cellarable indefinitely". I find that a bit hard to believe, but perhaps the Brett and Lacto in this beer will continue to change this beer for several years to come. Normally, I wouldn't cellar a beer unless it had at least 8% ABV or higher. But who knows, this may be one that can stand the test of time. I'll just have to buy another bottle and test that theory.

Disclosure: I paid full price for this beer ($23.95) directly at the brewery.

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Colorado Beer News 103112

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Halloween. A time for Tricks and Treats, costumes, parties and for some ghoulishly delicious seasonal beverages. What do you plan on drinking tonight? Best to hide it from the kids, but they'll be too full of candy to care. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, October 31st, 2012.

New Brewery Announcements (Colorado) - It looks like Golden, Colorado is going to get two more breweries in town in addition to two others that were already announced. In the coming months look for openings from Barrels and Bottles, a nano-brewpub owned by Zach & Abby George. Also, CODA Brewery with owner Luke Smith is planning a nano-brewery in town as well. Add those to Cannon Ball Creek Brewing Company (opening in November) and Mountain Toad Brewing (opening late 2012) that we already let you know about recently. Looks like Coors and Golden City Brewery are going to have a lot of company soon. Thanks to Adam Draeger of Yak & Yeti for sharing this info.

Pug Ryan's Steakhouse & Brewery (Dillon) - Head up to Dillon tonight for their Halloween Party. They're featuring $2.50 pints of pumpkin beer, $4 Captain Morgan drinks, a costume contest, prizes and swag including a pair of Kahlua Ski's. Live music will be playing at 9:00pm from The Luv Brothers. Once those kids are done with their trick-or-treating - come spend some time at Pug Ryans.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - The brewhouse at Grimm Brothers has been getting smokey lately, that's because they've been brewing up a returning favorite: Sooty Brother, a smokey Grätzer Ale which will be tapped on Saturday, November 10th. Grätzer is the German name derived from the town of Grätz, formerly in western Prussia and a style that's been brewed since the 15th century. It's known for having a full hop bouquet with a smoky finish. Be sure to stop by to try it once it's tapped. Also, stop in today for their Halloween Growler Sale - Get $2.00 off all growlers today (new or refill).

Phantom Canyon Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Hey Barley Wine fans! Their 2012 Barley Wine is going into bottles this week. They brewed it on January 2nd, 2012 and it's been in Templeton Rye whiskey barrels since February. Winston Smith's Barleywine Style Ale goes on sale November 23, Black Friday! Snag one for the holidays.

Echo Brewing Co (Frederick) - Attention Ladies! The next Barley Belles (beer club) meeting will be a week from today, Wednesday, November 7th at 7:00pm at the brewery. They'll be doing a food pairing with Echo's Pumpkin Ale. It'll be $10 at the door. Please RSVP to katy@echobrewing.com if you plan to attend. All ladies welcome 21+.

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - It's Finally Here! HAPPY HALLOWEEN! They hope to see everyone tonight for $3 ESB Pint Specials in The Tasting Room at The Fort Collins Brewery and Buy 1 Get 1 Shared plates from Gravity 1020! They have LIVE Music starting at 6:00pm, face painting at 6:30pm, games and the Costume contest at 7:00pm! The event runs from 4-9pm today. Better be in costume!

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - Do you love ski movies? There will be a ski movie screening at the tasting room on Friday, November 2nd at 8pm! Powderwhore Productions will debut their new awesome ski movie, "Choose Your Own Adventure - A Ski Odyssey". It's a great way to get excited for the upcoming ski season. Vail Mountain opens in 16 days! Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 online at www.powderwhore.com.

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - Help Greeley "Keep the Kress" theater downtown open! On Wednesday, November 7th, Patrick's will give 50% of their sales to the fund. It's a Wednesday Open Mic night too. Sign up at 8pm and music starts at 8:30pm. Check out their Kickstarter page to learn more. The Kress needs to upgrade to a digital projector in order to keep showing movies. Help out this small independent theater/pub stay open for all to enjoy. Drink a pint - Help save the Kress!

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew (Denver) - Their new taproom hours for this weekend have been posted: Thurs: 4-10pm, Fri: 4pm-12am, Sat: 2pm-12am, and Sun: 2-10pm. The Waffleganger food truck will be parked outside on Saturday too! Located at 2810 Larimer Street in Denver, CO.

Odell Brewing Co (Fort Collins) - Odell Brewing and Rio Grande Mexican Restaurants got together to brew a chili pumpkin stout. In celebration of this unique collaboration, Odell Brewing and the Rio will be hosting tapping parities today on October 31st 2012. The keg tapping festivities will begin at Odell's Tap Room,
800 East Lincoln Avenue, from 4:00pm and at 6:00pm. Guests are encouraged to dress up and enjoy samples of the brew, local snacks, and live music by Lee Holiday and The Time Off. The crowds will then be directed to the Rio patio, 143 W. Mountain Ave, where the festivities will continue with another keg tapping of La Calavera and live music by The Constant Tourists.

New Belgium Imperial Coffee Chocolate StoutNew Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins) - In today's press release: New Belgium Brewing’s Lips of Faith Series is rolling out its fourth and final round of Lips of Faith beers for 2012. The selections are Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout and Biere de Garde, a collaboration ale with Michigan-based Brewery Vivant. New Belgium recently began selling its products in Michigan, affording the opportunity to collaborate with Grand Rapids-based Brewery Vivant. The breweries first worked together to create Escoffier, which was met with high regard, and now they’ve created a beer for the Lips of Faith series. The bright and refreshing Biere de Garde ale has a citrus bite from the peels of oranges and bergamots, reinforced with Sorachi Ace hops. The copper-colored beer is brewed with pale malt, oats for creaminess, and a hint of clove from Vivant's house yeast, which brings a spicy bite to the finish. Alcohol by volume: 9%. To read more visit here.

Colorado Brewers Guild (Colorado) - The Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) has had great success with their marketing programs and events this year. Buy Colorado Beer, S.O.C.I.A.L., and an event working with the City of Denver where the Mayor helped brew his own beer, have all generated increased awareness of the craft beer industry in Colorado. The goal of these programs has been to strengthen the Colorado craft beer industry, which accounts for about 5.7% of all beer sales, while appealing to retailers and consumers alike. Earlier this year, CBG launched S.O.C.I.A.L., “Supporter of Colorado Indigenous Ales and Lagers”, which has been extremely popular, gaining 2,000 members in the first eight months. The annual membership provides beer lovers with a T-shirt, membership card, invitations to member-exclusive events, and discounts at participating breweries. More info, visit: www.coloradobeer.org.

Halloween Week Beers Released (Colorado) - Just this week there has been a ton of new releases. Check out these beers at a brewery or bar near you while they last:
Arvada Beer Co - Syrah Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout - October 27th.
Boulder Beer Co - Nitro Obovoid - oak-aged oatmeal stout - October 26th 4pm.
Boulder Beer Co - Boulder Cup Cyclocross Rum-Barrel Brown Ale - Oct 28th
Bristol Brewing Co - Venetucci Pumpkin Ale - October 25th 5pm.
Bristol Brewing Co - Red Baron Octoberfest - cask - October 27th 12pm.
Bru (Boulder) - Sasquash Pumpkin Porter - October.
Carbondale Beer Works - Punkin' Porter - late October.
C.B. & Potts - Pumpkin Beer - October 30th.
Colorado Mountain Brewery - Dead Chef Milk Pumpkin Ale - October 26th.
Crabtree Brewing Co - Peachtree Cezanne Saison - October 27th 5pm.
Crazy Mountain Brewing - Pumpkin Ale - late-October.
Crooked Stave - Autumn Saison - w/acorn squash, pumpkin, spices - October 31st.
Crooked Stave - 100% Brett Baltic Porter - barrel-age w/coffee beans - October 31st.
Echo Brewing Co - Pumpkin Ale - October 27th 6pm.
Elevation Beer Co - Downpour - double India red ale - late October.
Funkwerks - Deceit - bottles - October.
Funkwerks - Mistral - Belgian Pale Ale - October 25th.
Funkwerks - Cinnamon Chai Saison - October 31st 12pm.
Gravity Brewing - Imperial Belgian Pumpkin Ale - October 31st 6pm.
Great Storm Brewing - Pompion Ale - golden ale w/pumpkin - October 31st 11am.
Great Storm Brewing - Gdansk Gdansk Revolution - baltic porter - October 31st 11am.
Great Storm Brewing - Death Star Imperial Stout - October 31st 11am.
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse - Orange Griffin - pumpkin spiced hefeweizen - October 27th.
High Hops Brewery - The Honeyed One - Red Ale w/honey - October.
High Hops Brewery - The Noble One - Belgian-style Ale w/ Noble hops - October.
High Hops Brewery - The Dark One - Milk Stout - October.
Hops Grill and Brewery (Littleton) - Pumpkin Spice Lager - October 31st.
KB Kraft Beer - Pumpkin Ale - October 31st.
Left Hand Brewing - Fade to Black Volume 4 - October 30th.
Lone Tree Brewing - Rauchbier - October 31st 12pm.
Loveland Aleworks - Dark and Scary Stout - October 31st.
Mountain Sun - Killer Harvest Belgian Pumpkin Ale - October 30th.
Mountain Sun - Dark Harvest Pumpkin Stout - October 30th.
Odell Brewing - La Calavera - Pumpkin Chili Stout - October 31st 4pm.
Oskar Blues / Sun King - The Deuce Ale - during GABF - mid-October.
Oskar Blues - Ten FIDY Imperial Stout - returning seasonal - late October.
Pagosa Brewing Co - Great Pumpkin Ale - October 30th.
Pagosa Brewing Co - Oak-aged ESB - October 31st.
Phantom Canyon - 1923 XLK Bitter - Revival Series #17 - October 30th.
Prost Brewing - Altbier - October 31st.
Rocky Mountain Brewery - Albino Porter - October 30th.
Rockyard Brewing - Unspiced Pumpkin ale aged in run barrel - October 31st 5pm.
Trinity Brewing - Chilly Water Baltic Porter - October 26th 5pm.

Twisted Pine Modern Day Pine-eerTwisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) - As the trees around us shed their prismatic plumage, beer drinkers don their winter wear and shop great shelves swollen with pumpkin ales. The esteemed seasonal style has ridden a meteoric surge in popularity this last decade, and proved a perfect fit for Twisted Pine Brewing Company’s Artisan Ale Project. On November 3rd, the brewery will release an India Pumpkin Ale named Modern Day Pine-eer, the eleventh offering in this year’s series. The project recently garnered nationwide attention when April’s West Bound Braggot bested 32 other beers to secure gold in the Specialty Honey Beer category at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. Pine-eer weighs in at 6.4% ABV and 45 IBU. The brewers added over 500 pounds of pumpkin into the mash as well as the kettle, where a mixture of fresh-milled spices joined Pilgrim and Columbus hops in the boil. There will be a release party at the brewery on Nov. 3rd from noon to 9pm. Take home bottles available.

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Beer Dinners & Pairings - Looking for something special to eat? How about a Beer Dinner or Pairing event? Lots of events are taking reservations now. Check out the 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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Chef & Brew: Denver's 1st Chef-centric Craft Beer Festival

Chef & Brew FestivalThis craft beer and food pairing event just became a festival for the masses rather than for the few. Check out the details below on an upcoming November event in Denver where up to 500 people are expected to participate.

Chef & Brew Festival Shines the Light on Craft Beer in Denver

[PRESS RELEASE] - Move over wine, the Craft Beer movement is in full force. The Chef and Brew Festival, happening November 15th at The Oriental Theater, is taking this movement to the next level. Twelve of Denver’s top Chefs and twelve of the city’s best Brewers will be challenged to celebrate and create the ultimate beer and food pairings. Guest will then have the opportunity to vote for the Overall Winner.

The mission of Chef and Brew is two-fold. First, we will create an evening of fun and festivities for beer connoisseurs and food-lovers alike. We also hope to introduce our guests to the myriad of food pairing qualities of beer and demonstrate that it can equal, or outperform wine as a synergistic beverage.

“Chefs and brewers are incredibly creative people and we really wanted to channel that in the festival format,” says Mike Burns, one of the festival organizers. Craft Beer is finally starting to take the main stage at the dinner table with many craft beers delivering as much if not more complexity than wine.

About 500 festival attendees are expected, making this a more intimate festival experience. Beer and Food will be served in a tasting format, 2oz beer pours paired with an appetizer from each chef. Guests will receive a souvenir festival tasting glass with full access to the beer and food once inside.

2012 Participants Include:

Elise Wiggins – Panzano, paired with Prost Brewing.
Troy Guard – TAG Burger, paired with Wit’s End Brewing.
Sheila Lucero – Jax Denver, paired with Funkwerks.
Jensen Cummings - Row14, paired with Caution: Brewing.
Chris Cina – Ghost Plate and Tap, paired with Breckenridge Brewing.
Brendon Doyle – City O’ City, paired with River North Brewing.
Jay Leandro – Pub 17, paired with Crooked Stave.
Travis Masar – Uncle, paired with Hogshead Brewery.
Victoria Vittori – Crock Spot, paired with Strange Brewing.
Sean McGaughey – Aria/Opus, paired with West Flanders Brewing.
Taylor Drew – Russel’s Smokehouse, paired with Elevation Beer Company.
Cory Treadway – Wynkoop, paired with Wynkoop Brewing.

Non-Profit Details:

The festival will be partnering with Diggity to host a silent auction and raffle. Diggity is a growing Denver non-profit that promotes fun, rewarding group events where people of all ages get active and get to know each other. Participants play together and work together to strengthen their communities and take ownership of their shared public resources. For more information visit: www.diggity.org

Event Details:

When: Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 6 to 9:30pm
Where: The Oriental Theater 4335 West 44th Ave., Denver, CO.
Tickets: $39 Advance/$49 Door.
To purchase tickets visit: www.chefandbrewfestival.com

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- November 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar.
- December 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar.


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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Colorado Beer News 103012

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Devil's Night or Mischief Night. The night before Halloween. Back as early as the 1940s, city youth would go around vandalizing property by soaping or waxing windows, leaving rotten vegetables or bags of flaming poo on doorsteps. Or even TP'ing trees and shrubs. Hopefully, incidents like this won't turn to worse crimes, but beware, the tradition and history are out there. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, October 30th, 2012.

Carver Brewing Co (Durango) - Halloween will be busy at Carver Brewing. They are planning a party complete with live music, a costume contest, spooky drink specials and their Midnight Black IPA on tap. The party starts at 7:30pm and runs will the ghouls go home.

Gravity Brewing (Louisville) - Fans asked for it and now they're tapping it on Halloween. Gravity Brewing has created a big bold Imperial Belgian Pumpkin Ale that weighs in at 10% ABV. It's a small batch that will be tapped at 6pm on 10/31/2012. Wear your costume to the brewery! They'll also have 6 other brews on tap that night including a Russian Imperial Stout, a Double IPA, an ESB, a Belgian Abbey, a regular IPA and a Belgian Wit. Something for every beer taste. Locate at 1150 Pine Street in Louisville, CO.

Oskar Blues (Lyons) - Their big Ten Year CANiversary party is coming up on Saturday, November 17th up at the Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons. The party runs from 6:00pm to close. There will be two sets of live music. The first set runs from 6:30pm to 9:00pm featuring Erik the Viking & Interstate Stash Express and is FREE. The second set features The White Buffalo and tickets cost $15 advance or $20 at the door and runs from 9:30pm to 11:30pm. There will be giveaways, including a trip for 2 on a bluegrass cruise ship for February. In other news, Oskar Blues market launch into Ohio is going very well. Sales went very well during the first week according to their distributor and was record setting. I guess they'll be needing that 2nd brewery pretty soon (December) as sales will continue to rise.

Golden City Brewery (Golden) - Tomorrow, October 31st, GCG is celebrating not only Halloween, but also their 19th anniversary! Join them at their brewery in Golden for some treats and special tappings. There will also be live music by Drama Americana from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. GCB is located at: 920 12th Street in Golden, CO.

American Homebrewers Association (AHA) - Attention members! Did you know that your membership card sitting in your wallet or purse can actually save you money at select breweries and brewpubs? Yup, for instance, flash your card at Crooked Stave's tap room and you'll save 10% on your beer purchases. And that's just one place out of 100s across the USA where AHA members get discounts. So pull that out of your wallet and ask your server the next time you're at a brewery or pub.

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - Fans of Left Hand's Fade to Black series are now able to pick up Volume 4 in the series. This brew is being billed as a Rocky Mountain Black Ale. For complete details on this new beer - check out the official Press Release issued today.

Beer Releases (Colorado) - OMG! Have you seen all of the new beers being release lately? Keep track of them on the Colorado Beer Releases page. Lots of special brews out just for Halloween. Updated daily.

Bootleggers Society (Durango) - The 4 main breweries in Durango recently joined forced to get people to sign up and donate blood during the recent Pint for a Pint blood drive in Durango, CO. A record 101 pints were donated, the largest in the history of their efforts. Of the 72 donors, half of them were first time donors. They all received a free pint of beer from their favorite Durango brewery (after they donated that is). The blood drive has been a regular event since 2003. Thanks to Ska Brewing, Carver Brewing, Durango Brewing and Steamworks Brewing for all of their efforts. Even Jay Leno of the Tonight Show took notice and mentioned this "beer for blood" drive in a recent monologue.

Pikes Peak Brewing (Monument) - The brewery is planning to help raise funds for Tri-Lakes Cares, a local food pantry, by hosting a Pig Roast on Tuesday, November 20th at 4pm at the brewery. For a minimum donation of $17.50 you will get a big plate of pork, green beans, coleslaw, dessert AND a beer (or root beer or lemonade). Or if you can't stay for dinner, donate $45 and get a pound of porks and a 1/2 gallon growler of beer to go. Tickets go on sale Saturday, November 3rd at the brewery. Then stop by anytime from 4pm to 8pm on November 20th to eat. They are also taking donations of non-perishable food items.

Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) - In case it hasn't sunk in yet, every Tuesday at the taproom they are offering $3 pints all day long. It's a long standing tradition that they plan on continuing. Mark it on your calendar and/or stop by today. You can even pick up some of that new Peachtree Cezanne Saison while you're there.

Cranknstein (Fort Collins) - This small bicycle shop and cafe is celebrating their 1 Year Anniversary this Saturday, November 3rd all day! Stop on down to Cranknstein at 215 North College Avenue in FoCo. They'll be hosting some great live music, lots of special beers on tap, a coffee tasting and more. Ride your bike in for a tune up while you're at it.

Beer Dinners & Pairings - Looking for something special to eat? How about a Beer Dinner or Pairing event? Lots of events are taking reservations now. Check out the 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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Left Hand Fade to Black Volume 4 debuts

Left Hand Fade to Black Volume 4A Rocky Mountain Black Ale joins the renowned winter seasonal series

[PRESS RELEASE] - (LONGMONT, CO) – Fade to Black. That time of year when the light fades away. In the fourth year of the renowned winter series, Left Hand introduces a Rocky Mountain Black Ale as Volume 4. Showcasing the duality of dry roasted malts and hop bitterness, Colorado Centennial hops take center stage of this pitch black ale.

Volume 4 looms overs its predecessors with a sharp bitterness and dry roast, celebrating the darkness and leering in the face of warmer days. The ale pours black as a winter night with an off white head. Your first inhale is dominated by citrus and roast, as slight sweet malt gets pushed back by initial citrusy hops followed by powerful Italian Amaro, Gentian and hop bitterness. The Rocky Mountain Black Ale finishes with a pleasant duality of dry roasted malts and hop bitterness.

Brewed for the darkness, Fade to Black speaks in volumes. Volume IV is the latest edition of Left Hand’s esteemed winter seasonal series. The Fade to Black family made its presence known beginning in 2009 with Volume 1, when the Foreign Export Stout won GABF Gold. The following years have presented our handsmoked Smoked Baltic Porter in 2010 and last year’s Pepper Porter featuring Chipotle, Serrano, & Ancho chiles, as Volume 2 and 3 respectively. This year’s Rocky Mountain Black Ale takes its place in the Fade to Black series, standing apart as the dry and bitter cousin. Perfect for those chilly winter nights, Left Hand’s Fade to Black is a cult favorite, as fans eagerly seek out each year’s offering.


About Left Hand Brewing Company
Celebrating nineteen years of brewing a well-balanced portfolio of craft beers, Left Hand Brewing Company is located at 1265 Boston Avenue in Longmont, Colorado. The brewery has received 18 medals at the Great American Beer Festival and 8 medals at the World Beer Cup, and its beers are now available in 25 states. “Sometimes you’re not in the mood for what everyone else is having.”

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How NOT to treat your growler of beer

A word of advice when buying beer in growlers. Be sure you can get the beer home quickly, avoid exposing the beer to heat, and drink the beer within a day or two of buying. It may just ruin your experience otherwise.

I stopped by a brewery in the Colorado Springs area on my way home to Greeley. I didn't have time to taste beer at the brewery, so I got a half growler of an oatmeal stout to go. I then drove for the next 2 hours in a car with no air conditioning in near 80 degree heat. I covered up the bottle to avoid direct sunlight at least and put it next to a chilled bottle of another beer so as to try to keep the beer cooler. Once home, the bottle ended up sitting in my fridge for 10 days before I tried a sample.

I noticed before opening that the bottle wasn't totally full and the top 2-3 inches of the neck had air in it. Still, I did hear a slight hiss when I popped the flip top off. Yet, I was worried that my traveling could have affected this bottle.

Appearance: The growler beer poured not quite totally dark. There were ruby edges around the edges of the glass. More like a dark brown. The head retention was awesome however, with a big thick light brown head. Slight hiss out of the 1/2 growler so I knew there was some carbonation left. There was a nice lacing around the glass. This beer still LOOKED great.

Aroma: I got pretty much what I expected, a roasted dark malt aroma, with a hint of chocolate and a bit of sweetness. I couldn't pick up much hop aroma. There was something else, however, in the background, not skunky, but something that shouldn't be there. I couldn't quite put my finger on it.

Taste: Upon the very first sip, I could tell that something was definitely not right here. I detected some astringency and some fruity esters. There was a chemical-like taste as well, reminding me like bottle cleaner. The taste may have been affected by heat or oxygen or both. The roasted malt and slight sweetness was there, but I didn't even want to finish a 10oz glass worth. I really wanted to enjoy this beer, but couldn't help feeling like I had ruined the beer during the drive home.

Overall: I don't feel like I got a good representation of this beer as I had heard from others that this beer was one of their favorites. But to me, it was a big disappointment. I was expecting a nice hefty oatmeal stout, but got a dark roasted chemistry experiment instead. It tasted like one of my homebrew batches gone bad. I had to drain-pour the rest of the growler. I vow to return to that brewery at another time to taste that beer fresh off the tap and give it a fair review.

The only reason I posted this pseudo beer review was because I wish for others to avoid the same mistake I did. Don't be taking long hot drives with a growler of beer left un-cooled in the back of your car. Even though two hours later I put the growler directly in the fridge, the damage had already been done. I also didn't drink this beer until 10 days later which may also have let some air into the beer and spoiled some of the taste. Growlers aren't the best at keeping out oxygen either.

For the best experience with a growler, be sure the brewery fills up every last inch of bottle space with beer to keep out as much oxygen as possible. Protect your beer from heat and sunlight on the way home. Get the bottle in the fridge as soon as possible and drink your product within a day or two. You paid good money for that beer, best to protect it.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

American Eagle to distribute Grimm Brothers brews

Grimm Brothers BrewhouseGreat news Grimm fans - Northern Colorado is about to see more Grimm Brothers Brewhouse beers thanks to a new distribution deal.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Announces Distribution Agreement

[PRESS RELEASE] Loveland, Colorado, October 29, 2012: Grimm Brothers Brewhouse is pleased to announce a Distribution Agreement with American Eagle Distributing (AED). AED is a distributor of package and draft products, and services to over 1,100 retail customers including bars, liquor stores, convenience stores, grocery stores, hotels and restaurants located throughout Northeastern Colorado.

Because of this partnership, Grimm Brothers customers will see immediate improvements in ordering product, timely delivery, and overall customer service.

“This arrangement will allow Grimm Brothers to devote increased time and effort to product and production improvements, new product development, and market growth.”, according to Don Chapman, President of Grimm Brothers.

Russell Fruits, Beer Evangelist at Grimm Brothers stated, “American Eagle has a strong track record of customer service. Their added resources will allow us to concentrate more on individual customer needs as well as new account growth. Because of our continued support in the Northern Colorado community, we saw the need to bring on a strong distribution partner to continue our growth.”

About Grimm Brothers

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse is one of the premier craft brewers of Northern Colorado. Founded in July, 2010, Grimm Brothers is a two time Great American Beer Festival medal winner and Gnarly Barley Brew Festival People’s Choice award winner three years in a row. Located in Loveland, Colorado, Grimm Brothers specializes in German Style Ales and Lagers brewed in the traditional manner. We operate a Tap Room at 623 N. Denver Ave., Loveland, CO offering our fine beers for on premises consumption and carry-out sale. Visit us on Facebook.

Fermentedly Challenged Follow-up: When asked if this distribution would bring Grimm Brothers beer to Denver or Boulder, Paul Ferguson (Marketing Director) stated: "American Eagle doesn't distribute that far south. Check out their territory at http://www.americaneagledistributing.com/?page_id=77 - However, this agreement will allow us more time and internal resources to do some market development in the Denver and Boulder area. It will take some time to develop and we'll need to expand our production in order to successfully serve a broader market."

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The Friek is back for 2012

Odell Brewing FriekThings are about to get a little Friek-y in November thanks to Odell Brewing Company. Read all about the return of their Friek oak-aged beer.

[PRESS RELEASE] - Fort Collins, CO. – On November 10, 2012, Odell Brewing will release this year’s batch of Friek. The Kriek and Framboise hybrid returns for its third year.

“Friek is certainly one of the most highly anticipated offerings in our Cellar Series,” said Jason Bowser, tap room manager for Odell Brewing. “Both our guests and our co-workers look forward to this beer, especially during the holiday season.”

An adaptation of a Lambic style ale, Friek is aged in oak barrels with cherries grown on Colorado’s western slope. It is then blended with Colorado raspberries. The result marries a subtle cherry tartness with a hint of sweet raspberry and a crisp dry finish. The slightly sour profile is derived from a combination of wild yeasts, lactobacillus, and pediococcus and will increase over time.

Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of Friek with a tap room celebration on Saturday, November 10th. Guests can enjoy samples of the beer, tasty local fare, and live music by Gypsy Fit from 4 – 6 p.m. Friek will be available in 750 ml cork and cage finished bottles throughout the brewery’s ten state distribution footprint.


About Odell Brewing Company
Founded in 1989, Odell Brewing was started by Doug Odell, his wife Wynne, and his sister Corkie. Twenty-three years later, the culture of family and collaboration still thrives fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people. It is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create quality, hand-crafted, innovative brews. As a regional craft brewery, Odell Brewing is committed to serving the communities in which it distributes by sourcing local raw materials, and through its charitable giving program known as Odell Outreach. Odell Brewing was recently named a “Top Company of 2010” by ColoradoBiz Magazine and is an award winning brewery, nationally and internationally: 2012 Brewers Association Recognition Award, 2011 Great American Beer Festival® - gold medal for Friek. 2010 North American Beer Awards – gold medal for Woodcut No. 3. 2009 BrewNZ Awards – gold for 5 Barrel Pale Ale. 2008 World Beer Cup® – gold for IPA. 2007 Great American Beer Festival® – gold medal for IPA.

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Colorado Beer News 102912

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Cat Day. A day where dogs take the back seat and cats take the spotlight. Be good to your feline friends today and do something special for them. They won't thank you for it - after all they're cats! It's too bad that the SF Giants weren't more friendly to the cats they were playing with. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, October 29th, 2012.

Upcoming Breweries (Colorado Springs) - Next year, Colorado Springs will continue growing as another big craft beer city as 3 more new nano-breweries will be coming to town: Ballad Brewing LLC, Lofty Brewing Company, and Foxfire Brewing Company. Only Lofty Brewing has found a location so far at 2929 North Prospect Street and they plan to be a wholesale brewery selling to local taverns. Look for these businesses to start pouring sometime in 2013 (if not sooner).

Silverton Brewery (Silverton) - According to their Facebook page, the Silverton Brewery is now in the final stages of bringing the Silverton Brewery to Las Vegas, Nevada. Plans have been in the works for a year now. Stay tuned for details on what this means for the brewery. Are they moving or just expanding their operations? We should know soon.

Very Nice Brewing Company (Nederland) - The weather cooperated and they managed to celebrate their grand opening weekend in style. Check out all of the opening weekend photos of Colorado's newest brewery on their Facebook page. Four beers were pouring during the opening weekend. If you missed it, plan to stop up to check them out at: 20 Lakeview Drive, Unit 112 - Caribou Village Shopping Center - in Nederland, CO.

Parry's Pizza (Highlands Ranch) - This coming Friday night, November 2nd) at Parry's Pizza is their Colorado Native Pint Night from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Order a Colorado Native lager and you get to keep the pint glass (while supplies last). Located at 9567 University Blvd in Highlands Ranch, CO. 50 Draft Handles with the best available craft beer.

Beer Dinners & Pairings - Did you know that there are at least 12 different Beer Dinners being planned from now through early December? More food pairing events are being announced daily. Check out the Colorado Beer Dinner and Pairing Events listings and get your reservations in early.

Colorado Mountain Brewery at the Roundhouse (Colorado Springs) - If you were one of their first 500 Likes on Facebook then today is your day to get your FREE HAT. Stop on by tonight for Monday Night Football and claim your hat today. Just let them know which Like you were and the hat is yours. Located at: 600 S. 21st Street, Suite 180 in Colorado Springs, CO.

Butcherknife Brewing Company (Steamboat Springs) - Progress is being made today! They should be breaking ground on the Steamboat brewery today and will be tapping into the water main. The many hours of planning is starting to take shape. Beer can't be too far away in Steamboat Springs! Follow their progress on Facebook.

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - Anyone in need of a growler to put in the wagon while you follow your kids around during Halloween? Big Choice is offering 20% off growler prices on Wednesday Night and if you bring in your kids on Halloween they will get a full sized candy bar! (Sorry adults, candy is only for the kids, the beer is for you!)

Upslope Brewing Company (Boulder) - On Saturday, November 3rd, be one of the first to try their new Fourth Anniversary beer. There will be a party to go along with that release and it runs from 12pm to 6pm at the brewery in Boulder. They will have over 15 beers available to try along with souvenir glasses. Colorado Craft Beer Radio will also be on hand doing a live show. There will be live music from The Longest Day of the Year and The Wolftones. Food Trucks will also be on site offering up tempting selections. Come help them celebrate their 4th anniversary. Located at: 1501 Lee Hill Road, No. 20.

Hops & Pie (Denver) - This month's Littlest Big Beer Fest will feature the beers of Fifty Fifty Brewing Company of Truckee, California. Fifty Fifty is bringing along 5 different hard to get beers including: Donner Party Porter (Colonial American version), Totality Imperial Stout (9.5% ABV), Rockslide IPA (70 IBUs), RYEPA (West Coast Style IPA) and Eclipse, a strong ale aged in oak bourbon barrels. These brews tend to be higher in ABV than most so bring along a designated driver. Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 Tennyson Street in Denver, CO.

Prost Brewing (Denver) - Still looking for someplace to haunt for Halloween? Stop by Prost for their costume contest. They'll have plenty of beer and they will be giving away some awesome prizes as well. The winners of their recent pumpkin contest will also be announced. That's this Wednesday, but you can always visit in costume anytime you wish, they won't mind.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Attention Veterans and current military! Visit Grimm Brothers on Veterans Day - November 11th, 2012 - and receive half priced pints from 1pm to 7pm. There will also be a special beer release that day - all proceeds from this beer will be donated to American Military Family.org. Stop in tonight for Tacos & Trivia. Food starts 5:30pm and Trivia 7:00 to 9:00pm.

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - Only one more day until the Stubby Shillelaghs' 2nd Anniversary "Booooozeday" Spectacular at Patrick's Irish Pub in Greeley (that's October 30th). The show starts at 8:00pm to make room for their special guests "Keep Britain Irish"! They'll be partying 'til 1am. FREE BEER for an hour (Guinness, Harp and Smithwicks) and best costume gets to take home a FREE 39" flatscreen TV! Patrick's is located at: 909 8th Avenue in Greeley, CO.

Wild Mountain Brewery (Nederland) - Limited time special - from now until Halloween, get 1/2 price oatmeal stouts! That is while the keg still lasts. Better hurry in to get your beer soon!

Brewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge) - This upcoming brewery in Wheat Ridge announced today that they are planning to do a soft opening on Wednesday, November 28th. This nano-brewery is located at: 4335 Wadsworth in Wheat Ridge, CO. They should be firing up their kettle sometime this week if all goes according to plan.

Mountain Sun (Boulder) - Tomorrow, upon opening at each location, Mountain Sun will release two pumpkin beers. Killer Harvest Belgian Pumpkin Ale is 7.5% ABV and uses over 100 pounds of pie pumpkins per batch. It also uses a little brown sugar and their proprietary blend of six different spices. The pumpkin flavor and pumpkin pie spices work well with the flavors from the Achouffe yeast. Dark Harvest Pumpkin Stout is 6.9% ABV and uses similar quantities of fresh pumpkin and blended spices. The chocolate flavors from the dark malts meld with the flavors of pumpkin and spice.

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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Upslope Brewing puts Christmas in a can

Upslope Brewing Christmas AlePut a little holiday cheer in your stocking this year with a 16oz can of Upslope Brewing Christmas Ale. Christmas is coming a bit early this year just so you can stock up for all the holidays. The following is a press release from Upslope Brewing.

[PRESS RELEASE] Boulder, CO - Just in time for the snow to pile up on the high peaks, Upslope Brewing Company releases its highly anticipated Christmas Ale on November 1, 2012. This Spiced Belgian-Style Dubbel is the fourth installment in their Limited Release Series and will be the brewery’s second 16 oz can four pack.

“The recipe for this beer is based upon an old homebrew recipe of mine that I use to take to Christmas parties”, says Matt Cutter, Upslope’s Founder. “In 2009, the brewery adopted this as our Christmas Ale. It was always a spiced holiday ale but last year Alex Violette, Upslope’s Head Brewer, decided to Belgianize this beer by fermenting it with Abbey Ale Yeast.”

This beer pours ruby red with a thick off-white headstand that laces the glass with every sip. The aroma of the Upslope blend of holiday spices complements the dark fruit and spicy notes from the Abbey Ale Yeast. These notes then carry through to the flavor of this medium bodied ale.

The distinctive holiday aroma, ruby red color and rich malt flavor make this ale perfect for spreading Christmas cheer.

The gift of Upslope Christmas Ale will already be “pre-wrapped” on the shelf in a distinctive red ribbon-striped 16 oz can and available on a limited basis throughout Colorado during the holiday season.

For more information about Upslope Brewing, please contact Henry Wood at henry[at]upslopebrewing.com. Be sure to visit their blog, follow them on Twitter, and be their fan on Facebook.

Upslope Brewing Company
1501 Lee Hill Road No. 20
Boulder, CO 80304
(303) 960-8494


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Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Darker World of Porters

The darker world of PortersThe days grow shorter, the nights get colder, and beer selections get darker and bolder. The fall and winter are the perfect time for embracing the darker side of beer and jumping into Porters.

Porters come in a wide variety of sub-styles including: Brown Porters, Robust Porters, Baltic Porters (may include imperial), Smoked Porters, Specialty Porters, and Spice/Herb/Vegetable Porters. Each of these can be quite unique from the other.

Porters are ales and vary in color from light brown to nearly jet black. They can be sweet, roasty, bitter, infused with spices and herbs, hoppy, coffee-like, or aged in barrels and can range in ABV from 4% all the way up to 13% or more.

Porters can be either light bodied or nearly as thick as a motor oil. They tend to be darker and richer than Brown ales, yet less roasty than stouts. In some cases, you'll have a hard time picking out some porters from browns or stouts.

Porters also tend to be a good base for experimentation. You can infuse smoked malts, spices like peppers or vanilla, fruits and coconuts, sweets like honey, or exotics like ground coffee beans. There's no end what you can do with a porter.  Even barrel age them!

The following porter reviews span the spectrum, some are lighter in body and color, some rich and potent. Check out the reviews of the following brews below and see what dark flavors await you the next time you are looking for something dark and mysterious. All of these are available in Colorado, some of these are from a particular year, but still have current versions available. Some beers fall under multiple sub-categories.

Standard Porters (Brown, Robust, Baltic)

- Boulder Beer Planet Porter - Boulder Beer Company (CO)

- Ska Ten Pin Porter - Ska Brewing Company (CO)

- Samuel Adams Honey Porter - Boston Beer Company (MA)

Smoked Porters

- Alaskan Smoked Porter 2008 - Alaskan Beer Company (AK)

- Left Hand Smokejumper Smoked Imperial Porter - Left Hand Brewing Co (CO)

- Stone Smoked Porter Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Company (CA)

Imperial Porters

- Breckenridge Imperial Porter - Breckenridge Brewery (CO)

- Deschutes Black Butte XX - Deschutes Brewery (OR) Now in it's 24th iteration.

- Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter - Flying Dog Ales (MD)

- Full Sail Top Sail Imperial Porter - Full Sail Brewing Co (OR)

- Grand Teton Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter - Grant Teton Brewing (ID)

- Ska Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter - Ska Brewing Co (CO)

Spiced / Herb / Vegetable Porters

- Breckenridge Vanilla Porter - Breckenridge Brewery (CO)

- Dry Dock Vanilla Porter - Dry Dock Brewing Company (CO)

- Empyrean Dark Side Vanilla Porter - Empyrean Brewing (NE)

- Stone Smoked Porter Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Company (CA)

Specialty Porters

- Maui Coconut Porter - Maui Brewing Company (HI)

How many of these have you tried? Had any decent porters you wish to tell us about? Leave a comment below with one of your favorites. More porters will be added as they are reviewed.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

They've got a lot BRUing

BRU Obitus American Brown AleBRU in bottles and the First BRU Beer Dinner

[PRESS RELEASE] (Boulder, CO): Beer Chef / Founder Ian Clark of BRU handbuilt ales has been busy since he got his new three-barrel system up and running. He started bottling Citrum, an IPA handbuilt with fresh lemon zest and juniper, now available at Boulder Wine & Spirits, North Boulder Liquor Store, Cured, Bottles, and Alfalfas in Boulder. And just a few weeks later he added Obitus, an American Brown handbuilt with dates and caramelized sugar to the bottle lineup. He also spent a very busy weekend brewing a special beer with Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace.

On November 8th at 7pm Centro Latin Kitchen, where Clark heads up the kitchen as Executive Chef, will host the very first BRU beer dinner. Clark will showcase both his cooking and brewing that evening. The nights sudsy highlight will include a never before tasted beer specially built for Centro called Sasquash, a roasted pumpkin porter handbuilt with molasses and spices. Culinary highlights include Scallop Crudo with crispy plantain and grapefruit-jalapeno-mint mojo and the Tamarind Braised Beef Short Ribs with crispy Isabelle farms red kuri squash fritters, grilled radicchio, and pickled cipolini onions. Guests will also be invited to take part in a discussion, led by Chef Clark, on the process and inspiration behind his culinary and zymurgical pursuits. For more details visit www.bruboulder.com.

QUICK FACTS:
WHAT: BRU Beer Dinner
WHEN: November 8th, 7pm
WHERE: Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace, 950 Pearl Street, Boulder CO.
COST: $45pp, for reservations call 303.442.7771.

Citrum IPA handbuilt with fresh lemon zest and juniper.
ABV: 7.2%
Specs: an unfiltered, naturally carbonated american india pale ale with fresh lemon zest and juniper.
Availability: Centro Latin Kitchen, Cured, Bottles, Alfalfas, North Boulder Liquor Store, Boulder Wine & Spirits.

Obitus American Brown Ale handbuilt with dates and caramelized sugar.
ABV: 7.6%
Specs: an unfiltered, naturally carbonated american brown ale with dates and caramelized sugar.
Availability: Centro Latin Kitchen, The West End Tavern, Cured, Bottles, Alfalfas, North Boulder Liquor Store, Boulder Wine & Spirits.

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

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

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Colorado Beer News 102612

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Frankenstein Friday - celebrated each year on the last Friday of October to commemorate one of the greatest gothic stories of all time. Frankenstein isn't the monster, but rather the young scientist Victor Frankenstein who discovered how to give live to a dead body. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, October 26th, 2012.

New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins) - New Belgium Brewing recently unveiled a new 10-hectoliter brewing system (~8.38 barrels) that will allow the Fort Collins brewer of Fat Tire to create small batch experimental beers. The new system is comprised of a two-vessel brewhouse with one mash/lauter vessel and one brew kettle/whirlpool. Four fermenters and two bright beer tanks for conditioning complete the facility, which will primarily be used for research and new product development. In addition to research, there will be opportunities throughout the year to collaborate with other breweries, bars and restaurants to develop small batch beers. So far in the first month of production, New Belgium has brewed five batches of beer with a goal of producing 100 batches throughout the year. Each batch is eight barrels or around 250 gallons of beer. Many of the beers will pour only at the brewery’s tasting facility.

The Very Nice Brewing Company (Nederland) - Today is opening day for Nederland's newest brewery. Doors will open at 3:00pm today. Their initial hours will be: Fri-Sat 3pm to 9pm with extended hours coming soon. They will have four beers on tap - Monk's Wild Phunk (Trappist style), Very Nice IPA, Logical Fallacy (India Black Ale), and Very Nice Hefeweizen. Also be on the look out for their upcoming "Crazy Local" Brews - dreamed up by local patrons from across the bar. Join their MUG CLUB - 1st 50 patrons to drink 50 beers will become a member of their Mug Club. Ask for a punch card. Also, take home some brew in their stainless steel growlers. Located at: 20 Lakeview Drive #112 in Nederland, CO in the Caribou Village Shopping Center. Tell them Fermentedly Challenged sent ya. Website: www.verynicebrewing.com.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - Dueling firkins tonight across the USA. Their Quadzilla is tapping at the Tasty Weasel in Colorado & at the Frisco Tap House in Columbia, Maryland, with a live stream from both locations, 5pm MDT / 7pm EDT respectively.
Tweet up with @OskarBlues 4:45-5:30pm MDT #firCAN

Colorado Mountain Brewery - both locations (Colorado Springs) - Their Pumpkin Ale is going to be on tap today! Come on in and get some and then enjoy the Air Force football game tonight. It'll be 32º at the stadium or a pleasant 72º inside with awesome beer and food. Your choice. Choose wisely.

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - Party Time! It's their 2nd annual Halloween Costume Party on Saturday, October 27th, 2012 from 6pm to 11pm. Costumes are optional, but clothes are still mandatory. Come join the fun with music, food and their awesome beer. Pumpkin beer will also be on tap. Bring in your carved Jack-o-lantern. A prize will be given to the best costume and best carved Jack-o-lantern.

The Mayor of Old Town (Ft. Collins) - They've added a little something special for you this afternoon!! For today's FAC, The Mayor decided to add some live music - come down and enjoy the strummings and singings of Colleen Glynn. Don't forget to choose one of the 100 different beers on tap while you're at it.

Brewery Engagements (Colorado) - Looks like a trend is happening. Just days after City Star Brewing's owners Whitney Taylor & John Way got engaged, Gravity Brewing's owners Kate Andrus and Steve Hartsock announced their engagement. Is there something in the beer? Could be. Watch out you other single brewers - it might happen to you. Grats to the happy couples.

Hops & Pie (Denver) - Next Friday, November 2nd at 6:00pm is the Firkin 1st Friday at Hops & Pie. They'll be tapping a firkin of Left Hand Brewing's Warrior IPA - an alluring, complex & dangerous beer, brewed with fresh, whole flower cascade hops from the Colorado western slope. At 6.9% ABV and 69 IBUs, this warrior is ready to fight. Come get some.

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Rocky Mountain Brew Fest (Denver) - Another beer festival is coming to the Colorado Convention Center in Denver on Friday and Sunday, November 2-4th during The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo. There will be four 3-hour sessions. If you are attending the Expo, for an additional $12 advanced ($15 at the door) you can get access to a beer fest area and enjoy a limited number of samples plus one full beer of your choice. 10 different Colorado breweries will be on hand pouring their beers. Additional sampling tickets will be available for purchase.

All Colorado Beer Fest (Colorado Springs) - Also coming up on November 3rd, 2012 there will be two sessions of the 6th annual All Colorado Beer Fest taking place at the Freedom Financial Expo Center at 3650 N. Nevada Ave in Colorado Springs, CO. Tickets are $30 regular, $25 military or $10 designated driver. Sample all the brew you care to drink from dozens of Colorado-only breweries. This year should prove to be bigger and better than ever.

Ska Brewing (Durango) - Remember their Autumnal Mole Stout brewed for the Fall Equinox? Well get ready for their next beer in their series of Equinox and Solstice stouts. Ska Brewing just got approval for the name Ska Vinifera Stout. While no official word on what kind of stout this will be, the name Vinifera refers closely to a European grape. Could this be a grape stout? Or perhaps a wine barrel-aged stout? Stay tuned for the Winter Solstice to find out.

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) - The brewery is planning to can and release a limited edition Upslope Christmas Ale. Cans were being filled this week. Also coming in the months ahead are their 4th anniversary Saison (Nov. 3rd), also another release of their Foreign Stout in January and then a Belgian Pale Ale returning in April.

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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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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Colorado Beer News 102512

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Sourest Day. If you're feeling a bit sour today, it's OK. You're allowed to - it's Sourest Day. It's a day even Oscar the Grouch would embrace. And for craft beer drinkers, it's a day to celebrate Sour Ales. The increasingly popular tart, acidic brews that many Colorado breweries now produce. Pucker up! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, October 25th, 2012.

Denver Beer Company (Denver) - Now that the 1st snows are falling for the season, Denver Beer Company is renewing a tradition. If it's snowing and you decide to drink your beer outside in the beer garden in the snow you'll get $2 off your drink. Bring your warm clothes, hats, scarf and gloves. Hey, at least your beer will stay cold.

Black Cat Brewing (Boulder) - Black Cat Brewing and the Longmont Humane Society are teaming up for the month of October to bring you Black Cat Brewing's first merchandise! The yet to be open brewery is pre-selling limited edition t-shirts with the Black Cat Brewing logo printed in gloss black on black t-shirts, all proceeds go to the animals in need at the Longmont Humane Society! The cost is $25 per shirt. Sign-up for a shirt at: www.blackcatbrewing.com/fundraiser

International Stout Day (November 8, 2012) - This annual celebration of Stout beers is coming up in less than 2 weeks. Be prepared to turn to the dark side of beer for this 1 day tribute. Celebrations to happen all over Colorado. Ask your local taproom what they are planning for Stout Day on Thursday, November 8th. Info at: www.stoutday.com.

Odell Brewing (Ft. Collins) - [Odell blog] A few weeks ago, Odell Brewing and Rio Grande Mexican Restaurants got together to brew a chili pumpkin stout. Named “La Calavera” (the skull), the brew will be available for a limited time at Odell Brewing, Rio Grande Mexican Fort Collins, and El Monte Grill & Lounge. In celebration of this unique collaboration, Odell Brewing and the Rio will be hosting tapping parities on October 31st 2012. The keg tapping festivities will begin at Odell’s Tap Room, 800 East Lincoln Avenue, from 4:00pm and at 6:00pm. Guests are encouraged to dress up and enjoy samples of the brew, local snacks, and live music by Lee Holiday and The Time Off. The crowds will then be directed to the Rio patio, 143 W. Mountain Ave, where the festivities will continue with another keg tapping of La Calavera and live music by The Constant Tourists.

Kannah Creek Brewing (Grand Junction) - Congrats to Kannah Creek Brewing for reaching their 7th anniversary of making great beer and food in Grand Junction, CO. Today they are thanking their customers with $3 pints all day long. Stop in for lunch or any time after.

Parry's Pizza (Highlands Ranch) - On Friday night, October 26th, come to Parry's Pizza in Highlands Ranch dressed in your Halloween best. If you do, you'll get a chance to win some great stuff. Join them for the BEER and FEAR scary beer & costume contest. It's a great way to test out your costume for all those other parties you'll be attending all weekend long and next week.

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - Boos & Brews - their Halloween Costume Party is Friday night from 6pm to 10pm. Stop by for $2 pints of select beers and live music by "Laughing Bones". They will also be serving BBQ for an additional price: homemade Gumbo, brats and pulled chicken sandwiches. Grab dinner and pre-party before your other late-night Halloween parties! Costumes highly encouraged.

Echo Brewing Co (Frederick) - Join the gang in the Tap Room this Saturday, October 27th from 6pm to 10pm for their Halloween Party! Wear a costume and receive a free pint! They'll be tapping their Pumpkin Ale and will have Halloween-themed games and great giveaways! JAMS Place will also be serving up gourmet grilled cheese! Also this week: Tonight - Empanadas from Orange Crunch, Friday Live Music from Watersong and Wood-Fired Pizza from Ablaze.

Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) - The 462 Beer Club will be having a private party this Saturday, October 27th at 5:00pm in Crabtree's new tap room Brewer's Lounge. They will be releasing a new beer - Peachtree Cezanne Saison. This is a beer style traditionally brewed seasonally in farmhouses in Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium, for farm workers during harvest season. A refreshing ale that is golden in color and brewed with wheat, rye, two-row barley and aged with real peaches. Once the party is over it will be available to the general public - limited on draft and also in 750ml cork & caged bottles.

Steamworks Brewing Co (Durango) - Steamworks is getting in the holiday spirit a little early, tapping its Spruce Goose Ale just in time for the arrival of the Capitol Christmas Tree in Durango. The theme for the journey of the “People’s Tree” to Washington DC is “Celebrating Our Great Outdoors.” How perfect to celebrate our outdoors with a beer brewed from spruce tips harvested from the San Juan Mountains. Sporting an ABV of 9 percent, the Spruce Goose received a bronze medal in the 2009 Australian International Beer Competition, and will be poured at Sorrel Sky Gallery (828 Main Ave.) on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, during a special celebration of the arrival of the Capitol Christmas Tree in Durango. The limited release Spruce Goose Ale will then be available only at Steamworks Brewing Co. in 750 ml. bottles, as well as on-tap.

Southern Sun (Boulder) - File this one in the close call category - The Southern Sun Pub and Brewery will be closed today due to a small fire that started in one of their fryers overnight. Don't panic though. Everything is A-OK! Keep an eye on their Facebook to find out when their doors will re-open. Until then, the Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery will be serving finely crafted malted beverages and scrumptious pub fare all day and night!

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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.

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