Friday, November 30, 2012

Colorado Beer News 113012

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Stay at Home Because You Are Well Day. Feeling good? Hope so, because if you are today's a perfect day to take off from work according to Wellcat.com. Think about it. The perfect day to catch up on what you need to do. Make it a 3 day weekend. Call in "well" today, but use your judgement so it won't back fire on you. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, November 30th, 2012.

Metro Denver / Boulder

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Several activities planned for December. ABC will be participating in the Parade of Darks @ Wynkoop Dec. 1st, also on Dec. 4th for Colorado Gives Day at Ralston House & Arvada Center. They will also be one of 5 breweries pouring at a beer dinner at The Golden Hotel on Dec. 5th. On Dec. 6th they will host a Potluck Dinner during the Broncos/Raiders game - sign up to bring a dish. Beer releases: Dec 7 - Engine 1 Pale Ale gluten reduced, Dec 14 - Renovator Dopplebock release, Dec 28 Arvada Pride Double IPA. And finally on Dec 31st they will be throwing a big New Years Eve Party from 8pm to 1am. Be there! Also, sign up for their Mug Club between Dec 7 and Jan 31 - limited to 100 members. See web for details. www.arvadabeer.com

Mountain Sun (Boulder) - This coming Tuesday, 12/4, upon opening at all three locations they'll be serving Fruitcake Rum-Aged Belgian Strong Dark. Fruitcake is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale that was brewed with Dried Mission Figs and Turkish Apricots. The beer was then aged in Rum barrels for several months. It is rich and malty with dark stone fruit flavors and oak character up front, followed by spicy Belgian yeast notes. 9.2% ABV, $5.75/Snifter.

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - Direct from their newsletter, On Monday, December 3, 10 and 17 receive $1 extra off $4.50 pints during Happy Hour 4pm-6pm. That means Happy Hour Prices for you are $2.50! Use the Choice Catch Phrase: "I Choose the Brew HA HA Happy Hour!" - Also - every Monday is "Ladies Choice" - the ladies drink at Happy Hour Prices all night ($1 off $4.50 pints). And... their Apres Shred Winter Ale is now on the Old Chicago's Broomfield Winter Beer Tour - check it out.

Northern Colorado

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - 'Tis the season for holiday beers! Grimm Brothers will be releasing their Weihnachts Bier (German for Christmas beer) on Wednesday, December 5th at their taproom. This is a delicious Weizenbock Ale that you won't want to miss. Also, they have a full line-up of music entertainment lined up every Thursday night in December starting at 5:30pm and lasting until 8:30pm. Acts include: Kurt Humann, Grant McIntosh, Marcy & Leham, and Tom Cornwel. Let great beer and music raise your spirits in December!

Black Bottle BreweryBlack Bottle Brewing (Fort Collins) - Tomorrow is their opening day! Well, actually tonight is, but that is a private party. But come 11:00am you can visit Fort Collins' 11th brewery. They'll have 40 taps of craft beer available including a few of their own. Plus wine and a full liquor bar as well. Enjoy small plate food from their kitchen. If you can't wait until Saturday, NapaOfBeer.com tells us that Choice City Butcher & Deli will have their Bitches Get Stitches beer on tap tonight. Black Bottle Brewery is located at: 1605 S. College Ave in FoCo.

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - The brewery is pleased to announce the release of The Noble One - a Belgian-style ale brewed with Noble Hops (Spalt & Saaz). It's nectar of the Griffons! The beer will be tapped today as of 12 noon. Stop by for a taste and stay for live music from Sharon Glassman and Paul Kiteck from 6-8pm. The Bedrock BBQ will also be there serving up some tasty food was well. High Hops serves all types of beer for all types of people.

Colorado Springs

Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Come join in on 12-12-12 for an evening of beer and cheer. Amazing Springs vocalist Amy Sue Hardy will be in the house singing Christmas carols from 6-8 pm. Plus, GSB will be pouring glasses of cheer with five new beers starting when they open at 11 am, one brewed by each member of their staff especially for Christmas! Lynn draws on her Scottish ancestry to brew Wassail Ale, a Scottish Wee Heavy spiced with apples and cinnamon. Devyn combines her love of coffee and beer to brew Working Girl Coffee Stout, an Irish sweet stout with dark roast espresso. Jeff explores his love of English Ales to bring you John Paul George Stingo, a soured and oaked dark Yorkshire strong ale. Ben Wilder exposes his wilder side with Wilder Brewing's Singularity, an offbeat, peppery Belgian amber with the gravity of a black hole. Plus, they'll be serving Thunderstroke Barleywine, an extremely high gravity sweet English Ale that's sure to warm your bones in cold weather. Limit one 12 oz pour per customer per visit.

Pikes Peak Brewing (Monument) - Today only special - Buy your choice of Panini and get a free half pint of beer with it. That'll save you $2.50 off your bill. Stop in for a bite and a brew.

Mountains and West

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - TONIGHT is the tapping release party for their KSKE Extra Pale Ale! $15 at the door gets you 2 pints of the beer, a souvenir pint glass, a plate of delicious Southern food from The Lost Cajun, and an entry into the raffle to win tickets to Snow Daze 3-day music festival. Stop by Crazy Mountain from 5pm-8pm for new beer, live music and a chance to drink beer for charity - 100% of the proceeds go to the Salvation Army.

Telluride Brewing Co (Telluride) - FYI - the brewery will be closed this Sunday in order to refinish their bar. Better stock up Saturday!

Bars, Restaurants and Misc.

Free Pizza with Beer PurchaseThe Mayor of Old Town (Fort Collins) - Hey Guys!! Monday Dec 3rd is just for you! Join the Gary Brewseys Mens Beer Club at the Mayor of Old Town (632 S Mason St, Fort Collins) for Goose island Night at 6pm! Robin from Goose island will be there doing a tasting of many of Goose Island's vintage and award winning beers including the 2012 GABF Gold Medal winner Goose Island IPA. It's free and if you're not careful, you might learn something. - Also at the Mayor - F.A.C. is back today from 3-5. Today's F.A.C. along with next week's (12/7 featuring music by Colleen Glynn) will be the last F.A.C.s for the year as they are booked for Holiday parties through December. So, if you like free pizza and you like beer....this is the club for you!

Home Made Liquids & Solids (Longmont) - Firestone Walker Fans! Tonight at O.B.'s Home Made Liquids & Solids they are planning a Firestone Walker Tap Takeover starting at 4:00pm. There will be 9 FW beers on tap including the FW XVI Anniversary brew, Double DBA, and Parabola (Imperial Stout). Best chance to try several in the same place.
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CO Beer Dinners - Expand your palate! How about a beer dinner or pairing event? Lots of events are taking reservations now. Check out the Colorado Beer Dinner & Pairing Events listing.

Live Music - Beer and music go great together and many Colorado breweries and watering holes offer live entertainment every day. Check out the Colorado Brewery Music Listings and find who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar. Updated daily.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

More canned beer to ship from Renegade Brewing

Renegade Brewing CompanyRenegade Brewing Company to Distribute Two More Beers

[PRESS RELEASE] Renegade Brewing Company of Denver, CO will be canning two new beers in January. Following Renegade’s currently distributed Ryeteous Rye IPA, the 5:00 Afternoon Ale and Elevation Triple IPA will round the portfolio.

The 5:00 is an Afternoon Ale, an emerging style first coined by Renegade. Renegade’s founder and Chief Beer Officer Brian O’Connell, describes the Afternoon Ale as ”just what one would expect, a clean and light brew perfect for an afternoon of Renegade antics”. This beer will appear in a pint can on shelves next to its sibling the 16 ounce Ryeteous can.

A bolder brew, Elevation, will be packaged in a smaller, 12 ounce can. This 11% triple IPA is packed with over 100 IBU’s of Summit Hops creating a distinct flavor that was voted second best beer in Colorado by readers of Denver Off The Wagon.

Currently Ryeteous is distributed throughout the Denver Metro area, Boulder, and Corlorado Springs. Elevation and 5:00 cans will soon be found in those local stores.
For more information please contact Renegade at media@renegadebrewing.com or (303) 534-5407. You may also visit Renegade’s website for more information on the company: www.renegadebrewing.com.

Renegade Brewing Company opened June 2011 and released their first canned beer in July 2012. This Denver brewery has been recognized as Westword’s Best Neighborhood Brewery and 5280’s editor’s choice for Best New Brewery. Renegade is located at 925 W. 9th Avenue, in the heart of the Santa Fe Art’s District.

Renegade 5:00 O'Clock Afternoon Ale Renegade Elevation Triple IPA

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Colorado Beer News 112912

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Electronic Greetings Day. We've been doing it for years, eliminating paper and pen and sending letters via the Internet. No wonder the Post Office is losing $billions each year. Send someone you know who you might not have been in touch with recently an e-message today and help to brighten their day. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, November 29th, 2012.

Metro Denver / Boulder

Lone Tree Brewing (Lone Tree) - The brewery is having their one year anniversary celebration on Saturday, December 8th. They will be releasing a new beer every 2 hours starting at noon. There will be a live radio broadcast with Gary V and the American Craft Beer Show, food Trucks, live music starting at 6:00pm and of course CAKE! Also on Sunday, December 9th they are hosting a customer appreciation brunch. They will provide the food and will be offering Bloody Chili Beer Mary's and Beer Mosas. Stay tuned for more on that. Released beers include: Vanilla Caramel Amber Ale at 11am, Red Chili Ale at 1pm, Tropical Export Stout at 3pm, Peppermint Mocha Porter at 5pm and Nitro IIPA at 7pm.

Black Shirt Brewing Co (Denver) - Patrons of Black Shirt Brewing (aka the BSB Mafia) know that due to the popularity of their brews, the small Denver brewery occasionally runs out of beer and has to close down to make more. Good news! They will be open and pouring beer this Saturday, Dec 1st from 4-8pm. Get out, enjoy the beautiful weather, and come treat yourself to a red afterwards!

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - This season, their holiday gift to you comes in the form of Bhakti Chai Brown Ale, and it's available only during their upcoming Holiday Bazaar from 3-7pm this Sunday, December 2nd at the brewery! Featuring brown sugar maltiness, hints of vanilla and nuts, and a holiday dose of organic ginger and fiery spices, this brew will help you do all your gift-buying in one fell swoop.

Yak and Yeti (Arvada) - The Sherpa Porter was released last Friday and is going strong, people love it. They even have had several Brit's and Brewers praise its existence. Great news, the Chai Milk Stout was chosen to be on the Old Chicago Holiday Mini Tour. 10 of the beers were mandated and they only got to choose two more making it 12, so this is a great honor having their beer on tap at the Wadsworth and 88th location during the month of December! Upcoming brews: Dec 7th - Off Kilter 80/-, 5.2%, 18IBU's, simple Scottish Export named by our Facebook fans (the runner up was "Thistle-do-nicely") read more about the release here. Also on Dec 21st - End of the World party with "Up in Smoke" Rauchbier lager release at 4PM. 5.6% and 28 IBUs.

Northern Colorado

New Belgium (Fort Collins) - Their distribution is constantly growing and starting in 2013, New Belgium beers will be available in both Louisiana and Alaska. Look for them to make a debut there by Fall 2013. In other news according to BeerPulse.com, New Belgium is planning to retire Belgo IPA by the end of Q1 2013 and replace it with Rampant Imperial IPA. This one is going to be big and bold and their first imperial IPA. Look also for a new Lips of Faith brew "Sultana Cascara Quad" to show up sometime in Q1 2013. Others planned are: Pluot in Q2, a Coconut Curry Hefeweizen and also a Wild ale in Q3 and Yuzu Berlinerweiss in Q4. Lots to look forward to in 2013.

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - What's better than drinking beer? Brewing the beer you drink! Join High Hops and learn the fundamentals of brewing at their Brew Class scheduled for Monday, December 10th at 6:00pm. The entry fee for this class is just $5 which will include a free beer from High Hops Brewery. Once you've learned the basics, they can help get you started with equipment & ingredients to make your own beer (or wine too). Now through December 24th, you can get 20% off a brewing equipment kit - no coupon necessary. Looking for a Christmas tree? Purchase one from The Windsor Gardener and get a Free Pint at High Hops Brewery (21+ only).

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Fort Collins) - Every Thursday night from 7-9pm it's Trivia Night. Pateros Creek Brewing Company and Geeks Who Drink have finally teamed up to bring you a great Thursday night! Every Thursday from 7-9 Geeks Who Drink will be providing FREE live-hosted trivia where teams will compete to win awesome brewery prizes! PCBC will also be running drink specials all night! Also, 'tis the season for a Christmas themed Outlaw tap! Come in and try the "1st Day of Christmas" - a vanilla porter infused with orange peel, peppermint and pink peppercorns and reindeer magic.

Big Beaver Brewing (Loveland) - Tonight is another special blended beer concoction. Come in and try a Stubbly Peter for $3, a blend of their Potent Peter IPA and Beaver stubble Stout. And ladies get 1/2 price drinks tonight. Then on Friday, It's Free Beer Friday at 2pm. A free 1/6th barrel of Shaved Tail Ave will be offered. Limit 1 beer per customer. Then stay for their Beaver Jam Bluegrass Jam from 7-10pm. Then on Saturday, December 1st it's a release of their new beer: Bearded Clam Winter Warmer Ale. Live music will be on hand starting at 6:30pm that night too. Always something going on at the Beaver.

Colorado Springs Breweries

Bristol Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Join in tonight, from 5pm to 9pm for this year's batch of Christmas Ale while donning your Gnarliest Holiday Garb! They brewed up a tasty batch of their spiced Christmas ale annually to celebrate this most festive of seasons. Every year their brewers change up the spices to showcase new ideas and keep things interesting. This season's recipe was crafted by their own Bob Archibald. When he's not pouring beer at Bristol, Bob is an avid homebrewer. In addition to this year's party is their 1st Gnarly Holiday Garb Pageant. They will award prizes to the men and women with the ugliest, tackiest, gnarliest and just plain wrong holiday attire. Now is the time to hit up your Great Aunt Edna, the prolific knitter, for an atrocious ensemble. Prizes include beer for a year, t-shirts and other Bristolicious schwag. And if that isn't enough fun for one night, the Wassail Group will be performing from 5:30-6:30pm.

Mountains and West

Palisade Brewing Company (Palisade) - It is that time of the week again! "Keep it real Thursday". Their Mint Chocolate Porter is being tapped at 4:20pm this afternoon! Texas Holdem starts at 6:30pm and Football on the big screen. Pineapple Crackers is playing live tomorrow night from 7-10pm. It is going to be another fun filled weekend in Palisade!
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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 Thursday, November 29th, 2012. More news being added to this page throughout the day til 3:00pm Mountain time.

Bars & Restaurants Statewide

The Mayor of Old Town (Fort Collins) - Looking for a special treat on tap? The Mayor just today tapped a couple of great special brews. 1st - Avery's Mephistopheles' Stout (just released again for this year), and also Russian River's Supplication, an American Wild Ale. These kegs will drain fast so be sure to order one today when you stop in.

Rackhouse Yeti Pint NightRackhouse Pub (Denver) - Rackhouse's next pint night is coming up Friday, December 14th. They will be featuring 8 different styles of Great Divide Brewing Company's Yeti Imperial Stout. Yup 8 different kinds! The Yeti taps will start pouring at 4pm. Try these: Regular Yeti, Oak-aged, Chocolate Oak-aged, Belgian, Espresso, Session (or Baby), Barrel-aged (bottles), and a special firkin of Yeti. The first 50 people to order a Yeti will receive a complimentary pint glass!

Parry's Pizzeria & Bar (Highlands Ranch) - Coming up next week, Parry's is hosting a Samuel Adams Pint Night on Friday, December 7th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Reps from Sam Adams will be on hand pouring and talking about their beers. Free pint glass when you buy a Samuel Adams beer. Lots of great beer on tap that night, many of them Sam Adams to help fill up their 50 tap lines.

Beer T-Shirt Discount (Beercation.com) - There's one month left to take advantage of their $2.00 off t-shirt discount code at Beercation.com. If you use the coupon code "craftbeer" when you check out, you'll get $2.00 off any I'm On Beercation t-shirt! Help support our sponsor and get that beer lover in your life a nice holiday gift. Offer ends at 11:59pm EST December 31st.

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CO Beer Dinners - Expand your palate! How about a beer dinner or pairing event? Lots of events are taking reservations now. Check out the Colorado Beer Dinner & Pairing Events listing.

Live Music - Beer and music go great together and many Colorado breweries and watering holes offer live entertainment every day. Check out the Colorado Brewery Music Listings and find who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar. Updated daily.

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Kyle Hollingsworth brings free beer to December concerts

Kyle HollingsworthFans of Kyle Hollingsworth know that when he tours he usually brings along some beer. And with his recent collaborations with Avery Brewing and Sierra Nevada, beer lovers as well as music lovers will want to get their early to his upcoming shows to get a taste of whats on tap.

Special to these upcoming Denver shows is a pair of special tappings. With Avery Brewing Company, Hollingsworth put a new spin on a former collaboration, dry-hopping and spicing their Winter’s Day IPA. With Sierra Nevada, Hollingsworth helped to create Hop Bam!, a light pale ale with hints of orange, white peppercorn and white hops from the homegrown fields of Sierra Nevada. These once-in-a-lifetime beers will be available each night for free up until 9pm or whenever the kegs tap out.

String Cheese Incident’s Kyle Hollingsworth and Soulive play Friday & Saturday, December 7 and 8 at Cervantes’

[PRESS RELEASE] Location: 2637 Welton Street Denver, CO. Doors open at 8:00 pm & Show starts at 9:00 pm. Cost: $22 advance, $25 at show, $40 2-day passes (includes a $1 donation to help ailing musicians and artists through Sweet Relief). Ages 16+ Friday and All Ages Saturday. Free Avery & Sierra Nevada collaborative beers available both nights before 9 PM (ages 21+).

Thirty years ago, Kyle Hollingsworth set out on a career in music. With a wealth of desire and an abundance of ability, Hollingsworth has established himself as a formidable and versatile music talent deftly able to contribute, collaborate, compose, and communicate on a number of levels and within a vast spectrum of musical environments.

Today, as a member of acclaimed jam masters The String Cheese Incident, Hollingsworth is revered by both peers and fans for his ability to write and perform in a mosaic of styles, from rock to classical, ragtime to bebop. Playing in SCI has allowed him unrestricted access to the world of music, and has bestowed on him the kind of fearlessness a composer needs to flirt with such disparate genres.

Those who’ve seen SCI know that they can jerk from funk to bluegrass on a chord change. “In the jam world, where there are no set ways of doing things, we’re not afraid to move in and out of genres,” he says, “and because of that I’ve learned to be creative, not only onstage but in the studio. I can get on board with something pretty quickly. You have to.”

His most recent release, titled Then There’s Now, finds the musician coming in to his own. With solid song material and a slamming new band, Kyle is making his mark in the new, always-evolving music scene. Then There’s Now delivers a blend of vocal and instrumental tunes and seamlessly displays his growth as a musician and as a songwriter.


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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

FC After Hours - It's a Strange litigious world

FC After HoursDay's work is done. Time to relax, have a brew. Fermentedly Challenged is staying up late with after hours news and commentary.

Welcome to the first of late day FC After Hours posts. Here we'll take a look at the late breaking world of craft beer with a slightly different approach. Topics the Colorado Daily News doesn't have room to describe. These posts will take on a more personal perspective and will range greatly in subject. This first such post will take a look at a sensitive topic: Litigation in the beer industry.

It's a "Strange" litigious world

What's up with small business cooperation today? There seems to be a non-stop flow of lawsuits and cease and desist letters these days and now it's hitting another Colorado brewery. There's been a flurry of articles coming out this month about the so-called trademark infringement slapped against Denver's Strange Brewing Company by a similarly named business "Strange Brew Beer & Wine Making Supplies" in Massachusetts who has been in business since 1997. Now that the Massachusetts business has their eyes set on making their own beer, they want to keep the phrase "Strange Brew" all to themselves. Wasn't that also the name of a movie that dealt with beer? Hmmm...

Despite efforts by Denver's Strange Brewing Company to "make nice", offer alternatives and co-exist peacefully with this other business, Strange Brew on the East coast doesn't plan to let anyone else use any part of their "trademarked" name when it comes to beer. So much for the unwritten brotherhood of brewers.

Strange Brewing Company faces immediate action if they don't change their name. They can spend a lot of money to fight this action (which they still could lose) or they can bite the bullet and change their name which would also cost them a chunk of change. Neither of which is an easy choice.

What a shame. Ever wonder how long it will be before every word in the English language is trademarked by some company? It's not a surprise today that there are so many businesses out there who have to intentionally misspell a word just to use it in their business name. And even then, if it "sounds" too much like a trademarked name they still are forced to change it. A name means everything these days.

While the result of this cease and desist issue is still not settled, there is only a sad reminder to all business owners that you do your due diligence before you name your company or else you may have to spend a lot of time and money later on to correct your mistake. Who would have guessed that a small homebrew shop in one state would get confused with a brewery in another state. Apparently that happened and the out of state business took offense to it.

Pateros Creek Brewing in Fort Collins, CO and the upcoming De Steeg Brewing in Denver had similar issues with their original names and eventually had to change their names, but that was BEFORE they opened for business and not 1-2 years after the fact like Strange Brewing Company.

Some businesses take a different approach

Cooperation can find a way. Take the case of Avery Brewing and Russian River Brewing. Back in 2004, Avery discovered a way to avoid litigation years back when they found out that one of their beers (Salvation) had the same name as a Russian River Brewing beer. Rather than fight it out in court over the exclusive rights to that beer name, the two breweries decided to collaborate on a beer called "Collaboration not Litigation Ale" - a blend of the two different Salvation ales. A beer that the two breweries still make today.

The spirit of cooperation between breweries is very high here in Colorado and when we see that spirit tossed aside by another beer-related business outside our state some people tend to get upset about it. And when fans of a brewery get involved on social media, things can tend to get downright nasty. But we won't go there right now.

So while I feel bad for Strange Brewing Company and the possibility that they'd have to spend a ton of money to change their name, I just have to shake my head and wonder why things like this have to happen in the first place. A simple Google search may have prevented this whole thing a few years ago, but who knows - even Google results aren't perfect.

A helping hand

On a brighter note, the Colorado community is planning to get together and help out Strange Brewing in an upcoming benefit hosted by Grimm Brothers Brewhouse and the Rackhouse Pub in December. The event is asking for local breweries to donate a keg to the cause and all funds raised will go towards the defense of Strange Brewing Company. When things get tough, the community here steps in and helps out. They know a tough situation when they see one.

If Strange Brewing Company can't win this case, then they will face an expensive name changing process and that'll take a bunch of money and time to correct. Even if they do win their case, it may still require a lot of money to pay their lawyers. Lose - Lose either way. The only winners in this case are the lawyers. Perhaps they can find a lawyer willing to donate time to this cause as well.

We wish Strange Brewing Company of Denver the best of luck in their efforts to keep their name. If the Colorado brewing community and their fans band together, we might just help make a difference.

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Twisted Pine completes the 2012 Artisan series with Noel Tripel

Twisted Pine Noel TripelWelcome December with Noel Tripel
Last Artisan Ale of the year presented Dec. 1st

[PRESS RELEASE] Boulder, Colorado – November 28th 2011 – In French-speaking parts of the world, notably Belgium, there are two fabled figures associated with the Christmas season. Saint Nicholas is well renowned, but it is the esteemed Père Noël that checks to see if children have been well-behaved and rewards the good ones with toys and candy while leaving twigs in the shoes of the naughty. Boulder’s own Twisted Pine Brewing Company seeks to pay tribute to the legend with the year’s last release from its Artisan Ale Project.

Noel Tripel is a bold and golden Belgian beauty and marks Twisted Pine’s first foray into the Tripel style popularized by Trappist monasteries in Belgium. Spice-scented hop character floats fragrantly from the glass, mingling with sourdough aromatics from Pilsner malt and fruity esters provided by the yeast. Weighing in at 35 IBU, the beer’s flavor starts off with spicy bitterness from the addition of Magnum and Tettnang hops rounded off by bready malt notes, and finishes with a delicate smoothness that cloaks a strength of 9% ABV. While full of flavor, the body is light and creamy and invites one to sip repeatedly.

Longest Night, a painting by local artist Richard Dotson, bedecks the label for Noel Tripel and Dotson will display his artwork on the walls of Twisted Pine’s ale house for the December 1st release party, which goes from noon to 9pm. There is no list for admittance and all are welcome. However, brewers will consult Père Noël’s list and may place twigs in the shoes of the misbehaved. The merry ale will be available on draft and in 750 ml, wax-dipped bottles at the brewery, along with a few other select locations in and around Boulder.

About Twisted Pine Brewing Company

Based in Boulder, Colorado Twisted Pine Brewing Company has been handcrafting beer since 1995. They are the brewers of such favorites as “Hoppy Boy IPA,” “Raspberry Wheat Ale” and “Billy’s Chilies.” The Ale House is a very popular local hangout and boasts 17 taps, 5 rotating. Twisted Pine is active with local charitable organizations and a strong believer in sustainable business practices. You can find more information at www.twistedpinebrewing.com.

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From farm to restaurant Oskar Blues' CHUBurger plans revealed

CHUBurgerOskar Blues isn't content with just beer, they're bringing their CHUBurgers into a new restaurant. Here is a press release issued November 28, 2012 about their upcoming fast craft casual dining.

OSKAR BLUES BREWERY TO OPEN HOMEGROWN CHUBURGER RESTAURANT IN LONGMONT, COLO

[PRESS RELEASE] Longmont, Colo – Oskar Blues’ continues to integrate their restaurant roots and their boundary bustin’ brewery with their latest fast-craft-casual concept CHUBurger.

“CHUBurger’s inspiration is to serve the best and freshest locally raised and thoughtfully sourced food and craft beer. And make it fast and affordable,’” says Chef Jason Rogers.

“Our vision is to raise our own all-natural, grass fed, 100% Black Angus beef and improve the idea of farm to table.” says Rogers. The Hops & Heifers farm is a conscious venture that was inspired by Oskar Blues to integrate brewery outflows of spent grain, a potent protein mash, along with all-natural grass and hay and to create a local, fresh plate.

The menu will also feature fresh cut Kennebec potato fries, plain or in combination with roasted shoshito peppers, a fresh and spicy twist. If Hops & Heifers beef isn’t your thing, the BUFFburger made with fresh all natural local bison, OMEGAburger sustainable wild Coho salmon with Greek yogurt tartar sauce, or the BERKburger, the Hops and Heifers newest addition to the farm, heritage Berkshire pork.

Plus the menu will include one-of-a-kind milk shakes and our unapologetic canned beers (naturally).

For the super-creamy milk shakes, the restaurant will use a Pacojet, a new device that creates an ultra-light mousse.

“The Pacoject is a revolutionary ‘bucket list’ product that hasn’t been offered at this level of food service ever—a must try before you die,” Rogers quips.

The CHUBurger restaurant will open its doors on February 1, 2013, at 1225 Ken Pratt Boulevard, just a mile down the road from the brewery and its Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids restaurant which are only eight miles from their Hops & Heifers Farm. CHUBurger’s hours will be daily from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., and will offer take-out, catering and outdoor seating.

CHUBurger is designed by Trapp Associates Ltd., an international, multi discipline design firm specializing in restaurant / retail design, brewery design, restaurant architecture, and equipment.

In addition to Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids, the craft brewery also owns the original Oskar Blues Grill & Brew and The Old Chubway, both in Lyons, as well as the Bonewagon, a food truck that offers the original CHUBurger from its stops in the Longmont and Boulder area.

Stay in touch with CHUBurger online at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CHUBurger

Web: http://www.oskarblues.com/restaurant/chuburger

Twitter: @CHUBurger

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About Oskar Blues Brewery

Founded by Dale Katechis in 1997 as a brewpub and grill, Oskar Blues Brewery launched its craft-brewed hand canning operations in 2002 in Lyons, Colo. It was the first American craft brewery to can beer. Today, more than 180 craft breweries are canning their beers. The original crew used a hand-canning line on a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont packaged 41,000 barrels in 2010, grew to 59,000 in 2011 and is on pace for 90,000 in 2012. While celebrating 10 years of Dale’s Pale Ale, the brewery has announced it will begin brewing beer in their new Brevard, NC, brewery in December 2012. Visit www.oskarblues.com, http://www.facebook.com/OskarBluesCans, @oskarblues for more information.


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Colorado Beer NewsToday is Create Your Own Head Day. This day is meant for artists and youth to create a likeness of their own head using any artistic means. For craft beer drinkers, we can interpret this as a day to pour a tall one into a glass and build up a mighty head (of foam). Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, November 28th, 2012.

Metro Denver / Boulder

Strange Brewing Co (Denver) - Help keep Strange Brewing's name! An effort is underway, led by Grimm Brothers Brewhouse and The Rackhouse Pub to raise funds for the legal defense of Strange Brewing Co in their trademark name infringement case. Breweries are being asked to donated a keg of beer to a fundraiser event set for December 20th from 4:30pm to 7:30pm at the Rackhouse Pub in Denver. For details on this event, visit the blog post on Fermentedly Challenged.

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Today ABC will release their "O'Harrow's Foreign Stout" - 7.4% ABV 35 IBU's. This Foreign Stout reportedly has a great balance between roasted barley and enough bitterness to make the palate jump for joy. Only British hops were used in making of this brew. Stop in for a taste.

Vine Street Pub & Brewery (Denver) - Announcing The First Ever Vine Street Full Moon Firkin: Beginning today, Wednesday 11/28, the Vine Street Pub will start regularly tapping a cask of beer (or two) monthly on the night of each full moon. Serving beer from a cask is a traditional English technique of allowing the yeast to produce natural carbonation in the beer. The beer is then dispensed directly from the vessel in which it was conditioned and carbonated. The beers will be served at cellar temperatures, which is not as cold as draft beer, but is also not warm. A Firkin is the term used for a 10.8 gallon cask. Today, the Mountain Sun FYIPA and Vegabond IPA Firkin Casks will be tapped at 4:00 pm at Vine Street Pub in Denver. The casks will be served until they’re gone!

Tivoli Brewing (Denver) - Fresh off the heals of re-releasing Tivoli Beer for the first time since 1969, Tivoli Brewing is planning to release a second beer in January or February 2013 based on the old Sigi's bock beer recipe. The beer while still yet without a final name, will be contracted out and produced at Prost Brewing in Denver. Later in 2013, look for even more old historic beers to be re-made by Tivoli Brewing.

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - Their 2012 Signature Series Bligh's Barleywine release date is set. There will only be 10 cases (120, 22oz. bottles) released at the Dry Dock tasting room on Sunday, December 9th at 11am, limit 1 bottle per person, $20 ea. They'll also have a limited amount on-tap that day while it lasts! Bligh's will also be available in your local stores starting on December 11th.

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew (Denver) - Due to some plumbing issues, their taproom will be closed from Thursday through Sunday while they fix the pipes. When they re-open, they'll be tapping their Winter Warmer and Huckleberry Coffee Stout on Nitro!

Brewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge) - Today at 4pm is the big grand opening of Brewery Rickoli. They're planning on pouring 5 beers today including: a Rye Stout, a Black IPA, an IPA, a Scotch ale and a Red ale. These beers have a low gluten content.

Upcoming Events: Parade of Darks - December 1st @ 1pm - Wynkoop Brewery - Denver. See calendar.

Northern Colorado

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Colorado Gives Day is coming up next Tuesday, December 4th. "24 hours to give where you live". City Star is partnering with Reflections for Youth in The Town of Berthoud, CO, donating $1 per beer sold all day. Come sip a pint or two and help out local youth while you're at it.

Black Bottle Brewery (Fort Collins) - It's finally happening! The long awaited opening of the new Black Bottle Brewery is set for this Saturday, December 1st at 11:00am. The brewery will have 40 beers on tap including 3 of their own. They plan to add more of their own beers each week as they are able to produce them. Wine and a full bar and brewpub food will also be available. This is an opening not to be missed. Located at: 1605 South College Ave at the SW corner of College and Prospect in Fort Collins, CO. Info: www.blackbottlebrewery.com.

Upcoming Events: Hops for Hope - December 1st @4pm - Budweiser Event Center - Loveland, CO. See calendar.

Bars, Restaurants and Misc. Statewide News

Hops & Pie (Denver) - Case you hadn't heard, tonight it's $2 Craft Can night from 2pm to close. Need more reasons to visit? How bout these? Bam Biere - Jolly Pumpkin, Le Merle - North Coast, Bethel-Yam - Dry Dock, Double IPA - Dry Dock (On The Hand Pull), Friek from Odell, Schmaltz/Terrapin Reunion Ale, Santa's Little Helper from Port Brewing. Nuff said!

The Forge Publick House (Fort Collins) - Zach Weakland and High Hops Brewery from Windsor, CO is coming by on Thursday Dec. 6th for the return of Brewery Nights at The Forge. The Forge got to sample a good portion of the High Hops beer line up and know they have an outstanding addition to the area's impressive beer scene. Mark it on your calendars Thursday Dec. 6th 6pm to 8pm $3 pints, free snacks and meet the new head brewer from High Hops.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine - Recently, this wine magazine came out with their Top 25 Beers of 2012 and three Colorado craft beers made the list. Avery Brewing's Uncle Jacob's Stout got #13, Odell Brewing's The Meddler Oud Bruin Ale made #10, and Left Hand Brewing's Polestar Pilsner earned the #4 spot. Grats to these Colorado breweries for impressing even the wine lovers. See the complete top 25 list.
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CO Beer Dinners - Expand your palate! How about a beer dinner or pairing event? Lots of events are taking reservations now. Check out the Colorado Beer Dinner & Pairing Events listing.

Live Music - Beer and music go great together and many Colorado breweries and watering holes offer live entertainment every day. Check out the Colorado Brewery Music Listings and find who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar. Updated daily.

CO Beer Festivals - Looking for info on upcoming beer festivals or related events in Colorado? Check out the listings on the 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar. Updated daily.

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Benefit proposed to support Strange Brewing legal battle

Strange Brewing CompanyHere's a great example of how the Colorado brewing community supports each other in times of need.

Details are still in the works as of this posting, but Grimm Brothers Brewhouse of Loveland, CO will be partnering with the Rackhouse Pub in Denver, CO to hold a benefit beer event to help raise legal fees for Strange Brewing Company in their defense against a trademark name infringement case. The event is now set for Sunday, January 27th, 2013 at The Rackhouse Pub in Denver starting at 3:00pm. Proceeds from beer sold at this event will go towards the defense fund for Strange Brewing Company of Denver, CO.

Russel Fruits of Grimm Brothers hopes that breweries across Colorado will come together and donate a keg for this event and help promote this effort state wide. An additional charity will also be named to benefit from any monies not needed by the legal defense fund.

Save the date and come hoist a few pints and help Strange Brew stay Strange. Here is a link to a recent article by Westword.com that has details on the lawsuit. The idea to help them with legal fee's started with one of Grimm Brothers taproom employees.

For questions about this event or to Donate a Keg to the cause contact Russell Fruits at: Russell@grimmbeer.com. More details will be posted here as they are made known. Please help spread the word about this.

The Rackhouse Pub is located at: 208 S. Kalamath Street in Denver, CO.

Update 11/28/2012 - Grimm Brothers has signed up at least 7 breweries so far to contribute kegs to this benefit including Breckenridge Brewery, Pateros Creek, Echo Brewing, Caution Brewing, Very Nice Brewing and others. They even got Go West to do t-shirts to help raise money.

Update 12/04/2012 - The date for the event was changed from December 20th to January 27th due to some conflicts with the event location. Tickets will be $25 and available thru BrownPaperTickets.com.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Upslope Pumpkin Ale review

Upslope Pumpkin AleWhat's orange, is generally consumed in the Fall and comes in a can? If you said pumpkin pie filling you are almost correct. In this case, this pumpkin essence comes in a 16oz beer can and hails from Boulder, Colorado. Upslope Brewing, known for canning it's craft beers came out with a seasonal brew called Upslope Pumpkin Ale - an ale brewed with pumpkins and spice.

This beer can be classified as a Spice / Herb / Vegetable beer and is the third beer in Upslope's Limited Release edition beers. While this beer came out in mid-September, it is still a seasonal selection that would be perfect for late summer through the end of the year. It even won a Gold medal at the 2011 GABF.

Upslope used fresh cut and baked organic baby bear Pumpkins and a mix of six different spices from a local spice shop in the 120 barrels of brew they made in 2012. Upslope Pumpkin Ale weighed in at 7.7% ABV and 25 IBUs. Calorie counters should note a full serving will gain you around 231 calories. This is definitely a beer that was the direct result of a brewer / farmer collaboration. Would Upslope get just the right amount of pumpkin and spice mixed in? Let's find out...

Appearance: It should be noted that this beer was poured fairly cold, around 40 degrees (F). The beer itself poured a dark copper color that had excellent clarity. The pour didn't build up much of an off-white head at all even with a fairly aggressive pour. It may have been a bit too cold for head production. The beer seemed adequately carbonated. Swirling the glass later on as it warmed gave off a thin white lacing on the glass that quickly slid away. (Update: the second pouring later on did yield a nice off-white head - so don't serve it too cold).

Aroma: Close your eyes and you could definitely tell this was a pumpkin + spiced brew. The aroma is unmistakable. I got all the usual pumpkin spice aromas. While not listed, I sensed some cinnamon, perhaps some ginger, some allspice or cloves and of course roasted pumpkin (although subtle). Behind all that, hid some earthy hops and some lightly roasted malt aromas (perhaps some caramel).

Upslope Pumpkin Ale canTaste: From the very first sip to the last, my mouth was filled with a big bold pumpkin / spice taste. This was a full bodied beer and had a lot of different taste sensations going on at the same time. There was a nice underlying malt base that was slightly sweet. The pumpkin and the spices added a lot to the taste, but luckily held back enough not to be overpowering. This brew had a clean and fresh taste about it, even after sitting in a can for two months. The taste was consistent from start to finish. It left me with some taste buds that were seemingly woken up by the experience. The more I drank it, the more flavor seemed to come out. The alcohol in this brew was noticeable, but not too strong.

Overall: I've tried several beers over the last 5 years and I find that each one is truly quite different than the other. Some pumpkin beers can be overly spiced, some can be weak and watery, some can be mixed with a darker based beer and some can be just oddly vegetal tasting, but Upslope seemed to ensure that all the ingredients were farm fresh and they took a great deal of care to get the best mix of malt, yeast, water, pumpkin, hops and spice for this recipe. I can see why it won a Gold medal in 2011 (didn't win in 2012 however).

Pumpkin beers can be hit or miss and I think Upslope hit it right for this one. The can seemed to keep this brew tasting fresh too, so don't let the metal casing scare you off. This is a darn good pumpkin beer. I'm now sorry that I only bought a single can of this. I'll have to pick up more before it's all gone for the year.

Disclosure: I paid full retail price for this beer at my local liquor store.

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- Upslope Pale Ale review.
- Upslope Brown Ale review.
- Upslope Christmas Ale review. (2012)

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Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Day of Listening. It's a day to honor a loved one in your life through listening. Listen to a story of a memory in their life and consider recording it for posterity. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, November 27th, 2012.

Metro Denver / Boulder Breweries

Asher Brewing Co (Boulder) - This Saturday they're celebrating Asher Brewing Co.'s 3 year Anniversary! Come and enjoy the festivities. McDevitt Taco Supply will be there serving delicious food from about 2-8pm, The Wandering Natives will be playing at 6pm and the brewery will be open from 12pm-12am with ridiculously awesome Asher beer flowing from the taps the whole time! It's a great way to spend your Saturday!

Del Norte Brewing (Denver) - Could this be a sign of things to come? Jonathan Shikes over at Westword is reporting today that Del Norte Brewing has apparently ceased operations as a brewery and may have already sold the majority of their brewing equipment. Even their Facebook page is now gone. Del Norte Brewing specialized in making Mexican-style beers such as Cinco, Orale,El Guapo, Manana Amber Lager and Luminaria Bock. If the rumors are true, it would be the 1st brewery in Denver to close in 4 years.

Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) - On Wednesday, December 5th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm Twisted Pine presents their Northstar Imperial Porter Vertical Tasting event. Just one week left to grab your tickets to this year's Award-winning Northstar Imperial Porter Vertical Tasting. Join them as they serve Northstar from 2004 to its new 2012 release, while enjoying small bites and an engaging talk by Twisted Pine's Bob Baile.
Tickets available online and in their taproom.

Brewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge) - Don't forget! Tomorrow, November 28th at 4:00pm is the opening of the new Brewery Rickoli. Plenty of great beer will be on tap at 4335 Wadsworth in Wheat Ridge, CO. Expected beers include a Cream ale, an IPA, a Red ale, a Scotch ale, a Rye stout, a Double IPA and a Black IPA. They also make their own sodas too! Snacks will also be available in the tasting room. Check out their website for more information. (Image courtesy Brewery Rickoli)
Brewery Rickoli taproom

Yak & Yeti Brewpub (Arvada) - Have you ever wondered how some brewers came up with one of their best beers? Adam, the brewer at Yak & Yeti, wrote a nice blog article about how their Jalapeño Lena beer came to be. Sometimes the best things happen when you least expect them to. Check out his article in the Yak & Yeti blog.

Bull & Bush Pub & Brewery (Denver) - After 4 long months of having no kitchen, the Bull & Bush is finally fully open again! They initially closed down their kitchen for 4 weeks to do some remodeling, but that soon turned into a multi-month ordeal. But the end result is that they have a ton of new equipment and infrastructure and both the food and beers are flowing once again. If you've missed your Bull & Bush food fix - now's the time to return and see what's new! Located at: 4700 Cherry Creek Drive South in Denver, CO.


Northern Colorado Breweries

Homeless Gear DriveOdell Brewing Co (Fort Collins) - Odell is hosting a Homeless Gear Drive through December 10th, 2012. Check out the attached poster to see which items are in need and bring in 1 or more of these. (Click to enlarge) If you donate, you'll qualify to win a sweet Odell Brewing prize! Homeless Gear is a program of the United Way of Larimer County. REI in Fort Collins also has a donation bin.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Hey Mug Clubbers! It's time to Re-Up! The New Year is almost here. It's time to renew your Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Mug Club Membership. Renew by December 20 and lock in the current price of $65/year. The 2013 Membership is limited to 75 Grimm fans. Dues for 2013 are $75. What do you get for this? A big 22 oz Mug of Grimm Brothers Beer for the price of a pint. Current Mug Club Members get priority. You can renew your membership at the 2012 Rate of $65.00 if you renew by December 20, 2012.

Colorado State University (Fort Collins) - Ever wanted to get a college degree in a brewing science? You might just get your chance. CSU is proposing to offer a new degree in Fermentation Science as early as the fall of 2013. Their Food Science and Human Nutrition Department came up with the idea because fermentation has become a popular topic, especially in Northern Colorado. 9News in Denver did a short story about this (see video below). Also, The Coloradoan newspaper also featured an article about this last week.

Colorado Springs Breweries

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Stop by tonight for Bristol's Karma Hour from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. $1 from every pint sold will benefit the Empty Stocking Fund, which provides resources for 15 local health and human service agencies in the Pikes Peak region.

Mountains and West Breweries

Bonfire Brewing (Eagle) - Helping for the Holidays is happening from now through December 1st. Bring in: canned goods, diapers, peanut butter, crackers, baby formula, non-perishable food items, toiletries, etc and donate them at the box in their tap room. When you do, you'll get a free beer in return. These items will be distributed through the Vail Valley Salvation Army.

Bars & Restaurants Statewide

Parry's Pizza (Highlands Ranch) - On Tuesday, December 4th from 6pm to 7pm, Parry's will be having a special guest from a local brewery come to their bar for a "beer education" night, of sorts, for women only. There will be tastings and explanations of the beers and an open forum for all of the ladies to enjoy. This is a great way to understand in more depth about the beers you like and don't like. You guys can hang out in the bar and check out the 50 beers on tap while you wait for them to finish.

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CO Beer Dinners - Expand your palate! How about a beer dinner or pairing event? Lots of events are taking reservations now. Check out the Colorado Beer Dinner & Pairing Events listing.

Live Music - Beer and music go great together and many Colorado breweries and watering holes offer live entertainment every day. Check out the Colorado Brewery Music Listings and find who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar. Updated daily.

CO Beer Festivals - Looking for info on upcoming beer festivals or related events in Colorado? Check out the listings on the 2012 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar. Updated daily.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

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Colorado Beer NewsToday is Cyber Monday. Leave the car at home and shop online today for those holiday gifts. Just don't do it while you're working. And after a long session of spending online, un-wind tonight with a fresh craft beer so you won't remember how much you just spent. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, November 26th, 2012.

Metro Denver / Boulder Breweries

Black Shirt Brewing (Denver) - On November 24th, Black Shirt Brewing tapped their new 2012 Smoked Red Hubbard Squash Saison. If you haven't tried it yet stop by. Check out their "tableside spice" that they added. They don't know of any other brewery doing that. They've also got some sour beers in the works so stay tuned for news on those as well. Also look for their 2013 Red Ale coming early next year - bottled in 32oz (quart) sizes (half growlers?).

Lone Tree Brewing (Lone Tree) - Don't forget to vote for what style you think they should brew for their 100th batch! The poll was posted on their Facebook page Saturday and will close December 1st. So far a Belgian Tripel and a Wee Heavy are leading the votes. Let your voice be heard!

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - There's going to be a special firkin on tap this coming Friday, November 30th at 3:00pm. It's their Roasted Marshmallow Bethla-yam. It's been cask conditioned with a twist! Once that firkin is gone, another will be tapped at 7:00pm. Also, the winner of their annual Ho Ho Ho Slapdown contest was announced - the winning brew this year is Bethleyham from Brett Williams - a Sweet Potato Stout weighing in at 5.1% ABV and 25 IBU. 2nd place went to John Schneider's Griswold's Gingerbread Amber Ale, and 3rd place to Doug Hyndman's Rudolph's Revenge, a Rapsberry Pomegranate Porter. Grats to all contestants. Look for Bethleyham Sweet Potato Stout to be featured at Dry Dock.

West Flanders Brewing (Boulder) - Attention Homebrewers! Starting this Tuesday and every Tuesday they are open, all homebrewers are invited to attend their Homebrewers Happy Hour from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. There will be weekly beer specials and 10% off all food and drink with your AHA card. Their hope is that different homebrewers come to meet one another and share their knowledge each week. It's the homebrewing equivalent of a Bluegrass pick. Also, every Wednesday and Friday night in December they will be featuring live music. See the brewery music listings for talent and times.

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - Don't forget to support Colorado Kids this holiday season! Each time you drop NEW, UNWRAPPED presents off to the Big Choice tasting room between now and December 4th, you will receive ONE coupon for Buy One $4.50 Pint and Get Your Second $4.50 Pint FREE*!

Brewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge) - It's a grand opening celebration. On Wednesday, November 28th at 4:00pm, Brewery Rickoli will open their doors for the 1st time and welcome craft beer fans. The new brewery is located at: 4335 Wadsworth in Wheat Ridge, CO.

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - This Wednesday at 6pm is their annual Mephistopheles' Stout release. This year they will be hosting a vertical tasting and small dish pairing along with the 2012 release. Some tickets may still be available in the tap room for this event and cost $30 per person. Call (303) 440-4324 for availability.

Wynkoop Brewing Co (Denver) - Don't forget! This Saturday, December 1st (yes it'll be December already) it's their annual Parade of Darks from 1pm to 4pm. Sample 40+ winter seasonals, brown ales, stouts, sour beers, barleywines and more from the best breweries in Colorado, the U.S. and the world. Tickets are $35 in advance or $42 at the door. Get ticket info at wykoop.com.

River North Brewery (Denver) - Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s time to start making plans for the holiday season. River North has got something for you that they’ve been working on since early summer. Whiskey. Aged. Imperial. Stout! The much anticipated Barrel Series No. 7, Avarice Imperial Stout aged in whiskey, will debut Monday, December 3rd at 3pm, both on tap and in bombers to-go. It will release to stores the following weekend. This beast can age for years, so make sure to grab an extra for the cellar (but feel free to crack one right away). It’s sure to keep you warm through the winter!

Northern Colorado Breweries

CHUBurgerOskar Blues (Longmont) - There's a new venture in the works for Oskar Blues. They've recently announced that they will be opening a new restaurant (possibly a chain) called CHUBurger. This restaurant will feature black angus beef burgers from cattle that they've raised on their Hops & Heifer farm along with other "craft casual" food. In addition to beef burgers, they will also feature BUFFburger (buffalo), cut fries, beer battered onion rings (made with Mama's Little Yella Pils), Hand Shakes (an ultra-light mousse treat) and of course BEER. Look for an opening around February 1st, 2013. CHUBurger will be located at: 1225 Ken Pratt Blvd in Longmont, CO. Read more about it on the Oskar Blues web site.

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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, November 26, 2012. More news being added to this page throughout the day til 3:00pm Mountain time.

Northern Colorado Breweries - continued

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Want to burn off some holiday calories and reduce your shopping stress? Check out the Bend and Brew yoga class at Pateros Creek on Sunday, December 16th from 11am to 12pm sponsored by Napa of Beer (blog). For $15, you get 1 hour of yoga instruction and a post-yoga beer. RSVP at www.NapaofBeer.com. Please BYO yoga mat.

Colorado Springs Breweries

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Got the Monday after a long holiday blues? Cheer up with $3 draughts all day long at their tap room! A Winter Warlock sounds good on this cooler than normal day.

Phantom Canyon Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - It's that time again for holiday gift cards. Check out out their holiday gift packs. They also have t-shirts, pint glasses, growlers and more. And just to make your life a little bit tastier. From November 23rd through December 24th, purchase $100 in gift cards and receive a $15 gift card FREE. Happy Holidays from all the folks at Phantom Canyon!

Paradox Beer Company (Woodland Park) - Business has been so good that Paradox has had to expand already! This week they added two new fermentation tanks that ups their brewing capacity by 66%. If you haven't yet visited Paradox Beer they you need to see why they've been so busy trying to keep up with demand.

Mountains and West Breweries

Ska Brewing Co (Durango) - Venture Snowboards and Ska Brewing are once again teaming up to welcome winter with our 8th Annual Season Kickoff Party scheduled for Saturday, December 1st - opening day at Silverton Mountain! This year's Season Kickoff features live music from Buster's Ghost and Farmington Hill, Ska drink specials, and tons of giveaways from event sponsors. The highlight of the evening will be the raffle for a coveted limited edition Ska/Venture custom snowboard. This year's deck features the Mole Stout graphic, and is destined to become a collector’s item for beer and snow lovers alike. The Season Kickoff Party gets rockin' at 8 pm at Silverton's Grand Imperial Hotel (1219 Greene Street). Cover charge is $6 and this is a 21+ event. Proceeds will benefit the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies in Silverton. For more information call 970.387.5527

Steamworks Brewing (Durango) - Steamworks Brewing Co. continues with its special monthly “firkin” tapping Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, featuring, in the spirit of the holidays, a special mulled ale or “Wassail.” The cask will be tapped at 3 p.m. Often associated with the Christmas holiday season, Wassail historically is a mulled hot cider made with sugar, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Contemporary recipes often begin with a base of wine, fruit juice, or mulled ale, with brandy or sherry and apples and oranges added. “The base for our version is our Lizard Head Red, but we blend in some of the Spruce Goose,” said Steamworks Brew Master and Certified Cicerone® Ken Martin, referencing the seasonal beer brewed from fresh spruce tips. “We made a concentrated tea out of dried cherries, figs and raisins, mixed it with ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg spices and added it to the firkin. It’s a little outside the norm, but I’ve wanted to do a warm beer for some time now. It should be a nice winter warmer for the holiday season.” Unlike most draft beers, firkin beer is unpasteurized, unfiltered and naturally conditioned or carbonated, it its cask. According to Martin, the yeast transforms the sugar into alcohol within the cask, and carbonation results from the trapped carbon dioxide occurring as a byproduct. “But the Wassail will be warm if not hot as we will bring the temperature up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit,” said Brewer and Certified Cicerone® Spencer Roper. “At that temperature it will lose its carbonation. We’ll serve it in a mug with cinnamon and honey sticks.”

Bars & Restaurants Statewide

Illegal Pete's Lodo (Denver) - Have you been bad? Santa knows! Come to their Very Illegal X-Mas Party with Bad Santa and Breckenridge Christmas Ale on Saturday, December 8th from 9pm to 11pm. Sit on Bad Santa's Lap. Try a Breckenridge Christmas Ale at happy hour prices. There will be Giveaways from Santa's sack and check out the Elfed-Out Brew Girls. * Photo greeting cards of you and Bad Santa. Located at 1530 16th Street in Denver, CO. Also this week - get a New Belgium globe glass with the purchase of a New Belgium beer. They'll donate $1 for each beer you buy to a non-profit organization of Pete's choice.

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - Help celebrate the end of the month with style! Dress up, take that someone special out, and enjoy a great night at Patrick's tonight at 8:00pm! Purchase a VIP ticket for three drinks AND a martini, and don't forget their amazing selection of 31 specialty brews on tap. Tonight will be hard to beat!

CO Beer Dinners - Expand your palate! How about a beer dinner or pairing event? Lots of events are taking reservations now. Check out the Colorado Beer Dinner & Pairing Events listing.

Live Music - Beer and music go great together and many Colorado breweries and watering holes offer live entertainment every day. Check out the Colorado Brewery Music Listings and find who's playing at your favorite brewery or beer bar. Updated daily.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Tie One On Day aka the Day Before Thanksgiving. it's an opportunity to put the "give" back into Thanksgiving. Wrap a a homemade baked treat in a bit of cloth and tuck in a sweet note, then tie one on .. an apron of course! Then deliver the wrapped bundle to someone in need. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, November 21st, 2012.

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, not all breweries and bar bars will be open. Check with your favorite to see what hours they may be open before heading out.

Metro Denver / Boulder Breweries

Yak & Yeti (Arvada) - Starting this Friday, Nov. 23rd, it's the return of a fan favorite - Sherpa Porter starting at 11am. They'll have a release party also from 4pm to 10pm. Then, stop back every Wednesday starting December 5th for Porter Wednesdays when they will make a variation of Sherpa Porter each week through January 23rd, 2013. Here's the line-up: Dec 5 - Toasted Coconut Porter, Dec 12th - Vanilla Porter, Dec 19th - Peppermint Porter, Dec 26th - Cherry Porter, Jan 2 - Orange Chocolate Porter, Jan 9th - 100% Kona Coffee Porter, Jan 16th - Repeat of Favorite, Jan 23rd - Repeat of Favorite. If you show up each Wednesday you'll have your Pint Club Card filled out in no time. Stop in today and try their Pumpkin and Spice Ale at 4pm.

Tivoli Beer (Denver) - Get ready for a Taste of Bavaria and Tivoli Beer at Roy's Last Shot in Blackhawk, CO. November 23 at 11:00am until November 25 at 9:00pm. Roy's Last Shot will be featuring German dinners, desserts and Tivoli Beer Specials all weekend November 23rd, 24th and 25th. For each Tivoli Beer you order throughout the weekend your name will be put in a drawing for Sunday's Bronco Game, must be present to win. During Sunday's Bronco's vs. Kansas City Chiefs game they will be raffling off Tivoli T-shirts, and other prizes. There will be a 2nd half free buffet so come thirsty and hungry and kick off the holidays with a great day in the mountains and Tivoli Beer!

Great Divide Brewing Co (Denver) - Today's the last day of their 2-day Tapsgiving Takeover at the taproom. This event features 8 or their small-batch pilot beers including: Schwarzbier, Trippel, Smoked Dunkelweiss, Baby Yeti, Baby Herc, Alt Bier, Colorado Common, and Colorado Fresh Hop. These beers will flow from 2pm to 10pm today.

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - Today's firkin has a Thanksgiving twist. It's a Cranberry Blond ale. They'll tap it at 4:00pm. Jessie's NOLA (food truck) will be here also! Yum, Cranberry Blond and a Shrimp Po' Boy, there's something to thankful for.

J. Wells Brewery (Boulder) - After a long battle with the Feds and local government, the J. Wells Brewery finally has all their licenses and can now start brewing beer this weekend! They got their brewhouse equipment last January, leased their space in February, got the Federal license in August and now finally the Colorado licenses. If all goes well they will have enough beer to open sometime in December. Stay tuned for news about their opening!

Black Shirt Brewing (Denver) - Good news BSB fans. They've got enough beer stocked up to open this Saturday from 4-8pm. Still have the relatives with you? Bring them on in for a brew. They're making beer as fast as they can to keep up with demand.

The Old Mill Brewery & Grill (Littleton) - Stop in tonight after 8:00pm til close for $1 beers!! Yup, just a buck! Start off your pre-Turkey celebrations at the Old Mill.

Northern Colorado Breweries & Events

Big Beaver Brewing (Loveland) - The Beaver will be open on Thanksgiving from 2pm to 9pm. They'll be tapping a special Blend of the Week. This week it's Shaved Bean Bag Ale - a blend of Shaved Tail Ale and Breezy Bean Bag Scottish Ale). Then on Black Friday, Nov. 23rd, it's Free Beer Friday! They'll offer up a free 1/6th barrel of Breezy Bean Bag Scottish Ale (limit one pint per customer) til it's gone starting at 2pm. Also, all Big Beaver merchandise (not beer) will be Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off. Then on Sunday, 11/25 the Beaver will host live music from Clark Wright from 3:30pm to 6:00pm.

Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) - Black Friday starts today at Crabtree. Get your growler fills for just $6 today! Stock up for the holiday and share a growler with your friends and family (21+ of course). Chunkin' Pumpkin is still available for a limited time!

Hops for HopeHops for Hope (Loveland) - More December beer fests this year and Hops for Hope is happening on Saturday, December 1st at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, CO from 4pm to 8pm. Cost is $25 for unlimited sampling of beer & bourbon and limited BBQ sampling. Over 60 beers, 10 bourbons, and 10 BBQ companies will be on hand serving up their best all to help benefit the American Cancer Society. Get tickets at comcasttix.com.

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Stop in today for a pre thanksgiving beer and sandwich. Firkin Humpday will be a Black IPA tapped at 5pm. Billy from Chaulkboard Gourmet Express will be in the house serving some delicious grub! One more thing, if you need beer for thanksgiving grab it today because they will be closed on Thanksgiving to give their employees time with their family and friends.

Colorado Springs Breweries

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Today, Nov. 21st they will be tapping Winston Smith's Barleywine at 5pm to 9pm. Then stop by on Friday, November 23rd starting at noon for the release of their Chilly water Oatmeal Baltik Porter. This is not a common style of beer by any means, in fact this style of Porter is a bottom fermented lager rather than an ale. Traditionally brewed in Northern Europe, this lager had to be strong to keep all the hearty northern souls warm. Again keep in mind this beer will always have an added twist. The twist in this winter seasonal is the choice to age the beer on some rare Mexican wood known as Cauchalalate. This wood imparts a certain dryness accompanied by chocolate and coffee flavors. Give it a try!

Mountains and West Breweries

Eddyline Brewing Co (Buena Vista) - Since they will be closed for Thanksgiving day, they have moved growler day to today! Stop by and get your growler fills for $8. They also have plenty of tallboys to go of: Crank Yanker, Boater Beer, Mountain Fairy raspberry Wheat and Pumpkin Patch. Stock up for the holiday week!
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