Thursday, January 17, 2013

Colorado Beer News 011713

Colorado Beer NewsThe Colorado brewery industry is booming! Five breweries are expected to open this month with another five next month. This is why Fermentedly Challenged is here to try to help sort out who's who. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, January 17th, 2013.

Metro Denver

Strange Brewing Company (Denver) - The "Save our Strange" or Strange Days Party being held at The Rackhouse Pub on January 27th is nearly sold out. There are 25 breweries all donating kegs to this legal fundraising cause to help Strange Brewing keep their name. Tickets are $25 for the party that runs Sunday January 27th from 3pm to 6pm at the Rackhouse Pub - 208 South Kalamath Street. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door. Visit: for details.

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Today ABC is tapping their Brewers Limited Reserve - a Winter Ale. It weighs in at 8.5% ABV with some spices. They brewed this beer in a brew class they hosted about a month ago. Come get some before it is gone. If you were in the brew class, your 6 pack will be ready in about a week.

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - It's Thursday or is that Pre-Friday night? What does that mean? It means tonight you'll get 50 cent pitchers of beer from 6pm til close. One 50 cent pitcher per purchase of 12" or larger pizza! Great list of craft beers on tap. Maybe they should call it "Thirsty Thursday!"

Boulder County

Mobile Canning Colorado (Longmont) - The Longmont based company that started just a little over a year ago is wanting to expand in a big way. They announced this week that they are planning to launch an affiliate program to allow others to open up their own Mobile Canning operation and can beer for breweries across the USA. Wild Goose Engineering (Boulder) designed a portable canning line and Mobile Canning has turned that into a growing business. Several Colorado breweries already use Mobile Canning Colorado including spots in Greeley, Boulder and Eagle. Mobile Canning Systems will be a separate entity and managed the affiliate program.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - [PRESS RELEASE] Oskar Blues Relaunches in Arizona. As Arizona gears up for an abundance of beer-tastic events in celebration of Arizona Beer Week, Colorado based Oskar Blues Brewery is set to make an impact in Arizona with their hand-crafted beer and in-your-face persona. Oskar Blues was the first craft beer brewery in the U.S. to can their beer and they continue to be a leader in innovation and sustainability. It all started 10 years ago with a cutting edge, aggressive marketing strategy and Oskar Blues’ award winning Dale’s Pale Ale.

Since then, their popularity has surged as they've dominated the local, regional and national craft beer market. Now, they've got their sights set on Arizona and have selected Arizona’s leader in craft beer marketing—HDE Agency to spearhead the launch.

Landon Evans, creative director at HDE Agency said, “It’s a huge honor for HDE to have the opportunity to work with Oskar Blues. We've been hard at work putting together exciting and creative campaigns for the relaunch.” “ We've got an idea in the works that will pack a punch when we reintroduce the Oskar Blues brand to Arizona craft beer lovers leading up to Arizona Beer Week in February.”

Northern Colorado

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - This Friday, January 18th High Hops will be doing a seasonal release of their High Hops Foot Warmer, a warming winter barleywine that weighs in around 10.5% ABV and was aged for three months. It'll warm you all the way down to your toes. Craig Corona will be playing live music from 6-8pm on Friday and Bedrock BBQ will be on site serving up hot barbeque. High Hops is also planning a killer keg special for your upcoming big game championship weekend on February 2nd & 3rd. Get 10% off kegs that weekend! (This deal excludes their seasonal beers and The Noble One.)

Big Beaver Brewing (Loveland) - Starting now, Big Beaver will have new business hours. They will be open from 12pm-10pm on Saturdays. Other days of the week will remain the same: Mon-Thur 2-9pm, Friday 2-10pm, Sunday 2-8pm. Get ready for the big football championship on February 3rd - Big Beaver will host a football pool - get a chance to win part of $500.

Equinox Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Today's firkin is their Satellite IPA that's been dry hopped with Mosaic hops. The brew taps at noon and will give you a unique floral / tropical aroma with this fairly new variety of hop.

Pateros Creek Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Looking for something new? Come in and try out the latest on their Outlaw Tap. Today it's their English Pale Ale brewed with jasmine tea, grains of paradise and Szechuan black pepper.

Southern Front Range

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - The next time you visit the airport in Colorado Springs stop by their brand new taproom! The Bristol Taproom is now open and serving up great food and beer. Not flying anywhere? No problem, you can still visit the taproom without going through security. Only problem is, TSA won't let you bring a growler on the plane if you do fly. (Images courtesy Bristol Brewing Co.)

Mountains and West

Carbondale Beer Works (Carbondale) - Trivia tonight at the brewery is also doubling as a fundraiser for Glenwood Springs Childhelp River Bridge Advocacy Center. Come out for a fun time, beer all for a good cause. Trivia starts at 7:30pm. Get there early to claim a table for your team.

Backcountry Brewery (Frisco) - Backcountry has greatly expanded! And to celebrate they are throwing an Expansion Party on Saturday, January 19th starting at 1pm. They'll be pouring $2 pints at their bar and giving tours showing off their new equipment. They've also produced some new 12oz bottles that are ready for take-home. Visit them at 730 Main Street in Frisco, CO.

Bars, Restaurants and Misc.

New Brewery Openings (Statewide) - January's new breweries: J Wells Brewery (Boulder), Verboten Brewing (Loveland), Dry Dock Brewing (2nd facility Aurora), Cannonball Creek Brewing (Golden), Hall Brewing (Parker), Fate Brewing Company (Boulder). February expected openings: De Steeg Brewing (Denver), The Brew on Broadway (Denver), BREW Pub & Kitchen (Durango), The Kettle and the Stone (Gunbarrel/Boulder), Crabtree Brewing (new brewhouse Greeley) and Kokopelli Beer Company (Westminster). Three more lined up so far around March: Black Sky Brewery (Denver), Colorado + Liquid Art Works (Wheat Ridge) and Lost Highway Brewing (Denver). It's going to be a busy quarter here in Colorado!

Estes Park Winter Festival (Estes Park) - Back again this year, the festival runs from January 18th through the 21st. On Saturday & Sunday (19-20th) they will be hosting a beer & wine tasting in an indoor heated pavilion. There will also be a Chili Cook-Off and a Mac n' Cheese showdown at the same time! Chow down! Lots of outdoor fun as well for the whole family. Visit:

Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America (Washington, DC) - From March 26-29, 2013 America’s small and independent craft brewers will gather in Washington, D.C. for the 30th edition of the Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) & BrewExpo America. Presented by the Brewers Association, CBC is the largest industry event, serving both brewpubs and packaging breweries. CBC joins brewers from across the country for over 80 seminars focusing on topics including sustainability, sales, packaging and export development, along with daily receptions, brewery tours and hospitalities. BrewExpo America is the premier trade show for brewers, with hundreds of vendors showcasing the latest and best products and services. This event will draw some 6,000 brewing industry professionals and approximately 400 exhibitors. CO breweries - Are you going?

Parry's Pizza (3 Colo. locations) - It's being billed as "One Big Ass Tap Takeover". Parry's Pizza in Highlands Ranch, Parker and Castle Rock will play host to Avery Brewing and host the world's largest tap takeover. There will be 90 Avery beers on tap between all 3 locations and no shortage of craft. Visit for all the details or Like them on Facebook. Meanwhile, this Friday, January 18th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm it's Firestone Walker Pint Night. Get some!

Catch up on Colorado Beer News from earlier this week:
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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 2013 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar. Updated daily.

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