Monday, January 21, 2013

Colorado Beer News 012113

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Martin Luther King, Jr Day. It's a day to celebrate one of America's most memorable civil rights leaders and his dream of racial equality for everyone. Help keep the dream alive and raise a toast to his memory today. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, January 21st, 2013.

Metro Denver

Prost Brewing (Denver) - Monday's just got a little better. You can get 2 for 1 growler fills today at Prost. Also get a double punch on your growler card.

Breckenridge Brewery (Denver) - Breckenridge Brewery & Illegal Pete's invite you to a series of Spelling Bee(r)s. A spelling beer works just like a spelling bee except when you spell a word right, you get a free Breckenridge beer! The catch? You first have to get past the first round and answer correctly in the 2nd round and must be 21+. They will be hosting these once a month and rotating to different Illegal Pete's locations. The first will be on January 31st at Illegal Pete's DU (1744 Evans Ave, Denver). Sign up at 8pm and the bee(r) starts at 8:30pm. Limited to the first 30 contestants to sign up. More info at

Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora) - Dry Dock's 2nd brewing facility started canning last week and marks the beginning of a massive increase in production for 2013. Dry Dock is working in a new 40 barrel brewhouse at their newest location on Tower Road just south of I-70 in Aurora. The new facility has a capacity for 60,000 barrels, but will probably see about 12,000 barrels coming out this year. Distribution of their beer to Colorado Springs and the southwest corner of the state should begin by June 2013. By 2014, Dry Dock plans to add a new tasting room and retail shop at the new building.

Cannonball Creek Brewing (Golden) - Their grand opening was an overwhelming success! They will be open at 3:00pm today. They will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday this week but then be back open for Thursday at 3:00pm and open through the weekend. Their regular business hours should be announced shortly. But for now, time to brew more beer!

Boulder County

Crystal Springs Brewing (Boulder) - Part of their New Year's resolutions are to move the brewery to a new and larger location, open a great tasting room, up their production and play with more barrels. Their South Ridge Amber is out on shelves and is selling well. They are now selling in Niwot, Louisville, Longmont, Lafayette, Denver as well as Boulder. On May 13th they will celebrate their 3rd anniversary and are planning something big. Follow them on Facebook to catch the details as they come out.

Mountain Sun (Boulder) - All 3 locations (Denver & Boulder) will be tapping a new beer upon opening this Tuesday January 22nd. Snow Krane Uber Ale is a German-inspired "Winter Warmer" which is brewed with toasted rice and orange blossom honey and undergoes a cool fermentation with German Ale Yeast. This ale is light in color with a clean, malty flavor and enough alcoholic strength to take away the winter chill.

Northern Colorado

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - New releases continue to pour out of Grimm Brothers Brewhouse. Coming up on Friday, January 26th you'll get a chance to try out their new Irate Ingrid - a Bock style lager beer and is designed to be one of their fastest selling seasonal beers.

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - City Star's new Whiskey Barrel Watchman is being released this Tuesday at 5pm in the taproom. Their Night Watchman stout has been aging in Whiskey Oak Barrels from Breckenridge Distillery for the past 3 months and soaking up some extra character. Come on in for a taste and stay for the taproom potluck at 6:00pm! Bring a dish to share and if you make your food item with a City Star beer as an ingredient you'll get a free beer!

Southern Front Range

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Are you ready for a Firkin good time? Better be - tickets are now on sale for their 9th annual Firkin Rendezvous at the brewery set for Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 at 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Tickets are $35 and expect to sell fast. 25 breweries will share some of their best firkin beers in this fundraiser for the Colorado Brewers Guild. Also VIP tickets also available for $50 that gets you in 1 hour earlier.

BierWerks Brewery (Woodland Park) - Tickets are on sale for the 3rd Annual Winter Bier Fest happening on Saturday, February 25th from 12pm to 4pm. Nearly a dozen breweries will be participating in this event that will help benefit the Woodland Park Arts Alliance. Live music on hand and even some wine/mead from local vendors. Tickets are $15 in advance, or double that if you buy them at the door (so buy early).

Mountains and West

Dolores River Brewery (Dolores) - Beer trivia: Did you know? Totonac is the name of the people of southern Mexico who are credited with being the first to cultivate vanilla by hand, pollinating the orchids with small brushes. It is in honor of these people, that Dolores River Brewery has named their seasonal oatmeal stout conditioned with bourbon vanilla beans. Totonac! Stop in and try one.

Pagosa Brewing Company (Pagosa Springs) - Congrats to the brewery and their Chili Verde Cerveza (beer) - they took honors in San Francisco recently and earned the Good Food Award! Yes, beer is considered food too!

Bars, Restaurants and Misc.

Chopper's Sports Grill (Denver) - Did you know that Chopper's Happy Hour is HALF OFF all draft beer from 3:00pm - 6:30pm Monday through Friday? Same goes fro well drinks and house wines. Chopper's has 50 different Colorado beers to choose from. Watch all your favorite games on their screens - basketball, hockey and the big game.

Cedar Creek Pub (Aurora) - Upcoming on February 4th, the pub will be hosting a Sierra Nevada tap takeover featuring 9 different Sierra Nevada beers including Sierranidipity and Ch-Ch Cherry Bomb. Both of those brews were concocted by the Colorado Brewers Association and brewed at Sierra Nevada. More info:

Lowry Beer Garden (Denver) - Come celebrate their new Happy Hour schedule. Every Monday through Friday from 3pm to 6pm - get $3 draft beers - every one on tap. Same price for select wines and well cocktails.

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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. APRIL 2013 Listings are now out!!!

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