Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Colorado Beer News 012313

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Handwriting Day. Handwriting is quickly becoming a lost skill for most of us. It's rare to see anyone hand write a letter or a journal entry these days. Before you lose all those skills you supposedly learned in grade school, take time today to write something by hand. Sure, you may get writer's cramp, and you may also fail to read your own writing, but practice it every once in a while. Who knows, if the power goes out you might just need to write something later on. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013.

Metro Denver

Wynkoop Brewing Co (Denver) - Do you have your Fat Tuesday plans set yet? Why not join in their Fat Tuesday Parade & Party on February 12th starting out at the Wazee Supper Club at 4:30pm for pre-parade drinks, then at 5:30pm walk in the keg kicking parade down to the Wynkoop. At 6:00pm they tap the keg of Big Easy Ale and play live music from a Cajun band. Food and Drink specials all day long for Fat Tuesday. It's coming up soon! Plan to attend. (Details in the February calendar).

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - Need a little challenge in your Wednesday nights? How about playing Texas Holdem at Dad & Dudes? Sign up to play at 7pm and the games start at 8pm. You'll have a chance to win gift cards, special prizes, and even a free pint of their Dank IPA. Plenty of great food and beer available too.

TRVE Brewing (Denver) - There's a new beer set to be released this Friday, January 25th at 7pm. TRVE and the band Speedwolf got together and brewed Death Ripper - a 4.2% ABV biting session ale that's based on an inverted bourbon grain bill and hopped up with Falconer's Flight. They're throwing a party with some DJ's until midnight to celebrate.

River North Brewery (Denver) - For their upcoming 1st anniversary, River North will be releasing their "super secret stout" - now revealed to be The River North First-Anniversary Beer - a 12.5% Imperial Stout. This beer will serve as the headliner for the party on February 16th at 1pm along with their other draft pours. There will also be limited edition bombers-to-go - around 75 cases. Their barrel garden will be open to the public. Their Barrel-Aged Avarice is rumored to be making an appearance as well. Matt's Snack Shack will be out front with some great chicken wings and other grub. Other surprises are in store as well for the party.

Tivoli Beer (Denver) - The 1st production run of their new Sigi's Wild Horse Buck Beer started up today over at Prost Brewing. Get ready to taste some of this old time recipe brew, coming back soon to Denver. Just one of several historical brews being redone and brought back to life.

Boulder County

Mountain Sun (Boulder) - Mountain Sun is celebrating 19 Years of Funky Good Times with a big music event this Saturday at the Boulder Theater. Tons of great bands plus several Mountain Sun beers available. The event starts at 9:00pm this Saturday, January 26th and runs til late. Cost is $25. More info at: www.bouldertheater.com.

Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) - Have you tried their Hell Panther yet? It's a big, bold 10% ABV Imperial India Black Ale. It's on tap now.

Northern Colorado

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Want to earn a free beer tonight? Can you sing well and play an instrument? If the answer to all is YES then you can sign up for their Open Mic Night at 6:00pm and perform for your free pint (21+ only). The Brat Mobile will also be on hand starting at 4pm to satisfy your hunger pangs.

New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins / Asheville, NC) - Yesterday, the City Council in Asheville, NC formally approved New Belgium's plans for a brewery. This was one of the final hurdles in getting the new brewing facility approved on the 20-acre site on Craven Street, just north of Haywood Road. The brewery expects to open in 2015 and give jobs to 154 people. The city voted 6-0 in favor of the breweries plans.

In other New Belgium news, their Springboard Ale is set to return in place of Dig in their upcoming Spring Folly variety 12-packs. Dig will still be available in draft, 6-packs and regular 12-packs. The Spring Folly pack will include: Fat Tire, 1554, Springboard, Ranger IPA and possibly more.

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - While they may have already opened for business, Verboten is planning to throw an official Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, February 2nd from 1:00pm to 9:00pm at the brewery. They'll have live music, giveaways, beer cupcakes and a lot of fun for all. There will be two food trucks parked outside: Jam's Place and Chaulkboard Express. Verboten will even have some new beer releases set for that event. Come check them out! Until then, they will be open Thursday and Friday 3pm to 9pm, Saturday 1-9pm and Sunday 1-7pm.

Funkwerks (Fort Collins) - Plans were announced of the pending release of a new beer tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 24th) that will be on draft at Funkwerks. It's based on an old Funkwerks ale recipe that's dry-hopped and Belgian-style. It was also fermented with Belgian yeast and Brettanomyces for some sour funkiness.

Mountains and West

Eddyline Brewing (Buena Vista) - Here's a beer deal that will make you wish for a ton of snow to fall during the next storm. For every 6 inches of snow they get at the brewery that day, Eddyline will take $1 off per pint for an hour starting at 5pm that day. So, if it snows a foot they will take off $2 a pint from 5pm to 7pm. Who knows - if they get 3 feet you might just get a free beer provided you can get to the brewery. Some restrictions apply.

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - For those who can't wait until the Winter WonderGrass festival on February 16-17 to try their new beer, Crazy Mountain will be pouring their special Winter WonderGrass Blonde Ale this Saturday at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver for the Great American Taxi Show. Tickets still available for Winter WonderGrass at: www.WinterWonderGrass.com.

Telluride Brewing (Telluride) - Their famous Face Down Brown Ale will soon be packaged in 12oz cans. The labels are getting final approval and soon they'll be rolling off the line for you to cart to your favorite destinations.

Bars, Restaurants and Misc.

S.O.C.I.A.L. (Colorado) - Are you social? A "Supporter Of Colorado Indigenous Ales & Lager" that is. And if you are a member of the Colorado Brewers Guild SOCIAL group, you get 15% off at Boulder Beer, New Belgium and Oskar Blues Brewery. Sign up at coloradobeer.org.

Hops & Pie (Denver) - This Saturday is another installment of the Littlest Big Beer Fest. This month they are featuring the beers of Green Flash Brewing Company of San Diego, CA. There will be 9 big beers (7.3% to 10.9%) available for tasting including: Grand Cru, Barleywine, Green Bullet 9th Anniversary Ale, West Coast IPA, Candela, Le Freak Ale, American Strong 1st Anniversary Ale, and Palate Wrecker. Starts at Noon at: 3920 Tennyson Street in Denver.

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - Join in tonight at Patrick's as they are bringing back Open Mic Night. The fun starts at 9:00pm and goes til close. Showcase your music talent. Performers will receive a free drink (up to $8 value). It's also Belgian beer month at Patrick's with 10 different Belgian beers on tap.
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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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