Monday, January 28, 2013

Colorado Beer News 012813

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. Admit it, we all have secretly admired bubble wrap and have caught ourselves popping those individual bubbles. Perhaps even stomped on them until every single bubble is gone. Find some bubble wrap today and give it a pop. Otherwise, wrap up some good beer with it and ship some to a friend who doesn't get your beer there. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, January 28th, 2013.

Metro Denver

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - TAKE IT IN THE CAN! On Saturday February 2nd, from 11am – 5pm Dry Dock is having a “Take in the Can” launch party to celebrate the release of Dry Dock Brewing beer in cans. Cans of Apricot Blonde, Hefeweizen, Amber Ale and Hop Abomination will be available for $3 each. As the event title suggests, if you buy a can you have to take it in the can… no glassware allowed!

Rock Bottom (Denver) - This Thursday, January 31st, Rock Bottom will be tapping their OLD ALE at 6pm and will be serving a complimentary pint until 6:30pm (21+ only). Then on Thursday, February 14th (Valentines Day) they'll be tapping RIGHT BE CIDER, a cider ale at 6pm and once again will offer a free pint until 6:30pm.

Wynkoop Brewing Co (Denver) - If you stop by the brewery today or tomorrow, January 28-29, you'll find their doors are closed. Fear not! They are doing some improvements and maintenance and will be back open on Wednesday the 30th at 4:00pm.

Boulder County

BRU Handbuilt Ales (Boulder) - From their recent Press Release - 2013 looks to be an exciting year for BRU handbuilt ales. The year kicked off with Draft Magazine releasing their list of “2013 Breweries to Watch,” which included BRU along with five other breweries across the country that they’re “keeping an eye on.” Beer Chef / Founder Ian Clark was delighted with the news; “I feel very honored and honesty just ecstatic. Given our small size I never expected to be included. It is really exciting and I’m so happy that people are enjoying the BRU.” Ian Clark is also proud to announce the release of his third handbuilt ale, Beezel. Beezel, a Belgian Style Golden Ale handbuilt with honey, black pepper, and bitter orange peel joins Citrum and Obitus in the BRU lineup. This crisp, effervescent Belgian Style Golden Ale is a perfect example of Ian’s culinary skills at work. The bitter orange peel and black pepper create a delicious depth that builds on the fruity and spicy flavors in the Belgian yeast strain while he honey adds complexity.

Fate Brewing Company (Boulder) - Opening day is getting closer. The official opening day is now set for Monday, February 4th. They plan on having some soft openings set for this weekend but expect to be open for business by this time next week.

Oskar Blues (Longmont + Lyons) - Speaking of temporary closings. All three O.B. locations - Home Made Liquids & Solids, The Tasty Weasel Taproom and Oskar Blues Grill & Brew will be closed today at 2pm to give their employees a holiday day. They will all be back open on Tuesday for regular business hours.

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - Avery will be hosting a Guided Tasting of Stouts & Porters on February 5th starting at 6:00pm. Tickets went on sale today. The chocolatey, creamy, roasty, hoppy, and spicy flavors of this wide variety of brews will open your eyes to the wonderful world of dark beer. Special guest beer from Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery.

Northern Colorado

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Couples looking for a great place to have a Valentine's Dinner might want to consider dining at the Bleeding Heart Valentine Dinner at Grimm Brothers on February 14th at 7pm in the taproom. It will be a 7 course meal featuring 7 different Grimm Bros beers (including their special Valentine beer) and 7 tasty food pairings. Cost is $75* and limited to 30 couples. Tickets available on BrownPaperTickets.com.

Odell Brewing (Fort Collins) - There's been interest lately from a couple Colorado breweries of late in mixing in grapes or grape juice in with beer and Odell is coming out with their new Amuste Oak Aged Imperial Porter on February 9th. This will be the first cellar offering of the year for Odell. Read all about it in their Press Release from today. Also, two beer bloggers have joined together for a joint beer review of Odell's other recent release - Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout. Mark Robinson of Brewtally Insane and Fermentedly Challenged share tasting notes on this big chocolatey beer.

Funkwerks (Fort Collins) - Heads up Funkwerks fans: The taproom is low on bottles of Montagne, the lighter citrus saison, and Liege, a highly hopped Belgian-style ale. Both were experimental releases and probably won’t be back on their menu for a while - if ever! So better get some while it lasts.

Echo Brewing (Frederick) - Echo's first chili contest will be held Saturday, February 16th at 2pm. This contest is the first in a series and will be Green Chili. For additional details and to sign up see Kristen or Krystal in the tap room.

Southern Front Range

Rocky Mountain Brewery (Colorado Springs) - Nerd Night Mondays are BACK! Now that football has ended the nerds are once more in the commanders chair, from 6-9pm. Bring in your group for some table top gaming(risk,D&D,apples to apples, cribbage, warhammer, etc...) and receive 10% off your whole groups tab IN ADDITION TO pitchers at growler price! Prefer to go it solo? That's cool too, just bring in your laptop because PC GAMERS RECEIVE buy one get one free 1/2 pints! 6-9pm, on Monday Nights (that is until football returns in the Fall).

Mountains and West

Palisade Brewing Company (Palisade) - Must be a trend today. The brewery will be CLOSED all day today but will re-open on Tuesday at 12:00pm sharp.

Elevation Beer Company (Poncha Springs) - 2012 was a great year for Elevation Beer. They produced 935 barrels last year and overshot their projections by nearly 40%. They did that in only 7 months of operations. Over 50% of sales came from their Blue Series. Elevation just completed their first expansion which will help them triple capacity and improve bottling speeds. Capacity now stands at 4,000 bbls a year. Soon, their Blue Series will be available across the entire state of Colorado. Look for First Cast IPA and Little Mo' Porter to be available in ping bottle 4-packs and draft. Their Black and Double Black Series in seasonal 750ml bottles will also soon make their way across Colorado.

Bars, Restaurants and Misc.

Colorado Brews - TV ShowColorado Brews (TV Show) - A new TV show about the Colorado craft beer scene is coming and the first episode will be shown on Rocky Mountain PBS in April! The show was created and produced by Charles Nuckolls and is hosted by reporter & author Ed Sealover (Denver Business Journal - Mountain Brew) and features segments by Chef David Davis (The Golden Hotel) and local beer bloggers Leah Arthur (Colorado Beer Girl), Billy Broas (BillyBrew) and Dave Butler (Fermentedly Challenged). Read all about it in the full article here.

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - Ever taken a trip around the world? Now you can take a beer tasting trip and never have to leave Colorado. Starting this week, grab a beer passport at Patrick's and drink your way around the world and earn free prizes while you go. It's their Around the World in 80 Flavs. Ask your bartender for a passport. The passport costs $5 but your 10th beer is free. Buy beers and drinks from around the world and get your passport stamped and win awesome prizes. Complete the tour and they'll give you a personalized glass permanently kept at the pub for you to use. #aroundtheworldin80flavs

Parry's Pizzeria & Bar (3 Locations in Colorado) - One Big Ass Tap Takeover with Avery Brewing is coming to all 3 Parry's Pizza locations on Saturday, April 27th. All day long, 11am to 11pm, there will be 90 Avery beers on tap - over 30 at each location. The Guinness Book of World Records will be on hand to certify that this is the largest tap takeover - ever. Raffles will be happening at every location throughout the day for those that purchased Avery beers at the event. There is scheduled to be a VIP tour of Avery Brewing given away at all three locations. Parry's has locations in Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock and the new one in Greenwood Village, CO.

Choice City Butcher & Deli (Fort Collins) - Big Game Day is also Great Divide Day at Choice City this Sunday. They've rented a big screen TV and will be offering a $15 all you can eat buffet with 5 different kegs from Great Divide on tap including 2 limited editions. Football, Food & Beer - that just about covers it for that day!

Freshcraft (Denver) - Come join in for The Mega Pigskin Party this Sunday 4pm at Freshcraft. Tickets are being sold for this intimate gathering with plenty of food pairings to go along with select Avery Brewing beers. There will also be party games and chances to win beer, swag & gift cards. Get tix at BrownPaperTickets and use code "football" at check out to get $10 off the admission price. Limited to 30 customers only so hurry.
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