Thursday, January 31, 2013

Colorado Beer News 013113

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Inspire Your Heart with Art Day. There's beauty all around us and we may not even know it. Local artists create a wide variety of creative objects yet many go unnoticed. When was the last time you took a close look at a really good piece of art? Many of us consider what craft brewers do to be an art. Why not celebrate that and examine a pint of craft beer close up at your local taproom today! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, January 31st, 2013.

Metro Denver

Yak and Yeti (Arvada) - From their recent blog update: Yak & Yeti received their new double-sided, gold-foiled growlers recently. The front is the same as the old growlers, but the back includes a drawing of the Victorian house they reside in, as well as a short history. They also have logo’d Brittanica mugs for sale. When you use their pint club card you automatically get a free logo pint glass, but since these are $8, if you pay the difference of $3, then you can get a mug in place of the pint glass. The growlers only cost $4 when you get a newly filled growler. New on tap this week - Yak & Yeti Milk Stout and their Yak's R.I.S. Next Wednesday is the re-release of the Vanilla Porter. Yak & Yeti's Chai Milk Stout will be on tap at all 3 Mountain Sun locations during Stout Month. In February, Yak & Yeti will also release a special Very Berry Stout, a collaboration with KROC member and BIRKO employee Dana Johnson, which features 3 boxes of Celestial Seasonings "Wild Berry Zinger Tea" per barrel.

De Steeg Brewing (Denver) - Denver's newest brewery opens tomorrow and they've posted their initial opening weekend hours (assuming that you all don't drink up all their beer): Friday, Feb. 1st 4pm - 10pm (Grand Opening), Saturday, Feb. 2nd 4pm - 10pm, and Sunday, Feb. 3rd 3:30pm til 1 hour after the Big Game ends. De Steeg is located in the back (alley entrance) at 4342 Tennyson Street in Denver, CO.

Denver Beer Company (Denver) - Tonight from 5:30pm to 8:30pm i their new Barrel Room, Denver Beer Co will be hosting a Beer & Cheese Pairing. They will have 4 cheeses paired with the Saison du fou, a chardonnay barrel aged saison aged with brettanomyces, The Wilderness, a bourbon barrel aged Russian imperial stout along with Summit Sunrise and their Barleywine for $15. If you've never seen the Barrel Room you really ought to check it out!

Falling Rock Tap House (Denver) - February is Dain Brammage Month (Barleywine Month) at the Falling Rock. Their 16th annual Barleywine Dinner is set for Tuesday, February 5th @ 7:30pm. Tickets are on sale now and cost $55 per person (tax & Gratuity included) through Feb 1st @ 7pm, $65 after that. Better hurry and get yours before the price goes up!

Boulder County

Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery (Boulder) - Tomorrow begins the start of their 20th anniversary of Stout Month at all three (now 4) Mountain Sun locations. The month of February will feature up to 60 different stouts including at least 28 of their own concoctions and 30 or more guest stouts from other Colorado breweries. There will also be the winning annual homebrew competition stout recipe on tap, The Kraken, that was made with Kraken Black Rum soaked oak spirals. There will be a rotating selection of house stouts, several imperial stouts, a variety of barrel-aged stouts, new recipes, and guest beers. It's a dark beer lover's dream come true. Stop in at either the Mountain Sun or Southern Sun (and Under the Sun) in Boulder, and the Vine Street Pub & Brewery in Denver.

Fate Brewing Company (Boulder) - Monday is the official opening date for Fate Brewing in Boulder. The brewery, located at 1600 38th Street, Suite 100 in Boulder, CO will actually open for business without a working brewery in place, but fear not. They've been busy working with several local Colorado breweries (8) doing collaboration beers which will all be available on opening day. Since Fate is also a brewpub, they will be serving up their own food with a full menu as well. Fate has worked with breweries like: Boulder Beer, Echo Brewing, Asher Brewing, Crystal Springs Brewing, Shine Brewery, Twisted Pine, Southern Sun and Wild Woods to come up with some exciting collaboration beers. This will be the 1st Colorado brewery to open up with primarily collaboration only house brews. Once their brewhouse is completed in late February, they will revert to brewing up their own beers on site. The site is large with a capacity for 230 seats.

Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) - Did you miss their recent BREW-U event? Never fear, they're hosting another one coming up Saturday, February 23rd from 1pm to 4pm at the brewery production facility. This will be a comprehensive and hands-on 3-hour course targeting the complete novice, the experienced homebrewer, and everyone in between. The course will be taught by brewmaster / owner Bob Baile and will cover Brewing Basics, Yeast and Fermentation Effects, Style Guidelines, and Ingredient Selection. Participants will enjoy snacks, refreshments, and sample of various beer styles. Graduates of the course will receive a diploma and be entitled to Happy Hour pricing for the remainder of 2013. Cost is $75/pp. Sign up at the brewery or visit

Northern Colorado

Equinox Brewing (Fort Collins) - For today's firkin, Equinox has come up with a version of their Mr. Delicious Oatmeal Stout conditioned with orange zest and organic chocolate. In their words: "Orange You Glad I Said Chocolate?" - come get some. It taps at noon.

Odell Brewing (Fort Collins) - Odell wants to help rebuild strength, balance & community and invite you to sign up for a special fundraiser for the NoCo Rebuilding Network. On February 21st from 5:30pm to 7:30pm they will be offering Flow for a Cause - a yoga flow class that includes 2 beers and a dinner from Spoons Soups, Salads & Sandwiches. Space is limited to 20 people and cost $30 per ticket. Please bring your own Yoga mat. More info at

High Hops Firkin FestHigh Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Mark your calendars for Friday, February 8th! It's High Hops' 1st Annual Firkin Fest! Come celebrate their 6 new taps that now given them 14 beers on tap. There will be a bevy of firkins on tap starting at 12:00 noon. Special 1-day firkins, live music and great food! Then, coming up on Tuesday, February 19th is a High Hops Beer Dinner at Choice City Butcher & Deli in Fort Collins at 6:30pm. Get 5 beers, 4 courses. Please RSVP to reserve your slot. Cost is $55 per person. Call 970.490.2489. Plus! Tonight, is Open Mic Night at High Hops. Sign up for a 15-minute slot. The stage will be open between 5:30pm and 7:30pm. The Giggling Greek will be on hand serving up great Greek dishes starting at 4:30pm. Last item: need a keg for your Big Game party? High Hops is offering 10% off kegs this Saturday and Sunday on most beers. They also loan Bronco pumps.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Save the date! Saturday, May 18, 2013. You’ll want to be in Loveland Colorado for the First Annual Front Range Rally. It’s a Craft Beer and Food Truck festival for the benefit of Food Bank For Larimer County. 30 Craft Brewers and up to 20 Food Vendors will converge on the LOVELAND FOOD SHARE, @ 2600 N. Lincoln, Loveland, CO for an afternoon of fun, food and fine beer. Mark your calendars and watch for more details coming soon. Also, get over to the taproom tomorrow, February 1st, as Grimm Bros releases their Bleeding Heart Coffee Porter on draft. Bottle release will be next week.

Funkwerks (Fort Collins) - Today is the day that marks the release of their Dark Prophet, a strong dark Belgian-style ale aged in oak bourbon barrels. It's available in bottles and on draft.

Big Beaver Brewing (Loveland) - This weekend is a double release! They're releasing the Heart Warmer Cherry Saison as well as welcoming back a new batch of Potent Pecker Pilsner. For the Big Game on Sunday, they are offering 1/2 price pitcher specials and a complementary burrito bar during halftime. They will stay open late for the game.

Mountains and West

Dillon Dam Brewery (Dillon) - Up in the mountains this weekend? If so, stop by Dillon Dam Brewery and make your Big Game plans. Starting at 4:30pm, the brewery will put the game on their huge big screen TV. Get great drink specials from 3-6pm as they will offer up $2.50 pints, $3 Wine & Wells (in the bar only). Tonight (Jan. 31st), you can listen to heavy metal, punk and rock band Crux, a local band who'll start playing at 9:30pm.

Elevation Beer Company (Poncha Springs) - Are you and your friends good at trivia? Want to get your bar tab paid for tonight? Then head up to Poncha Springs and compete in their Trivia Night competition. The winning team gets their bar tab paid for. There will also be some swag given away to the runne
rs up. The fun begins at 5:00pm tonight. Be sure to try some of their great beers on tap.

Bars, Restaurants and Misc.

Brewery Factoid (Colorado) - According to the Colorado Brewers Guild, Colorado craft breweries in the aggregate employ approximately 5,800 Coloradoans! Thanks to the breweries for helping to boost the Colorado economy and support thousands of families.

Home Made Liquids & Solids (Longmont) - The Oskar Blues eatery is hosting a Goose Island Tap Takeover today from 4:00pm to 6:00pm and one of the featured taps will be their famous Bourbon County Brand Stout and a few other surprises. It's not often you get a chance to get these beers on tap in Colorado. Get other there quick!

New Beer Labels (Colorado) - Fresh off the TTB approval list come these upcoming Colorado craft beer labels. Look for these beers to be available in bottles soon.
River North Anniversary Ale 1 River North Quandry Quadrupel Paradox The Cherished
BRU Beezel Eddyline River Runners Pale Ale

Catch up on Colorado Beer News from earlier this week:
Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday

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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