Monday, February 11, 2013

Colorado Beer News 021113

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Satisfied Staying Single Day. There are many out there who buck the trend and choose to stay single and are happy about that. Happiness doesn't necessarily come from a marriage certificate as over 50% of married couples eventually find out the hard way. If you're single - celebrate that. You don't need Valentine's Day anyway. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, February 11th, 2013.

American Craft Beer Week - May 13-19, 2013 - Get ready to celebrate America's small breweries!

CO Beer Dinners - Need a special place to take your Valentine to this week? How about a beer dinner or pairing event? Lots of events are taking reservations now. Check out the Colorado Beer Dinner & Pairing Events listing.

Metro Denver

Prost Brewing (Denver) - Treat your Valentine or yourself to a Valentine's Day Dinner (Valentinstag Abendessen) at Prost Brewing. Get your tickets at Prost for a 4-course meal paired with 4 different Prost brews. Dinner starts at 6:00pm on February 14th.

Black Shirt Brewing (Denver) - Great things are happening in 2013 and one of them happen to be the new business hours over at Black Shirt Brewing. They are now open Wednesdays through Fridays 5pm to 9pm and on Saturdays from 2pm to 9pm. Visit them at 3719 Walnut Street in Denver.

Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewery (Arvada) - If you were planning to book your Valentine's Day dinner at the Yak & Yeti - better hurry! They are filling up quick with reservations. Treat your taste buds to some Nepalese, Indian, and Tibetan Food with hand crafted beer.

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - Mardi Gras is tomorrow! Join in for for some good old fashioned Mardi Gras fun and games! D&D will be doing a craw-fish boil and serving hurricanes with their Bourbon Street pizza. Enter the craw-fish eating contest and win a $50 gift certificate to Dad & Dudes. Contest starts at 8pm. Come dressed in your best Mardi Gras gear and beads and win another $50 gift certificate.

Boulder County

Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) - Expansion is a beautiful thing. Twisted Pine announced today that they are planning to distribute their beers into the state of Iowa. Corn country will soon be able to enjoy some of the best of Twisted Pine's brews. Beers start flowing there in March.

The Very Nice Brewing Co (Nederland) - Stop in on Saturday, February 16th for a tapping of their Greener's Gruit Ale. It's a medieval-style ale pre-dating the use of hops and substituting a healthy collection of herbs - yarrow, rose petals and lemon balm. You'll even get a discounted pour of Gruit if you show up wearing a medieval costume! Then on Sunday, February 17th, its Bellies & Beers! Ladies, join them in the tap room for a 1.5 hour belly dancing class starting at noon. Cost is $10 for the class and a pint of beer after. Tap room opens to the public after the class. Details at and to RSVP.

Northern Colorado

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Grimm Brothers just signed a distribution agreement with Tivoli Distributing Company to bring their beers to the Greater Denver and Boulder area. Tivoli Distributing will now handle all sales and distribution of Grimm Brothers products in those markets. This deal free up Grimm Brothers to make immediate improvements in product ordering, timely delivery, and overall customer service. Read all about it in their Press Release from today.

Big Beaver Brewing (Loveland) - The Beaver is spreading out to other locations. You can now get some Big Beaver up in Fort Collins at The Mayor of Old Town and also at The Pickle Barrel. In Loveland, you can find some Beaver at the Pour House, Henry's, Next Door Food and Drink and Sports Station.

Funkwerks (Fort Collins) - The brewery just produced their second batch of Bastogne last week. Please note: this beer will be renamed Solenna and will be released in bottles in early March. Stop in the tasting room soon and try some of their award winning Saisons.

New Belgium (Ft. Collins) continues its imaginative exploration of IPAs with its latest release - Rampant Imperial IPA. Rampant brings a happily bitter beer to New Belgium’s year-round portfolio, which also includes Ranger IPA and Shift. A burly Imperial IPA, Rampant pours a pure copper and carries the sheen of a rightly hopped beer. The Mosiac and Calypso hops bring stonefruit, while the addition of Centennial hops nod towards citrus for a well-rounded aroma. The beer presents heavy peach tones with a profoundly bitter bite. Coming year-round this Spring. “Imperial IPAs take hoppy beers to the next level,” said New Belgium Assistant Brewmaster Grady Hull. “Rampant packs a powerful wallop but it’s got the malt bill to back it up.”

Echo Brewing Company (Frederick) - Trivia and a Food Truck! This Tuesday is trivia night at the brewery. Sip some brew, test your mental knowledge and get some fresh food from the Orange Crunch. Trivia starts at 7pm and the food truck will be on hand between 5pm and 8pm. Then on Wednesday, they'll be hosting a Beer Dish Potluck at 7pm. No charge - bring your favoite beer inspired dish to share in the taproom. Then come back on Thursday, Friday and Saturday for live music starting at 7pm each night.

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Verboten will be open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting this week. To celebrate, enjoy $1 off pints from 3 to 6 p.m. this Tuesday and Wednesday! Sorry, their Imperial IPA won't be ready, however, for a couple more days. It's coming soon!

Mountains and West

Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival (Breckenridge) - Spring is coming! And perhaps early if you believe the Groundhog. The annual Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival is coming up on April 6th, 2013 from 11am to 4pm in the heart of downtown Breckenridge. Tickets are now on sale on - $25.00 for a general Unlimited Tasting or $65 for VIP Access.

Bars, Restaurants and Misc.

Choice City Butcher & Deli (Ft. Collins) - Choice City is celebrating their 9th birthday this week and on Wednesday from 5pm to 9pm they are throwing a party. They'll have tons of raffle items to give away this year.

Colorado No Bottle No Can Beerfest - From the forums over at - Libations Wine & Spirits in Foxfield, CO is putting together a beer fest featuring local Colorado breweries sometime between late April and early May with proceeds going to the Colorado Brewers Guild. The catch is that they cannot distribute cans or bottles of their beer. Libations figures this would be a good way for these small breweries to get their names out and allow people to try some of their awesome beer without having to drive all over the state. Stay tuned for news on this upcoming festival.

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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.

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