Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Colorado Beer News 021313

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is over and millions of Christians begin the long season of Lent which lasts until March 30th. Hope you didn't decide to give up craft beer for Lent! Then again, perhaps you could decide to give up that yellow fizzy beer for Lent. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, February 13th, 2013.

Metro Denver

Beer Laws (Colorado) - The Full Strength Beer bill has once again been killed in the Colorado legislature. State Representative Kevin Priola withdrew the bill (HB 1178) which would have allowed full strength beer to be sold in grocery stores and convenience stores. The bill was removed due to a perceived lack of interest in passing it. Liquor store owners should be happy over this measure. Don't expect this to be the last attempt to get this bill passed, however. Expect something in a new form to be introduced next year. Full story on this in the Denver Business Journal. The "Drinks with Dad" bill is still in the works that would allow a 18-20 year old to have a drink with their parent in a bar or restaurant.

Former Future Brewing Co (Denver) - Another brewery is in the works for Denver - Former Future Brewing Company is busy making plans to open sometime in the Fall of 2013 in a yet to be determined location. They've been busy perfecting their recipes which include a Double India Black Ale, a Wild Yeast Saison, a Chocolate Stout, and a Session Sour Ale. The theme of their brewery is an old fashioned past-meets-future - somewhat steampunk in design. Visit them on Facebook at

Lone Tree Brewing Co (Lone Tree) - There's always something great brewing at Lone Tree Brewing. Today their brewer Jason has been busy brewing up a double batch of Irish Red and tomorrow they will be brewing up another batch of their popular Black IPA. Plenty of good beer on tap right now as well. Stop in for a taste or two.

Denver Post Beer Night (Denver) - On Tuesday, March 5th 6:00pm at the Wynkoop Brewing Company - Join Eric Gorski, a founding contributor of The Post's First Drafts beer blog, as he moderates a Q-and-A session about the Colorado craft brewing industry. He'll speak with Kevin Delange of Dry Dock Brewing, Brad Lincoln of Funkwerks and Chad Yakobson of the Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project. Every ticketholder will get a free sample of beer from each of the featured breweries. Beer also will be for sale. Participants must be 21 or older. This event is co-sponsored by The Denver Post’s First Drafts blog, the Colorado Brewers Guild and Wynkoop Brewing Co. Free tickets available at

Prost Brewing (Denver) - There's a brand new batch of Dunkel beer available today and Prost is throwing an all day release party for it. Stop in and rediscover this darker German brew.

Yak & Yeti (Arvada) - Today's beer release is a Cherry Porter weighing in around 5.2% ABV and 32 IBUs. This delicious porter taps at 4:00pm. Tomorrow for Valentine's Day, they will release a Bright Red beer made with Red Hots candies called: Red Hot Wheat (4.9% ABV 18 IBU). It's lie a Dentyne Gum flavored dessert wine. Share one with your sweetheart. At least 10 different beers on tap every day.

Black Shirt Brewing (Denver) - Black Shirt Brewing has some new business hours. They are now open Wednesdays through Fridays 5-9pm and on Saturdays 2-9pm. Also, this Valentine's Day - they will be pairing a special beer that they brewed with an incredible dessert. The beer is a Chai Red Porter and they teamed up with a local chocolatier Ritual Chocolate on the pairing. Stop in between 5-9pm for try this pairing. This will be your only chance to drink this amazing beer.

Boulder County

J Wells Brewery (Boulder) - While they may not be open every Sunday, Sunday is usually their brewing day and according to their Facebook page they will "try to get my daughter to work Sundays, brew days usually, so you can watch the process and drink some beers too! If I brew on days I am not open...I would never turn you away if you would like to drink a few and watch then too." - Now that's what I call an open door policy!

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - There's a new beer being released today at Wild Woods. It's the Cabin Fever Series #3: Frozen Forest Barleywine. A hop-forward barleywine made with Simcoe, Chinook, Centennial hops along with spruce tips and coriander. It weighs in at 9.3% ABV and 80 IBUs.

Northern Colorado

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - If it's Wednesday, then it must be time for their weekly Firkin Humpday special! Today's firkin is a Cherry Chocolate Porter infused with Damiana (an ancient Mayan aphrodisiac). That's a brew that should get you in the mood for some Valentine's Day fun! Be sure to grab a bite from Chaulkboard Gourmet Express tonight as well.

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - This week's featured keg is an Apple Cinnamon Saison. Stop in for a pint of this fruit and spice saison. They also have some Winter Spice on tap while it lasts.

Mountains and West

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - The Winter WonderGrass fest is this weekend at Crazy Mountain's back lot! There will be 15 bands, 9 breweries, and 14 hours of festival fun over 2 days. It's not too late to buy $65 tickets at Crazy Mountain's tasting room. Don't miss out on this awesome bluegrass and craft beer winter festival!

Bars, Restaurants and Misc.

Hugo's Colorado Beer & Spirits (Denver) - Denver has a new liquor store in town this year and on Saturday, February 16th they'll be hosting a grand opening celebration at Hugo's Colorado Beer & Spirits. The store is located at 1205 E. 13th Avenue in Denver. They will be a full package liquor store featuring the best beers and spirits made in Colorado (with a few "foreign" beers sprinkled in). This store plans to be quite the beer-centric location for the best in Colorado beer. There will be tastings from 2pm to 7pm and giveaways all day long. The event will be held in the huge parking lot at the Loveland Food Share - 2600 N. Lincoln in Loveland, CO. Interested breweries who'd like to participate are asked to contact Dave Butler at Fermentedly Challenged or Aaron Heaton at Grimm Brothers Brewhouse. Deadline for participating is March 15th.

Front Range Rally (Loveland) - There's a new beer festival coming to Northern Colorado in May. It's the Front Range Rally - a benefit event for the Food Bank For Larimer County. It's scheduled for Saturday, May 18th, 2013 in Loveland, CO. The event will feature up to 30 breweries and 15 of the best regional food trucks around. There will be live music and fun for the whole family. To follow the latest news on this festival, please "Like" them on Facebook at and Follow them on Twitter @FrontRangeRally. This is a Fermentedly Challenged sponsored event!
Front Range Rally

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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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