Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Colorado Beer News 022613

Colorado Beer NewsToday is For Pete's Sake Day. You know the phrase. You've probably said it yourself. But have you ever wondered who the heck is Pete? And why are we doing something for his sake? Apparently the name Pete was used in place of our Lord's name when you wanted to curse back in medieval times so you could avoid using the Lord's name in vain. Some say the name Mike was originally used before Pete. Tip a pint back for Pete's sake today. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, February 26th, 2013.

Metro Denver

Hops & Pie (Denver) - This Friday, March 1st is Firkin 1st Friday at Hops & Pie. March's firkin will be "Just the Tip" - Wynkoop's Belgorado Belgian IPA "Dry-Spruced" with locally picked Spruce Tips. It's built with a Belgian-style malted barley from Colorado Malting Company in Alamosa, CO and whole-leaf hops from Misty Mountain Hop Farm in Olathe, CO. These home-state ingredients are blended and then fermented with a Belgian yeast. Once in the firkin, the hand-picked Spruce tips are added to give the IPA an added layer of complexity and forestry. Stop in to try a pint this Friday!

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - Wed. February 27th's firkin will be a Japanese Pale Ale made w/sushi rice. March holds several special beer releases at Copper Kettle. Starting on Sat. March 2nd at 12pm, they're releasing a Barrel Aged Old Ale. Then, on Sat. March 9th it's the return of their popular Czech Pilsner. On Friday, March 15th from 3pm - 10pm it's a Pre St. Patty's Day Party with the return of their Dry Irish Stout on Nitro! Finally, on Saturday, March 23rd at 12pm stop in for a pint of Rye IPA. Food truck featured on weekends. Plus - save the dates - Thursday, April 18th through April 21st - Copper Kettle is hosting their 2 Year Anniversary!

World of Beer (Cherry Creek) - The rumors are true! World of Beer is opening for business in the Cherry Creek area of Denver in mid-March at 660 South Colorado Boulevard. They are currently hiring for all types of positions. They are known for having 500 different beers available - many on tap and lots more in bottles! Stay tuned for word on their official opening day. For more info on this popular chain of beer/music hot spots visit: wobusa.com/Locations/CherryCreek.aspx.

Renegade Brewing and Wit's End Brewing (Denver) - The first Renegade/Wit's End collaboration is ready to be released! Judge Whoppner is a collaboration brew. One day when Brian and Scott were enjoying a beer together they had a brilliant idea. They decided that they would join forces to brew a Whopper Ale (malted milk ball), first at Renegade and a second round at Wit's End. It's time to release the first creation of this collaboration: Judge Whoppner! Have a Whopper Ale with Brian and Scott this Wednesday, February 27th at 6:30pm at Renegade Brewing - 925 W. 9th Avenue in Denver, CO.

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew (Denver) - OMF has new business hours that start tomorrow (Wed. Feb 27th). Wednesdays & Thursday 2pm - 10pm, Fridays & Saturdays 2pm - 12am, and Sundays 2pm - 10pm.

Arvada Beer Company (Arvada) - The Floyds let it be known on the Colorado Craft Beer Show that they are currently working on getting label approval and are planning to begin canning two of their most popular beers later this year. They plan to put their Goldline IPA and Watertower Wheat into cans perhaps hitting shelves in the next few months.

Boulder County

Mountain Sun (Boulder) - It's the last 3 days of Stout Month. 12 stouts on tap at Mountain Sun today. Buy a Mountain Sun t-shirt and get a free pint! Or wear your Mountain Sun shirt in today and get Happy Hour prices all day long. Current stouts on tap include: Nitro Chocolate Dip Stout, Nitro Old School Stout, Nitro Coconut Cream Stout, Megatron American Imperial Stout, Dropkick American Stout, Oatlord Stout, Dark Harvest Pumpkin Stout, Oatimus Prime Imperial Oatmeal Stout, Girl Scout Stout, Nihilist Imperial Stout, Trinity’s Awaken Chicory Coffee Stout, and Toot’s Oatmeal Stout.

Odd13 Brewing (Lafayette) - Late last week, Odd13 Brewing got final approval from the city of Lafayette for their new brewery. They've ordered equipment and are now seeking approvals from the TTB (Feds). They hope to open their brewery sometime in July of this year.

Northern Colorado

The Tavern at St. Michael's Square (Greeley) - Left Hand Brewing is doing a tap takeover today at The Tavern in Greeley. Try one of several special brews on tap from Left Hand. The takeover starts promptly at 4:00pm.

Pateros Creek Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Have you tried a PAPA yet? It's their new Pilsner American Pale Ale that tapped over the weekend. It has a pilsner base but brewed like a pale ale and fermented with ale yeast.

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - Have you gotten your beer passport filled in yet? Drink your way around the world, collect passport stamps and win awesome prizes. Still time left to start a passport for $5 (get your 10th beer free). Complete the tour and they'll give you a personalized glass permanently kept at the pub for you to use. Around the World in 80 Flavs!

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - For those who haven't tried it yet, stop in and try their new Widow Maker - a sweet imperial oatmeal stout. Fermentedly Challenged tried it last Saturday and gives it a big thumbs up! Tapping soon - Vanilla Bandit, Cabernet Barrel-Aged Raspberry Bandit, and a Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bandit Brown. Don't forget - Potluck Dinner tonight from 6pm - 8pm! Bring a dish to share or buy a beer for those who did. Live music 2-3 times a week (Fridays & Saturdays and some others).

Southern Front Range

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - In the long string of Pliny the Younger tappings in Colorado this month, Trinity Brewing has acquired an allotment of the highly prized brew from Russian River and will be tapping it on Monday, March 4th. Ticket sales start at 6pm that day and the tapping happens at 7pm. One of your last chances to get some in Colorado for a while.

The Mayor of Old Town (Ft. Collins) - Who's got the BEST selection of double IPA's in the Country? They Mayor that's who! Don't believe it? Check out their beer selections at http://themayorofoldtown.com/beer/.

New Belgium (Ft. Collins) - Another draft-only Lips of Faith brew will soon be tapped in the 2nd quarter of 2013. New Belgium just got keg label approval for their Lips of Faith Pluot - an ale brewed with Pluot juice (a hybrid of the apricot and plum). It's a big beer weighing at at 10% ABV. In the short term, New Belgium will release Rampant Imperial IPA in early March.

Mountains and West

Crazy Mountain Brewery (Edwards) - Crazy Mountain Brewery is partnering with Shaw Regional Cancer Center to brew a pink colored beer in honor of their second annual Pink Vail fundraiser: a one-day one-mountain event to raise awareness and funds in support of their new survivorship program, "Spirit of Survival". Hundreds of pink-clad skiers and snowboarders will receive pledges, or sponsorships, to ski Vail Mountain on Saturday, March 9th in celebration or in memory of a loved one who had cancer. After a day of enjoying Vail's terrain (and hopefully fresh powder), Pink Vail participants will do a guided "Celebration Ski Down" from Eagles Nest to the Lionshead Village base area. At the bottom, adults will receive a complimentary pint of Crazy Mountain's "Pink Vail Fruit Ale", a wheat beer brewed with raspberries and pomegranates. This beer will be very pink in color and will taste like summer. The Pink Vail Fruit Ale tapping party will be at Crazy Mountain on Thursday, February 28th from 5-10pm. Be the first to taste this pomegranate raspberry wheat beer and support Pink Vail. The tapping party will also feature live bluegrass music by local favorite, Hardscrabble. For more information on the Pink Vail Fruit Ale, please call 970-926-3009. For more information on the Pink Vail ski day, visit www.PinkVail.com.

Eddyline Brewing (Buena Vista) - River Runners, a Colorado whitewater rafting company on the Arkansas River, announced that a local beer has been named after the long-time river outfitter – Eddyline Brewery’s River Runners Pale Ale – and will be distributed throughout Colorado in April, 2013. The River Runners Pale Ale, which has been crafted by Eddyline Brewery in Buena Vista, CO since May 2009, captured the International Style Pale Ale Gold Medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO. The River Runners Pale Ale will be available in six packs of 16 oz. cans at liquor stores across Colorado starting this spring. Eddyline Brewery and Tap Room in Buena Vista, Colorado offers a wood-fired menu and is capable of producing more than 5000 barrels of beer per year. The facility is equipped with a four-head automatic canning line capable of producing 32 cans per minute.

Bars, Restaurants and Misc.

Colorado Craft Beer Week (March 18-24) - The event list is starting to build for Colorado Craft Beer Week. March 18th start it off at Falling Rock Tap House (6pm) for a Colorado brewery tap takeover (80 CO brews on tap). On March 19th 4-7pm at Boulder Beer Company it's "Out with the Stout and In with the Blue" - a special tapping of their outgoing Obovoid Stout and incoming Kinda Blue. See the entire list of events at: coloradocraftbeerweek.com.

American Homebrewers Association (AHA) - If you haven't heard - membership has it's privileges. Members (with their membership card) can get $1 Off pints at all times at Aspen Brewing Company. Over in Ft. Collins, you can get $1 off Growler Fills and your first beer + 15% off merchandise. Also, get $1 off your first pint at Gravity Brewing in Louisville. And, get 10% off all Food & Drink at West Flanders Brewing Company in Boulder. Don't homebrew yet? Start today!

Catch up on Colorado Beer News from earlier this week:

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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