Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Colorado Beer News 031313

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Good Samaritan Involvment Day. This is a day to showcase the importance of giving unselfish aid to those in need. If you see someone who needs help today please stop and do them a favor. Who knows, you might just help save a life. Also, cheers to the new Pope Francis! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, March 13th, 2013.

Metro Denver

53 Peaks Brewing Co (Morrison) - This brewery has been making plans for a couple years now and has decided to locate their brewery in Morrison, CO. Jason Conger told Fermentedly Challenged that they hope to locate either in downtown Morrison or near Bear Creek Road and be open by January 2014. They hope to be a "full on" microbrewery specializing in great tasting, unique craft beer. They plan to run a Kickstarter campaign in the coming weeks - stay tuned for how you can participate.

Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub (Arvada) - The second Wednesday of each month is Game Night at Yak & Yeti from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Stop by and head to Room A on the 1st floor. They are open to new players who haven’t even heard of these games but would like to learn, as well as gamers who are more advanced. There will be several games and tables of people to chose from. Some of the games people play are Settlers of Catan, Dominion, Sentinels, Multiverse, Munchkin, Magic, Alhambra, and Stone Age. You can bring your own games or just show up to meet new people and learn a new game. They'll keep the taps cold for you.

Great Divide Brewing Co (Denver) - Excuse their construction! Great Divide is expanding once again and perhaps for the last time at their current location in Denver. New fermenter tanks are being installed starting today. Once in, this will put their facility at maximum capacity. Any further expansion will force them to relocate to a bigger place. This expansion should last them for at least 3 more years. After that? Who knows!

Brewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge) - Today on the tap wall Brewery Rickoli has put up two stouts - Rye Stout and The Thrilla In Vanilla. They have 15 beers on tap today including their "Disturbed Reflection" on the beer engine. Stop in for a try!

Boulder County

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - Take your bike to Avery Brewing and visit the Bike Doctor at today's bike clinic. Walk-ins are welcome. For $10 you'll get access to the doctors, a free pint of Avery beer, chance to win some rad prizes and half-price Community Cycles memberships. Starts today at 5:00pm. Be sure to check out the beer selection in the tap room! Check the Oskar Blues entry below for a special place you can now find Avery canned beer at? (It may surprise you).

Home Made Liquids & Solids (Longmont) - On Friday evening March 22nd, Oskar Blues HML&S will host a Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Tap Takeover. Russell from Grimm Brothers in Loveland, CO will be there to talk beer and host giveaways as he features a full array of Grimm Bros beers on tap including a hard to find specialty.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - Their new brewery in Brevard, North Carolina has only been open for 3 months, but they are already producing at full capacity! What now? Simple, they are planning to expand. They are adding six more tanks in the coming weeks. Seems like the east coast loves OB beer just as much as we do here. (New Belgium take note!) In other news, did you know that Oskar Blues and Avery Brewing beers were recently shipped to the thirsty folks in Antarctica? Seems like the researchers down there wanted some good craft beer in cans so Avery and Oskar Blues obliged. See the full story on

Northern Colorado

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Time for another famous Wednesday firkin! Today's firkin is a Coffee Stout. It's taps at 5:00pm. Pair that with some food from the Chaulkboard Gourmet Express starting around 4:30pm. On Thursday, High Hops is releasing their High Hops Hefe - a hefeweizen perfect for Spring. On Friday, listen to the music of Craig Corona from 6-8pm and pair some beer with food from Bedrock BBQ starting at 4pm. For Colorado Craft Beer Week, you're all invited to a High Hops Spring Equinox Party on March 22nd featuring a whiskey barrel-aged Noble release, music & food! Details at

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - From their newsletter (3/12) - This Thursday marks the one year anniversary of City Star's inaugural brew! Earlier this week, Ryan and John brewed up a batch of Cowboy's Double Golden - a higher alcohol, hopped up version of Cowboy's Golden. Some of you may remember that this beer was on tap for their grand opening, although this time it is being brewed on purpose! City Star is gearing up for Colorado Craft Beer Week March 18-24th, participating in a handful of stellar events. 3/18 - Colorado on Draft @ Falling Rock Tap House, 3/18 - Beer Lunch @ Black Bottle Brewery, 3/21 - Drink Local @ Lyons Fork, 3/21 - Special tapping @ Forge Publick House, 3/22 - Tapping @ Oskar Blues HMLS 5pm, 3/23 - Hops & Handrails Brew Fest @ Left Hand Brewing, and 3/23- New Kids on the Block @ The Lobby 9pm.

The Mayor of Old Town (Ft. Collins) - The Mayor is planning some CO Craft Beer Week activities. On Tuesday, March 19th at 5pm it's a Breckenridge Brewery Happy Hour. Ryan from Breckenridge will be on hand sharing the good word about Brew brews and giving away some awesome free stuff with your purchase of a Breck brew. Also, on Thursday March 21st, it's Great Divide Night. Rob from Great Divide will be there highlighting some new GDBC beer releases and doing some giveaways as well starting at 6pm.

Tap and Handle (Ft. Collins) - On Wednesday, March 20th at 7pm, Tap and Handle will be hosting a Colorado Tap Takeover featuring the beers from Grimm Brothers Brewhouse and many other CO craft breweries. Stop in and get a full spectrum of taste from Colorado breweries.

Southern Front Range

Bristol Brewing Company (Colorado Springs) - This Thursday at 5pm, the 6th anniversary Smokebrush Porter will be released at the brewery. This peat and beechwood smoked beer was made for a good cause to support the Uncle Wilbur Fountain downtown. You'll enjoy hearing (and watching!) Bob Tudor's one-man band, taste delicious morsels, from Blue Sage Catering, paired with this luscious smoked porter, and hopefully win big in their awesome Fountain trivia game. Check out the video that FOX21 News did on this new beer release below (or on YouTube).

Trinity Brewing Company (Colorado Springs) - Set your calendars for Saturday, April 13th, 2013. That is the date set for this year's Saison Festival at Trinity Brewing. Tickets go on sale April 2nd and there are only 150 total tickets available! Cost is $30 advance and $35 at the door (if still available). This event will be the 1st event to be held in their new Barrel room. It's to be a liquid feast of Saisons and Farmhouse Ales.

Mountains and West

Vail Ale House (Vail) - There's a special event planned in honor of Colorado Craft Beer Week on Tuesday, March 19th from 6pm to 8pm at the Vail Ale House. It's "Meet The Brewers" night featuring brewmasters from 3 Vail Valley breweries. Come and meet Matt Wirtz from Bonfire Brewing, Jeremy Pluck from Gore Range Brewery, and Kevin Selvy from Crazy Mountain Brewery. There will be rare and unique specialty beer tappings from each brewery, food specials and live music during this event. Free to attend and listen - no cover. Beer and food sold separately.Located at 2161 N. Frontage Road in Vail, CO. Visit: for more info.

Aspen Brewing Company (Aspen) - On Sunday, March 17th from 4-9pm come help Aspen Brewing celebrate their 5 Year Anniversary at a special party at the brewing facility at 404 Aspen Airport Business Center in Aspen, CO. There will be plenty of beer and live music from the Smuggler Mountain Boys.

Rockslide Brewery & Restaurant (Grand Junction) - Come down this Friday March 15th through Sunday March 17th for their St. Patty's Day celebration. All weekend long they'll have all you can eat corn beef and cabbage for $12.95 and $4 pints of Irish Red Ale and you get to take the pint glass home!

Restaurants and Misc.

Lyons Fork Restaurant (Lyons) - Stop in for "Drink Local" - a Colorado Craft Beer Week event on Thursday, March 21st. Three local breweries will be on hand tapping their brews starting at 4pm with a special party to follow starting at 7:30pm. Meet the brewers from City Star Brewing, Echo Brewing and Grimm Brothers. There will be giveaways, food pairings and live music. Located at 450 Main Street in Lyons, CO.

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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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