Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Colorado Beer News 032013

Colorado Beer NewsToday is the First Day of Spring. Hurray, we made it out of Winter, but Coloradoans know that March and April are still the most snowiest months of the year. Still, our thoughts now turn to days with more hours of daylight and slightly warmer days ahead. Let's hope we get plenty of moisture this Spring so that our reservoirs will get filled and the fire danger will be lessened. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, March 20th, 2013.

Metro Denver

Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub (Arvada) - Sad news. The La Bhutan is already gone. The good news is that next week they will be releasing a new Abbey-style beer. Brahmin Dubbel Knowledge (7.8% ABV 14 IBU) is an amber colored, spicy brew with hints of dark fruits. it's made with 25 pounds of homemade medium-amber Belgian candy syrup. You can still get some of their Chocolate Frosting Stout (5.1% ABV 28 IBU) on tap. Get in quick while it lasts. Here's something to try - The "Ch-apple" - it's a beer mix with their Chai Milk Stout and their Gluten-free Apple Ale. It's more spicy and tart than a traditional Black Velvet style beer mix. It's only $5.50 normally and just $4.00 during happy hour. Come get some!

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Tonight, head over to Star Bar in Denver starting at 5pm for a Crooked Stave Tap Takeover. Sample from six unique Crooked Stave beers on tap: Sentience aged in Leopolds Small Batch Whiskey Barrels, Vieille Saison aged in Leopolds Apple Whiskey Barrels, Wild Wild Brett Violet with Passion Fruit (first tapping!) Surette Provision, Vieille Artisanal and Origins Burgundy Sour! A night not to miss!

Denver Beer Co (Denver) - Two fun tappings today and tomorrow! Today it's their Kaffir Lime Wheat. It's a fan favorite. And then Thursday they are tapping Pineapple Pale Ale with Whole Foods Market. Come on down for both events!

Parry's Pizzeria & Bar (Highlands Ranch) - This Saturday, March 23rd at their Highlands Ranch location, Parry's is putting on a big Russian River Tap Takeover! The weather may be ick-ish that day, but it's okay, the beer will be tasting amazin'. This is a tap takeover you won't want to miss. #AleYeah

Boulder County

Gravity Brewing (Louisville) - Here is a list of Colorado Craft Beer Week Events that Gravity Brewing is participating in this week. Wednesday: Boulder's New Brew Crew at West Flanders on Pearl Street in Boulder. 5 new Boulder area breweries, $20, 7 to 10pm. Tickets available at West Flanders.
Thursday: Bourbon Barrel Aged Acceleration (Double IPA) tapping at 4pm at the tasting room. Also, March Madness will be in full swing. Friday: Tapping their new Weizenbok named "Steve" at the tasting room. Timing TBD. More March Madness. They will be open at 2:30 for the Buffs game. Saturday: Gravity tapping at Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids in Longmont at 5pm. Limited amount of free Gravity pint glasses with purchase of beer. Meet some of the Gravity Crew.

Bootstrap Brewing Co (Niwot) - They've been keeping it hush hush up until now but today is the day that they're tapping Stick's Pale Ale and they're freakin' excited about this beer. It's delicious and out just in time for Spring. Come try a pint!

Northern Colorado

Echo Brewing Company (Frederick) - Exciting news! Today Echo announced that they are opening a 2nd location! They will open Echo Brewing Cask and Barrel this summer in Historic Old Town Erie, Colorado. Their focus at this location will be brewing cask ale, barrel aged beers along with some of your current favorites. While they can't disclose the location today, they do have it under contract and hope to share with everyone soon.

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - In honor of Colorado Craft Beer Week, and the first day of Spring, Verboten is offering $1 off pints all night long, from 3 to 9 p.m. Stop in and check out what's on tap.

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Ian has a very special edition of trivia in store for tonight for Colorado Craft Beer Week and you'll get to know the Challenge of Nonsense in advance - a blind beer tasting! Ian will provide one person from each team with a flight of beer samples. They will have to guess the brewery from which each beer is brewed. Fun gets underway at 7:30pm. Come get yer geek on!

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - The secret phrase is in effect. Spring has sprung and therefore you get a dollar off of any fruit beer if you tell the bartender to go fly a kite. (Today that is).

Southern Front Range

Phantom Canyon (Colorado Springs) - Today's special in honor of CO Craft Beer Week is happy hour pricing all day on their "Banjo Smasher" Chocolate Milk Stout. Grab a pint for these last remaining cold early Spring days.

Mountains and West

Ska Brewing Co (Durango) - Ska will be tapping their first keg of Vernal Minthe Stout at a tapping party tonight in their taproom at 5:00pm! It's the third of their 4 seasonal stouts. Happy Spring! Join in and listen to the brewer and enjoy some sweet treats.
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