Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Colorado Beer News 041613

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Stress Awareness Day. This day always comes on the first workday after income taxes are due. Let's face it, doing taxes is stressful. Use this day to try to reduce your stress and ease your mind. And what better way to remove some stress than with a pint of your favorite local craft beer! Do yourself a favor and de-stress today. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, April 16th, 2013.

Metro Denver

Parry's Pizza (4 metro locations) - Have you got April 27th marked on your calendar for the Parry's Big Ass Tap Takeover yet? If not you should! Avery Brewing will be pulling out all the stops and bringing 30 different beers to 3 different Parry's Pizza locations in Greenwood Village, Highlands Ranch and Castle Rock. Over 90 taps reserved just for Avery beers! This is being billed as the world's largest tap takeover - and the Guinness Book of World Records will be on hand just to verify! The tap takeover lasts all day 11am to 11pm. Colorado Craft Beer Radio will be on hand broadcasting live from 12 noon to 2:00pm on AM 760 from the Highlands Ranch location. Get more details on all Parry's events at: http://parryspizza.com/hr/events/ - Parry's Pizza is a proud sponsor of Fermentedly Challenged.

River North Brewery (Denver) - Fans of River North's Quandary Quadrupel take note - the brew is back and flowing in the taproom and is also available to go home with you in 22oz bomber bottles. It's the ale for what cures ya ... er, is it the other way around?

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - Copper Kettle is turning 2 this week and they're throwing a 4-day long party from April 18th through the 21st. 4 Days - 4 Bands - 6 Food Trucks - 10 New Beer Releases! For those who attended last year, you know this is going to be a big throw down celebration. It's CKBC's biggest party of the year and with 10 new beers being tapped there's going to be a beer for just about everyone's taste. There will be games, outdoor tents and two specialty casks happening throughout the weekend.

Lone Tree Brewing Company (Lone Tree) - In honor of their upcoming outdoor patio christening in May, they are brewing up a Gran Cru Witbier made with dried orange peel and lavender today. Look for the beer to debut when the patio opens up next month.

Hops & Pie (Denver) - This week's special beer tappings include: Hot Rocks from Port Brewing, Le Freak from Green Flash, Troppelbock from Alaskan, Hop 15 from Port Brewing, & Sugar Daddy Brown from Dry Dock Brewing. Stop in for a beer and a slice and start thawing out. Hops & Pie is a sponsor on Fermentedly Challenged.

Boulder County

FATE Brewing Company (Boulder) - [PRESS RELEASE] - FATE Brewing Company will be releasing its 5th core style beer, a Roggenbier, on Monday, April 22, 2013. FATE Brewing Company Owner, Mike Lawinski, and Head Brewer, Jeff Griffith are excited to announce the release of their fifth core beer brewed on site. FATE is releasing their Roggenbier on Monday, April 22nd, 2013. There will be a release party starting at 11:00am featuring all day happy hour pricing for the Roggenbier. This German Style Rye Ale is based on a recipe from medieval times with a rye dominant malt bill. The taste profile exudes a rye breadiness, a spicy fruitiness and a faintly sour and dry finish. Head brewer, Jeff Griffith, describes this beer as "a touch smokey, tart and sweet with characteristics of banana and clove." It's brewed with Hallertau and Styrian Golding hops which balance the pilsner, rye, munich, caramunich and chocoates malts. Stats: 5% ABV, 20 IBU.

Oskar Blues 12-pack CanundrumOskar Blues (Longmont) - Oskar Blues fans will soon be able to pick up a mixed can 12-pack called the Oskar Blues Canundrum. Cans of Old Chub, Dale's Pale Ale and Mama's Little Yella Pils will all mingle together (4 each) in a single package. This 12-pack will be available across all markets starting in May 2013. Look for it soon.

Bootstrap Brewing (Niwot) - You can now get some limited edition 22oz bombers of their Insane Rush in the tasting room. Their first 45 bottles go on sale today. Then stay for trivia at 6:30pm. Also, Bootstrap Brewing just found out that they won 4 medals at the Denver International Beer Competition! Gold for 1956, Silver for Flagstaff and Worthog Stout and Bronze for Backfire Chili. Grats!

Northern Colorado

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - The 3rd annual Fort Collins collaboration is underway. Members of Funkwerks, Odell Brewing and New Belgium Brewing were working at Funkwerks this week on a collaborative beer. This time, it's going to be a Biere de Garde that will be brewed with Endive and Rose Hips. Stay tuned for word on when this brew will become available.

Funkwerks also chimed in on their blog today about the tight hop market. Changes to recipes are sometimes required due to shortages with certain hops. They stated: "Unless you are contracting your hops a few years out you may be out of luck. This is especially true of some of the ‘hot’ hops such as Amarillo, Citra, and Sorachi Ace. Seeing the writing on the wall early last year, we contracted for hops I’ve wanted to play with. These include Nelson Sauvin, Amarillo, Sorachi Ace, and Galaxy. We made our first batch of Saison using Nelson Sauvin hops two weeks ago. This is an extremely pale Saison fermented with 10% Muscat grape must. This should be out in April."

Odell Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Fans of their seasonal St. Lupulin take note. This hoppy brew will return for the season on April 20th. While it may still feel like Winter here in Colorado... Summer is coming in the form of this summer seasonal next week.

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) and Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) are getting together today and are collabo-brewing up a "Anniversar-Rye" beer. Both Colorado breweries opened on May 4th of last year, so for their upcoming brewery birthdays Ryan of City Star and Zach from Big Choice together formulated a special recipe to be released in both taprooms on May 4th. Anniversar-Rye is a summer rye blonde ale brewed with alligator pepper and lemon zest. Be sure to try both offerings as they will be similar to each other but also as distinct as each brewery. Also, City Star just WON 5 medals in the 2013 Denver International Beer Competition! Cowboy's Golden - silver in the blonde ale category, Dead or Alive - silver in the imperial/double IPA category, Bandit Brown - gold in the English brown ale category, Red Necktar - silver in the American amber/red ale category, and Mule Kick - gold in the strong/old ale category. Grats!

C.B. & Potts (Ft. Collins) - Tis the seasonal for their Maibock Spring Bier. It's now on tap for a limited time. Goes well with what on the menu too!

Southern Front Range

KB Kraft Beer (Colorado Springs) - It's a great Tuesday to drink with a friend. Now on tap: Wheat, Uptail Scotch Ale, House Porter, Bella Lavender Lager, Wire Fence IPA and 6X ESB.

Mountains and West

Ska Brewing (Durango) - Trivia fans, you've got just a few more trivia nights left in the season. Join in every Tuesday through April 30th at 6:04pm for Super Ted's Super Trivia. After April, trivia will be retired for another season.

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