Thursday, April 25, 2013

Colorado Beer News 042513

Colorado Beer NewsToday is World Penguin Day. Here's to our tuxedo'd feathered flightless birds of the Antarctic region. It's a good day to watch "Happy Feet", dress up in a tux, or visit these birds at your local zoo. Or better yet, find a bottle of Killer Penguin Barleywine (Boulder Beer) or Tactical Nuclear Penguin (BrewDog) and enjoy it outside a mild Spring day. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, April 25th, 2013.

Metro Denver

Cannonball Creek Brewing (Golden) - There's a new beer tapping today at Cannonball Creek. Stop in after 3pm for a taste of "ForĂȘt-Noire", a black saison with an aroma of chocolate covered cherries and flavors that include cherries and citrus fruits. Stick around for dinner as Smokey J's will be on hand serving up BBQ.

Lowry Beer Garden (Denver) - Did you know, if you are the lucky person to get the last pour from any of their kegs you will get a bunch of prizes and some free beer! Now through "FOREVER", be the lucky one to finish the keg on any of their 16 tap lines and win (gift certificates, t-shirts, beer). Also, Lowry Beer Garden will be celebrating their 1st Anniversary on Thursday, May 23rd at a celebration from 5pm - 10pm that includes a benefit fundraiser for The Lowry Foundation. There will be a silent auction where you can bid on over 30 incredible items. Tickets for this event are $20/adults or $10/children 12 and under and includes 1 adult beverage, entree and side item (or kids food item, soda and ice cream).

Parry's Pizza (Highlands Ranch, Greenwood Village, Castle Rock) - If you're planning to head to the Big Ass Tap Takeover this Saturday, April 27th 11am-11pm and try one of the 90 taps of Avery beer, be sure to take a picture of your beer in the special #Bigatt pint glasses and post it to one of Parry's social media sites and you'll be eligible to win some free beer.

Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub (Arvada) - Get limber! Join in on Sunday, May 5th at 10am for the first Poses and Pints with Shelly Blais Yoga. $15 for the class and your first pint is FREE. BYOM (bring your own mat). They'll meet upstairs in the Yak & Yeti Brewpub before opening.

2013 Great American Beer Festival (Denver) - Time to start saving up your pennies GABF fans. Prices for this year's GABF tickets were just announced and it's going to cost you more this year. Thursday, Friday and Saturday night session tickets go for $75 plus all those wonderful convenience fees that Ticketmaster adds on top of that. AHA/BA members can get Member Only Session tickets (limit 2) for $65 each. Tickets won't go on sale for a while. Look for June timeframe for tickets to go on sale. Better be quick, as all tickets sold out last year in less than 40 minutes. The GABF runs from October 10-12, 2013.

Brewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge) - During American Craft Beer Week, Brewery Rickoli is planning 5 special big releases including 4 barrel aged ones. Monday May 13th - Peach Gobbler - Wild Turkey barrel aged American Strong Ale with peaches (8.6% ABV). Tuesday May 14th - Woody! - a barrel aged Scotch ale (8% ABV). Wednesday May 14th - Old Rickoli - barrel aged sherried Barleywine (11.5% ABV). Thursday May 15th - The Monolith - barrel aged Imperial American Stout (12% ABV). And Friday, The Statik - an insane Pale Ale (13% ABV) with 420 IBU(?) and served through a Randall. Sound good?

Boulder County

Boulder SourFest (Boulder) - Don't forget! Tomorrow, April 26th at 9:00am sharp - tickets for this year's Boulder SourFest at Avery Brewing go on sale for the June 8th festival from noon to 5pm. Tickets are $55 and will disappear in just a few hours (if that long). Get your bookmarks for

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - [PRESS RELEASE] "With an ever-growing selection of creative brews with innovative combinations of hop varieties, specialty malts, and imaginative flavor adjuncts, the contributions of one very important ingredient are often overlooked by lovers of American craft beer – yeast. The flavors and aromas contributed by yeast are probably best known in regards to authentic Belgian and Belgian-style beers, where fruity esters and/or spicy phenols will take the lead role in defining associated tastes and smells. It was a deep appreciation for these flavors which led the brewers at Avery Brewing Co. to create their unique summer seasonal Karma, a bright Belgian-style Pale Ale with a fruity nose and slightly tart finish. Brewed with the authentic Rochefort yeast strain, Karma takes its cues from the sessionable pale ales historically popular in Belgium. As seasonal beers were the #1 category of American craft beer sales in 2012, Avery plans to accommodate with a 40% increase in production of this iconic summer ale. Released seasonally since 2005, this year’s Karma left the Avery production team particularly pleased, as it marks their first time to fully propagate the traditional Rochefort yeast strain with the brewery’s Handtmann automated yeast propagation system."

Northern Colorado

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - [PRESS RELEASE] Grimm Brothers Brewhouse will debut Maiden’s Kiss, a Maibock Lager, exclusively at World of Beer - Cherry Creek, 660 South Colorado Blvd, Glendale, Colorado on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm. Maiden’s Kiss will be generally available in Northern Colorado on May 3rd. Maibocks (May Bocks) are strong, golden lagers. Because of the climate in Bavaria, brewers offer Bocks in all but the summer season. Maibocks are brewed in spring with light colored malts and a little more bitterness than their winter cousins. Most Bocks are dark, malty, strong lagers. Maibocks are a pleasant kiss of springtime fresh air and a foreshadowing of a sunny summer Helles. “With our recent availability in the Denver market, this special release at World of Beer is the perfect opportunity to introduce our classic German style beers to a Denver audience.”, stated Russell Fruits, Beer Evangelist at Grimm Brothers.
Grimm Brothers Maidens Kiss

Odell Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Members from several Fort Collins breweries are on hand at Odell Brewing today making this year's batch of Collusion. Expect to see this on tap in town in time for American Craft Beer Week (May 13-19). Pateros Creek & Funkwerks are among the breweries chipping in on this one.

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - (Sponsor) Today's beer special is a 1/2 price beer on Oskar Blues' oSKAr the G'Rauch Smoked IPA. This beer will only last a day and then they are preparing for Friday's Firestone Walker Tap Takeover. So head to downtown Greeley for some great craft beer today and tomorrow. Don't forget to have your drink passport stamped!

Southern Front Range

Bristol Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Today during Happy Hour - get $3 pints of Winter Warlock from 4-9pm. That included their Warlock on Nitro as well.

Mountains and West

Dillon Dam Brewery (Dillon) - Now on tap - Jacked Black IPA. This hoppy dark IPA is "jacked" with Jack Daniels wood chips that adds additional complexity and flavor to this 6% ABV brew. Love their Dam beer? Sign up for their Frequent Keg Buyer Program - 5 & 15 gallon kegs are ready to roll for your Spring party. Note: Dillon Dam Brewery will be closed for their annual Spring Cleaning & Maintenance from May 6th - 9th. Fear not! They will re-open on May 10th at 3pm in time for Happy Hour!

Elevation Beer Company (Poncha Springs) - KDVR Fox 31 Denver TV recently did a video feature on Elevation Beer Company as part of their Explore Colorado segment. They visited Poncha Springs and got a behind the scenes look at their operation. Also featured are some of their barrel aged beers as well as Little Mo and First Cast. Check out this 3:43 minute video on Elevation! If you can't view the video on your device, head over to Fox 31 website here.

Tommyknocker Brewery (Idaho Springs) - The brewery just keeps growing! Today the brewery took delivery of two new 60 barrel fermenters. Look for even more Tommyknocker beer on hand in the near future. This brings their total fermenter farm to 21 and adds about 20% to their existing capacity and allows for another 3000 bbls annually.

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