Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Colorado Beer News 050113

Colorado Beer NewsToday is May Day, and here in Colorado it also means that the potential for snow is still here as we are quickly finding out. Traditionally, May Day is celebrated by dancing around a May Pole and drinking Maibock's. If the snow is putting you off celebrating Springtime, you can always celebrate Batman Day, Global Love Day, Amtrak Day or National Bubba Day today as well. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, May 1st, 2013.

Metro Denver

Factotum Brewhouse (Denver) - This upcoming brewery in Denver plans to have a unique twist. Factotum Brewhouse is a brewery for the people, by the people. The drinks you'll enjoy in their taproom will be conceived and created by homebrewers and other beer lovers under the tutelage of their head brewer in an effort to guide and teach their customers in the art of making great beer. Drink a beer, make a beer — at Factotum Brewhouse, the choice will be yours. This brewery is currently listed on Facebook at 4735 Lipan Street in Denver. The people will end up being the ones who dictate what beers are made and on tap because they will be the ones making them. Check them out on Facebook.

Prost Brewing (Denver) - Want to dance around the May Pole in the snow? Dress warmly in your lederhosen or dirndl and join in the fun today. Then head inside and warm up with a Maibock afterwards. Gotta love this crazy Colorado weather!

Lowry Beer Garden (Denver) - American Craft BrewFest - Saturday May 11th, 11am - 5pm. Kickoff American Craft Beer Week (May 13-19) at the Lowry Beer Garden! Stop by on May 11th to sample rare craft beers, some of which are only available in the tasting rooms at the breweries. For $20, you get to keep a taster mug and sample unlimited beer from the eight breweries, each of which will showcase two to three different brews. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event at the door. Participating breweries include Upslope Brewing, Tommyknocker Brewing, Fort Collins Brewery, Lone Tree Brewing, Copper Kettle Brewing Company, Avery Brewing, Great Divide Brewing, and Caution Brewing Co. The Lowry Beer Garden will also be open for regular business for those not wishing to participate in the tasting.

Falling Rock Tap House (Denver) - Today, Falling Rock released a brand new newsletter outlining several events coming up in the May through early June timeframe. Some special tappings that you won't want to miss including some brewery visits, Night of the Hops, Night of the Sours, Day of the Barrel and a sweet 16th anniversary party. Get all the details listed here.

Denver Beer Co (Denver) - May the Fourth be with you! Star Wars fans can get their geek on this Saturday, May 4th as the brewery will be pouring specially named Star Wars beers in their Barrel Cellar room as well as showing the three original film classics back to back: Episode IV, Episode V & Episode VI. You'll have to wait until 2015 to see Episode VII however. The fun runs from 12pm to 6pm.

Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewery (Arvada) - Today's beerlist includes the return of the Orange-Chocolate Porter. It taps at 4pm today.

Black Shirt Brewing (Denver) - This week BSB will have 6 different & unique Red Ales on tap including their Sour Mash Red saison - it's back! Other beers include: 2012 pale Red Rye, 2013 BSB Red Ale, 2013 Red Saison, 2012 Red IPA Chinook, 2013 Red IPA and 2012 Imperial Red Rye IPA.

Boulder County

Very Nice Brewing Company (Nederland) - Starting this week, Very Nice Brewing Company will have Thursday taproom hours from 3:00pm to 8:00pm. That'll give you even more opportunities to stop in and see what this new brewery is all about.

Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) - This weekend it's "Kentucky De Mayo Weekend" at Twisted Pine. You can celebrate both the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo. On Saturday, pick the winning horses for a chance to win Twisted Prizes. Women who wear fancy hats for the Derby get Happy Hour pricing all day. Then on Sunday, they'll be featuring Billy's Chilies samplers - 5 blended brews with Billy's Chilies for $5. At 2pm they'll smash a Pinata and there will be Mexican Cuisine specials. You can also enter the Ghost Face Challenge and get a free order of chips and salsa.

West Flanders Brewing (Boulder) - In honor of the upcoming National Homebrew Day - West Flanders wants to buy you AHA homebrewers a beer! This Saturday, May 4th, stop in and with any food purchase you can get a free beer if you show your AHA membership card.

Avery Twenty IPAAvery Brewing (Boulder) - Did you know that Avery Brewing is turning 20 this month? Almost legal! And to celebrate, they are planning a Twenty Release Party during American Craft Beer Week on Thursday, May 16th at 5:00pm. This year's anniversary Twenty beer will be a massively hopped IPA. It was purposely brewed with a "loving excessive use of that beautiful flower, Humulus Lupulus". Be sure to join in to toast 20 years of making beer in Boulder.

Northern Colorado

Odell Brewing Company (Ft. Collins) - In honor of the 140th birthday of the Coloradoan newspaper, Odell Brewing has worked with the Coloradoan to come up with a special tribute beer called "Press Pale Ale". It's a White Coffee Pale Ale. The beer debuted last night and is available in the Odell Brewing taproom. This beer combines reporters' favorite drinks: coffee and beer and has the potential to help you wake up with its coffee flavor and aroma. Also, look for a new Summer Montage variety 12-pack headed to stores starting May 20th. Inside will be a variety of their popular beers including 90 Shilling, IPA and St. Lupulin, but also bottles of Loose Leaf American Session Ale - a new rotating seasonal beer available May through September.

Front Range RallyFront Range Rally (Loveland) - Early bird tickets are now SOLD OUT, but you can still get tickets to the upcoming May 18th outdoor beer & food truck festival set in Loveland, CO. Join in between 3:00pm to 7:00pm for a lively outdoor festival with 30 confirmed breweries and up to 15 food trucks. Enjoy live music on stage from two bands. Tickets are $33 (no food) or $40 (includes $10 in food tokens). Small service fees added for each ticket. Designated Driver tickets also available for $10 (water + soft drinks/no food) or $17 (includes $10 in food tokens). Additional food tokens available inside the festival. Must be 21+ to drink beer. Designated drivers 18+. For info and ticket links visit: Proceeds to benefit Food Bank for Larimer County.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Today marks the debut of Grimm's latest release "Maiden's Kiss" - a Maibock beer. They're giving a special sneak peak of it down in Denver at the World of Beer in Cherry Creek at 6pm. If you can't make it down to Denver for that, Maiden's Kiss will be on tap in Loveland starting this Friday, May 3rd. This beer will also be available in 22oz bottles.

New Belgium (Ft. Collins) - In order to keep up with projected growth through 2015 and while they are waiting for their 2nd brewery to be completed in Asheville, NC in 2015, New Belgium is working on a 140,000 barrel expansion project in Fort Collins. For all of the details surrounding this local expansion, check out their press release issued today.

Colorado Brewers' Festival (Ft. Collins) - Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming 24th Annual Colorado Brewers' Festival on June 22nd and 23rd, 2013. VIP tix are $45 each day and general admission tix are $22 (plus applicable handling fees). See the Downtown Fort Collins site for more details.

Echo Brewing Co (Frederick) - Ladies! Come warm up at the Barley Belles meeting tonight at 7:00pm at the brewery. Elizabeth Lange will be giving a talk on the history of fermentation. They'll be sampling three beers with three different foods. Cost is $10 at the door to participate.

Equinox Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Stop in today at Equinox Brewing and wish the staff there a Happy 3rd Anniversary! Back in 2010 Equinox Brewing started up as a split off from the Hops & Berries Homebrew Shop next door. Unfortunately if you want to sit out and enjoy a beer in their outdoor Beer Garden you'll need to bring a shovel due to all the snow today.

Scrumpy's (Ft. Collins) - A brand new hard cider bar with sandwiches and sweets just soft-opened today in Fort Collins on College Avenue across the street from Pateros Creek Brewing and next door to Cranknstein. They will offer a wide array of ciders when fully open and will eventually sell their own varieties fermented on site. Currently selling sandwiches and soft drinks. Hard ciders will be available starting May 2nd and 3rd. You might even see a beer or two on tap. Scrumpy's is located at 215 North College Avenue in downtown Fort Collins.

Southern Front Range

Paradox Beer Company (Woodland Park) - Don't forget about the "Name The Beer Contest" for Wolfstock for the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center's 1st Annual Benefit Concert. Send Paradox Beer a name, post or message on their Facebook page! Win Tickets and a Steak Dinner for two at Bronco Billys Steak House not to mention bragging rights! The beer is a Barrel Aged Belgian Style Pale Ale, to be featured in the Wolfstock Beer Garden on Monday May 27th.

KB Kraft Beer (Colorado Springs) - A little snow isn't going to stop this small brewery from serving today. Stop in and warm up with their House Porter. They also have their Belgian-style beer The Abbey, a Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, Bella Lavender Lager, Wire Fence IPA and their Spring Blonde.

Mountains and West

Smugglers Brewpub (Telluride) - After a short hiatus, they are rested, clean and now back open. Stop in and get some great off-season specials. Today it's Gyro and fries with your choice of Smugglers brew for $10.99. They've also got all the major sports on screen.


AHA Big Brew (Worldwide) This Saturday, May 4th is the American Homebrewers Association Big Brew Day. This is an annual event that happens on the 1st Saturday of May where beer drinkers around the world simultaneously click glasses at 11pm Mountain time (1pm Eastern) to celebrate their passion for homebrewing. It also serves as a celebration for the congressionally declared National Homebrew Day on May 7th. Check out your local homebrew clubs to see what special event they may have planned for that day. Homebrew demos, tastings and toasts. CO Homebrew Club List.

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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.

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