Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Colorado Beer News 050713

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Teacher Day. This is a day where we pause to show appreciation of all of our hard working teachers out there who are doing their best to provide a quality education to all who desire it. Be sure to take some time and thank a teacher today. After all, where would you be if you never had any teachers in your life? Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, May 7th, 2013.

Metro Denver

Arvada Beer Company (Arvada) - Happy Hour(s) today run from 12pm to 2pm and also from 4pm to 7pm. Get $1 off all pints during that time. You'll have 11 beers on tap to choose from today.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - On Saturday, July 20th from 4pm to 8pm, CKBC will host the 2nd annual "A Night to Remember" beer festival. Up to 10 breweries will be on hand at CKBC pouring unlimited samples to honor the victim's of last year's Aurora Theater Shooting. 100% of ticket sales will go towards the ACT Foundation providing funds and opportunities to students with unique needs. Food trucks and two bands & a DJ will be on hand as well. They'll also host a silent auction for some cool stuff.

Hops & Pie The BrueryHops & Pie (Denver) - On Saturday, May 18th, stop by at Hops & Pie for another in their monthly Littlest Big Beer Fest - this month featuring a mini tap takeover from The Brewery of Orange County, California. This tap takeover will feature flights & single pours of 6 different beers from The Bruery including: Sour in the Rye (Rye Funk), Saison de Lente (Spring Saison), Humulus Lager (Not an IPA), White Oak (bourbon barrel-aged Wheatwine), Tradewinds (Belgian-style Golden Ale, and Mischief (Hoppy Belgian-style Golden Strong Ale). The tappings begin at Noon. Stay for a bite as well.

Boulder County

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - From their recent blog post: "Spring at the (OB Hops & Heifers) farm is off to a great start, all the recent moisture has really pushed the hops into high gear. It is also great for the pastures creating rich green grass the cows love. The hops are on their third year and we are looking forward to focusing on cone production. The past two years we have really focused on root growth and plant establishment. Now that they are established, we can focus on shoot development that leads to cone production. In the photo you can see how abundant the new hop shoots are, this is a great indicator that the plant has an extensive well developed root system to support aggressive growth. We will be pruning off these initial shoot tips and cook them up at the restaurant. Chef Loui has already pickled some yum! The shoots that emerge after pruning will be more aggressive and yield more cones."

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - In honor of National Teacher Day, Left Hand is offering all teachers a "Free Pint Card" with the purchase of any pint of beer in their taproom today. Just show your school ID to qualify.

Boulder Beer Innovation CelebrationBoulder Beer Co (Boulder) - On Saturday, May 18th Boulder Beer is taking over itself! That is they are hosting an Innovation Celebration Tap Takeover in their taproom. A complete tap-takeover of their most innovative, small-batch "Brewer's Choice" beers. In some cases there will only be 40 pints of each beer available. So if you want to try some rare and 1-off beers from Boulder Beer Co - better get their early. VIP entry at 11am ($30) and General Admission at 12pm. Listen to live music from 5-8pm from Pro-Leisure. Event runs til 10pm.

Northern Colorado

New Belgium (Ft. Collins) - Those clever marketing folks at New Belgium put out another classic video promoting their new Rolle Bolle Ale. They must have fun thinking these up. If you can't see the video below, check out New Belgium's Facebook page. In other news, New Belgium also has plans to expand distribution to Florida before the fall hits. Get ready Sunshine State!


Tony's Bar (Ft. Collins) - On Wednesday, May 8th, Breckenridge Brewery of Denver will be on hand for Brewery Night at Tony's starting at 7pm. Get flights of 4 different Breckenridge beers and $1 drafts. Plus there will be a ping glass giveaway and a chance to win baseball tickets. Come get to know Breckenridge beers.

Black Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - In honor of Nurse's Week, all RN's and CNA's and nursing students (21+) can stop in today, show your credentials and get a free Black Bottle beer! Offer good all day today - May 7th, 2013.

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - This week's firkin is a Blackberry Noble - it's their classic Noble One with a splash of blackberry added for a twist. It taps on Wednesday, May 8th at 5pm. Pair that up with food from the Giggling Greek food truck. Also, stop in to listen to live music 6-8pm on Friday & 5-7pm on Saturday.

Odell Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Today Odell Brewing issued a Press Release about their new upcoming Montage variety 12-pack. This new 12-pack hits store shelves with 4 different beers: Odell 90 Shilling, Odell IPA, St. Lupulin and the new Loose Leaf American Session Ale. Check out the press release for all the details.

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Here's a short 2 minute promotional video all about Funkwerks in Fort Collins. Up until recently, they self distributed all their own beer. Now they have picked up some distributors and are now on shelves in both Colorado and Nebraska. If you can't see the video below, view it on YouTube.

Southern Front Range

Paradox Beer Company (Woodland Park) - They've journeyed from the Highlands in Scotland to the Highlands of Colorado - Paradox Beer just got in a big shipment of some huge 500 litre Scotch barrels that they plan to use for some upcoming beers, one of which is rumored to be a Scotch Barrel-aged Kilted Lass. Look for something wonderful to be aged in those barrels and released in the months to come.

Mountains and West

Dillon Dam Brewery (Dillon) - Just a reminder for anyone planning on visiting Dillon this week, the Dillon Dam Brewery is closed for cleaning and maintenance through Thursday, May 9th. They will re-open on Friday, May 10th at 3:00pm for Happy Hour. Then next Tuesday, it's Tap It Tuesday 555. A 5 gallon keg of the Brewmaster's special stash will be tapped at 5pm and you can get a $5 half-pint of their Neapolitan Porter aged with Wild-Honey-Bourbon-soaked white oak, and brewed with spicy green chilies, vanilla beans and fresh strawberries.
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