Friday, May 10, 2013

Colorado Beer News 051013

Colorado Beer NewsToday is "Stock up on Craft Beer Day". Since May 10th doesn't have an interesting made up holiday, we may as well make up our own. In honor of the upcoming American Craft Beer Week, go out and stock up on some local craft beer and prepare to celebrate with it during American Craft Beer Week May 13-19, 2013. Pick up an old favorite craft brew or try something new you haven't had before. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, May 10th, 2013.

Homebrewing (US-wide) - This week will go down in history as being the first time that homebrewing beer was legalized in all 50 US states. Just this week, Alabama became the last state to legalize homebrewing, following closely with Mississippi who was the 49th state earlier this year. As of July 1st, every state in the union will allow for the homebrewing of beer. It's taken around 34 years from the time President Jimmy Carter first legalized home brew to be made to the time it was legal in all 50 states. Better late than never.

Metro Denver

Epic Brewing Company (Denver & Utah) - Business plans are moving along at the upcoming Denver location for Epic Brewing Company. Yesterday, they showed off their new location at 3001 Walnut Street in the RiNo district of Denver. If all goes according to plan, their brewing operations installation, aka Phase One, will be completed by sometime in June and they could be selling beers as early as July 2013. The next phase would be to add a tap room and a retail shop by the end of this Summer or early Fall. The Utah-based brewery is expanding and opening up this 2nd brewery in Denver which will initially brew up some Colorado-only beers as part of their "Classic" line of beer. We can expect to see an IPA, a pale ale and a lager. Opening a second location in Denver is allowing them to get around some of Utah's more restrictive liquor laws.

Rackhouse Pub (Denver) - If you're looking for a craft beer event for next week's American Craft Beer Week (#ACBW13) you might want to head over to the Rackhouse Pub. They've put up a list of events including 2 with Avery Brewing, one with Yak & Yeti, and one each with Oskar Blues, New Belgium and Great Divide. Check out their #ACBW13 event page for specific details and dates. If you go, tell them Fermentedly Challenged sent you.

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - The grand opening date has been set for May 25th for Odyssey Beerwerks. The brewery plans to have 6 beers on tap for opening day including: Brick Lane Bitter, Caber Tosser Scotch Ale, Ghost Rider Pale Ale, Helios Hefeweizen, Nebula Belgian Black Double IPA and Psycho Penguin Vanilla Porter. At some point down the road, Odyssey plans to have as many as 12 of their beers on tap. Find them at 5535 W. 56th Ave Suite 107 in Arvada, CO on May 25th. They'll be room for you and up to 79 other friends in their taproom.

3BAD On The Hill Beer Tasting (Thornton) - Don't forget! Tomorrow night, Saturday May 11th at The Brittany Hill in Thornton is the 3BAD On The Hill Beer Tasting Event. It's runs from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. This event will raise month for the Romito Foundation and Three Brothers Against Duchenne. Tickets are $40 at the door. Eight local breweries and cider companies will be participating. Great food and live music will be on hand. More info at

Lowry Beer Garden (Denver) - Tomorrow, May 11th from 11am to 5pm stop in for the American Craft BrewFest at Lowry Beer Garden. Eight different Colorado breweries are participating. Sample some of their rare craft beers. $20 entry gets you a taster mug with unlimited samples. Tickets available at the door. Participating breweries include: Upslope Brewing, Tommyknocker, Fort Collins Brewing, Lone Tree Brewing, Copper Kettle Brewing, Avery Brewing, Great Divide Brewing and CAUTION: Brewing.

Boulder County

Under The Sun Eatery & Taphouse (Boulder) - Does your Mom enjoy a good drink? If so, consider taking your Mom out for a Mother's Day dinner at Under The Sun in Boulder. Buy here a dinner and they'll honor her with a free drink of her choice. She can choose from one of 21 Mountain Sun ales, or 10 guest tap beers, 7 wines on tap or even a margaritas on tap. Mom will also receive a rose along with her dinner as well. Be good to your Mom on Mother's Day this Sunday.

Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) - If you thought their Carrot IPA was wild, wait until you try their new Cucumber Cream Ale debuting this Tuesday for American Craft Beer Week. This is a beer that many have been highly anticipating. Stop in next week for a taste and try some of their other beers on tap.

Avery Bad AppleAvery Brewing (Boulder) - Sour fans - get over to Avery tonight at 5pm for a special tapping of their Bad Apple - a sour Belgian pale ale aged in oak barrels with Granny Smith apples. So bad, it's good!

CU Grads (Boulder) - Grats to the class of 2013! Happy Graduation this weekend! Hope you celebrate with a great local craft beer.

Northern Colorado

Pateros Creek Brewing (Ft. Collins) - In honor of the last day of classes at CSU today, any CSU student (of legal drinking age) can come to the brewery today, show your student ID and get $1 off pints all day long! What better way to start your summer! Grats to the Ram grads!

Hops and Shops Shuttle (Ft. Collins) - Once again this year, the Hops & Shops shuttle is running around town. For $5 you can get on/off as often as you wish. The shuttle stops at the following places: Town Pump, Pateros Creek, New Belgium, Odell Brewing, Fort Collins Brewery, Funkwerks, Coopersmith's, Equinox, Black Bottle, CB & Potts, the CSU Transit in front of Lory Student Center, and The Mayor of Old Town. Leave your car behind and let the driver take you to your favorite spots! The shuttle repeats every hour - Fridays 4pm - 10pm and Saturdays 12pm - 10pm.

Echo Brewing (Frederick) - Good news! Echo's Razz Raspberry Wheat is once again back up on tap for your drinking pleasure. Also tonight JAMS PLACE will be on site serving up some soup, sandwiches and cheesecakes from 5pm - 9pm. Start your weekend off at Echo Brewing.

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Their new web site is up and running! Check it out at and click on the Beer tab to see what's on tap today. There are 7 beers currently listed and 5 more listed as coming soon.

Brewery Bingo Northern Colorado (Most NoCo Breweries) - Starting on May 13th and running all through American Craft Beer Week, stop in at most every Northern Colorado brewery in Ft. Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Berthoud and Windsor - ask for a Bingo Card and order a beer on the bingo card and get stamped. If you get a Bingo in stamps then you win! Check out the details on the official Facebook page on how you can get your Bingo card and win free stuff just for visiting breweries and drinking beer! Who said playing Bingo was just for Seniors?

Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) - FRAMBO is a new beer now on tap which is a blend of Belgian Blonde ale with fresh raspberries & brettanomyces, a trappist brown ale, lactobacillus and aged in French oak barrels. It's a beer even tough enough for Rambo - his picture is even on the tap handle! Stop in for a taste of this sour wonder.

KUNC Radio (91.5 FM Greeley) - Next Week is American Craft Beer Week and KUNC public radio in Greeley is celebrating with five days of stories all about the Colorado craft beer community. It all starts Monday at 6:30am and 8:30 am. - Listen in via radio or via the net.

Southern Front Range

Bristol Brewing Company (Colorado Springs) - Hey Denverites! Today from 4pm to 6pm over at Keg Liquors you can visit with brewery rep David for a Bristol Brewing hand sale. If you buy a Bristol 6 pack he'll throw in a free 7th beer for free. Keg Liquors is at 28060 S. Colorado Blvd in Denver.

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Tonight marks the release of their Farmhouse Du Tomme at 5pm. It's the 1st commercial Saison that their brewer Tom Brown crafted. It was inspired by wild ingredients found by hiking around in Colorado. It has amaranth grain, mustard seed and lemon grass blended in for a unique taste.

Mountains and West

Revolution Brewing (Paonia) - It's Friday and sunny! Beer on the porch anyone? They'll be opening at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, complete with a beer & brat special. $9 gets you a pint of your pleasure and a locally raised bratwurst from Desert Weyr, LLC on a locally baked wholewheat bun from the Flying Fork Cafe & Bakery. When in Paonia, drink as the locals do.

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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.

CO Beer Festivals - Looking for info on upcoming beer festivals or related events in Colorado? Check out the listings on the 2013 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events Calendar. Updated daily.

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