Monday, May 13, 2013

Colorado Beer News 051313

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Frog Jumping Day. Frog jumping has been a part of American culture since nearly a century ago thanks in part to a short story by Mark Twain - "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County". While we don't advocate the scaring of frogs into jumping as far as they can today, rather we ask that if you see see a frog today to leave it be and know that they help eat those nasty mosquitoes that will soon be biting you. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, May 13th, 2013.

Happy American Craft Beer Week! (ACBW) - May 13-19, 2013.

Metro Denver

Colorado Plus Brew Pub (Wheat Ridge) - Today is the Grand Opening of Colorado Plus Brew Pub (or CPlus). They held soft openings during the last weekend and will open officially today at 4:00pm. They will offer up 56 Colorado-only craft beers on tap. Expect their own brewing operations to be in operation later this month and their own beers on tap by June. They also have a kitchen with a full menu of food available to go with all that great Colorado craft beer. For more information, check out the Grand Opening page with photos. Also, those who show up have a chance to win free tickets to the upcoming Knockin' Rocks Brooms & Brewfest coming up in June in Ft. Collins!

Denver Beer Company (Denver) is hosting their Spring Beer Dinner at the brewery this Friday, May 17th at 7pm. Tickets are $50 per person and are available at the brewery. Call 303.433.2739 to reserve your seats. 3 courses and 4 beers will be served.

Lone Tree Brewing (Lone Tree) - Welcome to ACBW! LTBC will be tapping not 1, but 2 beers today for Craft Beer Week. At noon they'll tap ONE KEG of Queen Vidrevitz, a Russian Imperial Sout aged in Downslope Distilling Whiskey barrels. Then at 5pm they will tap a limited release of a special barrel-aged Zombie!

Hops & Pie (Denver) - Here's what's special pouring at Hops & Pie for American Craft Beer Week. On Tuesday, from Stone Brewing - 2012 Double Bastard on dark toasted oak & Stone Double Dry Hopped Ruination. On Wednesday it's $2 Craft Can Night from 5pm to 10pm. On Thursday, try Avery Brewing's Hand of Buddah, Lilikoi & Out of Sight, plus Avery Twenty at 5pm. On Friday, a special tapping of Firestone Walker Reserve on firkin. Then on Saturday, it's their Littlest Big Beer Fest featuring the beers from The Bruery (5 different beers). Something for every craft beer lover this week.

Black Shirt Brewing (Denver) - Here's the itinerary for activities at Black Shirt Brewing this week for ACBW. Today - BSB Now Playing - the 1st in a live music series featuring 2 bands: Sawmill Joe and Cubby. On Wednesday May 15th - Noble Swine Supper Club will be serving food in the tap room from 5-9pm. BSB will release their Coffee Red Porter beer at 7:30pm. On Friday May 17th Brava Pizzeria will be in the taproom from 5-9pm and BSB will be serving up 6 different Red Ales on tap.

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - This Wednesdays firkin will be an 80 Shilling, a Scottish Export 80/-. The beer taps at 4:00pm.

CAUTION: Brewing Co (Denver) - Don't forget this Saturday's 1st Taproom Anniversary party. They'll have the following beers pouring for the occasion: Oatmeal Cinnamon Stout, Citra single hopped Dark Pale Ale, Juniper Berry Double IPA, Gluten free Lemongrass Saison, .5%ABV Red Ale, Mango Blonde, Chocolate Hefeweizen, and a Honey Basil Amber. Plus a few more surprises.

Vine Street Pub & Brewery (Denver) - For ACBW Vine Street is featuring an IPA heavy tap wall all week. You can get some of these IPA's: Illusion Dweller English-Style IPA, FYI American-Style IPA, Resinous Rye IPA, Vagabond American-Style IPA, High Wire American-Style India Black Ale, Hop Vivant American-Style Imperial IPA, Avery's Maharaja Imperial IPA, and Telluride Brewing's Fishwater Imperial IPA. In addition all three pubs will be releasing the Boulde English '840' Malt Liquor. "It's like 420 times 2, brah!"

Boulder County

Crystal Springs Brewing (Boulder) - Today marks the 3rd anniversary of the Crystal Springs Brewing Company. They have plans to open up their own tap room in the near future in Boulder. Currently, they are a production only brewery and sell beer in bottles and cans in local Boulder-area liquor stores and select restaurants. Today, they are bottling Butch Pale Ale in 22oz bombers. Look for it soon on store shelves. Congrats to Crystal Springs for 3 great years!

Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) - For craft beer week they are offering $1 off pints of their flagship Hoppy Boy. You can even get a FREE Tall Hoppy (stash) can in the taproom. There will be twisted trivia with prizes on the hour leading up to Geeks Who Drink trivia tonight at 7pm. Also this week, look for the debut of their new Cucumber Cream Ale. It's made with cucumbers growth on their own 2 R's Farm.

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - Today at 4:20pm Boulder Beer will be hosting a nationwide Nitro Rolling Simul-Tap of their Nitro Mojo IPA at dozens of bars throughout the USA. This beer is described as "Herbaceous!". It's being served up on Nitro to give the beer that smooth & creamy mouthfeel. Stop in at the taproom to celebrate Nitro Mojo IPA today.

Northern Colorado

Black Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Tonight at 5pm, BBB will have all 9 Fort Collins collusion variation beers on tap! This will be the only day you can sample all 9 beers in one location. 9 Fort Collins brewers got into teams and came up with unique variations on the same theme.

Front Range Rally (Loveland) - This Saturday, May 18th from 3pm to 7pm outside at the Loveland Food Share in Loveland, CO is the 1st ever Front Range Rally beer & food truck festival. Over 100 unique craft beers from over 32 breweries will be pouring along with tasty delights from a variety of area food truck vendors. Tickets are still available at www.frontrangerally.org and at the gate. Proceeds from this festival will go directly to Food Bank for Larimer County who helps area families in need of food. Live music will also be playing on stage. The festival is located at 2600 N. Lincoln Ave in Loveland, CO. Designated Driver tickets also available (18+). Children under 5 allowed free with parent. Must be 21+ otherwise. Expect mid-70s weather on Saturday!

Brewery Bingo (Northern Colorado breweries) - Starting today, just in time for American Craft Beer Week! Stop in at most any Northern Colorado brewery in Ft. Collins, Greeley, Loveland, Berthoud, and Windsor and ask for a Bingo card. As you drink beer you'll get a stamp on your bingo card. Get a Bingo and you'll be eligible to win a special shirt! More info at: facebook.com/BreweryBingoNorthernColorado. Participating breweries include: New Belgium, Pateros Creek, Fort Collins Brewery, Funkwerks, City Star, Crabtree Brewing, Rock Bottom Centerra, Big Beaver, Grimm Brothers, Odell Brewing, Verboten Brewing, Black Bottle Brewing, CopperSmith's, Loveland Aleworks, CB & Potts and High Hops Brewing.

New Belgium (Ft. Collins) - The next Lips of Faith beer is now available from New Belgium. Pluot is the name of their new ale brewed with Pluot juice. What's a Pluot? It's a hybrid fruit of Plums and Apricots. The resulting beer is semi-sweet, yet soured by brettanomyces and has a bit of spice along with a malty backbone. It's available for a limited time in 22oz bomber bottles through July.

Mountains and West

Kannah Creek Brewing (Grand Junction) - The next all-female brewer collaboration beer Fleurs de Cerisier finally will be tapped today at 3:00pm. Stop in for a pint and see how well 8 female brewers from all over Colorado can create a unique cherry blossom saison. The beer taps at 11:00am at Kannah Creek and will also be on tap at Boulder Beer in Boulder, Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids in Longmont, and The Vail Ale House in Vail, CO. Proceeds from this beer benefit The Pink Boots Society. Participating female brewers were from Kannah Creek, Odell, Prost, Great Divide, Ska, Revolution, Boulder Beer, Oskar Blues and Wynkoop.

Elevation Beer Company (Poncha Springs) - For American Craft Beer Week, Elevation Beer is going to be the featured brewery at a beer dinner at Lucky Pie in Louisville this Wednesday. Also, they will be participating in a Belgian tap takeover at Right Coast Pizza in Wheat Ridge on Thursday. Plus it's their 1st year anniversary this weekend at the brewery. Stop in at their taproom in Poncha Springs and see all the great beers available.

Ark Valley Libation Society - Members of the new Ark Valley Libation Society (Amica's, Elevation Beer Co, and Moonlight Pizza & Brewpub) recently got together and brewed up a collaboration beer called Brown's Canyon India Style Brown Ale and released it on Friday, May 10th. Proceeds from this 16oz bottled beer will go to benefit Friends of Browns Canyon - a group dedicated to preserve the iconic local whitewater canyon corridor. This beer is available at Amica's, Elevation Beer, and Moonlight Pizza as well as local area liquor stores and restaurants. This is a limited release and is expected to sell out within a month or so.

Tommyknocker Brewery (Idaho Springs) - Tommyknocker has a few specials going this week for ACBW. Get a Tommyknocker Butt Head Bock Brat, fries and a beer for $5.99. Also, get $2 off any growler purchase when you mention craft beer week. You can get free brewery tours this week - call ahead to schedule or ask when you arrive.
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