Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Colorado Beer News 051413

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Underground America Day. While the vast majority of Americans live above ground, there are a growing number who live below ground. Today is a day to choose to do something underground like: ride a subway, explore a cave, visit some catacombs, explore an underground crypt. Sound creepy? It can be, however it can be a simple as enjoying some time in a basement man-cave. Being underground doesn't have to be dark or uncomfortable experience. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, May 14th, 2013.

Celebrate American Craft Beer Week! May 13-19, 2013. #ACBW

Metro Denver

Rock Bottom Brewery (Denver) - On Wednesday, May 15th at 6pm, Rock Bottom will tap "Snake Spit", a Black India Ale and for the 1st 30 minutes, those of legal drinking age can get a free pint of it up until 6:30pm. Then on Thursday, stop in for Beer & Cheese from 6pm to 7:30pm. They're offering up four 6oz beers paired with a variety of cheeses for $10. Then mark your calendars fro Wednesday, May 29th for the tapping of "Fools Gold, Belgian Ale" at 6pm. Again, a free pint offer for the first 30 minutes until 6:30pm.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - It's Saison Cask Month! This Wednesday's cask is a tangy Mango Saison. They'll be tapping this cask from 3pm to 9pm. Stop in for a taste of this special creation.

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - For ACBW, Big Choice is on the road up in Longmont tonight at the new CHUBurger restaurant at 6:00pm. There they will be helping to tap a big keg of their Hemlock Double IPA. If you buy a 16oz Big Choice beer you'll get a free 16oz Big Choice pint glass to take home with you. Plus this will be a great chance to experience the food at the new CHUBurger as well.

Freshcraft (Denver) - Freshcraft is hosting a week-long celebration of American's definitive craft beer style - the IPA! Well OK, the British invented it first, but America made it better! They're turning over all their taps to dedicate to IPAs from all over the country. There will also be tappings each evening during #ACBW at 7pm of special IPAs too. The list will be awesome.

Boulder County

Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) - Today Twisted Pine releases their new Cucumber Cream Ale as part of their Farm to Foam Colorado program. That beer was made using a boatload of cucumbers. Tagging along with this release is an additional release of their Carrot IPA. Both use locally-sourced ingredients. Also, for Wednesday, if you ride your bike to the taproom and show the staff your bike helmet - you'll be given your first pint on them!

FATE Brewing Company (Boulder) - Hey Denver! For the first time tomorrow, Wednesday May 15th, a FATE Brewing Beer will be on tap in Denver. They've brought over a keg of their newly release Cascadian Dark Ale over to Lucky Pie Pizza in Denver and now Denverites can start enjoying FATE brew without the trek to Boulder. Also for #ACBW, World of Beer in Glendale, CO is hosting a Colorado Nano Tap Takeover and FATE's Kolsch Style Ale, IPA and Cascadian Dark Ale will be featured on tap.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - Stop down to the Tasty Weasel Taproom for Tasty Tuesday today. They are going to tap a Cherry Chub on draft and you'll want to get some. It's that same great Old Chub infused with cherries!

Northern Colorado

Front Range Rally (Loveland) - This Saturday, May 18th from 3pm to 7pm - don't wait in line for tickets to the Front Range Rally beer & food truck festival - purchase your tickets online today. The festival is just 4 days away. There will be over 100 different beers to sample and a variety of great food trucks on hand to satisfy your noms. This festival is located outside at the Loveland Food Bank at 2600 N. Lincoln in Loveland, just off of Hwy 287. Proceeds from this festival go to Food Bank of Larimer County and will help to feed those in need in Northern Colorado.

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Just in time for American Craft Beer Week, High Hops is putting out several new beers on tap just for the occasion. On Wednesday, May 15th at 5pm they'll tap a Lemon Ginger Honey Red. On Thursday, May 16th, stop in for a taste of their Chernobley - a cherry edition of their Noble Belgian quad. And then on Saturday, May 18th feel the sweet heat from their Habanero Honey. Three uniquely different brews! Live music on Friday 6pm and Saturday 5pm. Now open at Noon every day of the week! Play Northern Colorado Brewery Bingo and get your card stamped on select beers.

Echo Brewing (Frederick) is a custom sponsor for a community bike ride that will take place in Frederick this summer. The 1st annual Tour de Flight will take place June 22, 2013 in conjunction with Frederick in Flight. The ride will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will end at Crist Park in Downtown Frederick. Everyone can enjoy the evening Frederick in Flight balloon glow festivities after the ride including kids activities, food, a beer garden (with Echo Brewing beer), chainsaw woodcarving contest, live music and hot air balloons lighting the night sky. The route is a ten-mile primarily off-street loop appropriate for most ages and skill levels, that will utilize the existing trail system through several Frederick neighborhoods. Traffic control and route signage will be provided. Join them for a great ride followed by a fun night! Registration is now available at www.regonline.com/tourdeflight. Individuals and groups that register by May 31st will receive an event t-shirt!

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - The brewery is putting out three new beers on tap in the Tasting Room this week as part of their American Craft Beer Week celebration. Weizenbock, part of the limited release Tap Club series, combines the rich flavors of a dunkelweizen (dark fruit, wheat, banana, clove, and chocolate, to name a few) with the strength and body of a bock. Happy Pils, another member of the Tap Club series, is a continental Pils that is light and slightly sweet on the tongue and finishes with refreshing dryness without being overly bitter. Perfect for the warm days of early summer. And finally is FCB’s contribution to the Collusion Project in which all breweries in the City of Fort Collins took part to celebrate American Craft Beer Week. All breweries started out with same malt bill and collaborated with two other breweries to select the yeast, hops, and additional malts. FCB’s version, created with the help of Black Bottle Brewery and Coopersmith’s, features Apple wood and Cherry wood smoked malts to add just a hint of smoke and was aged on French Oak chips to add a black tea spice flavor.

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - PCBC is teaming up with PreGame CornHole to bring you a summer bags/cornhole league. They'll be running the league and Pateros Creek will be bringing you drink specials. It's every Wednesday from 6-9pm on summer nights. Contact them as soon as possible because registration ends on May 30th.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Today for all you Facebook and Fermentedly Challenged fans. Head to Grimm Brothers and ask for the Hickory Snow Drop Firkin Special. Mention you saw this on Facebook or Fermentedly Challenged and get $1 off this special firkin brew. It's just one of the specials during #ACBW.

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Euchre players! Tonight is Euchre Tuesday at City Star. The games start at 6:30pm. Play brewery bingo while you're at it and get your card stamped on select brews. Starting next week, Euchre Tuesdays start at 7:00pm.

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Tonight in Fort Collins at the Tap and Handle, it's Funkwerks night starting at 5pm. There will be plenty of Funkwerks beer on tap plus you'll get a shot at winning free stuff. Come meet some of the Funkwerks staff!

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - During their off day, Verboten was busy expanding their tap lines. Expect to see up to 11 beers on tap in the days to come at Verboten Brewing. Today they've got "Mantooth" Imperial IPA, "Thinking of Something Orange" Orange Blossom Wheat, and "Midnight Expresso" Espresso Stout on Nitro. All 3 tap at 3pm. Happy hour runs from 3-6pm.
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