Friday, June 21, 2013

Colorado Beer News 062113

Colorado Beer NewsToday is the First Day of Summer! Although here in Colorado we'd all swear that summer has already been here for weeks. Enjoy this longest day of the year. What are you planning to do this 1st Summer weekend? Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, June 21st, 2013.

Metro Denver

Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora) - Here's a firkin that looks unique. At 3pm Dry Dock will tap their Friday firkin. This time it's a "Lavender Chamomile Copper Ale". Something different to start off your Summer. It taps at 3pm. Plus at 4:00pm stop in and get a Craft Can Bucket - filled with cans of Hop Abomination, Apricot Blonde, and Hefeweizen.

Rockyard Brewing Co (Castle Rock) - Speaking of different brews, the Jellyman has come up with another deviation for you to try. How about a "Blackberry Stout"? It's reported like coffee and chocolate mixed with a splash of berries. This brew taps at 4pm.

Falling Rock Tap House (Denver) - Come tonight for a Dogfish Head tapping featuring 6 different DFH brews. This event starts at 5:30pm. Then - there's a special tapping this Saturday, June 22nd of a unique Pliny the Elder Clone beer starting at 11am on Saturday, June 22nd. The first 100 people there get a ticket for a free 10oz pour from Gordon Pincis and Gary on the Ruby Street Brewing system. Gary V will be broadcasting the American Craft Beer Radio show live at noon on ESPN Radio 102.3 FM Denver. During his show, names will be drawn to go downstair after and enjoy some of chris Black's private cellar beers!

Denvers Littlest Big Wild and Sour FestHops & Pie (Denver) - Sour beer fans are going to love this. Hops & Pie is planning Denver's Littlest Big Wild & Sour Fest set for Saturday, July 20th, 2013. They are bringing in some of the best wild & sour beer selections available including brews from Crooked Stave, New Belgium, Odell Brewing, Funkwerks, Grand Teton Brewing, The Bruery, Boulevard Brewing and Russian River. The tappings start promptly at 12 noon. Flights and single pours will be available. No tickets necessary - just pay as you go! Hops & Pie is located at: 3920 Tennyson Street in Denver, CO.

The Brew on Broadway (Englewood) - The Denver area is getting a new brewery and coffee house combo - The Brew on Broadway (aka The BoB) and they've set their opening day for Saturday, July 6th, 2013. They are opening at 7:00am that day for the breakfast coffee crowd! The BoB is located at 3445 S. Broadway in Englewood, Colorado. Visit them on Facebook as their Website isn't quite working yet.

Beer By Design Brewery (Northglenn) - They may have opened their doors already on June 1st, but on June 28th at 4:30pm they are throwing their official Grand Opening party and ribbon cutting. They'll have live music from Watersong plus the Orange Crunch Food Truck will be on site serving up tasty noms, not to mention all the great beers they'll have on tap. Stop by and check them out if you haven't visited them yet. Or come back for more!

Colorado Plus Brewpub (Wheat Ridge) - Today's the day they start serving their own beer! There will be 4 CPlus brews on tap along with 50+ other Colorado only beers. Come try an Undead Red (Belgian Red), Bitter Off Dead Double IPA, Cinnamon Almond Ale, and Berliner Weiss.

Boulder County

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - Wild Woods has partnered with Snarfs sandwich shop across the street to be their official food provider for their tasting room. There's no delivery fee or minimum order and you can get your food delivered to your table right in the tasting room. Tonight at 6pm they'll be drawing names for some free sub sandwiches.

Bootstrap Brewing (Niwot) - It's their birthday! Don't forget their party tomorrow from 12pm to 9pm with great beer, live music at 2pm & 5pm and a Corn Hole Tournament at 3pm. Today, they have a Cherry Ginger Sour on tap. Come wish them happy 1st Birthday!

Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) - Twisted Pine now has approval to make hard cider and they've got their first one on tap today. They'll be trying out a few recipes over the next couple of months and want your feedback on them. They later plan to package and sell their ciders too.

Northern Colorado

The Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] FCB (The Fort Collins Brewery) introduced a new addition to its limited release Tap Club Series this week: Wit & Wild. Wit & Wild is a variation on the Belgian witbier style that features pink peppercorn, sweet and bitter orange peel, Indian coriander, and wild flower honey. Altogether, it’s a refreshing brew with a remarkably spicy and complex flavor and nose. FCB’s Tap Club series, which consists of a new draught-only beer brewed by a different member of the brew staff every month, is FCB’s way to let its brewers get creative by brewing small, experimental batches of beer. Tap Club beers are limited in quantity and are available in FCB’s Tasting Room, Gravity 1020 Modern Tavern, and a few select local bars and restaurants while supplies last.

Estes Park Brewery (Estes Park) - This little brewery hidden in Estes Park is bringing back their Estes Park Brewfest this Saturday, June 22nd. They purposely didn't advertise this as they normally just want the locals to show up to this, but eventually over 500+ people end up showing anyway. Dozens of breweries and lots of craft beer will be flowing. You can get your ticket at the gate. It runs all afternoon long. If you want to beat the heat, come up to Estes Park for your weekend beer fest.

Colorado Brewers' Festival (Ft. Collins) - This event hosts sessions on Friday night, and Saturday & Sunday afternoons June 21-23rd. This beer festival features only Colorado breweries and is centered in the parks and streets around downtown Fort Collins. Tickets are available at the gate. Visit here for more info.

High Hops Hop Farm & Brew Shop (Windsor) - Homebrewers and gardeners - this weekend is their 13th annual open house on June 22nd and 23rd. Stop in and get 20% off everything throughout the garden shop and home brew shop. Perfect time to pick up that big item you've been wanting. Hours: 10am-5:30pm Saturday and 10am-5pm Sunday. Then if you're thirsty, stop in at the High Hops Brewery taproom and have a pint. Some of the hops they grow on site are used in their brews!

Knockin' Rocks Brooms & Brewfest (Ft. Collins) - Volunteers are still needed to help out on June 29th for the brewfest in Fort Collins. They need volunteers to work the 3pm to 6pm shift. Duties may include helping with check-in, selling waters/drinks, selling T-Shirts, signing participants up in the Designated Driver booth, and general clean up before/during/after the event. If you'd like to volunteer at a beer fest visit their Volunteer Signup Form on Google docs.

Southern Front Range

Paradox Brewing Company (Woodland Park) - In honor of the Summer Solstice today they are releasing their Summer Barley Wine - In the Spirit of Sully Barrel No.1. This is a Jamaican rum barrel-aged, honey, apricot strong ale. It's powerful (15% ABV) and made for cellaring. Pick up 2 bottles - 1 for today and another to age.

Mountains and West

Lake Dillon Brew Festival (Dillon) - Marina Park in Dillon, Colorado is the location for this outdoor beer and music festival on Saturday, June 22nd. The beer tasting starts at 1pm and lasts til 5pm. Cost is $30 per person for sampling brews from 25+ Colorado breweries. Listen to live Bluegrass at the Lake Dillon Amphitheatre from 2:30 to 9:00pm. There's even an after party at Pug Ryan's Brewing Company. If you don't want to drink beer you can still attend the festival for just $5. More info here.

Ska Brewing (Durango) - Today's the day! It's the release of Ska's 4th stout in their seasonal stout series. This time they're releasing "Estival Cram Stout" - a stout brewed with orange peels. Plus all 4 seasonal stouts will be on tap at their party that starts at 5pm in their taproom. Live music and hor d'oeuvres will be on hand as well. Look for small portions of ribs to be served!

Copper Club Brewing Co (Fruita) - Today from 2pm to 6pm they will be serving Suddenly Summer Ale - just $2 for a 12oz and $3 for a 16oz.

BREW Pub & Kitchen (Durango) - Durango's newest brewpub has a new summer ale on tap. It's called "Dave" and its a balanced, golden hued summer ale with a hint of hops, a crisp finish and a good conversation starter! (That beer has my name on it!)

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