Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Colorado Beer News 070213

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Made in the USA Day. On this day, everyone is encouraged to look for products and services that are made or based here in the United States and support the businesses that keep our dollars here in the USA. And one of the biggest products that are made in the USA is craft beer! Celebrate American craft beer today and encourage brewers to buy equipment made here in the USA as well. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013.

Please note: Several breweries will be closed on July 4th for the holiday. Check with your local craft brewery first for business hours before visiting that day.

Metro Denver

Beer By Design Brewery (Northglenn) - Spend the 4th of July evening with Beer By Design. They will be opening their garage door and giving patrons a great view of the nearby Thornton 4th of July fireworks show. The fireworks are scheduled to start around 9:30pm. Parking at the brewery will be reserved for Beer By Design Brewery customers only. Beer and fireworks - what could be better on the 4th?

Lowry Beer Garden (Denver) - Since the 4th of July is such a great holiday, Lowry Beer Garden is going to throw an extended Odell Brewing Company Tap Takeover across several days - July 3rd through the 7th. Odell Brewing will take over 8 of their taps with some of their best brews. On Sunday the 7th, Odell will raffle off four tickets to an upcoming Rockies game as well as one of their custom Odell Brewing snowboards. The 1st raffle will be at 5pm and the 2nd raffle will be at 7:30pm. Must be present to win.

Wynkoop Colorojo Imperial Red AleWynkoop Brewing Co (Denver) - Wynkoop is now releasing their Colorojo Imperial Red in hand labeled cans. This is an extra-strength amber ale that had six different hop additions during the brewing process plus a post-brew run through the hopback with dry hops. This brew weighs in at 8.2% ABV and has 65 IBUs and is part of their "Even Smaller Batch" series of seasonal and limited release canned beers. This is one of their experimental beers that quickly became a hit at their taproom. Look for this in 4-packs in stores around the Denver area.

Lone Tree Brewing Company (Lone Tree) - Today Lone Tree Brewing Company issued a press release describing the bottle release of their Lone Tree Hoptree IIPA. Look for it in Denver metro stores starting this week.

River North Brewery (Denver) - According to a press release issued today, River North Brewery has just inked a deal that will distribute their beers to store locations across the state of Colorado. Look for a bigger distribution starting in August.

Boulder County

BRU handbuilt ales & eats (Boulder) - BRU plans to be open on July 4th starting at 11:30am and they plan to offer Happy Hour prices all day long. Stop in for $3 ales and specials on snacks and more. Celebrate the Red, White and BRU! Located at: 5290 Arapahoe in Boulder, CO.

Northern Colorado

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Beer and BBQ go well together, particularly around Independence Day. City Star will have BEDROCK BBQ from Loveland on site this Wednesday, July 3rd at 5:30pm. Grab some BBQ and pair it with one of City Star's big line-up of beers.

Black Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Due to some unfortunate circumstances with their water heater, the City of Fort Collins had the brewery temporarily closed yesterday until an issue with that was resolved. But now the water issues are fixed as of this morning and they are back open! Plenty of food and craft beer on tap!

The Mayor of Old Town (Ft. Collins) - Speaking of closures, The Mayor will be back open today at 4:00pm after having been closed for a new gas line installation in their new kitchen. Let the kegs flow once again! Plus, the Mayor will be open on the 4th! So if your favorite FoCo brewery won't be open The Mayor will and they'll have Common-Link's Uncommon Burgers being served up along with Belgian fries.

Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & Brews (Loveland) - Here's a free to attend festival that BBQ lovers will want to go to - it's the annual Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands & Brews coming up July 12th & 13th in downtown Loveland. Organizers held a pre-event BBQ & Beer judging last night and crowned Outlawz BBQ the top BBQ offering in a side-by-side BBQ and Beer pairing showdown. For more info on this event visit the official Facebook page or visit www.e-l-events.org and check out how you can join in. Around 21 BBQ vendors and beers from Lovelands best breweries and some great live music too! Here's some sample pics of some of the food you can expect to see at the festival. (Click to enlarge)


High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - This Wednesday's Firkin is a Peppercorn Stout and will be tapped precisely at 5:00pm. Also, High Hops plans to be open on July 4th from 12pm to 7pm and offer up a Honey Habanero beer release. They describe it as "fireworks for your tastebuds". Music by Elyse Miller will be playing live from 5pm to 7pm. Live music continues on Friday 6-8pm and Saturday 5-7pm with Water Song and Alexis Patuhov. High Hops is open at Noon every day this summer! Come watch the hops grow from their patio and watch great sunsets over the Rockies.

Odell Brewing Company (Ft. Collins) - How familiar are you with Odell's seasonal offerings? This time of year there are several beers that make their appearance from May through September. Right now you can find Loose Leaf American Session Ale stashed inside their Montage Variety 12 Packs. Odell's Double Pilsner and St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale are also in the midst of the seasonal release this time of your also. And for a limited time, Odell has Celastrina Saison Ale available in 750ml bottles as part of their Cellar Series offering. Stop in the taproom for a taste and listen to live music from 4-6pm every Wednesday. Plus, you never know what pilot beers they'll put up on tap like Mothman, Chili Trek or Cherry Wheat.

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Their popular "Thinking of Something Orange" is back on tap today and if you ride in on 2 wheels they'll give you $1 off your pints. Even 1 wheel unicycles will qualify. Tricycles might be pushing it though, but as long as it's pedal powered you might qualify. Don't forget to ask what's on nitro tap this week!

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Don't forget ladies, starting tonight at 4:00pm it's Ladies Night and they'll get half-priced pints. Plus, if you stop in on Wednesday, July 3rd and get a growler fill you'll get $2 off! Plus don't forget after the Loveland Liberty 5K on July 4th Grimm Brothers will be releasing their Water of Life American-style IPA. 100% of the proceeds for that beer on July 4th go towards Life for the Innocent (charity).

Southern Front Range

Phantom Canyon Brewing Company's upper patioPhantom Canyon Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Congrats to Phantom Canyon for opening their new upper-level patio above their new brewhouse with a great view of the mountains. The patio is located on the 2nd floor and opened to the public on Monday. This capped off their $1 million expansion project that effectively doubled their brewing capacity. Phantom Canyon will hold an official Grand Opening party for their expansion later. Next week, there will be a roof put over the deck and along with the two fire pits installed will allow Phantom Canyon to have this patio open all year long. (Photo from their Facebook page)

Red Leg Brewing Company (Colorado Springs) - Don't forget! This Thursday, July 4th from 12pm to 8pm is the Grand Opening of Red Leg Brewing Company. The beers they will be pouring are being kept a secret until opening day. They are located at 4630 Forge Road Suite B in Colorado Springs, CO - not far from Trinity Brewing. Visit them on Facebook or their website.

Mountains and West

Tommyknocker Brewery (Idaho Springs) - Today is the release day for Tommyknocker's Green Chile Lager in bottles. It's made with a blend of hot and mild Anaheim chiles infused in a light lager. This brew weighs in at 5.3% ABV and 27 IBU. Look for this on store shelves soon.

Dillon Dam Brewery (Dillon) - Brewmaster Cory Forster has fun talking about their new seasonal brewing capacity and their 13 beers on tap in this short 3:15 minute video. Check it out below or on YouTube. They talk about their Summit Summer Saison and their new recent expansion and expanded tap line offerings. Cory does his "Dam" best to get the word out on their brews. Keep in mind he was having fun up at a recent festival during the time of this filming.


Statewide

Factoid: According to the Beer Institute, Colorado beer consumption per capita (21+ years and older) in 2012 was at 30.0 gallons per person ranking 24th in all states in the union. This pales in comparison to North Dakotans who drank roughly 45.8 gallons per capita last year. The state with the lowest per capita consumption? Connecticut with just 22.1 gallons.
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