Monday, July 29, 2013

Colorado Beer News 072913

Colorado Beer NewsToday is NASA Founding Day. Back on this date in 1958, the US government established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in an effort to counter recent moves by the Soviet Union to launch a space program. 55 years later, NASA is still active although now more restricted in missions due to budget cuts. Think we'll ever go back to the moon or perhaps even go to Mars? Time will tell. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, July 29th, 2013. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - July was Fruit Beer Cask Month and coming up in August will be Barrel Aged Cask Month. Each Wednesday at 3pm in August, Copper Kettle will tap a new cask of a barrel aged brew. Tastes include: Tequila Barrel Lime Agave Pale Ale, Tequila Barrel Aged Mexican Chocolate Stout, Barrel Aged Barleywine, and Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. Casks are in limited quantity so get there as soon after 3pm as possible on Wednesdays to ensure getting a pour. Check out their entire release schedule here. Also look for a new beer release every Saturday in August as well.

Parry's Pizza (Greenwood Village) - On Saturday, August 10th Ska Brewing Company of Durango, Colorado will bring an impressive list of rare beers from their very own collection. This tap takeover will be the first for Ska Brewing at Parry’s Pizza, but is sure not to be the last. Parry’s will be tapping Oak Aged Orange Cream Stout, True Blonde Dubbel, Pocket Protector Vanilla Porter, Modus Hoperandi and Chocolate Mint Stout. There may be others being tapped on the day of the event. This event is open to the public and there is absolutely no cover. (Parry's Pizza is a sponsor of Fermentedly Challenged)

Blue Spruce Brewing (Centennial) - There's a new brewery headed for the Centennial / Highlands Ranch area this fall called Blue Spruce Brewing. They've got a location picked out at: 4151 E. County Line Road, Unit G in Centennial, CO. Rick Kane is going to be the brewmaster. Check out their Facebook page or visit their website at:

Great American Beer Festival (Denver) - GABF Tickets go on sale THIS WEEK! And if you recall last year's lightning fast sell-out, this year is sure to be another record sell out. AHA Members can buy tickets on Tuesday, July 30th at 10:00am Mountain Time. General Admission (non-member) tickets go on sale on Wednesday, July 31st at 10:00am Mountain Time. Even if you get online right at 10:00am there is no guarantee that you'll get tickets this year as the TicketMaster servers will be bombarded with buyers and all tickets will most likely disappear within 30 minutes. Scalpers and other online ticket sites snatched up a lot of these tickets and sold these at 2 to 3 times face value last year. Don't cater to those sites if you get shut out as that only encourages more scalpers for the next year. Are you ready to shell out $80+ face value for a ticket this year? Visit for info on tickets.

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - According to Elk Mountain's Facebook page, there will be free food being served this Tuesday, July 30th at Elk Mountain Brewing. NOLA's will be serving up Salisbury Steak, Potatoes, and veggies. Bring the Family and enjoy a delicious meal as a THANK YOU from Jesse's NOLA. Don't forget to buy a beer to help wash that meal down.

Lone Tree Brewing (Lone Tree) - A reminder that today is Growler Monday at Lone Tree Brewing. Get $3 off a 64oz LTBC growler and $1 off their half-growler all day long. Look for Sports Trivia to start NEXT Monday with the Mile High Music Patrol.

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) - Jagged Mountain just wrapped up a successful Kickstarter campaign and raised over $25,670 dollars towards opening their brewery. There were at least 121 generous people who donated that helped push them over their $25,000 goal during the last day or so of the campaign. Now they will push ahead and use that money to help open the business later this year.

Boulder County

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - Remember those all-female brewer collaboration beers made earlier this year? Well, the ladies are planning another brew and this time it will be brewed at Oskar Blues in Lyons, CO on Sunday, August 11th. It'll be a 10 barrel batch of an extra pale ale with low IBUs and focusing on the flavors and aromas of a couple of New Zealand hops (Motueka and Wakatu probably). It looks like the participants will be Lauren from Oskar Blues, Ashleigh from Prost, Bess and Kayla from Wynkoop, Kim from Boulder Beer, Leslie from Bootstrap and perhaps a few other ladies. Look for this beer to be tapped in late August.

Also, thanks in part to their new North Carolina brewery, Oskar Blues had a 38% depletion growth through mid-year 2013. Check out their article about it.

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - As the calendar prepares to turn to August, Left Hand Brewing has been busy bottling this year's batch of Oktoberfest Marzen Lager. It's rolling off the bottling line now and will soon be on store shelves. Are you ready for some Oktoberfest! While you wait for those bottles to hit stores, take a look at the 2013 Colorado Oktoberfests calendar and start planning your upcoming Oktoberfest celebration.

J Wells Brewery (Boulder) - J Wells now has a new happy hour, every Wednesday for the summer, all day long. Get $1 off pints every Wednesday.

Northern Colorado

Tap and Handle (Ft. Collins) - Tonight at Tap and Handle there will be a Firestone Walker Pint Night. Buy a Firestone Walker beer and keep the glass. The pint night starts at 5pm.

Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) - Do you have the Monday blahs? Here's a fix - $3 pints all day at Crabtree Brewing today! Have you tried their new SeSession Pale Ale yet? It'll make you want to vote for the 51st State of Northern Colorado! Also, sign up for their new Growler program and see how you can earn $5 growler fills.

Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Parts are starting to arrive for their new brewhouse. Once it all arrives and construction begins, it will take a whole month to get all of the equipment in place and operational. Look for updates soon on the state of their updated brewhouse.

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Last call on certain beers! Certain beers such as Nelson Sauvin, 2013 Fort Collins Collaboration, and Single Hop Polaris are no longer available on draft, but you can still enjoy them in their taproom. When you purchase a bottle in the taproom, you have the option of either taking it home with you, or letting them serve you the bottle on premise. Just let your bartender know!

Southern Front Range

Bristol Brewing (Colorado Springs) - According to Bristol's General Manager Tom Zurenko - Bristol's "official" grand opening at the new Ivywild School location is scheduled for the weekend of August 16-17. The celebration will have marching bands, live music, cornhole tourneys, Governor Hickenlooper, Mayor Bach and the tentative release of their Wit and Cheyenne Canon Pinion Nut Brown ale. Come check out their new location at: 1604 S. Cascade Avenue inside the Ivywild School building.

Mountains and West

Ska Brewing (Durango) - Coming next Monday, August 5th, Ska Brewing will unveil a new restaurant on site at Ska World HQ - it's called The Container Restaurant and was fabricated out of 2 huge shipping containers. Recently, the Zia Taqueria moved to a new location in Bodo Park and could no longer feed Ska customers on site, and so became a need that had to be filled at Ska. Matt Vincent, Ska co-founder and Vice-President, has had his eye on using shipping containers since before the World Headquarters was built in 2008. “Maybe because our old location had such limited space, we were always fascinated with the idea of creating more usable space with shipping containers,” said Vincent. “The idea of being able to repurpose things fits with our focus on sustainability. We already have solar tubes to light the warehouse, recycled denim for insulation, former bowling lanes for tables… creating a restaurant space by repurposing shipping containers was another way to reduce our footprint. And it’ll look badass.”

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