Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Colorado Beer News 073113

Colorado Beer NewsToday is GABF Ticket Day. It's the one and only day General Public tickets are on sale for the annual Great American Beer Festival. If you didn't get tickets by now they are already sold out. For those of you who managed to get tickets within the first 30 minutes after 10:00 AM congratulations! While tickets are now being sold on the secondary market for 2 to 3 times higher than face value - don't give in to temptation. There will be dozens of other events happening during GABF week. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, July 31st, 2013. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

Metro Denver

GABF Tickets (Denver) - Once again, tickets sold out in lightning fast time today for the 2013 Great American Beer Festival. The Brewers Association came out with this statement about tickets being sold on the secondary market: "Hi Everyone. We’re reading your comments, and we hear your frustration about scalpers and the secondary market. We share those concerns and wish there was a feasible fix. Unfortunately, there’s no perfect way to successfully avoid a secondary market for hot tickets—whether for popular concerts, sporting events or festivals like the GABF. There are measures in place to decrease access for scalpers, including ticket limits we set for GABF ticket purchases (enforced by Ticketmaster), and Ticketmaster’s anti-bot and other security measures. Does this prevent scalper access? No, but it does decrease it. We will continue to evaluate options and solutions going forward." - The GABF isn't going to be the only event in town that week. Check out the story about Denver Beer Fest happening October 4-12, 2013.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - If it's Wednesday, it must be a firkin Wednesday at Copper Kettle. Today's firkin is a Prickly Pear Cactus Kolsch. Stop in after 3pm for a glass.

AC Golden (Golden) - AC Golden's Colorado Native lager is celebrating Colorado's 137th birthday on August 1st with a huge statewide toast, led by Governor John Hickenlooper, Pete Coors and Glenn Knippenberg, president of AC Golden Brewing Company. The toast will occur during the 7th inning of the Colorado Rockies game as a televised spot on ROOT Sports Network on August 1. The toast is part of a monthlong promotional effort that includes social media, on-premise promotions and off-premise POS in conjunction with Colorado Proud Month, which celebrates products made in Colorado, with Colorado ingredients. Bars around the state will participate by tuning into the game and encouraging patrons to join in the toast with a Colorado Native. (Email newsletter)

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - Today's firkin is a Cherry Stout. You know you want one.

Boulder County

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - National IPA Day is coming tomorrow, August 1st and Left Hand is loving their hops. To celebrate #IPADay, Left Hand is giving away FREE tasters of the 400 Pound Monkey IPA on Thursday to all tasting room guests (21+ naturally). They will also offer $2.50 pints of 400# Monkey IPA both on draft and cask conditioned. Plan to stop in and embrace the hops!

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - New beer release - Coffee ESB - an extra special bitter featuring a light roasted coffee from Conscious Coffees in Boulder. It's described as "smooth with subtle notes of caramel". Stats: 5.6% ABV and 42 IBU.

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) - Celebrate #IPADay tomorrow at Upslope's new Flatiron Park tap room. They'll have 9 unique IPAs on tap, including 5 specialty single dry-hopped versions of their Imperial IPA. In addition, they'll be serving their usual tap room offerings and hosting a food truck and live music to help you celebrate the night away. Heirloom Food Truck will arrive at 5pm. Boulder-based band, The Longest Day of the Year, takes the stage at 6 pm to turn up the celebration with their "whiskey-country-rock". Plan to stop in!

Northern Colorado

New Belgium PumpkickNew Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins) - It's the last day of July, so naturally it's time for Fall seasonals to start coming out right? Pumpkins are still ripening on the vines in the fields, but that isn't stopping New Belgium from releasing their new Fall seasonal called Pumpkick - an ale brew with pumpkin and cranberry juice. Look for this beer in 12oz 6-packs on store shelves very soon. This brew is not the same as their Lips of Faith brew called Kick, rather this beer has not been aged in oak, nor soured, rather is has some tartness from the cranberry juice added. You'll also find some cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and a bit of lemongrass in there as well. Does it feel like pumpkin beer time to you yet? Or is it too early?

1933 Brewing Company (Ft. Collins) - Progress is slowly being made at this upcoming brewery. They've been meeting with the city, selected a bar top for the tasting room, and unloaded their new 10x20 walk in cooler. Stay tuned here for more updates on when this brewery will open.

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - Ever wonder what a whiskey made from the same ingredients as a world class beer would taste like? Patrick's will be offering a side by side comparison of Rogue's Dead Guy Ale Whiskey and Beer - a small shot and a 1/2 pint for $5. That makes it only $4 from 4-7 during happy hour. Also, for you Brett-heads, they've got Crooked Stave beer on tap too! (Patrick's Irish Pub is a sponsor of Fermentedly Challenged)

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Today's Wednesday Firkin is: Kiwitty - a Wit beer infused with Kiwi, Blackberry and Cherry. It taps at 5:00pm. Then tomorrow for #IPADay, High Hops will have 8 different IPA's including the to-be-released Dr. Pat's #8. Compare Dr. Pats #3 through #8 side-by-side as well as a few new hoppy brews from their beer scientists. Don't forget Live Music Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Come say "Hi" to High Hops at the Gnarly Barley Brew Fest this Saturday too. (High Hops is a sponsor of Fermentedly Challenged)

Southern Front Range

Smiling Toad Brewery (Colorado Springs) - The smiling toad says: "Money cannot buy happiness, but it can buy beer." Come over and try a pint of happiness. Currently on tap Bella Lavender, Toad Lick IPA, Honey Basil, Belgian Farmhouse, Uptail Scotch Ale and our Rhino favorite Jumbe Porter. 10% of all Jumbe Porter is donated to help save rhinos in the wild.

Mountains and West

Ouray Brewery (Ouray) - Lots of beers coming to their taps in the next couple weeks. Today, Revenue Red Ale is back on tap. Then on Saturday, August 3rd, San Juan IPA returns to the taps. Then during the week of August 12th, they'll be tapping Box Canyon Brown Ale, Red Mountain Rye Ale and the new dry hopped Porphyry Pale Ale.
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