Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Colorado Beer News 080613

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Hiroshima Day. It was on this day, August 6, 1945 that America dropped the A-bomb on Hiroshima, Japan - killing between 90,000 and 160,000 people. That's a sobering fact. Three days later another bomb was dropped on Nagasaki killing between 60,000 and 90,000 more people. This eventually was followed by the surrender of Japan on September 2, 1945 ending World War II. Toast the memory of all those lost in that war today. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, August 6th, 2013. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

Metro Denver

Beer Advocate Magazine - Todd Alström, one of the two founding brothers of Beer Advocate Magazine, is moving from Boston to Denver and with it may come some additional focus on the Colorado beer scene. Will Denver end up getting more beer events hosted by the Alström brothers? Time will tell. Check out the Westword article about it posted today by Jonathan Shikes.

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - Each week the brewery taps a new Discovery Beer on Thursday. This week it's an Apricot-infused Helios Hefeweizen. If history repeats itself, this beer could tap dry within 75 minutes. So get there at 5:00pm sharp August 8th when this one taps or risk missing out.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - Tomorrow's firkin at CKBC will be part of their August Barrel Aged Cask Month releases. This week it's "Tequila Barrel Lime Agave Pale Ale". It taps at 3pm on August 7th and will be available til 9pm or when it runs dry.

Cultivate Festival (Denver) - On Saturday, Aug. 17, the Cultivate Festival will return to Denver’s City Park, bringing together food, farmers, chefs (local and nationally renowned), brewers, wine makers, artisans and musicians (like Air Dubai) to get people thinking and talking about food and food-related issues. The festival is FREE and brought to Coloradans by locally-grown Chipotle Mexican Grill. Brand-new to Cultivate Denver this year, Chipotle and Great Divide Brewery have partnered to create an exclusive Cultivate Farmhouse Ale, to be served only at the Cultivate Festival. Great Divide is brewing a 25 barrel batch of this fruity and slightly tart Saison made with barley, wheat, rice, black peppercorn and sweet orange peel. In addition to the Cultivate Farmhouse Ale, attendees can sample some local brews and wines from: Girasole Vineyards, Infinite Monkey Theorem, Breckenridge Brewery, Bull & Bush, Colorado Cider Company, Denver Beer Co., Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew, Odell Brewing Co., Oskar Blues Brewery, Prost Brewing, Renegade Brewing Company and Strange Brewing Company—all in the Brewer’s Hall, where $5,000 worth of proceeds will go to Chef Ann Cooper’s F3: Food Family Farming Foundation to help transition school lunchrooms from processed foods to made-from-scratch meals.

Boulder County

Very Nice Brewing (Nederland) - Coming up this saturday, August 10th, there will be a new beer tapping called "Make It So IPA". This beer was infused with Galena and Cascade hops and Earl Grey Tea. $1 for each pint will be going to Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence in Boulder County. Also coming up this week, Open Mic Night on Thursday, August 8th at 7:30pm (sign up at 7pm). And also on Saturday come for Pints & Poses yoga class at 12:30pm. $15 for 90 minute class and a pint of beer.

FATE Brewing Co (Boulder) - Fans of Fantasy Football take note. If you hold your fantasy football draft there at Fate Brewing Co then they will buy your group a free round of Fate core beer. They've got wifi, a flat screen TV and some great food to satisfy you during those tough rounds of player selection.

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - Tickets are now on sale for the annual Midnight Breakfast with Avery Brewing and Euclid Hall on the first night of the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). Tickets are $100 each for the Thursday, October 10th event that starts at 11:00pm. This is a one of a kind sit down affair that will offer pairings of "epic proportions". Get tickets at: www.euclidhall.com.

Twelve Degree Brewing (Louisville) - This recently opened brewery is now starting up Happy Hour this week. Get $1 off all beers Monday - Thursday 4-6pm, Saturday 2-4pm and Sunday 3-5pm. If you haven't visited them yet you need to stop in and check them out.

Northern Colorado

Gnarly Barley Brew Festival (Loveland) - Due to stormy weather that came in during the festival last weekend, organizers weren't able to determine who won the 2013 People's Choice award winners for best brewery at the festival. But now they've released the results and for the first time in festival history, a non-Loveland brewery was the top pick. This year's People's Choice winner was High Hops Brewery of Windsor, CO. Second place went to Loveland Aleworks of Loveland, and 3rd place went to Verboten Brewing of Loveland. Congrats to these breweries on impressing the crowd. Each of these breweries will have some of their beer at select locations inside the Budweiser Events Center during the 2013-2014 event season starting in October.

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - File this one under "Drink Later". Today Funkwerks transferred their Oud Bruin beer into oak barrels for aging. After a suitable time in the wood (about a year), this beer will be ready for bottling and tapping. Look for this beer to emerge sometime in mid to late 2014.

Berthoud Brewing Co (Berthoud) - Back in late July, the brewery signed a lease at 450 S. 8th Street, Suite B in Berthoud, Colorado. They are currently working feverishly to open up late this Summer or in early Fall. They've been working on some recipes including: Farmer Aid Ale, The Express English IPA, Smokestack Stout, Switch Track Copper Ale and Red Barn. Which ones will be on tap opening day? Stay tuned. Visit them on Facebook, Twitter and the Web.

The Mayor of Old Town (Ft. Collins) - The Mayor was notified that they are one of 25 finalists out of 2,000 nominations to be the official host of Founders Day with DRAFT Magazine and Pilsner Urquell. Help bring this awesome party to Fort Collins and vote for them at: http://www.draftmag.com/pilsner/

Southern Front Range

Phantom Canyon Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Have you tried their Gold Camp Amber Lager? It's a beer brewed in the same manner as it was in the mining regions during the western gold rush. It pours a deep amber color and has a big malty flavor back with a firm hop bitterness. At 4.8% ABV you can enjoy a pint or two. This batch won't last long at the rate it's being poured.

Mountains and West

Edgewater Brewery (Grand Junction) - Kannah Creek's new 2nd brewery in Grand Junction is once again offering brewery tours starting tomorrow. You can get a tour every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 2pm and 6pm. And also on Saturdays at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

Ska Brewing Co (Durango) - Tickets are selling out fast for their 18th Anniversary Party set for Saturday, September 7th at Ska HQ. There will be 3 live bands, food and beer from nearly 25+ breweries on site to help them turn 18. More info on their Facebook page.

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - We all know that after a few beers it can sometimes make you want to dance, but how about coming to a brewery to learn to dance! This Thursday, August 8th from 7-8pm in the tasting room it's "Crazy Swing Dance Night". You'll get a complimentary swing dance lesson preceded by $2 pints of select beers and Shandy beer cocktails starting at 5:30pm. Bring a partner or meet someone new at the brewery. If you're in the mood to learn to dance swing - this is your thing!

Bonfire Brewing (Eagle) - This fall, Bonfire Brewing is making plans to put their Farmer Wirtz IPA in a can. Look for it coming soon in stores around the area.
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