Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Colorado Beer News 081413

Colorado Beer NewsPlay Ball! Today is Whiffle Ball Day. Back in 1953, the Whiffle Ball debuted and ever since then, backyard ballgames would never be the same. Here's to that hollow perforated plastic ball that never seems to throw straight or travel straight when hit. Catch one if you can! Dig out that old plastic ball and bat and get some friends together for a pick-up game. You can always celebrate with a Colorado craft beer afterwards. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, August 14th, 2013. If you haven't been reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

Metro Denver

Black Shirt Brewing (Denver) - A new collaboration brew is coming. Black Shirt Brewing just cleaned out a fermenter and brewed up a collaboration brew over the weekend in the backyard. They teamed up with their assistant brewer Adam's old brewery - Dunedin Brewery from Dunedin, Florida, who have driven a mobile 7 bbl brewhouse across the country to do this brew. The beer is slated to be released during the Great American Beer Festival, and details are coming about the beer itself, the actual release date, and more of the back story behind the hair-brained idea.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - With the dawning of Wednesday come another in their August Barrel Aged Cask releases. CKBC will be tapping "Tequila Barrel Mexican Chocolate Stout" at 3:00pm today. This is a limited batch and they will pour it until 9:00pm or when it runs out. Pair that with food from East Coast Joe's starting at 4:00pm.

Great Divide Brewing Co (Denver) - There will be a welcoming party at Great Divide for Todd & Candice Alström of BeerAdvocate on Saturday, August 24th at 12:00pm. Todd and his wife have decided to move here to Denver (probably because Colorado has so many great breweries). Come meet half of the Alström Brothers and get to know them. A food truck will also be available from Chef Driven. This marks the beginning of many future BeerAdvocate gatherings to be held in Colorado.

Renegade Brewing (Denver) - Look for their fourth canned beer: Hammer and Sickle Russian Imperial Stout - to be released in the fall. This beer is a style that emerged in the 1700’s when beer-makers increased the alcohol of their English Stout in order for it to make the voyage to Russia without spoiling. True to style, Hammer and Sickle weighs in at 9% ABV. Hammer and Sickle will be the first seasonal can released by Renegade Brewing Company. The cans are expected to be released in late October and will run until early March. Beer drinkers tend to prefer stouts in the winter. Hammer and Sickle is jet black with a brown head. This beer has a warming quality with flavors of coffee, vanilla, and a dark chocolate finish. “Hammer and Sickle has been a taproom and staff favorite since we first opened,” says taproom manager, Laura Vande Zande. “On cold days it sells like crazy.”

Boulder County

Front Range Brewing (Lafayette) - This Thursday, August 15th, Layfayette's newest brewery will be tapping their Highlander Imperial Stout. In addition, they will be adding a chocolate and cherry Quad called the "Coal Creek Quad" to their tap lines. Big brews with big taste! Stop on by later this week for a taste or a glass.

Crystal Springs Brewing (Boulder/Louisville) - Tap room update. Their building permits for the Louisville location (657 S. Taylor Ave., Unit E) are in hand and construction on the taproom will begin today! This week the trenches for the drains will get cut, their internet, telephone, and POS systems will be installed, saddle installation and other work will commence. They're hopeful that the trench drain for the brewery will get installed. Plumbing and electrical work will commence shortly, the cold room for the tasting room will arrive early next week and should be operational by the middle of that week. Their tap system may be installed at the end of the week. They're shooting for an early September opening. Glasses and growlers have been ordered, several batches of beer have been brewed and are happily bubbling away. It is possible that they will be able to begin brewing at the Louisville location within two weeks.

American Homebrewers Association (Boulder) - Are you a member of the AHA? If you are, you'd be getting access to member deals such as getting $10 off General Admission or $20 VIP tickets to the upcoming Fermentation Festival & Market in Denver on August 24 & 25. Sign up for a membership and start saving on deals for beer, supplies and festivals. More info on membership on their website.

Upslope Brewing (Boulder) - Tonight is Women's Night at the Flatiron Park location. Sorry guys, this one's for the ladies. Join Upslope tonight, August 14th from 6-8 pm for their Women's Night event - a Beer & Cheese Tasting & Pairing Class led by Julian Hart, Chef and Certified Cheesemonger and Cheese and Specialty Manager at Alfalfa's. Grab some girlfriends, and come taste your way through SIX Upslope beers & local cheeses as you learn the art of pairing the two. Tickets are $15 (includes 6 pairings) and can be purchased at Alfalfa’s or either Upslope tap room. Call (303) 396-1898 for more info.

Northern Colorado

Pateros Creek Brewing (Ft. Collins) - There's a new non-alcoholic alternative brew that is available in the taproom, but it's not what you may think. This brew is a cold coffee drink and it's on a nitro tap! Pateros Creek has partnered up with Conundrum Coffee as one of 3 Colorado establishments to offer up this new coffee blended brew made with Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. It has a juicy, blueberry nose and the addition of the nitro tap gives this coffee a creamy taste experience. So if you want a "brew" but not the buzz, try their cold Conundrum Coffee Nitro tap alternative! You can also opt to blend this with your favorite beer.

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Yesterday, Funkwerks announced their award-winning Saison and Tropic King beers are now available statewide in Arizona distributed by the Hensley Beverage Company. Funkwerks’ flagship Saison and Tropic King can be found in select bars, restaurants, and liquor stores beginning immediately. From their press release: "We are excited to expand distribution beyond Colorado and Nebraska and into the Arizona market,” said Brad Lincoln Funkwerks Co-Founder and Owner, Arizona State University Alumni, and former Arizona resident. “The Hensley Beverage Company is a great partner and we look forward to a long-lasting successful relationship." - Funkwerks is holding launch events in Flagstaff, Scottsdale, Tempe, Phoenix and Tucson this week.

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - It's just about hop harvest time. Plan to attend their annual Hop Harvest Fest set for Sunday, September 1st. Get to know how hops are harvested. Help them harvest hundreds of pounds of hops for a chance to win 2 GABF Tickets and other great prizes. There will be live music, food and plenty of beer. Exact times will be posted soon, no RSVP necessary. Just show up ready to pick hops! Also, today's firkin is "Heart of Grass" Blondie Ale. This brew taps at 5pm. Also stop in for live music Friday and Saturday evenings. Food trucks on site evenings Friday, Saturday & Sunday too. Also get front row seats to the upcoming 2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Racers will be speeding by in front of the brewery on August 24th in the morning. Enjoy beermosas and breakfast and a beer release of All-Colorado Ale.

New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Pumpkick, New Belgium's Fall Seasonal has arrived! Adding the unexpected kick of cranberries gives New Belgium Brewing’s 2013 fall seasonal the kick it needs to take the traditional out of this pumpkin beer. Pumpkick Ale is brewed with plenty of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, but it is the healthy dose of cranberries that will have you sipping for more. The aroma is full of spicy pumpkin, with a hint of cranberry and even lemongrass – another unexpected, but delicious addition to the beer. New Belgium added some oats to cream up the mouthfeel and the finish is quick and dry. This fruity and malty sweet beer is complex, but not overwhelming and has a hefty dose of crisp tartness, making it a great complement to pumpkin pie this fall. It pours a rosy orange glow with light haze and cream-colored foam. Pumpkick is 6% ABV and 18 IBUs. Look for it at a store near you.

Tour de Fat (Ft. Collins) - If dressing freaky, riding bikes, listening to bands and drinking beer are things you like, then don’t miss the most FUN fundraiser around - Tour de Fat is coming back to town! New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale and other award-winning beers, is bringing the 14th annual Tour de Fat home to Ft. Collins on Saturday, August 31 at Civic Center Park. Gather up your friends, family and neighbors and come enjoy eclectic entertainment and stellar beer, all while helping local bicycle nonprofits raise funds. The event is free, yet all proceeds from beer and merchandise sales and donations from parade participants will help make Ft. Collins a better place to ride a bike. Last year, approximately 21,000 people came to the festival and raised more than $79,000 for local nonprofits. Follow Tour de Fat on Facebook.

Southern Front Range

Pikes Peak Brewing (Monument) - Stop in on August 25th from 9am to 3pm for the 2nd Annual Hop Picking Festival. Bring the family and join PPBC at the Hopyard from 9am - 3pm for hop picking, music and food. They'll be picking hops at PPBC from 12pm - 3pm. Get FREE tickets at PBC or High Country Homebrew. Also, later this month, look for their new "Kissing Camels Berliner Weiss".

Bristol Brewing (Colorado Springs) - The long awaited Grand Opening of their Ivywild School brewery location is happening this weekend August 16th & 17th. The kick-off ceremony starts at 3pm on Friday with the cutting of a 24-foot sausage and a beer christening with Bristol's Belgian Dubbel. Then at 5pm there will be a release party for their Bristol Wit in the pub. From 6-8pm there will be a Cornhole Tournament on the patio. If you can beat the Bristol Team you win a free pint! Live music at 4pm and 8pm. Then on Saturday, 8/17, have Brunch with the partners at 10am in the Wildcat Room. Guided tours of the brewery will be at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Then at 5pm there will be a release party for their Cheyenne Canon Ale with giveaways and fun planned. Open house in the brewhouse from 6-7:30p. Then at 8pm it's a "Back to School" dance party with DJ Wesley Wayne in the Gym.

Mountains and West

Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival (Vail) - Tickets go on sale September 4th for the 14th annual event to be held at Vail Cascade Resort on January 9-11, 2014. From their press release: "Regarded as one of the most prestigious craft brew events in the nation, Big Beers is known for the impressive roster of craft beer industry celebrities it attracts each year. Last year, the event attracted nearly 1,200 folks and this year organizers expect a larger crowd since the ever-popular Commercial Tasting and Fireside Bar programs have been re-located to larger venues within the Vail Cascade Resort, nearly doubling ticket availability for the Commercial Tasting. Slated for Jan 9-11, 2014, Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines tickets will go on sale online on Wed., Sept. 4 at 10am MST. Ticket prices will vary based on selected programs. The Vail Cascade Resort will also offer discounted room rates for that weekend with promotion code BigBeers2014." Visit for more info.

San Luis Valley Brewing Co (Alamosa) - From their newsletter: Rye Hard is back and bigger than ever. For the past 6 weeks they've been hard at work crafting beers for the upcoming Great American Beer Festival in Denver. You may have already tried the first beer for the competition, Rudy's Imperial Red Ale, and now it's time to welcome back a favorite from earlier this year. Similar to it's Spring cousin, Rye Hard 2 is just as balanced and crisp yet this time it packs a big rye bite and lots of hop bitterness. They've even cranked the ABV up a little bit.

Ed Fest Beer Festival (Edwards) - August 17th, 2013 - The 3rd Annual Ed Fest promises delicious beer, mouthwatering food from local restaurants, exciting live music by Hot Buttered Rum and a fun social scene for the entire community. Featuring over 30 craft breweries with dozens upon dozens of micro-brews from around the nation, Ed Fest marries the beauty of craft beer with the beauty of the Colorado Rockies. Tickets on sale now: $35 in advance, $40 at the door and $65 for VIP. Tickets and more information here! The festival takes place on the Riverwalk in Edwards, CO from 3pm to 7pm.


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