Monday, August 26, 2013

Colorado Beer News 082613

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Krakatoa Day. On this date, 130 years ago in 1883, the Indonesian volcano Krakatoa erupted, or rather blew up with the biggest explosion in the modern era. The noise was so loud it was heard over 3,000 miles away. So much debris was hurled into the atmosphere that it affected the Earth's atmosphere for many years. Let's hope that type of event won't happen again for a long time. P.S. - for you dog lovers - it's also National Dog Day. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, August 26th, 2013. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

Metro Denver

Hops & Pie (Denver) - September's Firkin 1st Friday is coming up on September 6th at 6pm. This month, Hops & Pie is featuring a firkin from Oskar Blues - Black IPA - dry hopped with their own farm-grown hops (Centennial, Mt. Hood and Nugget). The brew weighs in at 8% ABV and 70 IBUs.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - For the last August Barrel Aged Cask firkin of the month, Copper Kettle will tap a "Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout" this Wednesday, August 28th at 3:00pm. They saved one of the best for last.

Crooked Stave (Denver) - Jonathan Shikes from Westword wrote an awesome article today about the fact that since many breweries got shut out of GABF this year, Chad Yakobson decided to host a big festival for those brewery who got left behind. Crooked Stave will be hosting "What the Funk?!" on Friday, October 11th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. So for those of you who didn't get a Friday GABF ticket either, this will probably be THEE place to be for alternative celebrations. This fest will feature beers from about 30 breweries, including breweries who put out some pretty amazing rare beers. The event will take place at the Sherman Street Event Center. Tickets are $80, about the same as you'd pay for a GABF session with fees attached.

Lone Tree Brewing (Lone Tree) - Had your nitro fix lately? Lone Tree Brewing has their Acres 'O' Green Irish Red now on the nitro tap. Get some frothy foam in your beard or mustache, or simply some on your bare upper lip!

Boulder County

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - According to their blog: Oskar Blues is "about half done harvesting hops and it is going great. Thanks to our friends at Hop Acres in Fort Collins we are using a Wolf Picker this year to harvest our cones. Our brewers have been using fresh green hops the day we harvest and dried hops as soon as they come out of the dryer. Amazing flavors and aromas in the limited release brews. Be sure and stop by the Tasty Weasel Tap Room and taste for yourself. The fresh hopped Dales Pale Ale with Hops and Heifers Willamette’s is my recommendation! The garden this year has produced fresh veggies for the chefs to use; right now we are harvesting Okra! Our Berkshire pork program is up and running we had 6 baby berks this summer and they are growing up fast." - Embrace the fresh hops during hop picking season while you can.

Upslope Brewing (Boulder) - Recently they announced that they brewed some Pro-Am beer for the #GABF with homebrewer Derek Ordway of the Liquid Poets Society (Ft. Collins). Their Oatmeal Stout that they brewed is ready, and if you want a chance to taste that brew before the judges do, then stop down at the Flatiron Park tap room and get a taste!

Northern Colorado

New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins) - If change is considered a constant in life, then New Belgium is rolling along making plenty of them. And one of the changes they are considering making with with their beer labels. Some of the recent TTB label approvals have shown a new look for a couple of New Belgium beers. For instance, their New Belgium Trippel is getting rid of the two-tone generic label and going full color - with roosters too! Plus, the staple Fat Tire is also getting a slightly new look as well. Check out the approved labels. No telling when they might just show up on store shelves. Do you like the new look?

Odell Brewing (Ft. Collins) - There's a new between seasonals beer that's coming out from Odell Brewing and you might just get to see it a couple of times a year. It's called Runoff Red IPA - a beer meant form "shoulder season" when travel and tourism is at their lowest - typically in the Spring and Fall. This brew will be available in 12oz bottles and draft. No word on availability yet, but expect it soon. The beer is described as: "With a complex malt backbone dry hopped for notes of citrus and pine and an alpenglow-red hue, it's as surprising as the season itself.

Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) - There's a full 10 beers on tap this week and they're waiting for you to get a pint or a growler full. Beers include: Head Turner Blonde, Dearfield Ale, Berliner Kinder, Box Car Brown, Rebel Rye I.P.A., Serenity Amber, Trichome, Buck's 80, Oatmeal Stout and an Apricot Cezanne Saison. Gotta love variety!

Southern Front Range

Colorado State Fair Craft Beer Competition (Pueblo) - The breweries were competing last weekend in the annual Craft Beer Competition at the state fair. A huge list of winners were announced for 2013 including the overall Best of Show Craft Beer: Balefir Irish Red - an Irish Red Ale, from Echo Brewing Company of Frederick, CO. Gold medal winners included: Echo Brewing, Odyssey Beerwerks, Bootstrap Brewing, Mankato Brewery, Rock Bottom (South Denver), Ska Brewing, City Star Brewing, Twisted Pine Brewing, Deschutes Brewery, Dry Dock Brewing, Gravity Brewing, Fate Brewery, AC Golden Brewing, Pikes Peak Brewing, Arvada Beer Co, Pagosa Brewing, Strange Brewing, Meadery of the Rockies, Yak & Yeti and Three Rivers Brewery. Grat to all the winners!

Mountains and West

San Luis Valley Brewing Co (Alamosa) - In honor of the upcoming Early Iron Car Club event in town this coming weekend, SLVBC is releasing a beer in honor of the event - Blue Cruise - a blueberry wheat ale. This is an unfiltered wheat beer brewed with real blueberries. The beer even has a slight purple hue. This beer will be available starting today, August 26th in 12oz and 22oz bottled "To Go" at the Brewery and also at local liquor stores starting August 27th.

Glenwood Canyon Brewpub (Glenwood Springs) - New Seasonal Beer Special - On tap now is their Rio Grande Trail Double Pale Ale. It's brewed with a massive quantity of malt and American variety hops. It was also dry-hopped for 3 weeks. Suggested Pairing: Applewood Planked Salmon and/or a Black n' Blue Wedge Salad. Stop in and try it! They've also got in their new stainless steel Traveling Growlers. Take home 64oz of your favorite Glenwood Canyon Brewpub beer.

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - What else can you do with beer? Throw an Ice Cream Beer Float Party of course! Crazy Mountain Brewery is toasting to the end of summer with an Ice Cream Beer Float Party! Join in at their tasting room on Wednesday, August 28th from 5-8 pm. Indulge in 5 to-die-for variations of craft brews paired with ice cream that will literally melt in your mouth. Ice cream beer floats are available in a flight with all 5 flavors for $10 or served individually as a 16oz float for $5 each. Just in case you want to start out with dinner food, the Crazy Wagon Food Truck will be serving an American diner-style menu including burgers & fries, chili dogs and chicken fingers.

Beaver Creek Oktoberfest (Beaver Creek) - Beaver Creek’s annual Oktoberfest returns with foot stompin’ oom-pah-pah music, unbeatable beer, and wunderbar wurst! Crazy Mountain Brewery is the Official Beer Sponsor of the Beaver Creek Oktoberfest on August 31-September 1st. They are brewing up three exclusive German-style microbrews just for this annual Labor Day event: Crazy Mountain Oktoberfest Lager, Scenic Route Kolsch and Verr├╝ckt Dunkelweizen. Make the most of the Labor Day weekend with Bavarian festivities, and even enter the daily costume contest at a chance to win some great prizes! Visit for the most up to date schedule of events. No entry fee, just buy beers as you go. Check out the list of other Colorado Oktoberfests.

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