Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Colorado Beer News 082713

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Just Because Day. Have you ever asked why someone did something nice for you and they replied "just because"? This is a day for doing things just like that - do something good for no apparent reason. Sure, you might make someone wonder what your motive is. But consider doing something nice for someone and simply enjoy knowing that you made someone's day a bit better. Consider buying someone a craft beer today. Just because! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, August 27th, 2013. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

Metro Denver

Great Divide Brewing Co (Denver) - According to a report from Jonathan Shikes at Westword, Great Divide is tentatively considering building a bigger brewery in the Denver RiNo district that could potentially allow them to expand capacity to over 250,000 barrels annually. They've expanded multiple times at their current facility in Denver, but to keep growing as expected, they'll need to get a bigger place. Should the decision come soon to expand, they may be eyeing a property along Brighton Boulevard between 33rd and 35th avenues. This is not a done deal, however, but if they decide to act construction could build the new location by early 2015.

Saint Patricks Brewing Co (Denver) - Today the brewery is bottling their Pumpkin Vanilla Chai lager and also their Chocolate Pumpkin Lager. Look for those soon. Plus they are brewing up a batch of Midnight Mocha Lager. Gotta love harvest brews!

Diebolt Brewing Co (Denver) - Looks like their next beer release may come a day or two early. Look for them to tap their IPA this Friday, August 30th. But if things go well, it may just tap on Thursday. Who says brewing is an exact science. It'll be done when it's done!

Boulder County

Fate Brewing Co (Boulder) - Is it football season already? Yup! And Fate Brewing is GIVING AWAY tickets to the Rocky Mountain Showdown (CU vs CSU)! First 15 parties get 2 tix (per party) for the game! They're hosting Colorado Buffaloes football Primetime Radio Show w/ Head Coach Mike MacIntyre tonight @ 7 p.m! Debut show. New coach. New season. Be one of the first 15 parties to show up and get 2 free tickets.

Twelve Degree Brewing (Louisville) - What's on tap at 12 Degree? This week: Soleil Saison (Farmhouse Ale), Walter's White (Belgian White), Brabant Tripel (Strong Golden Abbey Ale), Foxx Rougge (Dark Strong Ale), Sorach (Farmhouse Ale w/ Sorachi Ace hops), Sorach L'Orange (Sorach with blood oranges). Plus a few guest brews on tap. Come check out this new brewery in Louisville.

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) - Today their Oatmeal Stout (GABF Pro-Am beer) is making a debut at the Flatiron Park taproom. Come taste and meet the homebrewer responsible for this beer - Derek Ordway at 4pm.

Boulder Beer (Boulder) - Already the fresh hops are being harvested and turned into fresh-hopped beer. Boulder Beer received some Chinook hops that were picked this morning and are turning it into fRYEd Fresh-Hopped Rye Pale Ale. Look for that brew to debut by mid-September.

Northern Colorado

New Belgium (Ft. Collins) - The new beer labels that were previewed on this blog yesterday are part of a portfolio-wide change starting in January 2014. The new labels portray a more modern image. The new design, created by Hatch Design of San Francisco, featuring illustration by artist Leah Giberson, will appear on all brands and packages. The only place to officially see the redesigned labels as they are revealed is in the Exclusive Content section of New Belgium’s mobile app. Users can download the app for free by searching “Beer Mode” in the App Store or Google Play.

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - This Wednesday's firkin is called "Apple Bottom" - it's an apple berry wheat beer and it taps on August 28th at 5pm sharp. Then on Thursday it's a Fill the Boot Fundraiser. For every beer sold, High Hops will donate $1 to "Fill the Boot", with local Firefighters helping out a cause which benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Also live music Friday (6-8pm) and Saturday (5-7pm). Then, this Sunday, September 1st it's a Hop Harvesting Party. Bring a team of 2 to begin picking at 11am. The team that picks the most hops wins 2 GABF tickets! Other prizes as well, including a costume contest. Anyone who picks at least 1 pound of hops will get to take hop 2oz of hops in return.

Pateros Creek Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Their Bowser's Revenge Bourbon Peach Ale won at PeachFest and now their planning to put it on tap this Thursday (August 29th) in their taproom starting at 12 noon. If you missed it at PeachFest, this will be your chance to try this limited brew. Also, for today, they are offering $7 growler fills on any Legend beer if you bring in one of their growlers.

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Wear your Aleworks shirt in today and get $1 off every beer you order. Live music tonight from 6-9pm from Christopher 'Snowball' Smith. Also, they somehow stored a keg of their Cascade Single Hop Pale Ale until today. Stop in for a try.

Grimm Brother Brewhouse (Loveland) - Tonight is Ladies Night at Grimm Bros. Ladies get half price pints from 4pm to 9pm. Also, tomorrow, August 28th is a new beer release of their "Dragon Slayer" - a Rauchbier (smoked lager).

Odell Brewing (Ft.Collins) - Plenty of ever rotating pilot beers on tap in their tasting room. This week come try these pilot brews: High Maintenance, Liquid Matrimony, Wooden Nickel, and Mac's 6430 - plus many special brews: Celastrina, St. Lupulin, Myrcenary, Loose Leaf, Nitro Cutthroat and others.

Southern Front Range

No news today - they must be busy brewing beer...

Mountains and West

Pagosa Brewing Co (Pagosa Springs) - When the medal count was finalized, Pagosa Brewing Company came out on top this last weekend earning 6 medals at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo. They one 1 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze medals. Grats on this achievement! For a list of all the winners check out the official Colorado State Fair Craft Beer Competition page.

Meadery of the Rockies (Palisade) - In the mead category, Meadery of the Rockies won 7 medals at the Colorado State Fair Craft Beer Competition. In fact, they swept two categories taking a Gold, Silver and Bronze in the Traditional Mead and Melomel Fruit categories. Plus they took a gold in the "Other Mead" category as well.

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