Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Colorado Beer News 090313

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Back to Work Day after the long Labor Day weekend. Used to be, high society dictated that you shouldn't wear white after Labor Day. With craft beer, there's no such rules about drinking summertime beers after Labor Day. Good thing too, since September still feels like summer around here, we can all still enjoy those brews of summer. Enjoy them while you have them! Still, it's a good time to start thinking about Fall seasonal brews as there are plenty of those available now. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

Metro Denver

Saint Patrick's Brewing Co (Englewood) - There's two beers being released this week. The first is today - Lana'i Dry Hop Lager. Then on Thursday, look forward to Helledel Helles. Saint Patrick's plans to release two beers a week all through September.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - September is going to be a month of Wednesday Fresh Hop casks. In addition, there will be new beers tapping on most Saturdays. And on September 27th there will be 4 Oktoberfest beers release for a day of German style brews. This week, the cask is a Mystery X Fresh Hop cask on Wednesday, September 4th. And on Saturday, September 7th stop in for another batch of their Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout.

Upcoming Breweries (Denver metro area) - According to records, the Denver metro area will soon realize an explosion of new breweries over the next 2-3 years. Currently on the list of Breweries under Development, the Denver metro area alone has 70 new breweries in the works! And that doesn't include the Boulder area. Yup, that's in addition to the dozens that are already open. In September alone, expect to see at least 4 new breweries and taprooms open. Statewide, there's 124+ breweries already in the works.

TRVE Brewing (Denver) - Every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month is a special event called "Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers" at TRVE Brewing. Stop in between 7pm and 11pm and listen to delicious metal music and drink some heavy beers. Hang out while El Brian and Kris wolf spin some great tunes.

Hops & Pie (Denver) - Looking for something good on tap? Try some of these brews that were just tapped today: Upslope Brown Ale, Pivo from Firestone Walker, Hey Pumpkin from Denver Beer Co, Red & White from Dogfish Head, Beer Camp#94 from Sierra Nevada, Hopsickle from Moylans, Social Insecurity from Black Bottle Brewery, Hottenroth from The Bruery, Karma from Avery, Mission Blonde, and Tank 7 from Boulevard.

Denver Beer Company (Denver) - Save the date during GABF! Coming next month, Friday, October 11th from 3pm to 9pm is a Collaboration Celebration. Denver Beer Company got together and collaborated on a separate beer with 4 other brewing companies and are throwing a party and closing off the street. They collaborated with Pizza Port (California), Telluride Brewing (Colorado), Rahr & Sons (Texas) and Saranac Brewery (New York) and came up with 4 unique brews. There will be live bands, food trucks and a big block party just a few blocks NW of Coors Field. Party is free to enter.

4 Noses Brewing Co (Broomfield) - This upcoming brewery just got their federal TTB approval and are now awaiting state approval. Once that arrives they will begin brewing. When they open they will be located at 8855 W. 116th Circle in Broomfield, CO - just to the east of Rocky Mountain Metro Airport. 4 Noses is looking for a late 2013 opening.

Boulder County

Boulder Beer Anniversary EventsBoulder Beer Company (Boulder) - It's their 34th Anniversary week at Boulder Beer and they'll be hosting a lot of events this week leading up to the annual Beer Rave on Saturday at their tap room. Today, they are hosting a Cornhole Tournament. Tomorrow, 9/4, there are Beer & Cheese Tours (slots still available at 5:30pm and 6:30pm) as well as a Barrel-Aged Tapping surprise at 4pm. Stop in for Live Music with Gypsy Moon on Thursday from 5-9pm. Friday will be Carnival Night with your chance to win some cool prizes. Plus a Frozen T-shirt Contest, Hoola Hoop Tos and more. Come help them celebrate 34 years (over a third of a century) of serving craft beer!

Front Range Brewing (Lafayette) - Tomorrow, September 4th, Front Range Brewing will tap two very limited small batches of their Tripel dry hopped with Citra or Nelson Sauvin. Then on Thursday, hurry in for the release of their Rum Barrel Quad with coffee. Mmmmm...

Upslope Brewing (Boulder) - There's a new collaboration between Upslope and Illegal Pete's - it's a fresh peach ale called "Illegal Peach". the batch was brewed with over 200 pounds of Palisade peaches. Come try a pint!

Northern Colorado

Pateros Creek Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Stop in for $7 growler fills of your favorite Legend beer. Growlers must be a Pateros Creek growler to get the special.

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Denver fans of Funkwerks! A Funkwerks representative will be hosting a bottle tasting at Marczyk Fine Foods (off 17th Avenue in Denver) this Friday, September 6th from 4pm - 7pm. For a limited time, when you purchase a bottle of Funkwerks beer you'll receive a free Funkwerks logo glass (while supplies last).

Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Today the brewing crew is busy picking hops off the vine for their upcoming IHOP Wet Hop beer. They'll be brewing it right after they get the hops. Look for this beer later this month.

New Belgium (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] B Lab, the nonprofit that certifies and supports B Corporations, today named New Belgium Brewing to its ‘B Corp Best for the Workers List’. The distinction honors companies that create the most positive environment for their employees. Earlier this year, New Belgium Brewing became a Certified B Corporation after transitioning to a 100 percent employee-owned model. The ‘B Corp Best for Workers List’ honors businesses that earned an overall score in the top 10% of all Certified B Corporations for positive impact on their workforce, as measured by the B Impact Assessment. More than 10,000 business use this comprehensive assessment to measure impact on their workers, community, and the environment. This analysis includes metrics regarding worker ownership, compensation and benefits, management and worker communication, training and education, work environment, and occupational health and safety. - Grats to New Belgium!

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - This week's Wednesday firkin will be a "Chocolate-covered Cherry Stout". It'll tap at 5pm for one night. Then on Thursday, it's the release of "Eric the Red", an ale brewed to help the family of Eric Nettleton in his memory. 100% of the proceeds of that beer go to the Nettleton family. Also, want to learn how to brew your own beer? Attend the Home Brew Class: "Intro to All-Grain" on Sunday, September 15th at 11:00am. The class is $10 and includes a free pint of High Hops beer! Plus, save your ticket for 10% off your next home brew purchase at the homebrew shop on site.

Southern Front Range

Pikes Peak Brewing Co (Monument) - Monument Beer Week is nearly here. Set your calendars for September 15 - 21 - an entire week of special beer events at the brewery. Celebrate "Halfway to St. Pat's" on Sunday the 15th, Endulge in the Beers of the World Tap Takeover on Monday the 16th, compare "Grain vs. Grapes" on Tuesday the 17th, experience Barrel Aged Beer and Chocolate, plus a can release of Local 5 Pale Ale in cans on Wednesday the 18th, experiment with Beer Cocktails on Thursday the 19th, head to Belgium with Belgian Beer Night on Friday the 20th, and finally, celebrate Oktoberfest on Saturday the 21st. More info and ticket details at: www.pikespeakbrewing.com/mbw13/.

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Fresh off their September newsletter. Their First Saturday Firkin this month will be a dry hopped Flo IPA on an English horizontal cask with Centennial and Columbus hops. Then on September 13th they will host a bottle release of Le Capitaine (2013), a Saison Regal made with pumpkin, buddha's hand and spices. Next up, on September 20th Trinity will release Houdini Hopper, a 100% Simcoe wet hopped IPA. Then rounding out the month on September 27th is the release of Emma's Pumpkin Saison. It's a big 9.5% Belgian pumpkin brew. If that wasn't enough, in October you can look for the return of "Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangster" and "Old Growth".

Mountains and West

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - There's a new, yet unnamed, crazy sour ale that's coming out from Crazy Mountain Brewing later this week that beer geeks will want to take note of. What is this beer? Crazy Mountain brewers said: "It's a blend of wild fermentation Wit blended with wild fermentation Kolsch, both aged and naturally soured in tequilla barrels. We then blended in some Old Soul that was aging in tequila barrels. We also found some unmarked barrels in our barrel room. Not sure how long they have been there or what was in them but they were amazing so we blended them in as well." - It's roughly around 6% ABV and 23 IBU and it'll not only be at their taproom, but across the Front Range at select locations like: Black Bottle Brewery, Mayor of Old Town, Rackhouse Pub, Star Bar, Right Coast Pizza, World of Beer Cherry Creek and a few more locations. Look for it very soon!

Kannah Creek Brewing (Grand Junction) - Kannah Creek's Edgewater Brewery location is offering up Bronco game Frequency Punch Cards. If you stop in to their Edgewater location and pick up a card, then for every visit you make during Bronco games and make a purchase you'll get your card punched. Return visits earn you great beer and food awards. If you attend during all 16 games then you can earn a $50 gift card! Ask your server for details.

Aspen Brewery (Aspen) - Do you love to ride bikes in the mountains? Plan to join in this Sunday morning for the 2nd annual "How's Your Aspen" brewery bike event and support Kathryn Clauss in her courageous fight against brain cancer and B*Cured, a brain cancer research fund. This year’s course links roughly 30 miles of some of Aspen’s best single-track trails, so rally your friends for this great event and plan to spend Sunday in the saddle. This is not a race, but beers, burgers, awards and a raffle will follow Sunday evening at Aspen Brewing Company. The event starts at 9:00am Sunday September 8th at the base of Smuggler Mountain. $25 suggested domain - also included 1 beer, berger & raffle ticket. Finish line is at Aspen Brewing Co. Meet for beer, burgers & BBQ, prizes and raffle at 5:00pm at the brewery.

Ska Brewing (Durango) - Trivia Tuesday is back tonight, featuring Ted Holteen. Ted can crush new age cults and beers with one hand, while crushing your team's trivia self-esteem with the other. But to soften the blow, there will be 2-for-1 Blondes and Nut Browns starting at 5:00 pm. Trivia starts at 6:08pm!

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