Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Colorado Beer News 090413

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Eat an Extra Dessert Day. Let's face it, we've all been under a lot of stress and a little extra dessert can sometimes take the edge off. In our case, that dessert could come in a liquid form. Some craft beers go well with dessert (or be the actual dessert). It's Humpday - so why not! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, September 4th, 2013. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

Metro Denver

Tour de Fat (Denver) - New Belgium's Tour de Fat will be in Denver this Saturday, September 7th and will happen in and around City Park on the West Side. Parade registration begins at 10:00am and the Ride Times run from 11:00am to 12:00pm. Afterwards, stick around for Entertainment and Revivalation from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. There will be plenty of New Belgium brews to sample after the parade (21+ only). Word has it they are still looking for someone to trade in their car for a bike.

Great Divide Brewing (Denver) - It's last call for summer seasonals like Rumble IPA, Oatmeal Yeti Imperial Stout and Wolfgang Doppelbock. Another few weeks and they will be gone until next summer. Stock up while supplies last. So now is the time to being to enjoy their Hoss Rye Lager, brewed as a Märzen (aka Oktoberfest) brew. Great Divide is also announcing the limited release of their newest bottled beer, Peach Grand Cru. A strong Belgian-style ale brewed with Palisade, Colorado peaches, this is one exciting extension of peach season. It's scheduled for a mid-October release.

Rock Bottom Brewery (Denver) - Today at 6pm marks the annual tapping of ROCKTOBERFEST - their Marzen Bier. They'll serve a complimentary pint of ROCKTOBERFEST from 6-6:30pm (21+ only). Then next week on September 11th, they'll be tapping their Weizen at 6:00pm. And again they'll be pouring a free pint from 6-6:30pm. Located right in the heart of downtown Denver.

Yak & Yeti (Arvada) - Today's special Wednesday Wheat beer is their Watermelon Wheat (5.3% ABV, 24 IBU) and it will be tapped at 4:00pm. And coming soon are some beers you'll want to try. These include: Bill Kazmaier's Golden Strong, Brown Rice and Honey, Oktoberfest, and Max's Imperial Pumpkin Ale.

Parry's Pizza (3 Metro location) - [PRESS RELEASE] Highlands Ranch, CO, Castle Rock, CO, Greenwood Village, CO ­- Three Parry’s Pizza locations will be tapping an exclusive list of some of New Belgium Brewery’s best offerings. This will be taking place on consecutive Saturdays starting on September 7th at the Highlands Ranch location. The following Saturday, September 14th, Castle Rick will host a new lineup. Finally, we’ll be wrapping it all up at the Greenwood Village location on Saturday, September 21st. Doors open at 11AM at all locations to the public. Ale Yeah Club members need to be on the lookout for an email before the event for specific member-­only instructions that pertain to this event. This event is open to the public and there is absolutely no cover. Parry’s will have beers on tap for this event from the Lips of Faith series, only. We will be tapping La Folie, Prickly Passion Saison, Cascara Quad, Biere de Mars, Peach Porch Lounger, Biere de Garde (Brewery Vivant Collaboration), Trip XVII, Pluot, Paardebloem, Heavenly Feijoa, Imperial Coffee Chocolate, Yuzu, Coconut Curry , Peach Porch Lounger & Prickly Passion across all three tap takeovers with some variations from location to location. Please, call 303­587­7429 for information on this event or go online to Parry's Pizza's website, at

World Brewer's Forum 2013 (Denver) - The World Brewer's Forum 2013 will be held at the Marriott in Denver on Oct 10th from 8:00pm to midnight (after the first GABF session). There will be free food, free beer, speakers, silent auction, drawings, etc! Free to all, but RSVP please to

Vine Street Pub & Brewery (Denver) - Announcing the 2nd annual Vine street Uptown Block Party. They're shutting down Vine Street from 17th to 18th avenues and throwing a FREE shindig on Saturday, September 21st. It all begins at 1pm with the third-annual Brewer’s Olympics, featuring Olympic teams from 12 of the best breweries on the Front Range. Immediately following the Brewer’s Olympics, they'll host a FREE live performance featuring Keith Moseley from the String Cheese Incident, Dave Johnston of Yonder Mountain String Band, Dave Watts of the Motet, Scott Law, and Greg Schochet. Also, Pete Kartsounes and Delta Force will open up the day's live music performances. And in true Mountain Sun style, the block party as well as the concert are FREE! To quench your thirst as you boogey, Vine Street Pub is building one of the best beer gardens in Denver, featuring more than 30 styles of beer from 12 of the best breweries on the Front Range.

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - There's a firkin being tapped today - Key Lime Pie. Use that to wash down some food from Graham's Texapino Food (on site).

Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora) - Dry Dock recently had the pleasure of brewing two styles of braggot for Redstone Meadery. They'll have both the Redstone Honey Saison and the Redstone Honey Blonde on tap in their tasting room tomorrow, starting at 12 noon! There's only two kegs of each, so don't wait too long to try one. Then don't forget their Friday firkin. It will be a Vanilla Porter, whiskey soaked in a Stranahan's barrel. It'll tap at 3pm Friday.

Boulder County

Brewery Founders Speaker Panel (Boulder) - [PRESS RELEASE] Today breweries have an association and a large network of other breweries as resources, but how did the first breweries get started? Hear the history and stories by brewery founders from Boulder Beer, Left Hand Brewing Co. and Twisted Pine Brewing Co. at the Brewery Founders Speaker Panel and Happy Hour on Thursday, September 12th at 6:00 p.m. Tom Wilmes, Daily Camera’s Boulder Beer Guy, will moderate the panel of founders; Dave Hummer, Eric Wallace and Bob Baile. The event is being held in conjunction with the Boulder History Museum’s current exhibit, "BEER! Boulder’s History on Tap" and will be hosted at 2205 Broadway, the future home of the Boulder History Museum. Admission is $10 and $7 for museum members. Admission includes the first beer and the program. For more info contact Susan Linde at slinde[at]

Fate Brewing Co (Boulder) - Fate is tapping a cask of The Crystal Ship - a Belgian-style Single with crystallized ginger. It taps at 3pm and goes for $3.50 a pint all night.

Northern Colorado

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] - Funkwerks, the award-winning Saison-focused brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado, has released a limited quantity of Rum Barrel Deceit, a barrel aged Belgian-Style Golden Ale. Rum Barrel Deceit starts with Funkwerks’ award-winning Belgian-style golden strong ale, Deceit. Aged in oak rum barrels for eight months, with a high percentage of Pilsner malt and a unique Belgian yeast strain, Rum Barrel Deceit is a strong yet deceptively smooth brew. The beer pours a golden color with alluring aromas of fresh apple and crisp white wine. Spicy notes in the flavor are complimented by characteristics inherent in the oak barrels. Slight fruit notes balance the elaborate flavors and transition into a dry and inviting finish. Alcohol by volume is 10.0%. “We were excited for the opportunity to turn Deceit, our smooth gold-medal winning beer, into a barrel aged beer,” said Gordon Schuck, Funkwerks Co-Founder/Owner and Head Brewer. “Barrel aging makes a beer more complex and limits quantity for a very sought after beer.” Rum Barrel Deceit is best served at 50 degrees and pairs incredibly well with Dulce de Leche Pound Cake. Funkwerks produced nine and a half barrels of Rum Barrel Deceit. Rum Barrel Deceit is now available on draft and in bottles at the Funkwerks taproom; on draft in select Fort Collins, Colorado locations; and in 750 ml bottles in limited quantities at liquor stores in Colorado, Nebraska, and Arizona.

Pateros Creek Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Today Pateros Creek just tapped a new Chili Porter called Stage Line. It's brewed with roasted habaneros, jalapenos and some peppers grown on their patio. Feeling the heat? You will.

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - More news from Funkwerks today. They will be releasing a new beer tomorrow, September 5th, in the Funkwerks taproom! Quad, a well-balanced ale with a malt-forward yet fruity aroma and flavors of caramel and dark fruits, will be available in bottle and on draft. This is also the base beer which they are currently aging in oak bourbon barrels.

Mountains and West

Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Fest (Vail) - Today tickets went on sale for the 2014 version of the Big Beers, Belgian & Barleywines Fest, set to happen on January 9-11, 2014 at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa. This is one of the best beer fests around next to the GABF. Tickets tend to go fast go grab them quick! For more info visit:

J Fargos Micro Brewery (Cortez) - Enjoy $1.00 drafts and $1.50 microbrews from 4pm to close. Enjoy one out on their outdoor patio and soak up the sun.

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