Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Colorado Beer News 092413

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Bullwinkle Day. Back on this day in 1961, Bullwinkle the Moose debuted as part of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show (cartoon). Too old for ya? OK, you can always celebrate National Bluebird of Happiness Day instead. Either way, it's an obscure day on the calendar. Why not toast it over a beer! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, September 24th, 2013. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Great American Beer Festival (Denver) - For those heading to the GABF this year, you may want some help navigating the convention center to find your favorite beer or discover a new one. There's an app for that! Today the festival announced the release of their "My GABF" app for 2013. It's available for the iPhone and Android devices. Track your breweries visited and the beers you rated. Scan all 3,000 beers by style. Take tasting notes. Even find breweries on the festival map. The final beer list will go live October 9th. Best of all, the app is FREE!

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - Tomorrow, Wednesday, as part of their weekly Firkin releases, Copper Kettle will be tapping a firkin of "Nine Digit #45 Fresh Hop". It uses hops picked directly out of brew club member #9's back yard. It taps at 3pm and goes until it's gone.

GABF Countdown - 18 days to go!!

Former Future Brewing Co (Denver) - It's been nearly 20 days since the start of their Kickstarter fundraising campaign. They are out to raise $20,000 for new barrel aging and wild/spontaneous fermentation equipment and adding additional capacity to their original plans. They need your support. They're just over 11% to their goal with just 10 days left. Help them out and get a unique thank you reward. Whether or not they reach their goal, they will still open up this Fall in Denver.

Arvada Beer Company (Arvada) - There's a bit of change going on at Arvada Beer Company. Recently, they have replaced their brewer and are looking to revamp some of their beer recipes and improve overall quality. Look for some changes soon to their recipes. Stop in and taste for yourself. Change can be difficult, but the Floyds are working on constant improvements ahead.

Hops and Pie GABF EventsHops & Pie (Denver) - The line-up of events at Hops & Pie during the 2013 GABF is out! They have events starting on October 6th and lasting through October 11th. Starting off on Sunday Oct 6th: Denver's Littlest Big Unofficial GABF Kickoff Party featuring the beers of Firestone Walker. Wednesday October 9th it's a featured breweries event featuring the beers of Crooked Stave, Jester King, Perennial, Jolly Pumpkin and Prairie (11:00am start). Then on Thursday, Oct. 10th: another "Until the Beer Kicks" event featuring the beers of Sun King (6 different brews). Then wrap it up on Friday Oct. 11th with a mini-takeover from Cigar City Brewing (6 different brews). Specials every day Tuesday through Sunday that week. (Click poster to enlarge for more details)

Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora) - What's a good beer to drink for the changing of the seasons? How about a stout? Dry Dock now has their Flight 19 Oatmeal Stout on nitro tap! Stop in for a creamy smooth dark brew.

Beer By Design (Northglenn) - Just a reminder, tomorrow is Growler Wednesday at BBD. You can get $2.00 off any growler refill at the brewery. There will also be live music to listen to while you sip a pint from David Booker that night.

4 Noses Brewing Co (Broomfield) - Progress is being made at the brewer location at 8855 W 116th Circle. They just took delivery of their stainless steel fermenters. The brewery is targeting late 2013 or early 2014 for an opening in Broomfield.

Baere Brewing Co (Denver) - This brewery under development has just ordered their one barrel pilot system which will arrive in November. Their full brewing system will also be ordered shortly. The brewery is still looking for a location in Denver and wants to open in 2014.

Rackhouse Pub (Denver) - Head to GABF Beer School on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at the Rackhouse Pub from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. This class will be on "Sensory Training 101" with Scott Kerkmans, GABF Lead Judge. What better way to get ready for the Great American Beer Festival than to learn from one of the judges? Join Scott Kerkmans, one of the first-ever certified Cicerones, a Lead Judge at GABF, and the creator of Colorado Craft Beer Week, at the Rackhouse Pub from 6:30-8:30pm for a full education in palate development, flavor recognition, style guidelines, and overall beer enjoyment. If you don’t know how to recognize these acetaldehyde, isoamyl acetate, diacetyl, DMS, trans-2-nonenal then don’t miss your chance to learn from one of the most knowledgeable sensory experts in the industry! Limited to 60 participants. Sign up online.

Elk Mountain Brewing (Parker) - Today is Growler Tuesday! Stop in and get your Elk Mountain Growler filled at a discount! Keep the beer kool with their new Growler Koozie's!

Gordon Biersch (Broomfield) - All Gordon Biersch drafts are $2.50 today, that included their new FestBier.

Boulder County

Gravity Brewing (Louisville) - Please join them in celebrating the changing of the season and the fall harvest. They will be tapping 2 German beers and a seasonal rendition of their Regular IPA along with some traditional German fare: Oktoberfest (Traditional Domestic German Style, Gravity's first Lager!), Steve - Weizenbock (Gold Medal Winner for German Wheat Beer at the 2013 Colorado State Fair), and Wet Hopped Regular IPA (Wet hopped with freshly harvested Organic Chinook Hops from High Wire Hops in Paonia, CO). Please bring your favorite mug or stein to be filled with fresh beer from the tap!

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - At long last, this Thursday, September 26th is 2013 Warrior IPA kegging day. It's their fresh hop IPA and it will be immediately tapped on Thursday. Come get some at the taproom. #CountdowntoWarrior. Also, are you still looking for a way to help the Colorado Flood Relief efforts?! If so, Left Hand Brewing just released flood relief pint glasses and stickers! All proceeds from the sale of these items will go directly to the 2013 Colorado Flood Relief efforts of the Left Hand Brewing Foundation.

Oskar Blues (Lyons/Longmont) - The brewery is still trying to get their Lyons and Longmont communities back on their feet after the devastating #COFlood, and if you would like to help, they have created the Oskar Blues CAN'd Aid Foundation to do just that. They're accepting donations to help the Lyons, Longmont and Boulder County Community Foundations get those towns back on track. Thanks to all who've contributed already, you're helping more than you know! If you'd like to donate, you can click the link here: http://foundation.oskarblues.com/

CHUBurger (Longmont) - Since the Oskar Blues' Lyons place is temporarily out of commission due to the floods, music nights have been happening over at CHUBurger in Longmont. Tonight is the Tuesday Night Lyons Bluegrass Jam and will be held at CHUBurger from 8-11pm. Enjoy some Oskar Blues beers and burgers and jam along to some great music.

Northern Colorado

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - In the spirit of Oktoberfest season, High Hops' Wednesday Firkin Release this week will be "The Destroyer", a Munich Dunkel. This is an Oktoberfest beer that holds true to its name. Every time it's been brewed at High Hops something gets destroyed in the process. They consider it as a sacrifice to the Beer Gods. Stop in and try this darker Oktoberfest brew. It taps at 5pm Wednesday, September 25th. Also, keep October 19th free on your calendar so you can attend their upcoming 1st Year Anniversary. More info soon.

Odell Brewing (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] In late September, Odell Brewing will release Fernet Aged Porter, a robust imperial porter aged in emptied Fernet barrels from Colorado distiller, Leopold Bros. “We have always been huge fans of Leopold Bros.,” said Brent Cordle pilot brew and barrel aging manager at Odell Brewing. “We’ve experimented with a variety of barrels, but Leopold’s Fernet was by far the most unique oak we’ve had the pleasure of working with.” Fernet is a dark minty liqueur made with herbs & spices and aged in oak barrels. Leopold Bros. has crafted their own unique recipe which includes lavender, honeysuckle, ginger root, bitter aloe, dandelion root, rose petals, chamomile, and peppermint. “Our Fernet is the most bitter type of Amaro (Italian word for bitter) that is prepared by steeping various botanicals, with a large proportion of bitter roots, in spirit,” said distiller Todd Leopold, “so far as we are aware, it is the first of its kind produced in America since well before Prohibition.” Odell Brewing began collecting the emptied Fernet barrels, as they became available over the past year, and filled them with a rich porter. The herb-soaked oak has a remarkable effect on the beer. With an 9.8% ABV, the roasty chocolate malt character is infused with hints of mint and licorice creating a decadent aroma and flavor. Odell Brewing and Leopold Bros. will celebrate their partnership with a special release party on September 26th at 7:00 p.m. at Freshcraft in Denver, and in the brewery’s Tap Room on September 28th and 29th. Fernet Aged Porter will be available in limited quantities throughout the brewery’s ten state distribution footprint.

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Tonight starts off with their second edition of "Name that Tune" with Franklin Taggart. Identify the tune and win prizes. Verboten will also continue their celebration of Fall with the release of Half a Million, a wet hopped India Brown Ale - this one is a brown ale/IPA hybrid. And... Bike in tonight for $1 off pints all night long.

Southern Front Range

Front Range BBQ (Colorado Springs) - Focus on the Beer (blog) is promoting another "Meet the Brewer" night at Front Range BBQ on Thursday, October 3rd at 7pm. This time they are bringing in Ro Guenzel, head brewer from Left Hand Brewing in Longmont to talk about Smoked Beer. He will be bringing along 2 smoked beers from Left Hand - Fade to Black Vol. 2 and Smoke Jumper Imperial Porter. They will also have a selection of non-smoked beers as well including: Warrior Fresh Hop IPA, Milk Stout Nitro, Oktoberfest, and Sawtooth. The event is free to attend, just pay per beer. Front Range BBQ is located at: 2330 W. Colorado Avenue in the Springs.

Mountains and West

Tommyknocker Brewery (Idaho Springs) - Tonight at World of Beer (Belmar location) there will be a Tommyknocker Tap Takeover from 6pm to 8pm. Come try a full spectrum of Tommyknocker beers. Located at 7260 W. Alaska Drive. Also, for those going to #GABF, Tommyknocker is grouping up with Denver's Hard Rock Cafe on October 12, 2013 for the 2013 Beer Breakfast at 500 16th Street #120. More details coming by the weekend.

Bonfire Brewing (Eagle) - Are you ready for this year's Mon of The Cliff? If your beard isn't ready, it's time to get the sharpie out because Man of The Cliff at Mango's Mountain Grill in Red Cliff, CO is less than four days away. There are a few remaining spots for competitors to sign up at manofthecliff.com, assuming throwing sharp objects while drinking beer is your jam. There will be plenty of Bonfire beer tapping this weekend.

Eddyline Brewing Co (Buena Vista) - The brewery is having its 2nd Anniversary on Saturday, September 28th. They will be grilling out, having a live Jug Band from Salida, giving brewery tours and tapping their Jolly Roger Black Lager! It all starts at 6pm. Come get your plunder on!


Recent Label Approvals (Colorado) - Here's an idea of which Colorado beers have just gotten federal label approval and points to beers coming down the road.
- Pepitas Grande Fruited Barrel Aged Beer - Paradox Beer Co.
- Field Assistant Ale - Sawtooth Ale special edition - Left Hand Brewing Co.
- California Route Organic Lager - California Common - New Belgium Brewing.
- American Red Porter - bottle release - Black Shirt Brewing.
- Colorado Red Ale - bottle release - Black Shirt Brewing.
- Special Cargo Wet-Hopped Belgian Red Ale - Sanitas Brewing.
- Rampant Imperial IPA - New Belgium Brewing (new look label).
- Brazzle Sour Golden Raspberry Ale - Odell Brewing.
- Inconceivable! - Double IPA aged in oak barrels - Elevation Beer Co.
- Downpour - Fresh Hop Extra IPA - Elevation Beer Co.
- Oktoberfest - Marzen Lager - Hall Brewing Co.
- Apres Cuvee - Wine Barrel Aged Ale - Crazy Mountain Brewing.
- Hell Patrol IPA - TRVE Brewing.

Brewdogs TV Show (Esquire TV) - There's a new show on TV debuting tonight called Brewdogs TV featuring Scottish brewers James Watt and Martin Dickie who travel to American and visit American craft breweries. The reviews say this show is hilarious. The show airs tonight at 10pm Eastern (check local listings for local time). Esquire TV is on the channel that used to be G4. In an upcoming episode they will be visiting Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont.

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