Friday, September 27, 2013

Colorado Beer News 092713

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Crush A Can Day. Admit it. There's just something about crushing an empty can that is fun. Whether it be under foot or against your forehead. Crushing cans is one way to express yourself, compact it for better toting, or simply a way to relieve some stress. Just be careful when crushing a can and do it safely and be sure to recycle it afterwards. And with so many craft beers being put into cans these days, there's plenty of choices available for crushing once they're empty. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, September 27th, 2013. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

[CO Beer Festivals] -- [Beer Dinners] -- [CO Beer Releases]

Metro Denver

Diebolt Brewing Co (Denver) - Rain got ya down? No worries, stop in to their tasting room and try their new experiment-ale beer "French Rosemary". It's in the Herb/Spice beer category and reportedly a notch up from their French Thyme beer. Also, they have a new food truck tonight - Capt'n Crabby's.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - Sour fans take note! Crooked Stave's "Zeke's Belly Up Citrus Surette" will be released Saturday, October 5th at Mile High Wine and Spirits (Lakewood, CO). This limited batch came from a single barrel of 10 year Eagle Rare Bourbon with the loose idea of creating a whiskey sour. After months of aging they added juice and zest from fresh Valencia Oranges directly into the barrel. Given that this batch of beer was limited to the size of one physical 53 gallon oak barrel, bottles will be very limited. 28 cases will be sold at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday October 5th at $8.99 per bottle with a limit of three bottles per person. Orders will be taken and transactions can be made over the phone, but, given there are only two available lines of communication for this method, the store feels that the best way to purchase bottles is by arriving at the shop in person.

Saint Patrick's Brewing Co (Englewood) - The brewery will be open this afternoon and evening from 3pm to 9pm. For those not familiar with their beers, stop in and ask for their free tasters. Located at: 4750 S. Santa Fe Circle, Unit #2 in Englewood, CO.

BSB GABF Week EventsBlack Shirt Brewing (Denver) - BSB has recently gotten together with Dunedin Brewing of Florida to come up with a special collaboration brew "Hoppy Farmhouse Red" that will be tapped during the Great American Beer Festival on October 11th. Dunedin Brewing drove out a portable 7 bbl brewhouse (wow) and brewed the beer outside at Black Shirt Brewing. You can watch it below or on YouTube. BSB has also released their GABF schedule of events that includes a Beerliner Pints for Prostates Fundraiser on Oct 8th, a Black Shirts Appreciation Party on Oct. 9th, a Country Malt/BSB Collaboration release of Sticke Altbier on Oct. 10th, and a 1st Anniversary Party with unique kegs tapped hours on October 12th.

Young Guns DinnerYoung Guns Dinner (Denver) - Normally I don't post about beer dinners in the daily news, but this beer dinner is so big and unique it is worth mentioning. The Kitchen Denver is planning to host a beer dinner with 5 breweries including Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Colorado), Jester King Craft Brewery (Texas), Cigar City Brewing (Florida), Prairie Artisan Ales (Oklahoma) and The Bruery (California). The dinner will have 5 courses, with 2 different beers per course. The cost of this dinner is steep ($125 per person excluding tax & tip), but the beers should be out of this world and beer geeks will want to grab tickets early for this one. You'll need to call for reservations (303) 623-3127. The dinner starts at 6:00pm on Wednesday, October 9th at The Kitchen Denver - 1530 16th Street in Denver, CO. Space is very limited - so book ASAP. To see a list of other beer dinners, check out the Colorado Beer Dinners page.

Freshcraft (Denver) - Tonight at Freshcraft they will be hosting a Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America tapping party with 5 lines of Sierra Nevada beer. When you order one you'll have an opportunity to win some cool prizes as well.

Rockyard Brewing (Castle Rock) - Due to labeling issues, the Whiskey River Stout dock sale has been cancelled today. It'll be available next week.

Epic Brewing (Denver) - Don't forget, Denver's latest brewery taproom opens tomorrow, Saturday September 28th at Epic Brewing. They will have 25, yes 25 Epic Brewing beers on tap. The doors open at 12 noon. They are located at 3001 Walnut Street, about 9 blocks northeast from Coors Field. Epic Brewing also has a large Beer to Go cooler so that you can take some with you (22oz bombers or 64oz growlers).

Colorado Plus Brewpub (Wheat Ridge) - In addition to their own beers, Colorado Plus will be hosting a Dry Dock Brewing mini-tap takeover today. They're offering up $7 Dry Dock Flights all day featuring: Wee Heavy Strong Scotch Ale, Vanilla Porter, Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Crooked Shilelagh Irish Red, La-la-la-la-la Ambelgo IPA.

Baere Brewing Co (Denver) - Their new brewhouse is on order. They're working with Wine Country Stainless from Lakeport, California to build them a 2.5 barrel brewing system, along with four 5 bbl fermenters and a brite tank. Look for more progress on this upcoming new brewery soon.

Oktoberfest Denver (LoDo area) - Starting tonight and lasting the next two weekends is Denver's 44th annual Oktoberfest celebration. The fun starts tonight at 5pm. More info at:

Yak & Yeti Brewpub (Arvada) - Adam Draeger has brewed up a beer honoring Bill Kazmaier, a former World Strongest Man. The beer is called "Bill Kazmaier Golden Strong", a Belgian-style Golden Strong ale that weighs in at 8.4% ABV and 25 IBUs. This beer is similar in style to a Duvel, Piraat & Delirium Tremens. It's on tap now at the brewpub.

Boulder County

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - The brewery is celebrating their 1 year anniversary this Saturday at a party at the brewery starting at 1:00pm. They will be serving up a special anniversary beer "Big Bonfire", a 10% Imperial Red Ale plus bringing back their "Tropical Paradise" Imperial IPA with fresh mango and ginger. There will also be 10 other beers on tap including some 2012 Frozen Forest Barleywine. The party will have 2 Food Truck on site and an expanded patio with games. Free snifter glass to the first 40 people who order a "Big Bonfire". Plus, they will be going a raffle to win a pair of GABF tickets. The brewery is also ordering a new 7 barrel brewhouse. They plan to break out of the nano category and be able to send more beer out to more locations.

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - Since hops are harvested just once a year, so are the brews made with fresh or "wet" hops. Today at 5pm Avery will give you an opportunity to try two Wet Hop offerings: 1) Wet Hop Pale Ale with Chinook hops, and 2) Wet Hope Dark Ale with Columbus hops. Also, better get your tickets for the 2nd Annual Boulder IPA Fest - tickets are selling fast.

Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) - The brewery is unstacking their barrels of this year's batch of Reilly's Oak Whiskey Red this week and will be prepping it for release during GABF week (Oct 7-12). This beer was aged for a year in Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrels and has big notes of malt, wood and bourbon. Look for word on availability soon.

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) - Texas is about to become Upslope Brewing's first out of state distribution destination. Business is picking up for Upslope and Texas is seemingly a state where there is a growing thirst for craft beers, which apparently are difficult to make due to laws in that state. The distribution is primarily focusing on the Austin, Houston and Dallas areas. Upslope's recent brewery expansion in the spring of 2013 increased production capacity by 70% and is partially responsible for making this venture possible.

Northern Colorado

Oktobrewfest (Greeley) - Greeley's annual Oktoberfest celebration has a new focus on craft beer this year including a special VIP tent Saturday with nearly a dozen breweries pouring their best beers. The event takes place in Lincoln Park in downtown Greeley and runs tonight 5-10pm and all day tomorrow 11am-9pm. Fun, food, music and games for the whole family. For more info check out their Facebook page.

Wiley Roots Brewing (Greeley) - In anticipation for their Imperial Pumpkin beer release on October 5th, Wiley Roots is hosting a Bake-Off. Baked goods that include pumpkin can be submitted until next Friday. Categories: pies, cookies, bread/muffins, and cake/cupcakes. Awards will be announced at the release party!

Estes Park Brewery (Estes Park) - The folks up at the brewery want you to know that if you can somehow manage to get to Estes Park that their brewery is indeed open for business!

Mountains and West

Tommyknocker Brewery (Idaho Springs) - Just up the hill just off I-70, Tommyknocker announced they have their "Colorado IPA Nouveau" officially on tap at their brewery today. Stop in and try one and start off your weekend right.

Kannah Creek Brewing (Grand Junction) - Venturing out to Grand Junction this weekend? Stop in at Kannah Creek Brewing for their new seasonal - Oktoberfest Prost! It's there traditional German amber lager perfect for this time of year. Also, try their other seasonals: Indian Creek Brown, Single Hop Cascade (light pale ale). Plus, a cask of Unfiltered Apricot Bourbon Barrel Brown. Then on Firkin Monday, they'll tap a firkin of Black Pepper IPA.

San Luis Valley Brewing (Alamosa) - Two new seasonals just hit the tap lines last night. The first is their "Indian Summer Pale Ale". Weighing in at 7.1% ABV and 65 IBUs. The second is the return of their "Wolf Creek Winter", an ale built for long nights and colder days. Brewed with spruce tips and weighs in at 6.7% ABV and is available in 22oz bottles.

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