Monday, September 30, 2013

Colorado Beer News 093013

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Ask a Stupid Question Day. This day is sometimes celebrated on the last school day of September and was created as a way for teachers to get students to ask more questions. Whether questions be silly, not well thought out, or just plain stupid - everyone is encouraged to go out today and ask questions about anything. For adults, we can ask questions too. Why is fizzy yellow beer supposed to be ice cold? Why is craft beer more expensive than regular beer? Whatever question you have, perhaps the answer may inspire you to keep asking questions. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, September 30th, 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

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - The brewery announced Sunday that they will be moving their taproom and brewing operations to The Source this Friday, October 4th at 3:00pm and will hold a celebratory toast at 6:00pm! For those not familiar with The Source, it is an artisanal market located inside of a 26,000-square-foot brick building built in the late 1800′s at 3350 Brighton Blvd. their new neighbors include two restaurants (Comida and Acorn), Babette’s Artisan Bakery, Boxcar Coffee Roasters, Meathead, CapRock Farm Bar, Mondo Market, Proper Pour, Collegiate Peaks Bank, and an art gallery. The new taproom will be significantly larger than their current one, but it will still retain an intimate feel and will give guests a front row seat to our custom brewhouse built by Metalcraft Fabrication out of Portland, Oregon. Additionally, the new taproom and brewhouse will allow them to serve a broader horizon of beers and give them room for more experimentation and collaborations. When The Source taproom opens Crooked Stave will be closing the Barrel Cellar taproom for the time being. They are not sure about the future of the Barrel Cellar taproom at this time.

Great American Beer Festival (Denver) - Just 10 more days until GABF!

Hops and Pie GABF EventsHops & Pie (Denver) - Hops & Pie is preparing a line-up of events during the 2013 GABF. They have events starting on Oct. 6th and lasting through Oct. 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. Hops & Pie is a sponsor of Fermentedly Challenged. (Click poster to enlarge for more details)

TRVE Brewing (Denver) - Today the brewery posted that they are brewing the first half of their "Doombier" - a 5% ABV blackened gr├Ątzer brewed just for Denver Doom Fest. This beer will be available October 11th and 12th at 3 Kings Tavern and their taproom. TRVE and the Doom Fest are gonna be a great getaway from the GABF chaos. TRVE says "Get stoked!"

Lone Tree Brewing Company (Lone Tree) - Today is Growler Monday and if you bring in your empty LTBC growler you can get a big discount on fills. Also, tomorrow they will be tapping their "West Green Hopped IPA" and celebrate their assistant brewers birthday. Also look for some shiny new additions in the brewhouse.

Wynkoop Brewing Co (Denver) - Tonight marks the tapping of the lady brewer collaboration beer "Whakalicious", an extra pale ale. It'll be available upstairs at 6pm tonight. You can also find this beer at: Amato's Ale House (Denver), Colorado Plus (Wheat Ridge), Freshcraft (Denver), West End Tavern (Boulder), Vail Ale House (Vail), Right Coast Pizza (Wheat Ridge) and Oskar Blues (all 4 locations). Proceeds from the sale of this beer go to benefit the Pink Boots Society.

Brewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge) - Still looking for GABF tickets? Here's your chance. Each night starting tonight through Thursday they will be giving out raffle tickets for a chance to win a pair of tickets each night. If you buy a full-priced pint between opening and 7:25pm each night you get a ticket for the drawing. They drawing will be held at 7:30pm each night. A different GABF session will be drawn for each night. Good luck.

CAUTION: Brewing Co (Denver) - Start planning for October 5th now as they will be hosting a GABF Pre-Party from 12pm to 8pm this Saturday. They will be giving away tickets to the GABF plus having two beer tappings: a Curry Pumpkin Ale, and a firkin re-release of The Earl. They'll have food from The Orange Crunch on hand plus live music from Indigent Row as well.

Parry's Pizza (Greenwood Village & Highlands Ranch) - During the entire month of October you'll have the opportunity to try their Chocolate & Beer pairing. Grab a Denver Beer Co's Graham Cracker Porter paired with The Chocolate Therapist's Dark Chocolate Chai Meltaways. It's a menu specialty - be sure to order this pairing during your next visit.

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - Tonight they'll have their Thrashard Biere de Garde back on tap. On coming up this Friday, October 4th from 6-9pm over at Colorado Plus in Wheat Ridge they'll be hosting a Tap Takeover featuring 5 Big Choice beers including: Type III IPA, Disconnected Red, #42 Poblano Stout, Thrashard Biere de Garde, and Punk-toberfest (Oktoberfest).

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - This week their Olde Town Brown and Goldline IPA is returning to the tap lines. Plus, this Thursday's Brewers Limited Reserve will be another batch of their popular Butter Pecan Brown. They'll be making a barrel of it so you can also fill your growlers.

Boulder County

West Flanders Brewing Co (Boulder) - Due to a recent service sting operation, West Flanders is temporarily unable to serve alcohol for a few days. In the meantime, they are offering 25% off all lunch and dinner menu items on September 30th, October 1st & 2nd, 2013. Their new chef, Anthony Hessel, has created a brand new menu and there's no better time to give this menu a try.

BRU handbuilt ales & eats (Boulder) - BRU has released their event schedule for the GABF. Oct. 2nd Beers and Brats - a night full of $2 Tamarind Brown Ale & bratwurst specials. Oct. 3rd dress up your growlers and yourself! Lederhosen and growler costume prizes will be awarded at 7pm with $3 beer & food specials all night. Oct. 4th get a complimentary handbuilt ale to GABF ticket holders. Oct. 5th a night of Steins and Staches. Offering $8 Stein fills (no matter the size) for those that bring in their own stein and prizes for those with the best facial hair. Oct. 6th a special tapping of the Belgian Style Imperial Stout, Oct. 7th a special tapping of Sasquash Pumpkin Porter. Oct. 8th brings a special beer dinner at the brewery. Then on Oct. 9th a special BRU Flight Tasting of the five GABF beers alongside small bits and a brewery tour. Then during GABF, a special contest for attendees wearing their BRU gear. Each person will receive a complimentary beer at the BRUpub after posting a pic of themselves and their BRU shirt or hat at the GABF with the hashtag #BRUatGABF. Just stop by booth E3 for your complimentary beer card.

The Industrial Revolution Brewing Co (Erie) - Out of the blue comes word that a new brewery is setting their Grand Opening for this Saturday, October 5th from 12pm to 10pm. The Industrial Revolution Brewing Company will open with 5 beers on tap including: an American Ale, an Orange Cream Ale, a Chamomile Wheat, a Vanilla Porter, and an English Brown. The brewery is located at: 285 Cheeseman Street in Erie, CO. Visit them on Facebook. They've supposedly been working on opening since mid last year.

Bootstrap Brewing (Niwot) - Stop in for Open Mike Night at Bootstrap at 6pm. For those of you who know Kristy, tonight is her last night as she is leaving to start up her own business. Come wish her well.

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - The brewery will soon be increasing their brewing capacity and upgrading from a 2 Barrel to a 7 Barrel system! It should be up and running by early 2014. The brewhouse is also being manufactured right here in Colorado! They look forward to brewing a lot more beer, participating in more events and festivals, and increasing their keg distribution.

Fate Brewing Co (Boulder) - Have you tried their #Oktoberfest line-up of beers yet? They've tapped an Oktoberfest, a Doppelbock and an Eisbock. Get your German on before the season is over!

Northern Colorado

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - With the GABF just around the corner, Grimm Bros has released a list of special brews they will be tapping for GABF Week at their tap room. These are beers that either haven't been around for a while or have been stored away for special occasions. Starting next week look for these to be on tap: Mon. Oct 7th - Devil's Riddle Bourbon Barrel-aged Old Ale, Tue. Oct 8th - Once Upon a Time Reserve Single Barrel Sour, Wed. Oct 9th - Baron Berliner Weisse w/ Colorado simple syrups, Thu. Oct. 10th - Barrel-aged Wee Heavy, Fri. Oct 11th - Weihnachtsbier (weizenbock), Sat. Oct 12th - 13th Door Barley Wine 2013 w/ German specialty malts, and Sun. Oct 13th - Big Bad Wolf Sticke Alt 2012. These are very limited amounts available from their cellar.

New Belgium (Ft. Collins) - [Press Release] With fall officially here and pumpkin beers flying off the shelves, New Belgium decided to challenge other pumpkin-beer-making, craft brewers to a carving contest. New Belgium and six craft breweries have put their knife skills to the test and the final pumpkins for The Big Craft CarveOff are on display at Public voting for the favorite begins October 3 and runs through October 15 at New Belgium will donate $5,000 to a charity of the winner’s choice. New Belgium’s carved entry celebrates its current seasonal release, Pumpkick Ale. Pumpkick is brewed with plenty of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, but it is the healthy dose of cranberries that really makes it stand out. Other breweries participating in the carving contest include: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, Cigar City Brewing, Cambridge Brewing Company, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales and Schlafly Beer. To keep up with the contest, you can follow the hashtag #CraftCarveOff on Twitter and Instagram. New Belgium will also post updates at, on Facebook and on Twitter @NewBelgium. If you have a pumpkin you’d like to show off, use #CraftCarveOff to post your pumpkin pictures on Twitter and Instagram.

Mayor of Old Town (Ft. Collins) - Today marks the beginning of the annual celebration called "Tap Into Northern Colorado" where the Mayor takes all 100 taps and puts up 100 of the best beers from Northern Colorado breweries and features them for the week before and the week of the Great American Beer Festival. This event lets visitors get to know just how diverse craft beer from Northern Colorado can be. Even locals may be surprised to find some beers they haven't tried before. Stop in and check out the tap wall. If you wear last year's or this year's Tap Into Northern Colorado tee shirt into the Mayor today they will buy you your 1st beer!

Berthoud Oktoberfest (Berthoud) - Don't forget, it's still Oktoberfest season and one of the last one's of the year is happening this Saturday, October 5th in Fickel Park in Berthoud from 11am to 6pm. City Star Brewing will be there pouring their "Altoberfest", an Oktoerfest inspired ale along side with Grimm Brothers Brewhouse and their "Farmers Daughter" Oktoberfest lager.

Black Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - In honor of the upcoming GABF, on Wednesday, October 9th they are hosting a 1980's Themed Costume Party (the GABF started in 1982). There will be 3 main prizes for best costume and the crowd votes for the winner. 1st place is $100 Gift Card to BBB. 2nd place wins 4 tickets to the CSU Homecoming game, and 3rd place wins a BBB Skateboard deck. The voting starts at 9:00pm so get there early. Plus, that night they will be hosting a Big Sky Brewing Company Tap Takeover.

Southern Front Range

The breweries down south must be sleepy today. No news to report.

Mountains and West

Ska Brewing (Durango) - Ska has also released their planned GABF week activities. They will be participating in several events around Denver the week of October 8-12, 2013. These include: Tues. Oct. 8th - GABF Orientation & Beer Rep Karaoke Cup @ Star Bar 8pm (Denver), Special Beer Tasting @ The Paramount (Denver ) 6-9pm, Wed. Oct. 9th - Brewers Alley event @ Rialto Cafe (Denver) 4:30pm - 7:30pm (Denver), Colorado Beer Tasting @ Rackhouse Pub 6-9pm, Thurs. Oct. 10th - 2nd annual Ska Brewing & Peach Street Distillers Party @ Freshcraft 10:30pm - ???, Fri. Oct 11th - sponsor of The Pietasters @ Marquis Theater 7pm w/ Ska-DC Brau collaboration beer release.

Kannah Creek Brewing Co (Grand Junction) - Stop in today for Firkin Monday. Today they will be tapping a firkin of Black Pepper IPA at 5pm. That ought to wake up your taste buds!

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - The brewery will soon be canning a few new beers that used to be in bombers or draft only. Old Soul Strong Belgian Ale and their Snowcat Coffee Stout, both of which had been bombers and draft only will be getting the can treatment, as well as Lawyers, Guns and Money, their seasonal barleywine that had been draft only will be in cans. No release date yet, but stay tuned. Also, they have plans to start producing a 12 pack variety can case soon as well. This Friday, October 4th Crazy Mountain will be having the release party of their Rocky Mountain High Pumpkin Pie beer at the brewery. Kegs of this will be coming down to the Front Range next week.

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