Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Colorado Beer News 100213

Colorado Beer NewsToday is International Day of Non-violence. A day to put anger and ill-will aside and vow not to harm anyone or destroy anything today. Give peace a chance and chill-out. Enjoy the company of a good friend or two over a beer. Just don't fight over who pays the tab OK?! Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013. If you aren't reading this article on FermentedlyChallenged.com, you don't know what you're missing.

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

Metro Denver

Yak & Yeti Brewpub (Arvada) - There's a new beer pouring at Yak & Yeti in Arvada today. It's called "Brown Rice and Honey Ale 2013". They took a traditional Northern English Brown Ale and added some traditional Indian-cuisine ingredients like brown rice and honey and produced a tasty fall seasonal. This brew weighs in at 5.9% ABV and 26 IBUs. Here's how brewer Adam Draeger described it: "The honey lends a flowery note from the clover honey and the brown rice adds a little earthy spiciness. Chocolate and Crystal malts bring the darkness and roastiness to the beer, the honey and rice actually dry out the beer so it isn't too sweet and it has one late addition of Fuggles hops, traditional in English Brown Ales." - It taps today at 4pm. Also, on Friday, October 4th they will release an Oktoberfest lagerbier at 4pm. Get some!

Wits' End Brewing Co (Denver) - During GABF week, Wit's End will have special taproom hours for the week of October 7th. Monday - Thursday 2-8pm, and Friday & Saturday 12-8pm. They will have special tappings throughout the week, including some of our rare beers like Green Goliath, The Mad King, The Fresh Prince and others! Check out their Facebook page for updates.

Denver Beer Fest 2013Denver Beer Fest (Denver) - Today at 5pm to 5:30pm, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and brewmaster Chad Yakobson will tap the first firkin at the new Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project at The Source to kick off Denver Beer Fest – a 9-day celebration (Oct. 4-12, 2013) of all things beer in Denver. More than 300 beer-related events will be staged over 9 days leading up to the Great American Beer Festival. Events in 2013 include beer paired dinners, beer quizzes, tap takeovers, beer bike rides, a midnight beer breakfast, meet the brewer tappings, and beer street parties with bands, food trucks and dancing. New in 2013 is the launch of the Denver Beer Trail, a guide featuring fourteen innovative brews and breweries located throughout Denver. Brewers representing the fourteen breweries on the Denver Beer Trail will be at the press conference. In addition, also new for Denver Beer Fest is the launch of a new “Fourteener” glass – an only-in-Denver beer drinking experience with a 14-ounce glass in honor of Denver’s 54 Fourteeners (mountains that climb to 14,000 feet and above). The new location for Crooked Stave is at 3350 Brighton Boulevard in Denver, CO 80216. Crooked Stave's new location officially opens for business on Oct. 4th.

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - Their brewers are working hard in the brewhouse getting ready to introduce their Fall and Winter Seasonals. The "Big Choice Brown" is coming out in two weeks and will replace their ESB (so drink up). Then get ready for other seasonals such as their Proletariat Porter, Malleus Malificarum Belgian Quad, Apre Shred Winter Ale and maybe some surprises along the way. Also, this Friday, Oct. 4th over at Colorado Plus Brewpub in Wheat Ridge is a Big Choice mini-tap takeover featuring 5 Big Choice beers. Get a chance there to win 2 GABF tickets. The Hemlock Double IPA will be released in cans mid November (fingers crossed) and will be sold in 12oz 4 packs at your local liquor stores. Going to GABF? Look for them at booth A7.

Great Divide Brewing Co (Denver) - The Denver Post is reporting that Great Divide is looking move to a new 5.1 acre property on 3403 Brighton Boulevard in the River North district of Denver. They recently got approval for re-zoning of a property which by 2015 will become the new location for Great Divide. Some obstacles remain, including relocation of some large billboards. The new location will immediately allow production capacity (currently 32,000 bbl/yr) to triple and eventually grow to over 200,000 barrels.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - For those wondering what Crooked Stave sent in for judging at the GABF and what will be pouring at their table at the festival - here is the list. Crooked Stave entered their HopSavant (American Style Brett Beer), St. Bretta (American Style Brett Beer), and Nightmare on Brett (Wood and Barrel aged Sour beer) into judging. Then on the floor you'll find both HopSavant and St. Bretta along with Origins, Surette, and Vieille.

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - Today as part of their on-going Discover Beer series, they are tapping their Cranberry Saison - perfect for these warm Fall days. Stop in for one and listen to live music from Ash Ganley tonight and grab some grub from Bubba Duke's BBQ on site.

Copper Kettle Brewing (Denver) - October brings a new theme for their Wednesday Firkins and this month it's "Dead Styles" cask month featuring beer styles that you just don't see much of anymore. Today's cask is "Ghostly Gose", a German salted wheat. It taps at 3pm. Something new every Wednesday.

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Today at the brewery they are brewing up a batch of Water Tower Wheat and tomorrow they will be brewing up their Pumpkin Ale. Look for both to be on tap around October 18th.

Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House (Denver LoDo) - Lucky Pie will be kicking off Denver Beer Week with a special events everyday thru the week of GABF:
- Tues. Oct. 8 6pm - Oskar Blues firkin tapping.
- Weds. Oct 9 - 2pm Green Flash Brewery - 6 beers tapped - 5pm Stone Brewing - 4 beers tapped.
- Thurs. Oct 10 2pm Beers of Southern Colorado featuring beers from Elevation, 3 Barrel, Pagosa Brewing, Amicas and Telluride Brewing.
- Fri. Oct 11 - 11am Left Hand Brewing Brunch, 12pm Avery Brewing Pucker Up Poker Run - 2pm Dogfish Head 4 beers tapped - after GABF is beers from BRU Handbuilt Ales.
- Sat. Oct. 12 - 3:30pm - Shmaltz Brewing tap takeover - After GABF "Robe One Out" with Avery Brewing.

Perennial Beer Company (St. Louis, MO) - Regular distribution of Perennial Beer's brews will start heading to Colorado the week of the GABF. Bottles and draft kegs will be available in the Denver and Boulder area.

Boulder County

Very Nice Brewing Co (Nederland) - Coming up later this month on Saturday, October 26th from 12pm to 10pm is Very Nice Brewing Company's 1-Year Anniversary celebration. They will be offering up Door Prizes, beer giveaways, and hosting live music from Caribou Mountain Collective (6-10pm). They'll have a special Anniversary beer being tapped "Phunkin Monster" - a monster of a Belgian style beer. Stop in early to get one free 10oz pour per person of that beer until their keg is gone. Also look for Very Nice Brewing to be at the Great American Beer Festival next week and also in January up at the Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Fest in Vail, CO.

Sanitas Brewing Co (Boulder) - [PRESS RELEASE] Boulder’s most recognized food trucks will gather this Saturday, October 5th at Sanitas Brewing Company to participate in the first Boulder Food Truck Challenge. The competition is open to the public and features delicious offerings from mobile food vendors accompanied by refreshing craft beers. The event pits local food trucks against one another for the title of “Boulder Food Truck Competition Champion”. Burger Radio, Boulder Bowls, The Tasterie Truck, Bon Appetit Mobile Bistro, Bumper Crop, and McDevitt Taco Supply will each prepare a different dish for event-goers to try and later vote for their favorite. Boulder’s newest brewery, Sanitas Brewing Company, will be pouring handcrafted beers perfect for pairing with the fine food. Entry to The Boulder Food Truck Challenge will be $20 and include an offering from all six-food trucks as well as three craft beer samples. While those under 21 are welcome to enjoy the food, there is no discounted ticket price.

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - Today at 5pm, get your first taste of the newest entry into their Avery Tap Room seasonal IPA variants! They spiced this autumnal IPA with spruce tips hand-picked in southwest Colorado. Featuring a delightful hop nose and flavor, this special brew finishes with a big blast of piney awesomeness.

Backcountry Pizza an Tap House (Boulder) - Sour lovers take note! This Sunday, October 6th at 1pm is a special "Sour Sunday" at Backcountry. Indulge in sour beers from this market and beyond... all on tap and in bottle! Expect over 30 drafts and 2 firkins. All beers will be tapped at 1 pm, so come enjoy beer and brunch and pucker up! Featuring beers from Jolly Pumpkin, The Bruery, Black Bottle, Loveland Aleworks, Avery, New Belgium, Crooked Stave, Trinity Brewing, Firestone Walker, Russian River, Perennial, Evil Twin, and Prarie Ales. Event located at: 2319 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder, CO.

Northern Colorado

Greeley Breweries & Distilleries - Several businesses in Greeley are going to host an event to promote awareness and support for their local beer and distilled spirits producers on Tuesday, November 5th. Visit one of these locations that day in Greeley, CO and you'll get a beer or shot for just $3.50: Moxi Theater, Crabtree Brewing, Patrick's Irish Pub, 65th Avenue Wing Shack, Wiley Roots Brewing, or Syntax Spirits. More businesses will be added to the list. Help support Greeley's growing craft brewery & spirits businesses!

Black Bottle GABF WeekBlack Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - GABF Week (Oct 7-13) is going to be busy for special tappings and drink offers at Black Bottle Brewing. There will be something different every day of the week. Mon. Oct 7 - Special Tapping - Menage et Quad from Crazy Mountain Beer & Cheese Pairing, Tue. Oct 8 - Special Tapping - Le Terroir from new Belgium, Wed. Oct 9 - Special Tapping - My Blueberry Nightmare from Del Ducato + an 80's themed Costume Party + a Big Sky Brewing mini-tap takeover, Thu. Oct 10 - Special Tapping - Tart of Darkness from The Bruery, Fri. Oct 11th - Bols from The Bruery + a "Kill the BBB Social Insecurity keg" at 8pm for $5 red party cup and all you can drink til it's gone, Sat. Oct 12 - Special Tapping - Harvest Ale (lagavulin barrel aged) from J.W. Lees. And finally for your GABF hangover, Sun. Oct 13 - Bloody Mary and Mimosa specials. Come join the Shenanigans! Click the poster for more details.

New Belgium (Ft. Collins) - Just as Fall begins, New Belgium starts rolling out their new winter seasonal - Accumulation White India Pale Ale. It started hitting shelves in 2 states today. This brew is loaded with wheat malt. It weighs in at 6.2% ABV and is available in 12oz bottles and on draft.

Odell 2013 GABF EventsOdell Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Odell has released their list of 2013 GABF week events in Denver and there's so many it takes a big poster to contain them all. Events from Monday October 7th through the 11th. They will also have GABF specials in their taproom all week long including a special drink made from blending Conundrum coffee with their Cutthroat Porter. Stop by booth E-1 at the GABF and check out their selection. They'll be pouring Wellspring, Easy Street Wheat, Odell IPA, Myrcenary, 5 Barrel Pale Ale and Mountain Standard Double Black IPA. (Click the image to enlarge for details).

Wiley Roots Brewing (Greeley) - If you're looking for a way to unwind after the GABF, consider coming to their "Paint Owls & Drink Beer" event on Wednesday, October 16th at 7pm at their taproom. For a $30 fee you'll be given guided painting instruction and 3 painting projects and two beers. No previous art experience necessary. Paint original pictures that you get to take home with you - all supplies will be provided. Please RSVP to reserve your spot ASAP to (970) 232-5898. Young students also welcome (root beer instead of beer provided) but must be accompanied by a paying adult. Located at 625 3rd Street in Greeley, CO. Instructor: Kelly Langley Cook.
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