Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Colorado Beer News 100913

6th Year AnniversaryToday is Fermentedly Challenged's 6th Year Blogiversary. Back on this day in 2007, this blog started out as a personal journal to explore the world of craft beer. I posted my first blog page not knowing where it was headed. Six years later, it's now morphed into a blog dedicated to spreading the news about Colorado craft beer, its breweries, the brewers, and the people who drink their beer. Thanks to all my readers for going along for the ride in the world of craft beer for all these years. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, October 9th, 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

Parry's Pizza (Greenwood Village) - This Friday, October 11th, 2013 at Parry's Pizza Greenwood Village location between 11:30am and noon, they will be spotting everybody one free beer. Yes, FREE BEER - ANY BEER! This is only at their Greenwood Village location and is only going on for that 1/2 hour. Reminder: there are 50 handles to choose from. Must be 21+ to qualify for the free beer. As they say: #AleYeah! Located at: 5970 S. Holly Street in Greenwood Village.

Denver Beer Festivus (Denver) - It's back for its 2nd year. Denver Beer Festivus will take place on Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 2pm to 6pm at the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park in Denver. Over 24 Denver-only breweries will be pouring beers for one of the last big beer events of the year. Tickets are available now at denverbeerfestivus.com and are $40. It's the most wonderful time for a beer.

Yak & Yeti Brewpub (Arvada) - What's new on tap this last week? Plenty! They currently have: Bill Kazmaier's Golden Strong (8.4% ABV 25 IBU), the Brown Rice and Honey Ale (5.9% ABV 26 IBU), an Oktoberfest (5.6% ABV 22 IBU), and Max's Imperial Pumpkin Ale (8.2% ABV 23 IBU). They hope to have their GF Apple Ale back on tap on Monday, October 14th also. Plus, not to mention the full tap list of their regular beers on tap now: Namaste Pilsner, Himalayan IPA, Chai Milk Stout, Jalapeno Lena, West Coast Glutton DIPA, Milk Stout and their Honey Ginger Soda (0% ABV).

CAUTION: Brewing CO (Denver) - For GABF week they have extended hours. Open Wed-Sat 2pm to 8pm and 2pm to 8pm on Sunday. Plus, they plan to offer their first horizontal beer flight with a 10% ABV beer. Stop in to check it out!

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - Today's special beer tap for #GABF is an Ambassador Sour Ale that's been aged in Chardonnay barrels. If you're a sour fan, you'll want to try this. And for something a little different ask the bartenders to mix it with an Apricot. Also, this Friday, October 11th at 8pm - World of Beer Cherry Creek will be hosting a Dry Dock Mini Tap Takeover. They will be featuring several Dry Dock beers including: Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Cracked Saison, Shotgun Imperial Stout and a Firkin cask of our Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Porter. Order a pint from their Firkin and receive a souvenir Dry Dock glass!

Centennial Beer Company (Colorado) - Join in for a Centennial Beer Company party at Hayter's & Co. at 1920 Blake Street in Denver from 3:00 - 7:00 PM this Friday and Saturday. They will be serving up samples of both of their brews and full cans will be on sale at the bar. Stop by for some beer and great food on your way to the GABF, or just hang out and enjoy the lively atmosphere at Hayter's. (Centennial Beer Company contracts out their canned beer production to other Colorado breweries like Crazy Mountain Brewing)

Boulder County

Twelve Degree Brewing (Louisville) - In addition to the 5 beers they currently have on tap, Twelve Degree Brewing is planning to tap several new beers this week in honor of GABF week. Tomorrow, October 10th they will tap two Farmhouse Ales: Sorach and Sorach L'Orange. Sorach is a citrusy spin on a classic Belgian farmhouse ale brewed with Sorachi Ace hops that give this beer a lemony aroma and flavor. While Sorach L'Orange took that beer and added blood oranges in the post-fermentation stage for a slightly sweeter component. Both are 7.8% ABV and 28 IBUs. Then by Saturday, they will have two other brews tapped: Velour Fog, a Quadrupel with notes of dark fruit and cherry, and Hayride Saison, a farmhouse saison with curacao orange peel and grains of paradise.

Sanitas Brewing (Boulder) - The brewery is tapping two beers this afternoon. At 4pm, they'll tap a firkin of "Sanitas Black IPA" aged on Madagascar vanilla beans. Then, at 6pm, get ready for Oso Grande, it's their Oso Imperial Brown Ale aged in bourbon barrels.

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - At their taproom today it's Sticker Wednesday from 2pm to 9pm. With any purchase you'll get a limited edition Tabernash or Left Hand Brewing beer logo sticker. Then at 5pm it's their "Firkin Awesome" cask conditioned face off event featuring Warrior IPA, Motherload, Deep Cover, and Fade to Black Volumes 1, 3 and 4.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - Today at the Tasty Weasel taproom they have several unique beers on tap for One-Off Wednesday. Beers like: Pink Boots Society Extra Pale Ale, Choice Nuggs (fresh hopped Dale's), 60 in a 40 (fresh hopped pale from Hops & Heifers farm), Grapefruit G'Knight, Fongzilla (quad-hopped G'Knight), Cafe Old Chub, and Whiskey Hick Nitro Chub. You can even get a flight of all 7 beers for $11. Start off GABF at Oskar Blues. In other news, Oskar Blues' CHUBurger just signed a deal with Coors Field to install a rooftop restaurant inside the ballpark in right field for next year. Look for their craft casual dining come Springtime.

Kettle & Stone Brewing Co (Boulder) - Tonight, October 9th, they have the Bumper Crop Food Truck. Thursday, October 10th, they have The Giggling Greek Food Truck, and music with Noah Barkan and Sarah Towne. Friday, October 11th, the Bon Appetite Food Truck will feed you, and Taylor Radio will rock the room. Then, Saturday, October 12th, get your pork on with our pals Savour Affair, and Talmadge Clay for you listening pleasure. Oh ya, and plenty of craft beer too!

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - 2 new beer releases today! A classic German OKTOBERFEST, and LEMON ZINGER WHEAT-an American wheat ale featuring lemon/hibiscus tea, brewed by their server Anthony, who's also a great homebrewer. Open 2-9pm today!

Northern Colorado

Odell Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Talk about fresh, it took just 15 minutes from the time these hops were picked to the time they were in the kettle and brewed into Odell's Hand Picked IPA. They got hops from Ft. Collins Hop Acres for this beer. It is now on tap in the Odell taproom today. The complex hop aroma and flavor is reportedly reminiscent of peaches, apricots, fresh cut grass and just the right amount of sticky dankness. Try some! Can't get fresher wet hops than that! Also, they just tapped Odell Fernet Barrel-Aged Porter today as well.

Black Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Need a reason to dust off that favorite 80s costume? Wear it to Black Bottle's 80's Themed Costume Party tonight. Grand prize wins a pair of tickets to the Saturday Night GABF session this week. There will also be three other prizes including a $100 Gift Card, 4 CSU Homecoming game tickets, and a BBB Skateboard deck to 2nd, 3rd and 4th place. While you're there, dive into the Big Sky Brewing Company Tap Takeover that night. Plus, if that wasn't all, it's also 1/2 off Growler fills today too!

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - If you bike in to the brewery today you'll receive a $1 off pints. Or if you wear a craft brewery shirt from any brewery today you'll also get the same deal.

Southern Front Range

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Start off GABF early at their taproom today with the "Funk, Farmhouse, Firkin Tappings". They'll be tapping 10 Minutes, Gangsta, Swingline and many others. Consider it training for the festival.

Bristol Brewing (Colorado Springs) - The first of 4 October beer releases hits tomorrow October 10th. Stop in for a taste of their Bristol RyePA. Plus, live music by The Myth of Modern Medicine later on.

Mountains and West

J Fargos Family Dining & Micro Brewery (Cortez) - SPECIAL - Now offering $1.00 drafts and $1.50 micro beers today.

Kannah Creek Brewing Co (Grand Junction) - [PRESS RELEASE] - Kannah Creek Brewing Company’s 8th Anniversary is October 25. To celebrate the occasion four special reserve kegs from their Single Hop Series will be tapped on the patio at noon on Sunday, October 27. The cost is ten dollars for unlimited samples. The Single Hop Series included four different beers tapped throughout the month of October. Every beer in the series used a pale ale recipe and only one type of hop to allow individuals to distinguish the differences in each variety. The first batch used Cascade hops. These hops are most known for their citrusy, floral, and most notably grapefruit aroma. The second and third batches were on tap at the same time. One featured a Chinook hop and the other was brewed with fresh, local Chinook hops. Chinook hops are most known for their pine-like aroma and flavor. The fresh hops were grown and harvested from Kannah Creek’s general manager’s farm. The fourth beer in the series that will be available at the tapping party was brewed with only Centennial hops. Centennial hops are similar to Cascade in that they are citrusy, floral, and have grapefruit nuances. In general though they are less citrusy, more floral and yield a more potent bitterness. The anniversary party will be the first time all four beers will be available side by side. Food specials will also be created for the anniversary celebration. Kannah Creek Brewing Company is located at 1960 N. 12th Street Grand Junction, CO.
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