Monday, October 14, 2013

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Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Kick-Butt Day. No, it's not a day to kick someone's ass, rather, a day to give yourself a kick in the butt to get things done. A day to motivate yourself to finish a goal or a task that you've had on your list for a while. Come on, GABF is over now and it's time to get back at it. Party time is over. Yes, it's a Monday, but it's as good a day as any to do stop stalling and finish something you've started. Oh, and for those who still celebrate it - it's also Columbus Day. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, October 14th, 2013. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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View 2013 GABF Beer Competition Results here.

Metro Denver

Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub (Arvada) - Congrats to brewer Adam Draeger for winning a Silver medal for his Chai Milk Stout on Saturday during the GABF beer competition awards. This beer was one of 134 entries in the Herb and Spice Beer category. The recipe originally came from previous brewer Chris Kennedy and was updated and tweaked by Adam. This medal represents the 2nd GABF medal and 5th overall medal won by Yak & Yeti for their beers.

Great Divide Brewing Co (Denver) - The legend of the Yeti keeps growing at Great Divide. This weekend, their Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout won a Gold medal at GABF in the Chocolate Beer category. This brew beat out 38 other chocolate beers in that category. This marks the first award for this special version of Yeti. This beer also receives a perfect 100 rating on

Arvada Beer Company (Arvada) - Mug Club members can get a special pre-release taste of their upcoming Harvest Festival Pumpkin Ale (5.3% ABV) on Wednesday, October 16th. Non-members will be able to taste this season brew starting October 18th. They brewed a double batch of it this year. Also look for another special Brewer's Limited Release every Thursday at 2pm. And don't forget, coming up on Halloween is their annual Halloween Costume Party at 6pm. Best costume will win a "Beer for a Year" certificate. There will be lots of other prizes and giveaways too.

Lone Tree Hop Zombie Red IPALone Tree Brewing Co (Lone Tree) - Did you know that LTBC has found the perfect cure for the upcoming Zombie Hopapocalypse? It's simple - just drink one of their Hop Zombie Red IPA's. There will be an extremely limited quantities of 22oz bomber bottles and 16oz pints available starting on October 26th. The first 25 humans through the door (without the zombie plague of course) will receive a free Hop Zombie Collectors Edition Pint Glass. As they describe it: "This is one bottle release event your brain will be thankful for!"

Hops & Pie (Denver) - GABF may be over, but we know your thirst for beer doesn't end there. Come to a gathering with over 15 different pumpkin ales to choose from at Hops & Pie this Saturday, October 19th form 12pm to close. There will be pumpkin beers from Epic Brewing, Shipyard, The Bruery, Dogfish Head, Alaskan, Black Bottle Brewery, Echo Brewing, Elysian, Tommyknocker, Avery, Upslope and Strange Brewing. Flights and single pours will be available. No tickets necessary. Oh my gourd - get your pumpkin on at this little (but big) pumpkin fest! Full food menu is also available. Located at: 3920 Tennyson Street in Denver, CO.

Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora) - The big surprise (maybe not to Dry Dock) at GABF was that Dry Dock Brewing Company (North and South Docks) combined took home 5 GABF medals last Saturday! It was the most medals of any Colorado brewery this year. Their winning beers include: Gold for Wee Heavy and SS Minnow Mild, Silver for HMS Victory Amber and Extra Pale Summer Ale, and a Bronze for Enterprise IPA. Their winning ways continue at GABF! Stop in and see why the judges keep loving Dry Dock beers.

Grist Brewing Company (Highlands Ranch) - Highlands Ranch is about to get its first craft brewery in the name of Grist Brewing Company. They announced today plans to open on Saturday, November 2nd at 12pm at 9150 Commerce Center Circle, just south of C-470 off Santa Fe. They plan to have 8 beers initially on tap including a Kolsch, IPA, Hefeweizen, a Brown, a Stout, and up to 3 Belgian Strong Ales. They'll offer tasters (4oz), half pints and full pints - plus 32oz growlers. They'll have a food truck on site for the Grand Opening too. Read the full details in their press release issued today.

AC Golden Brewing (Golden) - Even the big guys win awards. AC Golden Brewing Company won a bronze medal in the India Pale Lager category at the 2013 GABF on October 12th for their AC Golden IPA. The beer has a huge hop aroma that comes from Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe and Chinook hops. And this week, they are announcing a limited release of their Berliner Weisse, Checkpoint Charlie, in the Denver area. Checkpoint Charlie uses equal parts barley and wheat malt to achieve a delicate bready note the Berliner Weisse style is known for. The beer was brewed in December 2012, was left to naturally acidify for more than four months and then was bottle conditioned to fully achieve the perfect taste, aroma and mouthfeel. Part of the brewery's Hidden Barrel Collection, the beer is being sold in 750 ml cork-and-cage bottles.

Holiday Beer Bash (Denver) - It's never too early to start planning your holiday parties. In this case, one is already being planned for you. On Friday, November 22nd from 6pm to 9pm it's the "Holiday Beer Bash" at Mile High Station in Denver (2027 W. Lower Colfax Ave). Over 30 breweries and more than 75 different beers await you in this pre-Thanksgiving beer fest. Admission is $35 for General Admission at 6pm or for $45 you can get in at 5pm with your VIP ticket. This event is being sponsored by American Craft Beer Radio (102.3 FM) and its host Gary V. Tickets will be available at

Rock Bottom Brewery (Denver) - Coming up on Wednesday October 23rd is a tapping of their fall seasonal "Pumpkin Smasher" and a Costume Party at 6:00pm. They'll tap the beer at 6pm and offer a free first pint to all over 21+ for the first 30 minutes (til 6:30pm). The costume party will be in the Pool Bar and will have a complimentary buffet, cash bar, DJ and prizes for best costume. Also, stay tuned on November 6th for their big "22nd Anniversary Ale" tapping. This year brewer John made a Raspberry Porter. Same deal, free first pint from 6pm to 6:30pm.

CAUTION: Brewing Co (Denver) - SLAP! CAUTION is getting fresh! They'll be pouring their "Fresh Hop Honky" at Falling Rock Tap House this Saturday, October 19th from 12pm to 5pm. It'll be the only cream ale in the bunch for Falling Rock's Fresh Hop Fest.

Boulder County

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - This has been a great week for Left Hand Brewing. Not only did they celebrate their 20th anniversary, they also won 3 GABF medals and released two additional beers in their Nitro line of beers. Left Hand won Gold in 3 different categories for their Sawtooth Ale, Fade to Black Volume 1, and Milk Stout. They also unveiled new Nitro versions of Sawtooth Nitro and Wake Up Dead Nitro. These use the same technology as their Milk Stout Nitro. Initially, Sawtooth Nitro and Wake Up Dead Nitro will be available only in Colorado through the end of this year and then throughout their entire distribution channel starting in 2014. Read the Press Release for full details.

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - The lines were long at their GABF booth this weekend, especially when they tapped some of their Uncle Jacob's Stout from the barrel. One of the other beers they were pouring at GABF won a medal this weekend. Avery's Lilikoi Kepolo won a Bronze medal in the Fruit Wheat Beer category in a field of 48 entries. Grats to Avery on another great award!

Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) - In honor of Columbus Day, the day in which explorers first discovered Columbus hops (you knew that right?), stop in and taste their India Pumpkin Ale, an ale brewed with Columbus and Pilgrim hops. Also, Twisted Pine took home a Bronze medal at GABF for their West Bound Braggot in the Specialty Honey Beer category topping 37 other entries.

Northern Colorado

Wiley Roots wins medalWiley Roots Brewing Company (Greeley) - Who says new guys never win first time out? Wiley Roots was all smiles on Saturday when they won their first medal at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival beer competition. The brewery opened up just a few months ago and now has a Bronze medal to hand on their wall for their Super 77 Wheat. There were 31 beers entered in the American-Style Wheat Beer category and Wiley Roots came in 3rd. Grats to Kyle Carbaugh on their first medal. This was just 1 of 8 medals that breweries from Northern Colorado won this year. (Image courtesy of the Brewers Association)

City Star medalsCity Star Brewing (Berthoud) - [PRESS RELEASE] City Star Brewing claimed gold and bronze medals at the 2013 GABF competition. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest national beer competition that recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The top three winners in the competition’s 84 beer-style categories were announced October 12 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. City Star was awarded a gold medal in the English Brown Ale beer-style category for its Bandit Brown, smooth brown ale with a subtle roasted aroma and flavor, also awarded 2013 gold medals at the US Open Beer Championship, Colorado State Fair and Denver International Beer Championship. Additionally, City Star Brewing was awarded a bronze medal in the Old Ale or Strong Ale beer-style category for its Mule Kick, strong ale brewed with Wildflower honey. John Way, City Star owner and brew master had this to say about the wins: "We are so excited to bring home both gold and bronze medals. We know we brew delicious beer, but to receive this recognition among such fierce competition is an unbelievable feeling. There are a lot of great veteran and new breweries across the nation, and we are stoked to be among them. This is a very exciting time for City Star Brewing!"

New Belgium (Fort Collins) - New Belgium along with homebrewer Mike Formisan ended up winning a Silver medal in the Pro-Am category for their beer "Charlie's Brown". There was over 100 entries in the Pro-Am again this year. Brewmasters Peter Bouckaert and Grady Hull also participated in the creation of this winning beer. In other news, New Belgium Brewing is happy to announce it has signed deals with nine wholesale partners to distribute its beer across Ohio when the Fort Collins, Colorado brewer opens that state on December 16, 2013. New Belgium will roll into the Buckeye State with a mix of 22-oz Fat Tire, Ranger IPA, Seasonal Release (Accumulation White IPA) and Lips of Faith beers. Some draft may come online in the initial rollout as well. Ohio will be New Belgium’s 35th state of distribution. New Belgium is planning to release its portfolio-wide packaging refresh in OH this December pending TTB final approval. The new look will enter all other markets in January of 2014.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - With Loveland's only medal win this year, Grimm Brothers was awarded a Bronze medal at the 2013 GABF last Saturday for "The Fearless Youth" in the European-style Dunkel category. That makes 3 medals in 3 years for Grimm Brothers!

Odell Brewing Co (Fort Collins) - An old favorite from Odell won a Gold medal at the GABF last Saturday. Odell's 5 Barrel Pale Ale won a Gold medal in the Classic English-style Pale Ale category besting all 29 entries in that category. This was the only regular category (non-Pro-Am) beer that a brewery from Fort Collins won this year.

Southern Front Range

Trinity Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Trinity was given another medal this year at the GABF. This time they won a Gold medal for theri Elektrik Cukumbahh in the Field Beer or Pumpkin Beer category. This category had 91 entries too! This beer first came out in June of this year and quickly became popular.

Mountains and West

Pagosa Brewing Co (Pagosa Springs) - PBC's Peachy Peach won a Gold medal at GABF this weekend in the Fruit Wheat Beer category besting 47 other entries from around the country. This beer has won 5 other awards from 2010 to 2013 but is the 1st time it's won at the GABF. Peachy Peach is listed as one of their late Spring seasonal beers, but since it does well in competition we bet they will be making more of it whenever possible. Pagosa has previously won 30 National medals, 29 State medals and 6 Fest awards.

Kannah Creek Brewing Co (Grand Junction) - [PRESS RELEASE] GRAND JUNCTION, Co., October 9, 2013— Kannah Creek Brewing Company’s 8th Anniversary is October 25. To celebrate the occasion five 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. The fifth single-hop beer will be brewed with Challenger hops only. 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.

Ska Brewing Company (Durango) - More GABF news! [PRESS RELEASE] Ska Brewing capped a busy week of rare beer tastings, beer releases, and competition wins by bringing home the coveted “Honorable Mention” award from the Cortez Journal’s “Best of Montezuma Reader’s Choice Awards.” The brewery also won a Great American Beer Festival (GABF) Gold Medal this weekend, for their True Blonde Ale. The flagship beer, part of Ska's original lineup, took top honors in the English-Style Summer Ale category. The brewery completed a trifecta by crushing the competition in the hotly contested “Brewers Karaoke Cup” at Denver’s Star Bar during Denver Beer Fest / GABF. An elite team of Ska owners, brewers and salespeople donned ABBA costumes and performed a choreographed dance routine to secure the win. Speaking about the Cortez Journal award, Ska President and Co-founder Dave Thibodeau said, “An honorable mention is very important to us. We've always tried to be honorable, and I guess it’s really paying off now." He added, "Karaoke is very important to us too, although we didn't realize that until last week.” When pressed about the GABF Gold Medal, the award some might consider the most significant of the three, Thibodeau said, “True Blonde was the very first beer we brewed back in 1995. She’s been with us every step of the way, and it’s great to see one of our original beers win gold at the nation’s most important beer festival.” True Blonde Ale also won bronze medals at GABF in 2006 and 2009.

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