Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Colorado Beer News 101513

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Grouch Day. Are you a grouch? If so, today is your day. It's the one day each year where you won't need an excuse to be grouchy. You won't have to be nice to anyone today either. Just remember, tomorrow you'll have to go back to being a nice person again and people might just remember how grouchy you were the day before. Might be a good idea to follow up today with buying some people a beer tomorrow. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Tuesday, October 15th, 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

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Starting this Sunday, October 20th, Arvada Beer Company will be celebrating their 2nd Anniversary. On that Sunday, they will tap a Nitro Barrel-aged Maibock. Then on Monday, a Nitro Barrel-aged Wheatwine. On Tuesday, they'll tap their first sour beer "Cherry Sour". On Wednesday, they'll tap a Barrel-aged Dopplebock. Thursday brings a nitro sour as well as a sour red. Then Friday they'll tap a Barrel-aged Maibock. And finally on Saturday, October 26th they'll have the Colorado Craft Beer Show on site from 12pm to 2pm and they'll tap a Barrel-aged Wheatwine again. Sorry, no growler fills on these beers, it's just too limited.

Wynkoop Brewing Co (Denver) - Come help the Wynkoop staff celebrate their 25th anniversary this weekend starting this Friday night with their "Beers of the Year" event. They've saved up a keg of every single beer they've poured during the last year (and a few from previous years) and will be offering them all on tap at once. There will be at least 30 different Wynkoop beers available. Beers of the Year begins at 6:00pm and will offer up unlimited tastings and a taster glass. Tickets are $25 and are on sale at BPT. Also, stop back on Saturday between 6pm to 11pm for their 80's Party. Wear your 80's costumes

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - The brewery won another medal this year at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). This year they took a Bronze medal in the American-style Brett Beer category for HopSavant. Grats to their team.

Prost Brewing Co (Denver) - It still feels like Oktoberfest at Prost after winning a Gold medal at GABF for their Keller Pils in the Kellerbier/Swickelbier category last Saturday. Grats to lead brewer Ashleigh Carter and crew on this win.

SandLot (Denver) - The SandLot may be a small brewery tucked inside of Coors Field, but they were named the Large Brewing Company and Large Brewing Company Brewer of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival last Saturday. This award capped off their 3 medals won during the 2013 festival. Their medals include: Gold for both Move Back (Dortmunder or German-style Oktoberfest) and Second Hand Smoke (Smoke Beer), and a Bronze for Goat Rancher (Bock).

Cannonball Creek Brewing Co (Golden) - It didn't take long for this recently opened 2013 brewery to win its first GABF medal, in fact they won 2 this year! The first was a Silver medal for Featherweight Pale in the American-style Pale Ale category. And another Silver medal for their Battlecat Stout in the American-style Stout category.

Rockyard Brewing Co (Castle Rock) - Now you can add a Bronze medal to the honors for Rockyard's Redhawk Ale. The brewery finished 3rd out of 42 entries in the Scottish-style Ale category.

Former Future Brewing Company (Denver) - At long last this upcoming brewery has obtained their final city construction permit. Now construction can being on their brewery full steam ahead. If you want to help them out with park of the construction, then watch their Facebook page closely for word on when help will be needed.

Boulder County

Großen Bart Brewery (Longmont) - Earlier in the month, the brewers from Großen Bart Brewery got together with J Wells Brewery for a collaboration beer and on Saturday, October 26th at J Wells Brewery you can taste their "Toasted Coconut Brown Ale" from 3pm to 10pm. It's just one of many new tastes you can look forward to when this brewery eventually opens up. Come to the party and meet the guys behind the beer.

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - GABF may be over, but they managed to stash away some of their Big Bonfire Anniversary Ale as well as some Butternut Brown, Gin Barrel-aged Treeline IPA, and (Blue)Berrypatch Wheat. Limited quantities left - hurry.

New Planet Beer Co (Boulder) - Even gluten-free beers are getting awards at the GABF. New Planet took home a Bronze medal this year for their Gluten-Free Brown Ale. New Planet has their beers brewed locally by other Colorado breweries but has their HQ based in Boulder.

Northern Colorado

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - This Wednesday, October 16th stop in for the tapping of a special firkin of Cherry Vanilla Red. Get a glass to wash down some food from Big City Burrito. Also, the homebrew shop on site will also be offering an Introduction to Home Brewing Class on Saturday, November 2nd (Learn To Homebrew Day). The cost is $10 and includes a free pint of beer. Save your ticket and redeem it for a discount in the Home Brew Shop as well. Also, keep October 18th and 19th on your calendar for their One Year Anniversary Party. This weekend! Food, Beer, Music, Games, Prizes and more. $1 from every pint purchased during their 2-day party will go to Colorado Flood Relief.

New Belgium (Ft. Collins) - As the snowflakes start falling in the high country and parts of the front range today, New Belgium wants to remind you that Winter is indeed coming and so is their new Winter seasonal called "Accumulation", a White India Pale Ale. Say goodbye to 2 Below and Snow Day (for now). And not far off is the seasonal return of Frambozen. Look for Accumulation at a store near you.

The Mayor of Old Town (Ft. Collins) - With the arrival of beers from San Diego's AleSmith Brewing Company to Northern Colorado, The Mayor has put up AleSmith's IPA on tap today. Also, look for AleSmith's ESB and Pale ales tapping soon.

Pateros Creek Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Need some beer to help keep you warm at home tonight? Stop in with your PCBC growler and get half off growler fills all day today. This offer good on any beer excluding imperial and GF beers. Also, Wednesday night is their Information and Registration Meeting for their Fall Dart League at 6:30pm. Sign up.

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - Funkwerks fans in Colorado Springs take note. On Wednesday night at Front Range BBQ in the Springs from 6pm to 9pm - Funkwerks will be the focus of a tap takeover. They will be pouring Saison, Deceit, Dubbel and Quad. Live music on hand also. Located at 2330 W. Colorado Ave in Colorado Springs, CO.

Echo Brewing Company (Frederick) - After only being opened a year and a half, Echo Brewing has scored a Bronze medal for their Echo Amber at the GABF last Saturday. They were part of a field of 32 entries in the German-style Altbier category.

Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) - Stop in Thursday night, October 17th this week for a special Beer and Cupcake Pairing event from 6pm to 9pm. Special cupcakes will be made by Batter Up Cakes.

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - Work continues on building out the new brewery at 4731 West 10th Street in Greeley, CO. They've completed the trench drain, build the cooler, demoed some walls, started building other walls and ordered their window treatments. Still lots to do before they open in November. Stay tuned.

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Seats are still available for tomorrow night's beer dinner at The Moot House in Ft. Collins at 6pm. For $39.95 per person, you'll get a 5-course / 6-beer dinner. Call 970-226-2121 for reservations.

Big Beaver Brewing (Loveland) - On Saturday, October 26th come celebrate Big Beaver's 3rd Year Anniversary. They will have special Big Beaver anniversary mugs available and will be releasing daily new beers that will only be available for 1 day, the first of which will be their Oktoberfest beer.

Southern Front Range

Bristol Brewing Company (Colorado Springs) - Don't forget, tomorrow at 5pm is their release party for this year's Venetucci Pumpkin Ale. The beers are bottled and will be ready to go. Don't miss out on this year's batch. Get there early.

Mountains and West

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - This Saturday, October 19th from 4pm to 8pm, Crazy Mountain will host a Pig Roast in their tasting room. For $10 you'll get a complete plate of porky awesomeness. Come hungry (and thirsty too).

Carver Brewing Company (Durango) - One of Colorado's oldest brewpubs won a Gold medal at GABF last weekend for their Munich Dunkel in the European-style Dunkel category. This beer beat out 37 other entries to take top honors in that category.

Glenwood Canyon Brewing (Glenwood Springs) - Even the small mountain towns are winning GABF medals. The brewery won a Silver medal for their Hanging Lake beer in the English-style Summer Ale category at GABF.

Colorado Boy Brewing Co (Ridgway) - And don't forget Colorado Boy Brewing. They too won a Silver medal at GABF for their Colorado Boy Irish Ale in the Irish-style Red Ale category. They finished 2nd in a field of 48 entries.

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