Friday, October 25, 2013

Colorado Beer News 102513

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Denim Day. #Denimday - Wear your demin today. Many of us wear them almost every day anyway. It's a day to show them off whether they be new, old, full of holes, faded, different colors or even cut offs. Put on your denim pants, shirts, shorts or whatever you have made from denim. Some parts of the country are wearing them today to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You don't just have to wear pink. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, October 25th, 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

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - Folks who love Odyssey beers from Northern Colorado take note. They are now distributing 6-pack cans of Ghost Drifter Pale Ale and Heliocentric Hefeweizen up north in Fort Collins and Loveland at select locations including: Bullfrog Wine & Spirits, Super Market Liquors, Wilbur's, 287 Discount Liquors, Ram Liquor, and World Beverage (Loveland). On the shelves now!

River North Brewery (Denver) - Don't forget, you can now get 4-pack cans of River North White. They canned them just yesterday. Have a pint on their patio and food from Baba & Pop's Kitchen tonight.

Colorado Plus Brewpub (Wheat Ridge) - Tonight is a special Brewery Rickoli mini tap takeover at Colorado Plus. CPlus will feature Rickoli's: Woody Lube, Quicher Bichen, Enormous Richard, Disturbed Reflection, and Thrilla in Vanilla Stout.

Arvada Beer Company (Arvada) - Today's special anniversary beer is their Maibock aged in a Silver Vines Syrah barrel for 8 months. They also still have a few anniversary beers left over from earlier this week. Don't forget, tomorrow from 12-2pm is the live broadcast of the Colorado Craft Beer Show on AM 760 Denver.

Diebolt Brewing Co (Denver) - They are tapping "The Mogos" today. Their fresh/wet hopped IPA is a 10 gallon batch with 2.5 lbs of Zeus harvested by John Mogos from his backyard. Also, their tequila barrel magically spawned a Breckenridge Bourbon barrel last night, looks like they will have a tequila and bourbon winter Saison.

Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora) - What's firkin over at Dry Dock today? A big firkin of Peanut Butter Cup Porter! It's just like drinking a Reeses. Get some while you can. If you miss the first firkin at 3pm you can always get more at their 2nd tapping at 7pm.

Golden City Brewery (Golden) - GCB's 20th Anniversary starts next Thursday on Halloween. They'll be offering $2 pints and $4 growler fills on October 31st plus live music from Drama Americana and a food truck too. On Friday November 1st there will be meet and greet session with the brewers. Get 20% off all merchandise that Friday. Then on Saturday, November 2nd there will be free food from Worldwide Vittles and Tine Star Smokehouse along with live music. Congrats on 20 years!

Black Shirt Brewing (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] Black Shirt Brewing Co celebrated their 1-year anniversary on Oct 12, 2013. In just 1 year they have been able to hit some major milestones, including more tap room hours, adding a patio, brewing more unique red ales, hiring additional employees, and, most significantly, the ability to expand and upgrade their brewing equipment. The new brewhouse and fermenters were ordered months ago, and are currently being placed and plumbed. This growth has been methodical, and with the beer and the customer experience at the forefront of every decision. This latest expansion, happening now, will allow them to brew more consistent, higher-quality beer and allow them to get more experimental. It will also allow them to increase their reach into the community a bit further - with more on and off-premise sales. It will also allow them to drink the beer they love to make exactly where they want to drink it - by a stream, on the mountain, after a day on the slopes! Thanks for your support! - Chad, Branden, and Charissa.

Boulder County

Boulder Beer Co (Boulder) - Mark the date - November 16th at 3pm - that's when Boulder Beer Co will hold their 1st ever release of "The Dude's Bane Barrel-Aged Barleywine". This beer has been aged for a full year in first-use bourbon barrels. This release will be in bottles and they only made 8 barrels of this brew. It began as a lighter-bodied English-style Barleywine with undertones of candied fruit, then over time evolved into something much more complex with the fusion of bourbon, vanilla and oak flavors from the barrel. The release will take place in their Pub at 2880 Wilderness Place. They open at noon that day and get in line early to get your number. Limit 12 bottles per person. All bottles are numbered and wax coated. Also - stop over to Liquor Mart in Boulder before the CU game - they will be offering hot dogs and tastes of their new Shake Chocolate Porter from 1-5pm in the parking lot.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - Don't forget this Sunday Oct. 27th from 12pm to 5pm at their Home Made Liquids & Solids restaurant in Longmont - it's Can'd AID Beer Fest. They're raising funds to help Colorado flood victims. There will be 17 breweries pouring beer at this fest including: Asher, Avery, Black Bottle, Bootstrap, Boulder Beer, City Star, Echo, Funkwerks, Grimm Bros, Left Hand, New Belgium, Odell, Oskar Blues, Redstone Meadery, Sanitas, Twisted Pine and Upslope. Get tickets at:

J Wells Brewery (Boulder) - What's on tap at J Wells today? They've got Hop Haze (9% ABV), Jr Haze (6.5%), J Wells Chocolate Milk Stout (5.3%), Session (3.8%), Defiance (5%) and Bear Mountain Barley Wine (11.5%). Something for just about every beer drinker.

The Very Nice Brewing Co (Nederland) - Coming up on October 31st, they will be tapping "Master of Pumpkins" - made with over 100+ pounds of roasted pumpkin from Cottonwood Farms in Boulder and spiced with cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. Bet you can't wait until Halloween to try it!

Northern Colorado

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - There's a new beer on tap today - "Smoked Ya Braggot". It's got NoCo wildflower honey mixed with apple wood smoked barley. Plus, it's been barrel aged! Due to the limited batch produced, there will not be any growler fills of this beer. Also, time now to pre-order your official Crabtree Brewing sweatshirts!

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - It's a Halloween party this Sunday from 3-7pm at the taproom. Come dressed up in your favorite costume for a chance to win some prizes and drink some tasty German-style beers. Also, no food truck tonight so BYO food - they'll have the garage door open.

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - Folks have been asking for a gluten-free or gluten-removed brew and now they've got one. Stop in for a special tapping today starting at 3pm for their Gluten-removed Killer Boots Caramel Porter. This is a limited keg - stop in and try it!

New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Westword is reporting that this winter, New Belgium plans to double the size of their wooden foeder forest from 32 to 64. Each of these foeders hold up to 104 barrels each. They'll be able to make their La Folie a year-round beer and make several more experimental Lips of Faith beers with these wooden vessels. Once this expansion is done there will be no more room for growth in Ft. Collins, that is until their Asheville, NC plant opens in 2015.

Fort Collins Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Don't forget to get your costumes ready. Their annual Halloween party is coming up October 31st. They'll have carnival type food and games. The costume contest starts at 7:00pm sharp.

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Need a fun place to hang out tonight in Windsor? Head to High Hops. They've got live music from "Watery Grave" playing tonight at 6pm and tasty food from Bedrock BBQ as well. Not to mention all their great beers on tap. Also, live music and food as well on Saturday night.

Southern Front Range

Trinity Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Tonight is the release of their Merle, Saison Nocturnum at 5pm. This is billed as their "Super Saison". Stop in for a try.

Mountains and West

Grand Lake Brewing Co (Grand Lake) - (UPDATED NEWS) Very sad news to report. According to their Facebook page, tonight and tomorrow are the final nights for the brewery. They will be closing their taproom with a Big Farewell Party tonight and tomorrow. This weekend's proceeds will be going towards their employees severance pay. They may or may not have any food available tonight. They are planning now to keep the beer flowing, but will move the taproom to the west side of Denver within a year to year and a half. They may re-open with a different name. But for now, there will be no more taproom in Grand Lake, CO area. More as it develops.

Horsefly Brewery (Montrose) - Yes it's finally ready to tap. Their Horsefly Pumpkin Ale is now on tap as of 4pm today. Stop in and let them know what you think.

BREW Pub & Kitchen (Durango) - New on tap today is their latesst creation: "Ernest" an American Brown Ale described as having a rich malt character with nut and coffee tones. Perfect for these cooler fall days.

Pagosa Brewing Co (Pagosa Springs) - Now on tap - Pagosa Brewing's Great Pumpkin Ale is on tap tonight for Mug Club Members and everyone else starting tomorrow. It's just like pumpkin pie only drinkable. Celebrate the season!

Backcountry Brewery (Frisco) - Did you know that every day from 3-6pm is Happy Hour where you can get $2.50 pints and half-pried appetizers? Now ya know.

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