Monday, October 28, 2013

Colorado Beer News 102813

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Chocolate Day. A day that chocolate lovers relish every year (or make that every day). And since Halloween is around the corner, just about everyone has some chocolate in the house. It's OK to indulge in chocolate for just one day. And you know what pairs great with chocolate? How about a porter or a stout? The combo makes a great pairing. Try it and see. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, October 28th, 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

River North Brewery (Denver) - Every Wednesday there's something different being tapped and for this Wayward Wednesday, River North will tap their Unified Theory (Imperial Wit) infused with Pomegranate. There's double sixtels of this one. The first pour starts October 30th at 3pm.

Brewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge) - This week they have some new beers on the taps. Wasa Pwichu Porter is their winter robust porter with dark chocolate and cocoa notes accented by nugget hops. And also, try a Crazy Aldo's Red Chili Beer - made with Jalepeno, Serrano, Pasilla and Anaheim peppers. Dang it so hot! Do you dare?

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - Lots of things planned for this week. Tonight - trivia, Tuesday - Movie night "Halloween" (1978), Wednesday - tapping the Mayon Chili Belgian Black and live music at 6pm, Friday - Costume Contest w/prizes at 6pm, 7:30pm, 9pm. Plus Movember fundraiser kickoff.

The Old Mill Brewery & Grill (Littleton) - They've designed a whole new backroom bar. Come check it out. Complete with a cozy fireplace and plenty of beers on tap.

Boulder County

Very Nice Brewing (Nederland) - Dress in your best costume for their upcoming Halloween Party on Thursday, October 31st at 5pm. There will be prizes for the best costumes. During this event, they will be tapping their seasonal "Master of Pumpkins" ale. This brew used 100 pounds of pumpkins, roasted with clove, nutmeg and cinnamon. It's also brewmaster / owner Jeff's birthday on Friday November 1st so wish him a very happy birthday when you visit next.

Crystal Springs Brewing (Boulder/Louisville) - Boulder-based Crystal springs Brewing is ready to open up their brand new taproom TODAY at 5pm at 657 S. Taylor Avenue, Unit E in Louisville, CO. They plan to have 11 beers on tap for their opening. This has been a long project that is finally coming to completion. Stop in and wish owner Tom Horst well as he finally realizes his dream of adding a taproom for his brewery. Stop in for a pint or taste several of their brews. Beers you'll find on tap may include: Doc's American Porter, Crystal Springs Summertime Ale, Black Saddle Stout (seasonal), Stagecoach 1899, Uncle Fat (seasonal), Tic Wit (seasonal) Butch Extra Special Pale Ale, Angel Wheat Beer, Solano Chili Beer, and South Ridge Amber along with others. Previously, all beer was brewed in Tom's garage in Boulder, now it has a much larger location. Their initial hours are: 5-8pm Weekdays and 1-8pm on Saturdays. Closed Sundays.
Crystal Spring Brewing Co

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - The fame of Oskar Blues' craft beer in a can is spreading further. Starting in November, Oskar Blues will be distributed in the state of Indiana by Monarch Beverage of Indianapolis. This will bring the total number of states for Oskar Blues to 32.

Upslope Brewing (Boulder) - Upslope is planning to throw back to back Anniversary parties this Friday and saturday. They've made up some souvenir etched glasses just for the occasion. Stop in and help them celebrate Five Years of Beer.

Avery Brewing Co (Boulder) - Every year, Avery brews up a new batch of The Czar Imperial Stout. This year's batch will be released starting on November 1st at a release party at 5:00pm. The Czar is a big, bold and dark imperial stout that weighs in around 11% ABV. This beer can be aged for several years and vertically tasted side by side with previous year's editions. Stock up for the season with bottles.

Northern Colorado

Askew Bruery (Wellington) - According to owner Ryan Goude, this upcoming brewery has chosen to partner with Grouse Malting and will be located in Wellington, Colorado. This would make this business the northern most brewery in Colorado. They plan to specialize in gluten-free beer using grains malted on site by Grouse Malting. Askew Bruery is now in the process of submitting their TTB paperwork this week and are looking for a January or February 2014 opening. Follow their progress on Facebook and on the web at

Wiley Roots Brewing (Greeley) - There's a new limited batch brew being released on Saturday, November 3rd that will be an India Brown Ale. This is a small test batch that won't last long, so stop in and try a pint once it taps. Also be sure to try their GABF bronze medal Super 77 Wheat. Located at 625 3rd Street Unit D next to Syntax Spirits.

Crabtree Brewing Co (Greeley) - Brewer/owner Jeff Crabtree revealed this weekend that starting in November, they plan to host Firkin Tuesdays every Tuesday of the week. They're letting their employees come up with the ideas for these firkins and a new, totally unique brew will be set up in a firkin each week. Also, by Spring 2014, they plan to add up to 14 new fermenters and greatly expand their capacity at the brewery. Other plans in the works too, but will be revealed later as plans are finalized.

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - The brewery is hosting a "Monster Mash" party at the brewery on Halloween night from 6:30pm - 11pm. They'll have music spun from DJ Mr. ShackOlove. In the meantime, tomorrow, October 29th it's another famous City Star Potluck starting at 6:30pm. The theme for this month is "Finger Food". Sawed off zombie fingers work well for this time of year. Bring a dish to share and have some fun and wash it all down with a beer.

Tap and Handle (Ft. Collins) - Tonight's pint night is from St. Arnold out of Houston, TX. They are Texas' oldest craft brewery, but the newest to come in to Colorado. Pint Night starts at 6pm, they will be tapping the Lawnmower Kolsch (winner of 2 gold and 2 bronze medals at GABF) and the Pumpkinator.

Southern Front Range

Front Range BBQ (Colorado Springs) - There will be a "Meet the Brewer" night featuring Matt Thrall and Andy Parker of Avery Brewing Company at Front Range BBQ on Thursday night, November 7th at 7pm. For the event they will have a fantastic lineup of Avery beer, including a number of beers normally only available in their Boulder taproom, some regular favorites, a number of aged bottles from their barrel series, some big beers, and some small beers. Beers include: Lilikoi, Out of Sight (coffee stout), Uberschwein (barleywine), Joe's Pils, Czar Imperial Stout, 3 years of Rumpkin, Uncle Jacobs Stout, several sour beers and more. Located at: 2230 W. Colorado Ave. in Colorado Springs. Sponsored by Focus on the Beer (blog).

All Colorado Beer Festival (Colorado Springs) - Think beer fests are done for the year? Think again. The 7th annual All Colorado Beer Festival is happening this Saturday, November 2nd across 2 sessions at the Colorado Springs Expo Center. Tickets are still available. Visit for details.

Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) - The 2nd annual GSB Halloween Party is set for Thursday, October 31st starting at 11am til close. Wear a costume, get a FREE GSB sticker. Plus, 80s music for a change, and a highly subjective costume judging could win you a $20 bar tab. They'll be tapping Pompion Ale, a golden ale with roasted pumpkin. Also, a tapping of Rhea's Graf, an oatmeal stout / hard cider hybrid. Plus other surprises - come on down!

Phantom Canyon Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Don't forget - play free pool in the pool hall when you buy a beverage or food on Mondays!

Mountains and West

Elevation Beer Co (Poncha Springs) - November is almost here and Elevation Beer is planning some events for that month starting off with the 1st Annual Ark Valley High Rollers' Chili Cook Off on Saturday, November 2nd from 4pm to 6pm at the brewery. Enter your best chili - sign-up at Moonlight Pizza in Salida for an $20 entry fee. Bring your ready to serve chili of your choice for 15 people, serving utensils and table decorations. The AVHR will provide cornbread, tasting bowls, spoons, napkins and tables. Elevation Beer Company will be pouring their beer. If you just want to come and eat, the cost is $5. Beers sold separately.

Grand Lake Brewing (Grand Lake) - There have been multiple accounts of why this brewery taproom has shutdown in Grand Lake. The doors closed for good on Saturday, October 26th. The owners state that the brewing business will continue, but the taproom will be closed. The owner stated they intend to later open up a new taproom in the west Denver area sometime in the next 12-18 months, however, some locals are telling a much different story about an alleged eviction from the property due to unpaid bills. For more official news, follow them on Facebook. This is the 3rd brewery to close in Colorado within the last 12 months behind Del Norte Brewing and Silverton Brewing.

Durango Brewing Co (Durango) - Test out your best Halloween costume a couple days early on Tuesday, October 29th. They're hosting a contest. Get $2 pints and listen to live music and have a ghostly good time.

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