Friday, November 29, 2013

Colorado Beer News 112913

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Black Friday. It's the craziest and most hectic shopping day of the year. Or at least it used to be before businesses decided to break tradition and start opening up on Thanksgiving. If you've been up since the crack of dawn waiting in line for an early opening to get the best deals of the year then you're going to need to unwind with a craft beer later today. Hope that loss of sleep was worth it. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, November 29th, 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

Dad and Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - Stop in today on Black Friday. They are open from 11am to 6pm. Bring in all your gifts as they are offering FREE gift wrapping today courtesy of the Dude, his mom and sister. It's there way of thanking everyone for their patronage this year. Also today at 6pm they are shooting a video at the brewery. Stop in and raise your glass with them on camera. Upcoming holiday closures: December 2nd (Employee Party), Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Years Day.

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - Today for Black Friday, the brewery is tapping their Peppermint Stout starting at 3:00pm. If leftovers aren't your thing, then stop in for some food from GottaRubIt serving up BBQ.

Yak & Yeti Brewpub (Arvada) - Stop in after Black Friday shopping and try one of two new beers on tap today. Try Adam's Disgruntled Pumpkin Ale and/or the Rye Ask Rye IPA. Both will help soothe your tired body after a hard day of fighting for bargains.

Prost Brewing (Denver) - Black Friday Special at Prost - Purchase any retail item at the brewery today and receive a fresh Colorado crafted German bier on the house.

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - There's a Growler Gift Pack on sale today. This pack includes: a stainless steel growler, your choice of a t-shirt (from available stock), and a koozie for $50. Available today only. Or get a glass growler, growler fill, t-shirt (from stock) and a koozie for $30.

Brewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge) - Today is the day! Their 1st Anniversary Party kicks off at noon today with Rickstar beer club memberships going on sale at the same time there at the tasting room. Bring in your Thanksgiving leftovers for their potluck and participate in the leftover sandwich contest at 2pm. Create your best leftover sandwich. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Special beer tappings of Woody Lube, Crazy Aldo's Chili Beer, Old Rickoli, and Disturbed Reflection through the randall as well as their 16 regular taps should keep your whistle wet.

Colorado Homebrew Supply (Castle Rock - online) - Want to learn how to brew? Colorado Homebrew Supply is offering Starter Equipment Kit's online. Right now, you can get either a 5 gallon stainless steel brew pot OR your first ingredients kit for just $10. A complete starter package can be put together for under $165. For those who can't get to Castle Rock Homebrew Supply, going online to Colorado Homebrew Supply is the next best thing. Visit them on the web at:

Epic Brewing Co (Denver) - For Black Firkin Friday they are tapping a Mid Mountain Mild with clove, ginger, cinnamon and molasses. Get great deals on Epic gear today. Open 12pm to 11pm.

Lowry Beer Garden (Denver) - Today they will light up the Beer Garden for the holiday season. Their amazing light display will have thousands of lights that dance to the music. The choreographed show will run at 6pm, 6:45pm and 7:30pm so come by and cozy up by their new stone fire pits while enjoying S'mores and a Hot Smuggler! (or a complimentary Hot Cocoa for the little ones)

Westminster Brewing Co (Westminster) - Thirsty? Maybe you'd like to stop by for a beer or two and preview their new place before the Grand Opening. Their doors will open today from 1pm-9pm. If you find yourself in the neighborhood after your Black Friday activities come into the Tasting Lab and check them out! Westminster Brewing Company is located at: 7655 W. 108th Avenue, Unit 600 in Westminster, CO.

Hogshead Brewery (Denver) - It's Black Gold Friday at Hogshead. Come in and get pints of Gilpin Black Gold London Porter for $3 or up the ante with a $7 Black Top - a pint of Porter and a 4oz sidecar of Window Licker Barley Wine!

Breckenridge Brewery (Denver) - It's a Stout Friday Sale today through Monday at - get 20% off everything at their online store by using code: "STOUTFRIDAY". Also, get Free Shipping when you order $50 or more worth of goods. Shopping for the holidays just got easier.

Boulder County

Upslope Brewing (Boulder) - It's Firkin Friday at the Lee Hill location. They've lined up firkin tappings every Friday at 2 pm at their Lee Hill brewery to celebrate the weekend. If you've still got room after stuffing your face, join in this week on Friday, November 29, as they serve up their Persimmon Altbier - a German style ale with a nice malt character kicked up with some added persimmons. Firk yeah!

West Flanders Brewing Co (Boulder) - Did you do any of your Black Friday shopping on Pearl Street in Boulder this year? If so, on Saturday November 30th bring in any receipt from 11/29 from a Pearl Street retailer and be entered to win a free growler. All day Lion Heart Stout and Black Immaculate will be on Happy Hour pricing. Don't forget - they have daily happy hour from 3pm to 6pm where you'll get $2 off West Flanders brews, house wines and well drinks.

BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats (Boulder) - Still need an idea for a holiday gift? How about a giftcard from BRU? If you buy a giftcard worth $50 or more you will get a complimentary pint from one of their house ales. This offer good today only (11/29/2013).

American Homebrewers Association (Boulder) - How about this for a Black Friday special - order an AHA Membership Gift Card and you'll get a free book! Follow this LINK for more info.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - Stop in for Black Fidy Friday at the Tasty Weasel Taproom and get The Crowler! It's a can, It's a Growler, It's Both! Yes, you can get a 32oz can growler (crowler) of Ten Fidy Imperial Stout today. It's hand-canned right there at the Tasty Weasel. That should last you the better part of the weekend! Also on tap today is the 2009, 2010, 2011 and a Barrel Aged Fidy today. Impial Stout lovers are gonna love today. The Crowler is gonna be big and will give the growler a run for its money.

Northern Colorado

Equinox Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Since they were closed yesterday, today they'll have a release of their 2013 Midwinter Warmer Barleywine starting at noon. They also cellared a limited amount of the 2012 Midwinter Warmer and are releasing a few cases. Get one 2012, one 2013 and a Midwinter tulip glass in a gift box for $30 while supplies last.
Equinox Winter Warmer Barleywine 2013

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - City Star is staying open late tonight. Along with all their great beers on tap they will be hosting live music starting at 8:00pm with Bonnie and the Bluegrass Clydes. Sip a brew and enjoy some local music - no cover charge.

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Stop in today and try their Oaked Imperial Stout, a Cranberry Saison and some free stuff. Buy any shirt or sweatshirt and get an aleworks pint glass free.

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - Shopping for a Christmas tree today? The Windsor Gardener just got in their stock of Christmas trees. If you buy a tree from them you'll get a free beer at the brewery. Live music tonight from Luxa at 6pm and food from The Boot Grill.

Black Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - What's the best beer deal on Black Friday? How bout this - for today through Monday, December 2nd - if you buy a $100 Gift Card from Black Bottle Brewery you'll also get a $15 gift card for yourself FREE. Offer good November 29 - December 2nd only.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Guys! While the ladies are spending all day at the stores shopping, have them drop you off at Daddy Daycare at Grimm Brothers. They'll take care of you with special brews like their new belgo-amber Ungrateful Son that's being released today. The weather is nice and the garage door is open.

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Black Friday deals today. Growlers - buy one get one half off! T-Shirts - buy one get a free pint! Don't get trampled at the stores, enjoy a beer instead.

Southern Front Range

Phantom Canyon Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Once your shopping is done, stop in today and try their latest release. This year's Barley Wine is now on tap. It's a big brew that works well this time of year and will help you unwind after fighting the crowds for those bargains. Also, coming up in December is their 20th anniversary. They will be hosting a special 20th Anniversary Scavenger Hunt. Pick up your packet on November 30th from 1pm to 4pm to participate. The hunt will begin on December 1st and end at Phantom Canyon on Friday, December 13th.

Pikes Peak Brewing (Monument) - Time to get your New Year's Eve tickets to PPBC's Speakeasy New Year's Eve Party. It makes a great gift. Just 120 tickets will be sold. Dress in your best 1920's costume. Your $65 ticket included 2 drinks, live 1920's entertainment and music, a champagne toast, tasty bites, a special gift, loads of fun and a ride home if needed. The party starts at 7pm on December 31st.

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Make out like a bandit! Bristol Brewing is giving away a free ‪Laughing Lab‬ bandana with every purchase ($10 or more) starting today (11/29) until Monday (12/2) at their Dry Goods store & online at

Rock Bottom Brewery (Colorado Springs/Nationwide) - When you buy a $25 gift card to Rock Bottom you'll also get a $5 bonus for yourself. Also available at most all Colorado locations.

Mountains and West

Dillon Dam Brewery (Dillon) - For Black Friday, they have their Imperial Pumpkin Porter on tap plus 12 other craft beers. As a special next week, get 30% off their Pub Dinner Menu Sunday through Thursday December 1-12 from 5-10pm. Looking for holiday gifts? How about a Dillon Dam t-shirt, cap, hoodie, glassware or even a gift certificate. Craft beer is always a welcome gift.

Ska Brewing (Durango) - Today marks the memorial service and burial of their old friend - Ten Pin Porter. Stop in and pay your respects. It's an open casket - your last chance to say farewell to their long time beer in their taproom. We will all miss it.

Pagosa Brewing Co (Pagosa Springs) - Today their final keg of Great Pumpkin Ale is on tap. Better get in early if you want one last pint of this liquid pumpkin pie of a brew. Once that's gone - get ready for some porters.

Crazy Mountain Brewing (Edwards) - Just for Black Friday, they're serving up $2 pints of their Cara de Luna Black Ale today - all day! Great for post-shopping or apre-ski.

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Branch Out Cider Perennial 2012 review

Branch Out Cider Perennial 2012 Hard CiderColorado isn't yet known for being a big hard cider producer as apple trees are not the product of choice for local farmers. Still, due to the growing popularity of hard ciders, Colorado has attracted several new hard cider companies over the last several years. One such cider maker is Branch Out Cider of Fort Collins, Colorado. They began offering their first edition of hard cider in the Spring of 2013. One unique quality about this hard cider maker is that they don't grow their own apples, rather they rely on the local Northern Colorado community for providing them with all of the apples from trees all grown locally. Today, I'm reviewing their first commercial product: Branch Out Cider Perennial 2012.

Perennial 2012 comes in a big 750ml capped bottle. This edition was made with apples from the 2012 harvest. All apples, of many varieties, came from backyard trees of friends and neighbors and friends of friends who collected and saved their extra apples and combined them into a mixed variety batch of apples that were crushed and juiced and then fermented into hard cider.

Branch Out Cider then added a bit of honey and melon into the fermented cider to slightly sweeten and bottle condition Perennial 2012. The result is a hard cider that was aged during the Winter and released during the Spring of 2013. Perennial 2012 weighed in at a hefty 8.4% ABV. As with most hard ciders, the producer adds sulfites to help balance the PH levels in the beverage.

Appearance: The bottle opened with a noticeable big hiss. Perennial 2012 poured out a bright golden yellow color with a large amount of bubbles. There was a good 1+ inch head of bubbles that stayed in the glass for a minute or so thanks to the champagne yeast they must have used. That's not common in most hard ciders, but this one had an abundance of carbonation in it and lent itself to maintain a bright white head long enough to photograph and take in. The beverage itself appeared to have exceptional clarity. Just a few barely noticeable particulates were seen to be floating in the cider. I chose to use a tall but narrow glass that I normally use for porters for this tasting in order to show off the color more visibly.

Aroma: There was a strong nose of apples to be found here, but I struggled to find a trace of the honey and melon in the air. There was a crispness to this scent and the mix of several different apple varieties were evident from taking in several deep whiffs. Initially, I smelled this around 50 degrees F, but later put the rest away in the fridge for finishing later. Smelled even colder seemed to change the aroma into something even more aromatic. There was just a hint of sulfur in this cider, but not enough to make my nose twitch. As the sampling went on, I could start to pick up a bit more of a fruity bouquet, perhaps that came from the melon.

Taste and Feel: The first sip had bubbles dancing on my tongue. No getting around the carbonation on this which turned out to be rather sparkling. The hard cider was on the dry side as I expected, but there was an underlying touch of sweetness still present. The taste reminded me of some local apples I've eaten, particularly the flavor I get from the apple peel - perhaps the tannins left there for body. This hard cider was not watery at all, it had a big apple flavor, but apple with little sweetness left. It wasn't tart either, nor had any trace of vinegar either. The best way to describe this hard cider was dry and chewy. It tasted better on the cold side I thought. My first sampling was warmer and I decided to put the rest in the fridge to cool it down a bit - and I'm glad I did.

Perennial 2012 up closeOverall: Compared to all of the other commercial ciders I've tried, Branch Out Cider's Perennial 2012 felt more like an apple champagne than an easy going sweeter session cider. This was cider I wanted to sample and savor slowly. There wasn't nearly as much sugars added back to this brand and that led to slower drinking. I chose to pair this cider with my Thanksgiving turkey and I'm glad I did.

Perennial 2012 is not the kind of cider I'd go out and buy for everyday drinking. No, it's more the kind of alcoholic beverage that I'd suggest for use with some fine dining. The price is steeper than most hard ciders, so you'll not want (or be able to) buy a lot of it. This brand was made in small quantities and if you find some around Northern Colorado consider yourself lucky as it isn't widely distributed in the state. I had to ask Branch Out Cider if they could get some delivered to Greeley and they almost immediately sent some out to a local store. (Thanks!)

Savor this hard cider slowly and enjoy the complex apple taste, the lively carbonation, and the hefty kick you'll get from this drink. A single 750ml bottle was enough for 3 people to enjoy. Try this if you want something different to pair with your finer meals.

Disclosure: I paid full retail price for this beer at my local liquor store. For a 750ml bottle, the retail price was $14.99. Pricier than most hard ciders, but this is a small batch made but once a year and targeted for finer dining.

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Lone Tree to Celebrate 2nd Anniversary

Lone Tree Brewing Company 2nd AnniversaryBrewery anniversaries mark special milestones and offer great fun and special tappings for those who attend. This year, Lone Tree Brewing Company has reached their 2nd anniversary and want you to help them celebrate. Here's their official press release outlining what's in store in December to commemorate the occasion.

Lone Tree, CO — November 29, 2013 — Lone Tree Brewing Company is celebrating their Second Anniversary in grand style at the Lone Tree Brewing Company Tasting Room, Saturday, December 7th, between 11am and 10pm, and invites everyone to come enjoy the festivities. Lone Tree Brewing Company is located at 8200 Park Meadows Drive, Suite 8222, Lone Tree, CO 80124.

Events planned for the Anniversary Celebration on December 7th include a live radio broadcast of the Colorado Craft Beer Show with John Turk from noon to 2pm, live music with the McKenzie Bros from 6pm to 9pm, food from WongWayVeg and Brava! Pizzeria, and most importantly. . . beer! A new Lone Tree brew will be tapped once every 2 hours during the celebration. Many of these will be special tappings, created by the Lone Tree Brewing Company staff, will be limited in quantity and will not be available after the celebration.

“These last two years have exceeded all of our expectations at Lone Tree Brewing Company and our success is a product of our outstanding staff and clientele and great beer. We want to honor everyone that has supported Lone Tree Brewing Company by putting on a fantastic anniversary event,” said John Winter, President of Lone Tree Brewing Company. More information about the inception of Lone Tree Brewing Company and their beers can be found at

About Lone Tree Brewing Company
Since opening their doors in December 2011, Lone Tree Brewing Company has offered a neighborhood establishment where patrons can enjoy great beer in a relaxed, family friendly environment. People are encouraged to bring food to the tasting room, play board games, or just relax with family and friends. Lone Tree Brewing Company is the proud winner of the 2012 Colorado State Fair Gold Metal for their Outta Range Pale Ale and Bronze Metal for their Mountain Mama Helles, which are available daily in the tasting room and at many local restaurants and liquor stores.

Lone Tree Brewing Company Mission Statement

Like most of the United States at the beginning of the 20th century, the Denver Metro area was filled with breweries, watering holes, and the occasional beer garden. These were gathering places for the local neighborhoods where people could relax after a hard day of work, meet friends and family for an evening of music, rich conversation, celebrations, discussions on their favorite team, or simply to find a quiet corner and enjoy a book. Lone Tree Brewing Company’s mission is to revive this tradition and create a neighborhood gathering place where everyone feels right at home.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Colorado Beer News 112713

Colorado Beer NewsToday is National Day of Listening. Take some time today to sit and listen and document the stories of those close to you. How often do we remember to jot down the thoughts and memories of our loved ones for future generations to benefit from? Get together with family and record some of their stories and preserve them so that years from now you will still have those treasured memories of your loved ones. Once you do that, it's also a good day to stock up on craft beer for the long holiday weekend ahead. Bring your growlers into your favorite brewery and collect some cheer. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Wednesday, November 27th, 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

Station 26 Brewing Co (Denver) - The brewery is still HIRING! They're looking for friendly, passionate, knowledgeable craft beer lovers to work in their taproom. Previous restaurant, bar, or taproom experience is a big plus. Please send a resume, cover letter, and schedule availability to cheers[at] They plan to open in December.

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - Tonight's lineup includes a Discovery Beer - Chili Pale Ale - tapped at 5:00pm and is sure to go quickly. Stay for live music from Bill McKay and food from Infinitus Pie! Doors open at 3:00pm, Happy Hour til 5:00pm, closing around 9:00pm (or later).

Black Sky Brewery (Denver) - For Turkey Day Eve (today) they will be offering $1 off all growler fills from 11:00am to midnight. And yes, they still have some Sweet Potato Green Chili Ale available. Last call on pints of Demon Phoenix - it's going quick.

Diebolt Brewing Co (Denver) - In honor of Thanksgiving, and because they believe Diebolt beer pairs exceptionally well with turkey and all the usual fixins, they will be open on today from 4-10pm Wednesday, Nov. 27. Today they’ll be offering a Thanksgiving growler special: $10 growler fills of all their beers. Diebolt Brewing won’t be open on Thanksgiving because they need to spend a little quality time with family. Also, New Hours! From now on they will be open every Wednesday from 4-10pm.

River North Avarice 2013River North Brewery (Denver) - [PRESS RELEASE] At River North Brewery, the first week in December is always circled on the calendar. It’s when the brewery releases one of its most revered beers – the one the brewers look forward to all year. This year’s vintage of Barrel-Aged Avarice will debut Saturday, December 7th at 1pm! For 2013, the River North brewers blended Avarice aged in a number of different whiskey barrels, some of which have held the Belgian-style Imperial Stout for 14 months. The result is a decadent and opaque brew which melds the robust dryness of the base beer with smooth, sweet notes of whiskey and oak. “I’ve sometimes wondered how long this beer would age in the bottle,” said Founder and Head Brewer Matt Hess. “Several years would be a safe bet, but I honestly would not be surprised if it tasted even better in a decade.” In total, the brewery will release 105 cases of individually numbered bombers. The lowest numbered bottles will be sold in the taproom, with the beer on tap for the release party as well. More cases will land on store shelves around Colorado the following week. Matt and Jessica Hess opened the award-winning River North Brewery in February 2012. Brewing in the RiNo district of Denver, Matt focuses on Belgian styles and American styles with a Belgian twist, with an emphasis on barrel-aging. Follow the brewery on Facebook ( or Twitter/Instagram (@rivernorthbrew) for the latest insights.

Colorado Homebrew Supply (Online/Denver metro) - Colorado Homebrew Supply is a new on-line retail site for homebrewers and wine makers that is run by the local homebrew shop Castle Rock Homebrew Supply. They launched their online site at to better serve their customers that can not make it in to the store on a regular basis. Some of their customers drive in from Pueblo or even Craig and they've shipped as far as Pennsylvania. This is a way to ship direct to them as well as expand their customer base nationally in a user friendly format. They decided on a different brand and web site because both types of customers need different services. Their local web site is designed around discussing local in store events and classes. Colorado Homebrew Supply's web site is designed around ease of shopping from a computer or tablet. They feel their small store focus will be augmented by an internet retail presence allowing them to carry a larger array of fresh ingredients which both customer types can enjoy. And most importantly, more fresh choices lead to better beers by the 1000s of brewers they serve. (A new sponsor on Fermentedly Challenged)

Rockyard Brewing Co (Castle Rock) - The brewery has recent installed a new BrauKon brewing system and they've brewed up their first batch of beer on the system. Here's a time-lapse video showing it off. You can also view the video on YouTube.

Copper Kettle Brewing Co (Denver) - The coming month of December will be "Candied Beer" Cask Month and they've got a few special cask brews planned. On December 4th, "Caramel Bock" - made with homemade caramel. Then on December 11th they'll tap a cask of "Fudge Stout" made with cocoa powder and thick fudge. And finally on December 18th, tap into some "Chocolate Peanut Brittle Old Ale", made with chocolate peanut brittle flakes. They will be closed on December 24th and 25th and also close early at 6pm on New Years Eve.

Black Shirt Brewing Co (Denver) - While you are running around picking up last-minute Thanksgiving provisions, be sure and grab a growler or two of Red Ale. As an added incentive, they are discounting their remaining stock of Red Evelyn to $14/ea [$5 glass deposit] and they're releasing the first growlers of Sour Mash Red Saison; also $14/ea. The Red Evelyn is drinking amazing right now! Tonight they have A Taste of the Philippines coming by the tap room and they'll have a couple of special beers on tap as well. Oh yeah, it's Bring Your Own Vinyl night too.

Strange Brewing Co (Denver) - It's One Barrel and Growler Fill Wednesday! They're open at noon to provide more time for sharing libations! Today they are releasing their Vanilla Rum Porter. 5.5% ABV 29 IBUs. They will be filling growlers of this delicious brew for holiday celebrating while it lasts. Stop in soon, there's only 2 kegs available! Pacific Bonsai is at the brewery serving up tasty Japanese/Hawaiian fusion.

Brewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge) - Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! And in order to fulfill all of your growlerly needs, they will be open at noon today. If you come in today to fill your growler, your first 10 oz (less than 8%) brew is on the house. And don't forget that Friday is their First Anniversary Party! Bring your leftovers down to the brewery, compete in their sandwich-building competition, join the Rickstar Beer Club, and drink some mighty fine brews. They'll also be tapping some special brews, so you might not want to miss out on those.

Boulder County

Crystal Springs Brewing Co (Louisville) - The brewery WILL be open on Thanksgiving starting at 4:00pm. Once you've had enough food, wander over and wash it down with a fresh craft beer.

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) - There's a new firkin being tapped today at their Lee Hill tap room starting at 2pm. Stop in for a glass of their Oatmeal Raisin Stout. Plus, they are now filling growlers of their Pumpkin Ale at both taprooms just for your long weekend.

Twelve Degree Brewing (Louisville) - Are you participating in the big Louisville Turkey Trot 5K race this year on Thanksgiving? The race finishes right behind Twelve Degree's location and they will be pouring free beer for participants. Just bring your Turkey Trot mug into the taproom to get a free pour of Walters White, Brabant Tripel, or Soleil Saison. Limited quantities so when it's gone it's gone. They're also giving $2 off growler fills all day so bring one back to the family feast! They will be open on Thanksgiving from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

J Wells Brewery (Boulder) - Just in time for the holiday, J Wells has brought back their Chocolate Milk Stout on tap today. It'll pair well with that pumpkin pie.

Oskar Blues (Lyons) - The ‪#‎CANiversary‬ is upon us! 11 years ago they kicked off the Canned Beer Revolution and they're celebrating where it all started at Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons, CO on Fri. Dec. 6th. This year, they have the amazing West Water Outlaws headlining with Rocktin Grove opening the show up at 7pm. Tix are $10 and will definitely sell out so get 'em here before they're gone:

Avery Brewing (Boulder) - The Avery Tap Room is open today until 11pm and is pouring 20 festive beers including Bhakti Chai Brown, Missionary Position, Old Jubilation, Chocolate Mint Stout, and GORED! They're closed tomorrow and then open again Friday at 11am so, come get your pre- and post-holiday drink on!

Northern Colorado

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - Pour something black on Black Friday. Patrick's will have Goose Island's famous Bourbon County Brand Stout as well as several other specialty and rare Goose Island Beers on tap for a Tap Takeover on Friday, November 29th starting at 3:00pm. Special beers also include: Bourbon County Barleywine, Lolita, Sofie Paradisi, Matilda Lambicus all on draft, plus bottles of Bourbon County Coffee Stout and Juliet. This is a rare opportunity to try all of these beers in one place - don't miss it! Located at 907 8th Avenue (downtown) in Greeley, CO.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - If you're not in the mood to shop til you drop on Black Friday, stop into Grimm Brothers. They are planning to release a new beer that day - The Ungrateful Son. They decided to take the so called “hoppy beers” to the next level but keep German tradition alive. This unique combination of big aroma, malt complexity and overall balance is what they call an American Amber style ale. The Ungrateful Son is a beer full of our creativity and taking our love of “hoppy” American style beers to the next level. We decided to zest 10 pounds of fresh grapefruit and added it to 20 pounds of dry hopping with American Cascade hops. (Stats: 6% ABV, 50 IBU, 15 SRM). Available via distributors staring 1st week of December.

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - If you drove by their location yesterday on 10th Street you will have noticed they were putting up their sign outside on the brewery building. The sign will be completed today. In the meantime, they are starting to brew beer this week inside! Opening day won't be far away in December. They are located at 4731 West 10th Street in Greeley, CO. (Image courtesy of Broken Plow Brewery)

Pateros Creek Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Today they are hosting extended hours from 12pm to 9pm. Come try some "Brewducken", a bourbon cranberry pumpkin ale on their sunny patio! While you're here, you can get in on their growler sale, buy one growler, get a second one 1/2 off (includes fill).

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Get 30% off Country Pumpkin growler fills today!

Southern Front Range

Red Leg Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Tonight, in honor of the holiday, they will be giving everyone (over 21) $0.50 off every beer all night from 2pm to 9pm.

Great Storm Brewing (Colorado Springs) - Great beers on tap today including: Barrel Roll Red, Black Bear Zwartbier, Seven Wolves IPA, Shine On Oaked Belgian Golden Strong Ale, and Red Oktober (Oktoberfest). Growler fills available on each of these beers today.

Mountains and West

Elevation Beer Company (Poncha Springs) - Open just over 18 months, this little brewery in the mountains is quickly becoming an interstate brewery. Just this week they announced plans to distribute out of state for the first time into Texas. Check out the press release they issues earlier this week for all the details. Also, stop in on Black Friday (11/29). All Black Diamond bottles to-go will be on sale for just $8 - one day only.

Two Rascals Brewing Co (Montrose) - Thanksgiving growler special today! $10 new growlers and $8 refilled, get 'em today for your celebration tomorrow.

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Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew plans 1st Anniversary Weekend

Our Mutual Friend Malt & BrewWith so many breweries opening these days, so too are breweries celebrating anniversaries. One Denver-based brewery - Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew in Denver, Colorado is celebrating their 1st anniversary next weekend and are planning to throw a two-day party in honor of the occasion. Check out their Press Release and see what's being planned for the anniversary.

[PRESS RELEASE] Denver, CO. -- November 22, 2013 -- Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew is excited to announce the celebration of their First Anniversary on December 6th & 7th, 2013 at the taproom located at 2810 Larimer st. in the RiNo neighborhood of Denver, CO.

The last year at OMF has seen a leap in production capacity from their hand built one barrel brew system to a four barrel commercial brewhouse and seven barrel fermenters. The taproom has served 6 year-round standards, 4 seasonals, 2 bottle releases (Winter Warmer & IPA2), and countless one off batches. Each release has helped refine and improve the processes and quality of the beer. Their crafting and use of 100% Colorado grown, house roasted specialty malts shine through the beer more than ever, and they are working with Colorado Malting Company in Alamosa, CO to build and install malting equipment that will further allow OMF to take more of the grain to glass process in house. They hope to install and implement this equipment in 2014.

To celebrate the first year, Our Mutual Friend will host two days of festivities at the brewery:

OMF 1st Anniversary WeekendFriday December 6

At 7 PM OMF will tap the second release of Winter Warmer, a beautifully complex 10% abv Old Ale. This crowd favorite has notes of fruit, dark chocolate, roastiness, toffee, & black currant. The standard recipe Winter Warmer will be pouring, as well as two limited batches of the same: Winter Warmer on oak and cherries & Winter Warmer on Madagascar Vanilla and Novo Coffee.

Musical guests and Denver locals Flashbulb Fires, A Mouthful of Thunder, and Confluence will perform in the brewhouse.

Food Truck “The Special” will provide their delicious vegan/vegetarian fare, a new concept from the great people who brought you Waffleganger.

Saturday, December 7

To mark the birth date of OMF, all seven members of the OMF team created a personal recipe for a Staff Tap Takeover. OMF will tap 10 gallon batches of each style beginning at 7 PM. The list includes a Black IPA, All Galaxy Hop Red ale, Blood Orange Wheat ale, Dubbel, Hoppy Saison, Cream Ale, and a NY Maple Syrup Porter. Tasters and full pours will be available.

Musical guests and Denver locals the Pickers, Two Tone Wolf Pack, and Josh Dillard will perform in the brewhouse.

Food Truck Baba’s Falafel will provide their fantastic Middle Eastern fare.

Our Mutual Friend will have door prizes, raffles, and giveaways both nights as well as food / draught specials and to be announced throughout the Anniversary week.

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Elevation Beer Company to Expand into Texas

Elevation Beer CompanyDreaming big has never been a problem for the owners of Elevation Beer Company. A brewery less than two years old has already built a reputation for making solid beers and is now preparing to expand distribution to another state. Here is their press release issued earlier this week outlining their plans for putting Elevation beers into the Lone Star state.

[PRESS RELEASE] November 20th, 2013 Poncha Springs, Colorado - Elevation Beer Company and Favorite Brands LLC of Dallas, Texas are teaming up to bring Elevation’s Black and Double Black Series of specialty and barrel aged beers to Texas.

“We are extremely excited to bring our beers to the great state of Texas.’ Says Elevation Co-founder and Sales Generalissimo Xandy Bustamante. 'Texas has a great community of craft brewers and craft-beer centric retailers and restaurants and we are excited to bring our beers down to Texas’ thirsty craft beer fans.”

Favorite Brands will start distributing limited amounts of Elevation’s seasonal Black and Double Black Series in 750ml bottles and draft to Dallas, Forth Worth, Austin, and Houston as soon as Elevation receives label approval. The first beers to roll out will include Elevation’s award-winning Apis IV; their Downpour a fresh hop Extra IPA; and Fanboy, a virgin oak-aged double IPA.

“The Favorite Brands team is absolutely geeked out, and excited to start our partnership with Elevation Beer Company. They know their beer, from a great Berliner Weisse, to my personal favorite, their Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout, Oil Man.” Says Greg LaMantia, Jr, owner of Favorite Brands. “Truth be told I hope the words ‘limited amounts’, turns out to be short lived as we expect them to be well received and in high demand. When you get good beer, and good brands you want to run with it, and Elevation has plenty of both.”

Elevation Beer Company crew

Texas will be Elevation’s first out of state market since opening in May of 2012 in Poncha Springs, Colorado. In less than 18 months of operation, Elevation has won 6 medals for excellence and has 5 beers rated 90+ on the consumer beer rating website

Elevation will kick off its launch in Texas with a series of beer tastings and events, so make sure and check out their website and Facebook page for more information and exact dates and times.

About Elevation Beer Company
Elevation Beer Co. is an artisan microbrewery located in Poncha Springs, Colorado, just minutes from Salida, Monarch Ski Area, Arkansas River Headwaters, and fifteen 14,000-foot peaks. Elevation specializes in brewing large adventurous beers for the craft beer fanatic, while trying to elevate the perception of what beer can be.

(Images courtesy Elevation Beer Company()

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Colorado Beer News 112513

Colorado Beer NewsToday is a wake up call that there is just One Month Left to do Holiday Shopping. This is Thanksgiving week and the end of year holiday's are now less than a month away. Have you gotten your shopping list figured out yet? If you have a craft beer lover in your household (other than yourself) just remember that a gift certificate to their favorite brewery taproom, beer bar or homebrew shop is always a welcome idea. Help support your local craft breweries and businesses this holiday season. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, November 25th, 2013. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Strange Brewing Co (Denver) - Tonight at the brewery at 6:00pm is their beer and cheese pairing event called the "Strange Cheese Incident". Tickets are still available at Eventbrite and cost $20/pp for 5 beer/cheese pairings. Cheese provided by Marczyk Cheese Shop. See the power of cheese has with craft beer! Strange Brewing is located at 1330 Zuni Street in Denver, CO.

Vine Street Pub & Brewery (Denver) - Starting in January, Vine Street will be moving their music night from Sunday nights to Saturday nights. If you are a band that would be interested in playing at Vine Street Pub & Brewery contact Tim at music[at]

Factotum Brewhouse (Denver) - The brewery may still be looking for a new permanent home, but thanks to Brewery Rickoli, they've been able to brew up some of their own beer and will be bringing it to the upcoming Denver Beer Festivus in Denver on December 14th. This will be their first official beer festival that they will be pouring at. Work is still moving along on finding a new location for their business. Stay tuned for details as they are released.

Diebolt Brewing Co (Denver) - It's the holiday season and they're having a party! (As if they needed an excuse) Diebolt Brewing Company is throwing the first annual Swanky Seasonal on Dec. 7th from 6pm - 10pm. Bust out your finest swanky duds for $1 off pints, CKrepes & CKatering's festive confections, special tapping of their winter C'est la Saison and Minor Note Orchestra takes the stage at 7:30pm. Kick off the season in style with Diebolt. Details on their Facebook event page.

Wynkoop Brewing Co (Denver) - On December 7 from 1-4 PM, Wynkoop Brewing Company presents its annual Parade of Darks, a holiday fundraiser and showcase of seasonal and year-round beers in the amber-to-opaque color categories. The event features a gift list of cool-weather beers -- from holiday seasonals, barley wines, sours and Belgians to porters, stouts and more - for sampling. The participating breweries donate their beers for the event. Wynkoop donates beer and covers all production costs of the event. So that 100% of the money from ticket sales can go to Metro Care Ring. Last year's event featured about 70 fine beers and raised nearly $14,000 for Metro CareRing. Much-needed dough, that 14 grand. See the 2013 Parade of Darks brewery & beer list on their website. Folks can buy tickets at Brown Paper Tickets.

Falling Rock Tap House (Denver) - Sour fans take note! Today at 4pm at Falling Rock, Aspen Brewing Company will be tapping their new beer called "Cougar Sour Aged Blonde". Come talk with the brewer, pick up some schwag, and try the beer. This beer will be distributed by Tivoli Distributing.

Zephyr Brewing Company (Denver) - This brewery is planning to open in early 2014 and is in the process of using a fundraising campaign on to raise $15,000 to help them finish out the best brewery they can by opening. Check out their Press Release today and see what they're planning and check out the rewards if you help them out.

Braun Taphaus & Grille - Arvada, COBraun Taphaus & Grille (Arvada) - There's a new beer destination in Olde Town Arvada. From the folks who brought you Udi's Foods, comes Braun Taphaus & Grille. They have 20 beers on tap as well as 50 different beers in bottles. Braun (pronounced 'brown') is beer first, food second. Braun was born from the leadership teams' collective love for beer and their Austrian and German ancestry. Use their heritage as their compass, Braun offers scratch-made comfort food, local sausages, beer-inspired desserts, including a beer float, and scrumptious salads. To keep up with growing interest, Braun always offers a sour ale and cider. Currently, the sour on tap is Trinity's 7 Day Sour and the cider is Julian's Hard Cider. Nine of the 20 beers on tap are local craft brews. Located at: 5601 Olde Wadsworth Boulevard in Arvada, CO. They even have a pool table.

Lone Tree Brewing (Lone Tree) - Today get your 64oz growlers filled for $3 off and your 32oz mini-growlers filled for $1 off day long. Must be using a LTBC growler in order to receive the discount. Also, just 1 keg left of their Mr. Moo's Pumpkin Brew today. They close early on Wednesday at 4pm and won't be open on Thanksgiving.

Bull & Bush (Denver) - Ready for some Yule Fuel? They pulverized the Gingerbread Man and put him in their 2013 Vintage of their Holiday Spiced Ale. Come get some!

Boulder County

Bootstrap Brewing Co (Niwot) - Monday night brings Open Mic Night at Bootstrap starting at 6:00pm. Get Happy Hour prices all day long today. Start your Thanksgiving week off right with beer and music.

Front Range Brewing Co (Lafayette) - Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, their growler fill specials will be available on Wednesday. Stock up for the holiday. Also, tonight they're releasing a small batch beer affectionately dubbed "Please Don't Like This Sweet Potato Brown Ale." It's reportedly actually quite good - don't let the name fool ya.

Northern Colorado

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Still craving some pumpkin beer? City Star will be offering 30% off Country Pumpkin growler fills this Wednesday. Stock up for Thanksgiving as they will be closed on Thursday this week.

Scrumpy's Hard Cider Bar (Ft. Collins) - Stop in tomorrow night, Tuesday, November 26th from 6pm to 8pm for their End of Harvest Shindig. Come celebrate the end of the 2013 apple harvest. Get your Thanksgiving Week started right. They'll have samples and glass specials of Branch Out Cider's Perennial 2012 along with some fun prizes and photos. Also - did you know that Scrumpy's also now makes their own hard cider? Plenty of hard ciders on tap every day. Located at 215 N. College Ave in Ft. Collins, CO.

New Belgium Snapshot Wheat BeerNew Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins) - New Belgium Brewing to Debut Snapshot Wheat in 2014. Unfiltered wheat beer is newest year-round portfolio addition. [PRESS RELEASE] Ft. Collins, Colo. – November 25, 2013 – New Belgium Brewing is proud to announce their newest year-round beer offering, Snapshot Wheat. Snapshot, an unfiltered wheat beer with a citrusy nose, a sweet malt profile and a flash of tart across the finish, will roll into all New Belgium markets in February, 2014. “This has been a fascinating process,” said New Belgium Brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert. “We are actually blending two beers here – one that is traditionally fermented and one that undergoes a lactobacillus fermentation which creates a subtle tartness. By blending the two, we smooth out the tart and create a very refreshing and sessionable wheat beer.” Brewed with wheat and pale malt, Snapshot pours a hazy, lemon-yellow with bright white lacing. The beer opens with a citrus note from Target hops, coriander and grains of paradise, then gives way to malty smoothness and a refreshing tart snap at the finish. Snapshot will be available year-round in 12-oz bottles and cans, 22-oz bottles, and draft throughout New Belgium’s area of distribution. New Belgium will launch Snapshot Wheat with a multi-city tour, tasting and interactive photo shoot next spring. Stay tuned for details.

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - They're staying open late on Wednesday night till midnight so you can stock up your growlers for Thanksgiving. Then on Black Friday, they will be open from Noon to 11pm and have Black Friday specials on small-batch beer until 3pm. Plus, a logo shaker pint give-away with apparel purchases all day long (while supplies last).

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - Join in this Friday, November 29 at 3:00 pm for a Goose Island Tap Takeover featuring the much anticipated release of Bourbon County! They'll be opening at 2:00 pm and at 3:00 pm they'll be tapping all 5 of the limited release beers from Goose Island, including Bourbon County Stout, Bourbon County Barleywine, and Lolita. Also, Sofie Paradisi, Matilda Lambicus, Bourbon County Coffee Stout and Juliet. Details on their Facebook event page. Located at 907 8th Avenue in Greeley, CO.

Big Beaver Brewing (Loveland) - The Beaver Patch is back on tap for this week only! Belgian Ale infused with vanilla, nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon- makes the perfect fermented beverage to serve at the dinner table on Thursday! Come fill your growlers.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - While the ladies are out shopping, guys can come hang out at Grimm Brothers at their Daddy Day Care this coming Friday, November 29th. They will also be releasing their new beer Ungrateful Son - a grapefruit infused Amber Ale that's been dry hopped with Cascade hops.

Southern Front Range

Trinity Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Get your RSVP in now for their upcoming Saison Dinner Collaboration with Black Bottle Brewery set for Sunday, January 26th, 2014 at 8:00pm at Trinity Brewing's Barrel Room in Colorado Springs, CO. Cost is $65 per person plus gratuity. Call (719) 634-0029 or stop by the brewery to reserve your spot. Details and menu on Facebook.

Mountains and West

Pug Ryan's Steakhouse & Brewery (Dillon) - Want to have a stress-free Thanksgiving? Leave the cooking to Pug Ryan's. They will be serving up a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings for $20.99. In Dillon, stop by at 104 Village Place. Tonight, join in for Monday Night Football Bingo. Lots of prizes and fun for everyone.

Elevation Beer Company (Poncha Springs) - Looking for a holiday gift? Elevation's Online Store is now operational. Elevation merchandise is available to all of their fans not located in Poncha Springs, CO. Stock up on your favorite Elevation items for the perfect Holiday gift! They've got growlers, tap handles, signs, shirts, glassware and more. Visit them on

Steamworks Brewing Co (Durango) - It won’t be a literal train wreck, but the special firkin christened “Train Wreck,” to be tapped Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at Steamworks Brewing Co.’s Firkin Friday is likely to pack a significant punch. The “Train Wreck” keg will be tapped at 3pm as part of Steamworks’ monthly showcase of unique hand-crafted beers. “We’ve had a staff favorite we called ‘Train Smoke,’ which is a 50-50 blend of our Conductor Imperial IPA, and the Backside Stout, and the bartenders blend it from the taps,” said Steamworks Brew Master and Certified Cicerone® Ken Martin. “We just thought we’d save them the trouble and do the blending ourselves as a cask-conditioned beer, a firkin. We think it will be kicked up a notch, thus ‘Train Wreck.’” The resulting flavor of blending the Conductor and Backside Stout will be an aggressively hopped ale with the roasted coffee and chocolate characteristics typical of a stout. According to Martin, it will closely resemble an increasingly popular, emerging style in the craft brewing industry called a Black IPA. In addition to the potent flavor, the Train Wreck’s base beers pack a punch with the ABV (alcohol by volume) weighing it at 8.7 for the Conductor and 6.4 for the Backside Stout.

Ska Brewing (Durango) - Alas, poor Ten Pin Porter. We knew ye well. On Friday, November 29th at Ska HQ, they will be hosting a "Day of Mourning" as they retire their longtime beer recipe for Ten Pin Porter after a long run since 1996. A memorial for the delicious craft beer will be held at Ska Brewing World Headquarters on Black Friday. Dark beers and black merchandise will be 20% off. The Container Restaurant will be preparing a black bean Ten Pin Chili with jalapeno-cheddar cornbread and peach honey butter. Open casket memorial all day 9am to 8pm.


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Zephyr Brewing Company uses CrowdBrewed to Raise Funds

Zephyr Brewing Company - Denver, COComing up with the capital to open a brewery isn't easy. Just ask any one of the nearly 200 breweries in Colorado. Newcomer brewery - Zephyr Brewing Company is planning to open in the near future in Colorado and is looking for some extra funding to finish off what plans they've already put into place. Public funding isn't always successful, but for the clever and business savvy entrepreneurs, fundraising can be a great way to show what you're made of before you open the door. Check out their press release from today and check them out and see if you might be interested in helping them out. The rewards look interesting.

Zephyr Brewing Company is a new brewery opening in Denver, CO in early 2014. They are using CrowdBrewed to help raise funds by offering unique rewards to craft beer enthusiasts.

Zephyr Brewing Company is the newest local brewery to join the craft beer neighborhood in the RiNo district of Denver, CO. They are owned and operated by true Colorado natives. Brian Wood, Tyler Shuey and Rich Wisniewski are childhood friends, with a “Colorado Proud” attitude that is a driving theme behind their brews. Brian and Tyler (engineers educated at the University of Colorado and long-time homebrewers) will be heading up the brewing operations, while Rich (a bar manager and former 5280 "Top of the Town Readers’ Choice" Bartender) will be running the front of the house.

Zephyr Brewing Company is utilizing the CrowdBrewed website to launch their campaign. is a donation / reward crowdfunding platform for craft brewers and industry affiliates who want to raise money for their breweries, to add new beers to their catalog, pitch a product and to spread the word to the “crowd”.

Through strategic marketing and offering great rewards, crowdfunding has become one of the most successful avenues to raise money and attention for up and coming breweries. In fact, CrowdBrewed broke records with previous campaigns, raising double the intended amount for J Wakefield Brewing Company at nearly $112,000. CrowdBrewed is optimistic that Zephyr Brewing Company will receive the same public excitement for their brewing dreams.

Their anticipated taproom will carry eight taps of delicious Zephyr Brewing Company beers, enough to satisfy even the thirstiest craft beer lover. Their unique beers will indulge every palette. Their regular tap will carry a Scottish Ale, a Denver Milk Stout, a Belgian Style Wheat and an IPA. The additional four taps will be for specialty and rotating taps that will feature Chili Beers, Fruit Beers and Imperial Styles.

Zephyr Brewing Company has raised the bar as far as crowdfunding rewards go as well. With a contribution of $20, they are offering a Zephyr pint glass, a sticker, a magnet, and a free pint. For $300, a campaign contributor will enjoy all of that plus a limited edition t-shirt and a free pint of beer everyday for an entire year. Larger contributors have the option to have their very own beer on tap in Denver, as the buyer and a friend can join Zephyr Brewing Company on a brew day to participate in a 7 barrel brew! Beer enthusiasts better get ready.

When Zephyr Brewing Company opens their doors, they will be sharing the neighborhood with Epic Brewing Company, River North Brewery, and Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew. RiNo is rapidly becoming the hub for Denver Breweries providing craft beer lovers with so much variety.

For more information, check out the Zephyr Brewing Company Campaign Page on CrowdBrewed,

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Left Hand Wake Up Dead Nitro Russian Imperial Stout review

Left Hand Wake Up Dead Nitro Russian Imperial StoutWonder what all the hype is about Nitro? Left Hand Brewing Company of Longmont, Colorado has embraced nitrogen in three of it's beers and has come up with a way to infuse it right into a standard 12oz beer bottle. This brew is their new (2013) Left Hand Wake Up Dead Nitro Russian Imperial Stout. It comes in a handy 4-pack and can be found wherever Left Hand beers are sold.

About two years ago, Left Hand Brewing Company came out with Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout and I was an instant fan. I was already familiar with their regular Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout. With the addition of Nitrogen right in the bottle (a patented process they have), Left Hand brings the taste of a nitrogen tap into your home without the need for expensive equipment.

From what I understand, the recipe for the Nitro version was basically the same as their regular version. The beer weighs in at 10.2% ABV and 45 IBUs and a hefty 306 calories. It uses Pale 2-row, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate, Roasted Barley and Flaked Oats in the grain mix. It's generously bittered with Magnum and US Goldings hops. With the addition of Nitrogen, this beer takes on an entirely new characteristic worth noting. Let's dive into this beer shall we?

Appearance: The bottle cap told me to "Keep Cold * Pour Hard", so that's exactly what I did. I chose a standard 16oz pint glass, popped the cap and turned the bottle completely upside down and let it pour hard into the glass. I've found no matter how hard you pour into a 16oz glass, the foam and beer will stay in the glass without foaming over. The nitrogen in this beer caused a spectacular cascading sheeting effect. Just watching the layers of bubbles dancing around was worth the price for this beer. When the cascading effect died down, the brew was left with a perfect 1.5 inch creamy and frothy tan head that stuck around for the entire tasting. The beer poured black as night, as expected. As I drank this down the lacing from this beer clung tightly to the side of the glass. Visually, this was an amazing beer to behold.

Aroma: The downside of using a standard pint glass for this beer was that I lost a lot of the aroma capturing capability that other glasses (like a snifter) can help bring out. I let the beer sit out for several minutes in order to help bring out the full aroma. If you try to get the aroma when it's still cold you end up missing a lot. Once warmed a bit, I could pick up a lot of roasted malts, some chocolate, licorice, coffee and perhaps some dark fruit in the nose. The nitrogen didn't add anything to the aroma however. The smell of this beer was very inviting, so already, visually and aromatically, this beer had a lot going for it already.

Left Hand Nitro beersTaste: The first thing that hit my mouth was the cream smooth froth at the top of the glass. Blending the foam and the beer gave this beer a great mouthfeel - creamy and smooth. The brew had a pleasant roasty taste with a noticeable kick. Definitely picked up much of the same flavors as I detected in the aroma. Some chocolate, dark licorice, molasses with a twang, a roast like coffee and a hint of sweetness. This beer was slightly dry and left a nice coating on my tongue. The flavor palette with this Nitro Russian Imperial Stout was huge.

I liked the taste of this beer even better than their normal Wake Up Dead and it's because of what the perceived difference with the nitro was. While the nitro did nothing for the taste, it did change the mouthfeel considerable and that makes a definite difference.

Overall: I absolutely love what nitrogen does for a beer like this. Just to watch it in the glass, the constant thick, creamy head and smooth texture can't be beat. This beer definitely had some alcohol heat in it. It's best to slow sip this beer. Let it warm up and you'll get the full experience and aroma. I was impressed with this beer and will definitely enjoy having Wake Up Dead Nitro again. The cream head lasted all the way to the very end and still had some left in the glass. Now if only they would barrel age this beer it would be even better!

Disclosure: I paid full retail price for this beer at my local liquor store.

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Colorado Beer Releases November 18-24, 2013

Colorado Beer ReleasesHere are some of the known Colorado craft beers released during this past week. While this list isn't complete by any means, it does represents a big chunk of of the nearly 200 breweries here in Colorado. Fall and Winter seasonals and darker beers are common these days. Pumpkin ales, Porters, Stouts, Barleywines, Hard ciders and more. If you spot something interesting - head on over to that brewery before it's gone. Please note that some of these releases are firkins or specialty kegs and may already be gone.

Colorado Beer Releases - November 18-24, 2013

Avery Brewing - Chocolate Mint Stout - taproom only - November 22nd 5pm.

Barrels & Bottles - Unfiltered Wheat - November 20th.
Barrels & Bottles - Einhorn is Finkle. Finkle is Einhorn - 1995 IPA - November 22nd.

Big Choice Brewing - Apre Shred Winter Ale - November 22nd.

Black Bottle Brewing - Cerealiously - milk stout w/Cinnamon Toast Crunch - November 18th.
Black Bottle Brewing - Carlos - dry hopped American Brown Ale - November 21st.

Bristol Brewing - Give! Black Lager - Schwarzbier - Community Ales series - November 20th.
Bristol Brewing - Old No. 23 - Barleywine - November 21st 5pm.

Cannonball Creek Brewing - Battlecat Stout - returns November 20th.

City Star Brewing - Chili The Kid - pale ale w/sandia hot chilis - November 22nd.

Colorado Plus - Bam Bam! - Belgian Ale w/Fruity Pebbles cereal - November 19th.

Compass Cider - Lat 40 - semi-dry cider - November 21st.
Compass Cider - Sailor's Sour - lemon cider - November 21st.
Compass Cider - 11 Stitches - Barrel Aged Bourbon Cider - November 21st.
Compass Cider - Black Velvet - hopped caramel malted cider - November 21st.
Compass Cider - El Tepache - pineapple cider - November 21st.
Compass Cider - Tempest Cherry - oaked apple/cherry hard cider - November 22nd.

Copper Kettle Brewing - Pecan Bourbon Brown Ale - cask - November 20th 3pm.
Copper Kettle Brewing - Drunken Goat Lager - Bock lager - November 23rd 12pm.
Copper Kettle Brewing / Denver Bicycle Cafe - Rye Coffee Porter - November 23rd.

Crabtree Brewing - Ginger Bee - blonde w/ginger - returns November 22nd 5pm.

Crazy Mountain - Snow Cat - Coffee Stout - November 22nd.

Crow Hop Brewing - Loose Tongue Lager - November 23rd.

Diebolt Brewing - Dark Pumpkin Saison - November 22nd.

Dry Dock Brewing - Breakwater Pale Ale dry-hopped w/El Dorado - firkin - Nov. 22nd 3pm.

Echo Brewing - Nocturnal Black IIPA w/habanero peppers - firkin - November 22nd.

Eddyline Brewing - Falling Leaves Autumn Ale - November 18th 5pm.

Equinox Brewing - Hazelnut Eclipse Brown Ale - firkin - November 21st.

Golden City Brewery - Mad Molly's Brown Ale - returns November 20th.

Gore Range Brewery - Citra Wheat IPA - November 22nd.

Great Storm Brewing - Barrel Roll Imperial Red - Aged in Bordeaux barrels - November 20th.
Great Storm Brewing - Whiskey Barrel-aged Seedy Po Pumpkin Seed Porter - November 20th.

Großen Bart Brewery - Chevron - Dry Irish Stout - @Colorado Plus - November 20th.

High Hops Brewing - Golden Sour Ale - firkin - November 20th 5pm.

Kettle & Stone Brewing - American Bold Ale - bottle release - November 22nd.

Lone Tree Brewing - Stairway to Heaven Triple IPA - November 22nd 12pm.
Lone Tree Brewing - Black Mountain Side Coffee Stout - November 22nd 12pm.

Loveland Aleworks - Burundi Belgian Brown Ale - w/coffee - November 20th 4pm.

Mountain Sun / Avery - Dark & Stormy Imperial Black & Tan - blend - November 19th.
Mountain Sun - Snow Krane Über Ale - German-style winter warmer - November 21st.

Odell Brewing / CSU Brewing Science - Stache-On - Strong Ale - November 21st 4pm.
Odell Brewing - 2013 Friek - sour cherry - November 23rd.

Odyssey Beerwerks - Double Dry Hopped IPA - Discovery beer - small keg - November 20th 5pm.

Old Mill Brewery - Pumpkin Cinnamon Red Ale - November 22nd.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - Cranberry Pils - taproom only - November 19th.
Oskar Blues (Longmont) - White Buffalo West Coast IPA - November 22nd.

Paradox Beer Co - Curious Orange: Hell For Stout - November 22nd.
Paradox Beer Co - Figgy Puddin' - Belgian strong ale - November 22nd.
Paradox Beer Co - My Old KinTUCKY Common - sour mash Kentucky Common - Nov. 22nd.
Paradox Beer Co - Skully #6 - dry-hopped amber sour ale - November 22nd.

Sanitas Brewing - Stocking Ale - holiday ale w/figs - November 22nd 6pm.

Scrumpy's Hard Cider - Peach Cobbler Cider - November 21st.

Shamrock Brewing - 3rd Street Coffee Stout - returns late November.

St. Patricks Brewing - El Draque Lager - rum barrel aged w/spices - November 21st.

Strange Brewing - Fresh Hopped Second Run - Imperial IPA - November 20th.
Strange Brewing/Black Sky Brewing - Chris' Sweet Potato Green Chili Beer - Nov. 22nd.
Strange Brewing/Epic Brewing - Epically Strange - Kriek/Stout blend - Nov. 22 3pm.

Telluride Brewing - Face Down Brown - nitro tap - November 22nd.

TRVE Brewing / Absu - Eastern Candle - barrel-aged Pale Wheat Ale w/Brett - November 24th 2pm.

Twelve Degree Brewing - Sorach - Farmhouse Ale - returns November 22nd.
Twelve Degree Brewing - Sorach L'Orange - Farmhouse Ale - returns November 22nd.

Upslope Brewing (Lee Hill) - Oatmeal Raisin Stout - firkin - November 22nd 2pm.

Wild Woods Brewery - Apple Special Bitter - small batch ESB w/apples - November 22nd.

Wiley Roots Brewing - William - Scottish-style Wee Heavy - November 23rd 12pm.

Wit's End Brewing - One-Millennium - One series - single malt/hop - November 22nd.

Yak & Yeti - Exceptionally Built ESB - re-released November 20th.

Related articles:
- Colorado Beer Releases November 11-17, 2013.
- Colorado Beer Releases November 4-10, 2013.
- Colorado Beer Releases October 28 - November 3, 2013.
- Colorado Beer Releases October 21-27, 2013.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Colorado Beer News 112213

Colorado Beer NewsToday is the 50th Anniversary of JFK's Death. President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, TX on this day back in 1963. He was remembered as one of our most charismatic leaders of the 20th century. Let us mark this day in remembrance and toast to his memory when you're out this weekend enjoying a craft beer. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, November 22nd, 2013. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver) - What's available at The Source taproom this weekend? Vieille Artisanal Saison dry-hopped w/Galaxy, Surette Provision Saison (batch #6), Surette Provision Saison (batch #7), Colorado White Sage (saison w/sage), and L'Brett D'Or (Surreal golden sour). Coming up next on tap: Vieille Artisanal Saison dry-hopped w/Citra, St. Bretta (Spring Minneola Tangelo Brett), Surette Provision Saison (batch #4), and Origins Burgundy Sour (batch #2). A lot of funk for everyone!

Dry Dock Brewing Co (Aurora) - This week's Friday Firkin is a dry-hopped Breakwater Pale Ale with El Dorado hops. There should be a tapping at 3pm and another later in the day. ALso, don't forget about their annual Pie-A-Palooza event on Sunday, November 24th. Bring in your best pie to share with the Dry Dock judges. Must be in one of the following categories: Beery, Fruit, Creamy & Savory and Nut. Register with Dry Dock before you come.

Strange Brewing Co (Denver) - Here's the official news about the legal settlement over their name. [PRESS RELEASE] Strange Brew Beer & Wine Making, based in Marlboro, MA and Strange Brewing Company of Denver, announced a mutual settlement of their year-long trademark dispute. Full terms of the agreement are still to be finalized and will be disclosed in the next few weeks. “I am glad that we were finally able to come to a resolution which respects our right to the Strange Brew trademark while still keeping Strange Brewing Strange,” said Brian Powers, owner of Strange Brew Beer & Wine Making. “Now we can focus on providing quality home brewing supplies throughout the busy upcoming holiday season, and moving forward with the permitting and construction of our own nano brewery.” “As a small craft brewery, our objective is to create exceptional craft beer for our local, Denver community,” said Strange Brewing co-founder and head brewer, Tim Myers. “We’re extremely optimistic about the future and look forward to finalizing the agreement so that we can continue doing what we love – brewing quality, small-batch craft beer.”

Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew (Denver) - OMF will release the 2nd edition of their Winter Warmer (Old Ale) on Friday, December 6th as a lead in to their 1st Anniversary celebration. Then, Saturday, December 7th is the actual birthday of OMF! To celebrate, the 7 employees/owners of the brewery each chose a style to brew a small batch of for a “Staff Tap Takeover” at 7pm. The list includes a Black IPA, All Galaxy Red ale, Blood Orange Wheat ale, Dubbel, Hoppy Saison, Cream Ale, and a NY Maple Syrup Porter. Tasters and full pours will be available. Musical guests and Denver locals the Pickers, Two Tone Wolf Pack, and Josh Dillard will perform in the brewhouse. Food Truck Baba’s Falafel will provide be out front.

Denver Beer Company (Denver) - What's on tap? Check out their tap list for today: Hey Pumpkin, Senorita Sneak, Project T3 IPA, Barrel Room Bock, Tart Saison, Graham Cracker Porter, King of Jacks Imperial Pumpkin, and Four on the Floor Double IPA. They also offer fresh warm pretzels for $5 each.

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - Here's their weekend beer line-up. Regular handcrafted beers: Lemon Shandy, Ralston's Golden Ale, Water Tower Wheat, Arvada Red, Pool Hall Porter, Harvest Fest Pumpkin Ale, and Goldline IPA. Then their limited beers include: Vanilla Porter, Nitro Porter, Chocolate Pumpkin, and Barrel Aged Wheatwine (10%!). What's your fancy?

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - It's New Beer Friday! Tonight they release their Apre Shred Winter Ale. This big beer weighs in at 8% ABV and will warm you up. The Orange Crunch food truck will be on site serving up some warm food as well tonight.

Dad & Dude's Breweria (Aurora) - Tonight's tap list included the following house beers: Fathom Amber (5.6%), Dank IPA (6.2%/65 IBU), Toffee Porter, and Own Meany IPA. Plus they have 5 guest beers on tap including: Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout, Telluride Face Down Brown, Left Hand Warrior Fresh Hop Ale, Great Divide Hoss Rye Lager, and Stone Brewing's Enjoy By 12.13.13 IPA. Pair one of those with some great food at Dad & Dude's tonight.

CAUTION: Brewing Co (Denver) - Stay tuned folks. Caution Brewing let it slip that they will announce the opening of their West location very soon. Their east location will be open 4-8pm today and they'll have a food truck on site.

Lone Tree Brewing (Lone Tree) - Today's the day. They are tapping 2 beers today. 1st - Stairway to Heaven Triple IPA, and 2nd - Black Mountain Side Coffee Stout. Both are ready and waiting for you in the tap room now.

Black Sky Brewery (Denver) - Today they are tapping their collaboration beer with Strange Brewing called Sweet Potato Green Chili Ale. This sweet and hot ale taps at 3pm. Growlers will be available. Available also at Strange Brewing.

Epic Brewing (Denver) - Today they are tapping a collaboration beer with Strange Brewing Company. They've blended their Big Bad Baptist with Strange's Cherry Kriek to come up with a brew they call "Epically Strange". It taps at 3pm at Epic Brewing only. Then in the future they plan to brew this over at Strange as well and call it Strangely Epic. Get this while it lasts.

Boulder County

Upslope Brewing (Boulder) - Firkin Friday over at the Lee Hill taproom today. At 2pm they'll tap a firkin of Oatmeal Raisin Stout. In addition, they are now filling growlers of Pumpkin Ale just in time for Thanksgiving week. Stock up for the coming week.

Front Range Brewing Co (Lafayette) - Good news and bad news this weekend. Bad news: no more growler fills on their Punkin Ale. If you want a glass from the last keg you should probably drop by soon. Good news: they're going to offer growler fills on the IPA and the IIPA for $12 and $16 respectively from now til Thanksgiving.

Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder) - There's a new small batch beer release tonight. Come try the Apple Special Bitter (ASB). It's billed as being a pale ESB aged with honeycrisp apples and tastes smooth, easy drinking and with a subtle tart fruitiness. It measures at 6.3% ABV and 32 IBU.

Crystal Springs Brewing (Louisville) - Teachers! It's Faculty Friday. All teachers get Happy Hour prices with your faculty ID. They are open 4pm to 9pm today at 657 S. Taylor Avenue, Unit E in Louisville, CO.

Sanitas Brewing (Boulder) - Today at 6pm they will be tapping their Holiday release - Sanitas Stocking Ale (8% ABV). This hefty, malty English Stock Ale was brewed with over a pound per barrel of figs. It'll remind you of holiday cookies.

Kettle & Stone Brewing (Boulder) - Their "American Bold Ale" will be released in 22oz bomber bottles today. Available both in the taproom and at North Boulder Liquor and Niwot Liquor.

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - At the Tasty Weasel Taproom today they will be tapping some fresh White Buffalo West Coast IPA. It was kegged today from the first batch made in the Longmont brewery. As fresh as you can get it today.

Northern Colorado

Odell Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Don't forget, this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, Odell will be hosting a release party for this year's edition of Friek, an ale made with cherries and raspberries and aged in oak barrels. It'll be on tap plus they will have 750ml bottles available to take home. Look for Friek in stores starting next week.

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - For their special brews this weekend they have several beers to help warm you up including: Killer Boots Caramel Porter on Nitro, a small amount left of Bourbon Angry Banjo Kentucky Common, and Mountain Man, a big 10.5% Imperial Dark Cream Ale. Come live it up this weekend.

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Want to get warmer? How about a Winter Warmer flight? For $6 you can get a sample flight of all these beers: Abbey (9%), Imperial Stout (10%), Robust Porter (5.8%), and Double Birds IPA (8.5%). Can you feel the warmth yet?

Blown Spoke Hard Cider (Loveland) - Tonight in the tasting room they will be offering FREE samples of MouCo cheeses (several varieties). You might want to pair that with one of their many hard ciders on tap including their Cranberry Ciders. Great with Thanksgiving meals.

Echo Brewing Company (Frederick) - Today they've just tapped a firkin of Nocturnal Black IIPA. This brew has been conditioned with habanero peppers for a bit of heat! Are you bold enough to try one?

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - Seems to be a theme today. City Star is also tapping a chili beer today called "Chili The Kid". It's a pale ale infused with Sandia hot chilis. Has a big chili aroma with mild heat. Come warm up.

High Hops Brewery (Windsor) - The brewery is releasing one keg of their Holiday Sweet Potato beer today. The official release is this coming Wednesday, but they thought the weather was perfect for this amazing beer. It weighs in at 10% ABV. They roasted 300 pounds of Sweet Potatoes and added them to the mash. In the final minutes of the boil they added some Cinnamon and cloves. It is YUMMY!!!
Joel Kachel in the house tonight starting at 6pm! Food from BEDROCK BBQ.

Southern Front Range

Paradox Beer Co (Woodland Park) - Not one, but four beer releases this week. Look for these on tap and in bottles: "Curious Orange: Hell For Stout", "Figgy Puddin'" (Belgian Strong Ale), "My Old KinTUCKY Common" (Kentucky Common sour mash ale), and "Skully #6" (dry-hopped sour ale). Most of these should be on tap this week and in stores by next week.

Mountains and West

Gore Range Brewery (Edwards) - It's opening day for Vail area ski lifts today and they are celebrating by tapping their new Citra Wheat IPA. Pair that with some great food at the brewery. Maybe even one of their lamb burgers! Stop in and refuel after a long day on the slopes.

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