Friday, November 15, 2013

Colorado Beer News 111513

Colorado Beer NewsToday is I Love to Write Day. This day was founded by Author John Riddle who said "When people become stronger writers, they become better communicators, and everyone wins!" If you enjoy writing, whether it be short stories, poems, blogs or simply writing letters or emails - today is your day to dive deep into your craft. Encourage others to write too. Keep a journal, record your ideas. No telling where this adventure may lead you. For this blogger, it's lead to a wonder world of exploring craft beer. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Friday, November 15th, 2013. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Hops & Pie (Denver) - Don't forget! This month's Denver's Littlest Big Beer Fest at Hops & Pie will take place tomorrow, Saturday, November 16th all day starting at 12 noon. This month's featured brewery is Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales from Delaware. There will be 12 DFH beers on tap including: Bitches Brew, 2010 World Wide Stout, Sixty-One (IPA), Chateau Jiahu, Rhizing Bines, Sah'Tea, American Beauty, Theobroma, Olde School Barleywine, Palo Santo, Raison D'Etre, and 2011 120 Minute IPA. Flights and single pours will be available. Hops & Pie is located at 3920 Tennyson Street in Denver, CO and is a proud sponsor of Fermentedly Challenged.

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver) - Did you know that Jagged Mountain is now open at 2pm on Fridays? Yup. You can now start your weekends earlier in their taproom. Stop in for a pint and check out one of Denver's newest breweries. Located at: 1139 20th Street in Denver, CO.

Barrels & Bottles Brewery (Golden) - B&B will be hosting a special Elevation Beer Company Tap Takeover & CAN'd Aid Fundraiser in their taproom on Thursday, December 5th from 5pm to 10pm. The line-up of Elevation beers include: First Cast IPA, 8 Second Kolsch, Little Mo' Porter, Downpour Fresh Hop, Apis IV, Apis IV Cabernet barrel-aged, and Fanboy Barrel Aged Double IPA. Also, in support of the Oskar Blues Brewery CAN'd Aid Foundation, they will be collecting funds to aid in the Colorado Flood Relief Fund. B&B will donate 15% of their sales to the CAN'd Aid Foundation from our sales on December 5th. For more information or to donate visit

Diebolt Brewing Co (Denver) - As part of their Experiment-Ale Series of beers made with the Parti-Gyle style of brewing, they will be releasing 1 of 2 different beers made that way today. Stop in for a taste of their Provisional Stout. It taps today at 4pm. There will also be a new food cart tonight - CKrepes, serving up sweet and savory crepes.

Dry Dock Brewing (Aurora) - This week's firkin is a Raspberry Hefeweizen. There will be one tapped at 3pm and another firkin at 7pm for those who have to work late.

Big Choice Brewing (Broomfield) - A favorite beer is returning on tap today. They will be tapping an oldie, but goodie - Starry Night Cascadian Dark, a black IPA. They also have a firkin of the same beer that has been double dry-hopped for more lupuliciousness. GottaRubit BBQ will also be on hand tonight.

River North Brewery (Denver) - Don't forget - tomorrow the brewery will do a bottle release of their Whiskey Barrel J Marie, a Belgian-style ale. There were just over 1000 bottles produced. Claim yours tomorrow at the brewery or look for it on store shelves soon.

Arvada Beer Co (Arvada) - This Sunday night during the Broncos game, Arvada Beer Company is hosting a potluck dinner starting at 6pm. Bring a dish to share and watch the game with good beer and some friends. Also, sign up for their Mug Club - memberships are on sale now.

Great Divide Lasso IPAGreat Divide Brewing Co (Denver) - Coming this January - a new bottled beer - Lasso India Pale Ale. Here's the beer description: "Lasso is the new frontier of India Pale Ale. Brewed with a robust roundup of Columbus, Centennial and Cascade hops, its sessionable simplicity proves bigger isn't always better. But make no mistake - the Wild West hasn't gone mild. That same untamed IPA spirit thrives, and we reckon this'll go down mighty fine." This beer weighs in at 5.0% ABV and will be available in 12oz six packs.

Black Sky Brewery (Denver) - Today they've tapped Fresh Hop Demonseed IPA. This brew used 20 pounds of Chinook and 10 pounds of Cascade whole cone hops from Rising Sun hop farm in Paonia, CO. Try a pint!

Wit's End Brewing Co (Denver) - The brewery is happy to announce their latest “fake firkin” release today. Their padawan brewer Pat came up with a pumpkin spice latte version of Ambition Coffee stout! 5 gal. of their beloved Ambition is aged on roasted pumpkins, spices, and a dose of lactose (sorry intolerants). If that’s not enough, they are putting Dubbel Impact back on tap and have food today from Pride of Philly Cheesesteaks…open 2-8pm. Let the weekend begin!

Boulder County

Brewers Association (Boulder) - [PRESS RELEASE] The Brewers Association (BA) has announced it will be relocating its headquarters in 2014 to a larger office in Boulder, Colo. The not-for-profit trade association, which represents the majority of U.S. breweries, has been growing steadily—along with the booming craft beer industry—necessitating the move to a bigger space. The BA has been at its current location, 736 Pearl Street, for nearly three decades. The new office, 1327 Spruce Street, is almost double the size, covering 11,600 square feet, and will accommodate the BA’s need for additional work space. The transaction has an expected close date of April 1 and a purchase price of $4 million. “With this move, the Brewers Association remains committed to being part of the downtown Boulder business community,” said Bob Pease, chief operating officer, Brewers Association. “The BA is proud to be part of the growing community that is craft brewing. This move will allow our staff to better serve our members in the months and years ahead.” The Brewers Association, a member of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, has its roots in the 1978 founding of the American Homebrewers Association in Boulder.

Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) - How would you like a pair of tickets to tomorrow's CU men's basketball game? Stop by Twisted Pine from 11am-4pm today and drop your name and info into the fishbowl on their bar for a chance to win! They'll draw a name at 4pm sharp. Good luck, and GO BUFFS!

Crystal Springs Brewing (Louisville) - Teachers: it's Faculty Friday! Happy Hour all night with faculty ID AND Mighty Joe's Cruisin' Kitchen will be there. The taproom opens at 4:00! Located at: 657 S Taylor Avenue, Unit E in Louisville, CO.

Left Hand Brewing (Longmont) - Today marks the return and release of their popular "Widdershins - Oak Aged Barleywine Ale". The 2013 is ready and will be pouring in their taproom. Look for it in bottles at your favorite store soon. They've also got an after-hours music event with THUNK (tickets still available) and serving up pumpkin pie to go with your Widdershins.

Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery (Boulder) - Announcing the Stout Month 2014 Homebrew Competition. The Mountain Sun Brew Team is getting ready for Stout Month 2014. They are calling on you, the local homebrewers, to come up with a brand new recipe to help them pay homage to this diverse and classic style! The winning brewer will have the opportunity to a join a Mountain Sun Brewer and brew a six-barrel batch of his or her brew on the Mountain Sun brewhouse. This beer will accompany their line up of original and guest stouts during February’s Stout Month 2014. The winning brewer will also receive a fifty-dollar Stout Month bar tab! For rules and more info check out their Facebook page.

Northern Colorado

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - Drink for a cause! On Saturday, November 23rd, Patrick's Irish Pub will host a Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fundraiser. On that day, 50% of all sales will be donated to Haiyan Disaster Relief to assist victims of the storm in the Philippines. Patrick's is located at: 907 8th Avenue in Greeley, CO. 31 beers on tap and a fully stocked bar.

Odell FriekOdell Brewing Co (Ft. Collins) - Let's get FRIEK'Y! Odell Brewing has announced that Friek, their ale with cherries and raspberries aged in oak barrels, is returning this month. Friek will be released during two release celebrations on November 23rd and 24th. This brew weighs in at 6.5% ABV and comes in cork-n-cage 750ml bottles. The label describes this beer as follows: "FRIEK is an evolution, an imaginative amalgamation invented by our brewers. Multiple KRIEK Lambic style ales are fermented with WILD yeast and TART cherries and then moved into OAK BARRELS to age and sour taking on the CHERRY flavors. As the beer matures, FRAMBOISES (raspberries) from Schroyer Family Farms in Fort Collins are handpicked and readied for the beer. The fresh RASPBERRIES are added immediately prior to the final blending. The sweet and tart flavors MINGLE on the tongue with a sparkling dry finish."

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - How 'bout some music with your beer! An acoustic experience in the taproom tonight with AKA Laser Bunny 6pm. Featuring Alex Johnstone on mandolin, Aaron McCloskey on guitar and banjo, Paul Waitinas on bass and Christie Schneider on fiddle. The bunny is back!

Black Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - A reminder - Blacklisted memberships for 2014 go on sale today. Only 250 memberships available. There will be member only glassware and a t-shirt. Every 5th beer is FREE plus much more. Visit for more details.

Broken Plow Brewery (Greeley) - Opening day is another step closer. Their brewhouse is coming together as they will be installing their hot liquor tank and 4 big fermenters into their building today at 4731 West 10th Street practically next door to Papa John's Pizza. If all goes well they plan to start brewing as early as next week. So far, it's taken 10 months to get to this point and it's finally getting close to completion. They plan to open before the end of the year, perhaps by end of November and will become Greeley's 4th brewery. Follow their progress on Facebook.

Crabtree Brewing (Greeley) - Today at the brewery - Nice cold pints of Head Turner Blonde, ESB, SeSession Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Barrel Monkey Brown, Boxcar Brown, and "Snowflakes & Fireplaces" (the winter version of Sunshine & Rainbows). And.. it's TEACHER FRIDAY! Grab your teacher friends and come on down for $3 pints of cold delicious beer! Wood-fired pizza from Peace Pit BBQ will be available this evening for dinner. Doors to the tap house open at noon.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Loveland) - Fans of Grimm Brothers in Longmont take note. There will be Grimm Brothers mini tap takeover tonight at the Old Chicago Longmont. Four different Grimm Bros beers will be available and also a special Grimm firkin will be tapped. The event starts at 5pm. Meanwhile, back in Loveland at HQ, they will be releasing Pack of Scoundrels - a spiced Broyhan Bier this Saturday, November 16th. Come try a pint!

Verboten Brewing (Loveland) - There's another big beer being released tonight. It's "Stay Classy", an imperial saison with grapefruit and lime. This brew weighs in at a hefty 8.7% ABV and will be available starting at 3pm. Stop in and celebrate the start of your weekend.

Wiley Roots Brewing Co (Greeley) - For fans of their aPUMPalypica imperial pumpkin ale - they are down to their last servings of it. Hurry in and get it before it's gone for the season. Also, to satisfy your hunger pangs tonight, they have Easyriders Grill on site serving up burgers and brats at 5pm.

Budweiser (Ft. Collins) - OK, so this isn't craft beer, BUT if you are a fan of their Clydesdales horse team, they will be in Fort Collins, CO this Saturday, November 16th from 1-3pm at the Ft. Collins plant. Get your photo taken with the team.

The Mayor of Old Town (Ft. Collins) - Happy Hour special from 3-5pm. When you order a beer or an adult beverage you'll get a free pretzel and dipping sauce with that!

Southern Front Range

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - [PRESS RELEASE] Bristol Brewing Company announces a new beer in its Community Ales series, Give! Black Lager, a German-style schwarzbier. In keeping with the tradition of its Community Ales program, the brewery will donate 100 percent of the profits from the new brew to the 2013 Give! campaign and the 59 nonprofit organizations in its 2013 class. The Give! campaign is powered by the Colorado Springs Independent and the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, who will come together with Bristol and its community-minded customers to celebrate the release of Give! Black Lager on Nov. 20 from 5-9pm at the brewery’s pub. The brewery describes the beer this way: Give! Black Lager is the lightest dark beer you'll ever love. Though cloaked in a deep reddish-brown hue, this beer's lager roots ensure a quaff that's clean, mild, and at 5.5 percent ABV, utterly sessionable. Munich and Carafa Dehusk malts impart a smooth breadiness and mellow roast flavor, while Czech and German hops weigh in gently for a brew you just have to sip to believe. The release of this Community Ale will usher in a fun, new twist in beer philanthropy. Customers who buy a pint of Give! Black Lager either at Old Chicago or the Bristol Pub will be given a ballot and allowed to vote for their favorite of the 59 nonprofits in this year’s Give! Campaign. $2.00 from the sale of that customer’s pint will be donated to the non-profit he or she voted for.

Mountains and West

Aspen Brewing Company (Aspen) - Earlier this month, Aspen Brewing Company signed a distribution deal with Tivoli Distributing to bring Aspen's beers across Colorado (excluding the Aspen and Snowmass Village areas) effective immediately. Look for a wide range of Aspen Brewing Company beers to be in Colorado stores all across the state. Also, check out their newly revamped website at:

Steamworks Brewing Co (Durango) - It's back! Their popular Slam Dunkel, their gold medal winning beer from the 2013 GABF is back on tap this week. Come in and try this top German-style wheat ale.


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