Monday, November 18, 2013

Colorado Beer News 111813

Colorado Beer NewsToday is Mickey Mouse Day. Back on this day 85 years ago in 1928, Mickey Mouse debuted in a cartoon named "Steamboat Willie. Minnie Mouse also debuted in the same cartoon. While this was actually the 3rd film featuring Mickey Mouse, it was the first to be distributed. Since then, this famous mouse has become one of the many icons for the Walt Disney company. Today we honor this animated mouse and toast in it's honor. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Monday, November 18th, 2013. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Great Divide Brewing Co (Denver) - November is HOPS FOR HOPE month at Great Divide. During the entire month of November - Great Divide Brewing Co. is donating 100% of their proceeds from the sample sized beer pours in their Tap Room to Hope Communities as well as one other lucky non profit. Grab a group of friends or co workers and enjoy some pre holiday time together while helping local non profits! Their Tap Room is located at 2201 Arapahoe Street, Denver, CO 80205. Hours are Sunday - Tuesday: Noon - 8:00 PM, and Wednesday - Saturday: Noon - 10 PM.

2013 Holiday Beer Bash (Denver) - The 1st annual Holiday Beer Bash hosted by American Craft Beer Radio is coming up this Saturday, November 22nd at Mile High Station. There will be 30 breweries represented and 75 different beers along with food from six local chefs. Tickets are $35 (6pm entry) for general admission and $45 for VIP (5pm entry). If you want to save $5 off your ticket price use promo code "CKBC" or "Copper" when you by tickets online at Eventbrite. The event runs from 5pm to 9pm VIP or 6pm to 9pm General admission. (Additional online fees may apply)

Two22 Brew (Centennial) - This new soon to open brewery in Centennial, CO is hiring! They are looking for someone to be part of their Brew Crew that works in their taproom and brewery. Check out their posting on Google Docs. All applications must be in by November 23rd. The brewery will be located at: 4550 S. Reservoir Road in Centennial, CO.

Rockyard Brewing Co (Castle Rock) - If you happen to spy inside their brewhouse and notice a wonderful smell and several barrels lined up today, it's because they are brewing some Bourbon Barrel Stout. This big barrel aged stout will age for a while and debut in early 2014. Stay tuned for a release date.

Breckenridge Brewery (Denver) - According to a report from Jonathan Shikes at Westword - a change in their beer line-up is coming and one of the first things to change is that their seasonal Pandora's Bock is being retired and will be replaced by Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale. Ophelia is a bigger 7.5% ABV brew that will be available in 4-packs. This beer will hit stores in January and will be available through May as part of their small-batch occasional series.

TRVE Brewing Co (Denver) - The first release in a quartet of collaboration brews with music group Absu will be released this Sunday, November 24th. TRVE's Eastern Candle, a pale wheat ale fermented with Brettanomyces and aged in white whine barrels will be available to CVLT members at 1;30pm that day and at 2:00pm for everyone else. They made less than forty cases of this beer and it won't last long.

River North Brewery (Denver) - From their blog: This coming Thanksgiving weekend, River North is bringing back another classic beer - Whiskey Barrel Quandary - on November 30th at 1pm in their taproom. In their 2013 vintage, they aged Quandary solely in freshly emptied rye whiskey barrels. The spicy bite those barrels lend is the perfect complement to the sweet malt character of Quandary. There are 105 cases of this beer that were bottled. Numbered bottles and draft pours will be available at the release. Remaining bottles will hit shelves the following week. Coming soon after a holiday release of Barrel Aged Avarice Imperial Stout.

2013 Santa Claus Pub Crawl (Denver) - For 11 years they've donned their Santa suits, Ms Claus suit, Hanukkah Harry etc... and filled the streets and pubs of Denver. They've covered LODO with a sea of fun-loving Santas parading from bar to bar spreading holiday cheer. They've been featured in countless newspaper articles, TV news stories and were even featured on a national TV show. Over the last several years, they've collected and distributed thousands of toys for Colorado kids. Last year, with their donation they even helped AXL Academy purchase a school bus to serve some of Aurora's most under-served kids. The Santa Clause Pub Crawl made some great changes this year that will mean more for you and for all of the kids that benefit from your Santa Pub Crawling efforts! Register asap as they may need to limit attendance with last year's huge turnout! Regsiter here: (

Denver Chophouse & Brewery (Denver) - Now through January 10, 2014, when you buy one of their signature desserts, they will donate 100% of the proceeds to Mercy Housing to support families in need. Their that dessert with one of their beers!

Wynkoop Brewing Co (Denver) - The beer list for this year's Parade of Darks 2013 event has been revealed. The event will be held on Saturday, December 1st from 1pm to 4pm at Wynkoop Brewing Company. Over 38 breweries will have beers being poured that day. Visit Wynkoop's official page to get more info on what will be available.

Boulder County

Upslope Mix BoxUpslope Brewing Company (Boulder) - [PRESS RELEASE] Upslope Brewing Company will release their first variety 12-pack, Upslope Mix Box, next week. The new Mix Box will feature twelve 12 oz. cans; their original four core styles, plus a special rotating off-season Limited Release style. Each Mix Box will always include two cans of Pale Ale, two cans of India Pale Ale, two cans of Brown Ale, three cans of Craft Lager and three cans of their off-season Limited Release only available in this package. The new Mix Box will debut with their spring/summer Limited Release, Belgian Style Pale Ale. This light bodied Belgian Style Ale is full of flavor with fruity esters from Trappist Ale yeast that are balanced with coriander on the finish. At 7.5% ABV, this summer style is sure to be a crowd pleaser any time of year. “Including three cans of our off-season Limited Releases gives people something special to look forward to that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to get,” said Founder, Matt Cutter. “This new package is a convenient way to get the Upslope experience – it’s like bringing our tap room home with you.” The Upslope Mix Box will initially only be available in Colorado. Be on the lookout for this new 12-pack on store shelves starting next week.

Twisted Pine Brewing (Boulder) - [PRESS RELEASE] Twisted Pine Debuts Hopularity Contest -
Winner of homebrew competition will brew recipe with Twisted Pine brewers. Twisted Pine Brewing Company has announced the launch of the Hopularity Contest, a homebrew competition that will award one victorious brewer with the opportunity to brew their winning recipe to production scale alongside Twisted Pine’s brewers. Local homebrewers are encouraged to bring their favorite hop-forward beer to Twisted Pine’s ale house by December 31st for submission. That’s right, the only style guideline is to be expressive with hops! Entry forms are available at the brewery and can be filled out upon delivery. Registration is limited to two beers per brewer, with two bottles required per entry. Twisted Pine’s brewers will serve as judges for the contest and the winner will be revealed at an announcement party at the brewery on January 11th. Under the guidance of Twisted Pine’s award-winning brewers, the grand prize winner will scale up their recipe and brew a 10 bbl batch on the brewery’s system. The beer will then be available for a limited time at the ale house and a few other select local accounts.

Mountain Sun Breweries (Boulder/Denver) - Tomorrow (11/19) their new release "Dark & Stormy Imperial Black Tan" will hit the taps in all three brewery locations. This Black & Tan blend is a collaboration between Mountain Sun and Avery Brewing Company. It pays tribute to the Dark & Stormy Cocktail wich uses ginger and dark rum. Their concoction is a beer cocktail which used three parts Double Trouble Imperial Ginger Witbier topped with one part Nitro Uncle Jesse Rum Barrel-Aged Imperial Brown Porter. The custom blend provides has a silky mouthfeel with notes of ginger and spice in the forefront and vanilla and rum in the finish.

Großen Bart Brewery (Longmont) - Taylor wise and Shad Chancey, two of the owners of the upcoming brewery Großen Bart Brewery, recently appeared as guests on the Colorado Craft Beer Show. They are in the works to finalize a location for their brewery building which will be located just off of Sunset, just a couple of blocks away from the Tasty Weasel (Oskar Blues) in Longmont. While their location is still in negotiations, they are actually licensed to brew and distribute now and actually have some of their beers on tap at Colorado Plus and a couple other places. They stated that all of their upcoming beers will be named after facial hair formations. They are even planning to contract brew with Crabtree Brewing Company in Greeley, CO. They will be producing up to 20 barrels a month there in Greeley.

Bootstrap Brewing (Niwot) - Join in tonight for Open Mic Night from 6pm to 8pm. Show off your talents on stage and get your 1st pint free. It's amazing what talent the locals have.

Northern Colorado

Funkwerks (Ft. Collins) - [PRESS RELEASE] - Funkwerks, the award-winning Saison-focused brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado, continues with its label redesign project unveiling new labels with the latest bottling of Saison and Tropic King. Funkwerks first unveiled its new label design earlier this year in July with the release of Provincial, the summer seasonal. Rum Barrel Aged Deceit, released in September, followed by Deceit in October, also featured the new label format. “Our goal with the new label design was to establish a block on the shelf,” said Brad Lincoln, Funkwerks Co-Founder/Owner. “Before our beers didn't have a cohesive look, their appearance didn’t necessarily compliment each another. Now we’ve have a clean, unified look that still permits variety and provides brand consistency for our customers.” Saison and Tropic King are widely distributed in bars, restaurants and liquor stores across Colorado, Nebraska, and Arizona. Saison and Tropic King are poured year-round on draft and available in bottles at the Funkwerks taproom. “The redesign of all our labels updates the overall look of our packaging and incorporates new features such as date coding for quality control. They are much easier to spot on the shelf as a family of beers now.” added Gordon Schuck, Funkwerks Co-Founder/Owner and Head Brewer.
Funkwerks Saison Funkwerks Tropic King
In other Funkwerks news, Oud Bruin, a Belgian-style Sour Ale is now available in the taproom. Available in bottles and on draft. Today only, when you purchase a full glass and a bomber of Oud Bruin you'll receive a free Funkwerks logo glass.

Big Thompson Brewery (Loveland) - Another brewery is headed to Loveland, Colorado around the Summer of 2014. Big Thompson Brewery just signed a lease, ordered all of their brewing equipment and is now filing for federal licensing. Loveland is quickly becoming a major craft beer community. Follow their progress on Facebook.

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - Tonight, November 18th, Patrick's is hosting a Craft Beer Meet-up at 7:00pm for anyone interested in sampling and talking about craft beer. Homebrewers, beer geeks / connoisseurs and anyone with an interest can participate. They plan to make this a regular thing on the 3rd Monday night of each month. At tonight's meeting, they'll be discussing the difference between "fresh hop" and "wet hop" beers. They will have a few beers on special and may even bring out something fun from their newly opened beer cellar. Consider this a beer club for both men and women. To find out what's new on tap each day, follow Patrick's Irish Pub on Facebook.

Black Bottle Brewing (Ft. Collins) - Do you remember their recent tapping of a beer called Cerealiously, a milk stout made with breakfast cereal? Well, Black Bottle did it again. This time, they used lots of boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal and brewed it into their newest incarnation of Cerealiously (CT Crunch) Milk Stout. Come give this brew a try - now on tap!

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - How is your Movember 'stache coming along? Bring your best furry face to City Star on Saturday, November 23rd for their Movember Celebration. During that day, $1 of every beer sold all day long will go to the Movember Foundation. Join in for some tasty craft brews in a celebration of fine moustachery and awareness of men's health issues. At 5pm they will hold their MO Contest. Win beer! 6pm Live Music too.

Compass Cider (Ft. Collins) - Do you enjoy hard cider? Then come to a special Compass Cider Preview event at Cranknstein in Old Town Fort Collins this Thursday at 7:00pm. Cranknstein has teamed up with Compass Cider to bring you a few of their fantastic ciders they've been working on. There will be options both on tap and in bottles. Some hints of ciders to expect include pineapple, bourbon barrels and cherries. Don't miss out on this rare preview. Also, live music starting at 9pm from Tit for Tat. Cranknstein is located at: 215A North College Avenue in Fort Collins, CO. Compass Cider House will soon open next door at 216 N. College Ave.

Loveland Aleworks (Loveland) - Don't forget - get $2 off your growler fills today (Monday). Open from 2pm til 10pm today.

Southern Front Range

Front Range BBQ (Colorado Springs) - Beer blog "Focus on the Beer" is sponsoring another "Meet the Brewer" night at Front Range BBQ on Thursday, December 5th at 7pm. This time the brewer will be Taylor Rees, head brewer for Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, CO. Taylor will be bringing with him a full spectrum of Great Divide beers and will be talking about them at length. Beers include: Yeti Imperial Stout, Colette Farmhouse Ale, Hoss Rye Lager, Peach Grand Cru, Space Kitten (pilot IPA w/Galaxy hops), and Saison Brauer (saison brewed with Brettanomyces - sour). Front Range BBQ is located at 2330 W. Colorado Ave in Colorado Springs, CO.

Mountains and West

Pug Ryan's Steakhouse & Brewery (Dillon) - Looking for a great way to start your weekend early on Thursday? Head up to Dillon for a four course beer dinner on November 21st at 6:30pm. This dinner will feature seasonal beers and barrel aged specialties along with some fantastic food prepared by Pug Ryan's chef. The cost is $55 per person. RSVP to (970) 468-2145 for reservations.

Copper Club Brewing Co (Fruita) - It's time for another Community Potluck at Copper Club tonight. Bring a dish to share, the potluck starts at 5pm. Happy Hour is also from 4pm to 7pm - get $1 off beers tonight!

Eddyline Brewing Co (Buena Vista) - Monarch Mountain ski resort opens this Saturday, November 23rd and if you bring in your lift ticket to Eddyline you'll receive a free pint and $1 off a six pack or growler fill. Must be the same day as your lift ticket to qualify.

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