Thursday, November 21, 2013

Colorado Beer News 112113

Colorado Beer NewsToday is World Hello Day. The goal of this day is to say Hello to at least 10 people today. Originally, this day was designed to show world leaders that using better communication rather than force was the best way to settle conflicts. If you have a conflict with someone, take the first step and try to talk with that person today. Say "Hello" and go from there. Who knows, you might just find a way to resolve your conflict in a mutually beneficial way. And while you're at it - take that person out for a craft beer at your local brewery taproom or bar. Here's what's happening around the Colorado beerosphere today Thursday, November 21st, 2013. If you aren't reading this article on, you don't know what you're missing.

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Metro Denver

Diebolt Brewing Company (Denver) - According to their latest blog entry, Diebolt Brewing has set up a new newsletter and are now asking for fans to sign up. As an incentive, the first 250 people who sign up will receive one free taster at the brewery. As for their beer, they have new tappings coming. On November 22nd they'll tap a Dark Pumpkin Saison. And on December 7th look for their Winter Saison to hit the taps. In the pipeline: a Russian Imperial Stout, a Honey Grisette and a Brown Ale. Stay tuned. - Also, because it's a snow day - pints of Diebolt's Porter are $4 all night long.

Strange Brewing Company (Denver) - According to a post by Jonathan Shikes in the Westword, Strange Brewing has finally settled their legal dispute with the east coast homebrew shop after over a year. Details haven't been fully released yet, but Strange Brewing Company won't have to change their name. Early this year, Facebook took down their Facebook page and they've been posting under the guise of "That Brewery on Zuni". Hopefully soon they'll be back to their regular page.

Odyssey Beerwerks (Arvada) - Apparently now only stores opening up for Thanksgiving but also some breweries. Odyssey Beerwerks plans to be open Thanksgiving Day from 3:00pm to 9:00pm. So if you haven't fallen asleep from tryptophan, stop in and wash down that dinner with an Odyssey beer. They promise they won't hit you with Xmas music until December. Also, Odyssey is canning Ghost Drifter on Sunday! Come help for 4 hours and get free fresh beer. If interested, send them a private message on Facebook with your email/phone and shift you are interested in. They will do a 8:30-12:30 shift and a 12:30-4:30 shift this Sunday the 24th.

Hops & Pie (Denver) - New beers on tap today: Hopulent IPA on Nitro from Epic, Damnation from Russian River, Ron & The Beast Ryan from Evil Twin, Foeder Projekt #1 from Boulevard, and ESB from Dry Dock on the Hand Pull are Tapped! Come in out of the cold for a hot pie and a great beer. (Hops & Pie are a sponsor of Fermentedly Challenged)

Great Divide The Big ShowGreat Divide Brewing Co (Denver) - Looking for a good way to get a variety of Great Divide beers without having to buy a lot of different 6-packs? Try their new variety 12 pack "The Big Show" featuring 4 different Great Divide beers in 12oz bottles. During this season, the variety pack is filled with Hercules Double IPA, Yeti Imperial Stout, Hibernation Ale, and Hades Belgian-Style Ale. Which one will you pair Thanksgiving dinner with?

Barrels & Bottles Brewery (Golden) - What's in a name? How about this? Their new IPA has been tapped today and they're calling it: "Einhorn is Finkle, Finkle is Einhorn" aka 1995 IPA. Pair that with their Soup of the Day: Veggie Beef & Barley.

Winter Brew Fest (Denver) - January may be a ways off yet, but already plans are in place for the annual Winter Brew Fest at 2027 West Lower Colfax in Denver, CO. This year the festival will be a 2-day fest on January 24th AND 25th. You can go for $30 for one day or $50 for both days! More info and tickets at:

Wynkoop Brewing Co (Denver) - According to Erik Gorski article at the Denver Post - Wynkoop Brewing Company is planning on expanding their barrel aging program and setting up a new tasting room soon in a renovated basement space. They want to cater more to the beer geeks and have more tasting sessions, more barrel aged and experimental beers. Construction is starting and is expected to be completed by May. In other news, look for Wynkoops to release Cowtown Milk Stout in cans in early 2014.

Denver Beer Company (Denver) - Don't forget their on-going special. Get $2 off your pint when you drink it in the beer garden while it is snowing. Offer good whenever it snows.

Boulder County

Oskar Blues (Longmont) - The Tasty Weasel Taproom has long ignored their Facebook page for the last few years, but no longer! They have a newly revamped Facebook page and are now posting regular updates on all the latest happenings and tappings at their Longmont location. With all of their other Facebook pages dedicated to their other venues, the Tasty Weasel page was the last one to get some attention. Check them out on Facebook for all the latest.

Upslope Brewing Co (Boulder) - Upslope is now getting into the barrel-aged sour beers. They just filled some red wine barrels with an Oud Bruin ("Old Brown"), a sour brew that will age for a bit. Look for this beer to debut in 2014 sometime.

Front Range Brewing Co (Lafayette) - It's growler fill Thursday and they're making their IPA available for $10 fill ups. Why would they make that award winning IPA so cheap? Because the next batch is ready and it's even better!

The Very Nice Brewing Company (Nederland) - Attention skiers and snowboarders! Eldora Mountain Resort is set to open November 22nd (tomorrow). This season, bring in your Eldora ski pass and your first beer is 2-for-1! Offer good day of pass only, one offer per day, and offer good for flagship beers only.

Northern Colorado

Compass Cider (Ft. Collins) and Blossomwood Cidery (Cedaredge) - These two Colorado hard cider makers will be the focus of a tap takeover today at Cranknstein in Fort Collins, CO starting tonight at 7:00pm. If you're a fan of hard ciders or have been curious to try some - this is your chance to see what Colorado hard cider is all about. Very soon, in December, Compass Cider will open up their own cidery with a tasting room across the street from Cranknstein, near Pateros Creek Brewing Company. Hard cider is a fast growing segment and is considered part of the craft beer market. Also in the hard cider business, Scrumpy's is a hard cider bar located practically next door to Cranknstein. Old Town Fort Collins is becoming a hard cider destination in Northern Colorado.

Black Bottle Blacklisted MembershipBlack Bottle Brewery (Ft. Collins) - Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 14th. That's the date set for Black Bottle Brewery's 1st Anniversary Party. THey plan to have 40 Black Bottle beers on tap - yup 40! They'll start tapping them at 11am and will go until they are gone. THey will also release their ANNI veer at 7pm and also their whiskey collaboration with Feisty Spirits at 8pm. Plan to stay late as they will start up live music at 9pm. Should be a fun time. Also, don't forget to sign up for their 2014 Blacklisted Membership. Membership includes a fancy beer glass, filled growler and fill discounts, Blacklisted members-only t-shirt, food and beer discounts, and The Random Hero program. Details at NEW BEER TAPPING - Try the new Black Bottle Carlos - a dry hopped American Brown Ale.

Pateros Creek Brewing (Ft. Collins) - December 5th is their one year Quiz-a-versary with NoCo Geeks Who Drink. Stay tuned for updates on the party they'll throw that day to celebrate. If you want to see what all the hype is about, stop by tonight for trivia at 7:00pm for beer specials, prizes, and The Goodness food truck.

Wiley Roots Brewing Co (Greeley) - Stop in for Friendsgiving on Thanksgiving Day at the brewery. The brewery will be open on Thanksgiving for a Friendsgiving potluck from 4-9 p.m.! If you do not have any plans for Thanksgiving or would like to end your evening at Wiley Roots please join in! Wiley Roots Brewing Company will be smoking a turkey and making mashed potatoes and gravy. If you would like to bring something please let them know!

Patrick's Irish Pub (Greeley) - Coming up on Black Friday, November 29th is a special Goose Island Beer Company Tap Takeover featuring 5 different Goose Island beers on tap and 2 special brews in bottles. They're getting in the 2013 Bourbon County Stout, Bourbon County Barleywine, Lolita, Sofie Paradisi, Matilda Lambicus on draft and Bourbon County Coffee Stout and Juliet in bottles. The tap takeover starts at 3:00pm so get your shopping done early. Goose Island Beer Company is from Chicago, Illinois and was recently acquired by AB-InBev. (Patrick's Irish Pub is a sponsor of Fermentedly Challenged)

City Star Brewing (Berthoud) - The heat is on and the taproom is toasty. Happy Hour runs from 2-10pm every Thursday at City Star. Sip some tasty beer while listening to Denny Driscoll on guitar at 6pm. They even have some of their 2013 GABF medal winning "Mule Kick" on tap today. Also, get ready for another Taproom Potluck set for Tuesday, November 26th at 6:30pm. The theme is "Thanksgiving". Bring a dish to share. In addition to their mainstay beers, they have several specialty beers on tap now including: Country Pumpkin, Chai Watchman, and Cabernet Barrel Aged Raspberry Bandit. Tapping soon: Chili The Kid and Up All Night Watchman.

Southern Front Range

Bristol Brewing Co (Colorado Springs) - Are you ready for this year's batch of Old No. 23 Barley Wine!? Join in tonight for the release. An annual Bristol tradition, Old No. 23 revives an English farmhouse brewery practice of making a complex ale to set aside for special occasions. This one has the depth and complexity of a good brandy or single malt scotch.

Mountains and West

Telluride Brewing Co (Telluride) - Something to look forward to - their FISHwater project has begun. They recently filled some Peach Street Distillers Bourbon barrels with FISHwater Double IPA. Stay tuned to when this project becomes available.

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