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 FermentedlyChallenged.com, 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]mountainsunpub.com.

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 CrowdBrewed.com 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 Squareup.com.

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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