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.

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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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